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Donald Trump meets Palestinian leader in Bethlehem

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Donald Trump meets Palestinian leader in Bethlehem

Posted on 23 May 2017 by GGS News

Tel Aviv : Donald Trump made the short trip from Jerusalem to Bethlehem Tuesday to meet Mahmud Abbas, who was hoping to convince the unpredictable US president to remain committed to an independent Palestinian state.

His talks in Bethlehem with the Palestinian president came after Trump on Monday made a heavily symbolic visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem and met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Later Tuesday, Trump will return to Jerusalem to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and give a speech at the Israel Museum before wrapping up his two-day stop.
He was expected to comment on the bomb blast at a concert in the British city of Manchester on Monday night that killed 22 people.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Twitter that Trump`s national security team was “providing updates” to the president on the situation.

Trump`s visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories is part of his first trip abroad as president, and follows an initial leg in Saudi Arabia, where he urged Islamic leaders to confront extremism.

He arrived in Bethlehem by motorcade, crossing a checkpoint at Israel`s controversial separation wall, and was greeted by Abbas and other dignitaries outside the city`s presidential palace.

Trump has spoken of reviving long-stalled peace efforts between the Israelis and Palestinians, but few specifics have emerged of how he intends to do so.

Before dinner at Netanyahu`s residence on Monday, Trump avoided delving into details.

“I`ve heard it`s one of the toughest deals of all, but I have a feeling that we`re going to get there eventually, I hope,” he said.

Earlier Monday, Trump also lashed out at Iran, Israel`s arch-enemy, saying it should never be allowed to have nuclear weapons and criticising Tehran for supporting “terrorists” — a reference to militant groups it backs in the region.

In Tehran on Monday, Iran`s newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani ridiculed US strategy in the Middle East, dismissing Trump`s summit with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia as “just a show”.Security was tight for Trump`s journey to Bethlehem, a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem but located across Israel`s separation wall.

The wall is part of a project begun in 2002 during the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, that is to extend some 700 kilometres (450 miles) once completed.

It is a stark symbol for Palestinians of Israel`s 50-year occupation of the West Bank, and in Bethlehem the wall has been covered with graffiti and street art.

Bethlehem also holds deep significance as the site where Christians believe Jesus was born and welcomes thousands of pilgrims each year for Christmas.

A banner hung in the city said “the city of peace welcomes the man of peace” along with photos of Abbas and Trump.

Hossam Zomlot, an aide to Abbas, said that “if President Trump wants to mediate and leads us to a historic agreement, a major agreement, we are ready to be his partners”.

Their talks come with hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails on hunger strike since April 17, and activists were hoping to display banners in Bethlehem to drawn Trump`s attention to it.

On Monday, Palestinians also held a general strike in support of the prisoners.

Clashes broke out near a checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah involving several hundred stone-throwing youths and Israeli soldiers who responded with rubber bullets and tear gas, leaving at least one wounded.

On Monday night in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian enclave run by Abbas`s rivals Hamas, the Islamist movement organised a demonstration to denounce its labelling as a “terrorist” group by many Western governments, including the United States.

Trump and Abbas met earlier this month at the White House.

Trump initially sparked deep concern among Palestinians when he backed away from the long US commitment to a two-state solution to the conflict.

Meeting Netanyahu in Washington in February, he said he would support a single state if it led to peace, delighting Israeli right-wingers who want to see most of the West Bank annexed.

During his election campaign, Trump also advocated breaking with decades of precedent and moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, alarming Palestinians.

He has since said the move was still being looked at.

At the same time, he urged Israel to hold back on settlement building in the West Bank, a longstanding concern of Palestinians and much of the world.

The most high-profile moment of Trump`s stay in Jerusalem was his visit to the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism.

He became the first sitting US president to visit the site in the Israeli-annexed east of the city. He was not accompanied by any Israeli leaders during the visit.

Allowing them to do so could have led to accusations that Washington was implicitly recognising Israel`s unilateral claim of sovereignty over the site, which would break with years of US and international precedent.

