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Israel took the rare and drastic step of barring Palestinians from Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday as tensions mounted following attacks that killed two Israelis and wounded a child. The usually bustling alleyways of the walled Old City were mostly quiet on Sunday morning, with stores closed and hundreds of police guarding entrances. Some 300,000 Palestinians live in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, where the Old City is located.
Kyrgyzstan went to the polls on Sunday for a hotly-contested parliamentary vote, but the results are unlikely to change the ex-Soviet country's firmly pro-Russian trajectory. Polling stations across the majority-Muslim Central Asian country of six million saw long queues form in the autumn sunshine. Fourteen parties and more than 2,000 candidates are contesting 120 seats.