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palestinians reject 'extortion' in face of us move


jerusalem — the palestinian foreign minister says the palestinians will not give in to "extortion" after a u.s. threat to close their diplomatic mission in washington.in an interview on palestine radio on saturday, riad malki said the palestinians are waiting for further communication from the u.s. government. "the ball is now in the american court," he said.u.s. officials, citing u.s. law, said friday that the trump administration has put the palestinians on notice that it will shutter their office in washington unless they have entered serious peace talks with israel. president donald trump has 90 days to make a decision.malki said the u.s. move may be aimed at putting pressure on the palestinians. "the palestinian leadership will not accept any extortion or pressure," he said.






palestinians reject ‘extortion’ in face of us move


jerusalem (ap) — the palestinian foreign minister says the palestinians will not give in to “extortion” after a u.s. threat to close their diplomatic mission in washington.in an interview on palestine radio on saturday, riad malki said the palestinians are waiting for further communication from the u.s. government. “the ball is now in the american court,” he said.u.s. officials, citing u.s. law, said friday that the trump administration has put the palestinians on notice that it will shutter their office in washington unless they have entered serious peace talks with israel. president donald trump has 90 days to make a decision.malki said the u.s. move may be aimed at putting pressure on the palestinians. “the palestinian leadership will not accept any extortion or pressure,” he said.most






palestinians in israeli jails end 40-day hunger strike


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionpalestinian protesters and israeli police clash in the west bankmore than 1,000 palestinians held in israeli jails ended a mass hunger strike against detention conditions.israeli officials said the move - at the start of the holy month of ramadan - came after an agreement to allow two family visits per month, not just one. the action was led by marwan barghouti, a palestinian leader jailed by israel for life for five murders.barghouti has been touted as a possible future successor to palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas.some 1,187 detainees observed the strike, according to israel's prison service.it began on 17 april, the annual palestinian prisoners day, when palestinians remember detained friends and relatives.image copyr






hackers’ latest weapon: cyber extortion


after years of stealing data for fraud and corporate espionage, hackers increasingly are trying a new way to profit from their digital break-ins: extortion.hacks involving hbo and netflix inc. in recent months have shed light on the extortion threat, which law-enforcement officials and companies that investigate these digital break-ins say has been on the rise in recent years. instead of simply stealing passwords or credit-card data, or locking access to victims’ systems as with ransomware, extortionist hackers try to...






trump waives law requiring u.s. move its embassy to jerusalem


president donald trump has temporarily waived a law requiring the u.s. to move its embassy in israel to jerusalem.trump's move to renew the waiver for six months keeps the u.s. embassy in tel aviv for now. trump has said he's reviewing whether to fulfill his campaign promise to move it to jerusalem.trump was facing a thursday deadline to renew the waiver or see the state department lose half its funding for its overseas facilities. presidents of both parties have renewed the waiver every six months for years.israel considers jerusalem its capital, but the palestinians claim east jerusalem for the capital of a future state.the u.s. says its policy on jerusalem hasn't changed and that jerusalem's status must be negotiated between israelis and palestinians.






trump waives law requiring u.s. move its embassy to jerusalem – the denver post


washington — president donald trump has temporarily waived a law requiring the u.s. to move its embassy in israel to jerusalem.trump’s move to renew the waiver for six months keeps the u.s. embassy in tel aviv for now. trump has said he’s reviewing whether to fulfill his campaign promise to move it to jerusalem.trump was facing a thursday deadline to renew the waiver or see the state department lose half its funding for its overseas facilities. presidents of both parties have renewed the waiver every six months for years.israel considers jerusalem its capital, but the palestinians claim east jerusalem for the capital of a future state.the u.s. says its policy on jerusalem hasn’t changed and that jerusalem’s status must be negotiated between israelis and palestinians.






