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US Embassy in Jerusalem to open in May 2018

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Two Trump administration officials say the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem will open in May 2018 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel declaring independence.

The officials say Congress is being notified of the impending move on Friday. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed off on the security plan for the new embassy on Thursday.

The officials weren’t authorized to discuss the plan publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

A ribbon-cutting is being planned for mid-May. Israel proclaimed independence on May 14, 1948.

The May opening marks a significant acceleration. Vice President Mike Pence had said previously the embassy would open by the end of 2019. And Tillerson had said it could take years.

Initially, the embassy will consist of just a few offices inside an existing U.S. facility in Jerusalem.

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What did Boris Johnson say today? PM's statement on lockdown, schools and Covid variants

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BORIS JOHNSON announced updates on the current coronavirus lockdown, school closures and the new and emerging Covid-19 variants – but what did the PM say today?

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Boris shows up EU: PM plays diplomat in Covid row while EU lashes out in ferocious strop

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BORIS JOHNSON refused to be drawn into a war of words with the European Union as he was quizzed on the trading bloc’s demand for some of the UK’s vaccine supply.

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Spain vaccine crisis: Madrid cancels rollout for TWO WEEKS – millions won't receive jab

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SPANISH regions have been forced to halt their vaccination programmes in another sign that the European Union’s scheme is failing.

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