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Trump administration has yet to fill many US ambassador posts in Europe

Trump administration has yet to fill many US ambassador posts in Europe

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When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived at the Vienna airport this week, he was greeted on the tarmac by three deputy chiefs of mission from the U.S. embassies in Austria. Of the three U.S. missions in Austria – the U.S. embassy to Austria, the embassy for Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the United Nations embassy – there isn’t a single ambassador leading the foreign offices 10 months into Tillerson’s term. The State Department has also not yet put forth a name to the White House for nomination to eventually serve as ambassador to the European Union, a major international organization that represents 28 European countries and the largest single market in the world with 200 million consumers. A White House official said they are still in the process of se
Arab ministers demand reversal of Trump Jerusalem decision

Arab ministers demand reversal of Trump Jerusalem decision

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Arab foreign ministers on Sunday demanded that the United States rescind President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, calling it a "grave" development that puts Washington on the same side as "occupation" and the violation of international law. In a resolution long on rhetoric but short on concrete actions, the ministers also called for the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution condemning Trump's decision, but acknowledged that Washington would most likely veto it. If the U.S. vetoes the resolution, the Arabs would seek a similar resolution in the U.N. General Assembly, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki told a pre-dawn news conference in Cairo. A two-page resolution adopted by the emergency meeting, which began Saturday night, did not incl...
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...
Trump Jerusalem move sparks Israeli-Palestinian clashes

Trump Jerusalem move sparks Israeli-Palestinian clashes

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceAt least 31 Palestinians have been wounded in clashes in the Gaza Strip and across the occupied West Bank, during protests against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.One person is in a critical condition. Mr Trump's announcement - met with worldwide dismay - reversed decades of US policy on the sensitive issue.Israel deployed hundreds of extra troops in the West Bank as Palestinians went on strike and took to the streets. Protesters set tyres alight and threw stones, and Israeli troops fired tear gas, rubber bullets and live bullets.One rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded inside southern Israel while others fell short, Israel's army said.In response, an Israeli tank and an aircraft targeted "two terror ...
Trump claims FBI's reputation 'worst in history'

Trump claims FBI's reputation 'worst in history'

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Donald Trump has claimed the FBI's reputation is "in tatters" and at its lowest point in history amid questions over his sacking of a former national security adviser.The US President is facing claims he obstructed justice after appearing to confirm for the first time that he knew ex-adviser Michael Flynn lied to the FBI over conversations with Moscow's ambassador to the US.Responding to allegations he attempted to pressure ex-FBI director James Comey "to let Flynn go" after learning that the retired general made false statements to agents, Mr Trump said he "never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn".In a series of tweets, the President attacked the intelligence agency's reputation and said it was a case of "fake news covering another Comey lie".He said: "After years of Comey, with the...