Kerry: Palestinian Authority collapse would hurt region
Secretary of State John Kerry warned Israel on Saturday about the dangers of the possible collapse of the Palestinian Authority, saying it would lead to situation that would threaten the security of Israel and the Palestinian people.
Kerry told a conference at the Brookings Institution that the Palestinian leadership must do more to prevent and combat anti-Israel violence. But he also said Israeli leaders should not advocate or allow the Palestinian Authority to disintegrate. If that were to happen, Kerry said, Israel would be forced to assume all governance in the West Bank and potentially accept a one-state solution that would compromise Israel's future as a democratic, Jewish state.
While condemning anti-Israel violence by Palestinians, Kerry said calls from some Israeli politicians to let Mahmoud Abbas' Palestinian administration wither are self-defeating for Israel.
He urged both Israeli and Palestinian leaders to recommit to the concept of a negotiated two-state solution. - Washington Post
At least 28 die in attacks
Four suicide bombers targeted a market on an island in Lake Chad on Saturday, killing at least 28 people and wounded 80, a senior military official said. The afternoon attacks were carried out by four girls near the locality of Koulkoua, said Col. Joseph Nouma of Cameroon's special forces, which operates in the region. The attacks are believed to be the work of the Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram, said a Chadian military official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. - Deutsche Presse-Agentur
30 missing in offshore fire