Netanyahu criticised by The White House over back track
Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been criticised by US president Barack Obama after back tracking on support for an eventual creation of a Palestinian state. Following Netanyahu’s re-election victory, the White House said it is “deeply concerned” on the language that is being used to describe the divisive campaign. The Israeli Prime minister had insisted that there would be no Palestinian state while he holds power.
Tourists killed at Museum in Tunisia
Gunmen attacked the National Museum in Tunisia, killing at least 21 people, including 17 tourists on Wednesday. President Habib Essid said the attackers, who were dressed in military uniforms, fired at the tourists with assault rifles as they got off the bus, killing eight people, then chased the others inside. Ten more people were taken hostage inside the museum and killed. A Tunisian security guard was wounded during the attack, then later died from his injuries. At least 22 other people were injured in the attack. Security forces moved into the museum around two hours later, killing the two gunmen and freeing the hostages, said a government spokesman. “This is cowardly act to undermine our economy and a vital sector [tourism] contributing to it”, said Prime Minister Essid.
Helps begins after Tropical Cyclone Pam
Emergency aids are starting to reach the outer islands of Vanuatu, after Tropical Cyclone Pam ripped through the South Pacific Island nation last Wednesday. Relief agencies are concerned the death toll will rise above 11, after they examine the damage of the 65 populated islands. Tanna Island, home to 30,000 people, is in need of a lot of help and have about a week’s worth of food left, said United Nations Joe Lowry. “They’re asking me where the damage is worst, I’m telling them it’s worst here”, said Mr Lowry. Pacific Island policy and development expert Tess Newton Cain said aid workers were trying to fix the water supply to communities outside the capital of Port Vila, and recovery in the capital was progressing.
Ambassador Caroline Kennedy receives death threats
Japanese police are investigating death threats aimed at Caroline Kennedy, after threatening phone calls were made last month to the US Embassy in Tokyo, according to Japanese reports. However, it’s not clear why the threats have only been made public now. According to a Japanese newspaper, The Asahi Shimbun, calls were made by an English-speaking male to the United States Embassy who reportedly said: “I will kill Ambassador Kennedy”. State Department deputy spokeswoman, Marie Harf, said: “We are working with the Japanese government to ensure the necessary measures are in place. We will not comment on the specific details of any threats or the steps we take to address them”. The safety of American Diplomats in Asia was raised a few weeks ago when the Unites States ambassador to Korea, Mark Lippert, was attacked with a kitchen knife in South Korea. – Compiled from web sources by Keisha Miller
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