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saudi strikes pound yemeni capital after ex-president slain


sanaa, yemen — heavy airstrikes by the saudi-led coalition pounded yemen's capital overnight, targeting sanaa's densely populated neighborhoods in apparent retaliation for the killing of the former yemeni president by the country's shiite rebels, residents said.the body of ex-president ali abdullah saleh, which had appeared in a video by the militias with a gaping head wound, was taken to the city's military rebel-controlled hospital but it was not immediately clear if the rebels would allow saleh's family to hold a funeral later in the day.the gruesome images from the previous day sent shockwaves among saleh's followers — a grisly end recalling that of his contemporary, libya's moammar gadhafi, in 2011.saleh's son salah said on facebook on tuesday that he won't receive condolences for his






low expectations as arab league chiefs gather in jordan | jordan news


foreign ministers of the 22-member arab league are holding preparatory meetings in jordan amid low expectations over the bloc's annual heads of states' summit on wednesday.this year's conference comes as the region faces a series of pressing challenges, including violent conflicts, rising youth unemployment and millions of children deprived of the right to education.ayman safadi, jordan's foreign minister, on monday painted a grim picture as he called member states to come together and urgently confront crises."the arab political system has failed to solve the crises and halt the collapse as the trust of arab citizens in the joint arab institutions has eroded," he said. read more: un, arab league reiterate support for palestinian state safadi told his arab counterparts that more than 12 mi






low expectations as arab league chiefs gather in jordan | jordan news


foreign ministers of the 22-member arab league are holding preparatory meetings in jordan amid low expectations over the bloc's annual heads of state summit on wednesday.this year's conference comes as the region faces a series of pressing challenges, including violent conflicts, rising youth unemployment and millions of children deprived of the right to education.ayman safadi, jordan's foreign minister, on monday painted a grim picture as he called member states to come together and urgently confront the crises."the arab political system has failed to solve the crises and halt the collapse as the trust of arab citizens in the joint arab institutions has eroded," he said. read more: un, arab league reiterate support for palestinian state safadi told his arab counterparts that more than 12






arab league delivers harsh criticism of iran, little action


cairo — in a resolution long on criticism but short on concrete steps, arab foreign ministers who met in cairo sunday delivered a tirade of criticism against iran and its lebanese proxy hezbollah, saying tehran was destabilizing the region.they said they planned to "brief" the u.n. security council on iran's destabilizing policies in the region, particularly its support for shiite rebels in yemen, with a view to submit at a later stage an anti-iran arab resolution.in what is perhaps the only concrete measure, the ministers said arab telecommunications satellites would ban iranian-financed television stations for what they said was their fomenting of sectarian and ethnic tensions and because they posed a threat to arab security. it gave no details."we are not declaring war on iran at this s






arab league to discuss iranian 'violations' | news


arab foreign ministers are holding an emergency meeting at the arab league headquarters in cairo, following saudi arabia's request to discuss iran's "violations" and its role in "undermining arab security and peace".the meeting in the egyptian capital on sunday comes amid escalated political tensions between riyadh on the one hand, and tehran and the lebanese hezbollah movement on the other.according to a report from the reuters news agency, lebanese foreign minister gebran bassil would not be present."a decision was taken that lebanon would be presented by antoine azzam, the permanent representative to the arab league," a source from the ministry told reuters.saudi is set to discuss "the act of aggression by the houthi militias of iran in yemen" after houthi rebels fired a ballistic missi






world reacts to us israel embassy relocation plan | news


us president donald trump recognised jerusalem as the capital of israel on wednesday and announced his plans to move the us embassy to the city. trump was warned by many in the middle east and elsewhere of the "disastrous consequences" the move would have on regional stability - and any prospect of a long-lasting peace agreement between the israelis and palestinians. no country currently has its embassy in jerusalem and the international community, including the us, does not recognise israel's jurisdiction over and ownership of the city.israel claims the city as its capital, following the occupation of east jerusalem in the 1967 war with syria, egypt and jordan, and considers jerusalem to be a "united" city.palestinians have long seen east jerusalem as the capital of their future state.her






