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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hurricane Durian is heading toward President Donald Trump's luxury Maralago resort in Florida, meteorologists warned on Friday.

The US National Hurricane Center said late Friday that the Trump resort in the tourist city of Palm Beach will soon be in the eye of a hurricane with a wind speed of about 225 kilometers per hour, with the announcement of the strength of the hurricane to the fourth degree, or "very dangerous."

Meteorologists warned that the hurricane was threatening millions of Florida's east coast residents, although some predictions did not rule out the possibility that Durian would change course north to deal a "passing blow" to the state.

"It looks like Maralago will be in the middle of the hurricane, but he can handle it himself. It's a strong place," Trump told reporters on Friday, commenting on the threat to his resort.

 

Trump expressed concern about the implications Durian might bring to Florida residents, expressing hope that the hurricane would change course, although this scenario is unlikely.

After making the remarks, Trump flew on Saturday to his golf club in Virginia.

Things are evolving in Florida in line with the wishes of former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, who sparked a controversy on Twitter last Wednesday as she hoped that Hurricane Maralago would hit directly, to "shake Trump's denial of climate change."

Maralago dates back to the 1920s. The luxury resort was built by businesswoman Marjorie Merewiser Post and was acquired by Trump in 1985 after a failed attempt to turn it into a nature reserve.

Source: The Associated Press

 

The Palestinian authorities have reached out to the Government of Spain to prevent the CAF, which won a tender for the implementation of part of the Jerusalem Tram Project, from participating in the construction of the project

infrastructure in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) has spoken with the Spanish authorities to express its alarm at the fact that the company is part of an initiative they believe will link Israeli settlements with East Jerusalem and the occupied West

Bank to the center of the holy city, diplomatic sources in Ramallah told Spanish news agency EFE.

The city, claimed by the Palestinians as the capital of a future state, Israel has occupied the eastern part since 1967, has a tram line already in operation since 2011, sparking controversy by linking Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem with

West Jerusalem.

The project will include the construction of 114 new trams and the rehabilitation of 46 units currently in operation, but the Palestinians are urging the Spanish company to withdraw from the project because of its impact on the occupied

territories, and warned that the continuation of this work in violation of international law.

 

According to former foreign minister and former Palestinian representative to the United Nations and the International Criminal Court, Nasser al-Kidwa, "any attempt by any company to do business in the occupied territories violates

international law."

Al-Kidwa says that if the Basque CAF does not back down, it may be sued by Spanish courts and, ultimately, internationally.

Jamal Juma, coordinator of the Popular Campaign Against the Wall and Settlement, told Evi: "We were a bit surprised that this Spanish company is located in the Basque Country and they are at the forefront of solidarity with the Palestinian

people."

Source: Arab media

 

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Tehran wants the West to allow it to export at least 700,000 barrels of oil a day if Western countries are interested in negotiating with them on saving the nuclear deal, Iranian sources said on Monday.

This news coincided with the arrival of Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to the city of Biarritz in France, at the invitation of his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian.

"As a gesture of goodwill and a plan for negotiations, we have responded to France's proposal. We want to export 700,000 barrels per day of oil and get cash in cash," a senior Iranian official, who asked not to be named, was quoted as saying. "We have to reach 1.5 million barrels a day."

"An Iranian ballistic missile program cannot be negotiated and will not happen," another Iranian official said.

An Iranian diplomat told Reuters that Tehran would also not negotiate on its right to enrich uranium and have its own nuclear fuel cycle, stressing Iran's readiness to return to full implementation of its obligations under the 2015 agreement on its nuclear program.

Industry sources told Reuters that Iran's oil exports have fallen to only 100,000 barrels per day, as a result of sanctions imposed by the United States since the withdrawal of President Donald Trump's administration from the "nuclear deal" in May 2015.

After that, Tehran has repeatedly stated that the other parties to the nuclear deal, primarily the European countries, are not fully implementing their obligations regarding the economic part of the deal, rendering them in their current form meaningless.

Earlier in the day, Agence France-Presse reported that Ludriane had a meeting with Zarif, on the sidelines of the G7 summit, on the basis of a decision taken on Saturday evening, following a working dinner for the leaders of the G7 (France, Britain, Germany, Italy, the United States, Canada, Japan).

Source: Reuters + TASS

Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin did not consider US President Donald Trump's comments on Russia's invitation to participate in the upcoming G7 summit as a provocation.

