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Netanyahu Gains Support

Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu has pulled together a coalition that will back him as Prime Minister of Israel. Previously viewed world-wide as a right-winger, Netanyahu has reversed course to say he will negotiate with the Palestinian Authority. The coalition includes the Labor Party under leader Ehud Barak who made his support conditional on Netanyahu’s promise to negotiate with Palestine. Netanyahu was previously prime minister from 1996 to 1999. Palestinian leaders, as well as U.S. President Barack Obama, favor a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel and Palestine both having clearly demarcated borders and legally recognized governments, BBC News.

Israelis and Israeli Arabs clashed in Umm al-Fahm, Israel. Yesterday morning members of a far-right activist group in Israel attempted to march with Israeli flags on the town of Umm al-Fahm- a town in Israel inhabited predominantly by Arab citizens of Israel. Thousands of police were dispatched to quell violence. Skirmishes broke out as the far-right group attempted to march through the town and a counter demonstration by Israeli Arabs, some carrying the Palestinian flag, pushed back. Several police were wounded, Al Bawaba.

The state of North Dakota was declared a federal disaster zone in response to recent flooding. North Dakota was also badly affected by flooding in 1997 which killed 11 people in the United States. Heavy snowfall and an early freeze are cited as causes of the flooding, CBC News.

Thai troops crossed a disputed border with Cambodia on Wednesday. The 11th century Preah Vihear temple is claimed by both Thailand and Cambodia. In 1962, the International Court of Justice ruled that the temple belonged to Cambodia. Cambodia applied to have the area declared a World Heritage site by the United Nations last year. Thai officials deny that they have crossed any territory unlawfully, CNN International.

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