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No support to Trump’s decision on Jerusalem, says Merkel

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Berlin, Dec 7: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that Germany does not support US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel.

“The Federal Government does not support this attitude because the status of Jerusalem is to be negotiated within the framework of a two-state solution,” Xinhua news agency quoted spokesperson Steffen Seibert as saying on behalf of Merkel.

Earlier on Wednesday, Trump announced that he formally recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, while ordering to immediately begin the process of relocating the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

During his presidential campaign, Trump pledged to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Although the US Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 which required the relocation of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, former US presidents, including George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, consistently renewed a presidential waiver to delay the relocation out of consideration for national security interests.

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North Korea demolishes what it says is nuclear test site

The North did not invite international inspectors to the ceremony, which limits its value as a concession.

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PUNGGYE-RI, North Korea (AP) – North Korea has carried out what it says is the demolition of its nuclear test site in the presence of foreign journalists.

The demolition happened Thursday at the site deep in the mountains of the North’s sparsely populated northeast.

The planned closing was previously announced by leader Kim Jong Un ahead of his planned summit with U.S. President Donald Trump next month.

The North’s decision to close the site has generally been seen as a welcome gesture by Kim to set a positive tone ahead of the summit. Even so, it is not an irreversible move and would need to be followed by many more significant measures to meet Trump’s demands for denuclearization.

The North did not invite international inspectors to the ceremony, which limits its value as a concession.

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Russian missile was used to shoot down flight MH17 : Investigators

Thirty eight Australian residents were among those on board the Boeing 777.

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Investigators have released evidence confirming that the missile used to shoot down flight MH17 belonged to the Russian military’s 53rd Brigade.

Speaking at a press conference in Utrecht, Wilbert Paulissen of the Joint Investigations Team said the new evidence confirms that the missile was brought into separatist territory in Ukraine and then the equipment used to fire it was quickly taken back to Russia after it was used to shoot down the plane.

MH17 was shot down over the conflict zone in Ukraine’s Donetsk region on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people on board.

Thirty-eight Australian residents were among those on board the Boeing 777.

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Air strike by US-led coalition hits military posts in Syria, kills 12 pro-regime forces

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Damascus, May 24: The coalition led by the US carried out an airstrike against Syrian army positions in the province of Deir ez-Zor, news agency AFP reported citing state media.

“Some of our military positions between Albu Kamal and Hmeimeh were hit this morning in an aggression by American coalition warplanes,” said a military source quoted on state news agency SANA.

A military source from forces allied to Syria’s government had said the strikes had targeted two regime military positions near a frontline with IS.

Daesh then launched an attack on the positions. The strikes and attack left a number of Syrian fighters dead and caused material damage,” the source told AFP, using the Arabic acronym for IS.

“There are no Iranian or Lebanese fighters among the dead,” the source added.

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