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World News – 12 Sept 2020

World News

2220 HRS
12.09.2020

NAMASKAR !  A warm welcome to World News: an Indian perspective on All India Radio. This is RENUKA, bringing glimpses of major developments of the day from across the globe.

The Headlines:

 India reiterates its support for an Afghan-led Peace process that secures interests of minorities and women.

 US President Donald Trump calls normalisation of Bahrain-Israel relations a historic event.

 Prime Minister Boris Johnson accuses European Union of threatening UK’s territorial integrity over Internal Market Bill.

 India votes in favour of UNGA resolution calling for multilateral co-operation on COVID 19; Clinical trials of Oxford vaccine resume in UK.

 And in US Open, Victoria Azarenka to clash with Naomi Osaka in women’s Singles final.

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INDIA- AFGHAN PEACE TALK

India has reiterated its support for an Afghan-led Peace process that secures interests of minorities and women. External Affairs Minister of India, Dr. S. Jaishankar  said this addressing the conference on Afghan peace negotiations in Doha, through video conferencing. He stated that Afghan soil should never be used for carrying out anti-India activities.

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AFGHAN PEACE TALKS

Afghan peace talks open in Qatar capital Doha today amid calls for ceasefire and protection of women’s rights.

The intra-Afghan talks between the Afghanistan government and the Taliban are aimed at peace and stability in Afghanistan after nearly two decades of war. The agenda includes a permanent ceasefire, Afghanistan’s future political system, and a range of social issues including women’s rights in Afganistan.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged both the sides to seize the opportunity to strike a comprehensive peace deal. He also acknowledged the challenges ahead.

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ISRAEL BAHRIN UAE

In a major diplomatic development, the Kingdom of Bahrain has initiated the process to normalize its relations with Israel. Announcing the move, U.S. President Donald Trump called the day “truly historic”.

Only a month ago, the United Arab Emirates agreed to normalize its ties with Israel under a US-supported deal. The deal will be inked at a White House ceremony on September 15.

Meanwhile, Palestinian leadership termed the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bahrain and Israel a betrayal of the Palestinian cause. Iran has called it a shameful act.

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US-MALDIVES

The United States has signed a defence cooperation deal with Maldives to strengthen alliances amidst China’s growing presence in the Indo-Pacific region. The agreement would deepen their engagement in maintaining peace and security in the strategic Indian Ocean region.

The US has also been pushing for a broader role by India in the strategically important region.

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ARUNACHAL YOUTH MISSING

Five Indian nationals who had gone missing from Arunachal Pradesh have been handed over by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.

In a statement, Indian Army said they took the handover at Kibithu border post today after completing all formalities.

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UK-EU NEW BILL

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has accused the European Union of threatening the United Kingdom’s territorial integrity over the proposed Internal Market Bill. He said the EU is attempting to “blockade” Northern Ireland and prevent free trade and transport from the rest of the constituent nations of United Kingdom. He urged the country’s lawmakers to pass the Bill. The debate concerning the Bill will begin on Monday in the House of Commons.

The Internal Market Bill has unsettled the Brexit negotiation process. It proposes to roll back some of the commitments on state aid and customs checks on goods entering Northern Ireland. The government says it is needed to clarify the Northern Ireland protocol element of the Brexit deal it signed this January.

However, European lawmakers have made it clear that they would not approve any new trade deal unless the withdrawal agreement is fully implemented.

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GLOBAL COVID UPDATE

The number of COVID19 cases continue to rise globally and the figures crossed 28.29 million mark.US and India have the largest number of cases followed by Brazil.

India registered highest single day COVID-19 recovery with over 81 thousand five hundred people returning to their homes after successful treatment in the last 24 hours. Early identification, wide scale testing, prompt and effective treatment has actively led to a high recovery rate in the country.

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VIRUS-UN-RESOLUTION

India today voted in favour of the COVID 19 omnibus resolution in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) recognising the pandemic as one of the greatest global challenges that cause for a global response based on unity, solidarity and multilateral co-operation.

The UNGA has approved the resolution that urged member states to enable all countries to have unhindered timely access to quality, safe, efficacious and affordable diagnosis, therapeutics, medicines and vaccines.

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OXFORD-VACCINE-TRIALS

In another significant development, clinical trials for the AstraZeneca Oxford coronavirus vaccine resumed, days after being paused due to a reported side-effect in a patient in the UK.

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EAM-ASEAN INDIA MEETING

External Affairs Minister of India Dr. S. Jaishankar, along with his Thai counterpart, co-chaired the ASEAN-India Meeting of Foreign Ministers today. It reviewed the status of ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership in several areas including maritime cooperation, connectivity, education and capacity building and people-to-people contacts. It also reviewed the progress in implementation of the ASEAN-India Plan of Action, 2016-2020. The new ASEAN-India Plan of Action (2021-2025) was adopted at the Meeting.

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SPORTS CAPSULE

Now, let’s take a look at our daily reckoner of sporting events from around the world –

SPORTS–WORLD NEWS

In the US Open,  in a few hours from now Naomi Osaka will play Victoria Azarenka in what promises to be an enthralling Women’s singles Finals. In women’s doubles, the pair of Germany’s Laura Siegemund and Russian Vera Zvonareva lifted the trophy.

In Cycling, the Tour de France saw Primoz Roglic strengthening his position as the overall lead, as the gruelling 13th stage came to an end on Friday.

In Football, Arsenal are off to a great start in the English Premier League with 3-0 win over Fulham. This is Naresh Maggo from News Desk, Sportsworld for AIR World News.

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UNSC-MYANMAR

Eight members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)have urged Myanmar to ensure that individuals of all communities, including Rohingyas, are able to participate safely, fully, and equally incredible and inclusive elections, scheduled on 8th of November.

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CLOSING

India is celebrating 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before we end, let us listen to his favourite bhajan VAISHNAV JAN, by singers from Japan.

AND WITH THAT, WE END THIS BULLETIN. SEE YOU AT SAME TIME TOMORROW WITH THE NEXT EDITION OF WORLD NEWS.

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