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Al Jazeera English - News - Israel Funds More Settlement Growth

Al Jazeera English - News - Israel Funds More Settlement Growth: "Despite calls for Israel to stop building settlements on occupied Palestinian land in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, it has been revealed that money will be put aside to construct 740 new buildings next year.

Palestinians say such construction will jeopardise the potential for final-status peace talks.

The construction ministry's proposed budget for 2008 includes 500 apartments for the Har Homa area in east Jerusalem, and 240 at Maale Adumim, just outside Jerusalem and one of Israel's biggest West Bank settlements."

Al Jazeera English - News - Iraq Vows To Disband Sunni Groups

Al Jazeera English - News - Iraq Vows To Disband Sunni Groups: "Iraq's government has declared that it will disband Sunni groups battling al-Qaeda in Iraq after violence-wracked areas are calmed because it does not want them to become a separate military force.

The statement on Saturday from Abdul-Qadir al-Obaidi, the Iraqi defence minister, was the government's most explicit declaration yet of its intent."