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Arab League call Trump’s Jerusalem move as dangerous

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Several leaders in the region refuse to meet US Vice President

The Arab League has called US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “dangerous and unacceptable” and a “flagrant attack on a political solution” to the Israeli- Palestinian conflict and instead asked world leaders to recognise the State of Palestine with occupied east Jerusalem as its capital.

Ahmad Abu Al Gaith, the Secretary General of Arab League, while speaking at the start of an emergency meeting of 22-member regional bloc’s foreign ministers at Cairo, condemned the Trump’s decision. He said that Trump’s decision has raised a question mark over Washington’s role as a mediator, not just in the Middle East but in the entire world. “The decision amounts to the legalisation of occupation,” he said.

Arab League General Secretary said in his opening remarks, “We call upon all countries that support peace to refuse the decision of the US president. We consider the decision unfair and unjust. We call upon everyone to recognise Palestine as a state and East Jerusalem as its capital.”

He said that  Trump’s decision “undermines Arab confidence” and was “against international law and raises questions over American efforts to support peace” between Palestine and Israel.

Meanwhile, Majdi Al Khaldi, the diplomatic advisor of Palestinian President Mehmoud Abbas has said that he (Abbas) will refuse to meet US Vice-President Mike Pence later this month.

“There will be no meeting with the vice-president of America in Palestine. The United States has crossed all the red lines with the [occupied] Jerusalem decision,” he added.

Moreover, Egypt’s Coptic Pope of the Orthodox Church Tawadros II has cancelled a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence. The Church in a statement issued on Saturday said, “In view of the US administration’s decision made at an improper time and without consideration to feelings of millions of Arab people, the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church apologises for not receiving Mr Mike Pence during his coming visit.”

Meanwhile, Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of Cairo’s Al Azhar Mosque has also decided not to meet Pence either.

Trump’s deputy Mike Pence is expected to visit Egypt on December 20 as part of a Middle East trip. His visit is understood to be aimed at touting Trump’s decision to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

During an emergency UN Security Council meeting on Friday, US was isolated by its best allies including several European countries condemning the Trump administration’s move to recognise Jerusalem as Israeli capital and to begin process of moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to the city.

Meanwhile, protests against Trump’s move continue in Gaza and elsewhere. Four people were killed and hundreds of protesters were injured on the fourth consecutive day. Similar demonstrations were also held in a number of other countries including US, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia.

The Trump’s move has also heavily damaged US credibility among its allies in Palestine as well. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, in Mehmoud Abbas cabinet, said on Saturday in Cairo that Palestinians can no longer accept US as a broker in the peace process as it has now “positioned itself as a party in a dispute and not as a mediator”.

The Palestinian official demanded that UN Security Council should take action against Trump’s decision saying, “America is being an aggressor against the Palestinian people and against international law.”

The foreign Minister of another US ally Egypt Sameh Shoukry  has also said that Trump’s policy change put the “region on the verge of explosion”.

Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatar’s foreign minister, called for “all possible measures under international law”, while his Lebanese foreign minister Gebran Bassil has called for the Arab League to consider imposing sanctions against US.

He said, “Pre-emptive measures must be taken against the decision … beginning with diplomatic measures, then political, then economic and financial sanctions.”

However, Marwan Bishara, political analyst of Al Jazeera has observed that Arab states, in practice, differed in their reaction to Trump’s decision.  “I doubt that all this will come together and culminate in any serious decision or action plan. We will probably be left once again for the Arab street, rather than the Arab League, to do something moving forward.”

Another Chicago based expert Ali Abunimah, the co-founder of Electronic Intifada told Aljazeera, “The Arab League meeting and the Arab League summit will amount to nothing, as it has amounted to nothing for decades.”

“All the statements being made by the Arab regimes are strictly for public consumption because the Arab public is clearly outraged as the massive demonstrations in cities across the world showed.

“But in reality, most of these regimes – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and Jordan – are very close to Israel.  They either have formal or tacit ties and so they will do nothing in practice other than issue statements.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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46 dead, 147 wounded in suicide bombing at Peshawar mosque

A suicide bombing at a mosque in Pakistan’s Peshawar city on Monday left at least 28 people dead and left another150 wounded, reports said.

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A suicide bombing at a mosque in Pakistan’s Peshawar city on Monday left at least 46 people dead and left another 147 wounded, reports said.

As per reports, the attack took place when worshippers gathered inside were offering afternoon prayers in the mosque in the northwestern city, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, bordered by Afghanistan.

