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Yemen warring parties agree to UN call for a ceasefire

Five years after the Saudi-led invasion and bombing of Yemen, a ceasefire appears likely as the major warring parties have offered their support for a UN call for an immediate ceasefire which is being called because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dour Moscow mayor сomes to fore as 'PM for coronavirus'

Moscow - At a televised meeting with Vladimir Putin, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin flatly told the President that official figures on COVID-19 cases were far from the reality.

Taiwan says US media expelled from China are welcome

Taipei - American journalists expelled by China are welcome to set up shop in Taiwan, foreign minister Joseph Wu said Saturday, as the democratic island burnishes its credentials as a regional free speech haven.

Q&A: How private search can curb retargeted political ads Special

For many people, political advertising is a huge privacy concern: candidates are buying data about you that’s culled not only from social media sites but also from your search history., says Sally Payze, Director of Operations at Startpage.

Op-Ed: Canada attacks U.S. plan to deploy troops along Canadian border

American government officials inside Donald Trump’s White House are actively discussing putting troops near the Canadian borders in light of U.S. border security concerns around the coronavirus pandemic, according to sources.

Op-Ed: Afghan government and Taliban hold talks on prisoner swap

Taliban and Afghan officials have met once again but this time by video conference due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, they are to schedule a face-to-face meeting with the next couple of days.

Op-Ed: Trump — 'LameStream Media' to blame for keeping country closed

As Americans stay indoors for another week, President Donald Trump is getting antsy - wanting life to return to normal -- not just for the nation, but for himself. Trump wants the country open for business by April 12 - come hell or high water.

Canada objects to US plan to post troops at border

Ottawa - Canada opposes a plan by the United States to send troops to its northern frontier to catch border jumpers who may be carrying COVID-19, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday.

Israel's Gantz elected speaker, to seek unity govt with Netanyahu

Jerusalem - Israel's Benny Gantz called for an emergency unity government after being elected parliament speaker Thursday, surprise developments that point towards an interim alliance with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to tackle coronavirus.

Pompeo attacks Chinese virus campaign at G7 as Europeans seek cooperation

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that the Group of Seven powers were united in opposing China's coronavirus "disinformation," but European allies emphasized cooperation to fight the global pandemic.

Saudi king urges coordinated G20 response to coronavirus crisis

Apo - Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Thursday urged G20 leaders to take "effective and coordinated" action to combat the global crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, amid forecasts of a deep economic recession.

Kosovo government toppled by no-confidence vote

Pristina - Kosovo's government was toppled by a no-confidence vote Wednesday less than two months after coming to power, plunging the unstable democracy into political uncertainty as it tries to halt the spread of coronavirus.

Most Poles want presidential vote postponed: survey

Warsaw - Poland's government was under growing pressure over its decision to maintain the May presidential election despite the coronavirus pandemic, after opposition objections and a new opinion poll released Wednesday.

Netanyahu ally resigns as speaker of Israel parliament

Jerusalem - The speaker of Israel's parliament, an ally of Benjamin Netanyahu, resigned Wednesday, clearing the way for a vote that could see him replaced by an opponent of the embattled premier.

Op-Ed: US & UAE held wargames against Iran in Abu Dhabi despite pandemic

A number of planned wargames have been delayed because of fears they would help spread the coronavirus. However, the US and United Arab Emirates (UAE) carried on the biennial Native Fury to send a message to Iran.

Op-Ed: US cuts $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan

The Trump administration cut $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan on Monday. This followed an visit to the capital Kabul by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

EU regains 'crediblity' with Balkan move

Apo - EU ministers on Tuesday approved starting membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania, a move hailed as restoring "credibility" after months of damaging delays and bickering.

Op-Ed: New Iraqi PM designate faces rejection

Iraq is struggling to form an interim government that could prepare for early elections. However, the newest Prime Minister (PM) designate Adnan Zurufi may be the latest to fail as several pro-Iranian Shi'ite groups publicly reject him.

Hungary opposition brakes passage of new emergency powers

Budapest - Hungary's opposition refused Monday to let the government fast-track a bill through parliament which would give the executive sweeping new powers, including the right to extend the state of emergency declared to fight the coronavirus.
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