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US Face Worldwide Condemnation for Embassy Relocation



US Face Worldwide Condemnation for Embassy Relocation

US Administration headed by President Donald Trump was once again faced with worldwide criticism, both friends and foes coming together after relocation of its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem saying the move would ignite tension across the Middle East.

US opened its embassy in Jerusalem on Monday amidst presence of Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, both advisors of the President in White House, along with several senior US officials and dignitaries from several countries. However, more than fifty Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces who were protesting on the occasion of Nakaba day.

In the hours leading up to the inauguration, Israeli troops engaged in clashes with Palestinians taking part in mass protests on the Gaza border. The Israeli fire killed 59 Palestinian protesters and wounded dozens others. Monday was also the 70th anniversary of the Nakaba, or “catastrophe” day when Israel was created.

British government, in a statement on Monday, reiterated that PM Theresa May had no plans to move its mission to Jerusalem and still disagreed with the US decision.US Face Worldwide Condemnation for Embassy Relocation

“We disagree with the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital before a final status agreement. The British embassy to Israel is based in Tel Aviv and we have no plans to move it,” a spokesman for May said in the statement.

Another US ally France also spoke out against the US move, saying it violated “unambiguous” international law and UN Security Council resolutions.  French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called on Israeli government to act with caution in the use of force against Palestinian protesters.

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“France calls again for Israeli authorities to act with caution and restraint in the use of force, which must be strictly proportional,” Le Drian said.

He called on Israel “to protect civilians, in particular minors, and Palestinians’ right to protest peacefully,” and said, “It is urgent to reinstate the conditions necessary for the pursuit of a peaceful solution in a regional context already marked by high tensions.”

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated his country’s objection to the controversial US move, saying his country “has several times offered a platform” for talks on the status of Jerusalem.

The Russian top diplomat said, “We firmly believe that it is inappropriate to unilaterally revise the decisions of the international community in this way.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is travelling to London , said that the US had lost its mediator’s role by moving its embassy to the occupied territories.US Face Worldwide Condemnation for Embassy Relocation

While responding to a question during his interaction at London’s prestigious think-tank Chatham House, Erdogan said, “With its latest step America has chosen to be a part of the problem, not a solution, and lost its mediator role in the Middle East peace process. This decision… will increase tensions and ignite an even greater fire between communities.”

Moreover, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has also accused the US of sharing responsibility with Israel for a “vile massacre” along the Gaza border, during which dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire on Monday. “This is … vile massacre and we condemn it strongly,” he added.

Moreover, Bakir Bozdag, spokesman for the Turkish government has called for an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) this week. He also added that Ankara has recalled its ambassadors to Israel and US for “consultations”. Turkish government has also announced three day of national mourning in solidarity with Palestinians.

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Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, has lashed out at the US for taking an “illegal” action in moving its embassy to Jerusalem saying US President Donald Trump has become the epitome of anarchism and violence in the international scene.

Moroccan King Mohammed VI has also denounced Washington’s “unilateral decision.” He wrote to Palestinian President Mehmoud Abbas that he was “monitoring with concern” the US recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as the Israeli capital.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has voiced “strong denunciation” of Israel’s use of force against Palestinian civilians and said Cairo “totally supports the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, and first and foremost its right to an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

Jordan, the only other country besides Egypt to have peace treaty and diplomatic ties with Israel, has also denounced the US move as “clear violation” of the UN charter.

In a statement, Jordan also “condemned” a unilateral decision by the US president Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, despite Palestinian claims to part of the disputed city.US Face Worldwide Condemnation for Embassy Relocation

The Palestinian president Mehmoud Abbas, who had allegedly been working hand in glove with US and Israeli government till Trump’s Jerusalem move and facing opposition by Hamas for compromising the legitimate Palestinians rights, on Monday declared three days of mourning.

He condemned Israeli “massacres” along the Gaza border after the regime’s forces killed dozens of Palestinians during Monday’s clashes and protests coinciding with the opening of the new US embassy.

Abbas reiterated that “the US is no longer a mediator in the Middle East,” and the new embassy was tantamount to “a new American settler outpost” in Jerusalem.

Moreover, Nabil Abu Rdeineh, spokesman of Mehmoud Abbas further clarified, “With this step, the US administration has cancelled its role in the peace process and has insulted the world, the Palestinian people and the Arab and the Islamic nation and it has created incitement and instability.”

The Palestinian Hamas resistance movement, which was elected to govern democratically in 2006, has also vowed protests would continue.

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Khalil al-Hayya, a senior Hamas official said, “We say clearly today to all the world that the peaceful march of our people lured the enemy into shedding more blood.” He added that Hamas’s military wing “will not prolong their silence over the crimes of the occupation.”

Saudi Arabia based Al-Arabiya has reported that the Cairo based Arab League, dominated by US allies, has also announced to hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday and discuss Washington’s “illegal” decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Saeed Abu Ali, the organisation’s deputy secretary general for Palestinian affairs, said that the meeting will focus on “ways of countering the illegal decision by the United States to move the embassy to Jerusalem”.

He told the journalists that the permanent representatives of the member countries would meet “at the request of the state of Palestine”.

Saudi Arabia’s official Al-Arabiya newspaper reports that Israel considers the entire city as its capital, while the Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

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World Earth Day 2024: Google Doodle showcases aerial view of planet’s natural beauty

Google celebrated Earth Day 2024 with a special doodle featuring an aerial view of our planet’s biodiversity.



Google shared a doodle today to celebrate World Earth Day 2024, which showcased aerial photos of the planet’s biodiversity and natural beauty. Google reminded us of the importance of protecting planet earth for future generations with the help of this doodle.

