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Israel installs homes at first new settlement since 1991

JERUSALEM: Israel began Wednesday to install houses at its first new settlement in more than 25 years, AFP journalists at the scene said. A number of prefabricated mobile homes were delivered to the site that will become Amichai, the first new settlement sanctioned by the Israeli government since 1991. A number of settlements built without permits from the government have been retroactively legalised in that time, while existing settlements have expanded exponentially. Amichai is located not far from the Shilo…

New Zealand homes ‘not for sale’ to foreigners under new PM

WELLINGTON: Overseas buyers will no longer be allowed to purchase existing homes in New Zealand, Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday, as she unveiled a raft of policy deals made with her coalition partners. The move to tackle soaring property prices was agreed during lengthy negotiations between the Labour Party leader and populist powerbroker Winston Peters to form a new government that also includes the Green Party. Ardern announced plans to slash immigration and focus on regional development and job…

Israel approves building plans for 31 settler homes in West Bank’s Hebron

JERUSALEM: Israel on Monday approved building plans for 31 settler homes in Hebron in the West Bank, a spokeswoman said, a first such move in the Israeli-occupied area for some 15 years. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has felt increased pressure for settlement expansion from the rightist flank of his coalition, though construction is not imminent as a bureaucratic process must still run its course. Read More: Israel settler law angers world powers, but US silent His government has made numerous announcements of…

China to demolish 15 million shantytown homes in 2018-2020

BEIJING: China plans to dismantle 15 million shantytown homes during the period from 2018 to 2020, state radio said on Wednesday, citing a cabinet meeting led by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. The plan is part of a government effort to provide affordable housing for the poor, and reduce a large property inventory overhang in smaller cities. "The revamp not only improves people's livelihood, but also helps with investment, consumption and inventory destocking," the cabinet said. Dwellers were often encouraged, or…

Indian police raid homes of ex-finance minister, son

NEW DELHI: India’s federal police on Tuesday searched the homes of former finance minister P. Chidambaram and his son as part of an investigation into suspected corruption during his time in government. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is probing whether a finance company owned by Chidambaram’s son Karti helped a client to circumvent limits on foreign investment. The allegations date back to 2008 when his father, now a senior leader of the opposition Congress Party and vocal critic of the current government,…

Israel OKs more settler homes ahead of Trump talks

JERUSALEM: Israel approved hundreds of new settler homes in east Jerusalem Sunday, hours before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to speak to US President Donald Trump for the first time since his inauguration. But a potentially explosive plan to annex a large West Bank Jewish settlement near Jerusalem unilaterally was shelved until after Netanyahu and Trump meet face-to-face. "This evening there will be a telephone conversation between President Trump and myself," Netanyahu told a cabinet meeting on Sunday.…