Meanwhile, on the eve of an European Union summit in Bratislava on Friday, which is being attended by 27 European Union leaders - apart from U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May - Donald Tusk told reporters that leaders could not start discussions with "this kind of blissful conviction that nothing is wrong and everything is ok".
In January 2016, Iran and six leading powers - the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany - started the implementation of the JCPOA reached in July 2015 when Tehran agreed to scale down its nuclear activities in return for lifting of some sanctions.
The MNLF has accepted to engage in peace talks with the government and is believed to have played a key role in securing the release of Sekkingstad. Sekkingstad was kidnapped with two Canadians and a Filipino woman in September from the southern island of Samal.
There was no immediate word on the assailant's condition. Micky Rosenfeld, spokesman for the Israeli Police, tweeted: "Police units responded to attack at Damascus gate". Since October of a year ago, at least 237 Palestinians have been killed in the violence, according to official Palestinian figures. Hours later, a Palestinian who stabbed and wounded a soldier at a junction near Hebron was shot dead, officials said.
The Algeria meeting is expected to tackle the supply glut although many analysts remain doubtful that a deal can be reached to freeze or slash output. Please Wait while comments are loading. The IEA - which advises oil consuming nations on energy issues - forecast continuing oversupply in 2017 in its latest market assessment.
AUSTRALIAN Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Wednesday questioned President Rodrigo Duterte over his decision not to enforce the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration rejecting China's claims over most of the South China Sea. China has repeatedly criticized USA military presence in the region and suspects the military drills are part of efforts to contain Beijing. Washington has also been involved in a number of military drills in the region.