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Armenia 'Ready For Constructive Dialogue' For Lasting Regional Peace, Pashinian Tells UN   8%

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian has told the United Nations that his country is willing to engage in talks to achieve a sustainable peace in the South Caucasus region following last year's war with neighboring Azerbaijan over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Johnson hails COP26 climate summit as 'turning point for humanity'   -1%

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday cast UN climate talks in Glasgow in November as a last chance for humanity as he made a passionate appeal for the world to slash carbon emissions.

Jumbo jalebi to mark Narendra Modis birthday highlights Indias favourite celebratory snack   33%

When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated his 71st birthday recently, several Hindu temples marked the occasion by preparing “jumbo” batches of jalebi – the famous crispy, crunchy and sweet Indian snack.Their versions of the bright orange dessert were made to weigh 71kg and distributed to devotees to honour Modi.But jalebi is not just a celebratory food for special occasions such as weddings and temple events. It is even considered a treatment for a range of ailments. Its spirals…

Google to train Turkish youth interested in developing mobile applications   5%

Google will open its doors to 2,000 young people in Turkey to help with their technology careers, said the Turkish industry and technology minister on Sept. 22.

Bennett to meet with UAE, Bahrain FMs before his first United Nations speech  

Israel's Prime Minister is set to adopt a more conciliatory approach than his predecessor Netanyahu in his address, which will discuss the Iran nuke deal and perceived discrimination against Israel at the UN

Denmark defends US in nuclear submarine row with France, says Biden very loyal to Europe   21%

Denmark, one of Washington’s closest allies in Europe, disagrees with French and EU criticism of the United States over a nuclear submarine deal with Australia, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said on Wednesday.Frederiksen defended President Joe Biden as “very loyal” to Europe even though the United States and Australia stripped European Union member France of a submarine contract.Copenhagen’s stance contrasted with the tone in Tuesday’s meeting in Brussels, where most European diplomats…

UAE economy minister to visit Britain to further bilateral trade  

The UAE’s economy minister will lead a high-level delegation to Britain this week to discuss deepening trade ties between the two countries, the Gulf country’s ministry said on Sunday.Abdulla Bin Touq

Government's 'eyes are wide open' on China: Garneau   -7%

Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau says the Canadian government's "eyes are wide open" when it comes to normalizing relations with China after the return of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.

Aussie PM offers lockdown-frustrated people gift of getting their lives back, but with QR codes & other measures in place   10%

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has teased fellow Australians with a return to some normalcy by Christmas, provided they vaccinate in large enough numbers and pressure provincial governments to cooperate.
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China Frees Jailed Canadians After U.S. Agrees to Release Meng Wanzhou   40%

Two Canadians imprisoned in China since 2018 were free and on their way home, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada announced on Friday night.

Finance Minister Lieberman pushes back against ultra-Orthodox over subsidy cuts  

The minister lashes out, saying ultra-Orthodox Knesset members ‘want to leave the entire Haredi public without a living, so that they will remain dependent on handouts and financial assistance all their lives’

Britain offers to renew cooperation with France as submarine deal spat simmers   5%

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told France’s Emmanuel Macron on Friday that he wants to “re-establish cooperation”, the president’s office said, amid a diplomatic crisis over a submarine contract with Australia.Macron was left furious last week after Australia ditched a mega-deal to buy diesel submarines from France in favour of American nuclear-powered ones – secured during secret negotiations facilitated by Britain.In the conversation, which the Elysee said came at Johnson’s request,…

Mali accuses France of abandonment, approaches 'private Russian companies'   9%

Mali has asked private Russian companies to boost security, Russia's foreign minister confirmed Saturday, as the Malian leader accused France of abandoning the conflict-ridden country by preparing a large troop drawdown.

Iran says nuclear talks to resume 'very soon', doesn't provide a date   -12%

Iran will return to negotiations on resuming compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal "very soon", Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian told reporters on Friday.

Labour accuses government of complacency over cost of living 'crisis'  

People will be "plunged" into fuel poverty Labour says, but ministers insist consumers will be protected.

Second Dutch minister quits as Afghanistan scandal widens   -3%

The Dutch defence minister on Friday became the second cabinet member to resign over the Afghan evacuation debacle as the widening scandal claims a growing number of Western political scalps.Ank Bijleveld followed foreign minister Sigrid Kaag out of the door after parliament formally censured them over a crisis that has left dozens of interpreters stranded in Afghanistan.The Dutch ministers are believed to be the first Western officials to resign over the chaos that followed the Taliban’s…

Political dialogue is non-existent within NATO, Frances defense minister says amid AUKUS deal snub  

France’s Defense Minister Florence Parly has called for a review of NATO’s “strategic concept,” stating that “dialogue is non-existent” within the bloc. The remarks come amid the ongoing scandal over the new AUKUS pact.
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Blood inquiry: Former cabinet minister says Aids advice was "regrettable"  

Infected blood scandal survivors have accused ministers of misleading the public in 1983.

PM Modi: UPI transactions making economy more transparent  

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said growing volume of UPI transactions was making the economy more transparent and helping boost fin-tech.In his monthly radio broadcast Mann ki Baat, he also nudged Indians to buy khadi, handloom and handicraft products during the festival season as part of his push for local items.