The status of Jerusalem is ultra-sensitive and has been among the most difficult issues in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, stalled since April 2014.

Israel occupied the West Bank, including east Jerusalem, in the Six-Day War of 1967.

It later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the international community and claims the entire city as its capital.

The Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

After Israel and the Palestinian territories, Trump will head to the Vatican, and to Brussels and Italy for NATO and G7 meetings.

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss peace efforts with Donald Trump

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss peace efforts with Donald Trump

Posted on 22 May 2017 by GGS News

Jerusalem : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said he would discuss ways to advance peace with Donald Trump on the US President’s first visit to Israel on Monday.

“I will discuss with President Trump ways to strengthen even further the first and strongest alliance with the US,” Netanyahu told his weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Xinhua reported.

“We will strengthen security ties, which are strengthening daily, and we will also discuss ways to advance peace,” he added.Trump, his wife Melania, and a 900-person delegation, including senior administration officials, business executives and security personnel, will arrive on Monday for a two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian West Bank.

Trump will meet Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Netanyahu on Monday before travelling to Bethlehem to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The meetings will focus on the US efforts to revive the long-stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. The last round of talks reached an impasse on April 2014, mainly over Israel’s refusal to halt the construction in the West Bank settlements.

On Tuesday, Trump is scheduled to give a speech at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem to conclude his visit, before heading to Europe.

Trump is expected to request Netanyahu and Abbas to make confidence-building steps, Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported.

Citing a White House official, the daily reported that Trump will ask the Israelis to curb the expansion of the settlements and call on the Palestinians to halt payment for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and to stop the “incitement” against Israel.

Trump’s first official trip outside the US included a visit to Saudi Arabia, where he signed $350-billion arms deal.

 

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Donald Trump says India a victim of terrorism, urges nations to ensure terrorists don’t find safe havens on their lands

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Donald Trump says India a victim of terrorism, urges nations to ensure terrorists don’t find safe havens on their lands

Posted on 22 May 2017 by GGS News

Riyadh : United States President Donald Trump, during his speech at the Arab-Islamic-US summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, acknowledged that India is a victim of terrorism and said, without explicitly naming Pakistan, that every country must ensure that terrorists don’t find sanctuaries within their borders.
“India, Russia, China, and Australia have all been victims” of terrorism, Trump said, adding that the countries, as well as the US and Europe, have “suffered repeated barbaric attacks” and have “endured unspeakable horror”.
In a carefully worded speech delivered at a gathering of about 50 leaders of Muslim-majority countries, Trump did not use his signature phrase “radical Islamic terrorism”, a term he often used during his campaign for the US president.
Trump, however, called upon the Middle East and Muslim countries to do their bit to defeat terrorism (Full text of Donald Trump’s speech).
“Terrorism has spread all across the world. But the path to peace begins right here, on this ancient soil, in this sacred land”, Trump said. “Muslim nations must be willing to take on the burden if we are going to defeat terrorism and send its wicked ideology into oblivion.”
Urging countries to deny terrorists space to operate, Trump said, “The first task in this joint effort is for your nations to deny all territory to the foot soldiers of evil…Every country in the region has an absolute duty to ensure that terrorists find no sanctuary on their soil.”
Terming the Middle East as a holy land, Trump urged countries in the region to “drive out” terrorists.
“A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and drive out the extremists. Drive them out! Drive them out of your places of worship, drive them out of your communities, drive them out of your holy land and drive them out of this earth,” the president said.
ATTACKS IRAN
Trump went on to criticise Iran, which just saw President Hassan Rouhani win a re-election bid, saying the country has “for decades…fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror.” “It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this very room”, Trump added.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hit back on Twitter, posting a seemingly sarcastic tweet that read ” Iran-fresh from real elections-attacked by @POTUS in that bastion of democracy & moderation” Saudi Arabia.
Zarif indicated that Trump had during his Saudi Arabia visit milked his hosts of hundreds of billions of dollars in business deals.
Trump signed deals worth nearly $400 billion. In his speech, Trump said the agreements will “create many hundreds of thousands of jobs in America and Saudi Arabia.” The agreements include a $110 billion Saudi-funded defense purchase.
Trump said the US will ensure that its “Saudi friends” get a good deal from “our great American defense companies, the greatest anywhere in the world.” “This agreement will help the Saudi military to take a far greater role in security and operations having to do with security”, Trump added.
(With agency inputs)

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Donald Trump says he’s ‘very close’ to naming an FBI director

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Donald Trump says he’s ‘very close’ to naming an FBI director

Posted on 19 May 2017 by GGS News

Washington : President Donald Trump says he is “very close” to naming a new FBI director.

