World Bulletin / News Desk
"The Israeli government gave permission for these new settler units in Gush Etzion’s Netive Ha’avot, southern Bethlehem in occupied West Bank," daily Yediot Ahronot said.
The government also approved the construction of temporary houses for 15 Jewish families who had recently been asked by the Supreme Court to remove their illegal construction from Palestinian properties.
Additionally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved a feasibility study for another 800 new settler units in Har Bracha Jewish cluster in Nablus town in West Bank, broadcaster Channel 7 reported.
The Israeli authorities on Thursday approved the construction of hundreds of new Jewish-only housing units in occupied East Jerusalem, according to Israeli media reports.
"The [Israeli] Jerusalem Municipality's planning and construction committee has approved the construction of 3,000 new housing units at the Gilo [settlement] in southern Jerusalem," Israeli radio reported.
"The planned settlement units will be built on an area of approximately 280 dunams [around 252 square km], most of which is owned by Palestinians," it added.
Last year, Israel's Channel 10 reported on plans to build 300,000 new Jerusalem housing units as part of a so-called "Greater Jerusalem" bill aimed at annexing settlements built in the occupied West Bank.
According to Channel 10, most of the units would be constructed in areas located beyond the Green Line, in reference to territories that Israel occupied during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
Roughly 600,000 Israeli settlers currently live on more than 100 Jewish-only settlements built in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 1967.
The Palestinians want these areas, along with the Gaza Strip, for the establishment of a future Palestinian state.
International law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as "occupied territories" and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity on the land as illegal.
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Thousands of supporters poured into the streets of the capital island Male on Friday night and continued their protest rally till early Saturday, the joint opposition said in a statement issued in Colombo.
Also suspended were the accounts of its parent organization, Strategic Communication Laboratories, as well as those of University of Cambridge psychologist Aleksandr Kogan and Christopher Wylie, who runs Eunoia Technologies.
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Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell told reporters after talks with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Friday that the U.S. also wants to see a resumption of talks to reunify the ethnically divided island nation.
"There were seven people aboard, they are all believed to be dead," the official said, adding they were US service members.
A doctor at the private Goyal Hospital told AFP Friday that Clinton had undergone screening after suffering pain in her right hand following a fall.
The alliance is "dealing with the issue around this and in cyber and working to define an understanding of what would be a trigger for Article 5," General Curtis Scaparrotti, the commander of NATO forces in Europe, told a US Senate committee.
Speaking to reporters as he returned from a trip to Oman, Afghanistan and Bahrain, Mattis said officials he met with had expressed frequent concerns about Iranian behavior.
The newspaper said that Trump is discussing potential replacements for McMaster, but is willing to take his time because he wants to avoid humiliating him as well as to have a successor ready.
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