• Photodisc/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- Two days before Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to touch down in Tel Aviv, Palestinian leaders have called for another day of rage and more rockets have been launched from Gaza towards Israel.The high profile visit comes just two weeks after President Trump announced that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.On Monday at the U.N., the U.S. stood alone against fourteen countries and vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution calling on the U.S. to rescind its Dec. 6 announcement."The U.S. will not be told by any country where we can put our embassy," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley told the security council."What we have witnessed here today in the Security Council is an insult," she added, "and it won’t be forgotten. It’s one more example of the U.N. doing more harm than good in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Palestinian Ambassador to the U.N. Riyad Mansour, strongly condemned the American veto."With this veto, the U.S. has missed an opportunity to rectify it's illegal decision of Dec. 6th, remaining on the wrong side of history," he said Monday. "We reiterate that this decision has no legal effect on the status of Jerusalem.""A veto cannot negate adopted resolutions," he added. "No veto in the past has been able to do so, and no veto in this era ever will either."Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu took to Twitter immediately, thanking Ambassador Haley.Clashes expected during Pence visitSince Dec. 6, the day President Trump announced the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, at least 14 rockets have been fired from Gaza and crossed into Israel, according to the Israeli military. This represents the most concentrated period of rocket fire since the 2014 Gaza war with Israel.The Israeli military said that its Iron Dome defense system intercepted four of those rockets.Sources in Gaza said additional rockets landed inside the strip, never crossing the border. The Israeli military has not provided those counts.Pence is scheduled to travel to Egypt tomorrow to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and then fly to Tel Aviv on Wednesday, when he is expected to immediately visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City.The mission of his trip appears to have changed from his previous statements. At the end of October, while announcing his upcoming trip, Pence said "One of the messages that I will bring on the president’s behalf to leaders across the region is that now is the time to bring an end to the persecution of Christians and all religious minorities."However, Pence is not scheduled to meet with any Christians now. Days after the announcement that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Egypt’s Coptic Church leader Pope Tawadros II announced that he refused to meet with Pence during his visit Tuesday. And his planned trip to Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, Jesus' birth place, has also been scrapped.The Vice President's itinerary does not include a trip to the West Bank at all. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said he won't meet with Pence in protest of Trump's Jerusalem announcement.U.S. hopes for a new chapterBriefing reporters over the weekend, a senior Trump administration official said they hoped Pence's trip would end this chapter dominated by negative reactions and begin a clean new chapter focused on the peace process. The senior administration official lamented the canceled meetings, but said the U.S. would be ready whenever the Palestinians said they were, as well.Palestinians leaders have continued to express their strong opposition to Trump's announcement."The continuation of this American policy, whether the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or moving the American embassy or such statements, by which the United States decides unilaterally on the issues of the final status negotiations, are a violation of international law and strengthen the Isr
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The wounded North Korean soldier who survived a near-fatal defection to South Korea has reportedly received 100 boxes of Choco Pies.After waking up from surgery last month, the 24-year-old man, known only by his surname “Oh,” told his doctors he wanted a Choco Pie – a South Korean confection consisting of two small round cake layers filled with marshmallow and dipped in chocolate.When the maker of Choco Pie, Orion Confectionery Co., heard about Oh’s wish, it sent over 100 boxes of the snack to Ajou University Hospital, where he is recovering, The Korea Herald reported.“We sent the Choco Pies as a welcoming present to Oh, who came to Korea after going through hardship,” Orion Confectionery said in a statement to The Korea Herald. “It was not an act for publicity.”North Korean guards shot Oh at least five times before he made it past the demarcation line Nov. 13.The hospital staff says that Oh is still recovering and can’t indulge in the sweets quite yet, but the boxes of Choco Pies have reportedly been placed in his room.Oh told hospital staff he used to get the confection from employees at the now-closed Kaesong Industrial Complex, which was located just north of the demilitarized zone, according to The Korea Times.Park Ye-Kyong, who defected to Seoul in 2004, told ABC News in 2012 that when the Kaesong Industrial Complex was operating, laborers were given two to three Choco Pies as daily snacks. Most of the sweets were not eaten and were sold on the black market.Jin Joo Chae, a Korean political artist, told ABC News in 2014, "When they sell a Choco Pie on the black market, they could have $10 and it's worth like 100 grams of rice."In 2014, North Korean Officials banned the coveted confection and ordered factory staff tom 2014 or give workers sausages or instant noodles instead, South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A man has been detained after allegedly trying to ram