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November 7, 2005
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The owners of an Israeli wedding hall that collapsed in 2001, killing 23 people and injuring more than 350, were jailed. Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court sentenced the two owners of the Versailles hall to 30 months behind bars and gave one of their partners a four-month suspended prison term Sunday. The three were convicted of negligent manslaughter for ignoring design faults that caused the hall’s floor to collapse during a May 2001 wedding.

Two reporters from Al-Jazeera television were arrested during a protest against Israel’s West Bank security fence. The crew was filming the protest when a cameraman and technician were arrested, a correspondent for the Arab satellite channel said. Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told The Associated Press that the cameraman attacked a border guard.

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