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Israel rubber-stamps UAE peace agreement

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Israel’s Knesset on Thursday voted overwhelmingly in favor of the U.S.-brokered peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Israeli lawmakers voted 80 to 13 to approve the historical deal, paving the way for peace and an economic relationship between the two nations. The UAE is the third Arab country to recognize the State of Israel, following the leads of Egypt and Jordan, who recognized it in 1979 and 1994 respectively.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet, according to U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and the Jerusalem Post, has unanimously okayed the agreement.

This agreement between Israel and the UAE, alongside a separate agreement between Israel and Bahrain, are together dubbed the Abraham Accords. Both were brokered by the U.S. and when it was announced that all three Middle Eastern countries had agreed to the Accords, they celebrated it at the White House back in September.

The Abraham Accords were a much-needed foreign policy victory for President Donald Trump in his re-election bid, who, according to the polls, has been struggling to beat his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.

It has been heavily predicted by experts that this Israel-UAE agreement will help bolster the economies of these two influential countries, hopefully impacting the wider regional economy in a positive manner. Additionally, the agreement opens the door for increased security cooperation between the two countries, which could potentially impact the balance of power in the region on a dramatic scale.

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Huge protests erupt in China in defiance of the Chinese Communist Party’s Covid-19 lockdowns

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Much of the world is getting on with life and attempting to recover any of the horrendous damage caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has just imposed even more Covid-19 lockdowns sparking unrest.

Chinese citizens are banning together to protest yet another round of strict covid protocols and lockdowns suffocating their freedom.

In Shanghai, citizens chanted against President Xi Jinping’s rule, according to CNN. Chants “Xi Jinping, step down” and “Communist party, step down” were chanted. Some protesters held up blank sheets of paper to symbolize resistance against the Chinese government.

One social media user explained the black sheets of paper: “We don’t need to write anything on it. It is a symbol of the revolution of the people.”

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An apartment fire in Urumqi, the capital of the far western region of Xinjiang, killed ten people and injured nine last week. The incident triggered “the most recent wave of unrest” because “it was believed that the mobility restrictions in the area either trapped the residents or slowed the dispatch of emergency services” reports National Review.

Various universities including in Shanghai, Beijing, and Nanjing, saw huge crowds of students who honored the victims and denounced China’s zero-Covid-19 policy and strict control measures.

 

 

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