U.S. Politics

Missing Russian defence ministry plane has crashed over Black Sea – Interfax

REUTERS

| Sun Dec 25, 2016 | 1:12am EST

A Russian Defence Ministry TU-154 plane that had disappeared from radar over the Black Sea with 91 people on board has crashed, the Interfax news agency reported on Sunday, citing an unidentified source.

A rescue team had found the crash site in the Black Sea near the coast of the Sochi, Interfax said.

Other Russian news agencies reported earlier that the Russian aircraft had disappeared from radar soon after taking off from Sochi, a Black Sea resort town.

(Reporting by Polina Devitt; editing by)

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Israel to re-assess U.N. ties after settlement resolution, says Netanyahu

| Sat Dec 24, 2016 | 10:52pm EST

Israel will re-assess its ties with the United Nations following the adoption by the Security Council of a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday.

The vote was able to pass the 15-member council on Friday because the United States broke with a long-standing approach of diplomatically shielding Israel and did not wield its veto power as it had on many times before – a decision that Netanyahu called “shameful”.

“I instructed the Foreign Ministry to complete within a month a re-evaluation of all our contacts with the United Nations, including the Israeli funding of U.N. institutions and the presence of U.N. representatives in Israel,” Netanyahu said in broadcast remarks.

“I have already instructed to stop about 30 million shekels ($7.8 million) in funding to five U.N. institutions, five bodies, that are especially hostile to Israel … and there is more to come,” he said.

A boy is being photographed in a street at the Israeli settlement of Maale Edumim, in the occupied West Bank December 24, 2016. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

The Israeli leader did not name the institutions or offer any further details.

Defying heavy pressure from long-time ally Israel and President-elect Donald Trump for Washington to use its veto, the United States abstained in the Security Council decision, which passed with 14 votes in favor.

Israel for decades has pursued a policy of constructing Jewish settlements on territory captured by Israel in a 1967 war with its Arab neighbors including the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.

Most countries view Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as illegal and an obstacle to peace. Israel disagrees, citing a biblical connection to the land.

(Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Richard Balmforth)

One thought on “Missing Russian defence ministry plane has crashed over Black Sea – Interfax

  1. Israel disagrees, citing a biblical connection to the land.

    Oh really ? They are God’s people because it says so in a bunch of books they wrote ? God gave them the land ? To present positions based on religion as fact to which the rest of the world must submit is absurd. If Israel is going to be “in your face” provocative when in such a precarious environment, well that is just asking for it.

    Isr

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