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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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India ready to work with new Nepal government

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New Delhi, Dec 14: Welcoming the parliamentary and provincial election results in Nepal, India on Thursday said it was looking forward to working with the new government in Kathmandu.

“India has age-old unique time-tested ties of friendship with the country,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in his weekly media briefing here.

“We look forward to working with the next democratically elected government in Nepal to advance our close and multi-faceted partnership across all sectors and to support Nepal in its pursuit of peace, stability, economic prosperity for all round development,” he said.

Nepal’s CPN-UML emerged as the largest party in the Himalayan nation. The vote count for Parliament and provincial assembly elections in Nepal ended on Wednesday.

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13 killed in Somalia suicide attack

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A suicide bomber attacked a police training camp in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. (PC- AFP)

Mogadishu, Dec 14: A suicide bomber disguised as a policeman blew himself up inside a police training camp in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu and killed at least 13 officers and injured 15 others, Somalian authorities said on Thursday, reported news agency IANS.

Most of the casualties were police officers. The incident took place when the officers were training, reports Efe news.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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6,700 Rohingya Muslims killed in Myanmar: Report

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Nay Pyi Taw, Dec 14: International humanitarian non profit Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on Thursday announced that at least 6,700 Rohingya were died after violence broke out in Myanmar’s Rakhine state late August.

On the basis of surveys in Bangladesh, the score is much higher than Myanmar’s official figure of 400, news agency IANS quoted citing the BBC report.

“In the most conservative estimations” at least 6,700 of those deaths have been caused by violence, including at least 730 children under the age of five, MSF asserted in a reports.

MSF which is also known as Doctors Without Borders, stated it was “the clearest indication yet of the widespread violence” by Myanmar authorities.

“What we uncovered was staggering, both in terms of the numbers of people who reported a family member died as a result of violence, and the horrific ways in which they said they were killed or severely injured,” MSF Medical Director Sidney Wong stated.

Among the deceased kids below the age of five, MSF said over 59 per cent were reportedly shot, 15 per cent burnt to death, 7 per cent beaten to death and 2 per cent killed by landmine blasts.

More than 647,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh after military crackdown began on August 25 following Rohingya Arsa militants attack on more than 30 police posts, news agency IANS quoted citing the BBC reported.

After an internal probe, the Myanmar Army last month exonerated itself of any blame regarding the crisis.

It refused killing any civilians, burning their villages, raping women and girls, and stealing possessions.

The Muslim-majority community are denied citizenship by Myanmar, where they are identified as immigrants from Bangladesh. The authorities does not use the term Rohingya but calls them Bengali Muslims.

“The numbers of deaths are likely to be an underestimation as we have not surveyed all refugee settlements in Bangladesh and because the surveys don’t account for the families who never made it out of Myanmar,” Wong further added.

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