​Israeli groups reject UK govt claims they are damaging Palestinian peace process

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Elad, a right-wing settler group, and the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), an archaeological group, were responding to an accusation by British politicians that they were intervening in Palestinian areas of East Jerusalem for their own ends. READ MORE: Israeli settlers take Palestinian land, pretext of protecting historical sites – UK govt Speaking to the Independent last Monday, Conservative peer Baroness Joyce Anelay highlighted: “Radical settler activities in and around the Old City [is] under the guise of tourism and protection of Jewish history. “Such actions not only aggravate mounting pressures in East Jerusalem but serve to increase tension around the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif and further complicate future attempts to negotiate a political resolution on the city.” Both groups have since fired back at the claims. …

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2 ISIS-inspired women arrested for bomb plot in NYC – report

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The two women — identified as US citizens Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31, by the New York Times— were arrested early Thursday in New York, according to multiple reports, as part of a lengthy undercover operation waged by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. A New York Police Department official confirmed to CBS News shortly after that the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force made the arrests with the help of the NYPD, and a FBI spokesperson told BuzzFeed that the two women were arrested on charges of terrorism. READ MORE: US Army National Guard soldier, cousin arrested for conspiring to support ISIS Mike Levine, the ABC News journalist who broke the story, reported that a federal probe led authorities to believe the two Queens, NY women were radicalized by propaganda put out by the so-called Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. The Times reported that a complaint unsealed on Thursday suggests the women had been communicating with people affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula…

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EU antitrust to push against Google’s unfair competition – media

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The European Union’s top antitrust authority had asked companies that have complained in the past about unfair competition from Google, for permission to publish some confidential information, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. The move was regarded by antitrust experts as a strong indication that formal antitrust charges are being prepared. Search services such as comparison shopping sites, travel search engines and sites for finding local services are among those who complained. They claim Google has too much control over how Europeans access information over the internet…

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China proposes economic corridor with Russia and Mongolia

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“Setting up a trilateral economic corridor is one of the key points in the Chinese Silk Road Economic Belt initiative,” Wang Yi said at talks with his Mongolian counterpart Lundeg Purevsuren on Thursday, TASS reported. The idea coincides with the Eurasian transport corridor, which plans to include a high-speed train and road between Moscow and Beijing, and everywhere in between. “There is a huge area for cooperation existing between China, Russia and Mongolia. The construction of the China Mongolia-Russia economic corridor would connect China’s Silk Road Economic Belt to Russia’s transcontinental rail plan and Mongolia’s Prairie Road program,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement, Sputnik reported…

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‘Govts wash hands of asylum seekers’ lives’

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RT:The latest report by the Institute of Race Relations outlines what it describes as the ignorance of authorities towards migrants’ lives. How should these people be handled, as they turn up with no money and no plans? Liam O’Hare: This is a very clear fact that the authorities in the UK show a complete disregard for migrants and asylum seekers when they arrive there. And this report helps to illustrate that…

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Awkward! Greenpeace gloss over survey showing majority support for fracking

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The embarrassing statistic that 42 percent of people supported fracking, while only 35 were against the drilling technique, was placed in a footnote of the campaign group’s data. The survey published by the group was released in an attempt to rally support for the anti-fracking movement, but the figures they unwittingly discovered suggest support for the method of shale gas extraction is far more popular than government surveys have suggested. Only 24 percent admitted to supporting fracking in the latest Public Attitude Tracker survey from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, published in February this year. This survey notes that a similar proportion was opposed to the measure, and half were undecided…

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Russian attitude to the West still bad with tendency for changes – poll

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According to a public opinion poll conducted by the independent research center Levada in late March, 73 percent of Russians were negative towards the United States, whereas for the European Union the figure was 64 percent. Ukraine was the third-least-loved nation on 55 percent. Only 19 percent of Russians said they had a positive attitude to the US and just 25 percent expressed approval of the EU. Thirty-one percent said they had positive sentiments about Ukraine. …

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