• Israel tells France it is taking spyware allegations 'seriously'

      Israel tells France it is taking spyware allegations 'seriously'

      Israel is taking seriously allegations that spyware developed by an Israeli company was used against public figures worldwide, Defence Minister Benny Gantz told his French counterpart during a visit to Paris on Wednesday, Reuters reported. Israeli defence chief Benny Gantz met French Defence Minister Florence Parly in part to share initial findings from an Israeli government assessment of exports to France by NSO Group, which sells the Pegasus spyware.

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    • Biden meets Belarus opposition leader, expresses support for democracy

      Biden meets Belarus opposition leader, expresses support for democracy

      US President Joe Biden met on Wednesday with Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya at the White House, in a strong show of support for pro-democracy protesters who say she won last year's election, AFP reported. "I was honored to meet with @Tsihanouskaya at the White House this morning," Biden said in a tweet, referring to the exiled opposition figure leading the fight against strongman Alexander Lukashenko. "The United States stands with the people of Belarus in their quest for democracy and universal human rights," he added.

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    • UK ends quarantine for vaccinated visitors from US and EU, France excluded

      UK ends quarantine for vaccinated visitors from US and EU, France excluded

      Fully vaccinated travelers from the United States and much of Europe will be able to enter Britain without quarantining starting next week, UK officials said Wednesday, AP reported. The British government said people who have received both doses of a vaccine approved by the FDA in the US or by the European Medicines Agency, which regulates drugs for the European Union and several other countries, will be able to take pre- and post-arrival coronavirus tests instead of self-isolating for 10 days after entering England.

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    • Fast vaccination drives up the UK economy

      Fast vaccination drives up the UK economy

      The UK economy would grow faster than previously expected this year on the back of fast vaccination rollout, shows a paper, issued by the International Monetary Fund. The Fund said that the prospects of rich and poor nations diverged more due to differing access to Covid vaccines, BBC elaborated. The forecast for the UK reaches as high as 7% growth of GDP.

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    • Tunisia Islamist party counters president

      Tunisia Islamist party counters president

      The leader of Tunisia’s Islamist party and speaker of parliament that his party is working to form a “national front” to counter President Kais Saied’s decision to suspend the legislature, fire top government officials and take control of the fragile democracy amid the country’s multi-layered crisis.

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    • Clashes on Armenia-Azerbaijan border leave 3 dead, 4 wounded

      Clashes on Armenia-Azerbaijan border leave 3 dead, 4 wounded

      Armenia’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday that three of its troops were killed and two more were wounded in clashes with Azerbaijani forces on the border between the two ex-Soviet nations, which have been locked in a decades-long tug-of-war over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said two of its servicemen were wounded Wednesday.

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    • Biden picks a longtime aide as US ambassador to the EU

      Biden picks a longtime aide as US ambassador to the EU

      US President Joe Biden on Tuesday nominated his longtime aide Mark Gitenstein as ambassador to the European Union while his administration looks to prioritize relations with the 27-nation bloc, AFP reported. Gitenstein served under former president Barack Obama as ambassador to Romania, where he has ancestral ties, using his position to push against abuses of power and in favour of privatization in the young democracy.

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    • Vaccinated people in hotspots to resume wearing masks indoors: US health authority

      Vaccinated people in hotspots to resume wearing masks indoors: US health authority

      People vaccinated against Covid-19 in high-risk parts of the United States should resume wearing masks indoors, the top health authority said Tuesday, a major reversal in guidance that underscored the country's struggle to suppress the Delta variant, AFP reported. President Joe Biden said the announcement showed that America needs to "do better" on vaccinations, adding that a vaccine mandate for the country's more than two million federal workers was now "under consideration."

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    • Julian Assange loses Ecuadorian citizenship

      Julian Assange loses Ecuadorian citizenship

      An administrative court in Quito has revoked Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's Ecuadorian citizenship, news wires reported. According to the newspaper El Comercio, the court rules that administrative errors were made when citizenship was granted to Australian-born Assange in 2017.

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