style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>US eyes agreement on F-35 jets with UAE by December

By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe

epa07991080 An Israeli F-35 fighter jet takes off during the joint Air Forces drill ‘Blue Flag’ at the Ovda Air Force Base in the Negev Desert, southern Israel, 11 November 2019 (issued 12 November 2019). EPA-EFE/ABIR SULTAN Soldiers from the United States, Germany, Italy and Greece, along with Israel, are taking part in the biennial drill that aims to improve cooperation between the countries air forces EPA-EFE/ABIR SULTAN

An Israeli F-35 fighter jet takes off during the joint Air Forces drill 'Blue Flag' at the Ovda Air Force Base in the Negev Desert, southern Israel, 11 November 2019 (issued 12 November 2019).

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  The delivery time is probably another six or seven years from now, if they got [approval to purchase the aircraft],” Friedman said in an interview, Israeli media reported. The same day, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper pledged to help maintain Israel’s military superiority in the Middle East, amid growing concerns by Tel Aviv over UAE’s possible purchase of the F-35 fighter jets. Esper’s statement followed a meeting with Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz and other US defence officials in the Pentagon, where they discussed ways of maintaining Israel’s advantage in the region. The news came a week after the UAE and Bahrain signed US-brokered agreements to normalise diplomatic relations with Israel. “The Emiratis have been trying to get the F-35 for six or seven years. Such move would make UAE the first Gulf state to possess the stealth jets. The United States and the United Arab Emirates are hoping to reach an initial agreement on the sale of F-35 stealth fighter jets to the Gulf state by early December, Reuters reported on Tuesday citing sources close to the negotiations. On Wednesday, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said it would likely take six to seven years before the UAE receives the F-35 stealth fighter jet. The sources said the goal is to have a letter of agreement in place in time for UAE National Day celebrated on December 2. Any deal achieved should respect a 2008 law and a decades-older policy foreseeing that the US is prohibited from making arms sales to countries in the Middle East if the Pentagon determines that doing so would damage Israel’s so-called “Qualitative Military Edge.”
The report supports that Washington is studying ways to make the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 more visible to Israeli radar systems, however, it is still unclear whether this means changing the jet or supplying Israel with technology to identify the Emirati jets, so that the stealth craft cannot evade its radars.
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“We should renew our commitment to leave no one behind, especially women, youth, children, elders, persons with disabilities, disproportionately affected by the crisis. Turning to the global economy, Tokayev urged the UN delegates to step up urgent concerted efforts for a truly global economic recovery. Although Kazakhstan is highly dependent on fossil fuels and has a long way to go to meet Paris 2030 targets, the countru’s commitment to develop a decarbonised economy has no alternative, he said. “I join the Secretary-General’s call on rescue package amounting to 10% of the world economy and share his view that the response to the pandemic should be based on a New Global Deal to create equal and broader opportunities for all,” he said.  During past months we have witnessed strong solidarity all over the world through volunteering. Thirdly, it may be necessary to revise the International Health Regulations to increase the World Health Organization’s capacity, and to develop national capabilities in preventing and responding to diseases. “Kazakhstan was among the first to repatriate our women and children from war-torn Syria and Iraq. Kazakhstan is very vulnerable to the various effects of the climate change. As to regional stability, the rational use of transboundary water resources is instrumental. “I hope that the upcoming High-Level Meeting on Financing for Development will produce concrete measures. We have decriminalised defamation, adopted new laws on political parties and on the peaceful mass meetings,” he said, adding that the country has reduced the gender Inequality Index value by two times and have introduced a mandatory 30% quota for women and youth in election party lists. But the post-COVID recovery gives us unique opportunity to put environmental protection at the forefront of international agenda. It is our strong belief that the United Nations must lead the global effort to overcome the pandemic, accelerate recovery and improve prospects for global governance,” he said. Due to the immensely growing demand for confidence-building, Kazakhstan aims to transform Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia into a full-fledged organization for security and development in Asia, he said.  In this context, we note the importance of convening a Food Systems Summit in 2021,” he said. The Kazakh President said the Islamic Organization for Food Security, initiated by his country is ready to assist the international humanitarian campaign through the creation of food reserves. Kazakhstan urged all Member States to join its appeal to nuclear powers to take necessary and urgent measures to save the humankind from a nuclear disaster. In Kazakhstan I announced the current year as a Year of Volunteers,” he said. “Firstly, to build a strong global health system priority must be given to upgrading national health institutions through timely and coordinated support from developed countries and UN agencies,” he said. The nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament crisis is looming right behind the pandemic.   