Netanyahu plans east Jerusalem settler homes ahead of Israel poll Feb 21, 2020 0 93 12345 AFPJerusalemsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans on Thursday to build thousands of new homes for Jewish settlers in annexed east Jerusalem, a controversial project unveiled less than two weeks before a general election.The Palestinians immediately condemned the move as a campaign tactic ahead of the March 2 vote, designed to please nationalist voters who could prove crucial to the prime minister’s political survival.“Netanyahu’s attempts to win right-wing Israeli votes... at the expense of Palestinian rights will not bring peace and stability to anyone,” said a statement from a spokesman for Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.The Palestinian leader also warned the move “will lead to more tension and violence in the region,” in the statement carried by the official WAFA news agency.Earlier, Netanyahu’s office released a video in which the Israeli leader announced: “I have huge news today -- we’re adding another 2,200 units to Har Homa.” The contentious Har Homa community was first built in 1997, under a previous Netanyahu government. RELATED ARTICLES Clashes in Syria’s Idlib kill 27 fighters: Monitor Feb 21, 2020 0 96 Lassa fever hits Lagos as Nigeria deaths top 100 Feb 21, 2020 0 576 Stolen 18th century religious crown returned to Ethiopia Feb 21, 2020 0 379 S.Sudan’s warring leaders to form long-delayed unity government Juba: South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar agreed on Thursday to form a unity government, a long-delayed step towards ending more than six years of war. The rivals have overseen a conflict that has .. Oman’s new sultan rejigs national anthem Muscat: Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq issued a decree removing the name of his predecessor from the national anthem on Thursday, a day after official mourning for Sultan Qaboos ended. “Sultan Haitham issued a decree .. 19 children among dead in recent Yemen strikes Sanaa: Nineteen children were among at least 31 civilians killed in air strikes on rebel-held northern Yemen last week, the United Nations said on Thursday. “UNICEF is sad to confirm that the recent attack in Al-Jawf, .. UN appeals to Turkey to take in more Syria refugees AFP Geneva The UN refugee agency on Thursday appealed to Turkey to take in more refugees from Syria, as hundreds of thousands flee the regime’s brutal assault on the last rebel enclave. “We need an end to the fighting, and .. Turkey must stop supporting terrorists in Syria, says Russia Moscow: Moscow on Thursday urged Turkey to stop “supporting terrorists” in Syria, saying Russian planes had carried out air strikes against armed groups backed by Ankara. “We urge the Turkish side, in order to avoid .. US sanctions Iranian officials for barring candidates AFP Washington The United States on Thursday slapped sanctions on five Iranian officials in charge of vetting candidates for the Islamic republic’s parliamentary elections, in which thousands have been barred from .. Iran attempting further arms deliveries to Houthi rebels: US military Washington: Tehran continues to deliver weapons to Yemen’s Huthi rebels, the US military said on Wednesday, following a second interception in less than three months of what Washington said were Iranian arms. “The .. IMF delegation meets Lebanon PM over debt crisis Beirut: A delegation from the International Monetary Fund met Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab in Beirut on Thursday to discuss how to tackle the country’s spiralling economic crisis. The Lebanese premier asked the .. Libya warring rivals resume talks in Geneva AFP Geneva Libya’s warring sides have resumed talks in Geneva aimed at brokering a lasting ceasefire in the war-torn country, the UN said on Thursday. “The talks are underway again,” Jean El-Alam, spokesman for the .. Macron condemns in ‘strongest terms’ Syrian regime attacks in Idlib Brussels: French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday condemned Syrian government attacks on the city of Idlib, the country’s last rebel enclave, warning of an impending humanitarian disaster. As he arrived for a ..