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US warned of ‘dangerous consequences’ of moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

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KATHMANDU — Many leaders in the Middle East, including Saudi King Salman, have warned the Unitesd States against moving the country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, saying it could jeopardize the peace process in the region.

Saudi King Salman told US President Donald Trump that any decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem before a permanent peace settlement is reached will inflame the feelings of Muslims, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Tuesday.

SPA quoted King Salman as saying that Saudi Arabia supported the Palestinian people and their historic rights and asserted that “such a dangerous step is likely to inflame the passions of Muslims around the world due to the great status of Jerusalem …”

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Likewise, “Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned of the dangerous consequences such a decision would have to the peace process and to the peace, security and stability of the region and of the world,” Nabil Abu Rudeina, the Palestinian president’s spokesperson, said in a statement.

Echoing Abbas’ comments, Jordan’s King Abdullah II also told Trump that such a decision would have “dangerous repercussions on the stability and security of the region”, according to a statement released by the palace.

Similarly, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has also warned the US against moving the country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, saying it could jeopardize the peace process in the region.

The decision, if acted upon, would threaten the ‘meaningful peace process’ and the two-state solution, Mogherini said during a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Tuesday.

“We believe that any action that would undermine these efforts must absolutely be avoided,” she stated.

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No country currently has its embassy in Jerusalem, and the international community, including the US itself, does not recognise Israel’s jurisdiction over and ownership of the ancient city.

Israel claims the city as its capital, following the occupation of East Jerusalem in the 1967 war with Syria, Egypt and Jordan, and considers Jerusalem to be a ‘united’ city while Palestinians have long seen East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

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Groom killed, bride injured in India’s Odisha as wedding gift explodes

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BHUBANESWOR — A newly married Idian man his 85-year-old grandmother in Odisha’s Balangir district were killed and his wife was critically injured when a gift that they had received for their wedding reception exploded on Friday, just five days after their wedding, police said.

Soumya Sekhar Sahu of Patnagarh and his grandmother Jemamani Sahu succumbed to injuries in a local hospital. His wife Reema Sahu has been admitted in a critical condition in a government medical college in Sambalpur district, local media reported.

The couple got married on February 18.

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According to Sahu’s nephew Dipak Sahu, the parcel, which did not have the sender’s name, exploded as soon as it was unwrapped, seriously injuring the couple and the Sahus’ grandmother.

Preliminary police investigations on Saturday revealed that the parcel,which weighed nearly 2.10 kg, was dispatched from Raipur in Chhattisgarh through the SkyKing courier service. The forensic and bomb squads during investigations found that the bomb was highly sophisticated and was an electronic explosive.

Sources said that such types of explosives are usually used by the Army or by terror outfits. Reportedly, such a type of bomb had been used in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

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