• ISRAEL OKAYS CONTROVERSIAL JERUSALEM ARCHAEOLOGY PROJECT

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    JERUSALEM: Israel has approved a controversial archaeology project in annexed east Jerusalem, the interior ministry said on Friday, in a move likely to compound tensions threatening to scupper peace talks with the Palestinians. The ministry “heard objections” from the Palestinians and from residents to the plans to build a visitor center just outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls in the Arab neighborhood of Silwan, a statement said. However, it granted approval to the project on grounds that it “will show important archaeological discoveries to the public.”

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