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Demonstrators take part in a protest rally against Israel's attacks on the Palestinian Gaza Strip in Karachi on May 19, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

Support for Palestinians 

People in the Pakistani city of Karachi have held a demonstration to show solidarity with Palestinians and condemn Israeli atrocities against them. Demonstrators in Karachi chanted anti-Israel slogans, calling for an end to the regime’s occupation of Palestinian land. Similar protests were also held in other parts of the world in support of the Palestinians. In the British capital, London, scuffles broke out between police and protesters in front of the Israeli embassy. People also staged rallies in the US City of San Francisco, the Lebanese capital, Beirut, as well as the French capital Paris. They celebrated the victory of Palestinians in the face of the recent deadly Israeli aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip.

Iran nuclear negotiations

Iran’s president says his country will continue negotiations to restore the 2015 nuclear deal until a final agreement is reached. Hassan Rouhani said the United States has clearly declared its readiness to remove the sanctions as per the nuclear deal. He also highlighted Iran’s victory in the economic war imposed by the US. Rouhani said Iran’s output rise in various industrial sectors is the best testimony to the futility of the US maximum pressure campaign against the country. He stressed that the failure of those policies has even been acknowledged by the Americans themselves. The former US administration pulled the country out of the nuclear deal in 2018, imposing what it called the toughest sanctions ever against Iran. After a year, Iran also began scaling back its commitments under the deal.

Covid-19 in India 

India has reported nearly 241,000 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours. That’s the lowest daily new infections in more than a month. India on Sunday registered more than 3,700 new covid deaths. That’s a decrease by more than 450 compared with a day earlier. The country’s total fatalities are now almost 300,000 out of more than 26.5 million. For weeks, India has battled a second wave of the disease which caused a health crisis. Daily cases have now seen a downward trend over the past few days amid partial or complete lockdowns in most states. The capital New Delhi was one of the hardest hit cities. Now, officials there say if cases continue to drop for a week, they will start easing restrictions from May 31.

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