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Israel Approves First New Settler Homes Since Suspending Annexation | World News

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel approved more than 1,300 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday in the first such go-ahead since it suspended annexation plans in the territory.

The decision drew an angry response from Palestinians, who seek to establish a state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.

“We urge the international community to intervene immediately to stop this settlement madness, which destroys any chance for a genuine peace process,” said Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The construction could help mute criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from settler leaders, who are traditional allies.

They had bristled at the annexation suspension that helped pave the way for last month’s deals to forge diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Israel’s West Bank Civil Administration planning committee gave final approval for building 1,313 housing units in several

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In ‘Leave The World Behind,’ 2 Families Face The Unknown Together

Rumaan Alam’s latest novel, Leave the World Behind, centers on a white family and an older Black couple who find themselves together in a beautiful vacation house on Long Island while a power outage — and possibly something much worse — grips much of the East Coast.

The novel, which is up for the National Book Award, explores class and race relations — and how we respond to crisis and fear. The juxtaposition between the luxury inside the home and the growing sense of uneasiness outside the house seems to speak to life during the pandemic, but Alam says the connection was purely accidental.

“I could not have foreseen the particular cultural moment into which I’m publishing this book,” he says.

Alam, who lives in Brooklyn, felt a particular tension between safety and confinement during the early days of New York City’s COVID-19 shutdown: “I felt really trapped earlier

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Uncertainty in Madrid as Court Nixes Partial Virus Lockdown | World News

MADRID (AP) — A court in Madrid has struck down a national government order that imposed a partial lockdown in the Spanish capital and its suburbs, siding with regional officials who had resisted stricter measures against one of Europe’s most worrying virus clusters.

The judges say that travel restrictions in and out of the cities and other limitations might be necessary to fight the spread of the virus but that under the current legal form they were violating residents’ “fundamental rights and freedoms.”

Thursday’s decision means that police won’t be able to fine people for leaving their municipalities or businesses that want to close later than 10 p.m. for shops and 11 p.m. for restaurants and bars. It also leaves 4.8 million residents in Madrid and nine suburban towns wondering whether they can travel to other parts of Spain over a long weekend extended by Monday’s national day celebration.


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Mexico’s Pirate Ambulances Profiteering in the Pandemic | World News

By MARK STEVENSON, The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Many people have been profiteering from the coronavirus pandemic in Mexico; prices for oxygen cylinders, medicinal alcohol and face masks all have skyrocketed. But perhaps the cruelest are the so-called pirate ambulances that take advantage of patients’ desperation.

The poorly equipped, often broken-down rattletraps ply Mexico City streets listening to emergency radio dispatch frequencies and race to beat legitimate ambulance services to medical emergencies. They charge patients’ desperate relatives outrageous sums to take them to a hospital, and sometimes even divert them to poorly equipped private clinics from which they receive kickbacks for bringing in business.

Activists and medical authorities have long complained that they’re not only abusive, but dangerous: Recent inspections have found many of the vehicles operate without sufficient equipment, with untrained personnel and expired medications.

Rachel Sieder, a Mexico City university professor, fell victim to a pirate

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Trust Payments partners with Wakanda Messenger to empower Africans around the world

LONDON, Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Trust Payments, the global unified payments group for global pay-in, pay-out and customer journey technologies, has partnered with social network, messaging and e-commerce startup Wakanda Messenger to provide the payments element for their online marketplace and money remittance service. Wakanda Messenger, developed by Kemit Kingdom, will be widely available on iPhone and Android from 15 October 2020. It has already launched its Beta app in Africa and Europe to a selected audience of 20,000 trial users.  

Trust Payments partners with Wakanda Messenger to empower Africans around the world (PRNewsfoto/Trust Payments)

Wakanda Messenger has been established in response to the particular needs and economic issues faced by the African community around financial inclusion, unemployment, money remittance and e-commerce.  

Jean-Jacques Elong, CEO and Founder of Kemit Kingdom said: “The vision is to empower Africans with a powerful and independent network that we can call our own, developed by Africans for Africans. We are focused on solving social and economic

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Journey around the world in design

For buyers wanting a picturesque getaway home located in a down south favourite, 50 Cherry Hills Circle, Dunsborough ticks all the boxes.

Overlooking a serene lake bordering the Dunsborough Lakes Golf Club, this 662sqm property prioritises tranquility and comfort in both the design and layout.

Enter through an 18th century front door sourced from Brittany, France and head down a 2m-wide hallway laden with polished concrete.

The home showcases and eclectic design, with influences from France, Italy and northern Africa.
Camera IconThe home showcases and eclectic design, with influences from France, Italy and northern Africa. Credit: PETER HUGHES/Edison McGrath.

Among the high ceiling rooms, chic lighting fixtures and gleaming surfaces are tastefully punctured by a collection of charming, old and international fixtures, including several French light fittings, a French cabinet, a carved wooden bedroom piece from India, sleepers from the Busselton railway line and locally sourced and hand-crafted fireplace stone.

Subtle rustic features bring a warm, earthy atmosphere to the space

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The Latest: Coronavirus Outbreak Grows at Boston Hospital | World News

BOSTON — An outbreak of coronavirus infections at a major Boston hospital has grown to 19 confirmed cases.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital originally said it had identified 10 cases among staff and patients connected to two inpatient units.

A new hospital statement says 98 employees have been tested to date, and 11 of them tested positive. In addition, it says 50 patients have been tested, with eight positive.

An additional 445 people are in the process of being tested, and the hospital expects the number of positive cases to grow.

No other areas of the hospital have been affected.


— New York City to offer expanded outdoor dining year-round

— Virginia Gov. Northam and wife test positive for virus

— French Open limits fans to 1,000 per day as cases spike in Paris

— Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted all restrictions

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Exotic Kitchen Design Makeovers From Around the World

When doing a kitchen renovation or designing a new kitchen for you custom built home, you can choose many different exotic styles from around the world. If you have a limited budget, you can decide on the style and slowly renovate your kitchen when you have the money until it is complete. It is an important part of your home and family so make sure that it has enough light and ventilation and does not have a cluttered feel.


This kitchen renovation will bring to your kitchen a warm rustic mood with earthy colors. These colors can include hues of olive green, and yellow, and mellow shades of burgundy, gold, and burnt orange. The Tuscan kitchen stems from the Mediterranean architecture so blue also goes well with this design. To give your walls a rustic feel, you need to texture them using builder’s sand to the paint or do … Read More

James Hardie Siding Ranks As a World Leader

There is a 120-year-old Australian company that leads the world in the manufacture of fiber-based cement. The James Hardie Inc. company was founded in Melbourne in 1888. Today, the company has a worldwide prescience with plants located in the United States, Philippines, New Zealand as well as Australia.

Wide Range of Fiber Cement Products

Specializing in fiber cement for more than a century, Hardie presents a wide array of products including mold, bug, flame, moisture and more impact products for house construction. These fiber cement products include soffit, trim, flashing and siding. The company’s siding product is most popular and highly sought after and used by housing contractors worldwide.

Proprietary Formula

James Hardie board siding products are made from a proprietary formula. It consists of a blend of Portland cement, wood fiber and water and sand. The formula provides exacting durability that makes the product last a lifetime. This product … Read More