a gate at the perimeter of a British air force base used by the U.S. military, local police said.The Royal Air Force Mildenhall -- a Royal Air Force station the U.S. military uses in Suffolk, England -- was placed on lockdown during the incident. The lockdown has since been lifted, Suffolk Police told ABC News.The suspect didn't respond to security guards who signaled him to stop, prompting guards to fire several warning shots as the man drove toward the gate, police said.The man, who suffered cuts and bruises, was taken into custody, Suffolk Police said in a statement. No one else was injured, police said.Authorities are not looking for any other suspects, police said, adding there is no wider threat to the public or people on the base.There have been frequent threats aimed at U.S. troops stationed in the area, police told ABC News.This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Prince William and Princess Kate shared a new family photo that’s featured on their royal Christmas card this year.Kensington Palace released the new portrait Monday of the family and Prince William, Princess Kate, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are wearing matching blue outfits.The new photo was taken by Getty Images royal photographer Chris Jackson earlier this year at Kensington Palace.The palace also announced that Princess Charlotte will attend the Willcocks Nursery School in London, starting next month."We are delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen the Willcocks Nursery School for Princess Charlotte. We look forward to welcoming Charlotte to our nursery in January," the school said in a statement.The school, which is located around the corner from Kensington Palace and has been in existence for 75 years, describes itself as a "traditional nursery school which strives to maintain its ethos for high standards, excellence and good manners."Tuition is about $18,000 for the morning and afternoon session, according to the school's website.Princess Charlotte, the fourth-in-line to the throne, will start school not too far from Prince George's St. Thomas's Battersea School in London. George, the third-in-line to the throne, attended a Montessori school part time close to the family's Anmer Hall home in Norfolk. Charlotte is expected to attend Willcocks full time when she starts in January.Next year will be a busy one for the royals, with a new baby on the way for William and Kate. Kate is pregnant with the couple's third child.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Karwai Tang/WireImage via Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince Harry has conducted an interview with former U.S. President Barack Obama. Kensington Palace announced in a tweet on Sunday morning that the interview will air on BBC Radio 4 when Harry acts as guest editor on Dec. 27.The interview focuses on Prince Harry and the former president's shared interest in building platforms for the next generation of young leaders. According to Kensington Palace, the interview includes President Obama’s memories of the day he left office and his hopes for his post-presidential life.The conversation also includes former President and Michelle Obama’s plans to focus on cultivating the next generation of leaders through their work at the Obama Foundation that they have recently set up.Prince Harry and the Obamas have supported each other on a number of shared initiatives, including the Obamas’ support at the last two Invictus Games and Prince Harry's appearance at the Obama Foundation’s inaugural summit in Chicago in late OctoberPrince Harry joined the Obamas at the summit for a discussion panel on which Harry opened up about how he came to understand his role doing public service."What happened to my mother put me a step back," Harry said. "How could someone like her, who did so much ... be treated that way?"Harry went on to say that his time in the military helped him understand the concepts of "service and duty." He added that he now wants to use his platform to "normalize the discussion of mental health."Prince Harry and Michelle Obama also surprised approximately 20 students at Hyde Park Academy, a high school on Chicago’s South Side across from the future site of the Obama Presidential Center.“The warm and wide-ranging conversation, lasting over an hour, covered how the Obama Presidential Center will showcase the South Side of Chicago for a global audience, the importance of young people staying inspired and hopeful, and the transformative power of students using their voices to change the world,” Caroline Adler Morales, the former first lady’s communications director, said in a statement provided to ABC News.Earlier this fall, President Obama joined Prince Harry at the Toronto Invictus Games. In 2016, then-first lady Michelle Obama headlined the opening ceremony at the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida, with Harry.The Obamas visited the U.K. for a state visit in 2011 and Prince William, Princess Kate and Harry reciprocated by inviting the president and first lady to Kensington Palace in April 2016, showcasing their enduring friendship.The Obamas also met Prince George for the first time during a dinner where the Obamas challenged Harry, which resulted in the viral video of the Queen Elizabeth and Harry responding to the Obamas' tweet.
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  • Dick Loek/Toronto Star/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- Canadian billionaire and philanthropist Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, have been found dead in their Toronto mansion, officials said.Two bodies were found at 50 Old Colony Road in the North York area of the Canadian city on Friday after police received a call around 11:45 a.m. detailing a medical incident at the home, Toronto Police Constable David Hopkinson said at a press conference Friday afternoon.Investigators described the deaths as "suspicious" but said it is too early to deem them homicides, Hopkinson said.
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