An announcement could come today, the soft deadline Trump set for himself. The president departs Friday on his inaugural overseas trip, a four-country, five-stop journey tour of the Middle East and Europe that will keep him out of the country for more than a week.

“We’re very close to an FBI director,” Trump said Thursday when asked about the search during an Oval Office appearance with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. He said an announcement could come “soon” and that former Sen Joe Lieberman was among his top candidates.
Lieberman was among four candidates Trump interviewed at the White House this week. The former Connecticut senator flashed a thumbs-up as he left the White House on Wednesday after meeting with Trump and said they had a “good meeting.”
Trump also met with former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating; Richard McFeely, a former top FBI official; and acting FBI director Andrew McCabe.

Trump needs a new FBI director because he fired James Comey last week, an unexpected move that drew bipartisan criticism. Comey was overseeing the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s role in the presidential election, including ties between Russian government officials and Trump associates.

In an attempt to quell the furor over Comey’s ouster, the Justice Department this week hired former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee the investigation. Trump has denounced the probe as a “witch hunt.”

The Senate must confirm Trump’s candidate for the FBI job.

Word of Lieberman’s standing in the candidate search drew a mixed reaction from Capitol Hill, with Senate Republicans praising the Democrat turned independent, and Democrats seeming less than enthused about their former colleague.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called Lieberman a “pillar of credibility.” Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said Lieberman “may be the only potential nominee that could get 100 votes that I know of. Everybody likes and respects Joe Lieberman.”

But several Democratic senators said during a caucus lunch Thursday that they would not support Lieberman, according to a person familiar with the meeting who declined to be identified because the lunch was private.

Among their concerns was Lieberman’s past praise of Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, who was fired in February after misleading officials about his talks with Russian officials. Flynn has figured prominently in the FBI investigation into Russia and the election.

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Former FBI chief Robert Mueller appointed to probe Trump-Russia ties

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Former FBI chief Robert Mueller appointed to probe Trump-Russia ties

Posted on 18 May 2017 by GGS News

Washington : The US Department of Justice has appointed former FBI chief as special counsel to oversee the investigation of alleged Russian efforts to affect the 2016 election in favour of the US President Donald Trump.

Robert Mueller, 72, is a Vietnam veteran and former US attorney who ran the FBI from 2001-2013, Efe reported on Thursday.

The appointment was announced by Deputy Attorney General Rod J Rosenstein, who has authority over the Russia probe due to the decision of Attorney General Jeff Sessions` decision to recuse himself because of his role in the Trump campaign.
“My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted. I have made no such determination,” Rosenstein said.

“What I have determined is that based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command,” he said.

Rosenstein is one of the few senior figures in the Trump administration to enjoy the confidence of both Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

“Special Counsel Mueller will have all appropriate resources to conduct a thorough and complete investigation, and I am confident that he will follow the facts, apply the law and reach a just result,” the deputy attorney general said.

Mueller has agreed to resign from his private law firm to allay concerns about potential conflicts of interest.

The naming of Mueller as special counsel comes a week after Trump abruptly fired the man who succeeded him as FBI director, James Comey.

While the official announcement of Comey`s dismissal cited his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton`s use of a private e-mail server during her 2009-2013 tenure as secretary of state, Democrats accused Trump of seeking to short-circuit the probe of possible collusion between his team and the Russian government.

Senators plan to question Rosenstein about Comey`s firing when the deputy attorney general testifies Thursday in a closed hearing.