palestinians mark 69th 'nakba' anniversary with rallies | palestine news


palestinians are commemorating the 69th anniversary of the "nakba", the "day of catastrophe" in which israel was officially declared a state following the forced removal of more than 750,000 palestinians from their homes and the destruction of over 500 villages and towns. al jazeera world - born in '48people across historic palestine - including israel, the occupied west bank and the gaza strip - are holding rallies, marches and candlelight vigils on monday, as well as sounding sirens.israel has made publicly commemorating the nakba increasingly difficult for palestinians, with a "nakba law" that authorises israel's finance minister to revoke funding from institutions that reject israel's character as a "jewish state" or mark the country's "independence day" as a day of mourning. read more






trump threatening to shut palestinians' dc office


by josh lederman and matthew lee | associated presswashington — the trump administration put the palestinians on notice friday that it will shutter their office in washington unless they’ve entered serious peace talks with israel, u.s. officials said, potentially giving president donald trump more leverage as he seeks an elusive mideast peace deal.secretary of state rex tillerson has determined that the palestinians ran afoul of an obscure provision in a u.s. law that says the palestine liberation organization’s mission must close if the palestinians try to get the international criminal court to prosecute israelis for crimes against palestinians. a state department official said that in september, palestinian president mahmoud abbas crossed that line by calling on the icc to investigate a






palestinians mark 69th 'nakba' anniversary with rallies | palestine news


palestinians commemorated the 69th anniversary of the nakba, the "day of catastrophe", in which israel was officially declared a state following the forced removal of more than 750,000 palestinians from their homes and the destruction of over 500 villages and towns. al jazeera world - born in '48people across historic palestine - including israel, the occupied west bank and the gaza strip - held rallies, marches and candlelight vigils on monday, as well as sounding sirens.israel has made publicly commemorating the nakba increasingly difficult for palestinians, with a "nakba law" that authorises israel's finance minister to revoke funding from institutions that reject israel's character as a "jewish state" or mark the country's "independence day" as a day of mourning.at least 11 palestinian






palestinians mark 69th 'nakba' anniversary with rallies | palestine news


palestinians commemorated the 69th anniversary of the "nakba", the "day of catastrophe" in which israel was officially declared a state following the forced removal of more than 750,000 palestinians from their homes and the destruction of over 500 villages and towns. al jazeera world - born in '48people across historic palestine - including israel, the occupied west bank and the gaza strip - held rallies, marches and candlelight vigils on monday, as well as sounding sirens.israel has made publicly commemorating the nakba increasingly difficult for palestinians, with a "nakba law" that authorises israel's finance minister to revoke funding from institutions that reject israel's character as a "jewish state" or mark the country's "independence day" as a day of mourning.at least 11 palestinia






palestinians mark 69th 'nakba' anniversary with rallies | palestine news


palestinians commemorated the 69th anniversary of the nakba, the "day of catastrophe", in which israel was officially declared a state following the forced removal of more than 750,000 palestinians from their homes and the destruction of over 500 villages and towns. al jazeera world - born in '48people across historic palestine - including israel, the occupied west bank and the gaza strip - held rallies, marches and candlelight vigils on monday, as well as sounding sirens.israel has made publicly commemorating the nakba increasingly difficult for palestinians, with a "nakba law" that authorises israel's finance minister to revoke funding from institutions that reject israel's character as a "jewish state" or mark the country's "independence day" as a day of mourning.at least 13 palestinian






donald trump delays moving us embassy to jerusalem | israeli–palestinian conflic


us president donald trump has signed a waiver to delay relocating the us embassy in israel to jerusalem from tel aviv, the white house says.the decision avoids a controversial step that would have complicated his efforts to restart long-stalled israeli-palestinian talks.trump, who pledged during the 2016 presidential campaign to move the embassy, chose instead to continue his predecessors' policy of signing a six-month waiver overriding a 1995 law requiring that the embassy be transferred to jerusalem.palestinians argue that moving the embassy from tel aviv would prejudge one of the most sensitive issues in the conflict, undermining us status as an effective mediator."he has repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy," the white house said in a statement on thursday."the question






trump plans to keep u.s. embassy in tel aviv — at least for now


president donald trump has temporarily waived a law requiring the u.s. to move its embassy in israel to jerusalem.trump's move to renew the waiver for six months keeps the u.s. embassy in tel aviv for now. trump has said he's reviewing whether to fulfill his campaign promise to move it to jerusalem.trump was facing a thursday deadline to renew the waiver or see the state department lose half its funding for its overseas facilities. presidents of both parties have renewed the waiver every six months for years.israel considers jerusalem its capital, but the palestinians claim east jerusalem for the capital of a future state.the u.s. says its policy on jerusalem hasn't changed and that jerusalem's status must be negotiated between israelis and palestinians.






