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Man killed after street festival

in eastern Germany

BERLIN (AP) — Police say a man has died and two others were injured in an altercation between several people of “various nationalities” in the eastern German city of Chemnitz. The clash was followed by a march during which bottles were thrown at officers.

The reasons for the fight after a street festival early Sunday were unclear. Police said it started with a “verbal dispute” and a 35-year-old German was fatally injured. They tracked down two men who may or may not have been involved.

Police said various groups gathered Sunday afternoon in downtown Chemnitz in response to calls on social media. They say a crowd of around 800 people refused to cooperate with officers and marched through the center of the city. Police brought in reinforcements from nearby cities.

Israel to reopen Gaza crossing

after week of calm on border

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s defense minister has announced he will reopen the country’s main personnel crossing with the Gaza Strip following a week of relative calm along the border.

Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday that after consultation with the country’s security agencies, he ordered the opening of the Erez border crossing on Monday.

The decision to reopen the crossing comes amid efforts by Egypt to mediate a possible ceasefire between Gaza’s Hamas rulers and Israel following weeks of intense violence at the border.

The sides have come close to serious conflict in recent weeks, as militants have fired rockets at Israel, which responded with airstrikes.

Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip and doesn’t recognize Israel, seeks an easing of the decade-long, crippling Israeli-Egyptian blockade on the Palestinian territory in exchange for a lasting truce.

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