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Trump enrages Palestinians by cutting aid to UN agency for Palestinian refugees

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The Palestinians accused Donald Trump of “targeting the innocent” yesterday after the US announced it was withholding tens of millions of dollars from the UN agency which supports Palestinian refugees. The row is the latest public eruption between the White House and the Palestinians and the relationship between the two sides has all but collapsed since Mr Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last month.   The argument centres around the  the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which was created in 1949 to support Palestinian refugees and today gives aid to more than 5 million refugees in the Palestinian territories and neighbouring Arab countries.   The US has traditionally been the largest donor to UNRWA and last year gave $350 million to the agency (£254 million). The US had planned to give $120 million this year but announced this week that it was paying only $60 million and withholding the rest.   The State Department said there should be more “burden-sharing” of the cost of UNRWA and US officials said the agency needed to be fundamentally reformed.  Mr Trump complained on Twitter earlier this month that the US gives the Palestinians “hundreds of millions of dollars a year and get no respect. They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel”. ...peace treaty with Israel. We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have had to pay more. But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018 Chris Gunness, an UNRWA spokesman, said the shortfall plunged the agency into “the most severe financial crisis” in its 70-year history and warned that it could cause instability in the occupied West Bank and Gaza but also in Lebanon and Jordan.  “The potential consequences are nothing less than the stability of the Middle East. It could be catastrophic,” he said.   Hanan Ashrawi, a Palestinian official, said the decision showed the US “has no compunction in targeting the innocent”.  UNRWA is viewed with ambivalence in Israel. Politicians publicly lambast the agency, saying it perpetuates a victim mentality among Palestinians by passing refugee status from grandparents to parents to children.  Israel also accuses the agency of encouraging Palestinian refugees to believe they will one day be allowed to return to what is modern day Israel, something Israel will not allow to happen in any significant numbers. The UNRWA announcement came after a fiery speech delivered by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas But Israeli security officials privately acknowledge that the agency helps preserve stability in the West Bank and Gaza and provides services - like education and healthcare - that Israel might otherwise have to provide.  UNRWA said that for now it would be able to keep its schools and hospitals open but warned that services would have to be cut if more funding was not found. The agency plans to launch an emergency global appeal next week, asking states, charities and wealthy individuals for money.  Relations between the US and the Palestinians have been in free fall since Mr Trump ignored Palestinian and international objections and fulfilled his campaign promise to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.  Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said Wednesday he expected the US embassy would be moved to Jerusalem within a year - a faster timetable than the White House has suggested.   The US also closed down the Palestinian diplomatic outpost in Washington, a move that was deeply humiliating for Palestinian leaders.  The Palestinians have said since they will refuse to accept the US as a mediator in any peace talks. Palestinian officials are refusing to meet Mike Pence, the US vice president, when he visits Jerusalem next week.  The White House has intended to present a proposal for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in the spring as part of Mr Trump’s ambitions to seal what he has called “the ultimate deal”. It is no longer clear if the US will move ahead with releasing its plans. 

Tillerson says Trump "world class" at social media

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It is a question that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson faces constantly: how do you handle President Trump’s tweets?


Vivo Dual LCD Monitor Desk Mount Stand for $30 + pickup at Walmart

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Vivo via Walmart offers the Vivo Dual LCD Monitor Desk Mount Stand in Black for $29.99. Opt for in-store pickup to avoid the $5.99 shipping charge. That's $3 under our mention from a year ago and the lowest total price we could find by $23. It supports two LCD screens, each up to 22-lbs. and 27".

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Larry Nassar’s Victims Get Their Day In Court: ‘Little Girls Don’t Stay Little Forever’

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Larry Nassar, the disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State team doctor, listened to more than a dozen of his sexual abuse victims read impact statements in an East Lansing, Michigan, court on Tuesday.

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Californians launch bid to create new state after accusing government of 'failing' the people

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A group seeking to carve out a breakaway state called New California issued a declaration of independence that asserted California’s existing government had “failed in their oath of office, obligations, and responsibilities as representatives of 'We the People' to provide a republican form of government”. It accuses California politicians of “repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of a Tyranny over the Counties of New California”. “After years of over taxation, regulation, and mono party politics the State of California and many of it’s 58 Counties have become ungovernable,” the group said in a press release.

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More States: Austria V0.2

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More States: Austria V0.2
Second Working Version. Made Manpower accurate. Sources: Official State Websites from Austria


Golden State Warriors' Jordan Bell (ankle) exits vs. Chicago Bulls

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Warriors forward Jordan Bell left Wednesday's matchup in Chicago in the first quarter with a left ankle sprain. He was eventually ruled out for the remainder of the game.


Trump Was Not ‘Fully Informed’ in Campaign Vows on Wall, Chief of Staff Says

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John F. Kelly told Hispanic members of Congress on Wednesday that President Trump’s campaign promises have “evolved” on immigration.

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Tillerson signals deeper US military commitment in Syria

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled deeper U.S. commitment to Syria on Wednesday, saying America would maintain its military presence there to prevent an Islamic State resurgence.


See the Moment Nikki Bella Found Out She Was Going to Be on Dancing With the Stars

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Lace up those dancing shoes! Nikki Bella was given the amazing opportunity to perform on Dancing With the Stars last year. Even though it was a huge career opportunity for the twin, her...


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