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Gaza: Palestinian Authority office raided

By: MEE Source: MEE Masked men raided the office of a television station funded by the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Gaza on Friday, its staff said, causing damage to equipment. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the incident, though the staff and a PA official said they held the Hamas movement, which has governed the Gaza Strip since 2007, responsible. Five armed men entered the offices of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) in Gaza City, official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported. The PBC is funded by the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority and its Gaza office shares a building that hosts several media outlets including Palestine TV, the mouthpiece of the...

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Pakistan downs Indian drone over Kashmir

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL Pakistan’s military claims it has shot down a second Indian “spy drone” in two days flying in Pakistani airspace over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. In a statement, Major General Asif Ghafoor, an army spokesman, said Pakistani troops downed the drone on January 2 along the Line of Control that divides the Pakistani and Indian-controlled portions of Kashmir. Ghafoor tweeted a photo purportedly showing the wreckage, but did not provide further details. Pakistan’s military also reported shooting down an Indian drone on January 1. There has been no comment from New Delhi. Kashmir is split between Pakistan and India, both of which...

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Israel vows to block Palestinian bid to become full UN member

By: AFP Source: AFP via Jordan Times UNITED NATIONS, United States — Israel has vowed to work with the United States to block a bid by the Palestinians for full membership in the United Nations, a move that would confer international recognition of Palestinian statehood. Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad Al Maliki said Wednesday that he will submit a request next month to the Security Council for full UN membership, according to the official Wafa Palestinian news agency. “We are preparing to stop the initiative,” said Israel’s UN ambassador Danny Danon in a statement. “The Palestinians pay terrorists and encourage violence yet seek to become a member state of the United...

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