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Protests follow Trump’s Jerusalem announcement

JERUSALEM (BP) -- U.S. President Donald Trump's move to declare Jerusalem as Israel's capital sparked condemnation Thursday (Dec. 7) from global leaders and some Islamist groups. Trump announced the decision Wednesday and said the United States will relocate its embassy to the city, despite warnings from several global leaders that such a move could worsen regional tensions. Israel has long claimed Jerusalem as its indivisible capital, while Palestinians argued East Jerusalem will serve as their future capital.

U.S. missionary kidnapped in Niger

ABALAK, Niger (BP) -- Gunmen kidnapped an American missionary from his home in central Niger and killed two other people. The incident is apparently the first reported kidnapping of an American in the region. On Oct. 14, the attackers stormed into Jeffery Woodke's home in the town of Abalak, killing his guard and housekeeper, Niger's interior ministry said in a statement the following day. The armed men, driving a white Toyota Hilux pickup truck, took Woodke and headed across the desert toward Mali.