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Israel vow: Settlement to proceed

– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised Sunday to follow through with plans for settlement construction in a key West Bank area known as E-1 after police evicted scores of Palestinian protesters who had set up a tent camp there.

“We will complete the planning, and there will be construction,” Netanyahu told Army Radio hours after the eviction.

Netanyahu, who is in the home stretch of an election campaign, moved swiftly against the Palestinian encampment, a new form of protest modeled after scores of wildcat outposts set up by Jewish settlers on West Bank hills without government approval.

Pakistan ousts Baluchistan leaders

Pakistani leaders dismissed the government of southwest Baluchistan province early Monday in response to the demands of protesters angry about an attack on minority Shiite Muslims there that killed 86 people.

In another part of the country, a roadside bomb killed 14 Pakistani soldiers.

Over the past three days, thousands of Shiites have blocked a main road in the Baluchistan capital of Quetta with dozens of coffins of relatives killed in the twin bombing of a billiards hall in the city Thursday. They demanded the provincial government be dismissed and that the army take over responsibility for the city.

Gay marriage protested in Paris

Holding aloft ancient flags and young children, hundreds of thousands of people converged Sunday on the Eiffel Tower to protest French President Francois Hollande’s plan to legalize gay marriage and thus allow same-sex couples to adopt and conceive children.

Paris police estimated the crowd at 340,000, making it one of the largest demonstrations in Paris since 1984.

Public opposition spearheaded by religious leaders has chipped away at the popularity of Hollande’s plan. About 52 percent of French favor legalizing gay marriage, according to a survey released Sunday, down from as high as 65 percent in August.