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Newsline: Trump says thinking ‘very seriously’ on Jerusalem embassy move

US President Donald Trump does not believe Israeli settlement growth in Palestinian territories is “good for peace”, he told a paper Friday, in his most direct comments on the matter since inauguration. In the interview published in Hebrew by the Israel Hayom newspaper, Trump also said he was thinking “seriously” about moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a move fiercely opposed by the Palestinians. Speaking to the newspaper ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington next week, Trump was quoted as saying he was “not someone who believes that advancing settlements is good for peace”. The international community considers settlements in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem illegal and says they risk destroying hopes for peace with the Palestinians.

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=81376

Newsline: Zimbabwe tells US Embassy “hang on a banana tree”

Zimbabwe has sharply criticized the United States for expressing concern about its human rights record, saying U.S. critics “can go hang on a banana tree.” Zimbabwe’s state-run Herald newspaper also quoted presidential spokesman George Charamba as saying U.S. Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. is “a leftover from a terrible era.” Charamba appeared to be referring to past U.S. administrations that have had testy relations with Zimbabwe. On Monday, the U.S. Embassy expressed deep concern about what it called the “continuing deterioration” of human rights in Zimbabwe.

http://www.newsmax.com/world/africa/af-zimbabwe-us-human-rights/2017/02/07/id/772334/

Newsline: US embassy in Iraq reports threat against Baghdad hotels

The U.S. embassy in Baghdad said on Monday it has limited the movement of its personnel after receiving “credible threats of possible attacks on hotels frequented by Westerners”. “As a reminder, U.S. citizens should maintain a heightened sense of security awareness and take appropriate measures to enhance their personal security at all times when living and working in Iraq,” an emergency security message for U.S. citizens on the embassy’s website said. It did not give details on the nature of threat. U.S. authorities advise citizens to avoid travelling to Iraq citing the risk of being kidnapped by armed political groups or criminal gangs and bombings by the group Islamic State.

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-us-embassy-in-iraq-reports-threat-against-baghdad-hotels-2314345

Newsline: Crowds gather in protest against ‘Muslim ban’ outside US Embassy in London

Thousands of people converged in London on Saturday for the latest Donald Trump protest. They gathered at outside the US Embassy before making their way down to Downing Street in protest at the immigration ban being imposed by President Donald Trump. It is the latest mass demonstration against the travel ban, which affects seven Muslim-majority countries in Africa and the Middle East. More than 11,000 people are estimated to have joined the demonstration outside the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair. The protest comes after airlines said they are allowing nationals targeted by the ban to board flights to America, after a US judge ruled the Executive Order, signed by Trump on January 27, was unconstitutional.

http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/crowds-gather-protest-outside-embassy-12557442

Newsline: US embassy in Iraq awaiting guidance on ban

The U.S. embassy in Baghdad says they are still awaiting guidance following news of a court order blocking President Trump’s ban on travelers from Iraq and six other predominantly Muslim countries. “We don’t know what the effect will be, but we’re working to get more information,” the embassy told The Associated Press in a statement, adding that embassy staffers have received a large number of phone calls and inquiries from Iraqis eager to see if the visa restrictions had changed. Iraq’s government spokesman says the prime minister’s office is also waiting for the “official position of the U.S. administration.” In a largely symbolic move, the Iraqi parliament called for a reciprocity measure last week increasing pressure on the country’s government as it attempts to balance Iraq’s alliance with the U.S. and powerful Iraqi political blocks with close ties to Iran.

http://www.nptelegraph.com/news/world_news/the-latest-us-embassy-in-iraq-awaiting-guidance-on-ban/article_918dec0d-3fb1-5c40-b59f-300bdeaf289a.html

Donald Trump’s undiplomatic diplomacy

President Donald Trump is quickly becoming the world’s most undiplomatic — and unpredictable — diplomat. Over the course of a week, he had a bruising telephone call with the leader of Australia, one of America’s closet allies. He complained to the Mexican President about that country’s “handling” of “tough hombres.” And Thursday evening, Trump’s administration warned that new Israeli settlement activity could potentially hamper the peace process, a new stance for a White House that’s remained adamant in its support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Throughout his campaign, Trump hailed the virtues of being unpredictable on the world stage. Much to the happiness of some of his supporters, he’s following through. But in the process, Trump is confusing much of the world. He’s also handing some leaders, such as those in the United Kingdom and Mexico, political headaches of their own after encountering Trump.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/03/politics/donald-trump-diplomacy/

Newsline: US Embassy in Dublin accused of ‘scaremongering’ over immigration protest

The US Embassy in Dublin has been accused of ‘scaremongering’ after it published warnings about a planned protest against Donald Trump’s travel ban. The ‘United Against Racism’ demonstration is scheduled to take place outside the embassy in Dublin at 6pm this evening. Hundreds of people are expected to attend the event, with the embassy advising the crowd “may exceed 1,000″. A notice on the embassy’s website says ”even protests intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence”. The embassy warns US citizens here to “avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations”. Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Mick Barry will address tonight’s protest, and claims the advisory is an attempt to warn-off American citizens from attending the protest. Deputy Barry described any suggestion of a threat of violence breaking out at tonight’s demonstration is “disgraceful”.

http://www.newstalk.com/reader/47.301/92212/0/