President Trump heralded the “dawn of a new Middle East”

President Trump heralded the “dawn of a new Middle East” yesterday and predicted that Saudi Arabia and half a dozen other countries would follow the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain as they formally recognised Israel. “We are here this afternoon to change the course of history,” he said as he opened the signing ceremony for the so-called Abraham Accords at the White House. He talked of how Israel and the two Arab states would establish embassies in each other’s countries and co-operate on tourism, trade, healthcare and security. “They’re going to work together,” Mr Trump said. “They are friends.” Washington, … Continue reading President Trump heralded the “dawn of a new Middle East”

The mayor of Brazil’s worst-hit city has described the hundreds of coronavirus deaths in Manaus as ‘a scene out of a horror movie’

The mayor of Brazil’s worst-hit city has described the hundreds of coronavirus deaths in Manaus as ‘a scene out of a horror movie’ as bodies are piled up in refrigerated trucks and bulldozers dig mass graves at cemeteries.  Mayor Virgilio Neto said his city was ‘no longer in a state of emergency but rather of absolute calamity’ after the daily death rate shot up from 20-30 per day to more than 100 because of the pandemic. Israel’s embattled health minister Yaakov Litzman has announced that he would step down, following a public uproar over his handling of the coronavirus crisis … Continue reading The mayor of Brazil’s worst-hit city has described the hundreds of coronavirus deaths in Manaus as ‘a scene out of a horror movie’

A top CIA chief who orchestrated the assassination of an Iranian general was killed when a US military plane crashed in Taliban territory in Afghanistan

A top CIA chief who orchestrated the assassination of an Iranian general was killed when a US military plane crashed in Taliban territory in Afghanistan, Tehran has claimed. The US has not yet commented on reports that Michael D’Andrea, who was involved in the hunt for Osama bin Laden and is nicknamed the “Dark Prince”, was on board the jet and among those killed. The plan is not expected to hold out any immediate prospect of a Palestinian state. It envisages the Palestinian Authority forgoing any right to military power and recognising Israel as a Jewish state. It is not … Continue reading A top CIA chief who orchestrated the assassination of an Iranian general was killed when a US military plane crashed in Taliban territory in Afghanistan