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Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Around the world on 23 December 2020

Qatari media outlets are “undermining” a resolution to its feud with the Arab Quartet, the UAE’s Foreign Affairs Minister Anwar Gargash said in a tweet yesterday. Gargash’s statement comes amid signals that Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt were inching toward ending the three-year-old flap. The four countries have been demanding that Doha shut down state mouthpiece Al Jazeera as a condition to resolving the stand-off.

Bibi could be dethroned as Israel’s prime minister in the country’s fourth election in two years, as his fragile coalition government with centrist rival Benny Gantz collapsed after the Knesset failed to approve a state budget. The vote — scheduled for 23 March — will come a few weeks after Netanyahu’s trial for bribery and fraud “kicks into high gear,” Bloomberg notes.

The USD 892 bn covid relief bill passed in the United States may be on the rocks after Agent Orange threatened yesterday not to sign it, arguing that he wants the USD 600 cheques for every American to be upgraded to USD 2k apiece.

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