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Training nurse Sari Roos prepares a dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to teach her air bubble technique in Laakso hospital in Helsinki, Finland March 11, 2021. Picture taken March 11, 2021. REUTERS/Essi Lehto

Israeli study: South African coronavirus variant may evade protection from Pfizer vaccine

The coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa may evade the protection provided by Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to some extent, a real-world data study in Israel found, though its prevalence in the country is very low and the research has not been peer reviewed.
Palestinians wait to receive food supplies at an aid distribution center run by United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), at Beach refugee camp in Gaza City April 7, 2021. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS-Mohammed Salem

Palestinian refugees welcome U.S. decision to restart aid

President Joe Biden’s administration said on Wednesday that it will provide $235 million to the Palestinians and restart funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which assists 5.7 million registered Palestinian refugees.
A man stands still as a two-minute siren marking the annual Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day is heard in Ashkelon, Israel April 8, 2021. REUTERS-Amir Cohen

Israel honours Holocaust victims as coronavirus vaccines keep survivors alive

A memorial siren brought traffic to a halt in Israel on Thursday as it honoured six million Jews killed in the Nazi Holocaust, and gave thanks for its swift rollout of COVID-19 vaccines as a lifesaver for elderly survivors.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his first prime time address as president, marking the one-year anniversary of widespread shutdowns to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and speaking about the impact of the pandemic during an address from the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 11, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

U.S. to restore more than $200 million in aid to Palestinians

The Biden administration plans to unveil a package of about $150 million in U.S. aid to the Palestinians, restoring part of the assistance that was cut off by then-President Donald Trump, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Al Arabiya: Iran cargo ship attacked in Red Sea

An Iranian cargo ship has come under attack in the Red Sea, Al Arabiya TV reported on Tuesday, quoting unnamed sources, and semi-official Iranian news agency Tasnim said the vessel was targeted by a limpet mine.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin looks on during consultations with party representatives on who might form the next coalition government, at the President's residence in Jerusalem April 5, 2021. REUTERS-Amir Cohen-Pool

Israel’s president set to announce candidate to form new government

Israel’s president planned on Tuesday to announce a candidate to try to form a government after consultations he held with political parties left Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the apparent favourite with the most endorsements.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wearing a face mask, looks as his corruption trial resumes, at Jerusalem's District Court April 5, 2021. Abir Sultan-Pool via REUTERS

Corruption trial: Israeli premier’s favours were ‘currency’ – prosecutor

Israeli prosecutors accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of treating favours as “currency” on Monday at the opening of a corruption trial which, along with an inconclusive election, has clouded his prospects of remaining in office.
During his church service at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) on Sunday 5th January 2020, Prophet TB Joshua released his much-anticipated prophetic message for the year 2020.

Prophet TB Joshua insists on adherence to coronavirus protocols

According to a cleric in the church, who had opted for anonymity, “The Spirit of God is not limited by anything, and that is why the Man of God gave a standing instruction that the ‘mountain’ must not be crowded.
FILE PHOTO: King of Jordan Abdullah II addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France January 15, 2020. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler/File Photo

Palace intrigue harms Jordan’s stable image

Unprecedented public criticism of Jordan’s monarchy by a senior royal who has been placed under house arrest has shaken the country’s image as an island of stability in the Middle East.

Palm Sunday: No religion should lord it over others – Archbishop Kaigama

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Grace Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, yesterday, urged leaders in the country to be discerning about the sentiments that polarise the country in order to address the current unhealthy relationship among religious groups in Nigeria.
2. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has become the first governor to receive a dose of coronavirus vaccine publicly.

Niger records low turnout of coronavirus vaccination

The local government COVID-19 vaccination in Niger State, which started Wednesday, last week, has been recording very low turnout of people.
A suspected suicide bomb attack outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar has left at least 14 people wounded, police say.

Indonesia cathedral rocked by bomb on Palm Sunday in ‘act of terror’

An Indonesian cathedral was rocked by a suspected suicide bombing on Sunday that wounded more than a dozen as Christians inside celebrated the start of Holy Week, an attack slammed by the country’s leader as an “act of terror”.
Online publications linked to Russian intelligence agencies have been spreading false or misleading information about coronavirus vaccines, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing an official at the US Department of State’s Global Engagement Center

Israeli researchers: Vaccination of pregnant women could protect babies

Pregnant women vaccinated against COVID-19 could pass along protection to their babies in the womb, according to a new study in Israel.

