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After UNHRC adopts 5 anti-Israel resolutions, UK vows to oppose all future such moves

London supports 2 of the votes, but slams bias and ‘selective focus’ on Israel, puts council ‘on notice’ that it had better change By Times of Israel staff The Human Rights Council during an interactive dialogue with the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip on June 29, 2015 […]

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Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Israel in May

Justin Welby plans to hold interfaith events, visit holy sites in his first tour of region in four years By Times of Israel staff Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Church of England Justin Welby, center, visits the Dome of the Rock shrine in Jerusalem’s Old City, on June 27, 2013 (Sliman Khader/Flash90) The […]

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Premier Li and Australia’s Turnbull watch football game

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (L4) watch a football game in Sydney, March 25, 2017. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn] Premier Li Keqiang and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull watched a football game on Saturday in Sydney, the latest sports event the premier has participated in with other countries’ leaders. Both […]

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11 arrested for desecrating Auschwitz

11 men and women in their twenties were detained by Polish police on Friday, after they slaughtered a sheep and took their clothes off at the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. The individuals aged 20 to 27, whose identities and motives are unknown, then chained themselves together in front of the camp’s infamous “Arbeit macht […]

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Palestinians pin hopes on Merkel’s support for two-state solution

Berlin (dpa) – Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirmed on Friday Germany’s commitment to a two-state solution for peace in the Middle East, fanning Palestinians’ hopes that she will mediate a future peace deal. “I still do not see a reasonable alternative to the goal of a two-state solution,” Merkel said after meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas […]

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US warns against travel to French Guiana amid social unrest

Large protests have spread throughout French Guiana, blocking roads to neighbouring Brazil and Suriname, prompting the US government to issue a travel warning Friday for the French territory in South America. Hundreds of people have taken part in protests over the high crime rate, cost of living and the poor quality of social services such […]

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UN reports widespread rape and killing of children in Sudan

Johannesburg (dpa) – The United Nations has documented widespread violations of children’s rights in the Sudanese states of Darfur, South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Abyei, including killings, rape and use of children as soldiers. The report submitted to the UN Security Council, which was made public late Friday, covers the period from March 2011 to […]

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Donald Trump adviser Michael Flynn discussed sending Erdogan foe back to Turkey: Reports

Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, met with top Turkish officials last year and allegedly discussed ways to hand over Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating the unsuccessful coup that nearly toppled President Recep Tayyip Erdogan months earlier, former CIA Director James Woolsey said Friday. The discussion allegedly unfolded during a […]

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EU leaders sign new declaration marking 60 years since the Treaty of Rome

EU leaders have met in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the bloc’s founding treaty. The 27 national leaders gathered in the Campidoglio palace where the six founding states signed the Treaty of Rome on March 25, 1957. They have signed a new declaration in honour of the 1957 Treaty. Live now- EU leaders […]

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Trump administration approves Keystone XL pipeline, but its future remains in question

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump reignited a bruising battle over the nation’s energy future that environmentalists had hoped was behind them when he announced Friday that his administration has issued a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. But, although Trump portrayed the pipeline as a done deal now, its future remains uncertain. It faces difficult […]

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Russia-Iran ties could be factor as Donald Trump eyes new sanctions for Tehran

The Trump administration is close to announcing a new slate of economic sanctions aimed at containing Iran’s ballistic missile activities, a day after senators introduced bipartisan legislation to expand such measures, as well as those targeting Iranian human rights abuses and support for terrorism. More than a dozen senators on both sides of the aisle […]

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Federal judge upholds travel ban, but earlier rulings leave it blocked

The Trump administration scored a victory Friday in its effort to enact a temporary ban on refugee resettlement and travel of foreign nationals from six countries, with a federal judge in Virginia siding with President Trump over a Muslim civil-rights group that challenged the legality of his revised executive order. Two other federal court rulings […]

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Tensions rise in House Intelligence Committee probe

WASHINGTON — Tensions between the two leaders of the House investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russia escalated Friday as the committee announced it would soon question President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters at a news conference that former Trump campaign […]

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Blackstone sells stake in SeaWorld to Chinese firm

ORLANDO, Fla. — Investment firm Blackstone Group has sold its 21 percent stake in SeaWorld to a Chinese company. The deal with Zhonghong Group gives SeaWorld a path into the growing Chinese tourism market and a partner with experience in theme-park development there. Zhonghong Group will buy the stock at $23 per share, Orlando-based SeaWorld […]

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