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Shots fired at US embassy in Turkish capital, no casualties

Several gunshots were fired from a vehicle at the US embassy in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Monday, hitting a window in a security cabin but causing no casualties, police and broadcaster CNN Turk reported. The attack coincided with a deepening row between Ankara and Washington over the trial of a US pastor in Turkey. A police officer told Reuters at the scene the drive-by shooting occurred around 5 am (0200 GMT) and that nobody was hurt. The embassy was set to be closed this week for a public holiday to mark the…

Saudi Arabia ‘rejects’ US embassy transfer to Jerusalem

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian government on Tuesday said it opposed the US decision to relocate its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. "The kingdom rejects the American administration's decision to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem," the council of ministers said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA). "This step represents a significant prejudice against the rights of the Palestinian people which have been guaranteed by international resolutions," it said. "The government of Saudi…

Pakistan says opening US embassy in Jerusalem violation of int’l law, UN resolutions

ISLAMABAD: Expressing grave concern, Foreign Office of Pakistan on Monday said opening US embassy in Jerusalem was violation of the international law, United Nations resolutions. “Pakistan has noted with grave concern that despite calls by the international community to comply with UN General Assembly and Security Council resolutions on the two-state solution, US is moving its embassy to the Holy City of Jerusalem,” said the FO in a statement. “This represents a violation of international law and several United Nations…

Arab League blasts ‘shameful’ countries celebrating US embassy move

CAIRO: Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit on Monday blasted as “shameful” countries that are celebrating the opening of the US embassy in Israel in the disputed holy city of Jerusalem. “It is shameful to see countries participating with the US and Israel in celebrating the former’s embassy move to occupied Jerusalem in a clear and grave violation of international law and (UN) Security Council resolutions,” said Abul Gheit. Speaking in Cairo, where the Arab League is based, he called on all countries to “refrain from…

Tit for Tat: Pakistan also imposes Travel Restrictions on US diplomats

ISLAMABAD: Soon after following the implementation of U.S restrictions on Pakistani diplomats, the Foreign Ministry on Friday announced ‘reciprocal’ travel restrictions on U.S. diplomats. Pakistani authorities sent a letter to the U.S embassy in Islamabad notifying them about the travel restrictions on the movement of U.S. diplomats in the country. The restrictions on U.S. diplomats are applicable from Friday (today), according to the ministry’s notification. Other than travelling limitation, rest of the measures…

Police seek travel ban on US diplomat involved in motorcyclist killing

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad police have submitted a request to the interior ministry, to add the name of the US diplomat, involved in killing of a motorcyclist in capital city, in the Exit Control List (ECL). The request was made in relation to the diplomat’s reckless driving that resulted in killing of a motorcyclist while leaving the other severely injured. The deceased was identified as 22-year-old Ateeq Baig, a resident of Talhar village in Margalla Hills. An FIR was registered against defense and air attaché Col…

US to open Jerusalem embassy after two months

WASHINGTON: The United States said on Friday it will open its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May, a move from Tel Aviv that reverses decades of U.S. policy and is bound to trouble U.S. allies who have already objected. U.S. President Donald Trump announced last December that the United States recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, infuriating even Washington’s Arab allies and dismaying Palestinians who want the eastern part of the city as their capital. No other country has recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s…

American embassy in Saudi Arabia issues warning after attack reports

JEDDAH: The American embassy in Saudi Arabia Saturday cautioned its citizens after reports of an attack around the royal palace in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. Saudi news websites reported that security forces had foiled an attack around the Al-Salam palace that left the attacker and at least two Saudi Arabian guards killed. There was no official confirmation of the incident. Read More: US citizens warned of ‘terrorist attacks’ in Islamabad “Due to the possibility of ongoing police activity, American citizens are…

Suicide bomber kills four near US embassy in Kabul

KABUL: A suicide bomber blew himself up at a bank close to the heavily protected U.S. embassy compound in Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least four people and wounding several, the interior ministry said. The bomber hit the entrance to a Kabul Bank branch in the well-off area of Kabul, close to the main diplomatic quarter, ministry spokesman Najib Danish said. It was the latest explosion to rock the war-weary Afghan capital and comes a week after United States President Donald Trump committed American soldiers to…