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A recent military check of a Libya-bound Turkish ship carried out by German forces, as part of European Union mission to implement arms embargo in Libya, irked Ankara. Search for weapons soon turned into a diplomatic spat as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, strongly condemned it and summoned envoys of Germany, EU and Italy to Ankara seeking explanation for the “unauthorized” operation.

Expressing its objection towards the incident, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said, “We protest this action, which was conducted without authority and with the use of force.” In the defence, Germany’s defence ministry said that the search was carried out in ‘Rosalin-A’ when the authorities did not receive any word from Turkey, after forwarding the request to conduct the vessel’s search. …


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The race to get the most effective and wide spectrum vaccine to combat the novel virus is still on. The problem facing the world is how to provide for poorer nations that are not participating in developing a vaccine on their own. Some of these nations or provinces are being used for clinical trials but might not be on the gaining end after all.

The WHO is trying to ensure that history does not repeat itself as in case of the swine flu where wealthy nations were able to procure the vaccine ahead of mass distribution. A landmark global vaccine plan known as Covax is seeking to ensure an equitable distribution of future coronavirus vaccines. As a joint initiative between the Gavi vaccines alliance, the WHO and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), this initiative will ensure that participating countries inoculate at least 20% of their populations. …


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On Wednesday, Israel and Bahrain announced that they would open consulates, set up new online visa systems, and start weekly trips between the nations soon, in a widened cooperation encouraged by the US as a financial benefit and methods for isolate Iran.

On the principal official visit by Bahraini authorities to Israel, the Gulf kingdom’s foreign minister, Abdellatif Al-Zayani, was greeted at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion air terminal by his Israeli partner Gabi Ashkenazi. Bahrain and its Gulf neighbor the UAE both marked US-supported normalization Abraham accord with Israel at the White House on September 15. …


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On Saturday, the outgoing US Secretary of State is scheduled to visit Qatar, in order to meet negotiators of both the Afghan government and Taliban, separately.

Pompeo’s Doha meeting, was part of Trump administrations’ ramped up efforts to push for the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, as it committed in February, in exchange for peace talks between Afghan government and the militant group. Doha hosts the talks as it is Taliban’s official base for holding diplomatic meetings. …


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On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) official stated that the Middle East should get ready for a deadly second wave of coronavirus pandemic in the nation.

Ahmed al-Mandhari, the WHO’s regional chief for the Eastern Mediterranean, stated that people in the locale are not following the healthcare measures pointed toward alleviating the spread of the Covid-19. “Preventive steps that are functioning well presently, including face covers, are as yet not being completely followed in our locale,” Mandhari stated during a press conference on Thursday. “The physical distancing measure is also not strictly practiced here.”

The WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean area includes nations in North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. In Mandhari’s viewpoint, the region is overreliant on lockdowns. Nations that eliminated these complete bans on nonessential items didn’t establish sufficient health standards in the wake of reopening back, he added. “The increase in cases that we are observing is a consequence of the easing of lockdown and limitations,” he added. “However, lockdowns can help restrict transmission partly,” added Mandhari, who requested the legislatures and citizens to wear face covers and practice social distancing without lockdowns. …


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On Wednesday, Iraq and Saudi Arabia re-opened the Arar border crossing for trade for the first time in 30 years, according to the Iraqi Border Ports authority statement. High officials, including the Iraqi Minister of Interiors and the Saudi ambassador to Iraq, attended the Arar opening ceremony, where a line of cargo vehicles was attending since Wednesday morning, formally restarting the trade between the two countries.

According to the statement, a mission from Riyadh was to open the Saudi Arabian side of the border passage, which will be open to both goods and people. …


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On Monday, President Donald Trump asked for alternatives to strike Iran’s nuclear site a week ago but later decided not to take the stride, a US official stated.

On Thursday, Trump requested in a meeting with his top public security aides, including VP Mike Pence, his new defense secretary Christopher Miller, and General Mark Milley, director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the authority stated. Iran has given a warning if Trump moves ahead with his plans to strike on Iran’s nuclear site. Iranian government spokesperson Ali Rabiei cautioned against such an offensive. …


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Opposition presidential candidates in Somalia are expected to oppose all government-appointed election commissions and are feared to come up with plans to suspend them or select members they see as potential candidates to hold free and fair election.

Candidates are taking this step dissatisfied with the appointed commissions, which they say have been empowered by the government, as well as being filled with government employees and intelligence members. The conflict between the opposition and the government over the past month appears to be worsening.

If the opposition boycotts these commissions they are likely to come up with a plan to appoint committees to represent them and this could jeopardize the timing of the elections. There are fears of political unrest and new upheavals as elections approach. But candidates prefer delays rather than running in a full-fledged presidential election. …


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On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron, received US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for a discreet meeting described as a “courtesy” visit. The two met to discuss various issues including aggressive Turkish foreign policy, threats to global security, efforts to counter violent extremism, Iran’s “destabilizing” behavior and “malign influence” of Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Pompeo during his recent interview with French daily newspaper Le Figaro, said, “France’s president Emmanuel Macron and I agree that Turkey’s recent actions have been very aggressive … Europe and the US must work together to convince Erdogan such actions are not in the interest of his people.” …


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Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan fired his foreign minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan on Monday, as thousands of people took part in a new demonstration against the peace agreement signed with Azerbaijan. The ceasefire agreement in Nagorno-Karabakh, reached through Russian mediation, sparked controversy and angry reactions in Armenia following the announcement by Prime Minister Pashinyan last week. The deal has put an end to the battles that since the beginning of September caused thousands of deaths and tens of thousands of displaced people.

Armenia agreed to cede parts of the region to Azerbaijan, as well as other territories controlled by Armenian separatists since the war of the 1990s that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. Its announcement sparked outrage in Armenia, whose capital, Yerevan, has seen thousands of demonstrations calling for Pashinyan resignation. Protesters called the head of the government a traitor, storming and looting several government buildings. Pashinyan did not resign, but in an attempt to appease the protesters, he announced on Monday that he had decided to sack Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan. …

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