The largest disruption of education systems in history should be stopped from becoming a generational catastrophe. “We will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2030 through economic overhaul and industrial modernisation. “We have helped 4.5 million fellow-citizens who temporarily lost their income during pandemic having allocated for this goal 1.1 billion dollars. Tokayev invited all countries to join the Code of Conduct for Achieving a World Free of Terrorism.  Landlocked developing countries have been particularly hard-hit by COVID-19 which has severely damaged trade and supply chains,” Tokayev said. “The climate emergency is a race we are losing. Over a million people have received food and household packages. “Secondly, we must take the politics out of the vaccine. According to the Kazakh President, the international community needs to do more to combat the health crisis following the coronavirus outbreak. As the current Chair of the LLDC Group, Kazakhstan has proposed a UN Roadmap to reinvigorate implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action, he said. To acknowledge the role of volunteers, I propose the United Nations to proclaim an International Year of Mobilising Volunteers for Development. Fourthly, we suggest that the idea of a network of Regional Centres for Disease Control and Biosafety under the UN auspices be closely examined. We thus propose the establishment of a Regional water and energy consortium,” he said, adding, “To coordinate development agenda in the region we intend to institutionalise a UN-led regional SDGs Center in Almaty”. “The highest expectation of our people is practical deliverables within Agenda 2030. “Kazakhstan proposes to establish a special multilateral body – the International Agency for Biological Safety – based on the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention and accountable to the UN Security Council,” he said. In light of the global pandemic, launching of a biological weapons control system is becoming more acute than ever, Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said at the General Debate of the 75th session of the UNGA “The future we want, the UN we need: Reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism” on September 23. It was an unprecedented measure in our part of the world,” he said. We must unite around the UN’s six climate positive actions. That is why we urge all P5 countries to ratify the respective Protocols to the Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone Treaties, including Semipalatinsk Treaty,” he said. Turning to climate change, Tokayev said it’s an existential crisis for the world civilisation. “Kazakhstan has been the role model of a responsible state by willingly abandoning its nuclear arsenal and shutting down world’s biggest nuclear test site.  We believe that legally-binding negative security assurances should be given to every non-nuclear-weapon state.  The very basic target, zero hunger is to be provided unconditionally. The tragedies of Aral Sea and Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site, the rapid melting of glaciers, and desertification threaten not only Kazakhstan and Central Asian region, but also the entire world,” he said. We need prompt and well-coordinated steps to get back on track for an accelerated SDG Decade of Action – probably the most critical decade of our generation. And yet, in next five years we will plant more than two billion trees,” he said. However, continuous erosion of the non-proliferation regime leaves us in a dangerous position,” he said. Tokayev called for the suspension of debt repayments by the poorest countries to help reduce uncertainty. Civic engagement and private sector involvement are also critical for solving current pressing problems. Central Asia is undergoing rapid transformation through significant expansion of regional cooperation in various fields. It was not an easy decision, but absolutely necessary one. International financial institutions need to implement innovative solutions like debt-to-health system swaps. “No doubt that a prosperous, strong and united Central Asia is beneficial both for regional and global stakeholders. “In this respect we appreciate an active role played by relevant UN institutions including the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization. “Therefore, we conduct political and economic reforms that are expected to give a boost to the development of our society to meet up the expectations of our people. Tokayev noted that regional cooperation has always been Kazakhstan’s main focus and commitment. It is not too late for reaching a COVID-19 vaccine trade and investment agreement that would protect global production and supply chains. Turning to the national level, Tokayev said Kazakhstan is determined to build an economically strong, democratically advanced and human-oriented “Listening State”. Kazakhstan stands ready to host such a regional centre,” Tokayev said.

style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>At UN, Kazakhstan proposes multilateral biological weapons control system

By New Europe Online/KG

Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev gives a speech via video link to the UN, September 22, 2020. AKORDA

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“Today I was informed that someone I met earlier this week has tested positive for Covid-19,” Dombrovskis wrote in a Twitter post on Wednesday evening. In line with public health guidance, I have taken a test and am self-isolating and working from home. I have no symptoms and feel well. He added that “in line with public health guidance, I have taken a test and I am self-isolating and working from home.”

