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Driver killed in ‘ramming’

A Palestinian motorist was killed in a suspected ramming attack on Saturday near a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank in which three Israelis were injured, police said. There has been a surge of street violence since the beginning of last month, with at least 14 Israelis killed in stabbings and shootings or being run down by cars. Security forces have killed at least 76 Palestinians, 45 of whom the government says were carrying out or were about to carry out attacks. In Saturday’s incident, the Palestinian driver sustained fatal injuries in a collision with an Israeli car near the settlement of Psagot, a police spokeswoman said. Three Israelis in the second car were lightly hurt. “Preliminary findings indicate that this was likely a terrorist attack,” the police spokeswoman said. She said the Palestinian’s car had Israeli license plates that had not been issued to it, a possible indication it was meant to be used to access Israel or a Jewish settlement illicitly.


Eight die in helicopter crash

Eight people, including seven Afghan migrants, died earlier this week when a helicopter registered in Ukraine crashed in eastern Slovakia, the Ministry of the Interior said in Bratislava on Saturday, updating a previous toll. Ministry spokesman Ivan Netik said the victims of the crash, which likely occurred overnight on Tuesday to Wednesday last week, included a Ukrainian pilot and seven Afghans — five men and two women. “The Mi-2 helicopter registered in Ukraine flew too low in very poor weather conditions as it wanted to evade the air traffic control system,” Netik said. The helicopter crashed about 15km from the Ukrainian border, which is an outer frontier of the EU’s passport-free Schengen area. “It is likely that the helicopter was used by criminals to transport illegal migrants,” the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service said on Friday.


Liberty museum proposed

A large copper face is the first thing that greets visitors to the museum in the base of the Statue of Liberty. It is an exact replica of Lady Liberty’s own visage, giving people a chance to see an aspect of the statue that otherwise is far out of reach. However, it is a chance that only a limited number of visitors to Liberty Island get, since the museum is open only to those who have tickets to the pedestal or the crown. The National Park Service wants to change that, and has proposed the building of a larger museum on Liberty Island, but outside of the actual statue that would be accessible to anyone who traveled to the island.


Amadou arrested on arrival

Opposition presidential candidate Hama Amadou was on Saturday arrested on his return from a year in exile over allegations of baby trafficking, a party colleague said. “He was arrested on leaving the plane. Police presented him with a warrant issued for his arrest,” lawmaker Amadou Salah said. The former prime minister and national assembly president fled the country in August last year. Salah said that after leaving the airplane, Amadou “was led to a car [and taken] to an as yet unknown destination.” Security forces blocked the route and access to the area as the two-time former prime minister was driven away. Earlier, a reporter had witnessed clashes between security forces and supporters of Amadou’s Modem party outside the airport. After sporadic clashes across the day, calm had returned as night fell at about 7pm.

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