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I am attending a conference on data journalism and climate change today. It is hosted by the UN Foundation. I feel like with this topic though, you can quote statistics and graphs to death but people will still refute the facts. Sort of like anti-vaxxers.
 
 
   
Cod Satrusayang
ANN Managing Director
 
 
  Trump's Jerusalem decision analysed  
 
     
 
  In their reaction to the speech of US President Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Israelis and Palestinians stuck to their respective narratives. One side interpreted it as unfettered support, while the other lamented it and uttered threats. Both are in for a surprise once they appraise the full content of a carefully crafted presidential speech.

In Jerusalem, where Israeli politicians struggled to outthank one another in Twitter posts to the US President, authorities illuminated the medieval city walls with the American and Israeli flags as a sign of deep felt gratitude for his "historic decision". The Palestinians had a festival of lights of sorts, too, setting American flags and effigies of Mr Trump ablaze in protest. Here, politicians competed in disparaging the White House and making dark predictions.
 
 
 
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Pakistan affirms solidarity with Palestine
 
   
 
Pakistan on Wednesday reaffirmed full solidarity with the Palestinian people and expressed concern over the proposed move by the United States to shift its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, saying “such a step would constitute a clear violation of international law and UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions”.

A statement issued by the Prime Minister Office stated that shifting the US embassy to the “occupied City of Al-Quds Al-Sharif will alter the legal and historical status of the city”.
 
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Malaysia expresses concern with Jerusalem decision
 
   
 
Malaysia has voiced concerns on United States president Donald Trump's move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, calling on the US to reconsider its decision to do so. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday that recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital would put an end to all efforts made towards the resolution of the Palestinian crisis.

"It would have grave repercussions..." the statement continued.
 
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Bank of Indonesia to ban bitcoin in 2018
 
   
 
Bank Indonesia plans to issue a regulation prohibiting transactions using Bitcoin, a digital currency created in 2009 by an unknown person or group under the alias Satoshi Nakamoto.
 
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  North Korea will not avoid war with US though it does not want one  
 
     
 
  North Korea has slammed US officials' condemnation over its nuclear and missile programs, warning that Pyongyang will not avoid a war with the United States though it does not want one, Pyongyang's media report showed Thursday.

A spokesman at North Korea's foreign ministry said that bellicose remarks by ranking US officials against the North and ongoing large-scale aerial drills between Seoul and Washington indicate that the US is taking a "step-by-step" approach to provoke a war on the Korean Peninsula.

"We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it, and should the US miscalculate our patience and light the fuse for a nuclear war, we will surely make the US dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force which we have consistently strengthened," the Korean Central News Agency reported in English.
 
 
 
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