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Trump formally recognizes Jerusalem as capital of Israel

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WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump has officially announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel amid warnings of potential unrest in the Middle East, and plans to relocate the American embassy.

In a speech at the White House, Trump said his administration would begin a process of moving the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is expected to take years.

“Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious — that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality,” Trump said in a pre-scheduled speech at the White House.

The US President admitted the move will cause dissent, but says it could help resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The status of Jerusalem — home to sites holy to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions — is one of the thorniest obstacles to reaching a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said adding: “While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.”

Israel considers the city its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all embassies based there while Palestinians want the capital of an independent Palestinian state to be in the city’s eastern sector, which Israel captured in a 1967.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Trump’s announcement as a ‘historic landmark’ and urged other countries to move their embassies in Israel to Jerusalem.

But,the Palestinians have said Trump’s move would mean the ‘kiss of death’ to the two-state solution, envisaging a Palestinian state in territory — the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem — that Israel took in 1967.

Ahead of Trump’s announcement, Washington’s allies in the region warned of dangerous consenquences.

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Warm clothes provided to elderly, disabled people of Gorkha

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GORKHA- Warm clothes have been distributed to elderly and disabled people at Bhimsen Thapa Rural Municipality-7 in the district.

The rural municipality provided clothes including blankets to 217 elderly people and 23 people with disabilities within the ward. The clothes distribution aims to help the people overcome chilling cold, said the ward chairperson Narayan Shrestha.

“Many people affected by the earthquake of April, 2015 have been living in temporary shelters. Mostly elderly and disabled people have been affected by cold. So the clothes we have provided will give a relief to them,” he said.

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