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Arab League warns against US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

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Cairo, Dec 4 (IANS) The Arab League (AL) warned on Sunday against the “hazardous consequences” if the US recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“If implemented, it would mark a change in Washington’s historical stance that sees the holy city as an occupied Palestinian city and an integral part of the occupied Palestinian lands,” Xinhua quoted Saeed Abu-Ali, AL Assistant Secretary General for the occupied Palestinian and Arab lands, as saying.

The statement was issued after US media reported on Friday that US President Donald Trump was considering to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and might make an announcement on Wednesday.

Trump vowed during his presidential campaign to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a disputed holy city which the Palestinians want to be the capital city for their future state.

Abu-Ali said that such US recognition would give Israel the green light to continue its breaches of international resolutions and its occupation of the Palestinian lands, urging Washington to act as an ‘impartial broker” of the peace process.

Russia continues to bomb IS terrorists in Syria

ISIS

Moscow, Dec 4 (IANS) Russian strategic bombers continued to strike Islamic State (IS) terrorists in Syria on Sunday, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Six Tu-22M3 long-range bombers took off from Russia and destroyed IS ammunition warehouses, equipment and strongholds in the southeast of Deir al-Zour province, Xinhua quoted a statement from the ministry as saying.

The warplanes were covered by Russia’s Su-30SM fighters from the Hmeymim airbase in Syria. After completing the mission, the bombers returned to their base airfields.

This was the sixth airstrike by Russian strategic bombers since November 15 as Syrian government troops backed by the Russian air force were finishing expelling IS terrorists from the country.

Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russian military operations against terrorists in Syria were coming to an end, with the focus shifting to a political process.

To that end, Russia, Iran and Turkey are preparing for a Syrian National Dialogue Congress to be held in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Emirates Airline posts $452mn profit

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Dubai, Nov 9 (IANS) The world’s biggest long-haul carrier, Emirates Airline, on Thursday said it has posted a profit of $452 million, an 111 per cent increase, in its first six months of fiscal 2017-18.

The Dubai government-controlled airline attributed the increase to the easing of the US dollar and “enhancement of efficiency”, reports Xinhua news agency.

About 29.2 million passengers were carried from April to September, a 4 per cent increase. Emirates is the top client of the Airbus A380 Superjumbo.

Massive military action if Pyongyang attacks: Mattis

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Seoul, Oct 28 (IANS) Visiting US Secretary of Defence James Mattis warned on Saturday that North Korea will be defeated with a “massive military response” if it attacks his country or its allies.

He said he “can’t imagine” accepting North Korea as a nuclear power, reports Yonhap News Agency.

“Make no mistake, any attack on the United States or our allies, will be defeated,” he said at a joint press conference with his South Korean counterpart Song Young-moo after their talks here.

“Any use of nuclear weapons will be met with a massive military response.”

His remarks came after the conclusion of the 49th annual Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) between the US and South Korea, held at the Defence Ministry.

He pointed out the allies’ coordination has taken on new urgency as North Korea has accelerated its threats with “illegal” and “unnecessary” nuclear and missile programmes.

The North’s military is overmatched by the allies’ combined defence posture, he stressed.

“If it remains on its current path of ballistic missiles and atomic bombs, it will be counterproductive, in effect, reducing its own security,” the Pentagon chief said.

UAE official says Qatar crisis won’t end soon

Qatar Crisis

Dubai, July 14 (IANS) The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash on Friday said the Qatar crisis, which pits the Arab quartet and Qatar, would not end soon.

Gargash, who regularly comments on the Qatar crisis to his 437,000 followers on Twitter, said the Arab bloc, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain, and Qatar were “heading into the long estrangement”, Xinhua news agency reported.

Because the quartet was “a long way from political solution linked to Qatar to change its orientation”, he said it would mean that “we have to find a different pattern of relationship”.

Canada marks 150th anniversary with concerts, royals

Canada 150

Ottawa, July 2 (IANS) Braving incessant rain, thousands turned out across Canada to mark its 150th birthday with outdoor concerts, massive fireworks display and a royal visit by Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, accompanied by Prince Charles, kicked off the celebrations in the capital on Sunday, speaking to large crowds on Parliament Hill, BBC reported.

“Canada is a country made strong not in spite of our differences but because of them,” Trudeau said in a speech. “We don’t aspire to be a melting pot. Indeed, we know true strength and resilience flows through Canadian diversity.”

‘I am President, they’re not’: Trump rips media at veterans rally

Donald Trump

Washington, July 2 (IANS) US President Trump has ripped into the “fake media” during a speech at an evening rally in the capital to honour American veterans.

“The fake media tried to stop us from going to the White House, but I’m President and they’re not. We won, and they lost,” Trump said during the Celebrate Freedom Rally at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. on Saturday.

“The dishonest media will never keep us from accomplishing our objections on behalf of our great American people. It will never happen. Their agenda is not your agenda, you’ve been saying it,” he said.

Fire breaks out in Dubai building near Burj Khalifa  

APTOPIX Dubai Fire

Dubai, April 2 (IANS) A fire broke out on Sunday in a building near Dubai’s iconic skyscaper, the Burj Khalifa, officials said.

The Dubai Media Office identified the building as The Address Residence Fountain Views — a three 60-storey tower complex that was expected to be completed by April 2018, Gulf News reported.

The Dubai Civil Defence and Dubai Police said they rescued three workers who were trapped in the blaze that broke out around 5.30 a.m.

By 8.37 a.m., the Media Office confirmed that the fire was brought under control as teams of Dubai’s Civil Defence were in the midst of a cooling operation to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby areas.

Black smoke from the building could be seen from miles away, with Dubai residents posting up videos, photos and sending out tweets of the incident.

There were no reports of any casualties or injuries.