Netanyahu says Trump ‘bound himself forever’ with Jerusalem’s history

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech on Dec. 6, 2017. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
Updated 07 December 2017
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Netanyahu says Trump ‘bound himself forever’ with Jerusalem’s history

JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lavished praise on US President Donald Trump on Thursday for his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a deeply controversial move the premier had long sought.
“President Trump bound himself forever with the history of our capital,” Netanyahu said.
“His name will now be proudly displayed alongside other names in the city’s glorious history.”


Iraq’s top court ratifies manual recount of May ballots

Updated 19 August 2018
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Iraq’s top court ratifies manual recount of May ballots

  • The court decision paves the way for president to summon lawmakers to an inaugural session
  • Political wrangling over who gets to be prime minister will likely delay the process

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s top court has ratified the results of the country’s May parliamentary elections following a manual ballot recount ordered by the outgoing chamber following charges of irregularities.
The Federal Court’s decision on Sunday paves the way for the president to summon lawmakers to an inaugural session of the new, 329-seat house. In theory, parliament should then proceed to elect a speaker, a president and a prime minister, who will in turn form a new government.
However, political wrangling over who gets to be prime minister will likely delay the process for weeks, maybe months.
A coalition led by maverick Shiite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr won the largest number of seats, 54, followed by an alliance of government-sanctioned militias known as Hashed, with 47.