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White House insists Trump has authority to block American companies from doing business in China

White House insists Trump has authority to block American companies from doing business in ChinaWhite House economic adviser Larry Kudlow asserted President Trump’s threat to block trade between private Americans businesses and China, saying he has “emergency economic power authority” to do so.



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Palestinian Authority Bans LGBTQ Organizing in West Bank

Palestinian Authority Bans LGBTQ Organizing in West BankThe Palestinian Authority has banned all LGBTQ political organizing in the West Bank in response to the news that a pro-LGBTQ advocacy group was planning to hold a gathering for its members at the end of the month.The ban, which was first reported Sunday by the Jerusalem Post, was issued in response to the organizing efforts of Al-Qaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society, a pro-LGBTQ political group that held an event last month and was planning to hold another in the coming weeks.Palestinian Authority police spokesperson Luay Zreikat said that LGBTQ events were “harmful to the higher values and ideals of Palestinian society” in justifying the ban. Zreikat also accused unspecified “dubious parties” of attempting to “create discord and harm civic peace in Palestinian society” through the group's events.In response, Al-Qaws, which means "the bow" in Arabic, argued that it is an organization that is firmly embedded in Palestinian society and does not seek to disrupt it.“The Palestinian police announcement about our activities is very unfortunate,” the group said in a statement. “It’s very strange that they are accusing us of being a suspicious entity working to take apart Palestinian society. Al-Qaws is a Palestinian organization that has been operating since 2001, and is carrying out educational and professional programs on sexual and gender diversity. We totally reject the attempt to create an atmosphere of prosecution and intimidation, as well as threats of arrest.”An unnamed member of Al-Qaws also told the Post that he and his friends have received hundreds of death threats, most of which were sent through Facebook.“The attack on us is unprecedented,” the man said. “They are calling us traitors and corrupt people and many are calling for our execution. We are afraid for our lives.”



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Trump administration expands deportation authority across US; ACLU promises legal action

Trump administration expands deportation authority across US; ACLU promises legal actionThe change is the latest move in the administration's attempts to crack down on illegal immigration.



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Arab ministers to discuss financial support for Palestinian Authority -agency

Arab ministers to discuss financial support for Palestinian Authority -agencyArab finance ministers will hold an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday to discuss helping the Palestinian Authority cope with a deepening cash crunch amid a persistent dispute with Israel over payments to families of jailed and deceased militants. The meeting comes ahead of a U.S.-led economic conference in Bahrain expected to call for a $ 50 billion global investment fund for the Palestinians, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon which the Palestinian Authority is boycotting. The Palestinian Authority sees the economic conference as an attempt to circumvent its demands for the creation of a Palestinian state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem as its capital.



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US aviation authority says no update on Boeing, probe continues

US aviation authority says no update on Boeing, probe continuesDespite a wave of countries grounding the Boeing aircraft involved in another deadly crash, US authorities on Tuesday said it would not make any decision until it has more evidence. Britain on Tuesday joined four other countries in banning the Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane from its airspace, and airlines in several other nations pulled the aircraft as they await the results of the investigation into the crash that killed 157 people in Ethiopia, the second accident involving that model in five months. “We continue to be involved in the accident investigation and will make decisions on any further steps based on the evidence,” FAA spokesperson Lynn Lunsford told AFP in an email.



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Sanders: We will listen to a much high authority than Ocasio-Cortez on the world ending

Sanders: We will listen to a much high authority than Ocasio-Cortez on the world endingWhite House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responds to comments made by freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about climate change and the end of the world.



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Egypt limits Gaza passage after Palestinian Authority quits border crossing

Egypt limits Gaza passage after Palestinian Authority quits border crossingThe dispute over the border stems from a rift between the Western-backed PA and Hamas Islamists who took control of Gaza more than a decade ago in a brief civil war. Human rights groups say Rafah has been the sole exit point from Gaza for an estimated 95 percent of its population of 2 million. Citing security concerns, Israel maintains tight restrictions on Palestinian movement at its border crossings.



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Palestinian Authority pulls employees from Egypt-Gaza crossing

Palestinian Authority pulls employees from Egypt-Gaza crossingThe dispute over the border stems from a rift between the PA, based in the occupied West Bank and headed by Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and the Islamist militant group Hamas, which took control of Gaza more than a decade ago in a civil war. Re-opening the Rafeh crossing, which according to human rights groups is the sole exit point from Gaza for an estimated 95 percent of its 2 million population, will require Egypt to agree on a new operator. It is unclear whether it will allow Hamas to run the passage.



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Australia's most populous state now entirely in drought as farmers given authority to shoot kangaroos 

