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US quits UN human rights body

Human Rights

MNA International Desk: The United States withdrew from a “hypocritical and self-serving” United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform, a move activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult. Standing with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo at the state department, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed Russia, China, Cuba and Egypt for thwarting US efforts to reform the council. She also criticized countries which shared US values and encouraged Washington to remain, but “were unwilling to seriously challenge the status ...

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Israel kills 4 more Palestinians

Palestinians

MNA International Desk: Israeli troops killed four Palestinians and wounded hundreds of others on Friday with live fire and tear gas used against protesters at the Gaza border, reported news agency. Israel said it was defending the frontier against crowds that threw stones and burned tyres in an attempt to cross. It said at one location at least two Palestinian militants fired guns at its forces and others had thrown grenades. The protests tapered off around sunset when many demonstrators left border camps for the evening meal that breaks their fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The Palestinians ...

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Argentina calls off match against Israel

Argentina

MNA Sports Desk: Argentina has called off a World Cup warm-up match against Israel following protests by pro-Palestinian groups, reported news agency. A source at Argentina’s football federation on Tuesday confirmed the cancellation of the international friendly scheduled to be played Saturday at Teddy Kollek Stadium in Jerusalem. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they did not have permission to comment. The head of the Palestinian football association, Jibril Rajoub, had urged Argentina to cancel the match and had called on Arab soccer fans to burn posters of Argentina captain Lionel Messi if he ...

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Israel strikes 35 targets in Gaza

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MNA International Desk: Israel launched a massive airstrike on the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, hitting 35 targets and a cross-border tunnel, the latest in a back-and-forth exchange of fire after Palestinians launched mortars from Gaza into Israel, reported news agency. The Israeli military in a statement said the airstrike was in response to the barrage of 28 mortar shells that Gaza militants fired at Israel on Tuesday morning. The attack from Gaza caused no major damage except for a man who was slightly injured in the hand, it said. The airstrike was carried out by Israeli fighter jets and aircraft ...

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Israel, Iran Clash Over Nuclear Threat at Munich

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MNA International Desk: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed that Iran is just years away from having a nuclear bomb. Under pressure back home and facing possible corruption charges, Netanyahu took to the stage at the Munich Security Conference Sunday to deliver a warning about the security of the Middle East region, accusing Iran of posing an existential threat. “The nuclear agreement with Iran has brought the countdown, has begun the countdown to an Iranian nuclear arsenal in little more than a decade. And the sanctions relief that the deal provided has not moderated Iran. It’s not made them ...

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UNGA to meet on Jerusalem status

Islamic Jihad

MNA International Desk: The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will hold a rare emergency special session on Thursday at the request of Arab and Muslim states on US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, sparking a warning from Washington that it will “take names.” Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour said the General Assembly would vote on a draft resolution calling for Trump’s declaration to be withdrawn, which was vetoed by the United States in the 15-member UN Security Council on Monday. The remaining 14 Security Council members voted in favor of the Egyptian-drafted resolution, which did ...

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Two dead in ‘Day of Rage’ over Jerusalem

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MNA International Desk: At least two people were killed in clashes with Israeli troops on Friday when thousands of Palestinians demonstrated against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Across the Arab and Muslim worlds, thousands more protesters took to the streets on the Muslim holy day to express solidarity with the Palestinians and outrage at Trump’s reversal of decades of US policy. Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man near the Gaza border, the first confirmed death in two days of unrest. Scores of people were wounded on the “Day of Rage”. A second person later ...

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Israel must end illegal settlements: British PM

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MNA International Desk: British Prime Minister Theresa May raised concerns about illegal settlements on Thursday at a meeting with her Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu in London, May’s office said. “They discussed the need to overcome obstacles to peace, with the prime minister noting our grave concerns about illegal settlements,” a spokesman from May’s office said in a statement, reported news agency. “The prime ministers also discussed the fact settlements are not the only obstacle and that the people of Israel deserve to live free from the scourge of terrorism and anti-Semitic incitement.” The two leaders attended a dinner celebrating the ...

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Palestinian gunman killed 2 in Jerusalem shooting rampage

shooting rampage

MNA International Desk: Israeli authorities have arrested dozens of Palestinians after a shooting rampage in Jerusalem killed two people and wounded five others, police said Monday. The arrests after Sunday’s attack included 31 Palestinians seeking to participate in celebrations in memory of the assailant as well as members of his family in east Jerusalem, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan told army radio. Some 15 other Palestinians were arrested for throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at security forces in east Jerusalem, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. The arrests come after Sunday’s attack in which a 39-year-old Palestinian went on a shooting ...

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Trump would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Jerusalem

MNA International Desk: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that if elected, the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reported news agency. While Israel calls it as capital, few other countries accept that, including the United States. Most nations maintain embassies in Tel Aviv. Palestinians want East-Jerusalem, captured by Israel in a 1967 war, as capital of the state they aim to establish alongside Israel in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Trump also said he agreed with Netanyahu that peace in the Middle East could only be achieved when “the ...

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BNP-Jamaat has connection with Israel

BNP

MNA National Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina claimed that the BNP-Jamaat coalition has a connection with Israel in a conversation at St James Court-Taj Hotel in London on Tuesday. “The truth can never be suppressed…the BNP-Jamaat clique has joined hands with those who are frequently killing children and women in Palestine,” she alleged. The discussion was arranged by the UK chapter of Bangladesh Awami League on the occasion of homecoming day of Sheikh Hasina. Chaired by UK chapter AL president Sultan Mahmud Sharif, the discussion was also addressed by its general secretary Sajedur Rahman Khan. All European AL president Anil ...

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Travel ban slapped on BNP leader Aslam Chowdhury

MNA National Desk: A travel ban was slapped on BNP leader Aslam Chowdhury, alleging him for meeting with a leader of Israel’s ruling Likud Party Mendi N Safadi and Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad in India that made spark in home and abroad. Aslam was BNP’s joint secretary general after its last council, is the convener of the party’s Chittagong North unit, whoowns filling stations and is involved with the real estate and ship-breaking industries. Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) Commissioner Iqbal Bahar said BNP leader Aslam Chowdhury has been barred from leaving the country and will be arrested the moment he ...

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