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Medical: Woman kills Palestinian Tear Gas

Ramallah, Palestine - A Palestinian woman who inhaled tear gas fired at Israeli soldiers during protests over the separation wall in the West Bank died in the evening, Palestinian medical officials said on Saturday.

The woman named Jawaher Abu Rahma, aged 36 years.

Army said on Friday that they are using tools that are not specified "to disperse demonstrations" to some 250 protesters who took part in weekly protests against the barrier near the village of Bilin, West Bank.

Some pictures showed smoke billowing around the tear gas protesters who threw stones.

Hospital in the town of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank did not say if the woman was suffering from asthma or other illnesses that can exacerbate the effects of the gas.

Some relatives say that older men from the women, Bassem Abu Rahma was also killed in the same place when his head hit by tear gas canisters fired at close range during a rally in April 2009.

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad also attended the rally Bilin on Friday but he was not injured.

A number of Palestinians joined the Israelis and foreign activists protesting against the barrier built on West Bank Israeli troops have clashed with some almost on every Friday outside the Bilin and surrounding areas for many years.

Israel says the steel and concrete walls and barbed wire fences and planned along the 723 miles required for security. Palestinians see it as their land, which is considered as part of their country.

International Court of Justice (ICJ) announced non-binding resolution in 2004 which urged a number of sections of the barrier in the West Bank to be torn down and stop the other buildings in the area.

But Israel does not care about these rules.

Weekly demonstrations announced by non-violent but often turn into clashes between stone-throwing Palestinian youths (Intifadha) with Israeli soldiers who fired tear gas and rubber bullets.

According to figures from the United Nations, Israel has so far completed 413 kilometers of the planned barrier.

When construction is achieved, by 85 percent barrier wall that would stand in the West Bank who took the land from villages such as Bilin and Nilin.

In February Israel began work to re-route planning barrier near Bilin for more than two years because demand for the High Court, so that the Israeli move as far as hundreds of meters to the west.

The High Court issued a ruling in September 2007 that the barrier in Bilin region is "very harmful" to the villagers and asked the government to create an alternative route "during the specified period."

In the rules, the court said the residents had been discriminated against because their land was occupied and agricultural land is cut by the barrier.

Palestinians also said that in some places, the barrier that separates the road to school and treatment center and separating a number of families.

The residents of Bilin is the first to stage the rally scheduled in opposing wall so as to develop a campaign that has spread to other villages in the West Bank.

10 Killed On New Year's Party at the Bar of South Africa

Johannesburg - A total of 10 people were killed during a party to welcome the New Year in South Africa due to jostling in a crowded bar in Ipelegeng township, police said Saturday.

Investigations have been made about the cause of the tragedy, which occurred near the dance floor bar in Ipelegeng, about 200 kilometers west of Johannesburg in the North West Province.

"When police were deployed to the location, they found that the crush happened in the bar and 10 people have died," said Adele Myburgh police spokeswoman told AFP.

'Cause surely crush it at this stage would be assured by the police investigation and we do not give a special identity of the victim at this stage, because the families of the victims have not been told and some not yet officially identified, "he said.

Myburgh adds a lot of people in the bar that is one factor that is being investigated by police.

Local officials called for a complete and thorough investigation.

"Someone must be held accountable for the incident which robbed precious lives of many families and communities," said Desbo Mohono, elected officials to carry out housing.

"We're puzzled and saddened by the death, "he added.

Statues of Stalin were blown up in Ukraine

Kiev (AFP) - extremists blow up the monument of the Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin that controversial on New Year's Eve in southeastern Ukraine and is considered as an act of terrorism, according to the local Communist Party on Saturday.

Statue in the town of Zaporizhia, issued in May, led to heated controversy in Ukraine is still divided between the nationalist west and the east fraction which tended to support Russia, because of historical connection with the Soviets.

"A criminal broke into the regional headquarters of the Communist Party, and attach a time bomb that exploded after a few minutes mounted," the Communist Party's real.

"Stalin statue was destroyed by the explosion," continued the statement of the party.

They also said that the explosion caused serious damage to buildings but no casualties.

"We consider this as an act of terrorism and a challenge from right-wing extremist groups," he added.

The explosion occurred on New Year's Eve at 22:40 local time (January 1 at 3:40 pm), he explained.

The same statue was badly damaged last week by the blast that claimed by nationalist groups Tryzub (Spear-eyed three) who accused Stalin as a "butcher the people of Ukraine and international terrorists."

At that time, there are those who doubt the original state of the statue because the communists covered with white cloth so that no visible damage.

However, it is not a mystery anymore because the photo sculpture has been scattered by the blast, which only shows the base pole only.

Stalin is a figure who was hated by most Ukrainians, who blames himself deliberately let the death of millions of citizens of Ukraine in the 1930s due to famine known as "Holodomor".

The nationalists regard the incident as an incident of genocide.