WORLD, UNITED NATIONS, ISRAEL
A Palestinian youth died on Saturday at a West Bank hospital following a clash with Israeli troops near Ramallah, Palestinian hospital officials said.
The confrontation was one of three in a matter of hours on Friday in which Palestinians died in Israeli-Palestinian violence, making it one of the tensest days in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip in recent months.
Israeli soldiers fired at the Palestinian after he threw a fire-bomb at them, the military said.
Earlier on Friday, an 18-month-old Palestinian boy was killed in a house fire in the West Bank village of Duma near Nablus that was set by suspected Jewish assailants. His parents and a sibling are in critical condition in Israeli hospitals, officials said.
In the Gaza Strip the same day, Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian teenager near the border fence in the northern part of the coastal territory, Palestinian medical officials said.
It said Lavrov was visiting Qatar to discuss peace moves in Syria, Yemen and Libya, international consolidation against Islamic State, stability in the Persian Gulf, and bilateral relations between Russia and Qatar.
Airplane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion and may belong to a vanished Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 arrived in France on Saturday for investigators to study its origin.
WORLD, FRANCE, AEROSPACE & DEFENSE
Eleven Colombian military personnel were killed on Friday when their transport plane suffered motor failure and crashed in the northern province of Cesar, killing all on board, according to a statement from the Air Force.
The burned hulk of the plane was found near the town of Codazzi, about 600 km (372 miles) northeast of Bogota near the border with Venezuela.
As a rainbow-colored flotilla paraded through Amsterdam’s canals for the city’s annual Gay Pride festival on Saturday, one float carried a sobering reminder that gay rights do not extend to all in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Although the Netherlands itself became the first country to legalize gay marriage in 2001, the three Caribbean members of the larger Kingdom — Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten — have yet to follow suit, reflecting cultural taboos in the mostly Catholic island nations.
That leaves the Kingdom, famed for its tolerant stance on marijuana and euthanasia, apparently less progressive on gay rights than Ireland, where voters approved gay marriage in a referendum in May, and the United States, where the Supreme Court upheld a constitutional right to gay marriage in June.