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``If at first you don't succeed, try try again,'' Netanyahu said. He vowed to put an Israeli spacecraft on the moon ``intact'' in the next two years. VOA

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will annex some Israeli settlements in the West Bank if he wins Tuesday’s Israeli election. The move would mark a sharp departure from current Israeli policy.

In an interview with Israeli television Benjamin Netanyahu promised to annex at least some Jewish settlements in the West Bank.


He said that every Jewish settlement in the West Bank is part of Israel, and he will not uproot one Jewish settler. That is in contrast to his challenger, Benny Gantz, who has said he could move some Israelis from the West Bank in a peace deal with the Palestinians.


Netanyahu’s remarks come two days before a closely fought Israeli election that could challenge Netanyahu’s 10 year run in the prime minister’s office. Pixabay

Netanyahu’s remarks come two days before a closely fought Israeli election that could challenge Netanyahu’s 10 year run in the prime minister’s office. Palestinian foreign minister Riad Malki warned that Netanyahu would face a “real problem” if he annexes Jewish settlements.

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Palestinians say the entire West Bank and Gaza Strip as well as east Jerusalem must be part of a future Palestinian state. Israel has controlled the West Bank since 1967, but unlike the Golan Heights or east Jerusalem, has never annexed it.
About 400,000 Israelis live in Jewish settlements in the West Bank alongside 2.3 million Palestinians.

U.S. President Donald Trump has promised to release details of a new peace plan after the Israeli elections. (VOA)


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The Indian ships will spend more than two months in the region, the navy said in a statement.

NEW DELHI - India Navy sending four ships for exercises and port visits with the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, its navy said Wednesday, as China's maritime power grows in the area.

The Indian ships will spend more than two months in the region, the navy said in a statement.

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The UK government on Thursday announced that it will move India from the red to the amber list on Sunday, in the country's latest update to the 'Red-Amber-Green' traffic light ratings for arrivals into England amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

This means the visit visas for the UK from India are open, in addition to other long-term visas that have remained open. But travellers from India arriving in England can complete a 10-day quarantine at home or in the place they are staying (not mandatorily quarantine in a managed hotel).

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Pakistan has failed miserably to protect Hindus, their interests.

A Hindu temple in Pakistan's Punjab province was reportedly vandalized by hundreds of people after a nine-year-old Hindu boy, who allegedly urinated at a local seminary, received bail, a media report said on Thursday.

According to the Dawn news report, the incident took place on Wednesday in Bhong town, about 60 km from Rahim Yar Khan city.

Besides the vandalization, the mob also blocked the Sukkur-Multan Motorway (M-5), the report added.

Citing sources, Dawn news said that a case was registered against the minor on July 24 based on a complaint filed by a cleric, Hafiz Muhammad Ibrahim, of the Darul Uloom Arabia Taleemul Quran.

The sources said that "some Hindu elders did tender an apology to the seminary administration saying the accused was a minor and mentally challenged".

But, when a lower court granted him bail a few days ago, some people incited the public in the town on Wednesday and got all shops there closed in protest, the report quoted the sources as further saying.

A video clip showing people wielding clubs and rods storming the temple and smashing its glass doors, windows, lights, and damaging the ceiling fans went viral on social media.

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