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Jerusalem is Israel's capital, says Donald Trump

Media playback is unsupported on your device President Donald Trump has announced that the US now recognises 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 president said the US would support a two-state solution, if approved by both the Israelis and the Palestinians. Ahead of the decision, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned of “dangerous consequences”. Latest updates Speaking at the White House, Mr Trump said he had…

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US to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital in world first

US President Donald Trump will unilaterally recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, senior administration officials say. But the officials said Mr Trump would not immediately move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The news comes ahead of an expected speech by Mr Trump on Wednesday. Arab leaders earlier warned against moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, with one saying this would be “a flagrant provocation to Muslims”. Israel has always regarded Jerusalem as its capital city, while the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a…

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The Look: The Rhythm of Colombia’s Salsa Capital

Advertisement Style Supported by the look The Rhythm of Colombia’s Salsa Capital In Cali, dancing can start as early as the afternoon, and the energy never lets up. ImageA couple salsa dancing at Viejoteca Pardo Llada.CreditRose Marie Cromwell for The New York Times Two kinds of dancers pack the salsa clubs of Cali, Colombia. There are the purists, who like to keep their footwork on the ground, the way salsa was first danced in the 1970s. Then there are the more daring — typically younger — provocateurs, who incorporate demanding…

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News: Paris Convention Centre brings world-beating facilities to French capital

Paris Convention Centre has been inaugurated in the presence of Valérie Pécresse, president of the Île-de-France Regional Council, Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, and Michel Cadot, prefect of police for Paris. The centre is located within the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition complex, which is undergoing a ten-year renovation project (2015–2025). It is the result of an extraordinary architectural effort, and was designed to host the very biggest international conferences. With Europe’s largest conference centre, Paris will stay at the forefront of the business tourism market and retain its…

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Brexit 'bombshell' for UK's European Capital of Culture 2023 plans

The European Commission has cancelled the UK’s turn to host the European Capital of Culture after Brexit – sparking dismay in the UK arts scene. Five places have already bid to hold the title in 2023 – Dundee, Nottingham, Leeds, Milton Keynes and Belfast/Derry. But the Commission has said the UK will no longer be eligible to have a host city after it leaves the EU in 2019. The Creative Industries Federation said it was “gutted” and the UK government said it “disagrees” with the move. The title of European…

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Explosions rock Somali capital

Somali capital rocked by two explosions in quick succession, two weeks after huge bomb killed more than 350 people This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. Let’s block ads! (Why?) BBC News – Home

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UK cities bid to be European Capital of Culture – despite Brexit

Five British locations have bid to be named European Capital of Culture in 2023 – despite the fact the UK will have left the European Union by then. Dundee, Leeds, Nottingham and Milton Keynes are in the race, while Belfast and Londonderry have made a joint bid. The UK government said it was “part of our plan for a dynamic, outward-looking and global Britain” post-Brexit. But it has warned bidders that the contest “may be subject to the outcome of those exit negotiations”. Three non-EU cities have previously held the…

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