Australia's most populous state now entirely in drought as farmers given authority to shoot kangaroos Australia's most populous state was declared entirely in drought on Wednesday and struggling farmers were given new authority to shoot kangaroos that compete with livestock for sparse pasture during the most intense dry spell in more than 50 years. Much of Australia's southeast is struggling with drought. But the drought conditions in the state of New South Wales this year have been the driest and most widespread since 1965. The state government said Wednesday that 100 percent of New South Wales' land area of more than 800,000 square kilometers (309,000 square miles) was now in drought. Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair said farmers were enduring one of the driest Southern Hemisphere winters on record. "This is tough. There isn't a person in the state that isn't hoping to see some rain for our farmers and regional communities," Blair said in a statement. Cattle on a dry paddock in the drought-hit area of Quirindi in New South Wales Credit:  GLENN NICHOLLS/AFP Farm reservoirs have dried up and crops are failing. State and federal governments are providing financial help, but not enough for many farmers. With dry conditions forecast to continue for the next three months, farmers had to decide whether to continue the expensive and laborious task of hand-feeding cattle and sheep or sell their livestock. The state government on Wednesday also lifted the number of kangaroos that farmers are allowed to shoot and reduced bureaucratic red tape facing land holders applying for permission to shoot. Farmer Clive Barton walking through the paddocks in the drought-hit area of Duri in New South Wales Credit:  SAEED KHAN/ AFP The requirement to tag dead kangaroos to keep a tally of the number shot across the state had been dispensed with. "Many farmers are taking livestock off their paddocks, only to then see kangaroos move in and take whatever is left," Blair said. "If we don't manage this situation, we will start to see tens of thousands of kangaroos starving and suffering, ultimately leading to a major animal welfare crisis," he added. A train makes its way through dry paddocks in the drought-hit area of Quirindi in New South Wales Credit: GLENN NICHOLLS/ AFP But Ray Borda, president of the Kangaroo Industries Association of Australia, which represents commercial shooters who hunt kangaroos for meat and leather, raised animal welfare concerns about the regulation changes. "Anybody on the land that will make a phone call to the Department of Environment can get permission to shoot almost whatever they want to shoot and it's unaudited and unchecked and that's our concern – animal welfare," Borda told Australian Broadcasting Corp. The government would have been better off subsidizing professional shooters to reduce kangaroo numbers more humanely, he said. "We see this as probably the worst possible outcome for the kangaroo, but I've got to emphasize we do understand the plight that farmers are in," Borda said. 



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With Israel embassy move US forfeits authority in the Middle East, says Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan 

With Israel embassy move US forfeits authority in the Middle East, says Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan  The United States has forfeited its authority to broker a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict and has become "part of the problem, not the solution", Turkey's president has said.  Recep Tayip Erdogan's comments were among the most strongly worded of a series of diplomatic protests as government around the world condemned Donald Trump's decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. The United States formally opened an embassy in Jerusalem on Monday afternoon, after Mr Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital last year.   Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner speaks at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem Credit: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Palestinian health officials said 52 people were killed and more 1200 injured by Israeli fire during protests against the opening of a US embassy in Jerusalem. Mr Erdogan, who is in London on a three day visit for talks with Theresa May, said the move could "ignite an even greater fire between communities." "With its latest step America has chosen to be a part of the problem, not a solution, and lost its mediator role in the Middle East peace process", he said in a speech at Chatham House  "We are rejecting once again this decision which violates international law and which is against UN resolutions," he said. Israeli security forces fire tear gas canisters over Palestinians near Khan Yunis, Gaza  Credit: Anadolu "The international community must do its part as soon as possible and take swift action to put an end to Israel's increasing aggression," he went on. In a separate statement, Mrs May called for "restraint" and criticized the move, but avoided Mr Erdogan's direct condemnation. "We are concerned by the reports of violence and loss of life in Gaza. We urge calm and restraint to avoid actions destructive to peace efforts," a Number 10 spokesman said.  "The prime minister had made her views clear in December that we disagreed with the decision (to move the US embassy). We believe it's unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region." Extremely saddened by loss of life in Gaza today. Concerned peaceful protests are being exploited by extremist elements. Urge restraint in use of live fire. Violence is destructive to peace efforts. UK remains committed to a two-state solution with Jerusalem as a shared capital.— Alistair Burt (@AlistairBurtUK) May 14, 2018 Alistair Burt, the Foreign Office minister for the Middle East, tweeted: "Extremely saddened by loss of life in Gaza today. Concerned peaceful protests are being exploited by extremist elements. Urge restraint in use of live fire. Violence is destructive to peace efforts. UK remains committed to a two-state solution with Jerusalem as a shared capital." But other governments took a much stronger line.  Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French foreign minister, called the embassy move a violation of International law and of the UN Security Council resolutions.  Referring to the day's violence, he said: "France calls on all actors to show responsibility to prevent a news escalation and calls on the Israeli authorities to exercise discernment and restraint in the use of force that must be strictly proportionate," he said.   Palestinians carry an injured protestor during a demonstratoin near the Shuja'iyya neighborhood of Gaza City Credit:  Anadolu Mikhail Bogdanov, the Russian deputy foreign minister responsible for Middle Eastern affairs, called the move "short sighted" and said the US was to blame for the "sharp escalation" of violence in Gaza on Monday.  The Palestinian Authority, which controls the West Bank but not the Gaza strip, called the killings a "massacre" and demanded an emergency meeting of the UN Security council  "If a similar massacre (by an occupying power) happens in any other nation, it would trigger a massive global outrage. Palestine should not be an exception" said Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the UN.  Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have also urged a UN emergency meeting.  Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human rights,  called the violence in Gaza "shocking" and demanded that Israel halt the use of live rounds.   “Shocking killing of dozens, injury of hundreds by Israeli live fire in #Gaza must stop now. The right to life must be respected. Those responsible for outrageous human rights violations must be held to account. The int'l community needs to ensure justice for victims,” he said in a Tweet put out by his office. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged "utmost restraint", saying "dozens of Palestinians, including children, have been killed and hundreds injured from Israeli fire today, during ongoing mass protests near the Gaza fence. We expect all to act with utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life" Iran, which is locked in a diplomatic and military confrontation with Israel over its presence in Syria, called it "a day of great shame".  "Israeli regime massacres countless Palestinians in cold blood as they protest in world's largest open air prison. Meanwhile, Trump celebrates move of U.S. illegal embassy and his Arab collaborators move to divert attention,"  said Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister.   



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