A nine-year old girl was wounded in a terror attack in the Israeli settlement of Psagot, north of Jerusalem in the West Bank. She is now in stable condition. The assailant has yet to be caught.
Iran arrested at least four people for planning to sabotage a nuclear site. According to Mehr news agency, the would-be saboteurs were monitored, "caught red-handed and their interrogations are ongoing."
United Nations inspectors have begun destroying Syria's chemical weapons stockpile and machinery. According to a feature in the German magazine Der Spiegel, Assad insisted that government forces were not responsible for the the August 21st chemical attack that prompted this UN mission, and that UN inspectors will be granted "full access" to chemical sites.
U.S. special forces targeted Islamic extremists responsible for attacks in Somalia and Libya, and successfully captured a Libyan Al-Qaida leader said to be involved in the bombings of U.S. embassies 15 years ago. In reference to such U.S. operations against terrorist factions in northern Africa, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned that terrorists "can run but they can't hide," and vowed to continue to "try to bring people to justice in an appropriate way."
Amos Harel says the facts are clear the West doesn't have much time left to stop Iran. He believes that Obama's declaration Friday that Iran is more than a year away from building a nuclear bomb simply reflects a more conservative interpretation of this fact. The talks between the major powers and Tehran scheduled for next week will be one of the last opportunities to reach a compromise.
Plans for the building of an Arab city on the ruins of the Palestinian village of Al-Lajun show how the right of return could be implemented. Planned by architect Shadi Habib-Allah, the "utopian city" emulates traditional Palestinian planning, architecture and design, and will be a memorial to the dozens of villages that existed there before the establishment of Israel.
A senior leader of the militant group Al-Shabab is believed to have been killed in a Navy SEAL raid of a seaside Somalian villa in response to a deadly attack at a Nairobi shopping mall last month. According to the New York Times, the unnamed target was thought to have been killed in a predawn firefight after the SEAL team landed in the Somali town of Barawe, but the commandos had to withdraw before receiving confirmation.
Four suspects were arrested for allegedly smashing 15 gravestones in a Protestant cemetery on Jerusalem's Mount Zion. A number of the vandalized gravestones were those of some of the city's most prominent figures in the 19th and early 20th centuries, including Jonah Ludwig Schneller, a German missionary who founded an orphanage in northern Jerusalem.
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