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1 “Rigged” sum­mit: Is­rael’s prime min­is­ter said Thurs­day that an up­com­ing con­fer­ence in Paris seek­ing to re­vive peace talks with the Pales­tini­ans was “rigged” and that Is­rael was not bound by the meet­ing. Dozens of coun­tries are set to at­tend the con­fer­ence Jan. 15, when they may en­dorse an in­ter­na­tional frame­work for peace be­tween Is­rael and the Pales­tini­ans. Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu ve­he­mently op­poses such a move, say­ing it would un­der­mine the ne­go­ti­at­ing process. French Pres­i­dent François Hol­lande said Sun­day’s con­fer­ence strives to en­sure the sup­port of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity for the two-state so­lu­tion as a ref­er­ence for fu­ture di­rect ne­go­ti­a­tions.

2 Par­lia­ment block­ade: Poland’s main op­po­si­tion party ended its weeks-long block­ade of par­lia­ment Thurs­day, step­ping back in what had been a bit­ter stand­off with the pop­ulist con­ser­va­tive rul­ing party. Law­mak­ers from Civic Plat­form and an­other cen­trist op­po­si­tion party, Mod­ern, had staged the block­ade since Dec. 16, first over a since-aban­doned plan to curb me­dia ac­cess to par­lia­ment and then over the 2017 bud­get they say was passed il­le­gally. Af­ter end­ing the sit-in, Civic Plat­form leader Grze­gorz Schetyna de­clared it at least a par­tial suc­cess be­cause the protest pushed the rul­ing party to aban­don the me­dia re­stric­tions. The un­der­ly­ing mat­ter has been the state of democ­racy and rule of law in Poland.

3 Egypt re­port: Hu­man Rights Watch says in a new re­port that Egypt has banned public crit­i­cism and peace­ful op­po­si­tion, and that se­cu­rity forces rou­tinely tor­ture de­tainees and forcibly dis­ap­peared hun­dreds last year. In the re­port is­sued Thurs­day, the New York-based ad­vo­cacy group says Pres­i­dent Ab­del-Fat­tah el-Sissi’s govern­ment has also taken “un­prece­dented” steps to crim­i­nal­ize hu­man rights work and crip­ple in­de­pen­dent civil so­ci­ety groups.

4 Poach­ers killed: Of­fi­cials in Zim­babwe say wildlife park rangers have killed three sus­pected poach­ers in the past two days as the coun­try bat­tles in­creased tar­get­ing of vul­ner­a­ble an­i­mals. The Zim­babwe Parks and Wildlife Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity said Thurs­day that rangers fa­tally shot a poacher in Hu­rungwe sa­fari area on Wed­nes­day. The parks agency says two poach­ers were killed on Tues­day in Hwange Na­tional Park, whose large ele­phant pop­u­la­tion has been tar­geted. Caro­line Washaya-Moyo, a spokes­woman for the parks agency, says 443 poach­ers were ar­rested last year, up from 378 in 2015. She says that of the 2016 ar­rests, 57 peo­ple were con­victed and sen­tenced to a to­tal of 513 years in jail.

5 Kar­dashian rob­bery: French au­thor­i­ties have filed the first charges against three sus­pects in the armed jew­elry heist of Kim Kar­dashian West, with more charges ex­pected to fol­low, the Paris pros­e­cu­tors’ of­fice said Thurs­day. Rob­bers are be­lieved to have forced their way into the pri­vate apart­ment where Kar­dashian West was stay­ing in Oc­to­ber, tied up the re­al­ity TV star and stolen more than $10 mil­lion worth of jew­elry. Au­thor­i­ties are fo­cus­ing on the pos­si­bil­ity that the rob­bery was an in­side job. A 63-year-old sus­pect, named by the pros­e­cu­tors only as Yu­nice A., was handed pre­lim­i­nary charges of armed rob­bery in an or­ga­nized gang, kid­nap­ping and crim­i­nal as­so­ci­a­tion. Com­plic­ity charges in the al­leged rob­bery and kid­nap­ping were filed against 44-year-old Florus H. The third sus­pect, 64-year-old Marceau B., faces pre­lim­i­nary charges of han­dling stolen goods and crim­i­nal as­so­ci­a­tion.

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