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Trilateral Mid-East Peace Talks Have Modest Goals Today

U. S. President Barack Obama will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas today, first with each separately then with both as a group. The most pressing issue is whether Israeli will continue building settlements on disputed lands in the West Bank, Al Jazeera.

World leaders are gathered in New York City for a meeting of the General Assembly at the United Nations, Key Issues, BBC News.

Chinese President Hu Jintao is expected to announce an ambitious new climate change plan. the plan will include voluntary reduction targets. China is currently the world’s largest producer of greenhouse gases. China may also introduce an international carbon-trading system, New York Times. Representatives of the airline industry will also announce that they intend to cut emission by 50% by 2050, BBC News. Watch President Obama’s opening remarks on climate change, MSNBC.

An illegal immigrant camp, known as the “Jungle” in Calais, France was destroyed by riot police earlier today. Up to 1,000 people had been living at the camp which is used as a staging ground for people to go to Britain. Many of the immigrants left in the previous few day. Only 278 were evicted today, 132 of which were minors. The immigrants came mainly from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Eritrea. Those picked up will be processed and sent back to their home countries, CNN International.

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Settlement Issue Looms Large in Israel-Palestine Peace Process

While publicly maintaining it has the authority to build new settlements, Israel has quietly stopped issuing new construction permits in the West Bank. The West Bank is home to about 2.5 million Palestinians and 300,000 Israelis. Palestinians allege that new building by Israel pushes Palestinians out of the disputed lands. The U.S. and the United Nations have called for a halt to building new settlements but, even though no new permits are being issued, construction continues, Associated Press.

In-depth report from Al Jazeera on the settlement issue.

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