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The army has been ordered by Ehud Barak (photo), Israeli defence minister, to prepare to demolish the home of the Palestinian who killed three Israelis in Jerusalem. (more…)

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In an attempt to control inflation that is at record levels, and for the first time in a year, the eurozone interest rates have increased.

The European Central Bank (ECB) has been encouraged by the rising food and fuel costs. It put its key rate up from 4% to 4.25%. (more…)

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“We must use a punishment that would deter. We have to act with a tough hand, to negate social rights, to immediately destroy the homes of every terrorist from Jerusalem”, a government official quoted Olmert as saying.

Israeli prime minister (photo, from lepost.fr) wants to destroy the home of the driver who rammed a bulldozer into vehicules, killing three Israelis. (more…)

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Though urged to consider boycotting the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics by Human rights groups and opposition politicians, including presidential hopeful Barack Obama, the White House said that US president will attend the ceremony.

Since March, when Tibetan protests were violently suppressed, Beijing’s rights record has come under intense scrutiny. (more…)

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The first regular, direct flight from China to Taiwan has landed at Taipei’s airport.

Wang Yi, China’s top official said it signalled “a new start” in exchanges, as it’s been nearly 60 years since a plane came from China to Taiwan. (more…)

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After a stormy first hearing on Tuesday, the trial of Hassan Rachidi (photo, from daylife.com), Al Jazeera’s bureau chief in Morocco is set to resume on Friday. The charges are conspiracy and spreading false information. (more…)

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The Lord Chief Justice has said that in some parts of the legal system, principles of sharia law could play a role.

But Lord Philips of Worth Matravers (photo, from bbc.co.uk), the most senior judge in England and Wales, added that there is no possibility of sharia courts sitting in the UK. He said there was no reason sharia law’s principles could not be used in mediation. (more…)

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