Friday, March 30, 2012


* 'One killed, dozens wounded in Gaza Land Day protests' One Palestinian was killed and dozens wounded when protests marking Land Day turned violent in the Gaza Strip on Friday.

* Protesters in Israel's neighbors mark Land Day Protesters gathered in Israel's neighboring countries on Friday for demonstrations marking the 36th annual Land Day.

* Annan demands Syrian government begins ceasefire 'now' The UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, expects the government to implement his peace plan immediately.

* Settlers take up residence in Hebron house Several dozen settlers have taken up residence in a Hebron house overnight, claiming they purchased it from its Palestinian owner.

* 'Iran helps Syria ship oil to China' Iran is helping its ally Syria defy Western sanctions by providing a vessel to ship Syrian oil to a state-run company in China.

* France arrests 19 suspected Islamist militants in raids Police in France have arrested 19 suspected Islamist militants and seized weapons in a series of dawn raids, President Nicolas Sarkozy says.

* Biden: 'Something in the Gulf,' Eurozone could bring down Obama Vice President Joe Biden Thursday made some oblique references to a possible war in Iran  or a Eurozone collapse bringing the Obama presidency to an end in November.

* Daylight Savings Time installed Israel reintroduced Daylight Savings Time (DST) overnight, pushing time forward one hour at 2 am to 3 am Friday.

* 'We need to invest in a European identity' The European Parliament is trying to cultivate a "European identity," with top officials saying that it is the only way to ensure a lasting union between member states.

* Israel Defense Ministry plan earmarks 10 percent of West Bank for settlement expansion For years Israel's Civil Administration has been covertly locating and mapping available land in the West Bank. 

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