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Jerusalem: Israel braced for protests over Trump declaration

Jerusalem: Israel braced for protests over Trump declaration

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Israeli forces are on high alert for protests in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank against the US declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.Hundreds of extra police have been deployed in Jerusalem's Old City, and additional battalions sent to the West Bank, after clashes there on Thursday.Dozens of Palestinians were hurt in the violence as protesters fought troops.Donald Trump's announcement was hailed by Israel but condemned across the Arab and Islamic world.Western allies of the US have also disavowed the move, which reversed decades of US policy of neutrality towards Jerusalem's status.Anger in the West Bank and delight in West JerusalemIsrael has always regarded Jerusalem as its capital, while the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.In r...
100 years: Israelis, British honor Balfour Declaration, Palestinians protest

100 years: Israelis, British honor Balfour Declaration, Palestinians protest

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Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Thousands gathered across the Middle East on Thursday to protest the centenary of Britain's declaration of support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine, some being met with military force.The so-called Balfour Declaration -- in which British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour sent a letter to Lord Rothschild in 1917 giving support for a Jewish homeland -- made way for the future establishment of Israel.British Prime Minister Theresa May hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to mark the anniversary with a dinner. But supporters of a Palestinian state called for an apology from Britain for its role in what it considers Israeli occupation.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a statement asking Britain to recognize Palestine and offer compensation.Peopl...
Catalonia independence declaration signed and suspended

Catalonia independence declaration signed and suspended

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceCatalan President Carles Puigdemont and other regional leaders have signed a declaration of independence from Spain, following the disputed referendum.However, they say the move will not be implemented for several weeks to allow talks with the government in Madrid.The document calls for Catalonia to be recognised as an "independent and sovereign state".The move was immediately dismissed by the Spanish central government in Madrid.A 1 October referendum in the north-eastern province - which Catalan leaders say resulted in a Yes vote for independence - was declared invalid by Spain's Constitutional Court.Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Puigdemont told the Catalan parliament in Barcelona that the region had won the right to be independent as a result of the...