Palestinians Mourn Cabinet Minister Killed in Clash with Israeli Troops
Palestinians are mourning a Cabinet minister who died Wednesday after clashes with Israeli police in the West Bank.
Thousands of people, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, gathered Thursday in Ramallah for the funeral procession of Ziad Abu Ain.
Israel deployed extra security forces to the West Bank in anticipation of new protests in reaction to Abu Ain's death.
During Wednesday's protests, Israeli troops pushed Abu Ain by the neck and chest and also fired tear gas in the area.
Palestinian doctors said Thursday that an autopsy showed he died from being struck, while Israeli officials said a heart attack caused his death.
Israel Defense Forces spokesman Peter Lerner said the military is investigating what happened while also focusing on preventing any escalation of tensions.
Russia's Putin in India to Boost Energy, Trade Ties
Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi as part of a one-day visit to discuss expanding energy and defense ties.
Mr. Putin was also due to hold talks Thursday with President Pranab Mukherjee and opposition leader Sonia Gandhi.
Russia is facing stiff Western economic sanctions for its role in the Ukraine crisis, and analysts say the Putin mission is aimed at developing new energy markets to help offset the impact of those sanctions.
Russian and Indian officials said the meetings would likely focus on agreements for military cooperation, space exploration and the construction of new nuclear power plants.
At least 15 trade pacts are set to be signed, as energy-starved India - the world's third largest energy importer -- continues to push for greater involvement in natural gas and oil exploration inside Russia.