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Saudi king announces $150 million for East Jerusalem

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Sunday announced a $150-million (120 million euro) donation for the maintenance of Islamic heritage in East Jerusalem. “Saudi Arabia announces a $150-million grant to support the administration of Jerusalem’s Islamic property,” the monarch said at the opening of the Arab League summit in the kingdom’s eastern city of Dhahran….

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Trump ‘may’ go to Jerusalem embassy opening

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump floated a fraught trip to open the new US embassy in Jerusalem, as the embattled US president hosted Israel’s equally embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House Monday. The two leaders — both under career-threatening legal investigation — tried to cast their domestic problems aside, putting on a show of…

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US to open Jerusalem embassy in May for Israel’s 70th anniversary

WASHINGTON: The United States said Friday it will relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in May, bringing forward the contested move to coincide with the Jewish state’s 70th birthday — and enraging Palestinians, who called it a “blatant provocation.” Palestinians object to recognition of the disputed city as Israel’s capital and say the embassy…

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Abbas to ask EU to recognise Palestinian state: minister

BRUSSELS: Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas will ask the EU to officially recognise the state of Palestine when he meets foreign ministers from the bloc on Monday, a senior official told AFP Sunday. Palestinian foreign minister Riad al-Malki said Abbas will tell the EU it should take the step “as a way to respond” to US…

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Trump does not plan on moving embassy to Jerusalem this year

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump denied on Wednesday that the planned relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would take place within a year, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected the controversial move to happen by then, reported Reuters. Reversing decades of U.S. policy, Trump in early December recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s…

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Netanyahu says has ‘special relationship’ with Narendra Modi

NEW DELHI: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he was “disappointed” by India’s refusal to back recognition of Jerusalem as his country’s capital but would not let it spoil his landmark visit to the Asian giant. Netanyahu also vowed that Israel would “catch up” with the killers of a Jewish couple murdered in 2008…

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U.S. threatens to withhold aid cash to Palestinians

UNITED NATIONS: U.S. President Donald Trump said in tweets on Tuesday that the United States may withhold future aid payments to Palestinians, accusing them of being “no longer willing to talk peace” with Israel. Trump said that Washington gives Palestinians “HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. They don’t…

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Turkish cyclist quits Israeli team over Jerusalem controversy

Istanbul: One of Turkey’s best known professional cyclists has joined a homegrown Turkish team after quitting his Israeli outfit due to the controversy generated by the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reports said Tuesday. Ahmet Orken, who will now cycle for Salcano Sakarya Buyuksehir in the Turkish Black Sea region…

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Following Trump’s lead, Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem

GUATEMALA CITY: Guatemala is to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, President Jimmy Morales said Sunday, following US President Donald Trump’s controversial lead on the holy city. After speaking with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Morales wrote to Guatemalans on his Facebook page that “one of the most important topics was the return of…

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Abbas says Palestinians won’t accept US peace plan

PARIS: Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said Friday that his people would “no longer accept” any peace plan proposed by the United States, following Washington’s decision to unilaterally recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Trump administration has been preparing a plan in secret which is expected to be presented to the two sides in…

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Nikki Haley speech on UN vote: Here’s how Twitter responded

NEWS DESK: Over 120 countries defied President Donald Trump on Thursday and voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the US to drop its recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. On the issue, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the 193-member General Assembly ahead of Thursday’s vote…

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Defying Trump, over 120 countries at U.N. condemn Jerusalem decision

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley vetos an Egyptian-drafted resolution regarding recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem, during the United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including Palestine, at U.N. Headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid UNITED NATIONS:…

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Jerusalem decision: Palestinians happy over UN vote

RAMALLAH: The Palestinian president welcomed Thursday a United Nations General Assembly resolution criticising the US government’s controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “This decision reaffirms once again that the just Palestinian cause enjoys the support of international law, and no decision by any party can change the reality,” a statement from Palestinian president Mahmud…

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Jerusalem decision: Donald Trump faces defeat at United Nations

UNITED NATIONS: Defying President Donald Trump’s threat to cut off funding, the United Nations overwhelmingly approved on Thursday a motion rejecting the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The 193-member General Assembly adopted the motion by 128 to nine with 35 abstentions, in what Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour called a “massive setback”…

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UN votes 128-9 to reject US decision on Jerusalem

UNITED NATIONS: The UN General Assembly on Thursday adopted by a decisive vote of 128 to nine, with 35 abstentions, a motion rejecting the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. President Donald Trump had warned ahead of the vote in the 193-nation assembly that “we’re watching” and threatened reprisals against countries backing the measure,…

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Israel’s Netanyahu calls U.N. “house of lies” before Jerusalem vote

TEL AVIV: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the United Nations as a “house of lies” ahead of a vote on Thursday on a draft resolution calling on the United States to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “Israel totally rejects this vote, even before (the resolution‘s) approval,” Netanyahu said in a speech at…

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Erdogan urges world to resist US threat in Jerusalem vote

Ankara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday called on UN member states not to be swayed by US leader Donald Trump’s threat to cut funding, during a key vote on a motion rejecting US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “I am calling on the whole world: never sell your democratic will in return for…

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Israel arrests brave Palestinian girl known for confronting soldiers

BETHLEHEM: Ahed Tamimi, a prominent 16-year-old Palestinian activist, has been detained during a pre-dawn raid on her home by the Israeli army and border police in the occupied West Bank, reported Al Jazeera. Ahed’s mother, Nariman, was also arrested on Tuesday afternoon during a visit to Ahed at an Israeli police station. According to Ahed’s…

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Trump threatens to cut aid to U.N. members over Jerusalem vote

They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us, said Trump. PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS: U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favor of a draft United Nations resolution calling for the United States to withdraw…

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Trump threatens funding cuts ahead of Jerusalem vote

Washington: US President Donald Trump threatened funding cuts for unspecified countries as the UN General Assembly prepared to vote on condemning Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “All these nations that take our money and then vote against us at the Security Council and they vote against us potentially at the Assembly,” Trump…

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UN criticizes Israel for killing of disabled Palestinian protester

Ibraheem Abu Thuraya had lost his legs and a kidney in an air strike in 2008. PHOTO: Reuters NEWS DESK: The UN’s human rights chief has criticised the killing of a disabled Palestinian protester at the border fence between Gaza and Israel, saying evidence gathered by his staff points to the use of “excessive” force,…

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