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Turkey President urges World leaders to recognize Jerusalem as Palestinian capital.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged leaders of Muslim nations to recognise Jerusalem as the "occupied capital of the Palestinian state". Addressing a summit of the Organization for Islamic Co-operation, he said the US decision to recognise the city as Israel's capital was "null and void".

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US ready for North Korea talks without preconditions

The US is ready to open nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea, without preconditions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said yesterday. His statement appeared to shift the US position away from previous demands that North Korea must first disarm. North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons technology has led to heavy US-led sanctions against the regime.

Ice Warning in the UK as commuters face delays

Commuters are facing difficult journeys in icy conditions across parts of the UK, following another night of sub-zero temperatures. The British Met Office has extended yellow warnings for snow and ice and has warned that driving could be "hazardous". Temperatures as low as
(-13) Celsius were recorded last night in Shawbury and Shropshire and was recorded as the coldest night of the year so far. The deep freeze also left thousands without power. There were 220 homes without supply in the West Midlands early today. Following a day of train delays, the British National Railways has notified travellers to check with train operators before heading out. It recommends that customers either cancel or change their travel plans.

A ‘Santa Clause race’ for charity in Spain

More than 7,000 people dressed as Santa Claus ran through the capital of Spain yesterday to raise funds for cancer treatment and research. Participants in the annual event raced five kilometers in central Madrid as light snow fell across the city. Some ran with their babies in carriages dressed in Santa Claus costumes. Some ran with their dogs in Santa outfits. Each runner donated one euro to a cancer research foundation. One runner was quoted saying, it is a very good way to start the Christmas season.

The UK's Brexit negotiator David Davis says the EU deal is not binding.

The UK's Brexit negotiator David Davis has described the deal struck by Theresa May to move to the next phase of talks as a "statement of intent". He said it was not "legally enforceable" and if the UK failed to get a trade deal with the EU then it would not pay its divorce bill.

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Farthest monster black hole found

Astronomers have discovered the most distant "super-massive" black hole known to Science. The matter-munching sinkhole is a whopping 13 billion light-years away. It is about 800 million times the mass of our Sun and has managed to grow to a surprisingly large size after the origin of the Universe. The newly discovered black hole is busily devouring material at the centre of a galaxy, marking it out as a so-called “quasar”. Quasars are among the brightest and most distant known celestial objects and are crucial to understanding the early Universe. This quasar is interesting because it comes from a time when the Universe was just 5 percent of its current age. At that time, the cosmos was beginning to emerge from a period known as the "dark ages", which was just before the first stars appeared.

California fire burns Bel-Air mansions as spread continues

Residents of Los Angeles' wealthy Bel-Air neighbourhood have found their homes under threat after another wildfire erupted in California. The so-called Skir-ball Fire destroyed several homes in the exclusive area, quickly spreading over 150 acres.

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Jerusalem is Israel's capital, says Donald Trump

President Donald Trump has announced that the US now recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, overturning decades of official US policy. Mr Trump described the move as "a long overdue step" to advance the Middle East peace process. The fate of the ancient city is one of the thorniest issues between Israel and the Palestinians.Israel called Mr Trump's move "historic" but there has been sharp international criticism.

US recognition of Jerusalem dubbed as a 'kiss of death' for Middle East peace process

An expected announcement by President Donald Trump that the US will become the first country to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital has been dubbed by the Palestinians as a "kiss of death" for the Middle East peace process. However, an Israeli minister urged other countries to follow the US lead.

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Trump's Jerusalem calls spark warnings from Arab leaders


Arab leaders have warned US President Donald Trump that moving the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem could have dangerous repercussions. Mr Trump phoned several regional leaders on Tuesday to tell them he intended to move it from Tel Aviv. Saudi Arabia's King Salman told the US leader that any such move would provoke Muslims around the world. The calls came amid speculation that Mr Trump could recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital today.

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