agency that aids millions of Palestinian refugees, accusing it of anti-Israeli incitement and saying he had conveyed his message to the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Adnan Abu Hasna, a Gaza-based spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), said Netanyahu was pursuing a "fantasy". The United States, Israel's main ally, was the biggest donor to UNRWA last year, pledging $368 million. In public remarks to his cabinet at its weekly meeting, Netanyahu said UNRWA perpetuated, rather than solved, the Palestinian refugee problem and that anti-Israeli incitement was rife in its institutions, which includes schools. "It is time UNRWA be dismantled and merged with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees," Netanyahu said. Referring to a meeting he held in Jerusalem on Wednesday with Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Netanyahu said: "I told her it was time the United Nations re-examine UNRWA's existence." UNRWA was established by the U.N. General Assembly in 1949 after hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes in the 1948 war that followed Israel's creation. It says it currently aids five million registered Palestinian refugees in the Middle East. Chris Gunness, UNRWA's chief spokesman, said in an email to Reuters that only the General Assembly, by a majority vote, could change the agency's mandate.
Myer group general manager of fashion Karen Brewster said the store had partnered with Google and YouTube in a world-first retail experiment. “YouTube users will have the opportunity to purchase a great range of heavily discounted Myer stocktake sale items via a six-second bumper ad,” she said. The half-yearly clearance is second only to the Boxing Day sales and the stores are talking up big discounts on new-season stock including winter clothes, quilts and electric blankets. Mr Ozturk said savvy shoppers would snap up heavily discounted coats, gloves and scarves that have only just arrived. Quilts will be up to 40 per cent off and Sunbeam and Breville electric blankets will be reduced by 25 per cent. “We know they’ve just come into the stores but everyone will need them,” he said. David Jones will have sales in every department, with big markdowns on women’s clothing, intimates and shoes, including cult brands such as Nodbody jeans, Calvin Klein, Kurt Geiger and Nine West. There will also be bargains to be had on men’s labels such as Florsheim. Myer is boasting up to 80 per cent off storewide. “Great savings can be found in every department – so there’s something for everyone,” Ms Brewster said. Offers include up to 40 per cent off women’s clothing by Veronika Maine, Country Road, SEED and SABA, up to 60 per cent off small appliances by Tefal and Kenwood, and 50 per cent off selected Sheridan sheet sets and towels.
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