extra extra newspaperIsrael, Palestinian negotiators hold Jerusalem talks
Ramallah, Palestine (AFP) Aug 20, 2013 – Israeli and Palestinian officials held talks in Jerusalem on Tuesday and were to meet again later the same day, Palestinian sources said, just six days after they resumed direct negotiations. An initial two-hour meeting took place in secret in the morning, with negotiators set to return to Jerusalem’s King David Hotel for a “second round of talks” at around 7:30pm (1630 GMT), a senior offici … more

Spain tells Britain to remove Gibraltar reef
Madrid (AFP) Aug 20, 2013 – Spain told Britain on Tuesday it must remove a concrete reef laid in the waters off Gibraltar before Madrid will agree to dialogue in a row over the British outpost. Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo sharply criticised Gibraltar’s laying of 70 concrete blocks to form the reef last month in disputed waters that were used by Spanish fishermen. Spain is willing to restart … more

US military judge weighs sentence for Bradley Manning
Fort Meade MD (AFP) Aug 20, 2013 – A US military judge has said she will announce a sentence Wednesday for Bradley Manning, the soldier convicted of espionage for giving classified government documents to WikiLeaks. The judge, Colonel Denise Lind, opened proceedings in the court early Tuesday and adjourned within five minutes to begin her deliberations on Manning’s punishment over the massive leak. “I will be ready to an … more

Study finds brain lesions in spy plane pilots
Washington, DC (AFP) Aug 19, 2013 – Tiny brain lesions are vastly more common in US Air Force pilots who fly at high altitudes than in non-pilots, according to a study released Monday. The findings in the journal Neurology describe an analysis of 102 pilots who fly U-2 reconnaissance aircraft at an altitude of some 21,000 meters (70,000 feet). These pilots, age 26 to 50, had nearly four times the volume and three times the … more

More than 30,000 Syrians enter Iraq amid fighting: UN
Arbil, Iraq / Iraq (AFP) Aug 19, 2013 – More than 30,000 Syrians have entered Iraq in recent days, the UN’s refugee agency said Monday, one of the biggest movements of people fleeing violence since their homeland’s conflict began. Humanitarian workers reported refugees fleeing from as far afield as Damascus and Aleppo, and said the massive influx had left aid agencies scrambling for critical infrastructure and supplies. Thousa … more