Weekday News Wrap: Monday, August 12, 2013
- India and Pakistan have exchanged more gunfire across the disputed border in Kashmir, as a 10-year ceasefire frays over accusations of killings of soldiers deployed on the frontline.
- Israel published a list of 26 Palestinian prisoners set to go free within days, some after spending more than two decades behind bars, in the first stage of a deal that led to a resumption of U.S.-backed peace talks last month.
- Israel also gave preliminary approval for 800 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, put on the market plots for 1,200 more and were set to lay the cornerstone for a new settlement neighborhood consisting of scores of homes in occupied East Jerusalem, a move Palestinians see as undermining the peace process.
- More than 100 people have been killed since Friday in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region in clashes between two tribes over land.
- An al-Qaeda affiliate said it carried out Saturday’s bombings in Iraq, which killed dozens of people, in response to a government campaign to arrest suspected militants.