It appears a school day like any other. But this is Gaza, where even the schools are vulnerable to attack. (shows damage to school buliding) Children went back to class on Saturday after a truce between Israel and Hamas appeared to have ended an eight day offensive that killed 139 Gazans - including 34 children - and five Israelis. The headmistress of El Zaitoun school said teachers were trying to give the children a normal school day. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HEADMISTRESS OF ZAITOUN SCHOOL, NAHEDA SILMI: "We tried to renovate the school and keep the students away from the damage. Windows and doors were damaged. We are trying to create a real school day for students after all that's happened." With over half of the 1.7 million Gazans aged under 18, the Palestinian enclave has one of the youngest populations in the world. More than 200,000 students are receiving education at U.N. schools, the majority of which suffer from over crowding and 'double shifting' - where one building serves two separate sets of teachers and students.
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Scores of Christian worshippers on Saturday welcomed the Custodian of the Holy Land, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, and other senior priests on their arrival in Jesus' birth town of Bethlehem in the West Bank to launch the beginning of "Advent", the Christmas preparations season. Pizzaballa's arrival in the biblical town marks the beginning of a festive season in which millions of Christians around the world make their preparations for Christmas. The word "Advent" means "coming" or "arrival". Three Christian denominations - the Armenians, Roman Catholics and Greek Orthodox - all share control of the church in the West Bank town. The "Customs" or Custodian of the Holy Land is the Pope's envoy to the Middle East. He is the major superior of the friars in the Palestinian territories, as well as in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus and Rhodes. Bethlehem is cut off by the barrier from neighboring Jerusalem. Israel has erected its barrier inside the West Bank saying that it aims to stop Palestinian suicide bombers. Palestinians say that the barrier's construction amounts to a land grab that denies them a viable state. The World Court has branded the barrier illegal because it loops into occupied land
Hundreds of exiled Tibetans march in protest against Chinese oppression in their homeland. The 120 kilometre march comes as tensions over Tibet are at their highest in years after a spate of demonstrations over Chinese rule. At least 64 protesting Tibetans have died after setting themselves in fire since March 2011. The president of the Tibetan Youth Club of Gangtok - the group that organised the march - said the self immolations are the result of Chinese repression of Tibetan rights. upsot SB Chung Chung Bhutia said that the march was a mark of protest against what he called Chinese atrocities. The rally is set to end in West Bengal on November 27th.
La portavoz parlamentaria de EH Bildu, Laura Mintegi, ha afirmado que su formación ha hecho llegar "de forma privada" a las víctimas de ETA su "disculpa". Mintegi ha asegurado que el Colectivo de Presos de ETA también "comparte esa filosofía de acercamiento" hacia las víctimas. Además, se ha mostrado convencida de que es "de una ceguera absoluta" que el Gobierno no se dé cuenta de que "tiene la oportunidad histórica de acabar" con ETA.
Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma has the won the presidential election with almost 59% of the votes cast. This results means that no run off is needed because he surpasses the 55% required to be declared the winner....http://www.euronews.net/
Recent devastating floods across Asia have highlighted the region's increased vulnerability to natural disasters in part caused by climate change, the Asian Development Bank warns ahead of key UN environmental talks in Qatar.Duration: 01:49
A dead pigeon found in the chimney of a Surrey home could have been carrying an important coded message.The UK's government's communications headquarters (GCHQ) is asking for help deciphering a note they believe dates back to World War Two.The secret message was being carried by an army service pigeon.http://www.euronews.net/
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(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL STORY: A roadside bomb killed at least seven people near a Shi'ite procession in Pakistan on Saturday (November 24), police said, while security forces are on high alert over fears of large-scale sectarian attacks on the minority sect across the country. Pakistan, a nuclear-armed U.S. ally, is suspending phone coverage in many cities this weekend, an important one in the Shi'ite Muslim calendar, after a series of bomb attacks on Shi'ites triggered by mobile phones. Hardline Sunnis have threatened more attacks as the Shi'ite mourning month of Muharram comes to a climax. More than a dozen people have already been killed this week observing Muharram. Saturday's attack occurred in the city of Dera Ismail Khan in Pakistan's northwest, a stronghold of al-Qaeda-linked Sunni militant groups who regard Shi'ites as non-Muslims and have stepped up sectarian attacks in a bid to destabilize Pakistan. Four children were among those killed by a 8-10 kg bomb set off by a television remote control device because cellphones were not operational, police said. Pakistani television stations showed footage of children in hospital beds, who were among 17 wounded.
Areas of Britain are left underwater, after torrential rain caused severe flooding in south west England and Wales. In Somerset, an elderly man died on Thursday (November 22) after his car was swept away by flood waters. He suffered a fatal cardiac arrest on the way to hospital after being rescued by emergency services. Elsewhere in the country and flooding caused a major landslip in the city of Bath, damaging a number of properties. SOUNDBITE: BATH RESIDENT, DEBBIE CANT, SAYING (English): "Some people heard it, heard the land fall. The edge of his flat, the patio has fallen down and then this house literally looks like it is kind of hanging." Heavy rains and winds of more than 86 miles per hour (138 kph) have left thousands of homes without power. And for some the onslaught may be far from over. Forecasters have warned that the southwest can expect further wind and rain over the next few days.
A natural gas explosion in one of New England's biggest cities on Friday destroyed two buildings, including one housing a strip club, and damaged others beyond repair but didn't kill anyone, authorities said. (Nov. 23)Copyright 2012 The Associated Press
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