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European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker believes an agreement on a third bailout for Greece is likely this month, hopefully by August 20 when Athens must make a key debt repayment. "All the reports I am getting suggest an accord this month, preferably before the 20th," when Greece must repay some 3.4 billion euros ($3.7 billion) due to the European Central Bank, Juncker told AFP in an interview on Wednesday. Officials from the Commission, the ECB, the EU's bailout fund and the International Monetary Fund are currently in Athens working out the details of the new rescue worth up to 86 billion euros.
Israel on Tuesday used a controversial form of detention without trial normally invoked for Palestinians against an alleged Jewish extremist, following an outcry over the death of a toddler in an arson attack. The use of "administrative detention" came as authorities arrested another suspected Jewish extremist and extended the detention of the leader of a radical religious group. None of the three were accused of direct involvement in last week's firebombing of a Palestinian home in the occupied West Bank in which an 18-month-old boy was killed, sparking an international outcry over Israel's failure to get to grips with violence by hardline Jewish settlers.