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Monday, August 12, 2013

Israel Names 26 Palestinian Prisoners to be Freed Ahead of Peace Talks

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given details of the 26 long-term Palestinian prisoners Israel will release as part of a deal to resume peace talks with the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday. The prisoners are set to be released on Tuesday, which would give time for any legal challenges by their victims’ families, who were given advance warning of their impending release. Fourteen of the prisoners will return to the Gaza Strip, while twelve will go to the West Bank. Eight were already due to be released in the next three years, with another two due for release in the next six months. The decision was made at a meeting attended by the Israeli Defence, Justice and Science ministers as well as the head of the country’s prison and security services.

Militants Attack Yemen’s Only LNG Export Terminal, Kill Five Soldiers

Suspected al-Qaeda militants killed five Yemeni soldiers in their sleep in attack on the country’s only liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal, according to a Yemeni official. “The checkpoint they attacked is one of many leading up to the gas facilities. The militants know that it’s impossible to penetrate all of the checkpoints and that’s why they didn’t attempt to go further. They just wanted vengeance”, said the official. The Balhaf gas terminal, located in the Radhum area of Shabwa province in the south of the country, is jointly managed by the state-controlled Yemen LNG and France’s Total and was said to be one of two targets that al-Qaeda had been plotting to attack. It had already been the target of a failed car bomb attack in June, where the car exploded before reaching the terminal, killing only its driver.

Most Wanted Nazi War Crimes Suspect Dies Age 98

Lazlo Czatary, a 98-year-old Hungarian national who was top of the list of the surviving most wanted Nazi war criminals list, died from pneumonia while awaiting trial in Budapest. He was “actively involved in and assisted the deportations” of Jews from a ghetto in Kassa, now known as Kosice, according to Hungarian prosecutors. The former police officer also “regularly beat the interned Jews with his bare hands and whipped them with a dog-whip without any special reasons, regardless of their sex, age or health”. He was originally sentenced to death for his crimes by a court in Czechoslovakia in 1948, but managed to escape to Canda, where he lived and worked as an art dealer before being stripped of his citizenship and returning to Hungary in the 1990s. He remained undisturbed until 2011, when prosecutors began investigating him based on information made available by the Wiesenthal Centre.

S.African Union Leader Shot at Marikana Mine

A union leader was killed at the Marikana platinum mine near Rustenburg, South Africa, almost a year after police officers shot dead 34 strikers in the same compound. Strikers had been demanding higher pays and better living conditions at the time. Police spokesman Thulani Ngubane said that the shooting happened during a battle for union supremacy and took place at one of the mine’s shafts. Police ketp mourners from approaching the scene of the shooting, close to where the miners were killed last year. A string of assassinations have taken place between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), who have battled for dominance at the Marikana mine.

Prince of Wales In 36 Meetings with Cabinet Ministers Since 2010

Concerns about the extent of the Prince of Wales’ influence of government were raised by lobby group Republic after it was revealed that Prince Charles has held 36 private meetings with cabinet ministers since the 2010 elections, making him “a political operator and businessman with direct access to government”, according to the group. Charles met Prime Minister David Cameron seven times and met other senior figures in Westminster and Cardiff several times. “The Prince of Wales has a right, indeed it is his duty, to communicate privately with the government on any matter he chooses, to bring his unique perspective and reflect the many issues people raise with him personally on his extensive engagements around the country”, said a statement issued by Clarence House after the information was published.

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