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Arabs, Europe, U.N. reject Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital


U.S. Vice President Mike Pence listens as U.S. President Donald Trump announces that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there, during an address from the White House in Washington, U.S., December 6, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque



LONDON (Reuters) - Arabs and Muslims across the Middle East on Wednesday condemned the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as an incendiary move in a volatile region and Palestinians said Washington was abandoning its leading role as a peace mediator.

The European Union and United Nations also voiced alarm at U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and its repercussions for any chances of reviving Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.

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Jerusalem: New warnings over US shift on city status

Israel sees Jerusalem as its indivisible capital but Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future state



French President Emmanuel Macron has told Donald Trump he is "concerned" the US leader could unilaterally recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Any decision on the contested city's status must be "within the framework of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians", Mr Macron said.

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Trump travel ban: Supreme Court lets restrictions take full effect

A woman wears a US flag headscarf as she participates in the #NoMuslimBanEver rally in Los Angeles in October



The US Supreme Court has ruled President Donald Trump's travel ban on six mainly Muslim countries can go into full effect, pending legal challenges.

The decision is a boost for Mr Trump's policy against travellers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

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Jordan urges US not to recognise Jerusalem as Israel capital

Israel sees Jerusalem as its indivisible capital but Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future state



Jordan's foreign minister has warned the US of "dangerous consequences" if it recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Ayman Safadi said he had told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson such a declaration would trigger great anger in the Arab and Muslim world.

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Bangkok photo: US tourists held for baring buttocks at Thai temple

Thai immigration police provided a handout photo of the two at the airport



Two US citizens are being held in Thailand after they posted an online picture of themselves posing with their buttocks exposed at a temple.

The tourists had taken the picture at Bangkok's famous Wat Arun temple and posted it on Twitter and Instagram.

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