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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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New York settles Eric Garner killing case for $5.9m

A picture of Eric Garner is seen on a newspaper at his memorial in Staten Island, NYC. Credit: Reuters

New York City has reached a settlement with the family of man who died after being restrained by police in July 2014.

The family of Eric Garner - who died after being put in an illegal 'choke hold' by police - will receive $5.9 million to resolve the claim over his killing, The New York Times has reported, citing a family lawyer.

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