palestinian pm to visit gaza for reconciliation talks | news


palestinian prime minister rami hamdallah is planning to visit gaza for talks after hamas agreed to steps towards resolving a decade-long split with its west bank-based rival fatah.nabil shaath, a senior adviser to palestinian president mahmoud abbas, told journalists in the west bank city of ramallah that hamdallah would meet hamas officials in gaza city and assert the government's control over ministries as a first step towards implementing a larger agreement."we await the first steps on the ground. we want to see mr hamdallah received by hamas, the door to all the ministries open," he said. "that really could happen in the next 24 hours."hamas announced on sunday it had agreed to demands by abbas' fatah party to dissolve what is seen as a rival administration in gaza while saying it was






palestinian pm to visit gaza for reconciliation talks | news


palestinian prime minister rami hamdallah is planning to visit gaza for talks after hamas agreed to steps towards resolving a decade-long split with its west bank-based rival fatah.nabil shaath, a senior adviser to palestinian president mahmoud abbas, told journalists in the west bank city of ramallah that hamdallah would meet hamas officials in gaza city and assert the government's control over ministries as a first step towards implementing a larger agreement."we await the first steps on the ground. we want to see mr hamdallah received by hamas, the door to all the ministries open," he said. "that really could happen in the next 24 hours."hamas ready to hold talks with fatahhamas announced on sunday it had agreed to demands by abbas's fatah party to dissolve what is seen as a rival admin






arab summit: 'arabs lost confidence in their leaders' |


arab leaders are convening near the jordanian dead sea for the 28th annual summit of the arab league, as the region faces distressing turmoil and political challenges.sixteen heads of states out of the 22-member confederation of arab countries are expected to attend wednesday's meeting, including saudi arabia's king salman, president of the palestinian authority mahmoud abbas, and egyptian president abdel fattah el-sisi. the united nations secretary-general, antonio guterres, and staffan de mistura, the un special envoy for syria will also be present, along with us and russian envoys. jordan's king abdullah ii will be leading the summit.highest on the agenda is the  israeli-palestinian conflict, which has been left on the back burner as repeated attempts to revive the remnants of a peace p






arab summit: 'arabs lost confidence in their leaders' |


arab leaders are convening near the jordanian dead sea for the 28th annual summit of the arab league, as the region faces distressing turmoil and political challenges.sixteen heads of states out of the 22-member confederation of arab countries are expected to attend wednesday's meeting, including saudi arabia's king salman, president of the palestinian authority, mahmoud abbas, and egyptian president abdel fattah el-sisi. the united nations secretary-general, antonio guterres, and staffan de mistura, the un special envoy for syria will also be present, along with us and russian envoys. jordan's king abdullah ii will be leading the summit.highest on the agenda is the israeli-palestinian conflict, which has been left on the back burner as repeated attempts to revive the remnants of a peace p






bahrain fm calls on arab nations to confront iran | bahrain news


bahrain's foreign minister has called on arab countries to unite and confront iran over its alleged support for militias in the region.speaking at an emergency session of the arab league in cairo on sunday, khalid bin ahmed al khalifa said that bahrain had been inflicted by "thousands of wounds" by iran."iran has arms in the region, the largest of which is hezbollah," said the foreign minister, referring to tehran's lebanese ally, adding that iran threatened the security of arab states.bahrain has seen scores of incidents of violence since 2011 when tens of thousands of the country's majority shia muslims demanded reforms and greater rights from the minority sunni-controlled kingdom.bahrain crushed the protests with the help of its sunni arab gulf allies suspicious of iran and opposed to a






un, arab league reiterate support for palestinian state


the un and the arab league have issued a joint statement in support of the establishment of a palestinian state, after us president donald trump dropped his country's commitment to a two-state solution to the israeli-palestinian conflict. al jazeera's senior political analyst, marwan bishara: on trump's comments about a two-state solution: the problem is netanyahu doesn't agree to two states and does not agree to one state. this whole one state thing means that jews, christians and muslims, palestinians and israelis will live in one democratic state. netanyahu and his coalition do not agree to one state and they reject the two-state solution.the palestinians agree to one state and they are happy with two states; what they disagree to is an apartheid system, where there are two systems in






