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Azam Russia brings you the latest news update about what happening around the world now.

Palestinian Authority condemned the Israeli attack on the  Eastern Orthodox Easter

Palestinian Foreign Minister issued a statement strongly condemned the Israeli military attacks and police on the Christians, diplomats, clergy and Palestinian visitors on Friday before the day of celebrating Easter on Sunday.

It states that Easter is a religious event and in Palestine is a national event that is recognized as the Christmas day. The ministry added that the Palestinian people and every person has the right to celebrate and worship, and added that Israel prevents Palestinians, both Muslims and Christians of their rights to worship, starting with their right to visit their holy places.

Israel: "Bombing In Gaza To Continue"

Israel TV reported that a number of senior Israeli military and security analysts believe that the bombing of the Gaza Strip will not stop and will probably lead to a military conflict in which "a group of armed missile fire continued into southern Israel".

The report claimed that the latest Israeli air strike on Sunday at dawn targeting different parts of the Gaza Strip, the Hamas military facilities, and two weapons equipment safe. Israeli military said that the target was attacked and destroyed, and no clashes were reported with any of the opposition groups in Gaza.

Israel to postpone the removal of unauthorized military post

The Israeli High Court accept an appeal by the Israeli military-related delays elimination of invalid post near the West Bank city of Ramallah to July 2013. The court first held that post illegal Amona installed by the migrants on privately owned Palestinian land must be removed on April 30.

Post was built near Ofra settlement near Ramallah. Among Palestinians owner has filed an appeal to the court of Israel and the first court their favor. Yet the military and Israeli leaders ask postponed.

Campaigning ends for Pakistan election

Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan address rallies as search continues for abducted son of a former prime minister. Campaigning has ended for Pakistan's general elections, with Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister, and Imran Khan, the cricketer turned politician, addressing rallies on the last day. Saturday's vote is being seen a democratic milestone in a country ruled for half its history by the military.

Polls will open at 8am local time and close at 5pm in which more than 86 million people are registered to vote, of which more than 35 million will be exercising their franchise for the first time.

Election-related violence that has killed more than 110 people continued on the eve of the vote. A deadly attack was reported in Pakistan's northwest on Friday while search continued for the abducted son of Yusuf Raza Gilani, a former prime minister. At least three people were killed and 10 others wounded after a motorcycle bomb exploded close to a political party office in North Waziristan’s Miranshah.

Sharif thanked supporters on Thursday in the country's second largest city, Lahore, while Khan appealed via a video address at a rally in the capital, Islamabad, for people to come out to vote. Sharif is seen as the favourite to become the next prime minister.

Bangladesh building collapse toll tops 1,000

Official says 1,006 people confirmed dead as rescuers pull more bodies of garment factory workers out of rubble. The death toll in Bangladesh's worst industrial disaster has soared past 1,000 after more bodies were found in the rubble of a collapsed building outside the capital, Dhaka.

The "death toll now stands at 1,006" as the recovery operation entered its 17th day since the building caved in at Savar town, army spokesman Captain Shahnewaz Zakaria told the AFP news agency on Friday.

Some of the bodies, which are badly decomposed, could be identified by mobile phones in their pockets or factory identity cards around their neck, he said. "Of the total dead, most are female garment workers." Of the bodies recovered so far, "at least 150 bodies were buried in unmarked graves in a state graveyard after they could not be identified," Zakaria added.

The authorities are taking DNA samples from all the victims for future compensation claims.

More than 3,000 garment workers were in the building's five garment factories which made clothing for Western retailers such as Benetton, Mango and Primark when the structure collapsed after a loud bang, trapping them. At least 2,437 people have been rescued, around 1,000 suffering serious injuries, including scores whose limbs had to be cut off to free them from the rubble. Preliminary findings of a government probe have blamed vibrations by four giant generators on the compound's upper floors for triggering the collapse. The building's architect told AFP he designed the structure to house a shopping mall and offices, not factories.

Police have arrested twelve people including the plaza's owner and four garment factory owners for forcing people to work on April 24, even though cracks appeared in the structure the previous day.
Factory workers have held protests calling for tough punishment for those responsible for the disaster, and demanding improved safety regulations. The collapse was the latest in a string of deadly accidents to hit the textile industry. A factory fire last November killed 111 garment workers.

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