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Israel Launches Airstrikes on Four Gaza Areas

Israel Launches Airstrikes on Four Gaza Areas

Israeli warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes against the Gaza Strip last night, in yet another act of aggression against the besieged coastal territory, media sources reported. The aerial assaults, which were launched in the early hours of Wednesday morning, reportedly hit four areas in and outside Gaza city, resulting in partial damage. There were no reports of casualties.

The attacks came hours after Israeli media sources said a projectile allegedly fired from the center of Gaza was intercepted by the so-called Iron Dome missile system over the city of Ashdod on the Mediterranean shore.

The Israeli military blamed the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas for the rocket attack, but according to Israeli daily Haaretz, a Salafist-affiliated group, called the Omar Hadid Brigade, claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.

Last year, Israel launched a relentless war on Gaza which claimed the lives of about 2,200 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and left more than 10,000 injured. Hundreds of thousands others are currently displaced and live in makeshift caravans or in UNRWA-run schools.

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Israel Detains 15 Palestinians in Jerusalem, Four in West Bank

Israel Detains 15 Palestinians in Jerusalem, Four in West Bank

At least 15 Palestinians were detained by Israeli police in and outside Jerusalem during predawn operations yesterday, while four others were detained by the Israeli army in the rest of the West Bank, according to local and security sources. Local sources identified 15 Palestinians, including minors, who were detained by the Israeli police in Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood, in addition to the neighborhood district of Issawiya, and the towns of Hazma and Abu Dis.
The detainees in Hazma were identified as Hamada Abu-Khalil, Mohammad Askar, Malek Askar, Abdullah Askar, Hamad Omari, Ramz Kanaa, and Ibrahim Kasbeh.
Those who were detained in Issawiya were identified as Sari Mahmoud, Ahmad Abdullah Mahmoud, Ayoub Abu-Asab, and Yousef Darwish. Detainess in Silwan neighborhood were identified as Akram Hassouneh, Yousef Abu-Mayala, Mohammad Abu-Gharbeye, and Mousa Abu-Mayala.

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Georgia executes a woman for the first time in 70 years

Georgia executes a woman for the first time in 70 years

The first woman executed in Georgia in 70 years cried and sang "Amazing Grace" before she died early Wednesday, according to a witness, following pleas by the pope and her children for her life to be spared. Kelly Gissendaner, 47, died by injection at 12:21 a.m. EDT at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, a prison spokeswoman said.

Gissendaner had been the lone woman on Georgia's death row after being sentenced for plotting the killing of her husband, Douglas, in 1997.

In the execution chamber, Gissendaner prayed and called her former husband an "amazing man who died because of me," according to television reporter Jeff Hullinger, who witnessed the injection.

Gissendaner was the 16th woman executed in the United States since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

Pope Francis, who concluded a six-day U.S. trip on Sunday and is an outspoken opponent of the death penalty, had urged officials to commute Gissendaner's death sentence.

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Muslim refugees are not welcome, Bulgaria church says

Muslim refugees are not welcome, Bulgaria church says

Bulgaria’s Orthodox Church says authorities should not let Muslim refugees enter the country, claiming that the move is necessary to prevent an “invasion.” “We help refugees who have already arrived in our motherland, but the government must absolutely not let more refugees in,” the church said in a statement signed by Patriarch Neofit, the head of the Orthodox Church, and other members of the Holy Synod - the church’s top executive body - posted on its website late Friday.

The comments come as hundreds of thousands of Middle Eastern, Asian, and African refugees escaping war and execution in their countries have bypassed Bulgaria and instead entered Macedonia and Serbia from Greece to make their way into northern Europe.

However, some Syrian, Afghan and Iraqi asylum seekers have crossed the Balkan EU member state’s southeastern border from Turkey.

"This is a wave that looks like an invasion,” the statement added, noting, “The Bulgarian Orthodox people should not pay the price of our disappearance as a state.”

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Mosque burns down in London in suspicious circumstances

Mosque burns down in London in suspicious circumstances

A mosque burned down in Britain in a suspected arson attack on Wednesday, intensifying fears of a backlash against Muslims after a British soldier was killed on a London street last month. Police said they were treating the mosque fire as suspicious and that the letters "EDL" had been found scrawled on the side of the building. EDL is the acronym of the English Defence League (EDL), a far-right group that has held several protests in London and elsewhere since the murder.

The EDL denied any involvement.

"Exactly when and where that graffiti was placed is a focal point of the inquiry," Chief Superintendent Adrian Usher said in televised remarks.

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Video Shows Delaware Police Shoot And Kill Man In Wheelchair

Video Shows Delaware Police Shoot And Kill Man In Wheelchair

A family in Wilmington, Delaware is demanding answers about why wheelchair-bound Jeremy McDole was shot multiple times. Police officers say he threatened them with a gun, though video suggests otherwise . In a video of the encounter on Wednesday afternoon, an unidentified officer points his gun at the 28-year-old, yelling “show me your hands!” A shot is fired, but it is unclear who it came from. The officer continues to yell for the man to put his hands up and “drop the gun,” and three more officers arrive for back up, saying “hands up, put your hands up,” with guns drawn. The witness who recorded the video notes that McDole is bleeding. McDole moves his hands around in his lap and appears to put one in his pocket, when the cops fire their weapons at least ten times.

Police say they were responding to a call that McDole shot himself, and that he was still armed with a .38-caliber gun when they arrived at the scene. It is hard to tell what McDole was doing throughout the video, although there does not appear to be a weapon in his hands.

Wilmington Police Chief Bobby Cummings maintains McDole was removing a weapon from his waist, justifying the police response. But relatives of the deceased contend that McDole was sitting with his hands in his lap. They also dispute that he was suicidal.

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Sara Netanyahu: Israeli PM’s wife hit a cook, threw plates and flew into drunken rages, former employees claim

Sara Netanyahu: Israeli PM’s wife hit a cook, threw plates and flew into drunken rages, former employees claim

The wife of the Israeli Prime Minister was abusive towards household staff and threw plates in a fit of rage, a Jerusalem labour court has heard. Former household staff to Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu have accused the First Lady of behaving violently and aggressively at their official residence.

Guy Eliyahu, a former maintenance worker and Etti Haim, a former chef, testified in one of three employment grievance cases launched against the Israeli Prime Minster’s Office. Mr Netenyahu and has wife are not parties to the action.

The Times reports Ms Haim claimed Ms Netanyahu had hit her and described an occasion where she allegedly became enraged when dust was accidentally sent across a table filled with food.

“We stood there terrified. She jerked the cloth off the table so that all the dishes, salads and pickles landed on the floor,” Ms Haim told the court. “Then she said, ‘you have five minutes to reset this table’.” She claimed Mr Netanyahu sat silently throughout the episode and did not intervene.  

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