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Recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital 'makes peace possible': Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that recognising Jerusalem as his country's capital "makes peace possible", after widespread international criticism of the US decision to do so.

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on cinemas

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday (Dec 11) lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom.

Major international recall of Lactalis formula milk over salmonella fears

PARIS: French formula milk maker Lactalis and health authorities have ordered a major international product recall because of fears of salmonella contamination, following 26 cases of children falling sick in France.

Celebrities express support for bullied US boy after emotional video

LOS ANGELES: Several celebrities have reached out to Keaton Jones, a young Tennessee boy whose video questioning why bullies are mean, offering messages of support and encouragement.

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Taiwan outlines security plans to battle hackers

TAIPEI: Taiwan must boost its information security systems to protect against hackers who target the island's financial services and banking systems, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Monday, unveiling a three-pronged strategy against attacks.

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Philippines' Duterte seeks martial law extension for south

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asked Congress on Monday to extend martial law across the southern third of the country until the end of next year to combat Islamist militants and communists.

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Venezuela socialists winning local vote, Maduro joyous

Venezuelans voted on Sunday in mayoral races that the ruling Socialist Party looked sure to sweep, deepening opposition disarray and strengthening President Nicolas Maduro ahead of a probable 2018 re-election campaign.

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Fire in southern California threatening another city

OJAI, United States: A fierce wildfire raged on north of Los Angeles Sunday (Dec 10), threatening other towns after already charring vast swaths of land, but other blazes were largely contained after burning for days.

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Ferry freed after running aground at France's Calais port

CALAIS, France: A ferry with more than 300 people on board ran aground on Sunday (Dec 10) in high winds at Calais in northern France, interrupting traffic in one of Europe's busiest passenger ports but causing no injuries.

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Heavy snow causes travel mayhem in northern Europe

LONDON: The heaviest snowfall in four years in Britain caused travel mayhem on Sunday (Dec 10), while more than 300 flights were cancelled in Germany's busiest airport and a ferry ran aground in the French port of Calais.

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New protests flare over Trump's Jerusalem declaration

JERUSALEM: New protests flared in the Middle East and elsewhere on Sunday (Dec 10) over US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a move that has drawn global condemnation and sparked days of unrest in the…

Israel, Turkey leaders trade insults over US Jerusalem decision

ISTANBUL: Relations between Israel and Turkey took a bitter turn on Sunday (Dec 10) as their leaders traded accusations of involvement in terrorism, days after the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Thousands rally demanding Saakashvili's release in Ukraine

KIEV: Thousands of people rallied on Sunday (Dec 10) in central Kiev to demand the release of detained former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili and the impeachment of his rival, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

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Malaysia says army is ‘ready’ for signal on Jerusalem

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) are always ready for the signal and directives from the top leadership and head of state on the issue of Jerusalem.

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Israeli stabbed in apparent Jerusalem 'terror' attack

JERUSALEM: A Palestinian stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli security guard in Jerusalem on Sunday (Dec 10) in what police described as a "terrorist" attack amid unrest over the White House's Jerusalem declaration.

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Snow shuts runways, disrupts flights across UK

LONDON: The heaviest snowfall to hit Britain in four years caused widespread disruption on Sunday (Dec 10), with roads becoming hazardous and flights grounded following runway closures.

Pope renews call for 'wisdom and prudence' over Jerusalem: Vatican

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Sunday (Dec 10) renewed a call for "wisdom and prudence" over the controversial United States decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Japan to host joint missile tracking drill amid North Korea threat

Japan will hold a drill with the United States and South Korea this week to practise jointly detecting airborne missiles, officials said Sunday amid rising security threats from North Korea.

Sunday, Dec 10

Arab ministers demand Trump rescind Jerusalem decision

Arab foreign ministers on Saturday called on the United States to rescind its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and for the international community to recognise a Palestinian state.

Palestinian president to shun Pence over Jerusalem move

RAMALLAH: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will refuse to meet US Vice President Mike Pence later this month following Washington's controversial policy shift on Jerusalem, an aide said on Saturday (Dec 9), as protests gripped the…

Saturday, Dec 9

Iraqi PM declares 'end of war against IS' in Iraq

BAGHDAD: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday (Dec 9) declared victory in a three-year war by Iraqi forces to expel the Islamic State militant group that at its height endangered Iraq's very existence.

Israel strike kills 2 Palestinians: Gaza officials

Gaza City, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: An Israeli air strike on a Gaza base of Hamas's military wing killed two people on Saturday (Dec 9), health officials of the territory's Palestinian Islamist rulers said.

North Korea condemns 'dotard' Trump over Jerusalem

SEOUL: North Korea has lambasted US President Donald Trump for recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital, renewing its description of him as a "dotard" in a statement released Saturday (Dec 9) on state media.

2 Palestinians dead in 'day of rage', US isolated at UN

JERUSALEM: Clashes, Palestinian rocket fire and Israeli air strikes killed at least two people and wounded dozens of others on Friday (Dec 8) in violence linked to US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Friday, Dec 8

Protests sweep Muslim world against Trump's Jerusalem move

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Muslim and Arab countries across the world on Friday (Dec 8) to protest against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in a show of solidarity with…

30 years since first Palestinian intifada erupted

Thirty years ago, on Dec 9, 1987, the first intifada or popular Palestinian uprising broke out, inflaming the occupied territories for six years.

Key points of Brexit breakthrough deal

BRUSSELS: Britain reached on Friday (Dec 8) a deal with the EU on Brexit divorce terms, allowing the two sides to move to talks about their future relationship after they go their separate ways in 2019.

Commentary: Trump's recognition of Jerusalem upends years of necessary shadow play

US President Donald Trump’s formal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is disrupting decades of shadow play on the issue which has allowed all parties to look away and focus on the practical work of relations, says one former…

Thursday, Dec 7

Trump Jerusalem move triggers Palestinian unrest

Trump's announcement also prompted an almost universal diplomatic backlash, including warnings from Turkey, the European Union and Russia.

Franken quits US Senate after sexual misconduct claims

WASHINGTON: US Senator Al Franken said on Thursday (Dec 7) he will resign in the face of multiple accusations of sexual misconduct against him, becoming the second prominent Democrat to be forced out in a week over the snowballing…

Trump Jerusalem move sparks Palestinian protests, clashes

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital sparked Palestinian protests, clashes and a call for a new intifada on Thursday (Dec 7) as fears grew of fresh bloodshed in the…

UN Security Council to meet on Friday on Jerusalem

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council will meet on Friday in emergency session to discuss the decision by US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the council's leadership announced on Wednesday (Dec 6).

Wednesday, Dec 6

Trump recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital, sparks firestorm

The declaration ends seven decades of deliberate diplomatic ambiguity about the final status of a holy city vociferously claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians.

Full text of Trump's speech on Jerusalem

WASHINGTON: Here is the full text of US President Donald Trump's Wednesday (Dec 6) speech on Jerusalem, in which he recognised the disputed city as Israel's capital: When I came into office, I promised to look at the world's challenges…

US-Israeli relations since 1948

WASHINGTON: A recap of key developments in Israeli-US relations, after President Donald Trump on Wednesday (Dec 6) recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital in a major break with his predecessors.

Putin seeks new term as Russia president in March vote

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday (Dec 6) said he would seek a new six-year term in the country's March elections in a move that would make him the longest-serving Russian leader since Joseph Stalin.