Egypt Independent: World-Main news en Suicide bomber kills 45 at volleyball match in Afghanistan <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>&nbsp;A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a crowd of spectators at a volleyball match in Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 45 people, a provincial official said, as foreign troops withdraw from the country after more than a decade of fighting.</p><p>Mukhles Afghan, spokesman for the governor of Paktika province, said at least 50 more were wounded in the attack in Yahya Khel district, where residents had gathered to watch a tournament final.</p><p>He said most of the casualties were civilians.</p><p>No one immediately claimed responsibility for Sunday&#39;s attack. The spokesman said around 50 more people were wounded.</p><p>Casualties were high because the crowd was so dense, since people had come from nearby districts to cheer on their team. No other details were immediately available because of the remoteness of the location.</p><p>The Taliban and other jihadist militants have unleashed waves of suicide attacks in Afghanistan this year as foreign forces pull out after 13 years of war.</p><p>About 12,000 international troops will remain in Afghanistan next year to train and support Afghanistan&#39;s security forces.</p><p>Paktika was the site of one of this year&#39;s deadliest attacks in July, when 89 people were killed by a bomb in a crowded market.</p><p>International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach condemned the &quot;cowardly&quot; attack.</p><p>&quot;It is an attack on sport itself and on the positive values it can bring to help build strong communities and foster peace and reconciliation around the world,&quot; he said in a statement.</p><p>The Taliban banned public sports events as un-Islamic during their five-year rule before the 2001 U.S.-led intervention that toppled them from power after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on U.S. cities.</p><p>Paktika province has an active Afghan Taliban insurgent presence and lies along the porous border with&nbsp;<a href="" title="Full coverage of Pakistan">Pakistan</a>&#39;s North Waziristan region, used as a base by both the Haqqani militant network and the Pakistani branch of the Taliban.</p><p>The Pakistani army for months has been waging an offensive against militants in North Waziristan, driving refugees and militant fighters across the border into Afghanistan.</p><p>This year has been one of the bloodiest for Afghan civilians, according to the United Nations, which recorded nearly 5,000 deaths and injuries of civilians in the first half of the year.</p> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:36:00 +0000 Reuters 2440373 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/01/19/484151/imf_un_killed.jpg Israel eyes powers to target Arab residency, welfare rights <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>aThe Israeli government is to seek powers to strip Arabs of their residency and welfare rights if they or their relatives participate in unrest, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.</p><p>His comments at the weekly cabinet meeting came as Interior Minister Gilad Erdan used existing powers to revoke the residency of a Palestinian who had already served 10 years in prison for his role in a 2001 bombing.</p><p>Netanyahu told ministers that the proposed change to the law would seek authority to revoke the rights of any Arab resident who took part in, or incited, violence, even stone-throwing.</p><p>He said the proposals would complement the policy of demolishing the family homes of those involved in attacks on Israelis which his government adopted in annexed Arab east Jerusalem earlier this month despite condemnation by human rights watchdogs.</p><p>&quot;It cannot be that those who attack Israeli citizens and call for the elimination of the State of Israel will enjoy rights such as National Insurance -- and their family members as well, who support them,&quot; Netanyahu told ministers.</p><p>&quot;This law is important in order to exact a price from those who engage in attacks and incitement, including the throwing of stones and firebombs,&quot; his office quoted him as saying.</p><p>Annexed Arab east Jerusalem has been hit by months of unrest, which has spread across the occupied West Bank and to Arab communities inside Israel.</p><p>Last Tuesday, two Palestinians burst into a Jerusalem synagogue with meat cleavers and a gun and killed four rabbis and a policeman who came to their aid, in the city&#39;s deadliest violence in six years.</p><p>The following day, Israeli forces demolished the east Jerusalem home of a Palestinian who killed a young woman and a baby with his car last month before being shot dead by police.</p><p>Punitive house demolitions have been used by Israel for years in the West Bank but the policy was halted in 2005 after the army said they had no proven deterrent effect.</p><p>Their introduction in annexed Arab east Jerusalem this month drew condemnation from human rights groups, which said the practice amounted to collective punishment as the victims were not the perpetrators of attacks but their families.</p><p>Palestinians in east Jerusalem have residency rights but not Israeli citizenship. Their residency entitles them to freedom of movement as well as social benefits, such as national insurance or health insurance, and its revocation entails loss of those benefits.