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US 'concerns' over Israel's West Bank building plans

Israeli paramilitary police and Jewish settlers stand near two partially-built dwellings during their demolition in the West Bank. Credit: Reuters

The United States is "deeply concerned" about Israel's plans to build 300 new homes in a Jewish settlement on the occupied West Bank and hundreds of homes in east Jerusalem.

State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement:

The United States continues to view settlements as illegitimate and we strongly oppose steps to advance construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Settlement expansion threatens the two-state solution and calls into question Israel's commitment to a negotiated resolution to the conflict.

– Mark Toner, US State Department

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Debris is from 'same type of plane as MH370', official says

A crew member from the Royal Malaysian Air Force looks through a window during the search for MH370. Credit: Reuters

Air accident investigators think suspected plane debris which has washed up off the east coast of Africa is from the same type of aircraft as missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.

A US official said that investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is from a Boeing 777 - the same model as the doomed Malaysian airlines flight that vanished last year.

No trace has been found of the Malaysia Airlines jet, which disappeared in March last year carrying 239 passengers and crew from Kuala Lumpur, bound for Beijing, and is now one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history.

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