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Palestinian girl filmed slapping Israeli soldier is charged with assault

Ahed Tamimi, 16, hailed as a hero by Palestinians after arrest over viral video showing her physically confronting soldier A 16-year-old Palestinian girl who was arrested after being filmed slapping an Israeli soldier has been charged with assaulting security forces, incitement and throwing stones. The video of Ahed Tamimi which went viral on social media two weeks ago prompted competing reactions from Israelis and Palestinians, including a campaign for her release. Her father, Bassem Tamimi, called it a political trial, saying Israel had dug up old incidents to justify her…

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Pope calls for two-state solution in Israel and Palestine

Pope Francis uses traditional Christmas Day message to address damage done by controversial Trump speech two weeks ago The pope has reinforced calls for a two-state solution to the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in his traditional Christmas Day message delivered just over two weeks after the US president, Donald Trump, inflamed tensions in the region. Speaking before the faithful in St Peters Square in Rome, Francis said the children of the Middle East continued to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. This month, Trump…

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‘This is EPIC’: Trump threatens to cut off financial aid to UN members over Jerusalem vote

Ambassador Nikki Haley has already put the United Nations on notice that “the U.S. will be taking names” when the UN votes Thursday on a resolution condemning the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump sweetened the pot, telling reporters that the U.S. just might withhold foreign aid from countries that vote in favor of the resolution and against the U.S. Trump threatens to cut aid to countries that oppose his Jerusalem decision: 'Let them vote against us. We'll save a…

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Haley Warns UN That Trump Is Watching Jerusalem Votes

Nikki Haley has a warning for her fellow UN ambassadors ahead of a key vote on Jerusalem this week: Read a QuickTake Q&A on the controversy over Jerusalem’s status “I liked the message that Nikki sent yesterday at the United Nations to all of those nations that take our money and then they vote against us in the Security Council, they vote against us potentially at the assembly,” Trump said. “They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us. Well we’re…

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US outnumbered 14 to 1 as it vetoes UN vote on status of Jerusalem

Nikki Haley furious over resolution, describing it as an insult and saying the US wont be told where it can put its embassy A UN security council resolution calling for the withdrawal of Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital has been backed by every council member except the US, which used its veto. The unanimity of the rest of the council was a stark rebuke to the Trump administration over Israeland the Palestinians, none is as sensitive as the status of Jerusalem. The holy city has been at…

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Two Palestinians shot dead and one critical in riots after Trump speech

Palestinian worshippers and Israeli troops clash as Muslims protest against Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital Two Palestinians have been shot dead in Gaza by the Israeli army, the first people killed in clashes that began after Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israels capital. Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli troops across the West Bank as worshippers throughout the Muslim world took to the streets after the weekly Friday midday prayers to vent their fury at Trumps decision. A third man was in a critical condition after being shot…

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Benjamin Netanyahu threatens to expel al-Jazeera from Israel

Prime minister accuses Qatar-based network of stirring violence in coverage of protests around holy site in Jerusalem Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said he would work to close the Jerusalem offices of al-Jazeera, accusing the Qatar-based television news network of inciting recent violence in the city. Jerusalem is experiencing one of its most tense periods in years as Palestinians protest against deaths of three Israelis and four Palestinians in violence on Friday and Saturday raised international alarm. Al-Jazeera has also faced government censure in neighbouring Egypt when in…

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Israel: metal detectors to be removed from holy site in Jerusalem

Late-night announcement regarding al-Aqsa mosque comes after days of violent confrontations that have claimed seven lives Israel has announced it will remove claimed seven lives. The removal of the detectors appeared to be part of a deal that saw the repatriation of Israeli diplomats from Jordan, including an embassy security guard who had been involved in a

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Three-quarters of world has little or no confidence in Trump, Pew study finds

Support for US president now below that of George Bush following Iraq invasion, with research showing persistently low ratings for Trump in Europe More than three-quarters of the world has little or no confidence in Donald Trumps global leadership and his signature policies, with support for the American presidency collapsing fastest among Americas traditional allies in Europe, according to new polling by the Pew Research Center. In many countries, support for the US president is now below that of George Bush in 2004, following the Iraq invasion. Globally, two-thirds of…

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Three computer vision experts join TechCrunchs Tel Aviv event

Whos going to be the next Mobileye? Computer vision is a hot topic for the tech industry, and especially in Israel. It seems like Israeli entrepreneurs are one step ahead when it comes to developing computer vision technology. Thats why were excited to announce that three computer vision experts are going to join us on stage to share their knowledge about this space. First up, Inon Beracha has become a well-known name in Israel. He is the former CEO of PrimeSense a computer vision startup that developed the core technology…

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UN panel releases draft treaty banning possession and use of nuclear weapons

States would have to destroy any nuclear weapons they have and would be forbidden from transferring them A draft treaty banning the possession and use of all nuclear weapons. The draft treaty is the culmination of a sustained campaign, supported by more than 130 non-nuclear states frustrated with the sclerotic pace of disarmament, to prohibit nuclear weapons and persuade nuclear-armed states to disarm. Nine countries are known or believed to possess nuclear weapons: the US, UK, Russia, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel. None has supported the draft…

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