</p><p>Netanyahu has promised a raft of tough measures to tackle the violence in east Jerusalem, in a nod to hardliners within his right-wing Likud party as talk grows of an early general election.</p><p><strong>&#39;Flagrant breach of trust&#39;</strong></p><p>The interior minister on Sunday revoked the residency and welfare rights of Palestinian Israel resident Mahmud Nadi, who served 10 years in prison for driving a suicide bomber to a Tel Aviv nightclub where he killed 21 people in 2001.</p><p>Nearly all Arabs in Israel have citizenship but a small number have only residency rights.</p><p>By contrast, the vast majority of Palestinians living in occupied and annexed east Jerusalem hold residency rights, not citizenship. For them, taking citizenship would be tantamount to accepting Israel&#39;s seizure of the eastern sector of the city during the 1967 Six Day War.</p><p>The decision to strip Nadi, who comes from the northern West Bank town of Qalqilya, of Israeli residency was communicated to him in a letter sent by Erdan, which gave no explanation of the timing of the move.</p><p>&quot;In these circumstances, given the severity of your actions and the flagrant breach of trust as a resident of Israel... I have decided to make use of my authority to cancel your permanent residency in Israel,&quot; Erdan wrote.</p><p>&quot;Israel is facing a wave of terror and incitement, in which (non-citizen) residents are carrying out attacks, aiding them and justifying them, and even inciting others to carry out crimes and acts of murder,&quot; he said.</p> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:28:00 +0000 AFP 2440370 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/23/499612/palestinian_protesters_throw_back_a_tear_gas_canister_towards_israeli_security_forces.jpg Palestinian ministry: Israeli forces kill Palestinian along Gazan border <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian in the Gaza Strip near the border with Israel on Sunday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said, the first such fatality since a 50-day war ended in August.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Israeli military said it fired at two Palestinians who approached Israel&#39;s security fence with the Hamas Islamist-dominated enclave, hitting one of them, after they ignored shouts to halt and warning shots.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Health Ministry said Fadel Mohammed Halawa, 32, was killed in the incident, east of Jabalya refugee camp.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>One of Halawa&#39;s relatives said he had been searching for song birds, which nest in trees near the Israeli border and command high prices in Gaza markets.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Israel has long designated areas along its frontier with the Gaza Strip as &quot;no-go&quot; zones for Palestinians, citing concerns that militants could plant bombs or carry out surveillance of Israeli patrols.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were killed during the Gaza war, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. Israeli puts its death toll at 67 soldiers and six civilians, killed by rockets and attacks by Hamas and other militant groups.</div> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:28:00 +0000 Reuters 2440354 at sites/default/files/photo/2012/11/16/228/dsc_1275.jpg Iran says nuclear deal 'impossible' by November 24 deadline: ISNA <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Iran says it will not be possible by a 24 November deadline to reach a comprehensive deal with world powers aimed at resolving the stand-off over Tehran&#39;s nuclear ambitions, the Iranian Students News Agency ISNA reported on Sunday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Considering the short time left until the deadline and number of issues that needed to be discussed and resolved, it is impossible to reach a final and comprehensive deal by 24 November,&quot; ISNA quoted an unnamed member of Iran&#39;s negotiating team in Vienna as saying.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;The issue of extension of the talks is an option on the table and we will start discussing it if no deal is reached by Sunday night,&quot; the person said.</div><div>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div>The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China began a final round of talks with Iran on Tuesday, looking to clinch a pact under which Tehran would curb its nuclear work in exchange for lifting economically crippling sanctions.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Iran rejects Western allegations that it has been seeking to develop a nuclear bomb capability.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Iranian and western diplomats close to the negotiations in Vienna told Reuters the two sides remained deadlocked on the key issues of Iran&#39;s uranium enrichment capacity and the lifting of the sanctions.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Iranian official was quoted as saying the sides &quot;were trying to reach a framework accord on major issues like ... the number of centrifuges, enrichment capacity and the timeframe of lifting sanctions.&quot;</div> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:04:00 +0000 Reuters 2440348 at sites/default/files/photo/2013/06/03/5886/irans_arak_reactor.jpg