Today I was informed that someone I met earlier this week has tested positive for Covid-19. I have no symptoms and feel well,” his Twitter post reads. Dombrovskis’ and Maas’ self-isolation came a day after EU Council President Charles Michel postponed the extraordinary summit scheduled for September 24 and 25, after he learned that one of his security guards had tested positive for COVID-19. — Valdis Dombrovskis (@VDombrovskis) September 23, 2020

Earlier in the day, Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas went into quarantine after a security staff member tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The European Commission’s Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis on Wednesday went into precautionary quarantine, after he learned that a person with whom he came into contact earlier this week, had tested positive for the novel Coronavirus. Maas’ first COVID-19 test came back negative, the German Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Michel tested negative on Monday and according to Belgian Coronavirus rules, he went into quarantine. During the meeting physical distancing was observed. “During the meeting physical distancing was observed. The German FM was in Brussels on Monday, for talks with his EU counterparts, during the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC).

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The meeting runs from 11 to 12 September. The meeting runs from 11 to 12 September. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Commission’s Executive VP Dombrovskis goes into precautionary quarantine

By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe

epa08663582 Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice President of the European Commission, speaks to the media at the conclusion of an informal meeting of European Union ministers for economic and financial affairs at the InterContinental Hotel Berlin, in Berlin, Germany, 12 September 2020. EPA-EFE/SEAN GALLUP / POOL EPA-EFE/SEAN GALLUP / POOL

Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice President of the European Commission, speaks to the media at the conclusion of an informal meeting of European Union ministers for economic and financial affairs at the InterContinental Hotel Berlin, in Berlin, Germany, 12 September 2020.
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style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Four more member states join EU medical strategic stockpile

By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe

epa08687955 European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic puts on his face mask during an online media conference at the European Commission headquarters on the coronavirus pandemic, in Brussels, 22 September 2020. EPA-EFE/Francisco Seco / POOL

European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic puts on his face mask during an online media conference at the European Commission headquarters on the coronavirus pandemic, in Brussels, 22 September 2020. EPA-EFE/Francisco Seco / POOL
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The rescEU stock of medical equipment gets bigger: #Denmark, #Greece, #Hungary & #Sweden joined Germany and Romania as host states. The high grade medical stocks now include FFP2 and FFP3 masks, protective gowns, gloves, as well as ventilators. #StrongerTogether🇪🇺
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— Janez Lenarčič (@JanezLenarcic) September 22, 2020 “With winter approaching and coronavirus cases increasing, the rescEU is stepping up a gear,” Lenarcic wrote in a Twitter post on Tuesday. Denmark, Greece, Hungary and Sweden have joined Germany and Romania as host countries of the rescEU medical equipment strategic reserve, the European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic announced on Tuesday. Talking to journalists in Brussels, Lenarcic said that the Coronavirus emergency has demonstrated the “limited availability of personal protective equipment and other vital medical supplies worldwide.”
The rescEU reserve was established in March when the Coronavirus pandemic hit Europe, after it became clear that member states could not respond to the constantly increasing demand for medical and personal protective equipment. With the reserve being entirely financed by the Commission, six member states are now in the process of building a common European stockpile of life-saving equipment and other vital medical supplies, the Commissioner said. He added that the rescEU reserve is due to be distributed in cases of medical emergencies or when national health systems are overwhelmed. He added that “the rescEU stock of medical equipment gets bigger: Denmark, Greece, Hungary and Sweden joined Germany and Romania as host states.”

With winter approaching and #coronavirus cases increasing, the #rescEU is stepping up a gear.

style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>German Foreign Minister Maas enters precautionary quarantine

By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe

epa08685801 German Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas attends a Foreign affairs ministers council in Brussels, Belgium, 21 September 2020. EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET / POOL EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET / POOL

German Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas attends a Foreign affairs ministers council in Brussels, Belgium, 21 September 2020.

