Abbas warns against opening diplomatic missions in Jerusalem

Addis Ababa (UNA-OIC) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday called on the international community to refrain from opening diplomatic missions in Jerusalem.Abbas made the call before a galaxy of African leaders, who met in the capital Addis Ab…

Addis Ababa (UNA-OIC) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday called on the international community to refrain from opening diplomatic missions in Jerusalem.

Abbas made the call before a galaxy of African leaders, who met in the capital Addis Ababa on 30th Assembly of African heads of state and government.

“I call upon countries to refrain from opening any diplomatic representation in Jerusalem,” Abbas said in his trademark soft but powerful tone.

This came in reaction to the U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocation of Washington’s embassy from Tel Aviv to the contested city.

The U.S. move drew widespread condemnations from across the Arab, Africa and Muslim world and sparked angry protests across the Palestinian territories.

Abbas also urged nations in the world to refrain from recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

He hailed the African continent for consistent cooperation and solidarity with the Palestinian people in their cause and struggle to ensure their self-determination and their right to establish the state of Palestine.

Abbas also said the African Union and the Palestine administration have been cooperating in the fight against terrorism. The two sides have also had a platform in which they cooperate in the exchange of expertise in the fields of agriculture and health, he added.

The Palestinian president saluted Nelson Mandela, the late liberation icon, on his 100th year of birth.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

US government shuts down as budget talks falter in Senate

Washington (OIC-UNA) – The United States government officially shut down on Saturday, the first anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, after lawmakers failed to agree a stop-gap spending deal.Senators were still negotiating on the Senate…

Washington (OIC-UNA) – The United States government officially shut down on Saturday, the first anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, after lawmakers failed to agree a stop-gap spending deal.

Senators were still negotiating on the Senate floor as the clock turned midnight, but Trump’s office issued a statement blaming opposition Democrats for the crisis. In the late-night vote, Senate Democrats joined to block a bill that would have kept the government running for another four weeks. A flurry of last-minute negotiations failed to beat the deadline. Democrats have tried to use the Friday night funding deadline to win concessions from Republicans, including an extension of an Obama-era program protecting some young immigrants from deportation. The program is set to expire in March. Republicans sought more time for talks, but Democrats refused.

The shutdown is only the fourth government closure in a quarter-century. It will only partially curb government operations. Uniformed service members, health inspectors, and law enforcement officers are set to work without pay. Many of the immediate effects of the government shutdown will be muted for most Americans, as it comes on a Friday night.

Social Security and most other safety net programs are unaffected by the lapse in federal spending authority. Critical government functions will continue, with uniformed service members, health inspectors and law enforcement officers set to work without pay. But if no deal is brokered before Monday, hundreds of thousands of federal employees are set to be furloughed. The White House and Capitol Hill will be working with skeleton staffs, but some government agencies, like the Environmental Protection Agency, have said they were able to shift funding around to keep most workers on the job. National parks and federal museums will be open, but with potentially reduced services.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

OIC to hold emergency meeting on Houthi’s firing of ballistic missile toward Riyadh

Jeddah (UNA-OIC) � The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold an emergency meeting at the level of Foreign Ministers on Sunday, at the request of Saudi Arabia, to discuss the repercussions of Houthi militia’s launching of a ballistic missile toward the Saudi capital Riyadh. The Organization will hold a preparatory meeting at the level of the permanent representatives to discuss the draft final communique of the ministerial meeting.

OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen is scheduled to address the ministerial meeting, reflecting the Organization’s position on the repeated violations of Houthi militias against Saudi Arabia’s territory. On the other hand, the OIC Contact Group on Yemen will hold a meeting on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting to discuss political, security and humanitarian developments in Yemen.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

Jeddah (UNA-OIC) � The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold an emergency meeting at the level of Foreign Ministers on Sunday, at the request of Saudi Arabia, to discuss the repercussions of Houthi militia’s launching of a ballistic missile toward the Saudi capital Riyadh. The Organization will hold a preparatory meeting at the level of the permanent representatives to discuss the draft final communique of the ministerial meeting.

OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen is scheduled to address the ministerial meeting, reflecting the Organization’s position on the repeated violations of Houthi militias against Saudi Arabia’s territory. On the other hand, the OIC Contact Group on Yemen will hold a meeting on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting to discuss political, security and humanitarian developments in Yemen.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

Saudi Cabinet condemns Israeli plans to build more settlements in Palestine

Riyadh, (UNA-OIC) – The Saudi Council of Ministers condemned the Israeli decision to build more than 1,000 settlement units and offer tenders to build another 650 housing units in a number of settlements in the occupied Palestinian lands.Chaired by Cus…

Riyadh, (UNA-OIC) – The Saudi Council of Ministers condemned the Israeli decision to build more than 1,000 settlement units and offer tenders to build another 650 housing units in a number of settlements in the occupied Palestinian lands.

Chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday, the Cabinet described the Israeli decision as a challenge to the will of the international community and flagrant aggression against the rights of the Palestinian people to impose a status quo to prevent the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

US disappointed over Myanmar’s move to prosecute two journalists

Washington, (UNA-OIC) – The US State Department on Wednesday said it is “deeply disappointed” by the decision of the Myanmar Court that is allowing the prosecution of two journalists under the Official Secrets Act.”The media freedom that is so critical…

Washington, (UNA-OIC) – The US State Department on Wednesday said it is “deeply disappointed” by the decision of the Myanmar Court that is allowing the prosecution of two journalists under the Official Secrets Act.

