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In world first, Indian airline crosses Saudi airspace to Israel

TEL AVIV: Air India launched on Thursday the first scheduled service to Israel to be allowed to cross Saudi airspace, a sign of a behind-the-scenes improvement in ties between the Arab kingdom and the Jewish state. Flight AI 139 landed at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport about 30 minutes after its scheduled arrival time of 1945 GMT. "This is a historic moment," Israeli Transport Minister Yisrael Katz told AFP on the tarmac as the Boeing Dreamliner rolled to a halt. "It is the first time that there is an official…

Trump ‘considering’ US embassy Jerusalem move: VP

NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump is "actively considering" moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, his vice president said on Tuesday, evoking a campaign promise that the administration had sidelined. Mike Pence made the remarks in a keynote address at an event in New York commemorating the 70th anniversary of the UN vote for partition of Palestine, which led to the creation of the state of Israel. "President Donald Trump is actively considering when and how to move the American embassy in Israel…

Obama waits impatiently for Bill Clinton to get aboard Air Force One

TEL AVIV/WASHINGTON: There can be only one person who can keep the President of the United States waiting. A former tardy US President who is short on time. The happened when President Barack Obama was seen waiting impatiently for former President Bill Clinton on Air Force One at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel after attending the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres Obama was seen standing just inside the doorway of the plane with his tie loosened, and waving at Clinton to get on the jet. "Bill, let's…

Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire as fighting rages

GAZA/CAIRO: Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday to halt hostilities and resume peace talks, but both sides kept up attacks, including an Israeli air strike which destroyed a residential tower block in the centre of Gaza City.