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The government says the settlers of Migron - 100 adults and 200 children living in a jumble of cramped trailers - seized the territory unlawfully in 2001 from private Palestinian landowners.

Israel’s Supreme Court has ordered the government to remove them by March 31.

But with hard-line lawmakers threatening to bolt Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition if Migron is dismantled, and a history of clashes with settlers in mind, officials are scrambling to find a solution that will satisfy the settlers and a court impatient with government delays.


Iraq to take legal action over U.S. raid in Haditha

BAGHDAD | Iraq will take legal action to ensure justice for the families of 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians killed in a U.S. raid in Haditha seven years ago, a government spokesman said Thursday after the lone U.S. Marine convicted in the killings reached a deal to escape jail time.

Residents in Haditha, a former Sunni insurgent stronghold of about 85,000 people along the Euphrates River valley about 140 miles northwest of Baghdad, have expressed outrage at the American military justice system for allowing Staff Sgt. Frank Wultrich to avoid prison.

“The Haditha incident was a big crime against innocent civilians,” said Ali al-Moussawi, a spokesman for the Iraqi government. “We will follow up all legal procedures and judiciary measures” to seek justice in the case, he added.

Mr. al-Moussawi did not offer specifics, and the Iraqi Justice Ministry declined to comment.


Police arrest ex-chief of breast-implant maker

PARIS | The former head of a French company at the center of a breast-implant scandal affecting tens of thousands of women worldwide was arrested along with his former deputy Thursday in southeastern France, officials said.

Jean-Claude Mas, who founded and ran the now-defunct implant maker Poly Implant Prothese, was detained as part of a judicial investigation in the southeastern city of Marseille into manslaughter and involuntary injuries, an official said.

A regional official said the company’s former No. 2 executive, Claude Couty, also was detained.

The arrest before dawn at a family residence in the Mediterranean resort town of Six Fours Les Plages culminates weeks of speculation about whether judicial investigators would be able to assemble enough evidence to detain Mr. Mas, 72.

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