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Israel approves 'Jewish nation state ' law

Israel approves 'Jewish nation state ' law

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Israel has approved a controversial law that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people - leading to accusations that it discriminates against Arabs. The Jewish Nation-State Bill, passed just after the state marked the 70th anniversary of its birth, was hailed as a "defining moment in the annals of Zionism" by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.But critics, including many Arabs, however, said it was racist and discriminatory, planting the seeds of an "apartheid state".The law, backed by the right-wing government, was passed with a 62-55 vote and two abstentions in the 120-member parliament, after months of political argument.Some Arab MPs shouted and ripped up papers after the vote.The bill enshrines Hebrew as the only official language of the state, stripp...
White House insists Trump believes Russia still a threat

White House insists Trump believes Russia still a threat

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The White House has insisted it believes Russia still poses a threat to the US amid confusion over comments made by President Donald Trump.Mr Trump appeared to disagree with US intelligence when he responded "no" to a question about whether Russia was still targeting American elections. Later, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Mr Trump was saying "no" to answering further questions.It comes amid a flurry of criticism over his recent comments about Russia. "The president and his administration are working very hard to make sure that Russia is unable to meddle in our elections as they have done in the past," Mrs Sanders said at a news briefing on Wednesday. What's the latest confusion? Ho...
South Korea to introduce anti-bullying act

South Korea to introduce anti-bullying act

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SEOUL, July 18 (UPI) -- The South Korean government will revise a labor law to define workplace bullying and introduce anti-bullying measures to discourage cultures of bullying and abuse at work. The prime minister's office revealed a government-wide campaign for workplace bullying Tuesday in response to recent reports of harassment from service industries. The government will mandate employers to look into workplace bullying when reported, come up with ways to punish those responsible and protect victims from emotional and physical damage. The country has seen various reports of workplace abuses recently. Junior nurses revealed a long-running culture of abuse by senior nurses taking advantage of their hierarchy. Graduate students reported abuse by their academic supervisors in research ...
Israel: Falcon dead in arson attack, fuel cargo restricted

Israel: Falcon dead in arson attack, fuel cargo restricted

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July 17 (UPI) -- Israeli officials have placed new restrictions on fuel deliveries across the Gaza Strip after new arson attacks, including one that involved a dead falcon. Israel Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the suspension of fuel cargo was due to "continued terror attempts" by Hamas. The Gaza border region was hit by rocket fire over the weekend after months of incendiary attacks, prompting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to warn Monday of a "prolonged struggle". The arson attacks have caused hundreds of fires in southern Israel since April and Israeli officials say the practice of setting kites and balloons aflame across the Gaza border started out on a small scale, but was adopted and encouraged by Hamas, an opponent to Israel. Although food and medicine deliveri...
Massive iceberg threatening Greenland village moves away from coast

Massive iceberg threatening Greenland village moves away from coast

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A massive iceberg that has been floating close to a village in Greenland and threatening its residents appears to be veering away from the coast, toward the north, officials said. The village of Innaarsuit is home to 169 residents, some of whom have been evacuated as the iceberg looms over the coast. “Fortunately, the iceberg moved further north over the weekend,” Jakob Rousøe, head of operations for Joint Arctic Command, an authority within the Danish Defense, which is supporting local police and emergency services. “Powerful wind from the south and a current headed north pushed the iceberg to the north.” It is not clear if the iceberg will continue to move north or if it could move back closer to the village. As the iceberg melts, the fear is that gr...