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ISRAEL

Firebomb suspects detained

Two Palestinians suspected of throwing a firebomb that wounded an 11-year-old girl and her father have been arrested in the West Bank, the Shin Bet security service said on Saturday. The two, including a 16-year-old, were detained overnight on Friday, hours after the incident at Azzoun village in the north of the occupied territory, a Shin Bet statement said. It said the two Palestinians hid in ambush above the road separating the Maale Shomron settlement from Azzoun before throwing the petrol bomb at a car carrying the Israelis. The vehicle caught fire and the girl was gravely injured. She was still being treated in hospital late on Saturday, Israeli media reported. Her father suffered light injuries in the attack. According to the military, in the first nine days of this month, Palestinians carried out 24 Molotov cocktail attacks, five of them targeting civilian cars.

GREECE

Lawmakers to vote today

Lawmakers were to try for a third and final time today to elect a new president and avoid a snap general election that could undermine the country’s international bailout. The definitive round of voting to choose a successor to President Karolos Papoulias comes during last-ditch efforts by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to get the government’s candidate elected and avert early polls. “The Greek people don’t want early elections. The Greek people understand where this adventure could lead,” Samaras said late on Saturday in an interview on Nerit public television.

BAHRAIN

Shiite leader summoned

The leader of the nation’s largest Shiite opposition group says he has been summoned for questioning by the Ministry of the Interior. Sheik Ali Salman, head of the al-Wefaq group, says authorities did not tell him why he was being summoned by criminal investigators yesterday. He said heavily armed government forces arrived at his house on Saturday to deliver the order. On Friday al-Wefaq members re-elected Salman as their secretary-general. Also on Friday, al-Wefaq organized a protest to press for greater rights from the Sunni-led monarchy. Salman says al-Wefaq had a ministry permit to hold the rally. The Bahrain News Agency quoted police as saying violations occurred during the rally and that organizers were consequently summoned.

ITALY

Baby born at sea

A baby born at sea on Christmas Day after his Nigerian mother was plucked from a floundering migrant boat by the navy has been baptized Testimony Salvatore in honor of the medics who delivered him. The two-day old infant, who weighed in at 2.7kg, and his 28-year-old mother were both recovering in hospital on Saturday after what was a smooth delivery in testing circumstances, according to the gynaecologist who oversaw it. The cheering Christmas tale came as it was confirmed that Italian authorities have identified a 32-year-old Egyptian man as a linchpin in the large-scale people smuggling that has been instrumental in sending asylum seekers and economic migrants across the Mediterranean in unprecedented numbers this year. Described as a trafficking “superboss” and named as Ahmed Mohamed Farrag Hanafi, the alleged trafficking overlord is now being pursued by the Egyptian authorities at Italy’s request, prosecutors in the Sicilian city of Catania confirmed. The suspect is thought to be based in the Kafr el-Sheikh Governorate in northern Egypt and had been identified as a result of intercepted mobile phone calls.

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