The announcement came a day after EU Council President Charles Michel postponed the extraordinary summit scheduled for September 24 and 25, after he learned that one of his security guards had tested positive for COVID-19. Maas’ first COVID-19 test came back negative, the Ministry added. “Foreign Minister Maas put himself into quarantine after a member of his personal protection team was infected with COVID-19,” the German Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Michel tested negative on Monday and according to Belgian Coronavirus rules, he went into quarantine. As a result of his self-isolation, Maas was forced to cancel his upcoming trip to Jordan. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas went into quarantine on Wednesday after a security staff member tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
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Turkish seismic exploration vessel Oruc Reis is seen in the Antalya Harbor after it returned from Mediterranean Sea in Antalya, Turkey 17 September 2020. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Greece, Turkey agree to resume exploratory talks on East Med

By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe

epa08675320 Turkish seismic exploration vessel Oruc Reis is seen in the Antalya Harbor after it returned from Mediterranean Sea in Antalya, Turkey 17 September 2020. Turkish exploration vessel Oruc Reis has returned to coastal waters close to Antalya, a Turkish province after spending some time near Greek islands in recent weeks, that had caused considerable tensions between NATO member Greece and Turkey. EPA-EFE/STR
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Greece’s Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias has called on the EU to “step up” its response to Turkey’s aggression, citing it is a matter that concerns the EU27 and not just some member states. For Turkey, Athens’ territorial claims are groundless, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accusing Greece of trying to exclude his country from the benefits of the oil and gas findings in the region. Greece and Turkey have agreed to resume exploratory talks in Istanbul in a bid to resolve their disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean, both sides said on Tuesday, following German-led efforts to de-escalate tensions in the region. The latest flare-up began in August when Ankara sent its research vessel Oruc Reis accompanied by warships, to conduct seismic research and drilling operations in part of the Greek continental shelf. EU-Germany-Turkey trilateral talks
The announcement for the resumption of exploratory talks followed a trilateral videoconference earlier in the day with EU Council President Charles Michel and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country currently holds the rotating presidency of the council. Their call came ahead of the extraordinary summit on the Eastern Mediterranean, initially scheduled for September 24 and 25, which was postponed to October 1 and 2, as Michel went into quarantine, after possible exposure to Coronavirus. During the talks, the Turkish President also floated the idea that “a regional conference to be held with the participation of all the parties in the Eastern Mediterranean, including the Turkish Cypriots, will yield positive and constructive decisions that will benefit everyone.” “Pointing out that Germany’s mediation efforts are appreciated, President Erdogan said that  the steps to be taken by Greece will be important as to how the mutual understanding reached on the revitalisation of exploratory talks and other channels of dialogue will move forward,” reads a statement issued by the Turkish Presidency after the trilateral meeting. Without specifying a date, the Greek Foreign Ministry said in a statement that “Greece and Turkey have agreed to hold the 61st round of exploratory talks in Istanbul, in the near future.”
The last round of exploratory talks between the two countries was held in 2016.

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SHELL/STUART CONWAY style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Shell, Microsoft join forces to cut CO2 emissions

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The Egmond aan Zee wind farm off the Dutch coast is a 50-50 joint venture between European utility company Nuon and Shell. The Egmond aan Zee wind farm off the Dutch coast is a 50-50 joint venture between European utility company Nuon and Shell.
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“These complex challenges can’t be solved in isolation, or by doing business as usual,” says Judson Althoff, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Commercial Business, said in a press release. The business plans Shell has today will not get it there, so its plans must change over time, as society and its customers also change. Shell recognizes that becoming a net-zero emissions energy business is a huge task. In order to meet the challenges of energy transition, Microsoft and Royal Dutch Shell have announced a strategic alliance to jointly develop technologies that will help them accelerate achieving their carbon reduction ambitions, while helping customers and other organisations reduce their own emissions. “We are proud of our relationship. “We are seeing a cultural shift, not just internally, but everywhere. With technology flowing both ways, the companies can learn from each other and implement solutions together, which will also create new opportunities for their customers and suppliers to reduce their carbon footprints. They will collaborate on a digital platform to help small to medium sized companies calculate their carbon footprints, while exploring new ways for customers to find and access low-carbon solutions and products. Going forward, Shell and Microsoft aim to develop additional digital tools to help Shell’s suppliers reduce their carbon footprints. Together, we are working to understand those needs and to find ways to address them. “Microsoft and Shell each have customers across many industries and their needs are changing. Similarly, Shell’s ambition is to be a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050 or sooner in step with society and customers. The alliance is expected help Shell suppliers decarbonise. And today we are going further.”
As Shell supplies energy and products to Microsoft, the alliance will begin to merge digital transformation into energy transformation. Microsoft’s plan is to become carbon negative by reducing its emissions and then removing more carbon from the earth’s atmosphere than it emits. Shell and Microsoft also are exploring opportunities to advance the use of sustainable aviation fuels. We have to change the way we do business,” said Dan Jeavons, Shell’s general manager of data science. Shell and Microsoft will also work together to provide tools and solutions that help customers manage their carbon footprint. Shell is innovating in large-scale renewable energy and advanced technologies that drive efficiency into industrial processes. “Together we already develop, test and deliver technologies that push the boundaries of what can be achieved,” Shell Downstream Director Huibert Vigeveno said. Shell is already using Azure to develop a digital tool to track supplier emissions, show baselines, set targets and develop plans for its own operations to achieve these targets. That will unlock tremendous value for Shell, Microsoft, our customers and beyond.”
Digital technology will play a key role in the energy transition, which is where the expertise of Shell and Microsoft align. “We are proud to play our role in a sustainable future, and we know that a successful energy transition depends on strong technology partnerships anchored in co-innovation and development with leaders in the energy sector.”
Under the alliance, the two companies will continue advancing Shell’s digital transformation, building on an extensive technology portfolio. Microsoft will help build new artificial intelligence (AI) solutions that accelerate Shell’s digital transformation and Shell will supply products and services that help Microsoft in its drive to net zero carbon emissions.

