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Israeli Supreme Court Bans Unlimited COVID-19 Mobile Phone Tracking

Israeli Supreme Court Bans Unlimited COVID-19 Mobile Phone Tracking

Israel's Supreme Court on Monday banned the government from sweeping use of mobile phone tracking of coronavirus carriers, calling the measure a grave infraction of civil liberties. Used on and off since March 2020 in efforts to curb the pandemic, the Shin Bet counter-terrorism agency's surveilla

Hopes for WTO Momentum as New Boss Takes Charge

Hopes for WTO Momentum as New Boss Takes Charge

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala takes over the World Trade Organization on Monday amid hopes that she will spur the beleaguered body into addressing its towering challenges, including the pandemic-fuelled global economic crisis. "The WTO is too important to allow it to be slowed down, paralyzed and moribund,

Ghana’s President Receives World's 1st Free Covax Jab

Ghana's president Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday became the world's first recipient of a coronavirus vaccine from Covax, a global scheme to procure and distribute inoculations for free for poorer countries. Richer countries have surged ahead with inoculating their population, but many poorer countries

ISIS Bride Loses Bid to Return to UK to Fight for Citizenship

ISIS Bride Loses Bid to Return to UK to Fight for Citizenship

A woman who as a teenager ran away to join the ISIS terrorist group has lost her bid to return to the UK to fight for the restoration of her citizenship, which was revoked on national security grounds. Shamima Begum was one of three east London schoolgirls who traveled to Syria in 2015.

Attack Targets Afghan Reporter's Family, Kills 3

Attack Targets Afghan Reporter's Family, Kills 3

Three family members of an assassinated journalist in western Afghanistan have been killed by gunmen, local officials said Friday, amid a rising wave of attacks targeting journalists and civil society actors. Ghor provincial council member Hamidullah Mutahid said that at least five others were w

Israel Says Half its Population Has Received One Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

Israel Says Half its Population Has Received One Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

Israel has administered at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot to 50% of its population, while 35% have received the full two-dose course, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said on Friday. Israel counts East Jerusalem Palestinians, who have been included in the vaccine campaign that began on Dec.

Italy Honors Slain Ambassador, Bodyguard and Prays for Congo

Italy Honors Slain Ambassador, Bodyguard and Prays for Congo

Italy paid tribute Thursday to its ambassador to Congo and his bodyguard who were killed in an attack on a UN convoy, honoring them with a state funeral and prayers for peace in Congo and all nations "torn by war and violence." Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, the pope´s vicar for Rome, presided over

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