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White House blocks news organizations from press briefing

White House blocks news organizations from press briefing

CNN and other news outlets were blocked on Friday from attending an off-camera White House press briefing that other reporters were hand-picked to attend, raising alarm among media organizations and First Amendment watchdogs. The decision struck veteran White House journalists as unprecedented in the modern era, and escalated tensions in the already fraught relationship between […]

African Union criticises US for ‘taking many of our people as slaves’ and not taking refugees

African Union criticises US for ‘taking many of our people as slaves’ and not taking refugees

The head of the African Union has criticised Donald Trump’s ban on immigration from some Muslim-majority countries, saying it presents “one of the greatest challenges” for the continent. As representatives of the AU’s 53 member states met in Addis Ababa for a two-day summit, the chief of its commission said the bloc was entering “very […]

Erdogan: Protecting Jerusalem a Muslim obligation

Erdogan: Protecting Jerusalem a Muslim obligation

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged all Muslims to defend the Palestinian cause and said it is their obligation to protect Jerusalem. Speaking in Istanbul, at a parliamentary symposium on Jerusalem, Erdogan said “it is the common duty of all Muslims to embrace the Palestinian cause and protect Jerusalem” and that safeguarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque should […]