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Israel raises threshold to cede parts of Jerusalem, in peace deal

Israel set a higher threshold today for any future vote on ceding parts of Jerusalem to the Palestinians. The amendment to existing legislation passed by the Israeli parliament, raised from 61 to 80, the number of votes that would be required in the 120-seat Knesset, to approve any proposal to hand over part of the city to a ‘foreign party’. The amendment, long in the legislative pipeline, comes less than a month after US President Donald Trump angered the Palestinians, Middle East leaders and world powers by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
US negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians have been frozen since 2014.

Women launch campaign to fight sexual harassment

More than 300 actresses, writers and directors have launched a project to help fight sexual harassment in the film industry and other workplaces. The initiative, which is called Time's Up, was announced via a full-page advert printed in the New York Times.


China rejects Trump accusation on North Korea sanction breaches

China rejected accusations that it had helped Pyongyang skirt sanctions, after US President Donald Trump claimed on Twitter, that Beijing was turning a blind eye to oil transfers to North Korea. However, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Hua Chunying said China had looked into the report of a Chinese ship transferring oil to a North Korean vessel and found it to be inaccurate. She added that there is no record of the said Chinese vessel visiting a Chinese port, since August. She opined that making 'pointless hype' through the media will not be conducive to enhancing mutual trust and cooperation.

George Weah elected Liberian president

Former footballer George Weah is set to become Liberia's next president. With most ballots from Tuesday's run-off vote counted, Mr Weah is well ahead of opponent Joseph Boakai. It is Liberia's first democratic handover in decades. The former football star's campaign appealed to the youth vote, while incumbent Vice President Mr Boakai was seen as 'old and out of touch'.

‘Triple Talaq Bill’ introduced in India's Lok Sabha

The Protection of Rights on Marriages Bill 2017, popularly known as the "Muslim Women Bill", was introduced in the Indian Lok Sabha, today. The bill aims to protect the rights of married Muslim women by prohibiting 'triple talaq' or ‘instant divorce’. Introducing the bill, the Indian Minister of Law, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, the bill has nothing to do with worship and belief of any religion, but relates to justice and dignity of Muslim women.


Medical evacuations begin from besieged Syrian rebel bastion

Medical evacuations have begun in a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus. In a tweet, The Red Cross has said that "critical" patients were being moved from the eastern Ghouta area, to the capital. There are more than 130 children needing urgent medical treatment. Nearly 12 percent of the children in Eastern Ghouta are suffering from acute malnutrition.

China and Pakistan have agreed to step up cooperation

China and Pakistan have agreed to step up cooperation with Afghanistan amid the country's deteriorating security situation. On Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in Beijing with his Afghan and Pakistani counterparts, Salahuddin Rabbani and Khawaja Muhammad Asif. Wang said they agreed to strengthen cooperation in peace negotiations, national rebuilding and other issues.

North Korea missile developers hit by US sanctions

The US has placed sanctions on two North Korean officials it says have led the development of nuclear missiles. The US treasury named the two men as Kim Jong-sik and Ri Pyong-chol, and said both were "key leaders" of North Korea's ballistic missile programme.


First ever hybrid bird species from the Amazon, discovered

Scientists have discovered the first known hybrid bird species to be found in the Amazon Rainforest. It is a golden-crowned Manakin with yellow feathers. A hybrid species forms when two parental species mate to produce a hybrid population, which then stops being able to interbreed with the parental species. In this case the two parents are; the Snow-Capped Manakin, named for its bright snowy-white crown feathers and the Opal-Crowned Manakin, named for its brilliant iridescent crown feathers. While hybrid plant species are very common, hybrid species among vertebrates are exceedingly rare.

Japanese Foreign Minister meets with Israeli, Palestinian leaders

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has visited Jerusalem and the West Bank to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. In a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he said that Japan hopes to improve them further. Kono later met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank.

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