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Israel minister calls for more settlement approvals

TEL AVIV: Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has summoned a meeting of top Israeli planning officials for next week to expand Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, his office said on Thursday. A brief statement said he had convened a session of the Supreme Planning Council for Monday "to approve new programmes for the planning and sale of housing units in all parts of the (West Bank)." It did not give details. The Hebrew-language statement said the move was "part of the policy of Defence Minister…