- - Tuesday, August 9, 2011

IRAQ

Parliament approves press-freedom law

BAGHDAD — The Iraqi parliament on Tuesday approved a law aimed at strengthening journalists’ rights in a country that tops the list of unsolved killings of members of the media.

The law “aims to promote the rights of journalists and protect them in the Republic of Iraq,” according to the second article, the text of which was posted on parliament’s website after its adoption.

“Journalists shall not be questioned or investigated for a crime attributed to them linked to the practice of journalism, except by judicial decision,” according to the law.

It also says newspapers cannot be prevented from publishing or be confiscated except by judicial decision.

ISRAEL

White House ‘deeply concerned’ over Jerusalem housing project

The Obama administration said Tuesday it is “deeply concerned” by Israeli approval of new housing construction in disputed East Jerusalem.

The State Department said such “unilateral actions work against efforts to resume direct negotiations” and the spirit of the peace process. In a statement, the department said it has raised its objections with the Israeli government.

Last week, an Israeli planning commission approved 930 new housing units in the Har Homa neighborhood in East Jerusalem. Actual building is at least two years off.

Israel captured East Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and claims it as part of its capital. Palestinians hope to establish their future capital there.

EGYPT

Protesters seize weapons, torch police station

CAIRO — Dozens of Egyptians angered by the absence of police protection in their town set fire to a police station on Tuesday, after looting its armory and freeing jailed inmates, security officials said.

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