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Archive for May 13, 2018

Newsline: US makes Jerusalem Embassy move Monday

By moving its embassy to Jerusalem, the U.S. endorses Israel’s view that the city is its capital. Israeli control of the city has left many Palestinians struggling to remain in a city they call home. These are the countries that will attend the event together with a U.S. delegation that includes U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, who landed earlier today: Albania, Angola, Austria, Cameroon, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Kenya, Macedonia, Burma, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Serbia, South Sudan, Thailand, Ukraine, Vietnam, Paraguay, Tanzania and Zambia.

https://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2018/05/13/610729072/u-s-readies-to-open-jerusalem-embassy

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Newsline: Victims of Turkish Embassy brawl sue Turkey

Fifteen victims of last May’s brawl outside the Turkish embassy in Washington, D.C., filed a civil suit against the Turkish government, as well as two Americans and three Canadians involved in the skirmish, according to a press release. The victims, who were protesting Turkey’s treatment of ethnic Kurds when they were attacked by security forces working for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, accuse Turkey’s government as well as the five American and Canadians involved of “violations of international law and hate crimes, as well as assault, battery and false imprisonment.” The suit follows five other victims who filed a similar suit in early May, as reported by The Washington Post. Video of last year’s incident shows guards attacking the group of protesters, which according to the release included the elderly and children. Nineteen defendants, including 15 Turkish security officials were indicted on multiple charges last year. Nine protesters were sent to the hospital over their injuries. The two Americans named in the lawsuit, Sinan Narin and Eyup Yildirim of Virginia and New Jersey, respectively, were among the nineteen defendants last year and both plead guilty to assault.

http://thehill.com/policy/international/387350-fifteen-victims-of-dc-embassy-brawl-sue-turkey-two-americans-over