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June 16, 2019

Do you love President Trump and contested land? Consider a move to Trump Heights.

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet met in the disputed Golan Heights to dedicate a small settlement, previously known as Bruchim, to Trump. Now called Ramat Trump, or "Trump Heights," the president can't say it's the biggest, most beautiful settlement — only 10 people live there and it's surrounded by land mines — but it does now have a giant sign, trimmed in gold and flanked by U.S. and Israeli flags. The Syrian border is 12 miles away, while the closest Israeli settlement, Kiryat Shmona, is 30 minutes away.

Netanyahu moved fast; it was only in April that he announced he was renaming the outpost in honor of Trump, to thank him for reversing U.S. policy toward the region. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War, and annexed the territory in 1981, a move most governments consider illegal under international law. During Netanyahu's visit to Washington in March, Trump signed an executive order acknowledging the area, home to about 50,000 people, as Israeli territory. Israel said it hopes the name change will encourage more people to move to Ramat Trump. Catherine Garcia

May 17, 2019

In order to get new residents to take over historic homes in need of repair, the Sicilian municipality of Mussomeli is selling properties for just a few dollars each.

The goal is to attract people from all over the world who have the desire to live in Sicily and the means to renovate and maintain the homes. It's not as simple as plunking down $2 — buyers must have the homes fully renovated within three years of purchase, and fees and taxes tacked on to the minuscule selling price increase the final total to between $2,700 and $4,500, ABC 7 reports. Most don't have electricity, either, and air conditioning and other modern amenities would also have to be installed.

Mussomeli boasts a very low crime rate and a laid-back atmosphere, officials say, and is also home to Manfredi's Castle and other historic attractions. Catherine Garcia

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