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Nikki Haley. Photo: Richard Drew / AP

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley threatened to stop U.S. financial contributions to the body if the UN votes for President Trump to rescind his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Axios contributor Barak Ravid of Israel's Channel 10 News reports. The General Assembly is expected to vote in favor of the resolution calling on Trump to rescind.

"The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out in this assembly. We will remember it when, once again, we are called up to make the world's largest contribution," Haley said.

The backdrop: The U.S. vetoed a Security Council vote — supported by 14 member states — calling on Trump to rescind his declaration. Haley said the U.S. will go ahead with its plans to build the embassy in Jerusalem regardless of the outcome of the General Assembly vote.

Per Ravid...

  • "Canada considered voting against the UNGA resolution on Trump's Jerusalem announcement but changed vote to abstention after hearing Trump's threats in order not to be perceived as US puppet, Western diplomats tell me."
  • "Israeli diplomats: US, South Sudan, Guatemala, Togo, Nauru, Kiribati, Palau, Marshal Islands will vote against the UNGA resolution on Trump's Jerusalem announcement"

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HRW: Over 100 former Afghan security members dead or missing under Taliban rule

Members of the Taliban movement patrol Kabul's airport in September. Photo: Valery Sharifulin/TASS via Getty Images

The Taliban have "killed or forcibly disappeared" over 100 former members of Afghanistan's security forces since the group took power in August, a Human Rights Watch report published Tuesday found.

Why it matters: Former military members and officials from the ousted government, activists and other Taliban critics are facing peril amid executions driven by revenge — despite Taliban promises of an "amnesty" with no retributions, notes the New York Times, which first reported the news.

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Barbados becomes a republic, replacing U.K. queen with president

Combination images of Dame Sandra Mason, president of Barbados, and Britain's Prince Charles at her swearing-in ceremony in Bridgetown, Barbados, late Monday.

Barbados officially became a republic at midnight local time after Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in as the Caribbean nation's first president in a ceremony attended by the United Kingdom's Prince Charles.

Why it matters: Mason replaced Britain's Queen Elizabeth as head of state Tuesday — removing the country's final remaining colonial tie to the U.K. almost 400 years after the first British ships arrived in Barbados.

Right-wingers making McCarthy sweat for future Speaker post

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy stands with his Republican colleagues outside the House on Nov. 17. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Right-wing elements in the Republican Party are complicating House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's attempts to become the next speaker of the House should the GOP take back the majority in 2022.

Why it matters: While McCarthy has worked carefully to build trust among the conservatives who tanked his chances at clinching the speakership in 2015, they're still circling ahead of the next Speaker vote in January 2023.