Plummeting approval rating
A new opinion poll suggests US President Joe Biden’s approval rating has dropped to its lowest since he took office in January. The latest Ipsos /Reuters poll showed 50 percent of Americans disapprove of Biden’s performance, compared to 43 who said they approved of him. The president’s popularity has been on the decline since mid-August when the US-backed government in Afghanistan collapsed. A recent surge in the number of COVID-19 cases and fatalities in the country has also contributed to the fall in Biden’s rating. Some 46-percent of the respondents said they disapproved of the president’s COVID-19 response. Just over 1,000 Americans participated in the national poll. The error margin is reported to be four percentage points.
Armenia has taken Azerbaijan to the International Court of Justice, accusing Baku of human rights abuses. Yerevan called on the Hague-based tribunal to protect and preserve Armenia’s rights. The country accused Azerbaijan of violating a United Nations treaty, dubbed the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. The two nations have been at loggerheads over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The enclave is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but has an Armenian ethnic majority. Over 6,500 people were killed in a six-week war over the region late last year. The conflict ended in a ceasefire, under which Armenia ceded some areas it had been controlling since 1994.
Iran fuel for Lebanon
A convoy of trucks carrying the first batch of Iranian fuel shipments has entered crisis-hit Lebanon through Syria.