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Trump announces U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Trump recognizes Jerusalem as capital of Israel

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that the United States will formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"That city is Israel's capital," Trump said in remarks at the White House. "It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel."

Trump also announced plans to build a new American embassy in Jerusalem. The current U.S. embassy is located in Tel Aviv.

Jerusalem has long been a divided city, with West Jerusalem serving as the seat of Israel's government. Palestinians, however, consider East Jerusalem as the rightful capital of any future Palestinian state.

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World reacts to US Israel embassy relocation plan

Jerusalem

US President Donald Trump is expected to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday, and announce his plans to move the US embassy to the city.

He has called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and other Arab leaders to inform them of his intentions.

He was warned by many in the Middle East and elsewhere of the "disastrous consequences" the move would have on regional stability and any prospect of a long-lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians.

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Russia Banned From 2018 Olympics; Athletes Told To Compete Under Olympic Flag

Russia banned from 2018 Olympics

The International Olympic Committee has suspended the Russian Olympic Committee "with immediate effect," effectively banning the country from the upcoming Winter Olympics over Russia's system of state-supported cheating by its athletes who used performance-enhancing drugs.

Russian athletes can compete in the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, the IOC said on Tuesday — but the athletes will have to pass strict scrutiny, and instead of wearing their nation's uniform, they will compete under the title "Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)."

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Trump tells Abbas he will move US embassy to Jerusalem

Trump to move US embassy to JerusalemUS President Donald Trump has told Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that he intends to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, according to Palestinian officials.

Wafa, the official news agency of the Palestinian Authority (PA), reported on Tuesday that Trump called Abbas to inform him about his "intention".

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Yemen: Ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh killed

Yemen ex president killed

Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed by Houthi rebels near the capital, Sanaa, a development expected to have major implications for the war in the Arab world's poorest country.

The death was first announced on Monday by the Sanaa-based interior ministry, controlled by Saleh's allies-turned-foes, the Houthi rebel movement.

His killing was later confirmed to Al Jazeera by Saleh's political party, the General People's Congress (GPC).

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Whereabouts of Egyptian ex-PM unknown since deportation home: family

Ahmed Shafik missingThe family of former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafik said on Sunday it has lost contact with him since they say he was deported from the United Arab Emirates to Cairo just days after announcing his intention to run for president next year.

Shafik, a former air force chief and government minister, has been seen by critics of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as a potential challenger to the former military commander who is widely expected to run for a second term next year.

Details about what happened to Shafik are unclear. He made his surprise announcement on Wednesday about running in the 2018 election from UAE where he has been based with his family.

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FBI removed agent from Russia probe for anti-Trump messages

Mueller removes agent for anti trump postA veteran FBI counterintelligence agent was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating Russian election meddling after the discovery of an exchange of anti-Trump text messages, a person familiar with the matter said Saturday.

The removal of the agent, who also had worked on the investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, occurred this summer. The person who discussed the matter with The Associated Press was not authorized to speak about it publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, said Mueller removed the agent, Peter Strzok, from the team "immediately upon learning of the allegations."

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