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Middle East peace conference's statement affirms settlement principles - Foreign Ministry

Palestinian leaders have made clear in routine statements and in state and United Nations -funded education, that they consider all of Israel to be an "occupation". embassy to Jerusalem. "The embassy categorically did not have any role in the recent visit, besides that, the embassy communicated with the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Ramallah city and was officially informed by the ministry that no one of PA officials or leadership were to meet with Mr. Read More »

Activists accuse Japanese whalers of killing minke in Australian sanctuary

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney over the weekend, when the topic of whaling was mentioned. "Disappointment isn't going to cut it", Managing Director of Sea Shepherd, Jeff Hansen, said of Frydenberg's remarks. Meanwhile the ship Steve Irwin is now on a course to intercept the Japanese whaling vessel, and the group is now not disclosing the location of its other ship Ocean Warrior "for strategic purposes". Read More »

Watchdog notes Iran's commitment to nuclear deal

In his own statement Monday, Kerry said, "There is no doubt that the deal is working and all participants are keeping their commitments", and insisted the pact "demonstrated the power of sustained, principled, multilateral diplomacy". One year ago, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified that Iran had fulfilled key commitments spelled out under the JCPOA. The report, which provides a status update on the first year of the JCPOA's implementation, notes that ongoing enmity ... Read More »

Bahrain puts three to death in first executions since 2010

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The executions came less than a week after the country's highest court confirmed the punishment against Abbas al-Samea, 27, Sami Mushaima, 42, and Ali al-Singace, 21. In a statement issued on Sunday, Hezbollah said that the Arab regimes and the Western countries are responsible for the Bahraini regime's crime for they protect its major oppression against the Bahrainis, through confiscating their civil and legal rights, imposing state of repression and terror and carrying out the murders and ... Read More »

550 migrants rescued in Mediterranean, two dead

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The boat is reported to have sank between Libya and Italy, about 30 miles from the Libyan coast. Many deaths are thought to go unrecorded, with bodies either disappearing or washing up on the shores of Libya, where authorities do not routinely release casualty figures. Read More »

Iraqi forces make more territorial gains against Daesh in, around Mosul

A Reuters reporter saw heavy clashes inside the campus. Iraqi forces now control the eastern sides of three of the city's five bridges that span the Tigris river connecting Mosul's east to west. "We were targeted with only four auto bombs where before [IS militants] would send 20 in one day", said special forces Lieutenant Zain al-Abadeen. A separate military statement said the federal police in the area also captured a highway linking Mosul to the city of Kirkuk, to the southeast. Read More »

Dave Chappelle, Jerry Seinfeld & Jimmy Fallon Say 'Goodbye' To Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama has performed skits with him, including "The Evolution of Mom Dancing" where the two had a dance-off. "We've made plans for the continuation of all that we're doing". This time, Michelle Obama got to say her goodbyes. "Thank you for your friendship and your leadership and please come back on the show as a citizen as well". Read More »

Sainsbury's Christmas Profits Increased thanks to Online Sales

The pound has been hit heavily since the United Kingdom voted to leave in the EU Referendum. As with Aldi it does not give like-for-like sales, which strip out the effect of new store openings and are therefore a better comparison. He adds: "It increasingly looks like Sainsbury's is losing market share, notably to Tesco, as the latter is enjoying a rebound". "Clothing and General Merchandise also had a very strong quarter, with Clothing sales up ten per cent and General Merchandise up ... Read More »

Russian MPs 'bewildered' by latest United States enlargement of Magnitsky Act

Our goal in imposing sanctions is to change behaviour. The sanctions, announced by the Treasury Department , are not related to allegations of Russian hacking during the presidential election, according to a senior official. United States intelligence agencies assess that Russian military intelligence hacked the Democratic party's server and leaked the emails, as well as carrying out a multi-faceted campaign of influence to promote Donald Trump . Read More »

Oil Prices Slip on Fears of Oversupply

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Negative dynamics returned to the market on January 9 reflecting a surge in exports from Iran and increased activity of US drillers for a tenth straight week. From December 2015, the global rig count was down 15 percent. That's based on an oil price of $42 per barrel and a daily export capacity of 3.75 million barrels from all of Iraq . Read More »

McDonald's sells control of flagging China business

US Fast-Food giant McDonald's has announced a deal to sell 80% of its business in China and Hong Kong , as it aims to franchise most of its restaurants around the world. Yum Brands! Inc. spun-off its Chinese operation late previous year to revive sales in China. Pressure to instill more local ownership in the country intensified in recent years after food safety issues there damaged western brands and led to same-store sales declines. Read More »

