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Netanyahu meets Shalit’s parents

The parents of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier being held in the Gaza Strip, have met briefly with Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister.

Noam and Aviva Shalit met Netanyahu on Friday following a 12-day march across Israel to press the prime minister to do more to secure their son’s release.

They were joined on the march by thousands of supporters.

Netanyahu, recently back from a trip to the US, told the couple about his talks with US officials and promised to work towards Shalit’s release.

“It’s not just the tens of thousands of marchers who support you, but all the citizens of the state of Israel,” Netanyahu told them. “There are also millions of people abroad who are with you, as are my wife and myself.”

An aide to Netanyahu said the prime minister would hold longer talks with the couple next week.

Shalit’s parents have set up camp outside Netanyahu’s residence, and have vowed to stay there until their abducted son is freed.

Shalit was seized by Palestinian fighters in a cross-border raid in June 2006 and has been held in Gaza since.

Scores dead in Uganda bomb blasts

At least 64 people have been killed in two near simultaneous bomb explosions, apparently targeting crowds watching the World Cup final, in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, police have said.

One blast hit an Ethiopian restaurant in the south of the city, while the other occurred at a rugby sports club in the east of Kampala.

“We have 64 dead and 65 injured. The nationalities of all the fatalities will be released later,” Judith Nabakooba, Uganda’s national police spokesperson, said on Monday.

The US embassy confirmed that one US citizen was among the dead and a number of other foreigners were reported to be among the injured.

Both blasts struck at the centre of large crowds watching live coverage of Sunday’s World Cup football final between Spain and the Netherlands.

“These bombs were definitely targeting World Cup crowds,” Kale Kayihura, the inspector-general of Ugandan police, said.

He said he believed Somalia’s al-Shabab, a group which the US says has links to al-Qaeda, could be behind the attacks.

If that proves true, it would be the first time the group, which has carried out multiple suicide attacks, inside Somalia has struck outside of the country.

400 Israeli settlers enter Nablus village

Nablus – Ma’an – More than 400 Israeli settlers under military guard entered a village near the northern West Bank city of Nablus on Sunday.

Israeli forces closed the area for the duration of the event, and Palestinians were unable to leave Orta village between 10 p.m. Sunday and 3 a.m. Monday, village councillor Hasan Awad said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the settlers entered the area to visit holy sites, adding that they were escorted by Israeli soldiers for their protection. She said the village was not closed.