2 February 2017

Israel evacuates West Bank outpost amid new settlement binge

This Wednesday, May 18, 2016 file photo shows buildings in Amona, an unauthorized Israeli outpost in the West Bank, east of the Palestinian town of Ramallah. Israeli forces and West Bank settlers are bracing for the looming evacuation of a settlement outpost slated for demolition. Amona is the largest of about 100 unauthorized outposts erected in the West Bank without permission but generally tolerated by the Israeli government. The outpost, built in the 1990s, stretches out over a rugged, grassy hilltop and looks out across the valley onto Palestinian villages.
Israeli forces uprooted this West Bank outpost on Wednesday, removing residents and hundreds of their supporters in sometimes violent clashes as they dismantled a community that has become a symbol of Jewish settler defiance.
The evacuation, which followed years of legal battles, came amid a flurry of bold new settlement moves by Israel's government, which has been buoyed by the election of President Donald Trump.

Facebook's Oculus facing $500 million bill in copyright case

In this June 11, 2015, file photo, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey holds up the new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset for photographers following a news conference, in San Francisco. In a verdict reached Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, Facebook's virtual-reality subsidiary and two of its founders, Luckey and Brendan Iribe, are facing a sobering reality after a jury hit them with a $500 million bill for infringing on the rights of a video-game maker.
Facebook's virtual-reality subsidiary and two of its founders are facing a sobering reality after a jury hit them with a $500 million bill for violating the intellectual property rights of video-game maker ZeniMax Media.
The verdict reached Wednesday in a Dallas federal court represents about one-fourth of the $2 billion that Facebook paid two years ago to buy Oculus, a developer of virtual-reality gear and software.

Spokesman: Congolese opposition leader Tshisekedi dies at 84

In this file photo taken on, Wednesday, July 31, 2016, Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi speak during a political rally in Kinshasa, Congo. Congo's opposition icon Etienne Tshisekedi, who pushed for democratic reforms for decades in this vast Central African nation and once declared himself president after saying the election was rigged by the incumbent, has died, his political party said late Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017.
Congo's opposition icon Etienne Tshisekedi, who pushed for democratic reforms for decades in the vast Central African nation throughout dictatorship and civil war, has died, his political party said late Wednesday. He was 84.
His death comes at a politically fragile moment for Congo, where he was heavily involved in the recent deal to get President Joseph Kabila to agree to step down by the end of this year after months of deadly protests. The parties signed a deal that has yet to be implemented.