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World news is all repots on stories involving politicians, conflict and revolutions outside of the United States and Israel that affect the world and the Jewish state. 'World news' helps the global environment set the political agenda through journalists situated in conflict regions reporting on the important facts.

Public Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda attends the trial for Malian Islamist militant Al-Hassan Ag Abdoul
Field of candidates widens in heated race for top ICC prosecutor job

The court's 123 member countries are due to meet in New York on December 7 to 13, when they are meant to pick a successor for Gambia's Fatou Bensouda, whose term as chief prosecutor expires in June.

By REUTERS
26/11/2020
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson seen in public for the first time since his self-isolation en
UK PM appoints Dan Rosenfield as new chief of staff

A native of Manchester, Rosenfield established a solid background in financial consulting experience before his appointment.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
26/11/2020
Members of Amhara militia control a motor vehicle checkpoint at the entrance of Dansha town
Ethiopia to begin 'final phase' of offensive in Tigray region, says PM

Abiy's government set a 72-hour ultimatum on Sunday for the TPLF to lay down its arms or face an assault on Mekelle, the highland regional capital city of 500,000 people.

By REUTERS
26/11/2020
Sudan's former PM Sadiq al-Mahdi dies from coronavirus in UAE

Mahdi, 84, was Sudan's last democratically elected prime minister and was overthrown in 1989 in the military coup that brought former president Omar al-Bashir to power.

By REUTERS
26/11/2020
Diego Maradona, Argentine soccer legend, dies of heart attack

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez declared three days of national mourning after the news of Maradona's death.

26/11/2020
A prison guard stands along a corridor in Tehran's Evin prison June 13, 2006.
Freed British-Australian academic thanks supporters after Iranian release

Moore-Gilbert, a specialist in Middle East politics at the University of Melbourne, said after leaving Iran that she was grateful for the work done to gain her release.

By REUTERS
26/11/2020
POLICE TAPE at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh
Global terror-related deaths fall to 5-year low

“Despite the overall fall in the global impact of terrorism, it remains a significant and serious threat in many countries.”

Born in Israel, TomCar to open US assembly line, creating jobs

Cooperation with Prince Manufacturing will enable TomCar to supply specially-designed models to the US Armed Forces.

A European Union flag flies outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Decem
Belgian MP proposes Hezbollah ban

Brussels, like many other countries in Europe, follows the EU’s policy of banning Hezbollah’s military arm and not its political branch.

Car crashed into the gate of the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin
Car seen crashing into gate of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office

Pictures from the scene showed police inspecting an estate car at the gate with the words "Stop Globalisation Politics" scrawled in white on its right side.

By REUTERS
25/11/2020
Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, leave Canada House in London, Britain
Meghan Markle speaks about miscarriage in New York Times article

"Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few."

By REUTERS
25/11/2020
Swiss police identify assailant in knife attack as jihadist

Ticino cantonal police said the attack was over and the suspect, a 28-year-old who lives in the area, was in custody.

By REUTERS
25/11/2020
Members of Amhara region militias ride on their truck as they head to face the Tigray People's Liber
Ethiopia’s surrender deadline approaches for Tigray rebels

If the Tigray People’s Liberation Front refuses to concede in the three-week-long war, there could be a bloodbath, foreign governments and humanitarian groups say.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
25/11/2020
Michael Flynn
Donald Trump plans to pardon former aide Michael Flynn - source

Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

By REUTERS
25/11/2020
Sweden pleads for life of Iranian physician, charged as spy for Israel

The doctor has told human rights groups that his confessions in 2017 were extracted by torture and threats against his family.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
25/11/2020
Russia chases off US warship in row over waters in Sea of Japan

Such incidents at sea are rare, but they underscore the poor diplomatic and military relations between Russia and the United States.

By REUTERS
24/11/2020
Ben-Gurion Airport is empty amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Credit Suisse forecasts global economic growth in wake of COVID-19

The forecast comes as the pandemic has caused a global economic recession.

24/11/2020
Members of Amhara region militias ride on their truck as they head to face the Tigray People's Liber
Ethiopia says Tigray youth group killed 600 civilians in Nov 9 attack

The Tigrayan forces' leaders could not immediately be reached for comment but have previously denied any responsibility for the massacre.