trump plans to keep u.s. embassy in tel aviv — at least for now


president donald trump has temporarily waived a law requiring the u.s. to move its embassy in israel to jerusalem.trump's move to renew the waiver for six months keeps the u.s. embassy in tel aviv for now. trump has said he's reviewing whether to fulfill his campaign promise to move it to jerusalem.trump was facing a thursday deadline to renew the waiver or see the state department lose half its funding for its overseas facilities. presidents of both parties have renewed the waiver every six months for years.israel considers jerusalem its capital, but the palestinians claim east jerusalem for the capital of a future state.the u.s. says its policy on jerusalem hasn't changed and that jerusalem's status must be negotiated between israelis and palestinians.






high-ranking teamsters union official charged in chicago


chicago (ap) — a high-ranking union leader in chicago faces federal charges for allegedly threatening to harm a local business if it didn’t pay him $25,000 every quarter.a wednesday statement from the u.s. attorney’s office in chicago says the attempted extortion by john t. coli sr. started in 2016 when the 57-year-old served as president of teamsters joint council 25. it represents more than 100,000 workers in the chicago area and in northwest indiana.the grand jury indictment charges coli with one count of attempted extortion and five counts of demanding and accepting a prohibited payment. a conviction on the attempted extortion charge alone carries up to 20 years in prison.the statement doesn’t name the business that was alleged extortion target. it also doesn’t name coli’s attorney.mos






palestinians reject isil claim of jerusalem attacks | palestine news


palestinian groups have rejected isil's claim of responsibility for friday's attacks in jerusalem, which left one israeli police officer killed and resulted in israeli soldiers killing three palestinians.it is the first attack in israeli-occupied territory claimed by isil, or the islamic state of iraq and the levant group. but the statement it released on saturday appeared to have major discrepancies with friday's events.three palestinians attacked officers at the damascus gate in occupied east jerusalem late on friday and were killed by israeli security forces.another palestinian man from hebron was also injured by israeli security forces, despite playing no role in the attacks.read more: how israel has failed palestinian victims hamas, the palestinian group that administers the gaza stri






why is israel afraid of the nakba's march of return? |


the nakbanakba - arabic for "catastrophe" - refers to the creation of israel on the ruins of palestine in 1948some 750,000 palestinians were expelled outside the new state of israel's borders and some 500 villages razed to the ground palestinians in israel commemorate the nakba in the annual 'march of return', affirming the right of return nazareth - the annual "march of return" by palestinians in israel, commemorating the nakba - the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of palestinians from their homes in 1948, has been blocked by the israeli police for the first time in its history.the police have denied the organisers a permit, saying there is a shortage of officers to oversee the march.but palestinian leaders in israel accuse the far-right government of benjamin netanyahu of being behind






palestinians reject isil claim of jerusalem attacks | palestine news


palestinian groups have rejected isil's claim of responsibility for friday's attacks in jerusalem, which left one israeli police officer killed and resulted in israeli soldiers killing three palestinians.it is the first attack in israeli-occupied territory claimed by the islamic state of iraq and the levant (isil, known as isis) group. but the statement it released on saturday appeared to have major discrepancies with friday's events.three palestinians attacked officers at the damascus gate in occupied east jerusalem late on friday and were killed by israeli security forces.another palestinian man from hebron was also injured by israeli security forces, despite playing no role in the attacks.read more: how israel has failed palestinian victims hamas, the palestinian group that administers






