Israel Returns Rocket Fire; Egypt Political Dispute; Philippines Terror Peace

By: AP
By: AP
Israel: Gaza strike hit al-Qaida-inspired group... Egypt top prosecutor: standoff with president over... Philippine peace deal seen as blow to terrorists...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's military says its aircraft fired at militants belonging to an al-Qaida-inspired group in Gaza a day after rockets hit a house in Israel.
A military statement said aircraft "targeted terror operatives" of a "Gaza-based global jihad affiliate" Saturday evening.
Palestinian health official Ashraf al-Kidra said one man was killed and another injured in the airstrike. Hamas said a security facility was hit, causing no injuries.
A rocket fired from Gaza hit a house in southern Israel on Friday. Nobody was hurt but a bedroom was sprayed with shrapnel.
Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers have mostly kept an unwritten truce since a short war almost four years ago. Attacks have persisted but at a slower pace. Gaza militants fired over 40 rockets at Israeli towns this month, the military said.

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's prosecutor general tells The Associated Press he has reached an "amicable" agreement with the country's leader to retain his job, days after President Mohammed Morsi ordered him to step down.
Prosecutor General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud spoke after a meeting with Morsi and his advisers to defuse a simmering crisis with the judiciary. Vice President Mahmoud Mekki told reporters Morsi agreed to keep Mahmoud in his post following a request from the Supreme Judicial Council.
Morsi had ordered Mahmoud's dismissal in an apparent bid to appease public anger over the acquittals of former regime officials accused of orchestrating violence against protesters last year. But the law protects the prosecutor general from being fired by the president. Although the move has public support, many feared Morsi was infringing on the judiciary.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Hunted by U.S.-backed Filipino troops in 2005, Abu Sayyaf chieftain Khadaffy Janjalani and other al-Qaida-linked militants sought refuge in the mountainous stronghold of the largest Muslim rebel group in the southern Philippines.
But the rebels turned them away. They were afraid that harboring extremists would scuttle their peace talks with the government. The following year, Janjalani was killed by troops in another jungle area.
The rebels' rejection of Janjalani shows the potential of harnessing the main Moro insurgents in preventing their strongholds from serving as one of the last remaining refuges of al-Qaida-affiliated militants.
Philippine officials hope the tentative peace deal to be signed with the rebels on Monday will turn the 11,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front into a formidable force against the Abu Sayyaf and other radicals.


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