Friday, July 28, 2017
facebook

google plus


Muslims enter Jerusalem holy  site for first time in two weeksPalestinians celebrate after prayers which were held outside the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, outside Jerusalem’s Old City. Reuters
Significant climbdown

Muslims enter Jerusalem holy site for first time in two weeks

Israel police confirm all security measures dismantled28 Jul 2017 | 1:28 AM

JERUSALEM:Palestinians ended a boycott and entered a sensitive Jerusalem holy site for the first time in two weeks today after Israel removed controversial security measures there, potentially ending a crisis that sparked deadly unrest.

[ + read story ]

Jerusalem, July 27 

Palestinians ended a boycott and entered a sensitive Jerusalem holy site for the first time in two weeks today after Israel removed controversial security measures there, potentially ending a crisis that sparked deadly unrest.

AFP journalists saw thousands of worshippers streaming into the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, for afternoon prayers. The site includes the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

A last-minute confrontation threatened to derail the planned end of the boycott as Israeli police were keeping one of the gates leading to the holy site closed.

The gate is where two Israeli policemen were killed on July 14, prompting the new security measures.

Police later opened the gate and Palestinians stuck to their plan to end the boycott.

A tense standoff had been underway between Israel and Muslim worshippers at the holy site despite the removal of metal detectors on Tuesday.

Newly installed railings and scaffolding where cameras were previously mounted were also cleared early Thursday, after which police said all new security measures had now been removed.

Muslims had refused to enter the compound and prayed in the streets outside after Israel installed the new security measures. Palestinians viewed the move as Israel asserting further control.

In response to the removal of the security measures, Muslim authorities called on worshippers to return.

Israeli authorities said the metal detectors were needed because the July 14 attackers smuggled guns into the compound and emerged from it to attack the officers.

Deadly unrest erupted in the days after the new measures were introduced, with clashes breaking out around the compound and in the occupied West Bank, leaving five Palestinians dead.

A Palestinian also broke into a home in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank last week and stabbed four Israelis, killing three of them.

Meanwhile, clashes erupted between the Israeli police and Palestinians at the sensitive holy site today as Muslim worshippers entered to end a boycott of the compound.  The Palestinian Red Crescent reported 46 persons wounded both inside the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, and in the immediate area. The reasons for the clashes inside the compound were not immediately clear. — AFP

Fate of site an emotional issue

  • The fate of the site is an emotional issue at the heart of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Even the smallest perceived change to delicate arrangements pertaining to the site sparks tensions
  • Israel’s decision to add security measures there outraged Muslim and triggered protests, and low-level clashes have continued in and around Jerusalem in the days since
  • The continued standoff highlighted the deep distrust between Israel and the Palestinians when it comes to the holy site
  • Jews revere the hilltop compound in Jerusalem’s Old City as the Temple Mount, site of the two Jewish biblical temples
  • It is the holiest site in Judaism and the nearby Western Wall, a remnant of one of the temples, is the holiest place where Jews can pray
  • Muslims believe the site marks the spot from which the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven. It is Islam’s third- holiest site after Mecca and Medina

Prime Minister Netanyahu in tough spot

  • The latest development could put Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a tough spot as he tries to tamp out a wave of unrest that has triggered international pressure while not appearing to his hard-line base as capitulating
  • A senior member of Netanyahu’s coalition government criticised Israel’s dismantling of the security devices warning it could spell more violence
  • Naftali Bennett, leader of Jewish Home party, said “every time Israel folds in a strategic way we get hit with an Intifada. You seemingly benefit in the short term but in the long term you harm deterrence”
In 2001, Musharraf ‘mulled using nukes’ against India

In 2001, Musharraf ‘mulled using nukes’ against India

28 Jul 2017 | 1:28 AM

DUBAI:Pakistan’s former military dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf says he mulled the use of nuclear weapons against India amid tensions following the 2001 terror attack on the Indian Parliament, but decided against doing so out of fear of retaliation, according to a media report.

Panamagate: Pak SC verdict today

28 Jul 2017 | 1:28 AM

Islamabad: The Pakistan Supreme Court will announce the Panama Papers verdict involving Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family on Friday, the courts registrar said on Thursday.

Girl raped in front of family on panchayat order in Pak

Girl raped in front of family on panchayat order in Pak

28 Jul 2017 | 1:28 AM

LAHORE:A 16-year-old girl was raped by a man in front of her family on the orders of the village council as a punishment after her brother was accused of raping the man’s sister in Pakistan’s Punjab province, police said today.

