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United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan checks his phone during the 10th International Institute for the Strategic Studies in Manama, Bahrain, December 6, 2014. (AP Photo-Hasan Jamali-File)

Telephone calls between UAE, Israel ring for the first time

Telephone calls began ringing Sunday between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, marking the first concrete step of a U.S.-brokered diplomatic deal between the nations that required Israel to halt plans to annex land sought by the Palestinians.

Pakistan Muslim League wins secret Senate elections

Pakistan's governing party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) gained control of parliament's upper house in a secret ballot on Saturday, according to the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) news agency.

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“The agreement ... has some important shortcomings,” EU Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarcic told reporters. “Humanitarian aid should also go to areas not under government control in line with the fundamental principles of humanitarian aid. There may be malnourished children on the other side also.”

Ethiopia aid pact not good enough – EU official

A senior European Union official said on Friday that an agreement between relief organizations and the Ethiopian government for access to the war-hit Tigray region limits aid to federal-controlled areas only and requires too much bureaucracy.
World Food Programme (WFP) chief David Beasley and World Health Organization (WHO) head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke during a special meeting on COVID-19, which emerged in China late last year and has so far infected 65 million globally.

U.N. warns 2021 shaping up to be a humanitarian catastrophe

Next year is shaping up to be a humanitarian catastrophe and rich countries must not trample poor countries in a “stampede for vaccines” to combat the coronavirus pandemic, top U.N. officials told the 193-member U.N. General Assembly on Friday.
A new vice-chancellor has been elected for the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN. He is Professor Olufemi Peters.

Professor Peters emerges as NOUN’s new vice-chancellor

Olufemi Peters, a Professor of Chemistry, according to a statement by NOUN’s Director, Media and Publicity, Ibrahim Sheme, Thursday emerged beating six other candidates to clinch the coveted seat in a keenly contested race at the nation’s only single-mode Open and Distance Learning, ODL institution.
Spain’s armed forces chief has dismissed as “not representative” leaked chats by retired military officers allegedly talking about shooting political adversaries and praising late dictator Francisco Franco.

Spain: Armed forces chief dismisses far-right ex-military chats

Spain’s armed forces chief has dismissed as “not representative” leaked chats by retired military officers allegedly talking about shooting political adversaries and praising late dictator Francisco Franco.
Nigeria’s interior minister Rauf Aregbesola made the disclosure at an ongoing press conference at the headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service in Abuja.

#EndSARS: It will take Nigeria 50 years to recover from destructions – minister

The Federal Government has urged Nigerians to evolve peaceful ways of venting their grievances, lamenting that it would take Nigeria about 50 years to recover from the havoc wreaked on century-old national developmental efforts following the hijack of the recent #EndSARS protest.