why is israel afraid of the nakba's march of return? |


nazareth - the annual "march of return" by palestinians in israel , commemorating the nakba - the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of palestinians from their homes in 1948, has been blocked by the israeli police for the first time in its history.nakba - arabic for "catastrophe" - refers to the creation of israel on the ruins of the palestine in 1948some 750,000 palestinians were expelled outside the new state of israel's borders and some 500 villages razed to the ground palestinians in israel commemorate the nakba every year in the annual 'march of return', affirming the right of returnthe police have denied the organisers a permit, saying there is a shortage of officers to oversee the march.but palestinian leaders in israel accuse the far-right government of benjamin netanyahu of being






us puts palestinians on notice: dc office may be shuttered


washington (ap) — the trump administration put the palestinians on notice friday that it will shutter their office in washington unless they’ve entered serious peace talks with israel, u.s. officials said, potentially giving president donald trump more leverage as he seeks an elusive mideast peace deal.secretary of state rex tillerson has determined that the palestinians ran afoul of an obscure provision in a u.s. law that says the palestine liberation organization’s mission must close if the palestinians try to get the international criminal court to prosecute israelis for crimes against palestinians. a state department official said that in september, palestinian president mahmoud abbas crossed that line by calling on the icc to investigate and prosecute israelis.but the law leaves the p






trump administration takes a step toward closing plo office


washington — the trump administration has put the palestinians on notice that it will shutter their office in washington unless they've entered serious peace talks with israel, u.s. officials said, potentially giving president donald trump more leverage as he seeks an elusive mideast peace deal.secretary of state rex tillerson has determined that the palestinians ran afoul of an obscure provision in a u.s. law that says the palestine liberation organization's mission must close if the palestinians try to get the international criminal court to prosecute israelis for crimes against palestinians. a state department official said that in september, palestinian president mahmoud abbas crossed that line by calling on the icc to investigate and prosecute israelis.but the law leaves the president






us delegation explores moving embassy to jerusalem | news


a us delegation is in israel exploring the possibility of relocating the american embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem, a move that palestinian officials have strongly warned against.the delegation is led by ron desantis, a republican congressman, who is expected to meet benjamin netanyahu, the israeli prime minister, during the two-day trip which ends on sunday."the delegation is in jerusalem to learn first hand what it will mean to move the us embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem," said ruth lieberman, a friend of desantis and a political adviser in israel, according to the jerusalem post.palestine remix: documentary films on palestineus president donald trump repeatedly promised the move during his election campaign and pledged to recognise jerusalem as the israeli capital.palestinians crit






us delegation explores moving embassy to jerusalem | news


a us delegation is in israel exploring the possibility of relocating the american embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem, a move that palestinian officials have strongly warned against.the delegation is led by ron desantis, republican congressman, who is expected to meet benjamin netanyahu, the israeli prime minister, during the two-day trip which ends on sunday."the delegation is in jerusalem to learn first hand what it will mean to move the us embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem," said ruth lieberman, a friend of desantis and a political adviser in israel, according to the jerusalem post.palestine remix: documentary films on palestineus president donald trump repeatedly promised the move during his election campaign, and pledged to recognise jerusalem as the israeli capital.palestinians criti






philippine leader scolds 228 police on tv; to face militants


manila, philippines — philippine president rodrigo duterte has angrily berated more than 200 erring policemen on national tv and said he will send them to a distant island to fight militants dreaded for beheadings.duterte's expletive-filled outburst tuesday against the officers at manila's presidential palace is his latest tirade against a police force that he has called "rotten to the core." he recently banned national police from carrying out his anti-drug paign after a group of officers used the crackdown as a cover to kidnap and kill a south korean man in an extortion scandal.officials say the 228 policemen are accused of a range of offenses including extortion and illegal arrests.






