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Israel approves first West Bank settler homes since Gulf deals

Israel approved 2,166 new homes in settlements across the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, official figures sent to AFP showed, ending an eight-month lull in settlement expansion. 

The approvals came less than a month after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed agreements to normalise relations with Israel, which in return pledged to freeze its plans to annex swathes of the West Bank.

NGO Peace Now said the settlement uptick signals Israel’s rejection of Palestinian statehood and deals a blow to hopes of a wider Israeli-Arab peace.

It said that around 2,000 more homes are expected to be approved on Thursday.

“Netanyahu is moving ahead at full steam toward solidifying the de facto annexation of the West Bank,” it said in a statement ahead of Wednesday’s decisions.

US President Donald Trump sees the Gulf accords as part of his broader initiative for Middle East peace.

But a controversial plan he unveiled in January gave US blessing to Israeli annexation of large chunks of the West Bank, including the settlements, communities considered illegal under international law. 

Israel agreed to delay those plans under its normalisation deal with the UAE, something Emirati officials have cited in response to Arab and Muslim criticism.

The two Gulf countries were only the third and fourth Arab states to normalise relations with Israel, following Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he sees others following.

The Palestinians condemned the accords and quit the rotating presidency of the Arab League in protest at its failure to take a stand against them.

The Gulf agreements broke with years of Arab League policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which made its resolution a precondition for normalising ties with Israel.

The latest settlement plans, for a total of more than 4,000 new homes, were

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10 Best Prime Day Tool and Home Improvement Deals

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Amazon’s Prime Day is back — technically Prime Days as the deep discounts run from today through tomorrow, October 14. This is the perfect time to save big with Prime Day Deals on just about everything. We’re busy rounding up the best deals on Prime Day Kitchen Appliances, bedding, and now tools, lawn, and home improvement tools that are the cheapest they’ll be at Amazon all year. Now’s the best time to renovate your home, or simply upgrade your toolbox with the best tools for men. Here are our top 10 picks.

Craftsman V20 Cordless Drill/Driver Kit — From $69, was $85

Craftsman V20 Cordless Drill

Everyone from first-time homeowners to budding DIYers either needs a new drill now or will very soon. Craftsman’s V20 Cordless Drill/Driver Kit is one of the most versatile, do-anything tools for a wide range of home improvement applications. The 20V of power is plenty for all but the toughest jobs. Shop a variety of add-ons like an extra battery, a circular saw, or an LED task light.

Ozero Flex Grip Leather Working Gloves — From $23, was $29

Ozero Flex Grip Work Gloves
Just like a cordless drill, every homeowner should have a few pairs of work gloves. Whether working on the car, in the yard, or fixing your lawnmower, these are a versatile must-have to protect your hands.

Workpro 8-Piece Flex-Head Ratcheting Combination Wrench Set — From $36, was $45

WORKPRO 8-piece Flex-Head Ratcheting Combination Wrench Set
No toolbox is complete without a basic wrench set. This eight-piece ratcheting combination wrench set from Workpro is affordable, well-reviewed, and versatile enough for most, day-to-day home improvement tasks.

Premium Sandblaster Gun Kit — From $69, was $97

Premium Sand Blaster Gun Kit
Sandblaster guns are a niche tool that most people never think about. But, once you’ve had one, you’ll wonder how

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The Best Prime Day Kitchen Deals & Home Deals To Get Right Now

Amazon Prime Day has become something of a national holiday, and for good reason. With incredible deals on ties, tea kettles, tricked-out tablets and everything in between, there is plenty to celebrate and a little something for everyone. And when it comes to home cooks and armchair interior decorators, the two-day sales event offers some of the best Prime Day kitchen deals and Prime Day home deals — a chance to stock up on highly coveted culinary gear (juicers! air fryers! espresso machines!) and useful home goods at a fraction of the regular listing prices. 

Whether you are a casual internet shopper or someone who thinks of Prime Day as a competitive sport, we are here to help you navigate the savings. Below are some of the best Prime day kitchen and home deals live so far, but be sure to check back for more as we update over the course of the two-day sale.