Living in a parallel universe: Australian PM boasts of Aussies' love of freedom to UN as police crackdown continues at home   2%

A viral video has contrasted Prime Minister Scott Morrison telling the UN General Assembly that Australia believes in “freedom” and the “dignity of all people” with Australian cops beating citizens for not wearing masks.
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Zimbabwe: Minister Highlights Plight of Women   14%

[The Herald] MOST economic adjustment programmes being adopted in Africa, especially where they are externally funded, have tended to worsen the condition of women, the Deputy Minister of Labour, Manpower Planning and Social Welfare, Cde Florence Chitauro said.

Boris Johnson to consider using army to supply petrol stations   -5%

Ministers to discuss emergency plan Operation Escalin after BP reveals a third of its forecourts have shortages

Hundreds of soldiers could be scrambled to deliver fuel to petrol stations running dry across the country due to panic buying and a shortage of drivers under an emergency plan expected to be considered by Boris Johnson on Monday.

The prime minister will gather senior members of the cabinet to scrutinise “Operation Escalin” after BP admitted that a third of its petrol stations had run out of the main two grades of fuel, while the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), which represents almost 5,500 independent outlets, said 50% to 90% of its members had reported running out. It predicted that the rest would soon follow.

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Japans universities tighten background checks on foreigners studying military technologies   1%

Japan’s major universities, including those with close ties with China, are moving to tighten background checks on foreign students seeking to study civil-military technologies, a Kyodo News survey found.Their effort to keep sensitive information from being transferred out of Japan comes after the government of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced a plan in June to tighten control on the exports of technologies that can be used for military purposes, requiring students under strong influence…

On GPS: Did Sweden's Covid-19 strategy fail?   -7%

Fareed talks with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to break down the Scandinavian country's atypical, no-lockdown approach to Covid-19.

Bennett to UAE, Bahrain ministers: Jordan and Egypt delighted with ties  

Meeting with senior Gulf officials in New York ahead of UN speech, prime minister promises stability and continuity in relations; UAE expects trade to top $1 billion this year

Bennett to focus on threat of Iran in United Nations speech next week   -5%

The Israeli prime minister is expected to allege an anti-Israel bias abroad and try to rally the international community against Iran's expanding influence in the Mideast

South China Sea aerial arms race catches Southeast Asia off guard   -3%

The unstable peace in the South China Sea was not far from the mind of Malaysia’s Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob when he offered his initial reactions to the recently announced defence partnership between the United States, Britain and Australia.The trilateral pact had the potential to “provoke other powers to be more aggressive in the region, especially the South China Sea”, Ismail Sabri said following a call with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison.In the sharply worded statement,…

Back to normal everyday life: Norwegian PM announces end of Covid restrictions   3%

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Norway’s prime minister, Erna Solberg, stated that the country will reopen the country on Saturday, ending Covid restrictions on businesses and social interactions.
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UAE, India launch talks on expanding trade and investment relations   -12%

Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade, has led an official delegation to New Delhi to launch talks on expanding trade and investment relations.During the official

Canadas Election: What to Know  

Justin Trudeau will remain the prime minister. But his Liberal Party fell short of a majority.

Pakistan's tricky adjustment to the Taliban's return to power next door  

A month after Pakistan's prime minister heralded the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan as "breaking the chains of slavery," his government is adjusting its conflicted relationship with the Taliban and urging the world to help Afghanistan rather than isolate it. Susan Ormiston reports from Pakistan.

Norway Lifts Coronavirus Restrictions After 561 Days   7%

“Now the time has come to return to a normal daily life,” the prime minister, Erna Solberg, said.

Taliban names Afghan UN envoy, asks to speak to world leaders   -12%

The Taliban have asked to address world leaders at the United Nations in New York this week and nominated their Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as Afghanistan’s UN ambassador, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Tuesday.Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi made the request in a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday. Muttaqi asked to speak during the annual high-level meeting of the General Assembly, which finishes on Monday.Guterres’ spokesman, Farhan Haq,…

Russian fighter jets escorted US Air Force bomber after it reportedly approached Russian airspace   -4%

• Mali seeks to hire Russian mercenaries, says Russian Foreign Minister

Kamala Harris presses India's Modi gently on human rights in historic meeting  

Vice President Kamala Harris invoked familial ties to India as she pressed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on human rights in a departure from the Trump administration.

North Korea says formally ending Korean War would be foolish idea unless US scraps its hostile policy   13%

It’s not the right time to start talks on ending the 1950-53 Korean War as Washington must first give up on its hostile policy towards Pyongyang, Ri Thae Song, North Korea’s deputy foreign minister, has said.
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Restoring relations will require time and actions, French foreign minister tells Blinken   -6%

The way out of a diplomatic crisis between France and the US over a mega submarine deal will "take time and require actions", French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told his US counterpart Antony Blinken Thursday.

Alex Salmond inquiry leaks being investigated by police   12%

The leaks relate to the Scottish government's inquiry into harassment allegations against the former first minister.