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Palestinians warn Trump against Jerusalem embassy move

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The Palestinian president’s office and senior officials have warned of the potentially destructive effects of any move denying their claim to occupied East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. The warnings come as US President Donald Trump is due to decide as early as the next week whether to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Reports emerged on Friday that ... Read More »

Ex-Trump adviser Flynn pleads guilty to lying to FBI


Michael Flynn, the former US national security adviser, has pleaded guilty to making false statements in relation to his conversation with the Russian ambassador before US President Donald Trump took office. The charges stem from a probe into alleged meddling by  Russia in the 2016 US presidential election. According to the Associated Press, Flynn admitted in his plea on Friday that Trump transition officials had directed ... Read More »

Turkey seizes assets of trader in US trial


Turkish prosecutors have ordered the seizure of assets of a Turkish-Iranian gold trader who is testifying in a US trial of a banker accused of violating US sanctions against Iran. Witness Reza Zarrab earlier told a New York court that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had approved his and the defendant’s sanctions-breaking deals. Mr Erdogan has denied that Turkey breached US sanctions on Iran. The ... Read More »

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa gives key cabinet jobs to military figures


Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has named his cabinet, appointing senior military figures to high-profile positions. Critics have said that it has dashed hopes of change in the country. Mr Mnangagwa was inaugurated as president last week. He took over from Robert Mugabe who had been in power for 37 years. Mr Mugabe stepped down after the army took control of the country, following a ... Read More »

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa Gives Key Cabinet Jobs To Military Figures


Zimbabwe’s new president Emmerson Mnangagwa has named his cabinet, appointing senior military figures to high-profile positions. Mr Mnangagwa has made Sibusiso Moyo, the general who appeared on state TV after the recent military takeover, the new foreign minister. The head of Zimbabwe’s air force, Perence Shiri, was named the minister of agriculture and land affairs. Mr Mnangagwa was sworn in last week after Robert Mugabe ... Read More »

US Delays Ban On ‘Unsafe’ Cluster Bombs


The Pentagon is putting off indefinitely a ban that was due to take effect in 2019 on older models of cluster bombs which are less safe. The weapons scatter bomblets across a wide area, some of which fail to explode, posing a threat to civilians. The US military had been hoping to update them with munitions that they say explode at least 99% of the ... Read More »

Argentina Ends Missing Submarine Rescue Mission


The Argentine navy says it has abandoned attempts to rescue 44 crew members on board a submarine that disappeared two weeks ago. “Despite the magnitude of the efforts made, it has not been possible to locate the submarine,” navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said on Thursday. The sub, the ARA San Juan, last made contact on Wednesday 15 November. Hopes of finding survivors faded after a ... Read More »

Theresa May: Trump Was ‘Wrong’ To Retweet Far-Right Posts


UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said Donald Trump was “wrong” to retweet posts from a British far-right group. But she stressed the “special relationship” between Britain and the US was “in both our nations’ interests” and should continue. And she rejected calls to cancel a state visit by the US president. Speaking on a visit to Jordan, she said: “An invitation for a state ... Read More »

Matt Lauer: Sacked US TV News Anchor Says He’s ‘Truly Sorry’


Fired US TV news anchor Matt Lauer has said he is “truly sorry” after being accused of sexual misconduct. He was the co-host of NBC’s flagship Today programme for two decades, but that came to an end this week. NBC sacked him on Wednesday after receiving a “detailed complaint” from a colleague. On Thursday, the network said two more women had come forward. Lauer said ... Read More »

North Korea: Russia Accuses US Of Goading Kim Jong-Un

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the US of seeking to provoke North Korea into stepping up its nuclear missile programme. He rejected a call by the American envoy to the UN Security Council to sever ties with the North after its latest ballistic missile test. Russia argues sanctions do not work and advocates negotiations instead. The US has warned that North Korea’s government ... Read More »

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