UN envoy condemns shocking murder of abducted Israeli soldier

The soldier was abducted in central Israel and killed in the West Bank by a Palestinian who reportedly confessed to the crime.In a statement, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, said the “shocking murder follows a series of violent incidents in the West Bank.” He added that calm “is all the more important at this critical moment in the political process” and reiterated his call on all to refrain from violence and avoid loss of life.Briefing the Security Council last week on the latest developments in the Middle East, Mr. Serry said that efforts for renewed peace prospects in the Middle East should not be neglected amid the turmoil elsewhere in the neighbourhood, and urged both Israelis and Palestinians to act responsibly and avoid actions that risk undermining the prospects for resumed negotiations. read more

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With over 5 million journeys made so far Dublinbikes scheme set for

first_imgSurvey: More people cycling and taking Luas to work in Dublin> THE DUBLINBIKES SCHEME is set to be expanded by 58 stations, 950 bikes and around 2,000 bike stands.Twenty-nine new jobs will be created by the expansion and the new stands will be sited in the west of the city in the Heuston area and to the east in the Docklands area.Since its introduction, there have been over five million Dublinbikes journeys made and Dublin City Council say they have been inundated with expressions of interest to have the scheme expanded.“Dublin City Council’s dublinbikes scheme in association with JCDecaux is one of the most successful public bike rental schemes worldwide,” said the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó Muirí, who will put the proposed expansion scheme before the members of Dublin City Council at Monday’s meeting.“The expanded bike scheme will provide for improved linkages in the city, and will further enhance the reputation of Dublin as a forward thinking and innovative city,” he added.It is hoped that works will commence this October and be completed during July 2014.At present there are 33,000 long term Dublinbikes subscribers, with the bikes being used on a daily basis anywhere up to 7,000 time.Read: Rollout of public bike scheme ‘needs private funding’>last_img read more

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