Netanyahu Agrees to Free Over 100 Prisoners
Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to free 104 Palestinian prisoners, a move which signaled to the rest of the he world that Israel was ready to begin peace talks with Palestine. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed this suspicion when he announced that Israel and Palestine would begin the first Middle Eastern talks in years.
These talks are unlikely to move forward without agreements about the 1967 borders, a likely sticking point in the Israel-Palestine talks. Other issues likely to be discussed include a limited freeze on settlement construction, which Prime Mister Netanyahu has agreed to. About the difficulty of the peace talks, Kerry said, “I know the negotiations are going to be tough, but I also know that the consequences of not trying could be worse.”
Over 1,000 Break Free from Libyan Prison
Libya’s Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan, said, “The prison was attacked by the citizens who live nearby, because they don’t want a prison in their region.” However, officials said the gunfire began from within the prison, culminating in chaos that allowed inmates to escape.
At least 70 Dead as Egypt Clamps Down on Protests
After the Egyptian military commander, Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, called for Friday protests in support of the interim government, Egyptian citizens followed through, with tens of thousands taking to the streets. Egyptians protested throughout the weekend, and more than 70 pro-Morsi demonstrators were left dead, after clashes with the army. Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), the party of deposed president Mohammed Morsi, accused the military of gunning down protesters, but Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said it was MB supporters who opened fire first. Ibrahim said authorities “have never and will never shoot a bullet on any Egyptian.”
Pope Francis Says Homosexuality Should be Tolerated
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, otherwise known as Pope Francis I, called from the inclusion of gays in society, saying, “Who am I to judge?”. In another interview, Bergoglio added, “A young man who doesn’t protest doesn’t suit me. A young man is essentially a nonconformist, and that is a very beautiful thing. You need to listen to young people, giving them outlets to express themselves and ensure they don’t get manipulated.”