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Man dies after attacking Israeli troops with a knife in deadly clashes over Trump’s Jerusalem decision

sraeli troops shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 150 others with live fire on Friday, medical officials said, as protests over US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital entered a second week. Most of the casualties were on the Gaza Strip border, where thousands of Palestinians gathered to hurl rocks at Israeli soldiers beyond the fortified fence. Medics ...

Russia to resume flights to Egypt, halted after 2015 bombing

Russia and Egypt signed a deal on Friday to resume flights between Moscow and the Egyptian capital of Cairo starting from February, after more than a two-year break, officials announced. Moscow suspended flights to Egypt after a bomb by the local Islamic State affiliate brought down a Russian airliner over Sinai in October 2015, killing all 224 people on board. ...

New South Wales drops pledge to reform state’s racial vilification laws

Attorney general Mark Speakman says there ‘are no present plans’ to amend Anti-Discrimination Act    Christopher Knaus   The New South Wales government has quietly dropped plans to reform the state’s racial vilification laws, prompting anger from Jewish leaders, ethnic groups and the Labor opposition.   The state government had previously pledged to fix the laws, which are widely seen ...

Jerusalem : Trump move prompts negative world reaction

Leaders from within the Muslim world and from the wider international community were swift to criticise the move, and warned of the potential for violence and bloodshed as a result. Mr Trump also approved moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, making America the first country in the world to officially recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The status ...

Strong Quake Strikes Southeastern Iran

A strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck southeastern Iran on Friday, followed quickly by an aftershock measuring 5.1, the U.S. Geological Survey says. At least 42 people were injured and several homes destroyed, officials say. The epicenter of the quake was located about 36 miles northeast of the city of Kerman in a sparsely populated area of the country. The depth of the ...

Nail-packed device found near German Christmas market

A Christmas market was evacuated in the German city of Potsdam on Friday after a nail-packed device was found nearby. According to Brandenburg’s interior minister Karl-Heinz Schröter, the package left behind at the pharmacy contained nails and a powder, which was being analysed to determine whether it was an explosive. Germany is on high alert for potential terrorist attacks nearly a ...

Zimbabwe opposition promises push for reform after new cabinet revealed

Opposition activists in Zimbabwe have said they will launch a fresh campaign to bring democratic reforms to the impoverished southern African country after the new president announced a fresh cabinet with key roles for veterans of the ruling Zanu-PF party and senior soldiers but no posts for the opposition. Emmerson Mnangagwa took power after a military takeover and popular protests ousted Robert ...

In Snub to U.S., Russia and Egypt Move Toward Deal on Air Bases

Egypt, in what appeared to be a snub to the Trump administration, has reached a preliminary agreement to allow Russian military jets to use its airspace and bases, both sides said Thursday. If finalized, the agreement would give Russia its deepest presence in Egypt since 1973, when Cairo expelled the military of the Soviet Union and instead became Washington’s closest ...

Australian fishermen rescued after sleeping on roof of stranded car ‘for days’ as crocodiles circled

two men stranded in the outback of Australia spent four days on top of their car after finding themselves surrounded by rising waters filled with circling crocodiles. The men were on a fishing trip in the remote Kimberley region in north-west Australia when their four-by-four became stuck in a tidal bog. Police said a close encounter with a crocodile prompted ...

Melbourne consortium underwrites windfarm in Australian-first deal

Three Melbourne councils, two universities, Zoos Victoria, and half a dozen corporations have banded together to underwrite a windfarm in western Victoria that will power some of the city’s most recognisable buildings. The group of 14 organisations, led by the City of Melbourne, has agreed to purchase half the power produced by a new 39-turbine, 80MW windfarm near Ararat, about 200km west ...