Research: Vaccination of pregnant women could protect their babies

Pregnant women vaccinated against COVID-19 could pass along protection to their babies in the womb, according to a new study in Israel.
FILE PHOTO - Iranian-flagged container ship Shahr e Kord sails in Bosphorus on its way to the Mediterranean Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey February 9, 2020. REUTERS-Yoruk Isik

Iranian investigator says Israel likely behind attack on container ship

Israel is highly likely to have been behind an attack in the Mediterranean this week that damaged an Iranian container ship, an Iranian investigator was quoted as saying on Saturday by Iran’s media.
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom

NCPC boss wants Benue governor to sponsor more Christians on pilgrimage

The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission Rev Yakubu Pam has called on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue to sponsor more Christians to embark on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
FILE PHOTO - Christian Porter Australia's Attorney General, speaks during an interview with Reuters at the Israel Australia Strategic Dialogue conference in Jerusalem December 15, 2019. REUTERS-Ronen Zvulun

Australian attorney-general denies historical rape claim

Australian Attorney-General Christian Porter, the country’s chief law officer, identified himself on Wednesday as the subject of a historical rape allegation, declaring his innocence and strongly denying the claim.
FILE PHOTO: Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein attend the arrival of a plane with a shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines, at Ben Gurion airport, near the city of Lod, Israel, January 10, 2021. Motti Millrod/Pool via REUTERS

Gantz: Israel freezes programme to send vaccines abroad

Israel is to put on hold its program to send COVID-19 vaccines abroad amid legal scrutiny, Israeli news media reports said on Thursday following criticism at home and abroad of what has been called ‘vaccine diplomacy’.
“A general lockdown will be imposed from 17-00 (1500 GMT) on Sunday for two weeks,” a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said.

Israel, Bahrain leaders discuss Iran, possible vaccine plant

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain’s Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa on Thursday discussed Iran and the possible involvement of the Gulf state in establishing a vaccine plant in Israel, the two countries said.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu look at each other as they deliver joint statements during their meeting in Jerusalem March 9, 2016. REUTERS-Debbie Hill-Pool-File Photo

Israel to debate Iran with Joe Biden ‘below radar’ for now – radio

Israel will address disputes with the United States over Iran “below the radar” for now, a top Israeli broadcaster said on Tuesday, citing sources involved in a strategising session convened by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
A woman leaves a shoe store as Israel reopens swathes of its economy, while it continues to lift restrictions of a national lockdown to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Jerusalem February 21, 2021. REUTERS-Ammar Awad

Israel’s coronavirus vaccination pass opens fast track to normal life

Israel reopened swathes of its economy including malls and leisure facilities on Sunday, with the government saying the start of a return to routine was enabled by COVID-19 vaccines administered to almost half the population.
A medical worker prepares to administer a vaccination against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as part of a Tel Aviv municipality initiative offering a free drink at a bar to residents getting the shot, in Tel Aviv, Israel February 18, 2021. REUTERS

Israel: Coronavirus infections dropped 95.8% after both Pfizer shots

The rate of COVID-19 infections dropped 95.8% among people who received both shots of Pfizer’s vaccine, Israel’s Health Ministry said on Saturday.

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Training nurse Sari Roos prepares a dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to teach her air bubble technique in Laakso hospital in Helsinki, Finland March 11, 2021. Picture taken March 11, 2021. REUTERS/Essi Lehto

Israeli study: South African coronavirus variant may evade protection from Pfizer vaccine

The coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa may evade the protection provided by Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to some extent, a real-world data study in Israel found, though its prevalence in the country is very low and the research has not been peer reviewed.
The five governors of the Southeast region, on Sunday, launched Ebubeagu regional security to fight terrorism in the zone. The governors in attendance were, Governor of Abia State, Okezuo Ikpeazu, Anambra, Willie Obiano, Enugu, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Ebonyi, Dave Umahi and the host governor, Hope Uzodinma.

Southeast governors lunches regional security outfit

The five governors of the Southeast region, on Sunday launched Ebubeagu regional security to fight terrorism in the zone.
The UN National Programme Manager, Patience Ekeoba, lamented that the country’s security is weak in handling gender-based matter.

UN expresses worry over violence against women in Nigeria

The UN National Programme Manager, Patience Ekeoba, lamented that the country’s security is weak in handling gender-based matter.

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SDRs and debt holidays still just a band-aid for debt-hobbled countries

Debt experts, charity groups and investors welcomed news on Wednesday that the world’s poorest countries will get new IMF funds and COVID-19 debt relief, but they also cautioned that for some it would still only be a band-aid solution.

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