By REUTERS
24/11/2020
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo receives Emmy for daily COVID-19 briefings

The award is intended to honor individuals or organizations who "cross-cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity," and, in some capacity, contribute to the quality of global television.

A United Arab Emirates (UAE) flag waves alongside an Israeli flag
UAE approves temporary entry arrangement for Israelis

As part of the arrangement, airlines will arrange for electronic entrance documents for passengers.

Biden is expected to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state

Under Obama, Blinken worked to limit most US combat deployments to small numbers of troops.

Members of Amhara region militias ride on their truck as they head to face the Tigray People's Liber
Ethiopia: Amid calls for mediation with Tigray, who has leverage?

Here are details on who has influence in Ethiopia and whether they are using it.

By REUTERS
23/11/2020
Members of the police band play the bugle to mark the tenth anniversary of the November 26, 2008 ter
Annual commemoration of the 2008 Mumbai attack to commence virtually

On November 26, 2008, an attack led by a Pakistani-based Islamist group claimed the lives of 166 people, among them a Chabad emissary couple.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
23/11/2020
Russia's President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a meeting on the sidelines
At G20 Summit, pandemic spurs action

Leaders agree to extend debt relief and to advocate for access to pandemic supplies in developing world.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
23/11/2020
Remembering JFK, 57 years after his assassination

In his inaugural address, Kennedy said the now world-famous phrase "ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country."

China ramps up testing frozen imports after finding COVID-19 on packaging

China has reported around 10 cases of SARS-CoV-2, the COVID-19 virus in the frozen products or its packaging.

By REUTERS
23/11/2020
A healthcare worker performs a rapid COVID-19 antigen test amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) o
Spanish PM: Spain to begin vaccination program in January

"A very substantial part of the population will be able to be vaccinated, with all guarantees, in the first quarter of the year," said Sanchez.

By REUTERS
22/11/2020
Pakistan minister deletes tweet containing Macron Nazi jibe

The minister posted the remarks following a clash between Pakistan and France over the publication of images of the Prophet Mohammad by a French magazine.

By REUTERS
22/11/2020
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade amid COVID-19: What you need to know

Israelis can watch the pre-recorded festivities on YouTube starting at 4 p.m. Israel Time on Thanksgiving Day.

22/11/2020
US President Barack Obama (not pictured) announces Judge Merrick Garland (R) of the United States Co
Joe Biden considering Jewish judge Garland as attorney-general

Garland has credited his parents with instilling in him the desire for public service.

Canadian FM hints pro-Palestinian UN vote was about Israeli populism

Canada had traditionally opposed the resolution but last year changed its vote from “not” to “yes,” after the US recognized settlement activity as legitimate.

Uganda's Bobi Wine released on bail, protest death toll reaches 37

Wine was arrested while campaigning in eastern Uganda for allegedly holding mass rallies in violation of restrictions on gatherings imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

By REUTERS
21/11/2020
Donald Trump Jr. tests positive for COVID-19

Andrew Giuliani, the son of the president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, also said he tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.

By REUTERS
21/11/2020
Interpol
INTERPOL, Spetsnaz rescue 7-year-old boy who was kidnapped 200m from home

INTEPOL enlisted law enforcement across "several countries" to gather information to the boy's whereabouts, believing he was still alive.

Palestinian girls compete in a rare Gaza boxing contest

Hala Ayoub, 15, said she hoped the contest would show people that boxing is not only a man's sport.

By REUTERS
20/11/2020
German doctor arrested on suspicion of killing coronavirus patients

All forms of assisted death are particularly sensitive in Germany due to the legacy of the Holocaust.

By REUTERS
20/11/2020
A family have breakfast outside their home at a Jewish community in Sanaa, Yemen
UN chief warns Yemen in imminent danger of famine

"In the absence of immediate action, millions of lives may be lost."

By REUTERS
20/11/2020
An El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 737-900ER airplane takes off from the Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas a
Airlines seek smooth air with preflight COVID-19 testing

The airlines say that the purpose of these trials is to demonstrate that testing can open the skies and eliminate the need for quarantining passengers upon arrival.

By JOSHUA ROBBIN MARKS/THE MEDIA LINE
20/11/2020
Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn
Former leader Corbyn suspended as UK Labour MP for three months

Less than a month after his suspension, Corbyn was re-admitted to the party Tuesday.

