Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs

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Israeli premier warns of Palestinian boycott

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns that Israel faces an "international campaign to blacken its name" aimed at delegitimizing its very existence.

Netanyahu said the campaign does not target Israel based on its policies regarding the Palestinians but "seeks to deny our very right to live here."

He told his cabinet Sunday that Israel was being disproportionally singled out by the international community. The world is mostly silent on countries with serious human rights violations while protesting Israel, he said.

Netanyahu warned that although attempts by the Palestinians to suspend Israel from world soccer this past weekend were rebuffed, efforts to boycott Israel continue.

Palestinians accelerated their campaign to boycott Israel and Israeli-made products after peace talks collapsed last year.

Another bombing in Nigerian city * A bomb wounded four people Sunday in a market in Maiduguri, a day after 30 people were killed in the northeastern Nigerian city by a suicide bomber and attackers firing rocket-propelled grenades.

The Boko Haram militant group is suspected in the attacks which followed Friday's inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari, who said he is moving the headquarters for the Nigerian military's fight against the extremists to Maiduguri from the capital of Abuja.

Sunday's blast came from explosives concealed in bags of charcoal at the Gamboru market, said trader Jafar Aminu.

Giant cross rises in Pakistan * Now towering over Karachi, a violent port city in Pakistan, where Islamic militant attacks and gangland shootings remain common, is an uncommon sight in this Muslim-majority country: a 140-foot Christian cross.

The cross, being built by a businessman who said the idea came to him in a dream, is rising as Christians here often face discrimination. A tiny minority of Pakistan's 180 million people are Christians who eke out livings in menial jobs like garbage collection.

Christians have faced mob violence in blasphemy cases, which often turn out to be false allegations over personal disputes. Under Pakistan's harsh blasphemy laws, anyone accused of insulting Islam, the Prophet Muhammad or other religious Islamic figures can be sentenced to death. …

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