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Credit: Reuters/Menahem Kahana/Pool Israel JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's parliament on Wednesday toughened a law requiring a public referendum on potential land-for-peace deals involving withdrawals from land annexed by Israel. The law turns legislation already passed in 2010 into a constitutional amendment that would require an absolute majority of 61 of the Israeli Knesset's 120 lawmakers to rescind. "When it comes to making any such fateful decision, were such a moment to arrive, we must ask the people," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, moments before the amendment passed by a vote of 68 to 0. Opposition lawmakers from left-wing, Arab and ultra-Orthodox parties boycotted the vote, accusing Netanyahu's government of rushing through a decision they see as controversial. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/12/us-israel-palestinian-referendum-idUSBREA2B1W020140312





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Syrian troops have been on the offensive in Adra, just northeast of Damascus, after rebels captured parts of it in December, which displaced thousands from the area. A July U.N. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2014/03/13/syrian-parliament-approves-new-election-law