- - Tuesday, November 27, 2012

BEIRUT — Syrian warplanes bombed an olive press factory in the country’s north on Tuesday, killing and wounding dozens of people, including farmers who were waiting to convert their olives to oil, activists said.

Two activist groups — the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees — said the targeted factory is west of the city of Idlib.

The Local Coordination Committees said at least 20 people were killed and many others wounded in the raid, while the Observatory said “tens were killed or wounded.”

Both groups depend on a network of activists on the ground around the country.


President Bashar Assad’s regime has been launching intense air raids on rebels in recent months, mostly in Idlib, the nearby province of Aleppo, Deir el-Zour to the east and suburbs of the capital Damascus.

The most recent air raids have killed hundreds of people, including eight children Sunday in the village of Deir al-Asafir near the capital, Damascus.

ISRAEL

Tzipi Livni announces return to politics

JERUSALEM — Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni announced her return to politics Tuesday, telling supporters that she is forming a new party to run in January parliamentary elections on a platform promising an aggressive push for peace with the Palestinians.

Mrs. Livni, who served as Israel’s foreign minister and chief peace negotiator from 2006 to 2009, bitterly attacked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as she announced the formation of her new party, called “the Movement.”

“I came to fight for peace and I won’t allow anyone to turn peace into a bad word,” she said.

Her announcement brought a new, high-profile voice to the campaign to oust Mr. Netanyahu’s hard-line government. But with his Likud Party leading in opinion polls and the dovish opposition divided between several parties, her candidacy did not immediately appear to pose a threat to the prime minister.

KUWAIT

Divided Kuwait limps toward boycotted elections

KUWAIT CITY — The message from Kuwait’s emir is blunt heading into this week’s parliamentary elections: Opposition factions should express dissent in the legislature, not in the streets.

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