At least 25,000 election monitors are planning to fan out across Istanbul, Turkey’s biggest city, to prevent fraud during local elections on March 30 as governing and opposition parties warn of ballot rigging.
Israel launched air strikes against Syrian military positions after a border bomb attack on its troops, as officials in Jerusalem warned that fallout from Syria’s civil war is escalating tensions along the frontier.
Paying Israel’s West Bank settlers to give up their homes for a future Palestinian state would cost about $10 billion, a peace group said. Settlers said today that the final price could be double that.
Dmitry Firtash, the Ukrainian billionaire who made his fortune importing Russian gas, will remain in custody for possible extradition to the U.S., a Vienna court ruled. Bail was set at 125 million euros ($174 million).