un, arab league reiterate support for palestinian state


the un and the arab league have issued a joint statement in support of the establishment of a palestinian state, after us president donald trump dropped his country's commitment to a two-state solution to the israeli-palestinian conflict.al jazeera's senior political analyst marwan bishara: on trump's comments about a two-state solution: the problem is netanyahu doesn't agree to two states and does not agree to one state. this whole one state thing means that jews, christians and muslims, palestinians and israelis will live in one democratic state. netanyahu and his coalition do not agree to one state and they reject the two-state solution.the palestinians agree to one state and they are happy with two states; what they disagree to is an apartheid system, where there are two systems in one






un, arab league reiterate support for palestinian state


the un and the arab league have issued a joint statement in support of the establishment of a palestinian state, after us president donald trump dropped his country's commitment to a two-state solution to the israeli-palestinian conflict.al jazeera's senior political analyst marwan bishara: on trump's comments about a two-state solution: the problem is netanyahu doesn't agree to two states and does not agree to one state. this whole one state thing means that jews, christians and muslims, palestinians and israelis will live in one democratic state. netanyahu and his coalition do not agree to one state and they reject the two-state solution.the palestinians agree to one state and they are happy with two states; what they disagree to is an apartheid system, where there are two systems in one






un, arab league reiterate support for palestinian state


the united nations and the arab league have issued a joint statement in support of the establishment of a palestinian state, after us president donald trump dropped his country's commitment to a two-state solution to the israeli-palestinian conflict.al jazeera's senior political analyst marwan bishara: on trump's comments about a two-state solution: the problem is netanyahu doesn't agree to two states and does not agree to one state. this whole one-state thing means that jews, christians and muslims, palestinians and israelis will live in one democratic state. netanyahu and his coalition do not agree to one state and they reject the two-state solution.the palestinians agree to one state and they are happy with two states; what they disagree to is an apartheid system, where there are two sy






in a first, emirati foreign minister defends trump visa ban


abu dhabi, united arab emirates — the united arab emirates' top diplomat on wednesday e out in defense of president donald trump's order temporarily barring citizens from seven muslim-majority countries from entering the united states.the comments by sheikh abdullah bin zayed al nahyan, the gulf federation's foreign minister, could help bolster the administration's ertion that the directive was not intended as a ban against muslims.the uae minister said the u.s. was within its rights to take what he said was a "sovereign decision" concerning immigration — the first such remarks in support of trump's move from the gulf arab region.sheikh abdullah also voiced faith in the american administration's urances that the move was not based on religion, and noted that most of the world's muslim-majo






rift with trump: un and arab heads endorse 2-state solution


jerusalem (ap) — the united nations and the arab league on thursday issued a joint statement in support of the establishment of a palestinian state, exposing a rift with president donald trump, who says it’s up to israel and the palestinians to agree on the form of a final settlement.the statement came a day after trump and the visiting israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu refused to endorse the two-state solution as the preferred outcome of peace talks, abandoning what has been the cornerstone of u.s.-led peace efforts for two decades.after a meeting in cairo, u.n. secretary-general antonio guterres and arab league chief ahmed aboul-gheit said they agreed the two-state solution is “the only way to achieve comprehensive and just settlement to the palestinian cause.”the statement put t






land grab law 'allows theft, stalls peace process'


israel's land grab law that  retroactively legalises thousands of settlement homes in the occupied west bank legitimises theft, ends the prospect of a two-state solution and sets a dangerous precedent, according to politicians, legal experts and activists. the so-called "regulation bill" voted in by members of the knesset late on monday with a 60 to 52 majority instantly drew wide condemnation. the law applies to about 4,000 settlement homes in the west bank for which settlers could prove ignorance that they had built on privately owned palestinian land and had received encoura ent from the israeli state to do so. three israeli ngos - peace now, yesh din and the ociation for civil rights in israel - and numerous palestinians said they intend to petition the supreme court to cancel the l






land grab law 'allows theft, stalls peace process'


israel's land grab law that retroactively legalises thousands of settlement homes in the occupied west bank legitimises theft, violates international law and ends the prospect of a two-state solution, according to politicians, legal experts and human rights groups. the so-called "regulation bill" instantly drew wide condemnation as it was voted in by members of the knesset late on monday with a 60 to 52 majority. the law applies to about 4,000 settlement homes in the west bank for which settlers could prove ignorance that they had built on privately owned palestinian land and had received encoura ent from the israeli state to do so. three israeli ngos - peace now, yesh din and the ociation for civil rights in israel - and numerous palestinians said they intend to petition the supreme cou






