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Far-Right Israeli MPs threaten to topple Netanyahu government over West Bank violence

Far-Right Israeli MPs threaten to topple Netanyahu government over West Bank violenceBenjamin Netanyahu’s coalition is looking increasingly unstable after far-Right MPs threatened to withdraw their support unless the Israeli prime minister agrees to new security measures amid a spate of violence in the occupied West Bank. In one of the bloodiest weeks in the territories this year, two Israeli soldiers were killed along with a three-day Israeli baby, who was born by emergency Caesarian after his mother was shot by Palestinian gunmen but died in hospital.  The Israeli military said it killed two Palestinian gunmen as well as an attacker who stabbed two policemen in Jerusalem. Two more Palestinians – a teenage boy and a 60-year-old man – were shot dead in the city of Ramallah. The turmoil comes as Australia announced on Saturday it will follow the US in moving its embassy to Jerusalem – but only if a peace settlement can be agreed between Israel and Palestine. A solution to the conflict appeared to be as elusive as ever violence flared in the West Bank. The attacks have left Mr Netanyahu under pressure from the Right-wing of his coalition government to take action.  Two hardline MPs from the Jewish Home party have warned the prime minister they will topple his government unless he increases security barriers on West Bank roads and passes controversial legislation to benefit settlements.  “If [Palestinians] continue to move about freely on the roads and to slaughter us like ducks, there is no justification for this government’s continuing to exist for even a single additional day,” said Bezalel Smotrich, one of the MPs.  He warned that if Mr Netanyahu did not stop Palestinians from travelling on Israeli-built roads in the West Bank “the blood of the murder victims is on his hands personally”.  Israeli forces entered Ramallah looking for the gunmen Credit: y Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Mr Netanyahu’s coalition has only 61 seats in the 120-member parliament, meaning that the two MPs have the power to bring down the government if they carry through with their threat.  Mr Smotrich, who once demanded segregated maternity wards so Jewish women would not be alongside Arab women in Israeli hospitals, has give similar ultimatums in the past but then backed down.  Israel must have an election by November 2019 but most MPs expect Mr Netanyahu will call one in the spring rather than limp along with a one-seat majority.  It has been one of the bloodiest weeks in the West Bank this year Credit: ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images Polls show Mr Netanyahu would win an election, despite police recommending he be charged with corruption. He denies any wrongdoing.  Around a thousand Right-wing protesters gathered outside Mr Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem to call for stronger measures in the West Bank. “We’re done being silent. Our blood is forfeit. We’re tired of dying,” they chanted.   Other members of the Jewish Home are agitating for a new law so the Israeli army can deport the families of Palestinian attackers from the West Bank to Gaza.  They argue that the law would deter future attackers by making them worry about their families’ fate after they are killed. Human rights groups have denounced the proposal as illegal “collective punishment”.



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Nobel Peace winners urge global action vs. sexual violence

Nobel Peace winners urge global action vs. sexual violenceSTOCKHOLM (AP) — The Congolese doctor who shares this year's Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the use of rape and sexual violence as weapons of war called Monday for strong international action against the abuse, including reparations for victims.



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Paris shops, monuments to close as fears of protest violence mount

Paris shops, monuments to close as fears of protest violence mountThe Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum and scores of shops on the Champs-Elysees are set to close as authorities warned Thursday of fresh violence this weekend during protests which have ballooned into the biggest crisis of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency. The government is scrambling to stave off another Saturday of burned cars and running street battles with police by “yellow vest” protesters furious over rising costs of living they blame on high taxes. An interior ministry official told AFP that authorities were bracing for “significant violence” on Saturday, based on indications that protesters on both the far right and far left are planning to converge on the capital.



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Gunmen attack China's consulate in Pakistan as violence flares across region

Gunmen attack China's consulate in Pakistan as violence flares across regionThe attack, claimed by separatist insurgents from the impoverished southwestern Pakistani province of Baluchistan, killed four people, including two police officers, but it was far from the most deadly on a particularly violent day across the region. Over the border in eastern Afghanistan, a suicide blast at a mosque on an army base killed at least 26 people and wounded 50, security officials said. Earlier in the week, a suicide bomber killed 55 people in the capital, Kabul.



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Stormy Daniels’ Attorney Michael Avenatti Arrested After Domestic Violence Allegations

Stormy Daniels’ Attorney Michael Avenatti Arrested After Domestic Violence AllegationsMichael Avenatti, the lawyer who represents adult film star Stormy Daniels,



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Michael Avenatti Arrested on Suspicion of Domestic Violence

Michael Avenatti Arrested on Suspicion of Domestic ViolenceAvenatti was arrested earlier Wednesday and remained in custody, said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Mike Lopez, who declined to provide further details. “I have never been physically abusive in my life nor was I last night,” Avenatti said in a statement issued by his law office.