israeli police block palestinian 'march of return' |


nazareth - the annual "march of return" by palestinians in israel, commemorating the nakba - the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of palestinians from their homes in 1948, has been blocked by the israeli police for the first time in its history.the police have denied the organisers a permit, saying there is a shortage of officers to oversee the march.but palestinian leaders in israel accuse the far-right government of benjamin netanyahu of being behind the decision, in what they believe is the latest move to silence their commemoration of the events of 69 years ago.the nakba - arabic for "catastrophe" - refers to israel's creation on the ruins of the palestinians' homeland in 1948. some 750,000 palestinians were expelled outside the new state of israel's borders, and more than 500 villag






israeli police block palestinian 'march of return' |


nazareth - the annual "march of return" by palestinians in israel, commemorating the nakba - the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of palestinians from their homes in 1948, has been blocked by the israeli police for the first time in its history.the police have denied the organisers a permit, saying there is a shortage of officers to oversee the march.but palestinian leaders in israel accuse the far-right government of benjamin netanyahu of being behind the decision, in what they believe is the latest move to silence their commemoration of the events of 69 years ago.the nakba - arabic for "catastrophe" - refers to israel's creation on the ruins of the palestinians' homeland in 1948. some 750,000 palestinians were expelled outside the new state of israel's borders, and more than 500 villag






un chief urges israelis, palestinians to resume negotiations


united nations (ap) — u.n. secretary-general antonio guterres says the 1967 arab-israeli war has resulted in generations of palestinians living in refugee camps with little hope and is urging israelis and palestinians to resume direct talks on a two-state solution that would end israel’s occupation.in a statement on the 50th anniversary of the six-day war, guterres says israel still occupies the west bank, east jerusalem and syria’s golan heights and the occupation “has imposed a heavy humanitarian and development burden” on palestinians.he says the occupation fuels “recurring cycles of violence and retribution,” sending a message to palestinians that statehood is just a dream and to israelis that peace and regional recognition remain “unattainable.”guterres says ending the israeli-palesti






trump seeks steps from abbas to promote peace with israel


president donald trump will press palestinian leader mahmoud abbas on wednesday to end payments to families of palestinians imprisoned in israeli jails, according to u.s. officials, one of several actions washington believes could lead to resumed peace talks with israel.other actions include a palestinian end to anti-israel rhetoric and incitement of violence, said officials familiar with planning for the meeting. it will be trump and abbas' first face-to-face discussion.the issue of stipends for families of palestinians killed or jailed in the context of the conflict with israel is sensitive. israel considers such payments a reward for terrorists, but stopping them seems untenable to abbas, especially at a time of broad palestinian support for a mass hunger strike of prisoners held by isr






trump seeks steps from abbas to promote peace with israel


washington (ap) — president donald trump will press palestinian leader mahmoud abbas to end payments to families of palestinians imprisoned in israeli jails, according to u.s. officials, one of several actions washington believes could lead to resumed peace talks with israel.other actions include a palestinian end to anti-israel rhetoric and incitement of violence, said officials familiar with planning for the meeting. it will be trump and abbas’ first face-to-face discussion.the issue of stipends for families of palestinians killed or jailed in the context of the conflict with israel is sensitive. israel considers such payments a reward for terrorists, but stopping them seems untenable to abbas, especially at a time of broad palestinian support for a mass hunger strike of prisoners held b






trump seeks steps from abbas to promote peace with israel


president donald trump will press palestinian leader mahmoud abbas wednesday to end payments to families of palestinians imprisoned in israeli jails, according to u.s. officials, one of several actions washington believes could lead to resumed peace talks with israel.other actions include a palestinian end to anti-israel rhetoric and incitement of violence, said officials familiar with planning for the meeting. it will be trump and abbas' first face-to-face discussion.the issue of stipends for families of palestinians killed or jailed in the context of the conflict with israel is sensitive. israel considers such payments a reward for terrorists, but stopping them seems untenable to abbas, especially at a time of broad palestinian support for a mass hunger strike of prisoners held by israel






trump administration takes a step toward closing plo office


washington (ap) — the trump administration has put the palestinians on notice that it will shutter their office in washington unless they’ve entered serious peace talks with israel, u.s. officials said, potentially giving president donald trump more leverage as he seeks an elusive mideast peace deal.secretary of state rex tillerson has determined that the palestinians ran afoul of an obscure provision in a u.s. law that says the palestine liberation organization’s mission must close if the palestinians try to get the international criminal court to prosecute israelis for crimes against palestinians. a state department official said that in september, palestinian president mahmoud abbas crossed that line by calling on the icc to investigate and prosecute israelis.but the law leaves the pres






