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Oct25

Israel backs plan to make illegal settlement even bigger

By: Middle East Eye Source: Middle East Eye and Agencies Israel has approved the construction of 176 homes in east Jerusalem, paving the way for what will be the largest settlement inside a Palestinian neighbourhood of the city. The development will almost triple the size of the Nof Zion settlement, where there are currently 91 homes, in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Jabal Mukaber, south of the Old City which is currently home to some 14,000 Palestinians. The decision, approved by a planning committee, was announced by Jerusalem’s deputy mayor Meir Turjeman on Wednesday. It gives the go-ahead to the latest in a growing number of settlements in annexed east Jerusalem, which are illegal...

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Sep21

Trump calls for “strong and swift” action on the Rohingya crisis

By: Al Jazeera Source: Al Jazeera US President Donald Trump wants the UN Security Council to take “strong and swift action” to end violence against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims. Speaking at a Security Council meeting on peacekeeping reform, Vice President Mike Pence accused the Myanmar military of responding to attacks on government outposts “with terrible savagery, burning villages, driving the Rohingya from their homes”. Pence repeated a US call for the Myanmar military to end the violence and support diplomatic efforts for a long-term solution for the Rohingya, who are denied citizenship in a country where many Buddhists regard them as illegal immigrants....

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Sep17

Turkey’s Erdogan urges Muslim nations to help the Rohingya

By: Middle East Monitor Source: Middle East Monitor Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdogan Sunday urged Muslim countries to “use every means available” to stop the “cruelty” perpetrated against Myanmar’s Rohingya. “We want to work with the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh to prevent the humanitarian plight in the region,” he told the opening session of an Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in the Kazakh capital Astana. Erdogan said Turkey had offered aid and said he expected that Bangladesh authorities admit and help Rohingya Muslims fleeing the violence in Myanmar. “International organisations, and we as Muslim countries in particular, should fight together by using every means...

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