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Palestinians warn Trump against Jerusalem embassy move

Palestinians oppose any changes perceived as legitimising Israel’s occupation [Ammar Awad/Reuters] The Palestinian president’s office and senior officials have warned of the potential destructive effects of any move denying their claim to occupied East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. The warnings comes as US President Donald Trump is due to decide as early as the next week whether to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Reports emerged on Friday that Trump could again delay moving the embassy, but recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that would rewrite long-standing US policy...

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Senate Republicans ‘have votes’ to pass US tax bill

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake announced his support for tax reform Friday afternoon [Bob Christie/The Associated Press] US Republicans in the Senate “have the votes” to pass landmark tax reform legislation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday afternoon. The plan, entitled the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (TCJA), changes individual income tax rates, lowering the top rate from 39.6 to 38.5 percent, while creating another tax bracket. Taxes are decreased for everyone except the lowest earners, which remains at 10 percent for those who make 0-$19,050 a year. {articleGUID} TCJA also cuts the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20...

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UN seeks $22bn for victims of war, humanitarian crises

The UN has launched a record appeal for $22.5bn to help victims of conflict and humanitarian crises around the world. From South Sudan to Syria and from Afghanistan to the refugees from Myanmar, conflict is the cause of human suffering. And in most cases these are conflicts with no end in sight. The UN says more than 135 million people across the world need aid. In terms of the numbers affected, Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. War has left more than 22 million people in need, with a severe food shortage and cholera crisis. In Nigeria, 14.5...

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Mueller’s Trump-Russia probe: What you need to know

Trump and Putin talk before a session of the APEC summit in Vietnam [File: Handout/Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Reuters] Former US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn became the fourth known person connected to the Trump campaign to be charged in connection to an investigation over whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.  The probe, headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, began in May to investigate any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of now-President Donald Trump.  So far, four people, including Trump’s foreign campaign manager and Flynn have been indicted.  Al Jazeera answers some...

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Is US foreign policy at a crossroads?

In just 24 hours, Donald Trump went from threatening to destroy North Korea to chipping away at the so-called US-UK special relationship. It has been a week of tough talk and miscommunication by the White House. Donald Trump promised to handle the situation in North Korea after its latest missile test. But he was silent on exactly what that meant. Several hours later, Trump faced a backlash for retweeting anti-Muslim videos from a far-right group in Britain. Theresa May, UK prime minister, condemned Trump for the tweets. Nearly two million people have signed a petition calling on May to...

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