Earlier, a spokesperson for Jordan’s government demanded proof of life for their pilot, Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh, before moving ahead with any possible swap to bring about his release.

“We want to see a proof of life of the Jordanian pilot and then we can talk about the exchange,” Mohammed al-Momani said.

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New government adopts more friendly policy toward Israel

Established a few months ago, the conservative-progressive minority government in Norway has been working towards repairing ties with Israel and enhancing collaboration in a number of fields.

The Daily Star29 Jan 2015

NAQOURA, Lebanon: The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) held a memorial service Thursday to honor the Spanish soldier, Cpl Francisco Javier Soria Toledo, had been serving in the UNIFIL force since November 2014.He was killed by an shell that hit his post near the Ghajar village.
The service was held at Beirut International Airport, in the presence of UNIFIL Commander Maj. Gen. Luciano Portolano, Spanish Ambassador to Beirut Milagros Hernando Echevarria and a representative of the Lebanese Army.
“This tragic incident reminds us of the tasks undertaken by United Nations personnel who are serving far from home, under difficult conditions, to bring peace and prosperity to the people we serve,” Portolano said, standing near the soldier’s coffin wrapped in the blue U.N. flag. “This is a brave and noble choice.”
UNIFIL had launched an investigation into the incident.

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