'Palestine can now sue Israel for illegal occupation'

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New Jersey train derails, toxic spill reported in creek

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'Israeli settlements roadblock to solid peace solution'

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'EU total opposite to peace': Nobel winners renounce EU's award

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Rebel Bomb blast destroys Press TV cars in Syria

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Protesters, police clash in flashpoint Tunisia town

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Bankrupt Hostess giving execs bonuses......Guess the 19.000 who lost their Jobs get nothing

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A federal bankruptcy judge has approved bonuses for executives of Hostess, the maker of Twinkies, who stay on as the company is broken up and sold off.

On Thursday, as part of a plan to liquidate the company and lay off 18,000 workers, a federal judge in White Plains, N.Y., approved paying 19 Hostess executives bonuses totaling $1.8 million. Hostess has said it has interest from at least 110 firms who want to buy pieces of the operation.

The decision comes as the company, known for its iconic snack cakes like Ho Hos and Ding Dongs, says it doesn't have enough cash on hand to pay retirement benefits to some former employees.


Jovan Belcher, 25, Killed Girlfriend, then committed suicide at a team facility

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Reports are still coming in regarding a tragedy involving the Kansas City Chiefs, but here's what we know at this time. Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, at a house near the team's facility on Saturday morning. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan, who is on scene, confirmed the name of the player after speaking with local police.

After the shooting, Belcher drove to a location near the team's main campus and took his own life. Per the Kansas City Star, members of the team's staff tried to stop Belcher from committing any other acts of violence before the player turned a gun on himself. The Chiefs' Arrowhead practice facility was evacuated and is currently on police lockdown.


Kansas City Chiefs' player Shoots Himself Dead At Stadium after Killing his Girlfriend

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An unnamed Kansas City Chiefs' player has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after reportedly killing his girlfriend, police have said.

The unnamed player, 25, shot his girlfriend early on Saturday, then drove to the team's practice facility near Arrowhead Stadium and turned the gun on himself as two team officials were confronting him.


French unions rage at Hollande over Mittal deal

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French trade unions accused President Francois Hollande of betrayal on Saturday after his government backed away from a threat to nationalize ArcelorMittal's Florange steelworks.

The Socialist government said on Friday it had won promises from ArcelorMittal to avoid forced redundancies and inject 180 million euros to develop the Florange plant, meaning it would no longer have to take over the site.


Hamas complains to Egypt after Israeli army kills Gazan

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Hamas accused Israel on Saturday of violating the shaky, Egyptian-brokered Gaza truce of November 21 after Israeli troops killed a Palestinian taking part in a protest at the enclave's border fence.

Medical officials said the 21-year-old man had been among six Palestinians wounded by gunfire during Friday's demonstration near southern Rafah, and had later died in hospital.


Alarm in Tehran and Moscow over Bushehr nuclear reactor’s near-explosion in mid-October

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Is Israel willing to kill millions of Iranians and other people, as well as risk the health of their own citizens based on a paranoid hunch for which there is no evidence? Is this what God would want one group of people to do to another? And lastly, why on Earth would any sane Christian support such behavior? Didn't Jesus teach us peace? One wonders if people need to return to their scriptures and refresh themselves, for today's behavior scarcely matches the divine instructions.

Double-decker bus hits overpass at Miami Airport at least 1 Dead

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Officials say a bus has hit an overpass at Miami International Airport, killing at least one person and leaving more than two-dozen injured, including three critically. Though the identity of the victim was not revealed, photos of the accident indicated that she is a woman, according to The Miami Herald.

Airport spokesman Greg Chin said the bus, which was a cruise or tour bus, hit the overpass going into the airport's arrivals section on Saturday morning. The bus was going about 20 mph when it clipped the roof entrance.


Europe's 'lost generation': Unemployment reaches record high with 19 million people out of work across 17 countries

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European unemployment has reached a record high - with almost 19 million out of work across the 17 countries that use the euro.

More than 10 per cent of people living in the Eurozone are now unemployed with those under 25 struggling the most to find jobs.

Experts said the prospect of a 'lost generation' of young people now looks like an 'alarming possibility'.


John Thompson Jailed at Last

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A vile paedophile who blamed a girl of seven for seducing him was finally locked up yesterday - weeks after a judge let him walk free.

John Thompson escaped a prison sentence in July despite pleading guilty to sexually assaulting his victim.