Trump donates part of salary to edu dept

Trump donates part of salary to edu dept

28 Jul 2017 | 1:28 AM

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has decided to donate his second quarter salary to the US education department to help American students get access to high quality education, the White House said Wednesday.

Japan’s main Oppn party chief resigns

Japan’s main Oppn party chief resigns

28 Jul 2017 | 1:28 AM

TOKYO: The head of Japan’s reeling main opposition party announced her resignation on Thursday, less than a year after becoming the first woman to lead the group.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is world’s richest manBy the way...

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is world’s richest man

28 Jul 2017 | 1:49 AM

NEW YORK: New York: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has surpassed Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates to become the world’s richest man on Thursday.

Amazon's Jeff Bezos becomes world's richest person

Amazon's Jeff Bezos becomes world's richest person

27 Jul 2017 | 10:58 PM

NEW YORK:Amazon founder Jeff Bezos today became the world's richest person, as a jump in the share price of the US tech giant enabled him to overtake Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Forbes magazine estimated.

Top US general says no changes yet to transgender policy

Top US general says no changes yet to transgender policy

27 Jul 2017 | 9:32 PM

WASHINGTON: The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Joseph Dunford, said in a written message on Thursday to military leaders that there has been no change yet to the military’s policy on transgender personnel, despite plans for a ban announced by President Donald Trump.

Clashes between Palestinians, Israeli police at Jerusalem holy site

Clashes between Palestinians, Israeli police at Jerusalem holy site

27 Jul 2017 | 9:02 PM

JERUSALEM: Clashes erupted between Israeli police and Palestinians at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site on Thursday as thousands of Muslim worshippers entered to end a boycott of the compound over new Israeli security measures.

Pak SC to announce Panama case verdict on Nawaz Sharif on Friday

Pak SC to announce Panama case verdict on Nawaz Sharif on Friday

27 Jul 2017 | 10:13 PM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Supreme Court will on Friday announce its verdict in the Panamagate case against embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family for alleged corruption, the top court's registrar said today.

Justin Bieber hits photographer with his car

Justin Bieber hits photographer with his car

27 Jul 2017 | 5:24 PM

LOS ANGELES: Pop star Justin Bieber has accidentally hit a paparazzo with his car in Beverly Hills. Beverly Hills Police Department’s Sgt Matthew Stout said the 23-year-old singer “fully” cooperated with officers who responded to the incident outside the Saban Theatre, on Hamilton Drive, reported Variety.

FBI arrests US lawmaker’s Pak-born IT aide for bank fraud

FBI arrests US lawmaker’s Pak-born IT aide for bank fraud

27 Jul 2017 | 3:54 PM

WASHINGTON: A top Democratic lawmaker’s Pakistan-born former IT aide has been arrested by the FBI on charges of bank fraud as he tried to leave the US, officials have said.

2 abducted Pak diplomatic officials rescued in Afghanistan

2 abducted Pak diplomatic officials rescued in Afghanistan

27 Jul 2017 | 3:33 PM

ISLAMABAD: Two abducted diplomatic officials of Pakistan’s consulate in Afghanistan have been rescued in an operation conducted by Afghan security forces, the Foreign Office has said.

Prince William leaves rescue pilot job for royal duties

Prince William leaves rescue pilot job for royal duties

27 Jul 2017 | 3:30 PM

LONDON: Britain’s Prince William will carry out his final shift as an air ambulance rescue pilot on Thursday to focus on royal duties full time.

Trump announces $10 billion Foxconn plant in Wisconsin

Trump announces $10 billion Foxconn plant in Wisconsin

27 Jul 2017 | 3:04 PM

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has said that Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn will setup a manufacturing unit in Wisconsin with an investment of $10 billion which will create over 3,000 jobs for Americans.

Russian indicted in US on charges of running bitcoin laundering ring

27 Jul 2017 | 1:47 PM

WASHINGTON: A Russian national suspected of being the mastermind behind a crypto-currency exchange has been indicted by a grand jury in California on money laundering charges, the US Justice Department said on Wednesday.

Venezuelan Prez Maduro lashes out at ‘insolent’ US sanctions

Venezuelan Prez Maduro lashes out at ‘insolent’ US sanctions

27 Jul 2017 | 12:18 PM

CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has branded US sanctions leveled at his regime as “insolent,” as pressure piled up on him abroad and at home over his controversial plan to elect a new body to rewrite the Constitution.

