Political Unrest
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Catalonia’s separatist parties retain majority in snap election

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/22/17, 10:43 am

Catalonia’s separatist parties on Friday maintained a parliamentary majority following a snap regional election set by the Spanish prime minister in a bid to quell calls for secession. The three pro-independence parties won 70 of the 135 seats in the regional parliament. The center-right Citizens Party earned the most seats, 37, but that didn’t give it enough to form a regional government. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative Popular Party won only three seats, down from its previous seven.

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Toward Jerusalem

Israel | With U.S. recognition of the city as Israel’s capital, dramatic realignments are underway
by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/14/17, 05:05 pm

The long unthinkable—a U.S. president recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel—has happened, and without the city or the Middle East imploding.

Following President Donald Trump’s Dec. 6 speech announcing his intent to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, protests broke out with some violence, but nothing like a new intifada with widespread casualties that pundits predicted and some Muslim leaders have worked for a week now to incite.

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Middle East protests turn deadly

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/08/17, 11:14 am

Deadly protests broke out in Israel on Friday against President Donald Trump’s plan to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed. The ministry said Mohammed Al-Masri, a 30-year-old Gazan, and another man died after they were shot during clashes between Israeli forces and protesters along Gaza’s border with Israel. More than 35 Palestinians sustained injuries, the ministry confirmed, including two serious cases.

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