Police officials said a suicide bomber walked into the mosque where over 260 people were offering afternoon prayers and detonated his explosive vest causing a massive explosion. They said the roof of the mosque collapsed due to the blast and caved in burying many people underneath the debris.

Eyewitnesses said they saw blood-soaked survivors limping away from the blast site.

Reports quoted a police officer, Meena Gul, who survived the blast, as saying that he was inside the mosque when the blast occurred but could not provide details on the number of injured and dead in the attack.

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Gul said he was disoriented and all he could hear was cries and screams after the bombing.

Officials said the wounded are being rushed to local medical facilities where many are stated to be in critical condition, raising fears that the death toll may rise.

No terrorist group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack; however, officials suspect this has all the markings of being the handiwork of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a close ally of the Afghan Taliban, who seized power in neighboring Afghanistan in August 2021 as U.S. and NATO troops were in the final stages of their pullout from the country after 20 years of war.

In March 2022, an Islamic State suicide bombing left 64 people dead at a minority Shiite mosque in Peshawar, the country’s deadliest terror attack since 2018.

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Bangladesh teen sleeps while playing hide and seek, found in different country 7 days later

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Bangladesh teen sleeps while playing hide and seek, found in different country 6 days later

During the game of hide and seek, a 15-year-old boy reached another country 3,700 kilometers away. To people’s surprise he was found after 6 days. During this, the family members of the child kept searching for him. The case is of Chittagong, Bangladesh, and from there the missing boy was found in Malaysia after 7 days.

According to reports, 15-year-old Faheem was playing hide and seek with his friends in Chittagong port. Meanwhile, he locked himself inside a shipping container and slept there. By the time he woke up, the container had reached Malaysia. Neither his family members nor the people working there got a clue about this.

But when the container was opened at the port of Malaysia, the people of the authority were shocked. A boy came out of it. During interrogation, it was found that he is from Bangladesh. After which the authorities informed the employees of Chittagong port.

Teen transported from bangladesh to malaysia

Faheem, who went missing on January 11, was found in the port of Malaysia on January 17. According to the Malaysian news agency, Bernama, Malaysia’s Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasyushan Ismail has given a statement regarding this incident. He said that it is believed that the boy had entered the container, then slept there and reached here.

It was told that Faheem remained hungry and thirsty for a whole week in the container. Due to this he had become very weak and he also had fever. After being taken out, he was taken to the nearest hospital for examination.

The police initially suspected that it could be a case of human trafficking, but after contacting the Bangladeshi authority, the truth came to the fore. However, this is not the first case. In October last year, Malaysian police recovered the body of a 15-year-old boy from the container.

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Brazil man fakes death to see who gathers at his funeral, family and friends enraged

The man identified as Balthazal Lemos, earlier this month, had shared the false news of his Facebook by sharing a status that read that Balthazar Lemos had parted from the world.

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An amusing story has come to light from Brazil where a man faked his own death in order to see who will turn up at his funeral. According to reports, the man had spread the fake news about his death to his relatives and friends with the intention to find out who will come.

The incident according to reports started earlier this month but concluded on 18 January after his funeral.

According to reports, the 60 year old man had shared the news of his death on his social media after which even his last rites were conducted. The Brazilian man single-handedly concocted the plan. The man had been conducting last rites ceremony in his career which was the reason why he could solely depend on himself to carry out the plan.

The man identified as Balthazal Lemos, earlier this month, had shared the false news of his Facebook by sharing a status that read that Balthazar Lemos had parted from the world. After Lemos’s post, his family were taken aback by shocking learnings.

After learning about the death of Lemos, his nephews rushed to the hospital to find out what happened that led to his death. However, the situation took an awry turn as the hospital staff denied recollection of Lemos being admitted to the hospital.

The friends of the Brazilian man also chimed in and shared the news and asked for the cause of death, however, no explanation was given out. Instead of telling about the cause of death, the location and time of the funeral was shared, directing the people to attend the funeral ceremony.

At the funeral procession, which was organised in a small chapel at Lemos’ hometown, the friends and family of the man showed up to offer their condolences and bid their last good-byes to the man. However, Lemos’ voice startled the guest as he announced himself to the people which led to many people shedding tears.

Lemos rose up from his coffin bed after opening the gate and stood tall in front of all the guests. The Brazilian man after rising up told the people why he did what he did after which many were agitated by his somewhat harmless joke and accused him of hurting their sentiments.

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