US Attorney-General to unveil leak probes soon: Reports

US Attorney-General to unveil leak probes soon: Reports

27 Jul 2017 | 3:23 PM

WASHINGTON: US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions plans to announce soon several criminal investigations into intelligence leaks, news outlets reported on Wednesday, as the country’s top law enforcement official faced mounting criticism from President Donald Trump.

Trump supports sanctions on Russia Iran, N Korea: White House

Trump supports sanctions on Russia Iran, N Korea: White House

27 Jul 2017 | 11:22 AM

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump and his administration supports the imposition of tough new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, the White House has said a day after the House of Representatives voted in favour of the move.

Spinning Ohio State Fair ride breaks apart; 1 dead, 7 hurt

27 Jul 2017 | 11:18 AM

COLUMBUS: A swinging and spinning amusement park ride called the Fire Ball malfunctioned and broke apart on the opening day of the Ohio State fair, hurling people through the air, killing at least one and injuring seven others.

Don’t blame Syria for gas attack without visiting site: Russia

27 Jul 2017 | 11:17 AM

UNITED NATIONS: Russia says the United States and its Western allies rushed to judgment and blamed the Syrian government for using sarin nerve gas in an attack on an Opposition-held town in Syria without ever visiting the site and ignoring two witnesses presented by Damascus.

Small plane misses cars but kills 4 aboard in Utah highway crash

27 Jul 2017 | 11:13 AM

SALT LAKE CITY: A small plane crashed on a Utah highway, killing two couples heading for a vacation but narrowly missing cars when it barreled across the lanes through a gap in traffic.

Former Japanese defence minister may replace scandal-hit Inada: Reports

Former Japanese defence minister may replace scandal-hit Inada: Reports

27 Jul 2017 | 11:12 AM

TOKYO: TOKYO: A former Japanese defence minister may be chosen to replace the embattled incumbent minister, who is under pressure due to a cover-up scandal that has reportedly also prompted the army chief to resign, media said on Thursday.

Chinese police detain 67 after protest in Beijing

27 Jul 2017 | 11:03 AM

BEIJING: The police in the Chinese capital have detained 67 people for disturbing social order after demonstrators gathered to stage a rare protest in Beijing, complaining that the government was unfairly targeting a charity.

Trump to nominate Kansas Guv as religious freedom ambassador

Trump to nominate Kansas Guv as religious freedom ambassador

27 Jul 2017 | 11:02 AM

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump intends to nominate Republican Kansas Governor Sam Brownback as ambassador at large for international religious freedom, the White House said on Wednesday.

Israel removes more security installations at sensitive holy site

27 Jul 2017 | 11:00 AM

JERUSALEM: Israel has removed more security installations from the entrance to a sensitive Jerusalem holy site after protests and deadly unrest in recent days, prompting Palestinian celebrations early on Thursday.

Tunisia passes Bill to ‘end all violence’ against women

Tunisia passes Bill to ‘end all violence’ against women

27 Jul 2017 | 10:58 AM

TUNIS: Tunisia’s parliament has passed a Bill designed to “end all violence against women”, strengthening protection and help for victims in a move welcomed by rights groups.

Saudi-led coalition blamed for attack on refugee boat near Yemen: UN

Saudi-led coalition blamed for attack on refugee boat near Yemen: UN

27 Jul 2017 | 10:56 AM

UNITED NATIONS: An attack on a boat carrying refugees off the coast of war-torn Yemen in March was almost certainly carried out by the Saudi-led coalition, according to a confidential UN report seen by AFP.

Israeli PM Netanyahu wants to expel Al-Jazeera for ‘inciting violence’

Israeli PM Netanyahu wants to expel Al-Jazeera for ‘inciting violence’

27 Jul 2017 | 3:22 PM

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he wants to expel Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera from Israel amid tensions over a sensitive Jerusalem holy site.

Trump donates second quarter salary to education dept

Trump donates second quarter salary to education dept

27 Jul 2017 | 9:17 AM

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has decided to donate his second quarter salary to the US education department to help American students get access to high quality education, the White House said on Wednesday.

US Senate rejects full Obamacare repeal without replacement

US Senate rejects full Obamacare repeal without replacement

27 Jul 2017 | 2:15 PM

WASHINGTON: The United States Senate has rejected a Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Health Care, popularly known as Obamacare which has been relentlessly criticised by President Donald Trump.

by the way...