Asked if the Kremlin considered the US leader's statement on Russia's invitation to the upcoming G7 summit in the United States, despite the position of some other members of the group, Peskov said: "No, we don't consider it.

He also stressed that Russia's participation in the work of this group is not an end in itself for Moscow, noting that the latter does not intend to impose its participation.

He said that Russian President Vladimir Putin supports the normalization of relations with all G7 members.

"Of course, President Putin supports the normalization of relations with all the G7 countries." Our contacts with a number of these countries, for example with Japan, Italy, France and Germany, are developing positively. "

"Despite some inevitable differences in relations with these countries, there is still development and expansion of dialogue at different levels. It should be noted that this dialogue helps reduce mistrust and disagreements. It also helps to discuss and find solutions in dialogue rather than confrontation We hope that other countries will join this trend later as well. "

Source: Agencies

A serial killer who preyed on gay men along the US east coast has been executed in Florida.

Gary Ray Bowles was executed by lethal injection after the Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch appeal.

Bowles admitted to killing six men in 1994 from Florida to Maryland but was only convicted of three deaths.

Sometimes dubbed the "I-95 killer", most of his victims were found near the interstate corridor that spans the entire eastern seaboard of the US.

Investigators say the 57-year-old West Virginia native left an abusive household as a child and worked as a prostitute to gay men for a number of years before beginning his killing spree.

After two jail sentences for grand theft, robbery, assault and rape, he moved to Daytona Beach in 1993.

During this time he continued to work as a prostitute, and was living with a girlfriend who left him after discovering his sex work.

He later told authorities that he blamed gay men for their break-up, and was angered to learn that his girlfriend had had an abortion, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

After a manhunt, Bowles was arrested in Jacksonville while living under a false identify.

He was convicted of killing Walter Hinton, 47, and given a death penalty.

He also pleaded guilty and was given life sentences for the murders of John Hardy Roberts, 59, and Albert Alcie Morris, 37.

His lawyers had contended in their appeal that he was too intellectually disabled to be executed.

Bowles became the 99th inmate to be put to death in Florida since 1976 when the death penalty was restored by the Supreme Court, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

He is the 13th person to be executed in the US so far this year, the Death Penalty Information Center says.

His execution came a day after Texas executed a man convicted of the murder of a 19-year-old student, which he maintained he did not commit.

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The number of homeless people aged 18 to 65 in the Netherlands has more than doubled from 17,800 in 2009 to 39,300 last year.

The number of homeless people aged between 18 and 30 has doubled in this period, the Dutch Statistics Bureau said on Friday, adding that the number of homeless people displaced from non-Western background had increased in that period.

The number of displaced adults in the Netherlands has increased by about 10,000 since 2009 to 27,300 in 2012. The number of displaced persons has stopped rising for two years, but between 2014 and 2018, the number rose again to more than 12,000.

As in previous years, the majority of the homeless in the Netherlands are men - 84 percent.

More than 37 percent of the displaced were in one of the four major cities - Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht or The Hague.

57 percent of the displaced are immigrants.

Last year, one third of the homeless were aged between 18 and 30. The number of displaced persons in this age group is 12,600, and the number has tripled since 2009. Almost half of them were in the 30-50 age group.

The number of homeless people with a non-Western immigrant background has almost tripled since 2009, from 6,500 to 18,300, according to the Dutch Statistics Office.

Earlier this week, the Census Bureau reported that the number of people requiring assistance from food banks in the Netherlands rose by 8 per cent in the first half of this year, compared with the same period last year.

Brazil's president, Jaire Bolsonaro, said on Wednesday that "everything indicates" that non-governmental organizations were referring to the Amazon jungle in order to set them on fire, thus tarnishing his government's reputation.

Bolsonaro noted that his government has reduced its financial support to NGOs, which he sees as an incentive for them to burn forests and "shame" his government.

"These people are longing for money," he said in a live broadcast on Facebook, referring to non-governmental organizations that have cut back on financial support.

The Amazon rainforest has seen the largest number of forest fires since 2013, with 72,843 fires so far this year, an 83 percent increase over 12 months.

Many non-governmental organizations and those interested in environmental issues criticize the Brazilian president's policies towards the Amazon forests, whose vegetation is increasingly declining due to large-scale logging.

Source: Reuters

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