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LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles road will officially be renamed in honor of former President Barack Obama on May 4, City Councilman Herb Wesson announced Tuesday.

Along with the unveiling of the road's new name, the councilman will host a street festival with music performances, vendors and food trucks at the intersection of the new Obama Boulevard (currently Rodeo Road) and West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

The name change was first suggested by Wesson in 2017. In his proposal, Wesson noted that Obama held a campaign rally at Rancho Cienega Sports Complex on Rodeo in 2007 when running for president.

Rodeo Road -- not to be confused with Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills -- is a 3.5-mile residential street in the predominantly African American Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw neighborhood. The street intersects with King Boulevard, "creating one of the most significant African American points of interest in the country," according to the street festival event site.

Obama Boulevard will further establish a "presidential row" that includes Washington, Adams and Jefferson boulevards.

The President Barack Obama Boulevard festival will include appearances by artists Doug E. Fresh, Yo-Yo, BJ the Chicago Kid and Battlecat. Afterward, Wesson, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., and other city leaders will gather for the street name unveiling.

--Los Angeles Times

Netanyahu seeks to name new Golan Heights settlement after Trump

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that he wants to have a new community on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights named after U.S. President Donald Trump.

Israelis "were deeply moved" by Trump's decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, Netanyahu said in a video statement while visiting the area with his family during the Jewish holiday of Passover.

"Therefore, after the Passover holiday, I intend to bring to the government a resolution calling for a new community on the Golan Heights named after President Donald J. Trump," he said.

Netanyahu is currently talking to potential coalition partners in order to form Israel's next government, after he won the Israeli general election earlier this month.

The Arab world has rejected Trump's March decision to recognize Israel's claim to sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which Israel seized from Syria in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. It annexed the territory in 1981, though this move has not been recognized internationally.

--dpa

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