Incredibly, he accused the schoolgirl of pinning him down on a bed after ‘flirting’ with him.


Welfare state has ballooned to over 12 times its original size, figures reveal as Chancellor prepares benefits freeze

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The cost of the Welfare State has risen 12-fold in real terms since its introduction, figures reveal today – as George Osborne prepares to unveil a benefits freeze.

Figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions to mark the 70th anniversary of William Beveridge’s landmark report on welfare, show the cost of the modern system dwarfs that of his original vision.


The shattering of Europe: It's not just Scotland, almost every major European nation faces breakaway movements. History tells us the result could be bloodshed, chaos and suffering

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The year is 2022, and in the gilded splendour of his Brussels headquarters, the EU President is facing a tricky dilemma.

Pressure is building on him to finalise his latest budget — yet the problems seem intractable. With so many small new nations scrabbling for funds, agreement seems impossible.

Catalonia, for example, is demanding deep cuts in EU administrative expenses, while the Scots are calling for higher welfare subsidies. The new states of Lombardy and Tuscany are at loggerheads, the Corsicans are still in the doghouse after their government’s latest corruption scandal, and the Walloons haven’t paid a penny into common euro funds for years.

The new map of the Continent, a crazy patchwork of competing states governed by an interventionist European Union, tells the wider story. The age of the strong nations has gone, and Britain has joined Italy, Spain and Belgium on the scrap heap of history.

This may sound a fanciful scenario, yet recent events across Europe — including the looming independence referendum in Scotland — tell a very different story.


At least 32 killed as plane hits houses in Congo

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A cargo plane crashed into houses near Brazzaville Maya-Maya airport while attempting to land in a thunderstorm on Friday, killing at least 32 people, a Congolese Red Cross official said on Saturday.

"We have already pulled 32 bodies from the crash site, but there could be more victims," the official said, asking not to be named. The official said the dead included six crew members.


Merkel reaffirms German support for Israel after U.N. vote

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel reassured Israel of her country's support on Saturday, two days after Berlin disappointed the Jewish state by abstaining in a U.N. vote on the Palestinians' status.

Germany, which will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and many of his ministers next week, abstained in Thursday's vote in the U.N. General Assembly which provided de facto recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state.


Islamists rally behind Mursi as Egypt's rifts widen

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Islamist crowds demonstrated in Cairo on Saturday in support of President Mohamed Mursi, who is racing through a constitution to try to defuse opposition fury over his newly expanded powers.

Many thousands assembled outside Cairo University, waving Egyptian flags and green Islamist emblems to show their backing for the president and the constitution he is promoting.


Yahoo! Court Battle: Firm Told To Pay $2.7bn

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Yahoo! has been ordered to pay $2.7bn (£1.7bn) by a Mexican court for breach of contract involving a yellow pages listings service.

The US firm said it believed the claims were without merit and would vigorously pursue all appeals.

The civil case was brought by Worldwide Directories and Ideas Interactivas against Yahoo! and Yahoo! De Mexico.


Chinese Home In Middle Of Road Is Torn Down

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The five-storey building was bulldozed on Saturday after the pair finally accepted compensation of 260,000 yuan (£25,000), officials said.


Wyoming: 'Bow And Arrow' Attacker Kills Two

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A man reportedly armed with bow and arrow has killed a woman, a male teacher and then himself in front of horrified students at a community college in Wyoming.

The suspect and the teacher were found dead on Friday at a science building on the Casper College campus, in Casper, which was locked down for two hours.

The body of another victim was found around two miles away from the college.


Crocodile Attacks Boy Swimming In Australia, 12 year old boy missing

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Australian police are searching for a 12-year-old boy who is believed to have been attacked by a crocodile and dragged out to sea.

The boy was swimming with a group of people at Port Bradshaw, in the Northern Territory, when he was attacked.

"Initial reports suggest adults within in the group tried to save the boy by spearing the animal, but the crocodile dragged the child out to deeper water," police Superintendent Michael White said in a statement.

Two weeks ago a seven-year-old girl was feared killed by a crocodile at a waterhole about 340km (210 miles) east of the city of Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory.


Andrew Lancel charged with historic child sex offences

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Former Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel will appear in court later this month to face five counts of indecent assault on a child under 16.

Merseyside Police said the 42-year-old had been charged under his real name - Andrew Watkinson.

He was charged under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.