Israel’s President Warns Of Civil War As Jews, Arabs Clash Over Gaza

Israel’s President Warns Of Civil War As Jews, Arabs Clash Over Gaza

Israel’s president warned of a civil war between the country’s Arabs and Jews on Wednesday as fury and fear over shelling exchanges with Palestinian militants in Gaza ignited violence in Israel’s streets.Appeals by religious and political leaders for calm, and police reinforcements and mass-arrests, appeared to do little to stem riots in several ethnically mixed towns. Israeli TV showed what it described as “near-lynchings” of Jewish and Arab motorists. The strife was touched off by sometimes violent pro-Palestinian protests by members of the Arab minority incensed at an Israeli air…

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France agrees to sell 30 Rafale fighters to Egypt

France agrees to sell 30 Rafale fighters to Egypt

Two French air force Rafale F3-R jets take off from the military airport of Andravida, southern Greece, April 19, 2021. (AFP Photo) With an aim of shoring up “national security,” Egypt ordered 30 Rafale jets from French defense firm Dassault Aviation, the North African country’s military confirmed in a statement late Monday. The order, which follows the 2015 purchase of 24 Rafale jets, will be financed through a 10-year loan, the military said. Investigative site Disclose had reported earlier Monday that the order was part of a secret mega-defense deal…

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Finland to end state of emergency as COVID-19 cases drop & will finance post-Covid stimulus with debt

Finland to end state of emergency as COVID-19 cases drop & will finance post-Covid stimulus with debt

Finland should end its COVID-19 state of emergency as infection rates decline, Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Tuesday, adding that the issue would go before parliament. “We see that the conditions no longer call for the emergency powers legislation,” Marin said. On April 9, Marin had presented a plan to relax restrictions in the run-up to the summer. The state of emergency was declared on March 1 because of a third spike in COVID-19 infections that began in late January. The daily number of coronavirus infections has been decreasing since…

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Sweden’s King Carl XVI Celebrates 75th Birthday Without Pomp

Sweden’s King Carl XVI Celebrates 75th Birthday Without Pomp

Sweden’s King Carl XVI celebrated his 75th birthday on Friday, but due to the pandemic celebrations were kept to a minimum, without the lavish flair of a royal anniversary. In contrast to the monarch’s 70th birthday when people lined the streets of Stockholm to fete him, the Swedish Royal Court said celebrations would be “limited” because of the pandemic. Instead of playing host to royals from other countries, smaller receptions were planned for the the morning with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and other senior politicians, and one with representatives from…

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Third pandemic wave in Sweden slowing down,but cases still high

Third pandemic wave in Sweden slowing down,but cases still high

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Sweden has decreased in the past week, but infections are still at a high level and it is too early to say whether the trend will continue, the Health Agency said on Tuesday. Swedenhas experienced a severe third wave of the pandemic and the number of patients treated at intensive care has been the highest since during spring last year, although deaths have remained low. The country, which has shunned lockdowns throughout the pandemic, registered 14,911 new coronavirus cases since Friday, health agency…

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Norway’s prime minister gets COVID-19 vaccine as it speeds up its vaccinations

Norway’s prime minister gets COVID-19 vaccine as it speeds up its vaccinations

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has received her first dose of a vaccine against COVID-19, her office said on Monday. Four other cabinet ministers were also vaccinated, all receiving the vaccine produced by Moderna (MRNA.O), the office said in a statement. “I hope everyone who is offered a vaccine will accept it. Vaccination will eventually allow us to reclaim the everyday life we all long for,” said Solberg, who is 60 years old. The prime minister is due to attend a NATO summit in June, and the military alliance has recommended…

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Russia’s spokesperson Maria Zakharova erupts in fury over Norway’s military deal with the United States

Russia’s spokesperson Maria Zakharova erupts in fury over Norway’s military deal with the United States

Oslo follows a deliberate and destructive line towards aggravating tensions in the Euro-Arctic region, and destroying Russian-Norwegian relations, the spokeswomen for Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in her weekly press briefing. Maria Zakharova is known for her undiplomatic comments and few raise eyebrows as she lashes out against neighboring countries. The spokeswomen’s wordings at this week’s briefing, however, were especially strong. Zakharova said Oslo’s enthusiasm over US steps to strengthen its military presence in Norway is provocative. Pointing to the recently signed agreement which opens for the United States to use four dedicated…

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44 Killed And Hundreds Hurt In Stampede During Lag BaOmer Festival at Mount Meron in Israel

44 Killed And Hundreds Hurt In Stampede During Lag BaOmer Festival at Mount Meron in Israel

A stampede at a religious festival attended by tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews in northern Israel killed at least 45 people and injured about 150 early Friday, medical officials said. It was one of the country’s deadliest civilian disasters. The stampede began when large numbers of people thronged a narrow tunnel-like passage during the event, according to witnesses and video footage. People began falling on top of each other near the end of the walkway, as they descended slippery metal stairs, witnesses said. One of the injured, Avraham Leibe,…

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Queen Elizabeth Stands Alone As Husband Prince Philip Is Buried

Queen Elizabeth Stands Alone As Husband Prince Philip Is Buried

Queen Elizabeth stood alone, head bowed as Prince Philip was lowered into the Royal Vault of St George’s Chapel in a service attended by senior royals. Queen Elizabeth bade farewell to Prince Philip at a funeral on Saturday that celebrated his seven decades of service and gave grandsons William and Harry the chance to talk in public for the first time since claims of racism threw the family into crisis. Queen Elizabeth is seen during the funeral of her husband Prince Philip Elizabeth, dressed in black and in a white…

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Finland ranked happiest country in the world once again in 2021

Finland ranked happiest country in the world once again in 2021

Finland has been named the happiest place in the world for a fourth year running, in an annual UN-sponsored report. The World Happiness Report saw Denmark in second place, then Switzerland, Iceland and the Netherlands. New Zealand was again the only non-European nation in the top 10. The UK fell from 13th to 17th place. Data from analytics researcher Gallup asked people in 149 countries to rate their own happiness. Measures including social support, personal freedom, gross domestic product (GDP) and levels of corruption were also factored in. The country…

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