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Trump to order Embassy shift to Jerusalem despite world community warning

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Most of friends and foes oppose the move

US President Donald Trump is creating history on Wednesday when he formally recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and direct Department of State to begin process to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Announcement is expected at 1800 hrs GMT (23.30 IST).

Trump’s move comes at a time when world community, all regional countries, friends and foes have warned White House that it will undermine regional stability and affect the already tattered peace process.

Reports, quoting a senior administration official, from Washington, say that President will sign a waiver delaying the embassy move for another six months to comply with the law. The process is expected to take years before the embassy will really be shifted to the new address. Earlier he has signed similar waiver for once.

The US officials call the move “recognition of reality” as Jerusalem has been the seat of Israeli government. They have justified the move saying that the decision would have no impact on the boundaries of the future Israeli and Palestinian states as negotiated under a final status agreement.

According to CNN, the senior official who briefed the media persons on Tuesday, has rejected suggestions that the move would hurt the peace process. But he could not either offer any argument that it would help the peace process. He chose to counter the questioner saying that keeping US embassy in Tel Aviv, despite legislation calling for a move to Jerusalem, had not advanced peace process in more than two decades either.

“It seems clear now that the physical location of the American embassy is not material to a peace deal. It’s not an impediment to peace and it’s not a facilitator to peace,” the administration official said. “After having tried this for 22 years, an acknowledgment of reality seems like an important thing,” he added.

The decision to move US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by Trump administration is not only opposed by its traditional opponents in the region but their closest allies.

Spokesman for Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General told reporters in New York that he has “consistently warned against any unilateral action that would have the potential to undermine the two-state solution”.

The European allies, who are closer to the Israel-Palestine theatre have expressed equal concern about the US move.

EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini, who recently took clear stand against Trump’s decision to withdraw from Iranian nuclear deal, said “any action that would undermine” peace efforts to create two separate states for the Israelis and the Palestinians “must absolutely be avoided.”

German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel also warned that recognition of Jerusalem by US “as the capital of Israel does not calm a conflict, rather it fuels it even more,” and such a move “would be a very dangerous development.”

Meanwhile President Donald Trump called Palestinian President Mehmoud Abbas and other Arab leaders to inform about his intended announcement. The US president was warned by the regional leaders about the “dangerous consequences” it would have on the regional stability.

According to Nabil Abu Rudeina, the spokesman for head of the Palestinian Authority, “President Abbas warned of the dangerous consequences such a decision would have to the peace process and to the peace, security and stability of the region and of the world”.

Jordanian President’s palace statement says that King Abdullah II has told Trump that the move would have “dangerous repercussions on the stability and security of the region”. It further said, “Jerusalem is the key to achieving peace and stability in the region and the world”.

He also warned about the risks of any decision that amounts to be against final settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict based on the creation of independent Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem.

A statement issued by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has also cautioned US administration against “taking measures that would undermine the chances of peace in the Middle East”. He affirmed Egyptian position on preserving the legal status of Jerusalem with the framework of international references and relevant UN resolutions.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, who hosted Trump for his maiden overseas visit facilitating his meeting with more than 50 heads of states earlier this year, has told US, that “any American announcement regarding the situation of Jerusalem prior to reaching a permanent settlement will harm peace talks and increase tensions in the area”.

King Salman has reportedly further said, “Such a dangerous step is likely to inflame the passions of Muslims around the world due to the great status of Jerusalem and the al-Aqsa mosque”.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reacted to proposed US move by threatening to severe diplomatic ties with Israel. He said, “Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims. We implore the US once again: You cannot take this step.”

Palestinian Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said that the decision by the Trump administration will “[ignite] the spark of rage against the occupation”, and that relocating the US Embassy to Jerusalem “breaks red lines”.

Haniyeh called Palestinian Authority President Mehmoud Abbas and both leaders agreed to hold a mass protest on Wednesday in the occupied territories against the US move. It is the rare occasion when Mehmoud Abbas, who is considered to be a US ally by most observers has joined hands with Hamas for the anti-US protest.

Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul-Gheit has also warned the US not to take any measures that would affect Jerusalem’s current legal status. While speaking at a meeting in Cairo he said US decision is a “dangerous measure that would have repercussions” across the entire region.

Currently there is no foreign embassy in Jerusalem. World community does not recognise Israel’s jurisdiction over land and ownership of the city.

Meanwhile, Tehran based Press TV commented on the Saudi Arabia’s reaction to US move saying, “In an attempt to portray itself as a defender of the Palestinian cause, Saudi Arabia has joined a chorus of condemnation of a contentious plan by US President Donald Trump to relocate Washington’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.”

It reminded recent disclosure by Lebanese al-Akhbar newspaper about a secret letter from Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman putting forward “a plan to normalize ties with Israel despite “risks” of a public backlash.

There are no diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel. Some reports were published in Middle East that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has secretly visited Israel in recent months.

It has been difficult for Saudi rulers to balance between their projected image of being “the custodian of two grand mosques” and having ties with Israel. However, recently Israeli officials have declared about their relations with several Arab countries including Saudi Arabia. Egypt, Jordan and Turkey maintain diplomatic ties with Israel.[/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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