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style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Palestinian Authority quits Arab League in protest over Israel peace deals

By Elena Pavlovska
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epa07702945 Palestinian National Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki during a joint press conference following a meeting with Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek (unseen) at the Czernin Palace, in Prague, Czech Republic, 08 July 2019. EPA-EFE/MILAN KAMMERMAYER

Palestinian National Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki during a joint press conference following a meeting with Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek (unseen) at the Czernin Palace, in Prague, Czech Republic, 08 July 2019. EPA-EFE/MILAN KAMMERMAYER

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The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday quit its rotating chairmanship of Arab League meetings. “Palestine has decided to concede its right to chair the League’s council [of foreign ministers] at its current session. “The state of Palestine … refuses to record in its history the association of its presidency with the regression in values and principles that was evident in the last meeting of the council of foreign ministers”, Maliki said. Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates signed deals in Washington on September 15 that normalize ties with Israel, a move the Palestinians view as a blow to their efforts to end the Israeli occupation and achieve an independent state. Earlier this month, the Palestinians failed to persuade the Arab League to condemn nations breaking ranks and normalising relations with Israel. There is no honour in seeing Arabs rush towards normalisation during its presidency”, foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki said.
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The United States, Taliban and Afghanistan government delegations officially began the intra-Afghan negotiations on 12 September 2020. EPA-EFE/STRINGER The United States, Taliban and Afghanistan government delegations officially began the intra-Afghan negotiations on 12 September 2020. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Freed Taliban fighters returning to battlefield, top Afghan negotiator says

By Elena Pavlovska
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epa08663346 Afghanistan Peace Grand Council chief, Abdullah Abdullah speaks during the opening session of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, 12 September 2020. EPA-EFE/STRINGER

Afghanistan Peace Grand Council chief, Abdullah Abdullah speaks during the opening session of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, 12 September 2020.

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I repeat my call to the Taliban themselves and also to all partners who have any leverage over the Taliban to press on that point”, Abdullah said. Afghanistan and Taliban peace talk negotiators held their first session last week in Doha. Some of the Taliban prisoners who were released by the Afghan government as a condition for peace talks have returned to the battlefield, lead Kabul negotiator Abdullah Abdullah has said. He also warned that some of the Taliban prisoners released by the Afghan authorities as a condition for talks had resumed the fight against the government: “I do know that some have returned to the battlefield, which is a violation of the agreement that they had made”, Abdullah said. Abdullah said the negotiations have been positive, but stressed the two sides remain far from agreement on virtually every issue. Under the US-Taliban deal signed in February, a prisoner swap of about 5,000 Taliban prisoners and 1,000 detained Afghan security personnel was agreed as a confidence-building measure ahead of formal peace talks aimed at ending the 19-year war. “Unfortunately, so far, the level of violence is very high and to a level that is not acceptable for the people. Since signing the agreement, the Taliban have kept a promise not to attack US and NATO troops, but they have carried out regular attacks on Afghan security forces.

