Israel approves housing project

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JERUSALEM -- Israel pushed forward Sunday with plans to construct 1,500 apartments in east Jerusalem in a move that could undermine recently renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem is one of the thornier issues separating the two sides.

City spokeswoman Brachie Sprung said city officials had approved plans to lay down infrastructure for the project. She said final government approval was still required and actual construction is years away.

The city is pushing development in the neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo, a project that has also raised tensions with the U.S. Israel first announced the plans in 2010 during U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Israel.

Five die in derailment

MEXICO CITY -- An old freight train known as La Bestia (the Beast) that was crowded with hundreds of Central American migrants trying to reach the U.S. derailed early Sunday in southern Mexico, killing at least five passengers and badly injuring more than a dozen others, Tabasco state officials said.

Most of the estimated 250 people on board were Hondurans, Mexican officials said. Eight of the train's 12 cars careened off the tracks and plunged into ditches and the surrounding countryside in the southern state of Tabasco near its border with Veracruz state.

On Sunday, via Twitter, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and the Mexican Foreign Ministry offered condolences to the families of the dead and promised to aid the injured.

Teen hides in plane wheel

LAGOS, Nigeria -- A young teenager dashed across a runway at a Nigerian airport, hid in the wheel well of a jet and survived a 35-minute domestic flight, the airline and aviation authorities said Sunday.

Passengers and crew had alerted the pilots that a boy was seen running to the plane as it was taxiing to take off Saturday, Arik Airline spokesman Ola Adebanji said. The pilots alerted the country's aviation agency, he said.

When the plane arrived in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital, a boy aged 13 or 14 jumped to the ground from the wheel and was detained by Arik personnel, Mr. Adebanji said.

Iran gets new bank head

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian state television says that the country's president has appointed a private banker as the head of the country's central bank.

The report said President Hasan Rouhani picked Valiollah Seif to run the country's financial regulator. It said Mr. Seif will replace outgoing central bank head Mahmoud Bahmani.

Mr. Seif takes over the central bank as sanctions over Iran's disputed nuclear program have been putting heavy pressure on the country's economy for the past two years.

All arrested in rape case

MUMBAI, India -- A fourth and fifth arrest have been made in the gang rape of a 22-year-old photojournalist who was attacked while on assignment for an English-language magazine, the police in Mumbai reported Sunday.

"On Saturday night, the crime branch arrested the fourth suspect, Kasim Bangali, near the Reay Road railway station," said Shivaji Patil, a police constable at the N.M. Joshi Marg police station, where the case was registered. A fifth suspect, Salim Ansari, was arrested in New Delhi on Sunday, Constable Patil said, and was being returned to Mumbai.

The episode reignited debate over violence against women in India.



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