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Voice of America – Middle East

  • In Israel, Shin Bet Security Services Is Responsible for Covid-19 Contact Tracing
    Israel is struggling against a virulent second wave of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, with thousands of new cases diagnosed every day. A key element in the fight to contain the pandemic is contact tracing. In Israel, this is conducted by the Internal Security Service, the Shin Bet, using methods originally designed for counterterrorism. Linda Gradstein reports from
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    Published on 10-01-20
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  • New US Relief Funding Package to Include Eligibility for Mental Health, Substance Abuse Providers
    The U.S. Health and Human Services Department announced a new funding opportunity Thursday for providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic Thursday.     The $20 billion relief fund will be provided through the Health Resources and Services Administration and will allow providers who previously have received Provider Relief Fund payments to apply for additional funding.     Under
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    Published on 10-01-20
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  • Britain Bans Plastic Straws
    Britain’s primary environmental agency announced that beginning Thursday a ban on all “single-use” beverage straws is in effect, making it illegal for businesses to sell or supply them to individual customers.   The ban was passed and set to take effect in April, but the COVID-19 pandemic prompted law makers to postpone its implementation so as to not impose a
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    Published on 10-01-20
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  • UN FAO Pledges $70 Million to Help Sudan Families
    The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has pledged $70 million to support 600,000 Sudanese families affected by severe flooding caused by record heavy rainfall this year. The FAO's director of emergency response, Dominique Burgeon, told the agriculture ministry Wednesday in Khartoum that a joint assessment conducted by the FAO and the transitional government found more than 2 million hectares
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    Published on 10-01-20
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  • Rocket Attack Targets Coalition Base in Iraqi Kurdistan
    Rockets struck an Iraqi base used by U.S. and coalition forces near the airport in the Kurdistan capital of Erbil late Wednesday, hours after Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi told foreign diplomats that the country would put a stop to such attacks. Iraq's foreign minister also said that reported U.S. warnings that Washington may close its embassy in Baghdad would
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    Published on 10-01-20
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  • In NYC and LA, Returning Pupils Face Battery of Virus Tests
    The two largest school districts in the U.S. are rolling out ambitious and costly plans to test students and staff for the coronavirus, bidding to help keep school buildings open amid a rise in infections among the nation's school-age children.New York City is set to begin testing 10% to 20% of students and staff in every building monthly beginning Thursday,
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  • As Spain’s Infection Rates Soar (Again), Divisions Widen
    Millions of Madrileños were preparing to go into lockdown once again Thursday as authorities in Western Europe's worst hotspot shut down the Spanish capital to try to halt a new surge in COVID-19 cases. The Spanish government gave regional authorities 48 hours to comply with new restrictions which will affect this city of more than 3 million people and nine surrounding
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    Published on 10-01-20
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  • Land Artist Paints Giant ‘Human Chain’ in Italy
    French land artist Saype created giant, spray-painted “human chain” on a lawn in Turin, Italy. With this installation, Saype continued his “Beyond Walls” project, creating images of interlocked hands across the world. The first installment was presented in Paris, followed by paintings in Andorra, Geneva, Berlin, Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast. The artist hopes his paintings will encourage unity as society seems to grow more divided. (REUTERS) 
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  • Nuclear Arms Race, Weaponization of Outer Space High on US Disarmament Agenda
    Efforts to rein in a potential nuclear arms race and the weaponization of outer space will be high on the United States agenda at an upcoming United Nations disarmament meeting.  A hybrid meeting of the U.N. General Assembly First Committee, which deals with disarmament issues, will be held as part of the UNGA session in New York between October 6
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    Published on 10-01-20
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  • 2.5 Million Girls at Risk to Become Child Brides as a Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic
    An estimated 2.5 million girls globally are at risk of being forced into child marriage in the next five years due to mounting economic pressures related to the COVID-19 global pandemic, according to humanitarian aid organization Save the Children. The report, “Global Girlhood 2020: COVID-19 and Progress in Peril,” which was released to the public Thursday, found that girls in parts
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    Published on 10-01-20
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