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Muslim leaders urge recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestine capital

ISTANBUL: Leaders from the the world’s main pan-Islamic body on Wednesday urged the international community to recognise East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital after US President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. The emergency summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul said it declared “East Jerusalem as the…

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Muslim world should recognize Al Quds as Palestine capital: Erdogan

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on all nations of the world to recognize Al Quds as the capital of Palestine at the emergency Islamic summit called in response to the US decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital. Addressing the summit of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Erdogan condemned…

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Erdogan seeks to galvanise Muslim leaders over Jerusalem

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday chairs an emergency summit of the world’s main pan-Islamic body, seeking to marshal Muslim leaders towards a coordinated response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Erdogan, whose country holds the rotating chairmanship of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will be hoping to unite…

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Trump signs US military defense bill worth nearly $700 bn

WASHINGTON: President Donald on Tuesday signed a massive defense policy bill that he said would help America bolster its military might and modernize the services. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) calls for nearly $700 billion of military spending for the coming fiscal year, but Congress has yet to fully fund it. “With the signing…

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Twitter makes ‘tweetstorms’ easier with ‘threads’

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter said Tuesday said it would make it easier for users to build “tweetstorms” by linking together posts in “threads” to expound at length at the famously short-form messaging service. The move comes just a month after Twitter rattled the twitterverse by doubling the limit for tweets in most languages to 280 characters,…

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Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump directed NASA on Monday to send Americans to the Moon for the first time in decades, a move he said would help prepare for a future Mars trip. “This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint,” Trump said at the White House as he signed…

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‘Terror’ bomber strikes New York subway, three hurt

NEW YORK: A 27-year-old from Bangladesh detonated a home-made pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York subway passage during the morning rush hour Monday, injuring three people and putting the city on edge just six weeks after a deadly truck attack. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called the bombing an…

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Erdogan, Putin warn of further tension over US Jerusalem move

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin warned on Monday that Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel risks escalating tension in an already tense region. Trump’s decision and his plan to move the US embassy to Jerusalem sparked violence in Jerusalem, with a fifth day of protests…

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Senators urge Muslim countries to take united stand against Trump decision on Jerusalem

ISLAMABAD: Senators from both sides of the divide on Monday strongly rejected President Trump’s decision of recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and shifting the United States embassy to that city from Tel Aviv and called upon the Muslim countries to take a united stand on the issue, which had hurt their religious sentiments. They also…

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Women accusers should be heard, even if Trump is target: US ambassador to UN

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump participate in a session on reforming the United Nations at UN Headquarters in New York, U.S., September 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo WASHINGTON: Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said on Sunday that any woman who has…

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Palestine to snub Pence during visit over Jerusalem move

A demonstrator holds a Palestinian flag during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah December 9, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman CAIRO/GAZA: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet U.S. Vice…

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Turkish police detain activists at anti-Israel demo

ISTANBUL: Turkish riot police on Saturday detained a dozen activists at a protest in Istanbul denouncing Israel and the United States after Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Holding banners such as “against imperialism, Zionism and their domestic partners”, the protesters gathered in Kadikoy on the Asian side of Istanbul. Police moved in…

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Kuwaitis hold rare protest to denounce Trump’s Jerusalem move

KUWAIT CITY: Dozens of people took part in an authorised but rare protest Saturday in Kuwait City to denounce US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Protesters gathered at Irada Square outside the National Assembly carrying banners reading “Jerusalem is an eternal Palestinian capital” and “Terrorism is an American…

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Erdogan seeks to lead Muslim response on Jerusalem

Istanbul: Turkey’s leader is seeking to spearhead Islamic reaction to the US declaration on Jerusalem, but it is uncertain if he can coordinate a meaningful response among often disunited Muslim nations. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause, had fulminated against President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as…

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Under-fire WTO meets in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires: Under fire from the United States, wracked by disagreements over China and unable to kickstart stalled trade talks, the World Trade Organization meets under a cloud in Argentina from Sunday. The Buenos Aires meeting will be the first in the era of US President Donald Trump, who has pummeled the 164-member body relentlessly…

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Two Palestinians killed in Israeli air strike in Gaza

GAZA CITY: An Israeli air strike on a Gaza base of Hamas’s military wing killed two people on Saturday, health officials of the territory’s Palestinian rulers said. The strike on a base in Nusseirat in the central Gaza Strip, one of several in the early hours, came amid protests across the Palestinian territories against US…

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Isolated US defends Trump on Jerusalem at the UN

UNITED NATIONS: The United States stood alone Friday as one after another fellow UN Security Council member criticized its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The debate unfolded at a largely symbolic emergency meeting of the council — no vote on a resolution was planned, as the US has veto power — two days…

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Apple to buy music recognizing app Shazam: report

NEW YORK: Apple is in talks to buy the popular song recognition app Shazam as the tech giant tries to compete with streaming leader Spotify, TechCrunch reported Friday. The technology news site, quoting unnamed sources, said that the deal could be announced Monday with financial terms not yet clear. A spokeswoman for Apple declined comment….

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Muslims pray outside White House to protest Trump Jerusalem move

WASHINGTON: Hundreds of Muslims attended Friday prayers in front of the White House to protest President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Responding to the call of American Muslim organizations, worshippers laid out their prayer mats at a park in front of the president’s residence. Wearing traditional Palestinian keffiyeh scarves…

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Tillerson: Jerusalem embassy move probably not for 2 years

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem would probably not take place for at least two years. “This is not something that is going to happen this year or probably not next year, but the president does want us to move in a very…

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Senior Iran cleric urges Palestinians to rise against Israel

TEHRAN: A senior Iranian cleric called during Friday prayers for Palestinians to “rage” against Israel after US President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state. After the prayers Iranians took to the streets of Tehran and other cities to protest against Trump’s decision, calling for “death” to Israel and the United…

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