Palestinian youth dies after West Bank clash with Israeli troops


Palestinian protester returns a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during clashes following the funeral of Palestinian youth Laith al-Khaldi, in Jalazoun refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah

Related: 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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/01/us-israel-palestinians-idUSKCN0Q62ZT20150801

Russia’s Lavrov to meet U.S., Saudi counterparts in Qatar


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speak at the Zakovkzalny War Memorial in Sochi

Related: WORLD

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/01/us-russia-lavrov-qatar-idUSKCN0Q632Q20150801

Airplane debris arrives in France for Malaysia crash investigation


French gendarmes and police inspect a large piece of plane debris which was found on the beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/01/us-malaysia-airlines-crash-idUSKCN0Q62WN20150801

Related: WORLD, FRANCE, AEROSPACE & DEFENSE

Eleven Colombian military personnel killed in plane crash


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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/01/us-colombia-accident-military-idUSKCN0Q634I20150801

Dutch activists call for Caribbean Netherlands to adopt gay rights


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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/01/us-netherlands-gaymarriage-caribbean-idUSKCN0Q638K20150801