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The Latest: Israel urges others to follow US on Jerusalem

The Latest: Israel urges others to follow US on Jerusalem

World
The Latest on the fallout of the Trump administration's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (all times local): 11:00 p.m. Israel's U.N. ambassador is urging all nations to follow the United States and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Danny Danon told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council Friday on President Donald Trump's announcement that "recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital is a critical and necessary step for peace." He stressed that "there will never be peace without Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel. And that will never change." The United States is the first country to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Danon recalled that 3,000 years ago King David declared Jerusalem the capital of the Jewish people. He held up the re...
Zimbabwe latest: Ruling Zanu-PF urges Mugabe to step down

Zimbabwe latest: Ruling Zanu-PF urges Mugabe to step down

World
Regional branches of Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party have joined growing calls for President Robert Mugabe to resign.The move comes ahead of a protest march to be held in the capital Harare on Saturday, fully supported by the country's military which staged a takeover on Wednesday.War veterans until recently loyal to the 93-year-old president and liberal groups have also urged him to quit.Earlier Mr Mugabe made his first public appearance since the takeover.Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days, but attended a graduation ceremony on Friday, handing out degrees.The army made its move after a power struggle over his successor. Mr Mugabe sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week, apparently to pave the way for his wife Grace Mugabe - who is four decades younger than him - to...
US urges calm as Kirkuk crisis escalates

US urges calm as Kirkuk crisis escalates

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe US has called for "calm" after Iraqi government forces seized the northern city of Kirkuk and key installations from Kurdish control.State department spokeswoman Heather Nauert urged all parties to "avoid further clashes". Iraqi soldiers moved into Kirkuk three weeks after the Kurdistan Region held a controversial independence referendum.They are aiming to retake areas under Kurdish control since Islamic State militants swept through the region.Residents of Kurdish-controlled areas, including Kirkuk, overwhelmingly backed secession from Iraq in a vote on 25 September.While Kirkuk is outside Iraqi Kurdistan, Kurdish voters in the city were allowed to take part.Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had denounced the vote as unconstitutional. But...
North Korea: China urges Trump not to worsen situation

North Korea: China urges Trump not to worsen situation

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceChina's President Xi Jinping has urged Donald Trump and North Korea to avoid "words and actions" that worsen tensions, state media say.Mr Trump and North Korea have been exchanging hostile rhetoric, with the US president threatening to rain "fire and fury" on the North.But China, North Korea's only major ally, has been urging restraint.A White House statement said the US and China agreed North Korea must stop "provocative and escalatory behaviour".Long-standing tensions over North Korea's nuclear programme worsened when it tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.The regime was also angered by last week's UN decision to increase economic sanctions against it.According to Chinese state media, Mr Xi told Mr Trump in a phone call that ...
Nationwide urges lending caution amid 'slowdown'

Nationwide urges lending caution amid 'slowdown'

Business
The boss of Nationwide has warned banks and building societies will have to "balance carefully" the way they lend to squeezed households as a possible economic slowdown looms.Chief executive Joe Garner said that while consumers were becoming more worried about the UK outlook - which has turned gloomier as Brexit approaches - most did not see the fall-out from the EU referendum affecting their access to borrowing.But he said it was important for lenders to weigh the supply of loans carefully against affordability to support demand from consumers "in a responsible way" through a slowdown.Mr Garner made the comments as Nationwide, Britain's biggest building society, reported a 20% fall in pre-tax profits to £322m for the quarter to the end of June, partly due to one-off gains made in the same