Kellyanne Conway explains what she meant by ?alternative facts?
Fake Street Signs Warning of 'Easily Startled Police" Appear After Cop Shoots Minnesota Woman
China opens movie theater on disputed South China Sea island
BEIJING (AP) ? A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:
Philippines' Duterte warns miners: 'I will tax you to death'
By Enrico Dela Cruz MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he wanted to stop exporting mineral resources and might close the mining sector completely and tax miners "to death" if damage to the environment persisted. "The protection of the environment must be made a priority ahead of mining and all other activities that adversely affect one way or another," Duterte said in his State of the Nation address, his second since assuming power in June last year. "This policy is non-negotiable." The Philippines is the world's biggest supplier of nickel ore and also among the top producers of copper and gold.
Israel and Jordan in diplomatic standoff after Israeli security agent kills two at embassy in Amman
Jordan is refusing to allow an Israeli diplomatic security agent to leave the country after he killed two Jordanians while being attacked at Israel?s embassy in Amman, leading to a diplomatic standoff between the Jewish state and its Arab neighbour. The situation began on Sunday when a 17-year-old Jordanian carpenter came to a residential building inside the heavily-fortified Israeli embassy compound to replace some furniture. The carpenter then attacked the Israeli guard with a screw driver, according to the Israeli foreign ministry. The guard opened fire and killed the carpenter but also fatally wounded the landlord of the building, a Jordanian doctor. Jordanian police deployed to Israel's embassy after a shooting left two people dead Credit: REUTERS Jordanian police are now demanding that the wounded security guard submit to interrogation over the killings. But Israel has said the agent has diplomatic immunity and cannot be arrested or questioned. ?In accordance with the Vienna Convention, the security officer has immunity from investigation and imprisonment,? the Israeli foreign ministry said. Jordan's Department of Public Safety said it was investigating the incident. The scene outside Israel's embassy in Amman Credit: REUTERS Jordan is one of only two Arab countries that have diplomatic ties to Israel and the shooting in Amman adds new strain on the already sensitive Israeli-Jordanian relationship. The shooting comes amid a wave of violence sparked by tensions over the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam. Israel installed metal detectors at the mosque after Palestinians smuggled guns into the holy site and used them to kill two Israeli police officers. But the metal detectors have sparked a major backlash from Palestinians, who see them as part of Israeli effort to assert its control over the holy site, which is also sacred to to Jews and known to Israelis as the Temple Mount. The clashes took place in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank Credit: AFP PHOTO / Ahmad GHARABLIAHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images On Friday there were widespread clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli forces, which ended with the deaths of three young Palestinians. Late on Friday evening a Palestinian teenager crept in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank and killed three Israelis as they sat for traditional shabbat dinner. It was not clear if the carpenter in Amman was motivated by the situation at al-Aqsa. There have been large demonstrations in Jordan in solidarity with Palestinians in Jerusalem. Jordan plays a role in the Islamic administration of the al-Aqsa mosque and Israeli and Jordanian officials had been speaking behind the scenes all last week to try to reach a compromise to reduce tensions. No agreement was struck. Palestinian Muslim worshippers pray outside Damascus Gate, a main entrance to Jerusalem's Old City Credit: / AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBONGALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images Donald Trump?s peace envoy, Jason Greenblatt, was due to fly to the region on Monday to try to help broker a deal. The Palestinian Authority - the semi-autonomous Palestinian government in the West Bank - has cut all official contact with Israel over the situation at al-Aqsa. The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, is under pressure from his public to take a hard line over al-Aqsa. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, is under similar pressure from the Right-wing of his own coalition government. While the Israeli military and lead security agency are said to favour removing the metal detectors at al-Aqsa to calm the situation, Mr Netanyahu?s more Right-wing cabinet ministers say removing the detectors would be giving in to Palestinian pressure. The cabinet met late on Sunday to discuss the issue but no decision was made. Jordanian security forces deployed around Israel?s fortress-like embassy in Amman on Monday to protect it. Israel?s diplomats were huddled inside the compound, effectively stuck there until the situation with the guard is resolved. ?The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and security authorities are working with the Jordanian government over various channels,? the Israeli foreign ministry said.
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Don't interfere in Turkish affairs, Erdogan tells Germany
Germany has no right to interfere in Turkey's domestic affairs, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, his latest broadside in a blistering row sparked by the waves of arrests under the current state of emergency. Several German nationals are among those being held and Berlin has warned its citizens that their safety cannot be guaranteed in Turkey and that consular access is not assured in case of arrest. Throwing away any pretence at diplomatic nuance, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel had Thursday also warned German firms against investment in Turkey and spoke of an "overhaul" of the entire relationship.
Snooty dead: World's oldest known manatee dies aged 69 in 'heartbreaking accident'
The world?s oldest manatee has died in a ?heartbreaking? accident at his Florida home a day after celebrating his 69th birthday. According to the South Florida Museum, a panel door leading out of the underwater tank which is normally bolted shut had been knocked loose.
New poll shows Trump with dismal numbers in certain key regions
A new poll released on Monday is shedding light on President Donald Trump's approval rating across individual states, showing which areas have the highest and lowest levels of support for the current administration.
Mom of Teen Who Went Missing at Sea with Friend Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Other Family