The Hill Talk’s Glance at the Globe

Palestinians clash with Israeli police at holy site:  Confrontations between Israeli police and Palestinians broke out on Monday as Palestinian worshipers at the Al-Aqsa mosque allegedly disturbed non-Muslims entering the area surrounding the mosque.

Situated on the south end of what is referred to as Temple Mount near the Western Wall in the Old City of East Jerusalem, the area surrounding Al-Aqsa mosque also serves as an entrance to the Dome of the Rock and the Dome of the Chains.  The location is considered among the holiest sites for Christians, Jews and Muslims in the world.

According to reports, Palestinian worshipers celebrating the final 10 days of Ramadan became angry when gates were opened allowing tourists and non-Muslims access to the Mount.

Seven Palestinians were injured and four Palestinians were arrested.

Turkey apologizes to Russia for downing of aircraft over Syria:  For the second time in two days, Turkey has taken steps to heal diplomatic rifts with neighbors.  On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin expressing remorse for the Nov. 2015 downing of a Russian aircraft over the Syria.

Erdogan apologized, announced it was never the intent to down the plane and stated the Turkish government considered Russia a “friend and strategic partner.”

Later Monday, Erdogan said he believed the two nations would move to restore full diplomatic relations ruptured by the event.

U.S. investigating airstrike allegedly killing hostages:  The Pentagon is said to be investigating reports an American airstrike over the weekend killed Taliban hostages in Afghanistan.

The investigation revolves around a report the airstrike killed two Taliban leaders, Sher Aziz Kamawal and Janat Gul Osmani, and six hostages held by the Taliban.  Taliban officials claim the hostages died in the airstrike; the Pentagon says they were executed in reprisal for the American airstrike.

U.S. officials said there is an investigation underway.

Germany’s Merkel says EU must work to prevent defections:  German Chancellor Angela Merkel told members of the CDU conservative party board the European Union (EU) must exert itself to prevent defections from the economic alliance.

Euroskeptics, inspired by the June 23 “Brexit” vote, have emerged in Austria and France and called for national referendums to determine if their countries should follow the UK’s example and leave the economic bloc.  Following the UK plebiscite, Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski called for a new EU treaty to decentralize EU power.

Merkel offered no specifics on how to retain current members, but instead focused on security and economic issues.

British pound hits 31-year low:  Reaching a 31-year low against the U.S. dollar, the British pound skidded to a 1.3122 close two trading days following the UK’s “Brexit” vote.

The second day of decline represents the lowest value for the currency since 1985 and an 11 percent drop since Thursday.

Powered by fears the British economy will suffer from its decision to leave the EU, financial analysts forecast further decline despite optimism from British Finance Minister George Osborne that the domestic economy is stable and the Bank of England is prepared to navigate any uncertainty.


[RT News] [Reuters]