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German federal court, BGH, is due to announce its long awaited decision 29 May 2020 in data protection lawsuit in a consumer centres vs Facebook case. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Facebook removes Chinese accounts active in Philippines and US politics

By Elena Pavlovska
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epa08445018 (FILE) – A close-up image showing the Facebook app on an iPhone in Kaarst, Germany, 08 November 2017 (reissued 25 May 2020). German federal court, BGH, is due to announce its long awaited decision 29 May 2020 in data protection lawsuit in a consumer centres vs Facebook case. EPA-EFE/SASCHA STEINBACH

A close-up image showing the Facebook app on an iPhone in Kaarst, Germany, 08 November 2017 (reissued 25 May 2020). EPA-EFE/SASCHA STEINBACH

Facebook said Tuesday it had removed a network of inauthentic Chinese accounts that were interfering in Asian and American politics, adding that some of them posted material supporting and opposing United States’ president Donald Trump. The company said it had suspended 155 accounts on its main platform and 6 Instagram accounts. It added that the network of accounts, pages and groups used virtual private networks and other tools to make it appear they were operated from somewhere other than China. The US accounts posted content fueling both sides of the upcoming American election, Facebook said. The most widely followed accounts were in the Philippines, where they shared content supporting China’s actions in the contested South China Sea and president Rodrigo Duterte.
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“He is nobody’s fool. Earlier this week, Navalny requested from Russia to hand over the clothes he was wearing when he fell into the coma, accusing Moscow of withholding an important piece of evidence in his case. His spokeswoman said he planned to return to Russia as soon as he recovers. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been discharged from a hospital in Berlin, after more than a month of treatment for poisoning with a nerve agent from the Novichok group. As a result, I, like a fool, spent 18 days in a coma but failed to achieve what I wanted. “Based on the patient’s progress and current condition, the treating physicians believe that complete recovery is possible. The 44-year-old Kremlin critic on August 20 fell ill on a flight from Siberia to Moscow, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Omsk, where he spent two days in hospital before being evacuated to Germany, where he received treatment for 32 days, including 24 days in intensive care. However, it remains too early to gauge the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning,” the hospital added. “Putin has outsmarted me,” Navalny wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday. While German authorities support there is “unequivocal” evidence he was poisoned, citing tests carried out in labs in Germany, France and Sweden, Moscow said it has yet to see evidence of a crime and refused to open a criminal investigation. The provocation has failed!,” he added. “The patient’s condition had improved sufficiently for him to be discharged from acute inpatient care,” the Charite hospital said in a statement on Wednesday.
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Navalny was treated at the Charite hospital in Berlin since 22 August 2020 for being poisoned with a nerve agent from the Novichok group. The Charite hospital in Berlin announced, that Navalny has been discharged on 22 September 2020, saying the state of health of Alexei Nawalny has ‘improved so far that the acute medical treatment could be terminated’. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Russian opposition leader Navalny discharged from Berlin hospital

By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe

epa08689803 An undated, recent handout photo made available by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny via his Instagram site shows Navalny on the stairs at the Charite hospital in Berlin, Germany (reissued on 23 September 2020). EPA-EFE/ALEXEI NAVALNY HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

An undated, recent handout photo made available by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny via his Instagram site shows Navalny on the stairs at the Charite hospital in Berlin, Germany (reissued on 23 September 2020).K

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EPA-EFE/JESSICA TAYLOR / UK PARLIAMENT style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>UK to impose tougher COVID restrictions

By Elena Pavlovska
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epa08688500 A handout picture made available by the UK Parliament shows Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking in the House of Commons in London, Britain, 22 September 2020. EPA-EFE/JESSICA TAYLOR / UK PARLIAMENT HANDOUT MANDATORY CREDIT: UK PARLIAMENT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