The Google letters depict specific locations across the globe where people, communities, and governments work every day to help protect the planet’s natural beauty, biodiversity, and resources, according to the explanation of the annual Earth Day 2024 doodle on their website.

It said, these examples remind us that there’s much more to do to address the climate crisis and biodiversity loss, but also offer the promise of hope and optimism.

The islands of Turks and Caicos are represented by the letter “G.” The islands’ conservation efforts are concentrated on protecting important regions for biodiversity and addressing persistent environmental problems.

The largest reef in the southern Gulf of Mexico and a UNESCO biosphere reserve, Scorpion Reef National Park, is represented by the letter “O” in the Mexican flag.

The letter “O” features Iceland’s Vatnajokull National Park, which was designated as a national park in 2008 following decades of advocacy. The ecology within and surrounding the biggest glacier in Europe is safeguarded by this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The letter “G” has the Jau National Park in Brazil on it. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the biggest forest reserves in South America.

The Great Green Wall of Nigeria is represented by the letter “L,”  and the Pilbara Islands Nature Reserves of Australia are represented by the letter “E.”

Meanwhile, Earth Day is a worldwide event that promotes protection of the environment every year. April 22 serves as a reminder of the importance of conservation efforts and sustainable practices to guarantee a healthier world and a brighter future.

The occasion inspires people across the world to come together and take action to protect the environment, strengthening our bonds with nature and promoting good change.

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Bigg Boss 14 contestant Rahul Vaidya struggles walking in knee deep water, compares Dubai rains with Mumbai floods

Singer and TV personality Rahul Vaidya was recently stranded in the Dubai rains.



Rahul Vaidya, who was in Dubai ahead of his show which was scheduled to take place today, left the country due to heavy rains and reached Kolkata. The artist shared on social media his encounters in the UAE city, including challenges like walking through knee-deep water. Rahul provided an update regarding the heavy rainfall in Dubai on his Instagram profile.

The Bigg Boss 14 contestant revealed that he was in Kolkata and prepared to do an evening performance. Recalling the terrifying period he went through, Vaidya said there was a lot of confusion and panic in Dubai. The situation was similar to that when heavy floods hit Mumbai in 2005.

Vaiday also posted seval other images and videos of cars that were underwater and flooded roadways. The Bigg Boss 14 contestant, who shared his ordeal, claimed that even though it had just rained for two hours, the situation was dire.

In one of the video, which went viral he can be seen struggling in walking in knee-deep water. He can be also seen holding his sneakers in one hand and with other hand he was seen managing other things.

This is the result of the two hours of rain that it had, he can be heard saying in the video. Vidya also said he dosen’t believe Dubai is accustomed to a lot of rain. Everything had stopped working, he remarked.

After taking part in the first season of the singing reality show Indian Idol, Rahul Vaidya gained widespread recognition. In addition to Bigg Boss, he took part in Khatron Ke Khiladi 11.

Meanwhile, heavy rains that triggered flooding in the UAE and Bahrain, which left 18 people dead in Oman on Sunday and Monday, have paralyzed the financial hub of the Middle East, Dubai.

A lot of incoming flights were diverted from Dubai’s international airport because of the rain. At 7:26 p.m., the busiest airport in the world for foreign visitors stopped accepting new arrivals; a gradual resumption was announced for more than two hours later.

Images of planes navigating flooded tarmacs are making the rounds on social media.

According to pictures shared on social media, the flagship malls Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates both experienced heavy floods, while at least one Dubai Metro station had water up to the ankles.

There were several road collapses, severe flooding in residential areas, and numerous reports of leaks from windows, doors, and roofs.

Due to the unfavourable weather, schools around the United Arab Emirates were forced to close, and as more storms are predicted, the closures are anticipated to last until Wednesday. The government of Dubai allowed its staff to work remotely till this Wednesday.

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Dubai sky turns green during storm in UAE, video goes viral

The UAE witnessed record-breaking rainfall on Tuesday and the National Centre of Meteorology recorded 254 mm of rainfall in less than 24 hrs in the Khatm Al Shakla area in Al Ain.



1 person was killed in UAE as it witnessed heavy rainfall on Tuesday, stranding commuters, flooding roads, disrupting trains and flights and resulting in water leakage from mall ceilings. The UAE witnessed record-breaking rainfall on Tuesday and the National Centre of Meteorology recorded 254 mm of rainfall in less than 24 hrs in the Khatm Al Shakla area in Al Ain. It is being said that the rainfall was the highest documented since the start of data collection in 1949.

The heavy rainfall in UAE came days after a similar situation in neighbouring Oman, where 13 people were killed in flash floods. Many parts of Oman saw torrential rains, which caused students to be trapped in buses and swept away motorists and trapped people in their homes.

Videos from Dubai circulating on social media showed widespread waterlogging on roads in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and other important cities. This left daily commuters in cars and other vehicles struggling to get back home. Dubai metro station too was seen flooded and closed.

One such video circulating on social media shows the aerial view of the city of Dubai from the top of a building. In the video the stormy winds are seen blowing over the city of Dubai. As the storm intensifies the Dubai sky turns green and ultimately gets covered by heavy rainfall. The video has gone viral on social media with more than 1.1 million views.

Another video showed water leakage from the ceilings of shopping malls, flooding the floors and destroying goods. A video which was shot in the famous Mall of the Emirates, showed pieces of ceiling falling as the rainwater gushed inside. Videos from many outlets of the Deira City Centre mall chain showed escalators being rendered unusable. Majid Al Futtaim, the company which owns the Mall of Emirates, said that the shopping complexes have been kept open and the customers are being sent away from the flooded areas. 

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