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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-Azerbaijan row

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.


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