Best Prime Day Kitchen Deals

AmazonBasics Microwave bundle with Echo Dot

AmazonBasics Microwave bundle with Echo Dot (3rd Gen)

For just $60 you can get this compact microwave – Echo Dot bundle, which syncs up to function by voice commands (yes, a voice-controlled microwave). Perfect for a dorm room or apartment, reviewers like its somewhat quirky capability, but acknowledge that it’s maybe not the most necessary function.


Instant Pot Ultra 3 Qt 10-in-1 Multi-Cooker

If you don’t have an Instant Pot already, now’s the time to get one. This three quart model is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, egg cooker and cake maker all in one. Plus it sautés, steams and warms too. And it’s currently just $50 during Prime Day.


Calphalon Cookware

Calphalon 10 Piece Tri-Ply Cookware Set, Medium, Stainless Steel

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Columbus Day Sales 2020: 13 Tech, Furniture, and Kitchenware Deals To Shop This Weekend

Columbus Day sales, unlike Labor Day sales or even Fourth of July sales, aren’t really a thing. If you consider it for a second—and remind yourself that Christopher Columbus was a monster who didn’t discover anything—you realize Columbus Day shouldn’t really even be a holiday. This year’s “holiday,” which we will now only refer to as Indigenous Peoples Day, is even stranger, thanks to its proximity to a delayed Amazon Prime Day. The mega-retailer will flex its muscle with an onslaught of discounts literally the day after the occasion. Based on our initial scans, it seems like most of the other tech and home goods retailers are holding their sale cards close to the chest, waiting to unleash their best deals until Prime Day begins in earnest. But for now, there’s still some decent price drops available on a range of gear, especially home tech and furniture upgrades. Here’s some of the best sales we could find, all available to shop this weekend. 

Looking for Columbus Day sales on menswear? Here you go! How about mattresses? Yes, we’ve got you covered.

Tech

Apple: Apple isn’t running its own fall sale, but if you’re a student or educator you can get free AirPods with the purchase of a new Mac or iPad through the company’s Back to School offer.

Best Buy: Best Buy’s sale section is stocked with decent TVs, laptops, and appliances.

Walmart: The big box retailer doesn’t have a headline grabbing sale going on right now, but it’s still a good place to check if you’re in the market for a new laptop or robot vacuum. 

Kitchen and Cookware

Sur La Table: Sur La Table’s sale section is stocked with cookware and kitchen tools, including a bunch of gear from the Le Creuset.

Williams Sonoma: Take an extra

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Spending the holidays at home amid COVID-19? Bed Bath & Beyond begins rolling out deals

Forget Black Friday. Bed, Bath &  Beyond says the holiday deals start now. 



a sign in front of a building: Bed Bath & Beyond is closing 200 stores over the next two years.


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Bed Bath & Beyond is closing 200 stores over the next two years.

For shoppers, whose lives have largely revolved around their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, the retailer intends to offer tips, discounts, and special loyalty perks to woo shoppers.

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“With home being the epicenter of all of our lives throughout the pandemic … gifts for (shoppers’) homes are some of the things on the top of the shopping list this year,’’ says Cindy Davis, Bed Bath & Beyond’s chief brand officer.

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Starting Oct. 4, through Oct. 31 customers who join the Beyond+ loyalty program will get a bonus card whose $29 value matches the membership fee. The program gives members a 20% discount whenever they make a purchase, as well as early looks at holiday deals and free standard shipping.

All shoppers who spend $75 from Wednesday through Saturday will get $25 in My Funds Rewards that they can use any time in a 30-day period to purchase linen, kitchen accessories and other products.

And shoppers who purchase $200 worth of merchandise online on Oct. 13 and 14 will earn $50 in My Funds Rewards.

The surge in online shopping as people stayed close to home during the global health crisis has apparently led to “some uncertainty and concern about not getting their items in time for the holidays’’ Davis says of some shoppers. So Bed Bath & Beyond is highlighting its options to buy online, then pick up in store, or the ability to pick up online orders curbside – services it launched for the first time during the pandemic. 

Bed Bath

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