Official: Israel at fault in convoy deaths
A U.N. inquiry into the May 31 Israeli commando raid on the aid convoy was scheduled to meet for the first time later in the day. The killing of the activists, all Turks, although one also was a U.S. citizen, almost caused a breakdown in relations between the Jewish state and its once-close ally.
The Turkish minister appeared to be responding to comments by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to a separate Israeli inquiry into the fatal raid.
Giant clock set for ‘Mecca time’
MECCA | Muslims around the world soon could be setting their watches to a new time when the world’s largest clock begins ticking atop a soaring skyscraper in Islam’s holiest city, Mecca.
Saudi Arabia hopes the four faces of the new clock, which will loom over Mecca’s Grand Mosque from what is expected to be the world’s second-tallest building, will establish Mecca as an alternate time standard to the Greenwich median.
The clock is targeted to enter service with a three-month trial period in the first week of the holy month of Ramadan on or about Thursday, according to the Saudi state news agency SPA.
It boasts four glimmering 151-foot-wide faces composed of high-tech composite tiles, some laced with gold, standing more than 1,320 feet over the Holy Haram compound.View Entire Story
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