By REUTERS
20/11/2020
EUROVISION ENTRY Eden Alene, 19, will represent Israel at the Eurovision 2020
Eurovision 2021 to take place no matter what

The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest was postponed due to the coronavirus and the EBU rejected the idea of an online broadcast.

Did Russia miscalculate in recent Azerbaijan-Armenia clashes?

Russia has behaved throughout the conflict like it had other important issues to deal with.

Happy birthday, Joe Biden: President-elect turns 78 on Friday

Biden may ring in his birthday with ice cream which is one of his favorite foods, according to President Barack Obama.

US COVID deaths top 250,000 as NYC schools halt in-person classes

The Midwest has become the new U.S. epicenter of contagion, reporting almost a half-million cases during the week ending on Monday.

By REUTERS
19/11/2020
Trump has made no plans to host G7 summit -diplomatic sources

Trump first canceled plans for a June 10 in-person summit in March due to the pandemic, but later sought to revive it, only to drop the plans again in May.

By REUTERS
19/11/2020
A volunteer receives an injection in a human clinical trial for a potential vaccine against the nove
Canada in talks to donate extra COVID-19 vaccines to poorer countries

The approach could undermine efforts to ensure vaccines are distributed fairly around the world, depending on whether certain funding and research goals are met.

By REUTERS
18/11/2020
A visit to Dublin during the pandemic

Dublin was founded by the Vikings more than 1,000 years ago, and is now home to almost two million residents. Yet it still retains a small-town feeling and an old-world charm.

By ILAN ROGERS
18/11/2020
Trump says he reversed call to cancel Arlington Cemetery wreath laying

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the US Army, charged with running the cemetery, had canceled the yearly tradition, saying that they were unable to safely host the event.

Facebook, Twitter, Google accused of coordinating to control information

“We have evidence of Facebook tracking its own users all across the web," Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley said.

Ivanka Trump
Ivanka Trump’s former best friend scorched her in a Vanity Fair essay

A couple of Jewish-themed claims in the essay are sure to raise eyebrows, too.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
18/11/2020
This non-Jewish leader is working to clean up Poland’s Jewish cemeteries

“I thought to myself: Why are we fixing Catholic churches in Ukraine but don’t do anything about one of the most important cemeteries in Poland?”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
18/11/2020
How a leading Jewish Canadian activist got major companies to go green

Tzeporah Berman’s environmental activism was awakened in the summer of 1991, on a trip to explore the rainforests near Vancouver between her freshman and sophomore years of college.

By HADAS RAGOLSKY CHRISSY/JTA
18/11/2020
British diplomat saved a student from drowning in China

After another by passer threw to them a Lifebuoy, Ellison pulled the woman towards him, and people around the two got them to solid ground.

Ron Dermer at a Hanukkah event at the Israeli embassy in Washington, where a menorah made of fragmen
Dermer: Rejoining the nuclear agreement with Iran is ‘a mistake’

“The first thing I would say to the incoming administration is sit with your allies in the region,” Israel's ambassador said.

George Deek, appointed Thursday as Israel's first Christian-Arab ambassador. He will serve in Azerba
Israeli ambassador to Azerbaijan mourns failure to save child in conflict

Damage to civilian residents during the conflict has been something Ambassador George Deek has expressed concern for since it started.

17/11/2020
Equipment distribution in San Pedro Sola, Honduras
Israel sends aid in the wake of Hurricane Eta in Central America

Hit by the hurricane's severity, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama applied to Israel for humanitarian aid, and Israel responded affirmatively.

US President Donald Trump arrives to address a briefing at the White House, August 13, 2020.
Trump asked for options for attacking Iran last week, but held off -report

"He asked for options. They gave him the scenarios and he ultimately decided not to go forward," a US official said.

By REUTERS
17/11/2020
Screenshots from Madison Cawthorn's Instagram account show pictures from a 2017 visit to the site of
Madison Cawthorn has tried to convert Jews to Christianity

He claims he has succeeded with “culturally Jewish people” but not religious ones.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
17/11/2020
Amid coronavirus, New Yorkers line up for free Thanksgiving turkey

Food banks nationwide are squeezed between short supplies and surging demand from needy families as the coronavirus pandemic has put millions of Americans out of work.

