OPINION | The Temple Mount crisis presents an opportunity to enact legislation on Jerusalem that may restart the peace process.
A bipartisan majority in Congress forced the Trump administration to swallow sanctions on Russia for its interference in the 2016 election. While the Trump administration continues to be distracted by the Russia scandal, it demonstrates that it is content sending inexperienced envoys to the region. Congress has an opportunity to enact meaningful legislation on the future status of Jerusalem that may restart the peace process.
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Yemen is currently witnessing “the biggest outbreak of cholera in the world”, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said today.”We arrived yesterday in Yemen, which is facing the biggest outbreak of the cholera epidemic in the world … and we will do everything in our power to promote a common response to the epidemic,” the UN official said.
Source: WHO: Yemen suffering world’s largest outbreak of cholera
Russia has admitted it has no proof the ISIS leader is dead, and US officials are in wait-and-see mode.
Source: Mattis thinks ISIS leader Baghdadi is alive ‘until I see his body’ – Business Insider
The strike hit Afghans who were in a compound that local media describe as a security outpost in a village that had come under attack.
Source: U.S. Airstrike Kills Afghan Police Members; More Than A Dozen Killed : The Two-Way : NPR
Victory is imminent in the heated battle for the remaining ISIS-controlled stretches of western Mosul, an Iraqi military spokesman said Saturday.
Source: Iraqi military says ‘victory is very near’ in Mosul – CNN.com
Police were chasing three suspected suicide attackers – one blew himself up after being surrounded.
Syrian state TV have released footage showing the aftermath of a car bomb attack in the capital Damascus.
The car exploded in Tahrir square in the capital’s east, reportedly killing at least 19 people and causing widespread damage.
Source: Syria conflict: Damascus bomber strikes after car chase – BBC News
After months of winding through the courts, the so-called “watered down,” revised version of President Donald Trump’s fiercely litigated travel ban will finally go in effect at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Who can’t enter the US?
The test for foreign nationals under the Supreme Court’s ruling is whether one has a “credible claim of bona fide relationship” with either an entity (like a school or a job) or a person living in the US (such as a spouse).
If you can’t sufficiently establish such a close relationship, you are banned for 90 days if you are from Libya, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan, and 120 days if you are a refugee from any country.
Source: Travel ban – CNNPolitics.com
As the Pentagon claims it has evidence Syrian forces were preparing a chemical attack, the U.S. is sending spy planes and an aircraft carrier to the region.
Source: U.S. Military Sending Warship to Israel, Spy Planes to Syria After Chemical Weapons Report
Saudi security forces said Saturday they disrupted a plot to attack the Grand Mosque at Mecca, home to the holiest site in Islam, just as the fasting month of Ramadan concludes.
There, police said they engaged in a shootout at a three-story house a suicide bomber, who blew himself up and led to the building’s collapse. He was killed while the blast wounded six foreigners and five members of security forces, according to the Interior Ministry’s statement. Five others were arrested, it said.
Source: Saudi says suicide bomber killed in foiled Mecca plot
Dozens of civilians and members of the security forces were waiting to collect their monthly salaries.
The car detonated in the parking lot of the New Kabul Bank in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, where dozens of people, both civilians and security personnel, had gathered.
The weekend marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and ushers in several days of celebration.
Source: Car bomb hits Afghan bank in restive Helmand province, 29 dead says governor