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Taliban, other Afghan delegations to meet in Oslo on Jan. 23

A Taliban delegation will travel to Norway for talks with the Norwegian government, meeting with representatives of the Norwegian authorities and several allied countries but also with civil society activists and human rights defenders from Afghanistan. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry said Friday that it has invited representatives of the Taliban to Oslo from Jan. 23 …

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US, Russia kick off critical talks on Ukraine war fears

Washington and Moscow’s top diplomats kicked off high stakes talks in Geneva on Friday, amid growing US fears that Russia will invade neighboring Ukraine despite warnings of severe reprisals. The talks between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the lakeside luxury Hotel President Wilson began shortly after 11:00 am (10:00 …

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Iran-backed Houthis say launched attack on UAE; fire, explosion reported in Abu Dhabi

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis said have launched an attack on the United Arab Emirates, Reuters reported on Monday, after police in the capital Abu Dhabi reported two fires. An explosion involving three oil tankers in Abu Dhabi and a fire in the construction site of the emirate’s new airport on Monday morning were potentially caused by …

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UAE reports 3,068 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, three new deaths

The UAE reported 3,068 COVID-19 cases and three new deaths over the past 24 hours according to the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA). That’s from 424,861 tests conducted in the same period. Three new deaths have also been announced, bringing the total deaths caused by COVID in UAE to 2,185. Developing

Total COVID-19 cases pass 600,000 mark in Saudi Arabia with 5,628 new cases

Saudi Arabia has recorded another highest-ever number of new daily COVID-19 cases, with 5,628 new infections and two virus-related deaths reported on Friday, according to the Ministry of Health. Of these cases, 287 are deemed critical. For more coronavirus news, visit our dedicated page. Case numbers have been climbing rapidly in recent weeks as the …

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T-cells from common colds can provide protection against COVID-19: Study

High levels of T-cells from common cold coronaviruses can provide protection against COVID-19, an Imperial College London study published on Monday has found, which could inform approaches for second-generation vaccines. Read the latest updates in our dedicated coronavirus section. Immunity against COVID-19 is a complex picture, and while there is evidence of waning antibody levels …

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Japan extends US military support amid China, North Korea ‘challenges’

Japan moved ahead with an expansion of support to US troops as the allies held top-level talks on Friday over tensions with China and North Korea. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the two nations were signing a five-year extension of the support package provided by Japan for the hosting of around 50,000 US …

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Israeli security says downed drones show Hezbollah surveillance

Israeli security sources claimed Friday that drones captured after being flown across the frontier from neighboring Lebanon have provided insight into the growing aerial surveillance capabilities of the Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist organization. For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app. Lebanon and Israel are technically in a state of …

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