World Bulletin / News Desk
South Africa's cabinet on Wednesday said it had approved the placing of Occupied Palestinian Territory labels on imported goods from Jewish settlements.
The World Court has ruled all settlements illegal under international law. Palestinians, who want their own state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, see the settlements as a land grab as an occupier "state".
The Israeli foreign ministry dismissed the decision as "unacceptable".
The cabinet directed its trade minister to issue a notice requiring that products are marked so that buyers knew their origin is not Israel, government spokesman Jimmy Manyi told a press briefing.
"This is in line with South Africa's stance that recognises the 1948 borders delineated by the United Nations and does not recognise occupied territories beyond these borders as being part of the state of Israel," he said.
South Africa says its backing of Palestine stems from its own history of apartheid, oppression and rights abuses.
Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim recently expressed "concern by high profile and government institutions visits to Israel as it gives legitimacy to Israel occupation of Palestine land".
The trade ministry in May invited public comments on the labels, saying traders must put the tags on so consumers will "not be misled".
Israel has to remove all outpost settlements erected after 2001 and to stop settlement expansion, but thus far Israel has not heeded US and international demands for a complete settlement freeze.
Human rights watch calls decision to dismiss charges against former leader for role in 2010 violent crackdown of protesters serious setback for accountability.
Fighters from the self-styled 'Islamic State' (IS) have demonstrated knowledge of the CIA's waterboarding interrogation method.
Senegal, a major hub for the business and aid community in West Africa, became the region's fifth country to confirm a case of Ebola
Mosques, monasteries, churches, tombs, shrines and archaeological sites were all under threat by rebels from the self-styled 'Islamic State' (IS) militia
The murder of U.S. journalist James Foley almost two weeks ago by a man suspected of being a British national has prompted demaands for extra security measures
The number of Syrian refugees left stranded by their country's ongoing civil war has surpassed 3 million, and 6.5 million are also displaced within Syria
Sharif said he had nothing to do with the army's decision to step into the conflict. But the army swiftly denied this, saying it had been specifically instructed by the government to step in.
About 80 U.N. soldiers from the Philippines remain locked down in two camps on the Syrian side of the frontier
A spokesman for Libya's renegade general Khalifa Haftar denied the claim that one of his planes was shot down by the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council.
Ukrainian officials say public support for joining the alliance is mounting, and they have increasingly spoken about needing the formal protection of the alliance.
A crowd of young men, some armed with clubs and knives, set up barricades across the southern city and threatened to attack the hospital before security forces moved in to restore order
South African Magistrate Stanley Mkhari said four men - two Rwandan and two Tanzanians - were guilty of the first count to commit murder four years ago
Jimmy Carter, who is 2006 wrote a book that criticized Israel for enforcing a worse system of Apartheid than that which was witnessed in South Africa recently blamed Israel again for deliberately starting the current war with Hamas.
Fighting between government forces and rebels has intensified since separatist advances opened a new front in the conflict this week
Canadian mission to NATO posted a tongue-in-cheek guide for Russian soldiers unclear about the Russia-Ukraine border.
Two sides were negotiating a deal worth $1.5 billion a month that would enable Iran to lift oil exports substantially,