No talks with US until Jerusalem move reversed: Palestinian official Jan 31, 2018 0 164 12345 AFPRamallahThe Palestinians' top negotiator said on Tuesday there could be no discussions with US President Donald Trump's administration until his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital is reversed.Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation and the Palestinians' longtime chief negotiator, told AFP in an interview the decision was"part of a new American era of moving from negotiation to dictation".Trump's December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital set off protests among Palestinians, who consider the city to be their capital as well.Erekat's comments come with rhetoric further sharpening between Trump's White House and the Palestinians, who have said the United States can no longer mediate in the Middle East conflict and boycotted a recent visit by US Vice President Mike Pence.Last week, Trump accused the Palestinians of disrespecting the United States and threatened to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in aid until they returned to the negotiating table.Provoking Palestinian outrage, he reaffirmed his Jerusalem decision and said the disputed city had been taken"off the table", despite having previously said his recognition did not preclude later negotiations on its borders.Trump made the comments in Davos, Switzerland, while seated next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Rocky start to Syria talks in Sochi: Lavrov heckled, oppn quits Jan 31, 2018 0 648 UNRWA chief slams 'political dimension' of US aid cut to Palestinians Jan 31, 2018 0 112 Yemen separatists seize almost all of de facto capital Jan 31, 2018 0 101 UK lawyers ask for Saudi suspension from UN body AFP London Two British human rights lawyers said on Tuesday they will ask for Saudi Arabia to be suspended from the UN Human Rights Council over 61 people"arbitrarily detained or disappeared" by the country's .. Turkish air strikes pound Kurdish fighters in Syria Afrin Turkish air strikes pounded the Syrian border region of Afrin and fighting raged on two fronts as Ankara pursued its offensive against the Kurdish enclave on Tuesday. A monitoring group and Kurdish sources said .. Trial delayed for Palestinian teen in 'slap video' Jerusalem The start of a military trial for a Palestinian teenager charged after a viral video showed her hitting two Israeli soldiers has been delayed until February 6, her lawyer said Tuesday. The trial of Ahed Tamimi, .. US officials flee as protesters storm Bethlehem venue Ramallah A delegation of US diplomats had to cut short an event in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem on Tuesday, an attendee said, after protesters stormed their meeting. The angry protesters, who were objecting to US .. $107 bn recovered in Saudi graft crackdown AFP Riyadh Saudi Arabia's attorney general said on Tuesday $107 billion has been recovered so far in a major crackdown on high-level corruption and that 56 suspects were still being investigated. Sheikh Saud .. Lebanon's Aoun urges stability, forgiveness BEIRUT President Michel Aoun on Tuesday called for stability in Lebanon and urged forgiveness after a political row involving his son-in-law triggered street protests. Supporters of Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, a .. Israel reopening Jordan embassy after row Jerusalem Israel said Tuesday it was reopening its embassy in Jordan which has been shut for six months, after the countries resolved a diplomatic dispute over a deadly shooting. The embassy in Amman is in the process .. France: Syria peace process should begin under UN in Geneva, not Sochi PARIS France's foreign minister said on Tuesday that a peace process for Syria should take place under UN auspices in Geneva and not under Russia in the Black Sea resort of Sochi where a Syrian congress began earlier in ..