News in Brief

Non-Jewish fallen to be buried in same cemetery sections as Jews, Ya’alon decides

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon is expected to announce that non-Jewish soldiers who are buried in military cemeteries will be interred in the same section as their fallen Jewish comrades, albeit in separate rows. As a result of the change, MK Elazar Stern ‏(Hatnuah‏), a former head of the Israel Defense Forces Personnel Directorate, is expected to withdraw a private member’s bill stipulating that soldiers whose Judaism has not been established shall be buried alongside their Jewish comrades. The issue relates mainly to immigrants. ‏(Jonathan Lis‏)

Man knifed to death at Eilat commercial center

A Petah Tikva man was stabbed to death on Saturday morning in Eilat. The 26-year-old victim, who worked in a hotel in the Red Sea port city, is believed to have been knifed by a 32-year-old Netanya man who also works in an Eilat hotel. The victim was taken to Eilat’s Yoseftal Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The attack occurred at around 8 A.M. in front of Beit Almog, a commercial, entertainment and office complex. The suspect was caught about an hour later wandering in the area with a knife in his possession. ‏(Yanir Yagna‏)

Bolivia joins allies to offer asylum for Edward Snowden

Bolivian President Evo Morales says NSA leaker Edward Snowden is welcome in his country. Morales said on Saturday he is making the offer as a protest against the United States and European nations he accuses of temporarily blocking his flight home from a Moscow summit because they suspected he might have Snowden on board. Morales follows presidents Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua in making the offer. (AP‏)

Sixty people missing after derailment, blasts in Quebec town

About 60 people were missing after a fuel-laden freight train derailed and exploded on Saturday in the middle of a Quebec town. A train carrying crude oil left the track in downtown Lac-Megantic and burst into flames, engulfing at least 30 buildings, including cafes and restaurants filled with patrons. Yannick Gagne, the owner of the Musi-Cafe restaurant, told Radio-Canada that at least 30 people were in his restaurant when he left minutes before the explosions. (DPA‏)

Hurricane Erick lurks in Pacific along Mexican coast

Hurricane Erick formed on Saturday off Mexico’s Pacific coast and was expected to crawl along offshore, weaken and perhaps bring tropical-storm winds to the Baja Peninsula by late today. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Erick was located about 90 miles south of Manzanillo, Mexico’s top cargo shipping port, and was packing maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour. The storm was not expected to get much more powerful but could dump up to eight inches of rain along the coast and cause flash floods, the center warned. ‏(Reuters‏)

Top fugitive Italian cocaine boss nabbed in Bogota, Colombia

Italian and Colombian police say a fugitive Italian mobster who is a global cocaine trafficker has been captured in a Bogota shopping mall. Colombian police said on Saturday Roberto Pannunzi had a false Venezuelan ID when nabbed earlier in the week. They say Pannunzi imported two tons of cocaine every month from Colombia to Europe. Italian prosecutor Nicola Gratteri told reporters in Italy that Colombia was expelling Pannunzi and that the convicted drug dealer would arrive last night on a flight to Rome. Pannunzi, 67, has twice fled arrest in Italy. ‏(AP‏)

35,000 march in Dublin against Irish abortion bill

More than 35,000 anti-abortion activists have marched through Dublin to oppose Irish government plans to enact a bill legalizing terminations for women in life-threatening pregnancies. on Saturday's demonstration was by far the biggest in a series of protests against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, which is expected to be passed into law next week. Ireland officially bans abortion. But the Supreme Court in 1992 ruled that the Irish constitution equally defends the pregnant woman’s right to life, therefore life-saving abortions were legal. ‏(AP‏)

Austerity drive: Pope tells priests to buy ‘humble’ cars

Pope Francis said on Saturday that it pained him to see priests driving flashy cars, telling them to pick something more “humble.” Francis told a group of young and trainee priests and nuns, “It hurts me when I see a priest or nun with the latest model car; you can’t do this. A car is necessary to do a lot of work but, please, choose a more humble one. If you like the fancy one, just think about how many children are dying of hunger in the world,” he said. The pope’s car of choice is said to be a compact Ford Focus. ‏(Reuters‏)