UK to ban new petrol, diesel cars from 2040

27 Jul 2017 | 1:35 AM

London: Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars from 2040 as part of a plan to get them off the roads altogether 10 years later.

Spanish PM testifies in graft trial

Spanish PM testifies in graft trial

27 Jul 2017 | 1:35 AM

Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday denied any knowledge of an illegal financing scheme within his conservative People’s Party (PP) as he became the first sitting prime minister in Spain to give evidence in a trial.

Taliban kill 26 Afghan soldiers

27 Jul 2017 | 1:35 AM

KANDAHAR:At least 26 Afghan soldiers have been killed and 13 wounded in a Taliban attack on a military base in Kandahar province, the defence ministry said today, the latest blow to struggling security forces.

N Korea threatens nuclear strike on US

27 Jul 2017 | 1:35 AM

PYONGYANG:North Korea has threatened a nuclear strike on “the heart of the US” if it attempts to remove Kim Jong-un as Supreme Leader, Pyongyang's state-run news agency reported.

Trump bans transgenders from military, via Twitter

Trump bans transgenders from military, via Twitter

27 Jul 2017 | 1:35 AM

WASHINGTON:US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not allow transgender individuals to serve in the US military in any capacity.

US House passes new Russia curbs

US House passes new Russia curbs

27 Jul 2017 | 11:24 AM

WASHINGTON:The US House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to slap new sanctions on Russia and force President Donald Trump to obtain lawmakers’ permission before easing any sanctions on Moscow, in a rare rebuke of the Republican President.

No transgender people will serve in US military: Trump

No transgender people will serve in US military: Trump

26 Jul 2017 | 7:38 PM

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not allow transgender individuals to serve in the US military in any capacity.

UK to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040

UK to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040

26 Jul 2017 | 5:08 PM

LONDON: Britain said on Wednesday it will outlaw the sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040 in a bid to cut air pollution but environmental groups said the proposals did not go far enough.

US Muslims see friendly neighbors, but a foe in White House

US Muslims see friendly neighbors, but a foe in White House

26 Jul 2017 | 3:22 PM

NEW YORK: US Muslims say they have experienced widespread suspicion about their faith in the first months of Donald Trump's presidency, but also have received more support from individual Americans, and remain hopeful they can eventually be fully accepted in American society, a new survey finds.

US-based company to implant chip in employees’ bodies

US-based company to implant chip in employees’ bodies

26 Jul 2017 | 5:09 PM

NEW YORK: US-based tech company Three Square Market (32M) is offering its employees the option of implanting an RFID chip in their body which would serve multiple purposes.

Woman forced to carry child on lap sues US airlines

Woman forced to carry child on lap sues US airlines

26 Jul 2017 | 5:05 PM

HOUSTON: An Asian-origin teacher has decided to sue United Airlines as she was forced to hold her two-year-old son on her lap after the airlines gave away the toddler’s seat to a standby passenger, according to a media report.

At least 5 dead in building collapse in Nigeria’s Lagos

26 Jul 2017 | 2:18 PM

LAGOS: Emergency officials in Nigeria’s largest city say at least five people are dead after a residential building collapsed in Lagos.

26 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack on Kandahar base: MoD

26 Jul 2017 | 2:05 PM

KANDAHAR: At least 26 Afghan soldiers have been killed and 13 wounded in a Taliban attack on a military base in Kandahar province, the defence ministry said on Wednesday, the latest blow to struggling security forces.

  • SpectrumLabour’s love lost

    Labour’s love lost

    Why are Indians in Britain, gradually but perceptibly, moving away from the Labour Party? Suresh K, who holds a very senior position in pharmaceutical company in England, has an answer that’s breathtakingly simple: “Now we’ve got the money.”

  • A City of the past

    The chaotic streets and meandering lanes of the old city notwithstanding, the numerous ‘pols’ or neighbourhoods with clusters of centuries old houses in the walled city of Ahmedabad is celebrated for its vibrant living heritage.

  • Also on the big list…

    Unesco’s World Heritage List 2017 is out, with 21 new places receiving the prestigious accolade of being declared a Unesco World Heritage Site.

more Spectrum...
Will to volunteer

Will to volunteer

26 Jul 2017 | 12:34 AM
Quota norms for NETCareer Hotline

Quota norms for NET

26 Jul 2017 | 12:34 AM

Scholarship Roundup

26 Jul 2017 | 12:34 AM
newsboard

Anant Fellowship

26 Jul 2017 | 12:34 AM
more Jobs & Careers...