Russia disagrees with US stance on Jerusalem. Will worsen Palestinian-Israeli relations

Russia does not agree with the US position to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told TASS on Thursday. “We don’t agree with this,” he stressed. According to Gatilov, this decision by the US “will worsen a general situation in Palestinian-Israeli relations, in the Middle East on the whole”. “The decision […]

Hamas calls for Palestinian uprising over Trump’s Jerusalem move and “sharp tilt towards Israel”

The Islamist group Hamas urged Palestinians on Thursday to abandon peace efforts and launch a new uprising against Israel in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as its capital. Palestinian factions called for a “Day of Rage” on Friday, and a wave of protest in the West Bank and Gaza on Thursday […]

North Korea missile prompted Singapore Air plane re-route

Singapore Airlines has changed the path of its Seoul-Los Angeles flights after a recent North Korean missile test. It joins a growing group of airlines who have re-routed planes because of Pyongyang’s more frequent launches. They include Lufthansa and Air France, who now avoid the North’s airspace. North Korea does not announce its tests beforehand […]

‘Extreme’ winds drive fierce California wildfires

VENTURA, Calif. — Southern California has felt yellow wind, orange wind, and red wind. But never purple wind. Until now. The color-coded system showing the expected strength of the winds driving the region’s fierce wildfires has reached uncharted territory, pushing past red, which means “high” into the color that means “extreme.” “The forecast for tomorrow […]

Clashes break out in West Bank over Trump Jerusalem speech

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers broke out Thursday in Ramallah and other places in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, one day after President Trump announced that his administration would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Palestinian Authority called for a general strike in Palestinian cities and, in Gaza, […]

Abbas slams Trump’s move, says Jerusalem is ‘Eternal Capital of Palestine’

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the United States can no longer play the role of peace broker after Donald Trump’s decision on Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, describing the holy city as “the eternal capital of the State of Palestine.” “These deplorable and unacceptable measures deliberately undermine all peace efforts,” Abbas said in […]

Putin seeks fourth term. On track to become Russia’s longest-serving ruler since Stalin

  Putin’s approval ratings regularly top 80 percent, making him all but certain to win the March election by a broad margin. While few doubted the 65-year-old leader would run, the delay in his declaring so fueled some conspiracy theories and was seen as the Kremlin’s political maneuvering. The 65-year-old Russian leader’s potential rivals include […]

Jerusalem is a powder keg. Trump’s decision will have huge implications, report

Muslims across the Middle East warned Wednesday of disastrous consequences after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but in a region more divided than ever, many asked what leaders can do beyond the vehement rhetoric. Arab powerhouses are mired in their own internal troubles, their populations tired of wars, and the days when […]