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RAMALLAH -- Palestine on Friday condemned the Israeli government's plan to build 3,000 new housing units in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

In a press statement, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the new units "are an extension to deepening and expanding the settlement that sweeps the West Bank and East Jerusalem and its environs." (Israel-Palestine-Settlement)

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ADEN, Yemen -- The Saudi-led coalition on Friday intensified its airstrikes toward the Houthi rebels in Yemen's northern province of Marib, a government official told Xinhua.

"Several Houthi-held sites in Marib's southern parts were intensely bombed by warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition, and scores of the rebels were killed or injured," the local government source said on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Intensified Airstrikes-Houthis)

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ISLAMABAD -- Two soldiers and a terrorist were killed during an exchange of fire between security forces and terrorists in Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, an army statement said on Friday.

The security forces conducted an operation in the North Waziristan tribal district of the province on receiving a tip-off regarding the presence of terrorists in the area, the military's media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in the statement. (Pakistan-Terrorist-Operation)

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MOSCOW -- A total of 17 people were killed in a blast and the ensuing fire at an explosives factory in Russia's Ryazan region on Friday, the TASS news agency reported.

At the time of the incident, there were 17 people in the one-story workshop of the "Razryad" company that produces industrial explosives, and rescuers have retrieved all the bodies under the debris. (Russia-Fire-Deaths) Enditem

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