King Abdullah II of Jordan will meet Monday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, on his first visit to the West Bank in five years, officials confirmed Saturday
Mohammed Shtayyeh, a senior executive of Abbas’s Fatah party, told AFP the Jordanian ruler and the PA president would discuss “efforts to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, stalled since 2014.
The visit will last a few hours, another Palestinian official said.
This would mark the first time in five years that Jordan’s king has visited the PA, coming on the heels of a high-stakes standoff over metal detectors and other security measures at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and strained diplomatic ties between Israel and Amman.
Jordan was a key player in efforts to calm tensions after Israel installed metal detectors and other security measures at the Temple Mount following a July 14 terror attack there in which three Arab Israelis shot dead two police officers using guns they had smuggled into the holy site. The new Israeli measures prompted the Waqf Islamic Trust, which administers the site, to announce a boycott that devolved into nightly clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces.
Earlier this week, Abdullah announced that he would donate 1 million Jordanian dinars ($1.4 million) to the Waqf, which is funded by Amman.
As the Iraqi Kurdish leadership continues to battle Daesh in an effort to free Yazidis from captivity and liberate towns and villages, Sputnik takes a look at the city of Sinjar, which was liberated two years ago but where Daesh still haunts its people.
Heyri Bozan, a representative of the Yazidis in the Kurdish Regional Ministry for Religious Affairs, spoke to Sputnik in an interview about the liberated city of Sinjar, stressing that many Yazidi women and children are still prisoners of Daesh.
On August 3, 2014, Daesh terrorists captured the city of Sinjar in Iraq. In the next few days, the terrorists executed hundreds of Yazidi men and captured thousands of women and children. Many of them were taken to Syria.
Bozan said that over the last three years 3,092 Yazidis have been saved from Daesh but another 3,325 people still remain in the clutches of the terrorists.
“Daesh still holds 3,325 Yazidis in captivity. Most prisoners are women, girls and children. Yazidi men had been executed by the militants, whereas, women and their daughters have been sold,” Bozan said.
Daesh has been responsible for committing an ongoing genocide against the Yazidi minority group in both Syria and Iraq since August 2014. As a result, thousands of Yazidi men, women and children have been captured, killed, sexually enslaved and tortured by Daesh terrorists.
China has stepped up its rhetoric in an increasingly tense border row with India, hinting at the possibility of military action in a propaganda push that analysts are calling "genuinely troubling."
For more than a month, Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a standoff on a remote but strategically important Himalayan plateau near where Tibet, India and Bhutan meet.
On Thursday, Chinese defence ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang warned that Beijing had shown restraint but had a "bottom line."
"No country should underestimate the Chinese forces'... resolve and willpower to defend national sovereignty," he said in a post on the ministry website.
It is a line that has been echoed almost word for word this week by the foreign ministry, the official Xinhua news agency, the ruling Communist Party mouthpiece the People's Daily, the official military news website of the Chinese armed forces, and other outlets.
Wednesday, the foreign ministry released a 15-page document of "facts" about the border dispute, which included a map of alleged intrusions and photographs of what it stated were Indian troops and military vehicles on China's side of the frontier.
Calling for the "immediate and unconditional" withdrawal of Indian troops, it warned Beijing would "take all necessary measures" to safeguard its interests.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Thursday that India was building roads, hoarding supplies and deploying a large number of troops in the area.
"This is by no means for peace," Geng said.
Most are aware by now that North Korea has tested (successfully) another ICBM missile, and its nuclear ambitions are more concrete by the day. The mainstream media and the Obama administration are the creators of the public’s skepticism and denial regarding North Korea’s capabilities. The Obama administration consistently and deliberately downplayed the true strengths and capabilities of North Korea over an eight-year period. Such a downplay was further enabled by key press conferences in which members of the U.S. military’s command structure (specifically those serving in the Pentagon) were made to parrot the administration’s denial.
All the experts on the subject were marginalized and labeled either as “crackpots,” or just scoffed at with their opinions relegated to page A-14, just above a coupon for “Captain Crunch” and at the bottom of the page of the newspaper. The public bought it. They swallowed the pill offered by the government-media complex, and in their own narcissistic hubris, discounted the efforts of a “backwards” country such as North Korea to send a nuke to the U.S.
Special counsel Mueller gave Clintons a pass over foundation scandals tied to Russia’s purchase of U.S. strategic uranium