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Guatemala says it plans to move the country's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, following a similar announcement from Donald Trump. Guatemala's president, Jimmy Morales, said the decision was taken after speaking to the Israeli PM. It was one of only nine nations to vote against a UN resolution effectively repudiating the US' recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Jerusalem's status is a highly sensitive issue. Israel considers the whole of the city as its capital, while the...

Minister of Housing and Construction Yoav Galant has launched a campaign to promote the construction of 300,000 settlement units in East Jerusalem, according to Israeli media. Israeli Channel 10 said the planned construction was part of Israel's so-called "Greater Jerusalem" bill, which aims at annexing settlements built on lands sought by Palestinians for their future state. According to the channel, most of the planned homes will be built in areas beyond the Green Line, which refers to the...

​Theresa May’s most important ally in Government has been asked to leave his Cabinet job after a probe found he made “misleading” statements about pornography found on his Commons computer. Damian Green was forced out after an investigation exposed he had known for years that the explicit material had been discovered by police, something at odds with his public comments. The probe carried out by a senior Whitehall official also found claims from Conservative activist Kate Maltby that Mr...

The Saudi-led coalition is pushing Yemen towards an "apocalyptic situation", aid agencies warned on Wednesday, the 1,000th day since the beginning of a military intervention by Riyadh which has rained bombs on the country and starved its people amid conditions akin to a "medieval siege". Millions of Yemenis continue to be deprived of food, fuel, and medicine as Saudi Arabia maintains its blockade on the northern ports of Yemen. The blockade has further compounded the precarious situation...

The Israeli authorities today unveiled a new Jewish synagogue under the Al-Buraq Wall – known to Jews as the Western Wall – in occupied East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. “Following 12 years of construction, the new synagogue was opened on Monday evening,” the Heritage Foundation of the Western Wall, an Israeli governmental body, said in a statement. “The unique design of the prayer hall combines rare art and unique lighting, creating a wonderful contrast between ancient and modern,”...

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley sent a letter to representatives of UN member-states, warning them against supporting a resolution rejecting President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The resolution, which expected to pass by sweeping majority, is slated for vote on Thursday.

"The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those who voted against us," she wrote in a letter obtained by Haaretz. "Thank...

The 16-year-old Palestinian boy—whose photo of being dragged away blindfolded by dozens of Israeli soldiers has become a symbol of Jerusalem protests—is set to appear at an Israeli court Monday. Fawzi al-Juneidi was detained in the occupied West Bank's Hebron while going to buy supplies for his family, his uncle Rashad al-Juneidi said Monday. "He was badly beaten and detained by Israeli soldiers," Rashad said.

Fawsi's story is a familiar one among Palestinian families. At an early age...

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked announced on Sunday that bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli occupation forces would not be returned to their families for burial, Quds Press reported. “It must be clear that the bodies of terrorists will not be returned,” Shaked told journalists yesterday, in reference to Palestinians killed at the hands of Israeli occupation forces. “There can be two tracks of going about it, as I said, either another discussion, which is the preferred route, or...

Israeli forces on Tuesday detained a 16-year-old Palestinian girl during an overnight raid in the occupied West Bank. Ahed al-Tamimi was taken into custody after Israeli forces raided her home in Nabi Saleh village in the northern West Bank, her father said. “A large Israeli force raided our house at dawn and arrested Ahed while she was sleeping in her bed,” Basem al-Tamimi told Anadolu Agency. "Israeli forces have beaten everyone at the house before searching it and confiscating all...

Another baby has died in Syria’s besieged Eastern Ghouta district, a health official said Friday. Nine-month-old Hussein Makdeh is only one of several babies to have recently died of malnutrition in the besieged district. A main opposition stronghold on the outskirts of Damascus, Eastern Ghouta has remained under siege by Syrian regime forces since late 2012. The ongoing blockade has left the district’s roughly 400,000 residents struggling with malnutrition and paralyzed local healthcare...

Police in Eustis, Florida have arrested a 93-year-old woman who refused to leave her retirement home after being evicted for falling behind with the rent. Bodycam footage shows Juanita Fitzgerald being dragged away by officers who were also trying to calm her down. The woman appears to be crying and shouting "ow" and "no". At the same time, an officer insists that he and his colleagues are not trying to hurt her. She is eventually put into a police car and driven away, having been arrested...

A five-year inquiry into sexual abuse in Australia has released its final report, saying institutions had "seriously failed" to protect children. The royal commission, Australia's highest form of public inquiry, heard more than 8,000 testimonies from victims of abuse. The accusations covered churches, schools and sports clubs over decades.

Among more than 400 recommendations, the report calls on the Catholic Church to overhaul its celibacy rules. "Tens of thousands of children have...

Yemen, ravaged by war, hunger and disease, is seeing a spike in diphtheria cases that will inevitably erupt into a larger, deadly outbreak because so few people have been immunized, aid officials said on Wednesday. At highest risk are children, who account for many of the more than 280 suspected diphtheria cases and 33 associated deaths reported as of Tuesday, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Most of the cases and deaths involved children who had not been immunized against...

The Saudi imams of the Grand Mosques in Makkah and Madinah did not mention the situation in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque during their Friday sermons, Shehab.ps has reported. Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem is regarded as the holiest place in Islam after the two Grand Mosques.

Although he did point out that the Kingdom “reiterated the legal rights of the blessed Palestinian people” and hailed King Salman and other Muslim leaders for seeking the best for Islam and Muslims, well-known Shaikh...

Israel's defence minister called Palestinian-Israeli lawmakers "war criminals" a day after he urged a boycott of Palestinian citizens of Israel living near the scene of clashes over the US president's Jerusalem declaration. Avigdor Lieberman was speaking in a televised parliamentary debate on a motion of no confidence in the right-wing government filed by the mainly Palestinian Arab Joint List alliance on Monday.

Presenting the motion, Joint List lawmaker Hanin Zoabi said Prime...