us envoy: us supports 2-state israel-palestinian solution


united nations — u.s. ambassador nikki haley said thursday the united states "absolutely" supports a two-state solution to the israeli-palestinian conflict and anyone who thinks it doesn't is in "error."but the trump administration's new u.n. envoy told reporters: "we are thinking out of the box as well, which is: what does it take to bring these two sides to the table? what do we need to have them agree on?"haley's comments were far more forceful in support of a two-state solution than president donald trump's on wednesday. he said: "i'm looking at two-state and one-state, and i like the one that both parties like. i can live with either one."haley said the solution to the conflict has to come from the israelis and palestinians, but she said several times and stressed: "we absolutely supp






land grab law 'allows theft, stalls peace process'


an israeli land grab law that retroactively legalises thousands of settlement homes in the occupied west bank legitimises theft, violates international law and ends the prospect of a two-state solution, according to politicians, legal experts and human rights groups. the so-called "regulation bill" drew immediate condemnation after it was voted in by members of the knesset late on monday with a 60 to 52 majority. the law applies to about 4,000 settlement homes in the west bank for which settlers could prove ignorance that they had built on privately owned palestinian land and had received encoura ent from the israeli state to do so. three israeli ngos - peace now, yesh din and the ociation for civil rights in israel - and numerous palestinians said they intended to petition the supreme c






land grab law 'allows theft, stalls peace process'


an israeli land grab law that retroactively legalises thousands of settlement homes in the occupied west bank legitimises theft, violates international law and ends the prospect of a two-state solution, according to politicians, legal experts and human rights groups. the so-called "regulation bill" drew immediate condemnation after it was voted in by members of the knesset late on monday with a 60 to 52 majority. the law applies to about 4,000 settlement homes in the west bank for which settlers could prove ignorance that they had built on privately owned palestinian land and had received encoura ent from the israeli state to do so. three israeli ngos - peace now, yesh din and the ociation for civil rights in israel - and numerous palestinians said they intended to petition the supreme c






land grab law 'allows theft, stalls peace process'


israel's land grab law that retroactively legalises thousands of settlement homes in the occupied west bank legitimises theft, violates international law and ends the prospect of a two-state solution, according to politicians, legal experts and human rights groups. the so-called "regulation bill" instantly drew wide condemnation as it was voted in by members of the knesset late on monday with a 60 to 52 majority. the law applies to about 4,000 settlement homes in the west bank for which settlers could prove ignorance that they had built on privately owned palestinian land and had received encoura ent from the israeli state to do so. three israeli ngos - peace now, yesh din and the ociation for civil rights in israel - and numerous palestinians said they intend to petition the supreme cou






u.s. envoy haley: u.s. suports 2-state israel-palestinian solution


united nations - u.s. ambassador nikki haley says the united states absolutely supports a two-state solution to the israeli-palestinian conflict and anyone who thinks it doesn’t is in “error.”the trump administration’s new u.n. envoy told reporters thursday that “we are thinking out of the box as well, which is: what does it take to bring these two sides to the table? what do we need to have them agree on?”“first of all, we absolutely support a two-state solution. anyone who says the u.s. doesn’t support a two--state solution ... that would be an error. we absolutely support a two-state solution, but we are thinking out of the box as well, which is: what does it take to bring these to sides to the table? what do we need to have them agree on? at the end of the day, the solution to what is






u.s. envoy haley: u.s. supports 2-state israel-palestinian solution


united nations - u.s. ambassador nikki haley says the united states absolutely supports a two-state solution to the israeli-palestinian conflict and anyone who thinks it doesn’t is in “error.”the trump administration’s new u.n. envoy told reporters thursday that “we are thinking out of the box as well, which is: what does it take to bring these two sides to the table? what do we need to have them agree on?”“first of all, we absolutely support a two-state solution. anyone who says the u.s. doesn’t support a two--state solution ... that would be an error. we absolutely support a two-state solution, but we are thinking out of the box as well, which is: what does it take to bring these to sides to the table? what do we need to have them agree on? at the end of the day, the solution to what is