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    Israeli PM says Raisi win a 'wake up' call over Iran nuclear deal

    Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has condemned the new Iranian president as a “hangman”, describing Ebrahim Raisi’s election win as a final “wake up” call for world powers before returning to a nuclear agreement with Tehran. Bennett made the comments on Sunday as he opened his first cabinet meeting since swearing in his new coalition government last week.

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    UEFA to investigate discrimination at Hungary's Euro 2020 matches

    Two Euro 2020 football matches in Hungary are being investigated for “potential discriminatory incidents”, UEFA said. The governing body of European football said on Sunday that a “UEFA ethics and disciplinary inspector has been appointed” to conduct an investigation, without providing any details on the incidents. The anti-discrimination group Fare, which monitors matches for incidents of racism and other forms of discrimination, sent a report to UEFA and discussed the matter with officials.

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    Armenia votes in snap parliamentary election

    The central elections commission said that 38 percent of eligible voters had cast ballots three hours before the polling stations closed. Pashinyan, who has lost much of his appeal since last year’s military defeat, is hoping to renew his mandate but is in a tight race with former president Robert Kocharyan. His critics accuse him of ceding swaths of territory in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh to Azerbaijan in a truce agreement that ended last year’s fighting and of failing to deliver

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    UN: Sri Lanka ship fire caused 'significant damage to planet'

    The United Nations representative in Sri Lanka has said the sinking of a container ship that caught fire while transporting chemicals off the coast of the capital has caused “significant damage to the planet” by releasing hazardous substances into the ecosystem. The Singapore-flagged MV X-Press Pearl sank off Colombo on Thursday a month after catching fire, raising concerns about a possible environmental disaster.

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    Afghan President Ghani to meet Biden as violence surges

    US President Joe Biden will meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah at the White House on Friday to discuss the US troop withdrawal amid a surge in fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban across the country. In their first face-to-face meeting, Biden will seek to reassure Ghani and Abdullah of US support for the Afghan people including diplomatic, economic and humanitarian assistance, the White House s

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    Who is Ebrahim Raisi, Iran's next president?

    Tehran, Iran – Judiciary head Ebrahim Raisi has been elected as the next president of Iran at a critical juncture for the country. Who is the conservative leader and what are his positions? The 60-year-old Raisi, who enjoys wide backing from the conservative and hardline revolutionary camp and its base, will remain chief justice until he takes over from moderate outgoing President Hassan Rouhani in August as he did not resign from his post to run for president.

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    Milkha Singh, India's 'Flying Sikh', dies of COVID

    Milkha Singh, one of India’s first sport superstars and an ace sprinter who overcame a childhood tragedy to become the country’s most celebrated athlete, has died of COVID aged 91. Singh, a four-time Asian Games gold medallist and dubbed the “Flying Sikh”, passed away at a hospital in the north Indian city of Chandigarh late on Friday. His wife Nirmal Kaur, a former volleyball captain, had died of the virus just days earlier.