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Newsline: London emergency services carry out training exercise at Israeli embassy

A section of the Israeli embassy in London was cordoned off as emergency services carried out a training exercise to test their response to a hazardous substance incident – the first test of its kind at a foreign embassy in the capital. Police, firefighters and paramedics wearing biosuits took part in the “live-play” exercise near Kensington Palace in central London on Sunday, amid snowy and wet conditions. Around 50 members of the Royal Military Police Reserves posed as casualties and embassy staff, though actual staff members were not involved in the exercise. The test saw emergency service teams descend on the embassy in Kensington Palace Gardens, to rehearse their response to “casualties affected by a noxious substance”.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/10/london-emergency-services-carry-out-training-exercise-at-israeli-embassy

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Newsline: Palestinian diplomat praises protesters ‘who defend Jerusalem’

Palestinian protests against President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital drew praise from a top diplomat at the United Nations. “From this podium, I would like to commend our great Palestinian people who defend Jerusalem today in its neighborhoods, streets and places of worship,” Palestinian diplomat Riyad Mansour told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. Palestinian protests against President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital drew praise from a top diplomat at the United Nations. “From this podium, I would like to commend our great Palestinian people who defend Jerusalem today in its neighborhoods, streets and places of worship,” Palestinian diplomat Riyad Mansour told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/palestinian-diplomat-praises-protesters-who-defend-jerusalem/article/2642981

Newsline: Czech Republic denies embassy transfer to Jerusalem

The Czech Republic affirmed commitment to the European Union’s policy regarding the Palestinian issue and the status of the city of Jerusalem and denied media reports of embassy transfer. According to a statement issued by the Czech Republic foreign ministry, Jerusalem is considered by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Union as the future capital of two states, Israel and Palestine. The statement by the Czech Foreign Ministry stated that the Czech Republic had recognized West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel before the signing of the peace agreement and didn’t adopt the new American position, or the Israeli claim, of the whole of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “We did not formally consider it as the capital, so as not to preempt the solution that the two sides must reach,” the Czech minister said.

http://english.wafa.ps/page.aspx?id=HMpJhpa95529352116aHMpJhp

Newsline: Saudi Arabian Embassy Says The Buyer Of The Da Vinci Painting Is Not The Saudi Crown Prince

The embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington D.C. issued a statement on December 8 in response to a Wall Street Journal report that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was the true buyer of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, which sold at auction in November for a record breaking $450 million. The embassy says in its statement that the “art work was acquired by the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism for display at the Louvre Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.” Auction house Christie’s released a statement shortly after, corroborating the embassy’s version of the sale. “Christie’s can confirm that the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi is acquiring ‘Salvator Mundi’ by Leonardo da Vinci,” the statement read. “We are delighted to see that this remarkable painting will be available for public view at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/angelauyeung/2017/12/08/saudi-arabian-embassy-says-buyer-of-da-vinci-painting-not-the-crown-prince/#2f32d5783b50

Newsline: US top diplomat says embassy move to Jerusalem could take years

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says it will likely take several years before the United States opens an embassy in Jerusalem. Tillerson is holding a news conference with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris. He says it will “take some time” to acquire a site for the embassy, develop building and construction plans, obtain authorizations from the Israeli government and actually build the embassy. Tillerson says it won’t happen this year, and probably not in 2018. He also says Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital “did not indicate any final status for Jerusalem.”

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/latest-al-qaida-urges-attacks-us-trump-move-51664549

Newsline: Czech Republic Wants to Move Embassy to Jerusalem

The Czech Republic said Thursday evening that it supported U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement on Wednesday that his country unilaterally recognizes Jerusalem to be the Israeli capital. President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman stated that now that the American president “proceeded in accordance with his election promise,” he is “truly happy.” Zeman added that as he proclaimed during his visit to the Jewish state four years earlier, he “would appreciate the transfer of the Czech Embassy to Jerusalem, and had it happened, we would have been the first to do so.”

https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/1.827662

Newsline: Jordanians demand closure of US embassy in Amman

Hundreds of Jordanians have demonstrated in front of the US embassy in Amman, demanding its closure and the expulsion of the US charge d’affaires from Jordan in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. President Donald Trump issued a statement on Wednesday proclaiming the US decision and preparations to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Jordanian parliamentary political blocs, Islamist movements and independents had called for protests on Friday across Jordanian cities and in front of the US embassy in Amman in protest of the US decision. The US embassy in Amman issued a statement on Thursday suspending public services and limiting the public movement of its staff.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/jordanians-demand-closure-embassy-amman-171207170857947.html