Israel demolishes buildings 50 meters away from Al-Aqsa

Updated 08 February 2013
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Israel demolishes buildings 50 meters away from Al-Aqsa

Jerusalem: The Israeli government has been demolishing several historical buildings near Al-Masjid al-Aqsa. It was claimed that authorities plan to build a synagogue and a police station on the site.
The Israeli bulldozers began destroying the ancient building and archways on Wednesday morning, just a 50 meters away from the al-Aqsa Mosque, one of the holiest sites of Islam.
The al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage, released a public statement expressing deep resentment against the Israeli act. According to the foundation’s statement the demolition struck at historic buildings in the Old City. The Israeli authorities plan to build
a synagogue, a reception hall, an advanced surveillance and police station, a museum, several restrooms, and a new entrance which leads to the tunnels west of the Old City Wall.


Trump picks Navy veteran as top counterterrorism official

Updated 1 min 16 sec ago
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Trump picks Navy veteran as top counterterrorism official

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump is nominating a Navy special operations veteran to be the nation’s top counterterrorism official.
Trump announced Friday that he’s picked Joseph Maguire to lead the National Counterterrorism Center.
Since 2013, Maguire has been president and chief executive officer of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. His last government assignment was deputy director for strategic operational planning at the counterterrorism center where he was a member of the National Security Council’s counterterrorism security group.
Maguire, who is from New York City, retired from the Navy in 2010 as a vice admiral after 36 years in uniform. He has commanded every level of the Naval Special Warfare Command, the Navy component of the US Special Operations Command.
Russell Travers is currently the acting director of the center.