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Iran condemns new US missile sanctions

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Iran condemns new US missile sanctions

Posted on 18 May 2017 by GGS News

Iran : Iran criticized new US sanctions on its missile programme on Thursday, saying they would undermine the nuclear deal with world powers.

“Iran condemns the US administration`s ill will in its effort to reduce the positive results of the country`s implementation of JCPOA (nuclear deal) commitments by adding individuals to the list of unilateral and illegal extraterritorial sanctions,” foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on his Telegram channel.

The administration of US President Donald Trump chose to stick by the nuclear deal with Iran on Wednesday, renewing a waiver of nuclear-related sanctions despite his past criticism of the agreement.
But it imposed new measures to punish Iranian defense officials and a Chinese business tied to Tehran`s ballistic missile programme, which it says is in breach of international law because they could carry nuclear warheads in the future.

Iran denies ever seeking nuclear weapons and Ghasemi said its missile programme is part of its “absolute and legal right to build up the country`s defensive capabilities”.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue its missile programme with power and authority based on its plans,” he said

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Israel provided intelligence Donald Trump shared with Russians: Report

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Israel provided intelligence Donald Trump shared with Russians: Report

Posted on 17 May 2017 by GGS News

Washington : The classified intelligence US President Donald Trump divulged to Russian officials last week was provided by Israel, a media report said on Wednesday.

“The revelation adds a potential diplomatic complication to an episode that has renewed questions about how the White House handles sensitive intelligence,” The New York Times said.

The White House refused to comment on the report.However, Israel came out in support of the White House.

“Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump,” Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, said in a statement to The New York Times.

US National Security Advisor Lt General HR McMaster asserted that Trump’s sharing of information with Russia did not risk national security.However, Israel came out in support of the White House.

“Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump,” Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, said in a statement to The New York Times.

US National Security Advisor Lt General HR McMaster asserted that Trump’s sharing of information with Russia did not risk national security.

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Donald Trump’s Saudi Arabia visit: Fighting radical Islam on agenda

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Donald Trump’s Saudi Arabia visit: Fighting radical Islam on agenda

Posted on 17 May 2017 by GGS News

Washington : US President Donald Trump would begin his maiden foreign trip with a visit to Saudi Arabia later this week where he would pitch for the need to tackle radical Islam ideology.

“He (Trump) will meet and have lunch with leaders of more than 50 Muslim countries where he will deliver an inspiring, yet direct speech on the need to confront radical ideology and his hopes, the president hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam to dominate across the world,” US National Security Advisor HR McMaster told reporters during at the White House yesterday.

“The speech is intended to unite the broader Muslim world against the common enemies of all civilisation and to demonstrate America’s commitment to our Muslim partners,” he said while giving details of Trump’s itinerary for his visit.

The US President will be welcomed Saudi King Salman.

Mc Master said Trump will participate in a signing ceremony of several agreements that will further solidify US-Saudi security and economic cooperation.

The president and the first lady will also join members of the Saudi royal family for an official dinner.

Bilateral meeting is scheduled between Trump and Gulf Cooperation Council leaders, besides meetings with Gulf state leaders, he said.

Trump will also inaugurate a new center intended to fight radicalism and promote moderation.

“By establishing and operating this center, our Muslim friends, including Saudi Arabia, are taking a firm stand against extremism and those who use a perverted interpretation of religion to advance their criminal and political agendas,” the NSA said.

From Saudi Arabia, Trump would travel to Jerusalem, where he will meet Israeli President Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and lay a wreath at Yad Vashem.

The next day, he would meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem and convey America’s interest to facilitate an agreement that ends the conflict in the region.

“He will urge Palestinian leaders to take steps that will help lead to peace. He will visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and say a prayer at the Western Wall,” McMaster said.

The next destination would Rome and the Vatican, where Trump will meet the Pope.

“He looks forward to celebrating the rich contributions of Catholics to America and to the world, and discussing a range of issues of mutual concern,” he said.

From Rome, Trump would fly to Brussels to meet leaders of the European Union and of the European Council.

From Brussels, Trump would travel to Sicily for the G-7.

