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Archive for June 12, 2019

Newsline: Trump’s Russia Ambassador Wants to Come Home

Donald Trump’s man in Moscow may soon be coming home. Jon Huntsman, who has served as U.S. ambassador to Russia since 2017, is expected to leave his job by the end of the year and is seriously considering a run for governor of Utah, according to sources familiar with the situation. (https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/06/huntsman-russia-utah/591247/) Huntsman’s potential interest in the governorship—which he previously held from 2004 to 2009—has been a point of speculation in Utah political circles for months. Earlier this year, both Salt Lake City daily newspapers reported that he might be eyeing the 2020 gubernatorial race. But Huntsman’s allies say the prospect has gotten more serious than many realize.

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Newsline: Palestine slams Moldova decision to move embassy to Jerusalem

The Palestinian foreign ministry has condemned the decision by acting Moldovan President Pavel Filip to shift his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “The decision is a flagrant violation of international law, international legitimacy and the UN resolutions,” the ministry said in a statement on June 12. (https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/palestine-slams-moldova-decision-move-embassy-jerusalem-190612134959410.html) The Moldovan decision came after a political crisis in the Eastern European country, which on June 9 saw the top court revoke President Igor Dodon’s powers and appoint former Prime Minister Filip as interim president. He then swiftly dissolved the country’s parliament and called a snap election to be held in September. Announcing the embassy move on June 11, Filip said the decision was “a long overdue commitment to support our allies” and that he wanted it to be respected “regardless of what happens after the snap elections”.