Clash erupts at raid
A raid by undercover Israeli soldiers ignited clashes in the northern West Bank on Tuesday, leaving at least eight Palestinians wounded. The clashes began early Tuesday after Israeli forces disguised as merchants in a vegetable truck arrested one man. Regular army forces then entered the town, prompting youths to hurl rocks to try to prevent more arrests. The Israeli military said it arrested a “terrorist affiliated with the Islamic Jihad terror group.” It said two soldiers were injured.
TV host under scrutiny
Egyptian prosecutors launched an investigation on Tuesday against a popular television satirist for allegedly insulting the president in the latest case raised by Islamist lawyers against outspoken media personalities. Lawyer Ramadan Abdel-Hamid al-Oqsori charged that TV host Bassem Youssef insulted President Mohammed Morsi by putting the Islamist leader’s image on a pillow and parodying his speeches.
Kim notes confrontation
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday called for an end to the “confrontation” with rival South Korea in what appeared to be an overture to the incoming South Korean president as she was cobbling together South Korea’s new policy on the North. North Korea issued a major policy statement on New Year’s Day. The incoming leader of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, who was the presidential candidate of President Lee Myung-bak’s conservative governing party, did not immediately respond to the speech.
Cars torched for holiday
Hundreds of empty, parked cars go up in flames in France each New Year’s Eve, set afire by young revelers, a tradition that remained intact this year with 1,193 vehicles burned, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said Tuesday. His announcement was the first time in three years that such figures have been released. Former President Nicolas Sarkozy had decided to stop publishing them in a bid to reduce the crime and not play into the hands of youths who try to outdo each other.
Compiled from wire reports.