ISRAEL

Palestinians killed in clashes

Three Palestinians were shot and killed in separate clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank on Thursday as Israel announced plans to strengthen a fence near the flashpoint city of Hebron in an effort to contain a two-month spate of violence. Since mid-September, 19 Israelis have died in Palestinian attacks, mostly stabbings and shootings. At least 94 Palestinians have also died, including 58 said by Israel to be attackers. The others died in clashes with Israeli forces. In an effort to quell the violence, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon announced Wednesday that Israel will fortify an existing fence west of Hebron, a southern West Bank city that has been a flashpoint in the current unrest. Yaalon said attackers have managed to get through the structure in recent weeks.

Tunisia

Officials detain 30 suspects

Tunisian authorities have detained 30 people suspected of having extremism links after a suicide bombing targeting presidential guards, and identified the bomber as a local street vendor. The Interior Ministry said in a statement Thursday that forensic police identified the attacker as 27-year-old Houssam ben Hedi ben Miled Abdelli by his DNA. It said he was from a working class neighborhood on the edge of Tunis. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack on a bus in central Tunis, which left 12 dead plus the attacker. In a later statement, the ministry said it detained 30 people suspected of links to extremist groups and seized several weapons in 526 raids around the country over the past 24 hours. It didn’t say whether any of the suspects had ties to the attack.

CANADA

$75 million to aid refugees

Canada’s Liberal government announced on Thursday a $75 million contribution to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to help fleeing Syrians, fulfilling a campaign promise from its recent federal election. The contribution includes $7.5 million for the U.N. refugee agency as part of the program to resettle thousands of Syrians in Canada. International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the funds will be disbursed quickly.

Bolivia

Baby sold through Facebook

Bolivian officials say they have arrested two women on human trafficking charges: one for selling her baby for $250, the other for buying it after placing a “want ad” on Facebook. The top child-protection official in the eastern city of Santa Cruz tells the Associated Press that the buyer was an 18-year-old who presented the 6-week-old girl to a young man who had jilted her, telling him the child was theirs. The official, Rosy Valencia, says the man called police. Police presented as evidence on Thursday the Facebook page, no longer active, of the alleged buyer in which the solicitation was made. Officials say the seller was a 32-year-old sex worker who didn’t know the identity of the child’s father and sought to recover the cost of the child’s birth.

Compiled from wire reports.