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Israeli settlers torch West Bank mosque: Palestinian officials

Israeli settlers torched a mosque near the West Bank town of Ramallah overnight, Palestinian security officials said on Nov. 12, as violence intensified in the occupied territory.

"The settlers set fire to the whole of the first floor of the mosque" in the village of Al-Mughayir, near the Shilo settlement, a security official said.

Greek commuters have relatively long wait

Commuters in Athens and Thessaloniki wait for buses, trains and trams an average of 39 minutes a day though their counterparts in traffic-congested Rome have an even longer daily wait, according to a survey by Moovit, a mobile GPS application for public transport information and navigation, which found that travelers in Barcelona, Milan and Paris enjoy the most efficient transport services.

US journalist returns home after Syria kidnapping

An American journalist held for nearly two years by militants linked to Al-Qaeda in Syria returned to the United States late Tuesday, two days after Qatar negotiated his release, his family said.
Peter Theo Curtis, 45, was reunited with his mother Nancy Curtis at Boston Logan International Airport after flying from Tel Aviv to Newark, New Jersey.

Gaza offensive to continue as long as necessary: Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his ministers on Sunday that the military campaign against Gaza militants would continue until peace is restored to southern Israel.
"Operation Protective Edge will continue until its aims are achieved... it may take time," he said of the Gaza offensive launched on July 8, in remarks broadcast by public radio.