A handout picture made available by the UK Parliament shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking in the House of Commons in London, Britain, 22 September 2020. Johnson spoke about new restrictive measures against the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Johnson spoke about new restrictive measures against the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
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He added that the measures, which could be in place for up to six months, would be bolstered by greater penalties for infringements, a boosted police presence and military back-up. On Monday, the country recorded 4,368 new infections, levels not seen since early May, when Britain was only beginning to emerge from lockdown. On Tuesday, the government ordered pubs to shut early and abandoned calls for people to return to the workplace. The United Kingdom’s prime minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday he had to take action to curb the spread of coronavirus cases, but that the economy could continue to move forward despite new restrictions. The UK has the worst COVID-19 death toll in Europe, with almost 42,000 deaths so far. This is the moment we must act … We’re acting on the principle that a stitch in time, saves nine”, Johnson said. “I want to stress that this is by no means a return to the full lockdown of March. “We must take action now… this way we can keep people in work, we can keep our shops and our schools open, and we can keep our country moving forward while we work together to suppress the virus”, Johnson said in a televised address.
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Whether it will be served or not will be a result of the search of the wanted persons, which is ongoing,” Prosecutor Evgeniya Shtarkelova told reporters, Reuters reported. Sofia’s Specialised Criminal Court found Meliad Farah, a Lebanese-Australian, and Hassan El Hajj Hassan, a Lebanese-Canadian, guilty of helping the Lebanese-French man who prosecutors said died after planting the bomb. “The court’s sentence reflects the punishment we asked for and is adequate to the committed crimes. A Bulgarian court on Monday sentenced two men of Lebanese origin to life in prison over the July 2012 Burgas bus bombing that killed five Israeli tourists, their Bulgarian bus driver and the terrorist who bore the bomb, which Bulgarian authorities have blamed on Lebanese  Shi’ite Muslim militant group Hezbollah. The two men, who were named as suspects in the bombing by Bulgarian prosecutors one year after the attack, were also ordered to pay compensation to the victims’ families. They are not entitled to parole. The Lebanese group has denied involvement in the attack. The verdict did not mention Hezbollah, but the prosecutor’s office said in a statement that evidence “showed that the two defendants … had links to the radical wing of Shi’ite group Hezbollah.”
 
 

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Flames burst from a detonating bus during the reenactment of the Burgas bus bombing near the town of Ihtiman, some 50 kilometers from Sofia, Bulgaria, 26 April 2013. The test bombing was staged on 236 April near Ihtiman, east of the capital Sofia in order to clarify details of the terrorist attack on the airport of the Black Sea city of Burgas. Bulgaria said on 05 February that its investigation pointed to the assumption about the involvement of Hezbollah’s military wing in the Burgas bus bombing. EPA/VASSIL DONEV The two buses that were blasted were purchased according to media reports by Europol. Dummies were placed in the vehicles and around in compliance with photos of security cameras and witness reports. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Bulgarian court sentences two suspects in 2012 bus bombing case

By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe

epa03677423 Flames burst from a detonating bus during the reenactment of the Burgas bus bombing near the town of Ihtiman, some 50 kilometers from Sofia, Bulgaria, 26 April 2013. Bulgarian authorities reenacted the 18 July 2012 Burgas bus which killed five Israeli tourists, their Bulgarian bus driver and the terrorist himself.

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The Chinese Communist Party has for the last three years forced the Uyghur community into re-education camp in Xinjiang, an autonomous region in China that borders the former Soviet republics of Central Asia. The main reason people are sent to the camps is having too many children. These are the principles of our organization, enshrined in texts that the member states of the United Nations have freely consented to sign and to respect”, Macron said. “Fundamental rights are not a Western idea that one could oppose as an interference. Leaked documents earlier showed that the centers are forced ideological re-education camps. France’s president Emmanuel Macron has called for an international mission under United Nations‘ supervision to address global concerns at the treatment of the Uyghur minority in China’s Xinjiang region. Accounts have emerged of torture, rape, and other abuse in the camps. Beijing has labelled the camps as “help centres”, which the Communist Party claims are designed to combat religious extremism. The United Nations estimates that more than a million Muslims have been incarcerated in Xinjiang. “France has requested that an international mission under the aegis of the United Nations go to Xinjiang in order to take into account the concerns that we collectively have on the situation of the Muslim Uyghur minority”, Macron told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

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A handout photo made available by UN photo shows French President Emmanuel Macron speaking during the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations, in New York, New York, USA, 22 September 2020. Seated at dais are Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed (at right) and Adela Raz, Vice-President of the 75th session of the General Assembly and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations. Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations meetings are held mostly virtual. EPA-EFE/Manuel Elias / UN Photo style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Macron urges UN-backed mission to China’s Xinjiang over concerns at Uyghurs’ treatment

By Elena Pavlovska
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epa08689097 A handout photo made available by UN photo shows French President Emmanuel Macron speaking during the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations, in New York, New York, USA, 22 September 2020. Seated at dais are Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed (at right) and Adela Raz, Vice-President of the 75th session of the General Assembly and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations. Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations meetings are held mostly virtual.