Jerusalem holy site shut for prayers after shooting — police

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Israeli police check the scene (center R) and surround a dead body where assailants fired shots toward Israeli forces on the Al Aqsa mosque compound in the Jerusalem’s Old City on July 14, 2017. (AFP)
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Israeli police check the scene where assailants fired shots toward Israeli forces on the Al Aqsa mosque compound in the Jerusalem’s Old City on July 14, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 14 July 2017

Jerusalem holy site shut for prayers after shooting — police

JERUSALEM: Israeli police declared Friday’s Muslim prayers will not be held at Jerusalem’s holiest site after two Israelis were critically wounded in a shooting near the site.
The ancient, marble-and-stone compound houses the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third-holiest site, and the 7th century Dome of the Rock. Thousands pray there every Friday.
Police were still checking whether the gunmen, who were reportedly killed by security forces, were Palestinian, a spokesman said.


US has missed opportunity to lift sanctions on Iran amid coronavirus: Rouhani

Updated 20 min 41 sec ago

US has missed opportunity to lift sanctions on Iran amid coronavirus: Rouhani

  • Rouhani said it was a good opportunity for the US to apologize and lift the "unjust and unfair" sanctions on Iran

DUBAI: Iran’s president said on Wednesday the United States had missed a historical opportunity to lift sanctions on his country during the coronavirus outbreak, though he said the penalties had not hampered Tehran’s fight against the infection.

“It was a great opportunity for Americans to apologize ... and to lift the unjust and unfair sanctions on Iran, Hassan Rouhani said in a televised cabinet meeting.

“The sanctions have failed to hamper our efforts to fight against the coronavirus outbreak.”