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United Nations arms embargoes on Iran expire despite US objections

“Today’s normalization of Iran’s defense cooperation with the world is a victory for the cause of multilateralism, peace and security in our region,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter. The United Nations banned Iran from purchasing major foreign weapon systems in 2010 due to tensions over its nuclear program. A previous embargo targeted Iranian arms exports. The …

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One of the world’s toughest blockades for coronavirus is resolved in Melbourne, by a whisker

MELBOURNE, Australia: After more than 100 days under one of the longest and most severe lockdowns in the world, residents of Australia’s second largest city are getting a hard-earned respite, but the terms highlight the deep global gap on the need for lockdowns to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. Since July 9, Melbourne residents have been banned from leaving their homes …

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The Israelis impose the second Covid blockade: citizens ignore it

After a nearly two-month nationwide quarantine last spring – in which Israel’s 9 million residents largely complied with stay-at-home orders – the Fall Lockdown II proved far more escapist and controversial. A restless public – doubtful that restrictions are necessary, desperate to make a living, and outraged at reports of politicians ignoring their own rules – have been less willing …

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33 Fairbanks Correctional Center inmates test positive for COVID-19

We are making this important information about the pandemic available without a subscription as a public service. But we depend on the reader’s support to make this work. Consider joining others to support independent journalism in Alaska for just $ 3.23 a week. Nearly three dozen people incarcerated at a state corrective facility in Fairbanks have tested positive for COVID-19, …

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The Dutch king interrupts a short vacation in Greece after criticism

“We see people’s reactions to reports in the media,” said Willem-Alexander and his wife, Queen Maxima, in a statement released Friday by the Royal House. “We don’t want to leave doubts about the need to follow the guidelines to keep the COVID-19 virus under control. The discussion during our holidays does not contribute to this.” Although the king’s vacation to …

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