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Israel Gives Green Light to New Wave of Settlements

Israel said Sunday it has okayed hundreds of new settler homes after a gruesome weekend attack in which five Israelis, three of them children, were murdered in their beds in the West Bank.

The ministerial committee for settlements, which met late on Saturday, approved construction of several hundred units across in Gush Etzion, Maale Adumim, Ariel and Kiryat Sefer, a statement from the bureau of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

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Arabs Demand U.N. No-Fly Zone: Gadhafi’s Regime ‘Lost Legitimacy’

The Arab League on Saturday urged the United Nations to slap a no-fly zone on Libya and said Moammar Gadhafi's regime had "lost legitimacy," in a boost for rebels fighting to unseat the strongman.

The pan-Arab organization also announced its recognition of the transitional national council set up by the rebels in their eastern stronghold of Benghazi and said they would open contact with the group.

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Arabs Meet on Libya as Gadhafi Pressure Mounts

The Arab League was to hold key talks on the conflict in member state Libya Saturday, predicted to back a no-fly zone over the country to ramp up the pressure on strongman Moammar Gadhafi.

Secretary General Amr Moussa called for a no-fly zone and said he wants the pan-Arab organization to play a role in imposing it, in an interview published Saturday.

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Palestinian Kills Israeli Settler Family

Israeli troops were on Saturday hunting a suspected Palestinian who killed five members of an Israeli family at their West Bank settlement, officials and media reports said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told AFP the killer had entered Itamar settlement near Nablus in the north of the West Bank and murdered five people overnight.

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Yemen Police Attack Anti-Regime Demo, Killing One

Yemeni police firing live rounds and tear gas killed one person and wounded many more Saturday in an attack on anti-regime protesters camping at a main square in the capital.

The dawn assault forced back demonstrators who had breached the limits of a concrete barrier put up by police at Sanaa's University Square, where protesters have been staging a sit-in for almost three weeks.

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Tripoli Freezes Ties with Paris, Sarkozy Promises EU-AU-Arab League Summit on Libya

Libya decided on Friday to "suspend" diplomatic relations with France, Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaaim said at a press conference.

The Libyan government has slammed what it called France's "illegal" decision on Thursday to recognize Libya's rebels and warned that the move could lead to a break in relations.

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Libyan Rebels Battle to Retake Oil Town of Ras Lanuf

Libyan rebels battled troops loyal to Moammar Gadhafi outside Ras Lanuf on Friday, finding themselves on the back foot and outgunned a day after the regime recaptured the key oil town.

As the two sides exchanged rocket and shell fire east of town, fighter jets screeched over rebel positions on bombing runs, hitting a building used as a checkpoint and setting ablaze an oil storage tank at a nearby refinery.

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Bahrain Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters

Bahraini police fired tear gas at anti-government protesters on Friday as they tried to prevent clashes with armed loyalists and as tensions soared in the tiny Gulf kingdom.

Thousands of demonstrators chanted slogans against the king as they marched toward a square near the royal palace in Manama where a group of pro-regime loyalists waited with clubs, swords and metal pipes.

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Britain, France Ramp Up Pressure at EU Crisis Summit on Libya

Western powers ramped up pressure on Moammar Gadhafi Friday, with France calling for targeted strikes if he bombs his people, as a crisis summit exposed an EU rift over how to force the Libyan leader out.

The pivotal summit, capping 48 hours of talks also involving NATO defense ministers and European Union foreign ministers, opened with the 27-nation bloc divided over military action as well as a British-French push for formal recognition of Gadhafi's opponents.

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Jordan’s Islamists Rally for Reforms

Hundreds of Islamists rallied in Jordan on Friday to demand sweeping government reforms, vowing to step up their protests if their demands are ignored.

Surrounded by a cordon of police, they chanted "The people want regime reforms," and "What is acceptable today will not be tomorrow," as well as "We want the dissolution of parliament."

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