Iraqi forces reach Tigris for first time in Mosul offensive

Counter-terrorism service (CTS) forces pushed across a tributary of the Tigris river shortly after midnight and drove back Islamic State fighters in the Muthanna district, CTS spokesman Sabah al-Numan said. Brett McGurk, Washington's envoy to the US-led coalition backing the Iraqi offensive, said in a tweet that the militant's defenses in eastern Mosul were "showing signs of collapse". Read More »

US Consular Official Shot, Wounded in Mexico

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The shooting left a bullet impact on the vehicle window while the official is seen opening his door. After the official walks away, the gunman is seen following him. "The safety and security of our employees overseas is among our highest priorities", an embassy spokeswoman who was not authorized to be quoted by name told The Associated Press. Read More »

Sudip Bandyopadhyay's wife, Chandrima Bhattacharya file complaints against CBI

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During the attack, the leader was allegedly beaten up by a group of people before ransacking her house. He further claimed that the supporters even tried to break into his apartment. TMC leader Derek O'Brien had said party legislators would hold a protest on Wednesday against the "financial emergency and political vendetta". They dubbed the arrests politically motivated and said it is a conspiracy of the BJP-led central government to wipe out the TMC in West Bengal. Read More »

Tunisian arrested who allegedly dined with Berlin market attacker

Italian police said ballistic tests proved the gun fired at an officer in Milan was the same as the one used to kill the Polish driver of the hijacked truck which Amri is believed to have ploughed into the crowd on December 19, killing 12. It is unclear whether any arrests were made at the two Berlin sites. Another search was conducted on Tuesday at the home of Amri's one-time roommate, who is seen as a witness in the case, Ms Koehler said. Read More »

Warm and Wet Start to the New Year

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There is a slight chance of now showers after 10 a.m., mixing with rain after noon. Wednesday night , partly cloudy, with a low around 23. Tonight ... North wind 11 to 16 miles per hour. Tuesday: Cloudy with another round of rain showers. Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 20. "Right around 11:45 p.m. Read More »

AIADMK general council resolves to work under Sasikala' leadership

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The party passed a total of 12 resolutions in the presence of chief minister O Paneerslevam that allows Sasikala aka Chinnamma to lead the party post Amma's death. Asking to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, State and Central governments, Justice S Vaidyanathan said on a petition that why J Jayalalithaa's body can not be exhumed. Read More »

Trump to dissolve foundation before inauguration

The foundation can not legally dissolve while it is being investigated, according to the Attorney General's office. The 990 IRS filing for tax year 2015, which is the most recent such form that is publicly available, shows that the foundation had more than $1.1 million in assets at the end of that year. Read More »

Juveniles Charged in Fight That Shut Down Fox Valley Mall

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No one was seriously injured. Witnesses reported hearing a gunshot, but police said there is no evidence shots were fired. Monroeville's chief of police, Doug Cole, told PennLive on Monday that four juvenile females and one 18-year-old male had been arrested in connection with a series of fights that broke out at the mall on Monday. Read More »

Romanian president rejects nomination of Muslim woman for PM

Romania's President, Klaus Iohannis , on Tuesday rejected the Social Democrat Party's proposal to name Sevil Shhaideh as Prime Minister-designate. Together with its junior partner, the Alliance of Democrats and Liberals, it has an outright majority of 250 seats in the 465-member parliament. "This man wants to provoke a political crisis in Romania ", Dragnea said adding he would come up with a decision by Wednesday. Read More »

4 held for raping American tourist, plead they were wrongly implicated

The arrest took place twenty three days after the Delhi Police registered an FIR in United States national gang-rape case. The accused include a tour guide, a bus driver, a conductor and a hotel employee. She said they offered her water laced with sedatives, and sexually assaulted her on two separate days, Pathak said. In her statement in front of a judicial magistrate, the rape-survivor reiterated that she was gang-raped by five persons in a five-star hotel here in Delhi for two days. Read More »

Powerful quake hits southern Chile

Some roads were reported damaged, and thousands were temporarily evacuated from coastal areas across Los Lagos. The US Geological Survey said the quake struck near the southern coast of the quake-prone South American nation at 1422 GMT. Read More »

Japanese Prime Minister Arrives in Hawaii for Memorial Visit

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has landed in Hawaii, ahead of a visit to Pearl Harbor, the United States naval base attacked by the Japanese in 1941. David Ige and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy were among those who joined Abe for the solemn visit. Indeed, the politics of apology began to gain currency only in the 1980s, said Alexis Dudden, a professor at the University of CT who specializes in modern Japanese history. Read More »

Russian passenger jet with 92 aboard crashes into Black Sea

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The Alexandrov Ensemble was "flying to congratulate Russian air force pilots in Syria with the New Year", ministry spokesman Igor Konashekov said. The cause of the crash is not yet known. The last big TU-154 crash was in 2010 when a Polish jet carrying then-president Lech Kaczynski and much of Poland's political elite crashed in western Russian Federation killing everyone on board. Read More »