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UAE-Israel agreement followed many years of discreet talks

DUBAI: Secret talks and quiet ties – that’s what paved the way for last week’s deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to normalize relations. Touted by President Donald Trump as a major Mideast breakthrough, the agreement was in fact the culmination of more than a decade of quiet ...

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Putin claims to develop COVID-19 vaccine

MOSCOW: Russia President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia has become the first country in the world to give regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after barely two months of human trials, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess. The development paves the way for ...

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World surpasses 20 million coronavirus cases

ROME: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide topped 20 million, more than half of them from the United States, India and Brazil, as Russia on Tuesday became the first country to approve a vaccine against the virus. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that one of his two adult daughters ...

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Coronavirus death toll in UK rises to 46,574

LONDON: Coronavirus cases have risen above the crucial 1,000-a-day target for the first time since June as fears grow over a potential second wave. A further 1,062 people have tested positive for the disease – bringing the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases to 310,825.The figure represents a 43 per ...

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Eight including French citizens killed by gunmen in Niger

NIGER: Eight people, including six employees of a French aid group, were killed by gunmen in an area of Niger that is home to the last West African giraffes, officials said. The gunmen arrived on motorcycles and opened fire, happened at Tillabéri region, a town about 65km (40 miles) from ...

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Lebanon government to resign over blast fallout

BEIRUT: Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab was expected to announce his government’s resignation amid popular outrage over the deadly Beirut port explosion that has reignited angry street protests. The under-fire cabinet, struggling to weather the political storm, met amid widespread demands for an end to an entrenched political system widely ...

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More than a dozen killed in ‘devastating’ India plane crash

KOZHIKODE: The black box of Air India flight IX-1344 that crashed in Kerala killing at least 18 people has been recovered, the Indian aviation minister said. The plane carrying 190 people crash-landed during bad weather night and tore in two, injuring scores of passengers. The Boeing 737, on a special ...

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Registers Victory In Sri Lanka’s Polls

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa staged a political comeback as his party registered a landslide victory in the twice-postponed general elections, according to the final results released by the elections commission. The official results declared showed that the Sri Lanka People’s Party (SLPP) alone had won 145 seats and ...

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Lebanon information minister quits over deadly port blast

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s information minister Manal Abdel Samad on Sunday quit in the first government resignation since a deadly port blast killed more than 150 people and destroyed swathes of the capital. “After the enormous Beirut catastrophe, I announce my resignation from government,” she said in a statement carried by local ...

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