Day: April 2, 2021

UPDATE – US, Iran agree to hold indirect nuclear talks

April 2, 2021

The US said Friday it has agreed to participate in indirect nuclear talks starting next week with Iran in a potential major breakthrough that could end a months-long impasse. State Department spokesman Ned Price said that for now there would not be any direct talks with Iran, and the US would instead engage in talks […]

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UPDATE – US preparing to deliver $125M in aid to Palestinians

April 2, 2021

The Biden administration has notified Congress that it intends to distribute $125 million in aid to Palestinians that was put on ice by former President Donald Trump. The US Agency for International Development and the State Department informed Congress of their intent to disburse the funds, a congressional source told The Hill online news website. […]

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Turkey: Opposition lawmaker arrested in Ankara

April 2, 2021

An opposition lawmaker, whose seat in parliament was revoked due to his final prison sentence, was arrested in the Turkish capital Ankara on Friday. Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) was arrested from his residence by the Turkish police. On Feb. 17, Turkey’s parliament revoked his seat. The action came in light […]

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Podemos office bombed, vandalized in southern Spain

April 2, 2021

A local headquarters of Podemos, the far-left political party in Spain’s ruling coalition, was bombed and vandalized early Friday morning in the city of Cartagena. Security camera footage shows someone spray-painting insults on the office’s windows, setting what appears to be a Molotov cocktail ablaze and throwing it at the building. The office was closed […]

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UPDATE – Train derailment in Taiwan kills 36, injures 60

April 2, 2021

At least 36 people were killed and 60 others injured when a train derailed in northern Taiwan, local media reported on Friday. The eight-carriage train, which was carrying around 350 passengers, derailed in Hualien city when it entered a tunnel, reports said. The fourth and fifth carriages of the train were heavily damaged, while firefighters […]

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S.African troops to repatriate nationals in Mozambique

April 2, 2021

South Africa sent troops to northern Mozambique to help secure and repatriate stranded nationals there, President Cyril Ramaphosa said Friday. “The South African National Defense Forces [SANDF] are working very hard to secure the safety of South Africans,” Ramaphosa said at a wreath-laying ceremony for late anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. He said the SANDF troops […]

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Turkey condemns offensive stamp by S. Cyprus

April 2, 2021

Turkey’s ruling party spokesman on Friday condemned the Greek Cypriot administration stamp commemorating the 65th anniversary of the EOKA terror group. “We condemn the Greek Cypriot administration for printing a stamp commemorating the 65th anniversary of the EOKA terrorist organization,” said Omer Celik, spokesman for the Justice and Development (AK) Party on Twitter. “EOKA is […]

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Pkistani, Chinese firms to make virus jab in Pakistan

April 2, 2021

A Pakistani pharmaceutical company has signed a deal with a Chinese firm to produce a COVID-19 vaccine in the country, according to an official announcement on Thursday. In a letter to the Pakistan Stock Exchange, Searle Company Limited said it had finalized an agreement with China’s Livzon Mapharm Inc. to manufacture a novel coronavirus vaccine […]

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