By REUTERS
17/11/2020
Pompeo says Europe, US need to work together to address Turkey

Pompeo also voiced confidence in the commitment of the administration of President Donald Trump to the constitutional setting of the US election.

By REUTERS
17/11/2020
Putin, extending Russian footprint, approves new naval facility in Sudan

The new facility, earmarked to be built in the vicinity of Port Sudan, will be capable of accommodating up to 300 military and civilian personnel.

By REUTERS
17/11/2020
Israel consulate in Atlanta erects mural to thank COVID-19 personnel

The mural itself spells "Thank you," as a tribute for those who have dedicated and risked their lives in recent months to combat the pandemic.

MasterCard and VISA credit cards are seen in this picture illustration taken June 9, 2016
Visa launches new Europe initiative

The popularity and need for digital payments and online banking has never been greater, with the global pandemic accelerating this shift in behavior.

Members of Amhara region militias ride on their truck as they head to face the Tigray People's Liber
Foreign powers press Ethiopia for peace talks over Tigray

Tigray forces fired rockets into Eritrea at the weekend.

By REUTERS
16/11/2020
Russia moves rocket launchers towards Nagorno-Karabakh after peace deal

Both Grads were manned by Russian crews and the servicemen confirmed to Reuters that they were from Russia.

By REUTERS
16/11/2020
Is Hezbollah’s ammonium nitrate linked to plot against Jews in Argentina?

Ammonium nitrate has been used by Hezbollah and was also the cause of the Beirut blast this summer.

A nurse prepares Russia's "Sputnik-V" vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for inocula
Russia focuses next on freeze-drying their vaccine doses for transport

The vaccine needs to be shipped and stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius posing a challenge for even the most sophisticated hospitals in the United States.

By REUTERS
16/11/2020
Gaza health officials: Soon we won't be able to treat more corona cases

Gaza's Health Ministry reported a record high of 406 COVID-19 cases after conducting 2,380 lab tests over the past 24 hours.

By SANAA ALSWERKY/THE MEDIA LINE
16/11/2020
Pakistan's PM Imran Khan pressured to recognize Israel

Khan refused to name the countries that have been pressuring him.

Number of refugees fleeing Ethiopia to Sudan surpasses 20,000- UN

Accusing neighboring Eritrea of sending tanks and thousands of troops into Tigray in support of an Ethiopian government offensive, Gebremichael said his forces were under attack "on several fronts."

By REUTERS
15/11/2020
Women from several African countries dance, as part of the Treatment Action Campaign requesting for
New study advances HIV prevention method, expanding treatment options

Promising research supports an injection once every two months, over a daily pill, to prevent HIV infections, especially among women, who are twice as likely to get HIV as men in their age group.

By REUTERS
15/11/2020
Children light firecrackers during Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Mumbai, India, November
Northern India chokes on toxic smog day after Diwali festival

The capital New Delhi was blanked with a thick haze, with the average pollution level in the capital over 9 times what is considered safe by the World Health Organization.

By REUTERS
15/11/2020
US President Barack Obama (L) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Obama calls Netanyahu 'smart, canny, tough' in new tell-all book

Netanyahu’s "vision of himself as the chief defender of the Jewish people against calamity allowed him to justify almost anything that would keep him in power,” wrote the former president.

15/11/2020
Captured Afghan al Qaida members
Who was the al-Qaeda leader that Israel allegedly killed?

American analysts said that ties between original al-Qaeda leaders and the newer generation, who grew up after the death of Bin Laden, may be cut by Masri's death.

Armenia says prevented assassination attempt on prime minister

Pashinyan had come under pressure with thousands of demonstrators protesting since Tuesday and demanding he resign over the ceasefire.

By REUTERS
14/11/2020
Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, July 2020
A year after Khamenei’s bloody crackdown on Iranian protesters - analysis

The fragility of Iran’s clerical regime signifies that more insurrections against Khamenei’s rule are on the horizon.

Donald Trump: Coronavirus mass vaccination to be available by April

This was the first press conference held since the election results were published.

By REUTERS
14/11/2020
US Justice Alito says corona has led to 'unimaginable' curbs on liberty

Alito also touched on freedom of speech saying, "You can't say that marriage is a union between one man and one woman....Now it's considered bigotry."

