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Britain restricts visas for foreign workers

LONDON — Britain’s government says migrant workers will in the future need to earn at least $56,000 to qualify for a visa permitting them to settle in the U.K.

Immigration Minister Damian Green announced Wednesday the change in migration rules, aimed at cutting from 60,000 to 20,000 the number of foreign workers and their dependents granted settlement each year.

Currently, no limit on earnings is imposed.

Britain also has imposed tougher limits on the number of non-Europeans allowed to work in the U.K. and slashed visas for overseas students.


Israeli troops raid private TV stations

RAMALLAH — Israeli troops raided two private Palestinian TV stations before dawn Wednesday, seizing transmitters and other equipment, the military said.

The military said one of the outlets, Al-Watan TV, is a pirate station whose frequencies interfered with legal broadcasters and aircraft communications.

It said several transmitters were confiscated in the operation initiated by Israel’s Communications Ministry.

The military also confirmed a second raid at Jerusalem Educational TV, a Ramallah-based station owned by the Palestinians’ Al-Quds University.

Palestinian officials denounced the raids as aggression and violation of media freedom.


Sryian rebels want peace with Jewish state, minister says

JERUSALEM — An Israeli Cabinet minister said Wednesday that Syrian opposition leaders have told him they want peace with Israel after Syrian President Bashar Assad falls.

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