netanyahu: israel to keep security control over west bank


jerusalem — israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu said monday that israel will maintain security control over all of the west bank, with or without a peace agreement with the palestinians.speaking at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 mideast war, when israel captured the west bank, netanyahu said israel seeks "true peace" with its neighbors but all has to ensure its own security."for that reason, in any agreement, and even without an agreement, we will maintain security control over the entire territory west of the jordan river," he said.israel defeated egypt, syria and jordan in six days of fighting in june 1967, capturing the west bank and east jerusalem from jordan, the gaza strip and sinai peninsula from egypt and the golan heights from syria.the palestinians seek






palestinians mark uprooting anniversary with sirens, marches


ramallah, west bank — thousands of palestinians have marked the anniversary of their uprooting almost seven decades ago with sirens and low-key marches.hundreds of thousands of palestinians fled or were driven out in the mideast war over israel's 1948 creation. their descendants now number several million and most still live in the region.sirens wailed monday in the west bank to mark the passing of 69 years since what palestinians call their "nakba," or catastrophe. cars stopped and pedestrians stood still in commemoration.marchers waved flags and used keys and other props to symbolize their demand to return to what is now israel.israel says it will never accept a "right of return," arguing it would threaten the state by diluting its jewish majority.






israel seals off west bank and gaza as sukkot begins | palestine news


israeli authorities have sealed off the occupied west bank and the already besieged gaza strip for 11 days, as jewish celebrations for the sukkot holiday commence.at midnight on tuesday, all crossings to the west bank and gaza strip were closed off to some four million palestinians in the territories.many of those affected by the move hold israeli work permits and cross over to go to their jobs daily.banned from entering israel, they now stand to lose their livelihood for the next 10 days.but kamal haddad, a local official in beit iksa, a village northwest of jerusalem, told al jazeera that workers in the area have already been denied entry into israel and settlement construction sites for several days."they [israeli soldiers] roam around settlement construction sites in the west bank and






pence: israel embassy move under 'serious consideration'


washington — vice president mike pence says that the white house continues to give "serious consideration" to moving the u.s. embassy in israel from tel aviv to jerusalem.and he says the president is "personally committed to resolving the israeli and palestinian conflict" and is "making valuable progress" toward that goal.pence spoke at an israeli independence day commemoration the day before palestinian president mahmoud abbas visits the white house.trump pledged during his campaign to move the embassy. but as president he's backed away from the vow while saying it's still under discussion.like most countries, the u.s. maintains its embassy in tel aviv because israelis and palestinians have competing claims to jerusalem. israel considers jerusalem its undivided capital but palestinians se






court upholds convictions for 2012 election extortion plot


nashville, tenn. (ap) — a federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of a tennessee man engaged in an extortion scheme where he claimed to have the tax returns of then-presidential candidate mitt romney and threatened to release them if he wasn’t paid.it was an elaborate plot where michael mancil brown sent letters signed “doctor evil” that falsely claimed that he had hacked into pricewaterhousecoopers accounting firm and would make the tax returns public if the company didn’t send him $1 million in bitcoin, a digital currency.on monday, the u.s. 6th circuit court of appeals upheld the 38-year-old’s 12 convictions for wire fraud and extortion. however, the court vacated his four-year prison term and ordered him re-sentenced because the punishment was wrongfully enhanced. brown’s lawy






missing activist leaves country after being released


islamabad, pakistan - three of five pakistani activists who disappeared three weeks ago have been released and are safe, their family members say, although it remains unclear who abducted them.the family of asim saeed, a singapore-based it manager who was abducted from his home in the eastern city of lahore on january 4, told al jazeera on sunday that he had been released.saeed has now left the country, the reuters news agency reported, citing his father.the families of ahmed raza naseer, a shopkeeper from the town of nankana sahib, and salman haider, a noted progressive activist, poet and university lecturer, told al jazeera their relatives had also been released on urday. the whereabouts of two other activists - waqas goraya and samar abbas - who also disappeared in early january - remai