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KP govt spending Rs35b for providing missing facilities in primary schools

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has spent thirty-five billion rupees for the provision of missing facilities in primary schools of the province.A spokesman of the department told Radio Pakistan correspondent that these facilities include construction of ...

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GBLA to meet on Wednesday

The 23rd session of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) will be held in Assembly Hall in Gilgit on Wednesday.Speaker Fida Muhammad Nashad will preside.In the session legislation will be made on different matters besides deliberation on public ...

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Saudi Arabia bans transmission of any program insulting women

Riyadh (OIC-UNA) - Saudi Arabia's Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Awwad Saleh Al-Awwad has issued directives banning the transmission of any soaps or programs that explicitly or implicitly insult the Kingdom's women or any other segment of the ...

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Saudi Arabia bans transmission of any program insulting women

Riyadh (OIC-UNA) - Saudi Arabia's Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Awwad Saleh Al-Awwad has issued directives banning the transmission of any soaps or programs that explicitly or implicitly insult the Kingdom's women or any other segment of the ...

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China Warns Citizens in Pakistan of Possible Terror Attacks

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN China has warned its citizens in Pakistan to keep a low profile, saying it has received intelligence reports of plans for imminent terror attacks.The Chinese embassy in Islamabad posted the unusual alert on its website as Beijing ...

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US State Department Braces for Violent Fallout from Jerusalem Recognition

STATE DEPARTMENT The State Department has issued security warnings at scores of U.S. embassies around the world, bracing for protests or violence from President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. At the United Nations, American diplomats are preparing for a meeting Friday called by eight of the 15 Security Council members, including close U.S. allies Britain, Italy and France.

Reaction around the world has been almost universally critical of the decision, which marks a break from decades of U.S. policy.

France, Germany, Italy and Britain have all sharply criticized the decision, saying the status of Jerusalem should be negotiated within the framework of the final stages of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which have been suspended for the past three years.

In Vienna on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson defended the president's announcement, saying recognizing Jerusalem is simply a recognition of reality.

"The reality is Israel's government, its courts, its prime minister's office is all in Jerusalem today, so it is just an acknowledgment of what is the reality on the ground," he said.

Critics say that even though Israel's government treats the city as the country's capital, the U.S. decision to recognize it preempts peace talks for the broader Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestinians want an independent country with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Tillerson said the U.S. designation should not affect those negotiations.

"We think that the final status of Jerusalem should be a result of direct negotiations between two parties there, and I think we should do anything possible to avoid further escalation in the region," he said.

Tillerson sought to reassure those opposed to moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem that there would be no hasty action.

"As to the move of the embassy, the president has directed me and the State Department to undertake the process to begin an effort to move the embassy," he said. "We are not going to be doing that quickly. We have to acquire a site. We have to develop building plans. We'll have to construct the building. So this is not something that will happen overnight."

Violence, protests

Violent clashes erupted Thursday in the West Bank and Gaza between hundreds of Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops and street protests.

Fearing more violent protests, the State Department took the unusual step of updating a worldwide caution to U.S. citizens abroad:

"As terrorist attacks, political upheaval, and violence often take place without any warning, U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness when traveling."

The caution said U.S. government facilities worldwide remain in a heightened state of alert, and warned they may temporarily close or suspend public services. The U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, has temporarily suspended routine public services.

The U.S. Embassy in Amman has temporarily suspended routine public services. U.S. government personnel and their family members in Jordan are limiting public movements, including an instruction for children not to attend school on December 7, 2017.

� U.S. Embassy Jordan (@USEmbassyJordan) December 6, 2017

U.S. embassies in countries across the world issued similar security warnings.

Source: Voice of America

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