“The media freedom that is so critical to rule of law and a strong democracy requires that journalists be able to do their jobs,” it said in a written statement on the prosecution of Reuters journalists Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27.

The department also reiterated its call for the journalists’ immediate and unconditional release. The two journalists, arrested in December, 2017 in Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, now face up to 14 years in prison.

Myanmar authorities claimed the journalists violated the country’s “Official Secrets Act” against espionage and the leaking of sensitive government information, mainly related to “Rakhine State and security forces.

The Official Secrets Act, which was introduced to Myanmar under British colonial rule, provides for the protection of state secrets and official information, related to national security.

Also in October 2017, a Myanmar court jailed two journalists working for a Turkish news channel, sentencing them to two months of hard labor after being arrested for possessing an aerial drone.

Over 656,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly children and women, have fled Bangladesh since August 25, when Myanmar’s forces launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim community in Rakhine state, according to the UN.

The refugees, described by the UN as the world’s most persecuted people, are fleeing a military operation in which security forces and Buddhist mobs have killed men, women and children, looted homes and torched Rohingya villages.

According to Doctors Without Borders, at least 9,000 Rohingya were killed in Rakhine state from August 25 to September 24.

In a report published on December 12, the global humanitarian organization said that the deaths of 71.7 percent or 6,700 Rohingya were caused by violence. They include 730 children below the age of 5.

The UN has documented mass gang rapes, killings — including of infants and young children — brutal beatings, and disappearances committed by security personnel. In a report, UN investigators said such violations may have constituted crimes against humanity.

Source: Interantional Islamic News Agency

US vice president to visit Egypt, Jordan, and Israel

Washington (UNA-OIC) � US Vice President Mike Pence will embark on January 19 on a five-day Middle East tour that will take him to Egypt, Jordan and Israel, but not Palestine, WAFA reported quoting Pence’s office as saying in a statement on Monday.

Pence will be in the region later this month and will address the shared need to combat terrorism and assist persecuted religious minorities, according to the statement.

Pence was supposed to visit the region in December, including a visit to Bethlehem and meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas. However, with Donald Trump’s announcement to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on December 6, the Palestinian Authority called off all contacts with US officials and said it would not meet with Pence, prompting a delay in the visit and a change in plans.

He will start his visit in Egypt, where he will stay for two days, before traveling to Jordan for one day and then end it in Israel.

The Vice President is traveling to the Middle East to reaffirm our commitment to work with the United States’ allies in the region to defeat radicalism that threatens future generations,” said Pence’s Press Secretary Alyssa Farah.

“The Vice President is looking forward to meeting with the leaders of Egypt, Jordan, and Israel to discuss ways to work together to fight terrorism and improve our national security,” she added.

Source: Interantional Islamic News Agency

Washington (UNA-OIC) � US Vice President Mike Pence will embark on January 19 on a five-day Middle East tour that will take him to Egypt, Jordan and Israel, but not Palestine, WAFA reported quoting Pence’s office as saying in a statement on Monday.

Pence will be in the region later this month and will address the shared need to combat terrorism and assist persecuted religious minorities, according to the statement.

Pence was supposed to visit the region in December, including a visit to Bethlehem and meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas. However, with Donald Trump’s announcement to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on December 6, the Palestinian Authority called off all contacts with US officials and said it would not meet with Pence, prompting a delay in the visit and a change in plans.

He will start his visit in Egypt, where he will stay for two days, before traveling to Jordan for one day and then end it in Israel.

The Vice President is traveling to the Middle East to reaffirm our commitment to work with the United States’ allies in the region to defeat radicalism that threatens future generations,” said Pence’s Press Secretary Alyssa Farah.

“The Vice President is looking forward to meeting with the leaders of Egypt, Jordan, and Israel to discuss ways to work together to fight terrorism and improve our national security,” she added.

Source: Interantional Islamic News Agency

OIC chief condemns brutal massacre of youth in Camasance, Senegal

Jeddah (UNA-OIC) – Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen strongly condemned the massacre of 13 young Senegalese and the maiming of several others, which took place on Saturday in the Bayotte forest i…

Jeddah (UNA-OIC) – Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen strongly condemned the massacre of 13 young Senegalese and the maiming of several others, which took place on Saturday in the Bayotte forest in the troubled southern region of Casamance.

Dr. Al-Othaimeen described the cowardly attack as an act of sheer barbarity carried out by gunmen against defenseless civilians, and called on the authorities to track down the assailants and bring them to justice.

The secretary general offered his condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the government and people of Senegal over the tragedy and reiterated the principled position of the OIC against the use of violence for any cause whatsoever.

Source: Interantional Islamic News Agency

Rangers arrest 6 criminals in Karachi

Pakistan Rangers Sindh has arrested six criminals including member of militant wing of MQM London during search operation in various parts of Karachi.Illegal arms, looted items and drugs were also recovered from them.Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistan Rangers Sindh has arrested six criminals including member of militant wing of MQM London during search operation in various parts of Karachi.

Illegal arms, looted items and drugs were also recovered from them.

Source: Radio Pakistan