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Beirut Blast Kills Five; Settlement Plans Held

Plus 85-year-old Palestinian man dies from tear gas, and more in the news

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Lebanese people gather at the site of a car bomb that targeted Beirut's southern suburb of Haret Hreik on January 2, 2014.(AFP/Getty Images)

• A car bomb exploded in the Hezbollah stronghold of Beirut, killing five people and injuring at least 20 more. [BBC]

• An 85-year-old Palestinian man died after a tear gas canister fired by the Israeli army in response to a protest in the West Bank entered his home. [Reuters]

• An illegal firearms cache was found in the home of Jamel al-Jamal, the Palestinian ambassador to Prague who was killed this weekend in an explosion believed to be triggered by a security mechanism when he opened his safe. [Times of Israel]

• The Israeli government will wait to announce a planned settlement bit until after John Kerry’s visit to the region. [NYT]

• In the New Yorker, Jonathan Rosen explores the extinction of the passenger pigeon. [New Yorker]

• Alfred Marshall, the founder of discount chain Marshalls, has died at 94. [NYT]

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Beirut Blast Kills Five; Settlement Plans Held

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