By REUTERS
14/11/2020
Israel: Bulgaria must recognize Hezbollah in entirety as terror group

The European Union has Hezbollah’s military wing, but not its political wing on its terror list.

Members of Amhara region militias ride on their truck as they head to face the Tigray People's Liber
Rockets fired at two airports near Ethiopia's Tigray state

The government blamed the ruling party in Tigray, the Tigray People's Liberation Front.

By REUTERS
14/11/2020
A woman wades through muddy floodwater following Typhoon Vamco, in San Mateo, Rizal province, Philip
Vietnam braces for Typhoon Vamco, 53 dead in Philippines

Vamco is forecast to hit a swathe of Vietnam's coast from Ha Tinh to Quang Ngai province.

By REUTERS
14/11/2020
Philippines scrambles to rescue thousands after Typhoon Vamco

Vamco, the 21st cyclone to hit the Philippines this year, has killed at least 42 people. It tore through the main island of Luzon late on Wednesday.

By REUTERS
14/11/2020
Police evacuate Ubisoft's Montreal office building after hoax hostage call

Aerial footage taken by the Quebec French-news chain LCN showed people gathered on the rooftop terrace of the building, along with heavy objects left at the door to block it.

By REUTERS
14/11/2020
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Mexican lawmakers take up sweeping cannabis legalization bill

Lawmakers are now rushing to try to meet a Dec. 15 deadline set by the Supreme Court for legalization aiming to remove the drug as a source of income for violent drug gangs.

By REUTERS
14/11/2020
COVID mortality lower in women-led states with high uncertainty tolerance

On the other hand, countries with a higher number of women in senior political positions also had higher mortality rates.

Twelve charged in Germany with plotting mosque attacks, murders

Germany has experienced a spate of right-wing attacks in recent years directed at minorities and those perceived to support them.

By REUTERS
13/11/2020
North Korean, Russian hackers target COVID-19 researchers -Microsoft

The allegations of cyber espionage come as world powers are jockeying behind the scenes in the race to produce a vaccine for the virus.

By REUTERS
13/11/2020
French police officers in Paris, France, April 28, 2020.
Five years after Paris attacks, France still scarred and back on alert

The Nov. 13, 2015 rampage by jihadist suicide bombers and gunmen killed 130 people, wounded hundreds and left deep scars on the nation's psyche.

By REUTERS
13/11/2020
Members of Amhara militia control a motor vehicle checkpoint at the entrance of Dansha town
Tigray conflict risks spiraling out of control: UN's Bachelet

"There is a risk this situation will spiral totally out of control, leading to heavy casualties and destruction, as well as mass displacement within Ethiopia itself and across borders," she said.

By REUTERS
13/11/2020
White supremacist, antisemitic leader Tom Metzger dies

"Tom Metzger spent decades working against core American values as one of the most visible hard-core white supremacists in the country,” said Jonathan Greenblatt.

13/11/2020
Chief of the Defence Staff of the French Army General Francois Lecointre arrives at Gao French Army
France says it has killed senior al-Qaeda North Africa operative in Mali

"A historic figure of the jihadist movement in the Sahel, Bah ag Moussa is considered responsible for several attacks against Malian and international forces," Parly said in a statement.

By REUTERS
13/11/2020
Water from Neuse River starts flooding houses as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in NC.
At least seven dead, 140 rescued in North Carolina flooding

Roads are closed and flash flood warnings are in effect across the state as what WCNC's chief meteorologist Brad Panovich calls "record-shattering" rains pound the area.

13/11/2020
Trump bans US investments in firms linked to Chinese military

Starting Jan. 11, the order will prohibit purchases by US investors of the securities of those companies.

By REUTERS
13/11/2020
Former Trump advisor: Israel may act against Iran before Biden admin.

H.R. McMaster said to Fox host Bret Baier that then-Secretary of State John Kerry did not consider the "hostile ideology" of the Iranian regime.

12/11/2020
Trump to start digital media outlet to undermine Fox – report

Donald Trump's decision to crush the dominant conservative news outlet seems linked to its early call that Arizona went to Joe Biden.

12/11/2020
UN says 11,000 have fled Ethiopia to Sudan, 50% of them children

About 7,000 of those crossing have arrived at Hamdayat in Sudan's Kassala state, with another 4,000 arriving at Luqdi in al-Qadarif state.

By REUTERS
12/11/2020
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