“Throughout the summit, he will meet bilaterally with leaders, including the Italian prime minister. In the formal meetings, he will press America’s economic agenda and call for greater security cooperation,” Mc Master said.

On the first night of the summit, he will also attend a concert performed by the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, followed by a leaders’ dinner hosted by the president of Italy.

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Hillary Clinton launches new political action group to fight against US President Donald Trump’s agenda

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Hillary Clinton launches new political action group to fight against US President Donald Trump’s agenda

Posted on 16 May 2017 by GGS News

Washington : Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has launched a new political action organisation to fight against US President Donald Trump’s agenda and raise funds for five prominent progressive groups.

“I believe more fiercely than ever that citizen engagement at every level is central to a strong and vibrant democracy,” Clinton said announcing the launch of her group ‘Onward Together’.

“More than ever, I believe citizen engagement is vital to our democracy. I’m so inspired by everyone stepping up to organise and lead,” the former Secretary of State, said to her supporters as she urged them to contribute to the “remarkable” spirit of political activism.The announcement comes as Clinton, 69, works to find a new role in an evolving political landscape.

The new group’s website said it aimed to advance progressive values and reminded visitors that Clinton had won nearly 66 million votes in November’s showdown with Trump.

“Onward Together will work to build a brighter future for generations to come by supporting groups that encourage people to organise and run for office,” wrote the former Secretary of State.

Clinton becomes the latest high-profile Democrat to launch an independent group. Former President Barack Obama, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and 2004 Democratic nominee Howard Dean all helped create political organisations.

As of now, the new political action organisation would support five progressive groups: Swing Left, which targets vulnerable House Republican incumbents; Emerge America, which will train Democratic women to run for office; Colour of Change, which fights for criminal justice reform and racial justice; Indivisible, a group that’s mobilising a “resistance” against Trump; and Run for Something, which helps potential candidates find tools to guide their bids.

“This year hasn’t been what I envisioned, but I know what I’m still fighting for: a kinder, big-hearted, inclusive America. Onward!,” Clinton said in one of the series of tweets she wrote yesterday.

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Donald Trump revealed intelligence secrets to Russians in Oval Office: Officials

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Donald Trump revealed intelligence secrets to Russians in Oval Office: Officials

Posted on 16 May 2017 by GGS News

Washington : US President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified information to Russia`s foreign minister about a planned Islamic State operation during their meeting last week, two US officials with knowledge of the situation said on Monday.

The intelligence shared at the meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak was supplied by a US ally in the fight against the militant group, both officials said.

The White House said the allegations, first reported by the Washington Post, were not correct.”The story that came out tonight as reported is false,” HR McMaster, Trump`s national security adviser, told reporters at the White House, adding that the two men reviewed a range of common threats including to civil aviation.
“At no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed. The president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known. … I was in the room. It didn`t happen,” he said.

The White House also released a statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who said the meeting focused on counterterrorism, and from deputy national security adviser Dina Powell, who said the Washington Post story was false.

Reacting to the news, the Senate`s No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin, called Trump`s conduct “dangerous” and “reckless.” The Republican head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker, called the allegations “very, very troubling” if true.

The latest controversy in the White House came as it continued to reel from the fallout over Trump`s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey last week and amid congressional calls for an independent investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

On Monday, one of the officials said the intelligence discussed by Trump in the meeting with Lavrov was classified “Top Secret” and held in a secure “compartment” to which only a handful of intelligence officials have access.

After Trump disclosed the information, which one of the officials described as spontaneous, officials immediately called the CIA and the National Security Agency, both of which have agreements with a number of allied intelligence services, and informed them what had happened.

While the president has the authority to disclose even the most highly classified information at will, in this case he did so without consulting the ally that provided it, which threatens to jeopardize what they called a long-standing intelligence-sharing agreement, the U.S. officials said.

Trump, a Republican who has called allegations of links between his presidential campaign and Russia a “total scam,” has sharply criticised his 2016 election rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, for her handling of classified information as secretary of state, when she used a private email server.

The FBI concluded that no criminal charges were warranted, but Comey said she and her colleagues had been “careless” with classified information.

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