Palestinian president will not meet Pence: adviser: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will not hold a planned meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence following Washington’s controversial policy shift on Jerusalem, an Abbas aide said on Saturday. “There will be no meeting with the vice president of America in Palestine,” diplomatic adviser Majdi al-Khaldi told AFP. “The United States has crossed all the
Phones for urns: Hong Kong turns to virtual reality to honour ancestors: A lack of space for cemeteries in crowded Hong Kong clashes with the age-old Chinese tradition of reverence for one’s ancestors. But one entrepreneur uses virtual reality software to reconcile the two, allowing people to honour Confucian traditions of filial obligation in the territory where it can cost up to $ 130,000 to store the ashes
#NoRussiaNoGames: Twitter “bots” boost Russian backlash against Olympic ban: What began as a grassroots online campaign featuring a schoolboy has grown into a mass hashtag protest against Russia’s exclusion from the Winter Olympics – backed by what appear to be fake Twitter accounts and users connected to past pro-Kremlin causes. Many ordinary Russians are undoubtedly upset about an International Olympic Committee (IOC) decision to
Despite furore over Jerusalem move, Saudis seen on board with U.S. peace efforts: Saudi Arabia pulled no punches when it condemned President Donald Trump’s move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But Palestinian officials say Riyadh has also been working for weeks behind the scenes to press them to support a nascent U.S. peace plan. Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy on Wednesday with his announcement
Gay couples register weddings on day one of marriage equality: Same-sex couples hurried to declare plans to tie the knot on Saturday as Australia’s new marriage equality law came into effect, with wedding registry offices holding special hours for the first day of legalised gay unions. The historic bill finally legalising same-sex marriage came into effect barely 24 hours after its overwhelming passage through parliament.
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