Daily Archive: January 14, 2018

Jan
14

Trump to cut millions from UN agency for Palestinian refugees – officials

US officials say only $60m of $125m for UN Relief and Works Agency likely as compromise between Mattis and Tillerson and hardline UN ambassador Haley

Analysis: funding threat is even more dangerous than Jerusalem move

The Trump administration is preparing to withhold tens of millions of dollars from the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, cutting the year’s first contribution by more than half or perhaps entirely and making additional donations contingent on major changes to the organization, US officials said.

Donald Trump has not made a final decision but appears more likely to send only $60m of a planned $125m first installment to the UN Relief and Works Agency, said the officials, who were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

Related: Trump’s cut to funding for Palestinian refugees could lead to disaster | Mick Dumper

Related: Israel imposes travel ban on 20 foreign NGOs over boycott movement

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Jan
14

Is It Time for Netanyahu to Resign Yet?

A cloud of suspicion and scandal hangs over Israel’s prime minister. But that doesn’t necessarily mean he needs to step down.

Jan
14

Myanmar, Bangladesh meet amid doubts about Rohingya repatriation plan

DHAKA/YANGON (Reuters) – Hamid Hussain, a 71-year-old Rohingya Muslim farmer, first fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in 1992. He went home the next year under a repatriation deal between the two neighbors, only to repeat the journey last September when violence flared once more.

Jan
14

Saudi Prince Alwaleed in settlement talks with government: sources

DUBAI/JEDDAH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, detained for over two months in an anti-corruption crackdown, is negotiating a possible settlement with authorities but so far has not agreed on terms, a senior Saudi official said.

Jan
14

Exiled Cambodian opposition members set up new movement

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Foreign-based members of Cambodia’s dissolved opposition party have launched a movement to demand the release of its detained leader and to call for free and fair elections and possibly protests.

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