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'Israel racing to increase settlements before Biden takes office'

'Israel racing to increase settlements before Biden takes office'

Ramallah, Jan 19 (IANS) Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye said that the Israeli government was racing to build more settlements before US President-elect Joe Biden takes office on Wednesday."The Israeli decision to construct 760 new settlement units in the West Bank shows that Israel races...

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WEF announces dates, theme for Davos Agenda 2021

WEF announces dates, theme for Davos Agenda 2021

Geneva, Jan 19 (IANS) The World Economic Forum (WEF) has announced that its Davos Agenda event would take place virtually from January 25-29 under the theme "A Crucial Year to Rebuild Trust".On Monday, the Geneva-based forum said it would bring together the world's foremost leaders to address the ec...

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Iraqi political bloc confirms commitment to withdrawing foreign forces

Iraqi political bloc confirms commitment to withdrawing foreign forces

Baghdad, Jan 19 (IANS) A leading Iraqi political bloc has confirmed it would not retreat from demanding the government to implement Parliament's decision to withdraw foreign forces from the country.Monday's confirmation by the al-Fatih Coalition, headed by Hadi al-Ameri, came because "the decision o...

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Italian PM wins confidence vote ahead of Senate test

Italian PM wins confidence vote ahead of Senate test

Rome, Jan 19 (IANS) Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has won the first of two confidence votes at the Lower House of Parliament by 321 in favour, 259 against and 27 abstaining.Conte sought the confidence vote after former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, now a senator who leads the Italia Viva part...

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Toll from tribal violence in Sudan's West Darfur reaches 129

Toll from tribal violence in Sudan's West Darfur reaches 129

Khartoum, Jan 19 (IANS) The death toll due to the bloody tribal violence which broke up in El Geneina, the capital city of Sudan's West Darfur State, has increased to 129, while the number of the injured stood at 198, according to authorities.In a statement on Monday, the Doctors' Committee of the W...

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Egypt resumes commercial flights to Qatar

Egypt resumes commercial flights to Qatar

Cairo, Jan 19 (IANS) In a first since 2017, Egypt has resumed commercial flights to Qatar following a milestone agreement between the two Arab nations to resume bilateral ties.The official Egyptian TV announced that EgyptAir flight MS935 on Monday took off from the Cairo International Airport to Doh...

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Start of 2021 sees upward trend in Covid situation: WHO

Start of 2021 sees upward trend in Covid situation: WHO

Geneva, Jan 19 (IANS) Following two weeks of lower reporting towards the end of 2020, an overall upward trend of the Covid-19 pandemic has been witnessed in the first several weeks of 2021, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official said.On Monday, Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's H...

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UNSC condemns attack on Mali peacekeeping mission

UNSC condemns attack on Mali peacekeeping mission

United Nations, Jan 19 (IANS) The UN Security Council (UNSC) has strongly condemned last week's attack against a peacekeeping mission in Mali, which killed one personnel from Egypt.In a statement on Monday, the members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the f...

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UNHCR discloses funding gap to meet needs of Ethiopian refugees, IDPs

UNHCR discloses funding gap to meet needs of Ethiopian refugees, IDPs

Addis Ababa, Jan 19 (IANS) The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) disclosed that it has only received 39 per cent of the $385.1 million it needs to meet the needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees in Ethiopia.The UNHCR in its monthly fact sheet published on Monday said it was working to mee...

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Trump receives lowest job approval rating in final days as President

Trump receives lowest job approval rating in final days as President

Washington [US], January 19 (ANI): Outgoing US President Donald Trump's approval ratings have reached a record low among the American public, according to the latest Gallup survey.Thirty-four per cent of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing as president, a Gallup poll on published Monday stat...

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