U.N. General Assembly rejects Trump on Jerusalem decision despite his threat

The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Thursday to rejects President Trump’s controversial declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump threatened to withhold aid in retaliation for a vote condemning his position.

The U.N. body voted 128-9 to declare Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void.” Thirty-five nations abstained.

The measure, drafted by U.S. ally Egypt, urges nations to support U.N. resolutions dating to 1967 — when Israel captured East Jerusalem from Jordan — that call for Jerusalem’s status to be decided through negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman names his son as first heir

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman promoted his son Mohammed bin Salman to crown prince on Wednesday, a surprise announcement that means the 31-year-old becomes the kingdom’s next in line to the throne.

The decision upends the royal line of succession in a key ally of the United States in the Middle East that President Trump visited in his first overseas trip as president.

As part of the move, King Salman stripped Prince Mohammed bin Nayef from his title as crown prince and from his powerful position as the country’s interior minister overseeing security.

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Trump denies his administration is in disarrray

U.S. President, Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday denied reports that his administration is in disarray, saying the contrary is true.

Mr. Trump said stories of “chaos’’ reigning in the White House as he builds his cabinet and stands up his administration are incorrect.

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Usain Bolt loses one of his nine Olympic gold medals

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The International Olympic Committee, IOC, on Wednesday announced that it had withdrawn the 4x100m gold that Jamaica won at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

One of Jamaica’s quartet, Nesta Carter, tested positive for methylhexaneamine.

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