In case you missed it: Weekend news summary 499129

Left your phone at home this weekend? These are all the major stories you missed!

July 8, 2017 22:02
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Cave of the Patriarchs

Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. (photo credit: OOMAN/WIKIMEDIA)

Here's an update on the top stories that you might have missed over the weekend:

1. UNESCO rules Cave of the Patriarchs as Palestinian

The Cave of Patriarchs, Hebron (Tovah Lazaroff)

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For the first time ever, the 21-member World Heritage committee recognized on Friday a significant Jewish religious site — the Cave of the Patriarchs — as part of the State of Palestine. In a secret ballot vote, 12 countries approved this ruling on Hebron’s Old Town and the Cave. Three objected and six abstained.

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2. Iran seeking nuclear weapons technology, German intel says

A ballistic missile is launched and tested in an undisclosed location, Iran, March 9, 2016. (Reuters)

Damning German intelligence reports emerged in June and July revealing the Iranian regime’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and missile technology in defiance of international sanctions and UN resolutions. A federal intelligence report also said that the Islamic Republic targets Jewish and Israeli institutions with espionage.

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3. London mayor to urge UK government to outlaw Hezbollah

London Mayor Sadiq Khan (Reuters)

London Mayor Sadiq Khan will write to the United Kingdom Home Secretary Amber Rudd to lobby the government to outlaw Hezbollah. The UK added Hezbollah's External Security Organization to its list of terrorist organizations in 2001. Khan's request would entail the outlawing of the entire organization.

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4. On the brink of a Hamas-Israel exchange deal?

Mengistu, Goldin and Shaul (Reuters)

According to Lebanese media, the bodies of IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, that were killed by Hamas and their bodies held in the Gaza Strip during Operation Protective Edge in 2014, will be returned to Israel alongside three Israeli citizens, Abera Mengistu, Hisham al-Sayed, and Jumaa Abu Ghanima.

In return, Hamas demands the release of all those prisoners released during the Gilad Shalit deal only to be later apprehended by Israel. In addition, Hamas demanded that female inmates, teenagers, and Palestinian members of parliament detained in Israeli prisons be released.

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5. Iraqi army says Mosul victory imminent, IS vows 'fight until death'

Members of the Emergency Response Division celebrate in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq July 8, 2017. (Reuters)

Islamic State militants vowed to "fight to the death" in Mosul on Saturday as Iraqi military commanders said they would take full control of the city from the insurgents at any moment.

Dozens of Iraqi soldiers celebrated amid the rubble on the banks of the Tigris river without waiting for a formal victory declaration, some dancing to music blaring out from a truck and firing machine guns into the air, a Reuters correspondent said.

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