Guatemala is to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Central American country’s president has said.
In a message on his official Facebook account, President Jimmy Morales said that after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and due to the “excellent relations” between the two countries, he had told his country’s foreign ministry to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Mr Morales wrote: “Dear people of Guatemala,
“Today I spoke with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu.
“We talked about the excellent relations that we have had as nations since Guatemala supported the creation of the state of Israel.
“One of the most important topics was the return of the embassy of Guatemala to Jerusalem.
“So I inform you that I have instructed the chancellor to initiate the respective coordination so that it may be.
King Felipe VI used his traditional Christmas Eve address Sunday night to call on Catalonia’s newly elected parliament to renounce further moves toward secession from Spain.
“The way forward cannot once again lead to confrontation or exclusion that, as we now know, only generates discord, uncertainty, anguish,” the Spanish monarch said in a televised speech.
The king gave the address four days after regional parliamentary electionsresulted in separatist parties being voted back into power. Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, had dissolved the previous parliament after it voted in October to declare Catalonia an independent republic, but saw his hopes dashed that separatists would not regain a majority of seats.
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As the Syrian government maintainsits stranglehold on a besieged Damascus suburb, allies in Russia and adversaries in Turkey areconsidering plans to evacuate hundreds of civilians caught in a growing humanitarian crisis.
Moscow and Ankara are discussing the relocation of hundreds of people from Eastern Ghouta, Turkey’s President said, according to Russian and Turkish news reports.
Syria also is considering the evacuation of seven child cancer patients from the area.
The beleaguered suburban enclave of 400,000 near the Syrian capital is at a “critical point,” says the International Committee of the Red Cross, with reports of malnourished childrenand sick and injured people being trapped.
strong earthquake that shook the Iran-Iraq border region on Sunday killed at least 13 people, authorities and state media in the two countries said. The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.3 temblor was centred 20 miles (32 kilometres) southwest of Halabja, near the northeastern border with Iran.
In Iraq, officials said the quake had killed six people in Sulaimaniyah province and injured around 150.
“Four people were killed by the earthquake” in Darbandikhan, the town’s mayor Nasseh Moulla Hassan said.
Iraq’s Prime Minister says Iraqi forces are launching an operation to push Islamic State group fighters out of a patch of territory on the western edge of the country near the border with Syria.
Haider al-Abadi is announcing the push during a visit to the holy city of Karbala on Saturday during the Arbaeen pilgrimage that commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson and a central figure in Shiite Islam.
Iraqi forces retook Iraq’s border crossing with Syria earlier this month in a U.S.-led coalition-backed operation that involved Iraqi army units, Iraqi special forces and local tribal fighters.
All that remains from the so-called “caliphate” that once stretched to the edges of Baghdad are patches of territory along the Euphrates in the deserts of Syria and Iraq.
SHANGHAI — It was supposed to be a shining example of U.S.-China sporting cooperation and a chance for an elite group of students to learn from another culture.
But Saturday’s season opening Pac-12 college basketball game between UCLA and Georgia Tech was overshadowed by three players who weren’t even there, and by an entirely unwelcome learning experience.
Three UCLA players — including a younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie sensation Lonzo Ball — were stuck in a hotel more than a hundred miles away after being arrested this week for allegedly shoplifting from a store, or stores, in the lakeside city of Hangzhou.
Their teammates, seemingly unfazed by the holes in their squad, led for most of the game, and held off a late Georgia rally to close out a hard-fought contest 63-60. Both coaches praised their respective team’s fighting spirit, even if there was more effort than experience on offer in squads filled with rookies.
Sources in the traveling party said the three missing players would not be on board the plane when the teams fly back to Los Angeles Saturday night.
“It’s certainly very unfortunate and very disappointing to me as commissioner of the conference, when we’re guests in another country, guests of our partners, that any of our students should be involved in this incident,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott told a news conference before the game.
The United States and Russia released a joint statement on Syria Saturday, the Kremlin said, after President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met on the sidelines of an economic summit here.
The two men “confirmed their determination to defeat ISIS in Syria” and agreed to “maintain open military channels of communication” to ensure the safety of forces on both sides, a Kremlin-posted readout said.
The presidents also “agreed that there is no military solution to the conflict in Syria” and repeated calls for all parties to take part in the Geneva political process, according to the text of the joint statement published on the Kremlin’s website.
The U.S. has yet to release its own statement detailing the leaders’ discussion and the White House did not immediately respond to questions about the Kremlin announcement.
Trump has long expressed interest in working with Russia both to defeat ISIS and to help broker peace in civil war-ridden Syria. And though the two countries may find common ground on those subjects, the issue of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and intensifying investigations into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with the Kremlin still hang over the relationship.
Saturday was also not the first time Russia has beaten the United States on releasing descriptions of the leaders’ meetings or establishing its own early narrative out of those face-to-face conversations.
When the two leaders held a lengthy meeting in Hamburg over the summer, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters afterwards that Trump had accepted Putin’s denials about interfering in the 2016 election. Afterwards, a Trump administration official told NBC News Lavrov’s account was “not accurate” while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Trump pressed President Putin “on more than one occasion” on the meddling issue.
On at least one occasion, she claims, Dreyfuss exposed himself adding that he appeared to hope she would perform a sex act although he never actually requested she did so.
“It was like an out-of-body experience. I just tried to swiftly get out of the room. I pretended it hadn’t really happened,” she told Vulture.
“I kept moving because it was part of my job, and I knew he was, at the time, a very important guy, and certainly important to me.
“I trusted him. That’s what’s always so weird. I liked him. That’s part of why it’s so painful, because of the level of innocence one brings to these things. I felt responsible, that I must have indicated in some way that I was available for this.”
In a statement to Vulture, Dreyfuss admitted he had made mistakes in the past, but had never “exposed” himself. He also claimed that he was in no way an “assaulter.”
“I value and respect women, and I value and respect honesty,” Dreyfuss said.
“I emphatically deny ever ‘exposing’ myself to Jessica Teich, whom I have considered a friend for 30 years. I did flirt with her, and I remember trying to kiss Jessica as part of what I thought was a consensual seduction ritual that went on and on for many years.
“I am horrified and bewildered to discover that it wasn’t consensual. I didn’t get it. It makes me reassess every relationship I have ever thought was playful and mutual.”