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Muslim nations urge recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

The leaders of 57 Muslim nations have called on the world to recognise “the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital”. An Organisation of Islamic Co-operation communique declares US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise the city as Israel’s capital as “null and void”. It also says the move has signalled Washington’s withdrawal from its role in the Middle East peace process. ... Read More »

Yemen war: Air strikes on rebel prison in Sanaa ‘kill 30′

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At least 30 people are reported to have been killed in Saudi-led coalition air strikes on a rebel military police camp in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa. Most of the dead were said to be detainees at a prison inside the camp. A guard said an initial attack damaged one wing of the jail, prompting some inmates to try to escape. Then another strike almost demolished the ... Read More »

Alabama election: Democrat Jones defeats Roy Moore in Senate upset

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Doug Jones has become the first Democrat in 25 years to win a US Senate seat for Alabama, after a bitter campaign against Republican Roy Moore. His unexpected victory deals a blow to President Donald Trump, who backed Mr Moore, and narrows the Republican majority in the Senate to 51-49. Mr Moore has so far refused to concede, saying “it’s not over”. He fought a ... Read More »

Kenya’s Election Violence Worsens Inter-Ethnic Divisions

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Kenyans have had two controversial and often violent presidential elections in recent months. The bitter campaigns and court battles that followed have left many divided along ethnic lines. Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi reports from the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.   <<aljazeera>> Read More »

Amnesty: EU Governments Complicit In Abuse Of Refugees, Migrants

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Amnesty International is accusing European governments of knowingly exposing thousands of refugees to torture and abuse in their efforts to curb migration. In a report published on Tuesday, the rights group says the EU’s policy of containment shows little care for those trapped in Libya, where the enslavementof many migrants drew outrage across the world.   <<Al Jazeera>> Read More »

US Jerusalem move dominates Macron-Netanyahu talks

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French President Emmanuel Macron has criticised a US decision to call Jerusalem the capital of Israel, while urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to end the construction of illegal settlements. In a joint press conference after meeting Netanyahu in the French capital, Macron urged the Israeli leader to negotiate with the Palestinians. “France remains convinced that the only solution in accordance to international law is ... Read More »

Venezuela Opposition Banned From Running In 2018 Election

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Venezuela’s President, Nicolas Maduro, says the country’s main opposition parties are banned from taking part in next year’s presidential election. He said only parties which took part in Sunday’s mayoral polls would be able to contest the presidency. Leaders from the Justice First, Popular Will and Democratic Action parties boycotted the vote and said the electoral system is biased. President Maduro insists the Venezuelan system ... Read More »

California’s Thomas Fire scorches area larger than New York City

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The most destructive wildfire raging in southern California has expanded significantly, scorching an area larger than New York City. The Thomas fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties has consumed 230,000 acres in the past week. Fanned by strong winds, it has become the fifth largest wildfire in recorded state history after it grew by more than 50,000 acres in a day. Residents in coastal ... Read More »

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Boris Johnson Set For Talks In Iran

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Boris Johnson will raise “grave concerns” over the imprisonment of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe when he arrives in Iran later. The UK foreign secretary will call for the release of the British-Iranian woman, along with other dual nationals. Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe is serving a five-year sentence over allegations of spying, which she denies. Mr Johnson’s first trip to Iran comes amid rising tensions in the Middle East. As ... Read More »

DR Congo: UN Peacekeepers Killed In Attack In North Kivu

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At least 14 UN peacekeepers have been killed and 53 wounded in an attack in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The UN’s Monusco mission said the peacekeepers were attacked by suspected rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in North Kivu province. Five Congolese soldiers also died. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said it was the worst attack on UN peacekeepers in recent ... Read More »

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