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Pence Says Trump's Rhetoric Has Nothing To Do With American Violence

Pence Says Trump's Rhetoric Has Nothing To Do With American ViolenceVice President Mike Pence defended President Donald Trump on Saturday amid



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Counting under way in Afghan poll marred by deadly violence, chaos

Counting under way in Afghan poll marred by deadly violence, chaosAfghan election workers began counting votes on Saturday following a partial legislative ballot tarnished by scores of deadly militant attacks, technical glitches and administrative chaos. Nearly 170 people — civilians and security forces — were killed or wounded in election-related violence, official figures showed, and there are fears of more bloodshed when voting resumes Sunday in 401 polling centres. “Inevitable” problems with biometric verification devices, which were introduced at the eleventh hour, as well as missing voter registration lists and lack of staffing delayed or even prevented voting at those polling sites, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) told reporters.



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Afghanistan elections delayed in Kandahar as nation braces for  polling day violence

Afghanistan elections delayed in Kandahar as nation braces for  polling day violenceVoting for parliamentary elections in Afghanistan's second city has been postponed after a key security official was assassinated and the country braced for widespread insurgent violence on polling day. Taliban commanders on Friday tried to further disrupt the election by issuing a nationwide demand for people to remain at home rather than head to the polls. The vote is seen as a test of president Ashraf Ghani's grip on the country after a grim year of soaring casualties among his forces and civilians and further encroachment by a buoyant Taliban. Dr Ghani's weary international backers, particularly Donald Trump, are desperate for signs of stability and progress after 17-years of pouring troops and money into the country. Yet preparations were dealt a severe blow on Thursday when Kandahar's powerful police chief, Gen Abdul Raziq, was shot dead in an insider attack claimed by the Taliban. Election workers prepare for the country's third parliamentary poll since the Taliban were ousted Credit: Reuters Gen Raziq had been a bastion against Taliban encroachment in the region with a ruthless campaign against the insurgents which had largely stabilised Kandahar and made him the most powerful government figure in southern Afghanistan. The attack at a meeting with US commander, Gen Scott Miller, killed the local intelligence chief and critically wounded the provincial governor, wiping out the local leadership at a stroke. Kandahar, once considered the stronghold of the Taliban movement, was on edge the day after the attack, as funerals were held and officials decided to postpone voting for a week. The Taliban have vowed to disrupt an election they declare a sham and its military council issued a statement warning voters that “participation in this process is aiding the invaders”. It ordered Afghans to “remain indoors and desist from bringing out any means of transport”. A bloody or badly flawed election is predicted to strengthen the Taliban's hand in fledgling talks to find a political settlement to the conflict. More than nine million Afghans are registered to vote in what is only the third parliamentary poll since the Taliban were ousted after the 9/11 attacks. Around 2,500 candidates are standing for 249 seats in a parliament which has in the past decade gained a reputation for graft and greed. This year's polls have already been delayed since 2015 because of rifts within Dr Ghani's government and rows how to clean up the voting system. The vote sees a new generation of election hopefuls, many younger and better educated than previous candidates, take on an old guard frequently tainted with accusations of corruption or involvement in the bloodshed of the 1990s civil war. But the new generation also contains a raft of candidates whose fathers were formerly some of the country's most prominent Mujahideen warlords of the 1990s, and who have been towering figures of Afghan life for decades. This year's voting lists include children of notorious leaders including Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the Uzbek strongman Gen Abdul Rashid Dostum, and the Herat powerbroker Ismail Khan. Jamaluddin Hekmatyar, whose father is remembered for indiscriminately bombarding Kabul as he squabbled with his former comrades in the 1990s, is standing as a member of his father's Hezb-e Islami party. The 42-year-old told the Telegraph he had not gained his candidacy through nepotism and wanted to “represent the people and fight for their rights”. “I have learned from my father to fight for our values, each nation has the right to be independent and we must fight for a good future, no matter how long that fight would be but we should resist.” He said it was not for him to answer for the deeds of the Mujahideen commanders. “I think it’s not a good analysis if we say only Mujahideen leaders committed mistakes here, we should note foreigners role in Afghanistan too.” The possible rise of children whose fathers presided over the destruction of the 1990s is eyed warily by many Afghans. “There will be no deference between the Mujahideen leaders and their children,” said one Herat resident who lost two uncles during the barbarity of the 1990s, “they are just a shadow of their dads”. “Mujahideen leaders want to rule their policies through their children. They are all educated in the West by the money that their dads received by selling the blood of innocent Afghans.”



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Proud Boys Street Gang Had A Weekend Of Coast-To-Coast Violence

Proud Boys Street Gang Had A Weekend Of Coast-To-Coast ViolenceFor one weekend, a violent misogynistic and homophobic street gang of proto-



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