Abbas rules out US peace plan after Jerusalem decision

PARIS. — Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said yesterday that he would “no longer accept” any peace plan proposed by the United States, dealing a pre-emptive blow to a fresh initiative expected by Washington next year. The comments in Paris came hours after 128 members of the United Nations voted to condemn US President Donald Trump’s…
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Morocco seizes record 2.8 tonnes of cocaine in 2017

RABAT. — Moroccan security services have seized a record 2.84 tonnes of cocaine in 2017, 1.5 tonnes more than the amount seized last year, the Moroccan police revealed yesterday. Most of the seized cocaine was captured in an operation in early October when Moroccan authorities announced the seizure of a record 2.5 tonnes of cocaine,…
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Dutch police open fire on man at airport

THE HAGUE. – Dutch military police yesterday opened fire on a man armed with a knife at Amsterdam’s busy Schiphol airport, they said. “Man at Schiphol shot at by the military police, after he made threats with a knife. Situation safe,” the military police said in a tweet. A second tweet said the “suspect had been overpowered…
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AU joins world leaders in rebuking Trump

THE African Union (AU) has joined other world leaders in rebuking the United States over the announcement made by President Donald Trump on Wednesday that they now recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and Washington would soon move its embassy from Tel Aviv. AU Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat in a statement said he…
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BREAKING NEWS: Jerusalem decision fallout

There was a heavy Jordanian security presence around the US embassy in Amman on Thursday as protesters gathered. Roads leading up to the embassy were blocked off as protesters arrived on foot, some calling for the US and Israeli embassies in the country to be closed.There have also been clashes in the West Bank city…
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US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital stirs sentiments of Islamic world

CAIRO. — US President Donald Trump’s declaration on Wednesday to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital drew strong condemnation from the Arab states and the Islamic world, despite Israel hailing the move as “courageous and just decision.” Defying all warnings, Trump announced his official recognition and instructed the State Department to begin the process of moving…
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Palestinian leader hits back at Trump

RAMALLAH. – President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday that with US President Donald Trump declaring that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, he has chosen to disregard all international resolutions and bilateral agreements, preferring to ignore and contradict the international consensus expressed by many countries and leaders of the world, its spiritual leaders and regional…
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World, bar Israel, condemns Trump’s Jerusalem announcement

PARIS. – US President Donald Trump’s decision on Wednesday to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has drawn sharp criticism, with the significant exception of Israel. Here are key reactions from around the world: Israel salutes ‘historic’ day Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Trump’s recognition as “historic” and a “courageous and just decision”. Netanyahu also…
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