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China split on vaccine doses, South African teachers demand pay raise & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
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Israel to enter tough, 3-week lockdown from Friday after bungled reopening

If the Israeli public viewed the original lockdown in March as a health imperative, then the upcoming one is seen as the consequence of a government fiasco.
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The strategic importance of Israel-Bahrain pact, and Serbia, Kosovo enter Jerusalem

In episode 566 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains why Israel's deal with Bahrain is historic in nature and how it has ramifications in countries like Serbia and Kosovo.
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Israel is heading for an extraordinary second lockdown to fight coronavirus

Israel approved a two-week full-fledged lockdown, to be followed by 2 more weeks of strict restrictions, after daily cases rose from 5 in late May to more than 4,000 this week.
Medics collect swab sample of a man for Covid-19 testing in Kozhikode (representational image) | PTI

Israel develops new Covid pool testing method that can screen nearly 50 samples at once

Called P-Best, for Pooling-Based Efficient SARS-CoV-2 Testing, Israel's method is based on an algorithm that is used to detect rare genetic mutations.
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Pakistan’s enemy number one is Israel now. India can wait

Now that Israel and UAE have reached a deal, Pakistan is in a quandary again. Will friendship with it help it check India or will it betray Palestine?
UAE Crown Prince Muhammed Bin Zayed (left) and Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu (right) | Commons

There are military reasons as well to celebrate the Israel-UAE breakthrough

The current deal is an important bipartisan step toward Israeli-Arab rapprochement and is a positive development for Israel, the UAE and the US in a tactical sense.

In a first, Israeli & German jets in joint military exercise to honour holocaust victims

The Israeli Air Force’s F-16C/D Barak fighter jets entered the German airspace Monday for joint military exercises and a memorial event.
The city hall in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv is lit up in the colours of the UAE national flag on 13 August.

UAE, Israeli ministers plan to meet as business deals begin to take shape

The historic peace agreement between the two countries signed last week promises to open ties through air travel, tourism, investment, security and telecommunications.
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Iran, not Israel, becomes the unifying enemy for the Middle East

The Israel-UAE breakthrough reflects a change in the middle east fault lines as a Persian Gulf power makes peace with the Jewish state. But it might be replaced with rift over Iran.

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Sikkim stopped seeing drug users as criminals and look what happened

In 2018, Sikkim Anti-Drugs Act decriminalised illicit drug use and laid down elaborate provisions for detoxification and rehabilitation.
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Reliance, Maruti biggest losers as Sensex drops for fourth straight day amid gloomy outlook

BSE Sensex loses 0.8% while NSE Nifty 50 Index drops 0.9%. A gauge of IT firms rises 0.9%, but 16 out of 19 sector sub-indexes compiled by BSE drop.

Defence

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China has more than doubled its military positions at LAC since Doklam, new report says

China is constructing at least 13 new military positions near its borders with India, including 3 air bases and 5 heliports, says a Stratfor report.
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Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?