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Jewish visitors BANNED from Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day as tensions soar over Palestinian evictions & hampered Muslim pilgrimage - rt

Jewish visitors BANNED from Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day as tensions soar over Palestinian evictions & hampered Muslim pilgrimage

The Temple Mount, a site considered holy by both Muslims and Jews, will be closed to Jewish visitors as Israel celebrates Jerusalem Day, police have said, after scores were injured in Palestinian-Jewish clashes over the weekend.
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The Shadow Chancellor's departure comes as Sir Keir Starmer changes his top team.
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China to set up ‘line of separation’ at summit of Mount Everest to protect its climbers amid Covid-19 spike in Nepal

Covid-19 curbs have reached the top of the world, with China saying it will create “a line of separation” at the summit of Mount Everest to prevent contact between Chinese climbers and those ascending from coronavirus-hit Nepal.
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Brit award nominee Arlo Parks on the success of her debut album

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Scottish Conservatives leader Douglas Ross: “Of the two successive attempts for Nicola Sturgeon to gain a majority she has failed.”

We spoke to the leader of the Scottish Conservatives Douglas Ross.
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Sir Keir Starmer set to reshuffle Labour’s shadow cabinet after election losses

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Nearly 70 people, primarily female students, have been killed in an attack on a school in Kabul. The death toll is expected to rise, with many of the injured remaining in critical condition and some children missing.
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EU did not renew its order for AstraZeneca Covid-19 jabs beyond June, bloc’s vaccines boss says

The EU has not made any new orders for AstraZeneca shots beyond June, the head of the bloc’s vaccine task force has said. The EU has been at odds with the drug maker over sloppy deliveries for months.
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Street parties erupt in Spain as government lifts coronavirus curfew (VIDEOS)

Revelers thronged the streets of Spain’s cities on Sunday after its government lifted a six-month nightly curfew. Crowds danced, sang, and drank – but regional authorities are already planning on ending the party.
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The laser was also shone at two other workers.
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Dozens of people were injured overnight in Jerusalem as clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa Mosque amid anger over planned forced evictions in annexed East Jerusalem.
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Scientists warn of new tsunami threat which could strike coastal cities such as San Francisco with little warning

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US has ‘no closer ally, no closer partner’ than UK, says Antony Blinken

US has ‘no closer ally, no closer partner’ than UK, says Antony Blinken

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US secretary of state Antony Blinken met with Britain’s foreign minister, Dominic Raab, in London on Monday (Picture: AP/Getty)

The US secretary of state has said America has ‘no closer ally’ than the UK as he met with his British counterpart, Dominic Raab, to urge international unity against threats from the likes of China and Russia.

Antony Blinken hailed the ‘special relationship’ between the two countries, saying that the US has ‘no closer partner’ in the world than Britain, as Raab said he and Blinken see ‘eye-to-eye’ on Chinas challenge to their shared values.

Speaking after a meeting Britain’s foreign minister in London, on Monday, Blinken called for more countries to join UK and US efforts to defend open societies and ‘ruled-based order’ in China and Russia.

The US diplomat said he saw ‘an increasing demand and need for an agile cluster of countries that share the same values and want to protect the multilateral system’.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (L) poses for a photo with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken ahead of their bilateral meeting in London, Britain May 3, 2021 during the G7 foreign ministers meeting. Ben Stansall/Pool via REUTERS
Britain’s foreign secretary Dominic Raab with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken ahead of their bilateral meeting in London, on May 3 (Picture: Reuters)

Blinkens comments were made during the first meeting of G7 nations for two years, talks which will continue throughout the week, and also include diplomats from South Korea, Australia, India and South Africa. He said the fact the UK had invited those countries was ‘a sign that we can see a shift to a pattern of like-minded countries working together’.

Blinken explained how an allegiance of G7 nations is needed to defend threats from Beijing, including China’s repression at home and aggression abroad.

He said it was ‘not the US purpose to contain China, or hold it down’, and added: ‘What we are trying to do is to uphold the international rules-based order, that our countries have invested so much in over so many decades to the benefit, I would argue not just of our own citizens but of people around the world, including, by the way, China.

‘And when any country, China or otherwise, takes actions that challenge or undermine or seek to erode that rules-based order and not make good on the commitments that theyve made to that order, we will stand up and defend the order.’

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken hold a joint news conference at Downing Street following their bilateral meeting in London, Britain May 3, 2021 during the G7 foreign ministers meeting. Chris J Ratcliffe/Pool via REUTERS
Antony Blinken meeting with Raab was part of a larger meeting with G7 foreign ministers (Picture: Reuters)

Raab, meanwhile, said Downing Street and Washington see ‘eye-to-eye’ on Chinas challenge to their shared values. He also took the opportunity to urge Beijing to step up and do more to tackle issues like climate change.

He also said the door to international diplomacy was always open, but moved to warn Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, to end his ‘brinkmanship sabre-rattling on the border of Ukraine’. Raab also attacked Putin for ‘the cyber-attacks and misinformation and the poisoning of Alexei Navalny’.

While speaking about America’s ‘special relationship’ with the UK, Blinken did say Britain must protect the Northern Ireland peace deal, the Good Friday Agreement, which has come under threat from Britain’s Brexit negotiations with Europe.

Blinken also spoke to deny that the US had failed to consult its allies before decided to pull all US troops from Afghanistan, saying the decision had been endorsed unanimously at Nato.

He stated the US was convinced the decision was the right move.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, right, welcomes U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken ahead of bilateral talks as part of the G7 foreign ministers meeting near London, Monday May 3, 2021. Issues related to Iran are set to feature in talks later Monday between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his host in London, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. (Ben Stansall / Pool via AP)
Their pair said the US and the UK are the closet of allies (Picture: AP)

Blinken said: ‘We have made it absolutely clear that as we withdraw our forces from Afghanistan we will protect them and take decisive action in response to any attacks.

‘We have also been clear our forces are drawing down, but we are not disengaging.

‘We intend to be very active diplomatically in trying to advance a political settlement between the Afghan government and the Taliban.’

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