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Israeli settlements

Israel has given initial approval to a plan to build thousands of settler units in the Occupied West Bank. The plan would see the construction of three thousands units on lands near the Palestinian city of Ramallah. It also envisages the construction of up to six thousands additional units in the area. The Palestinian Foreign Ministry says the plan aims to Judaize and annex the whole city of al-Quds. The Ministry has called on the United States and other powers to intervene and stop what it describes as Israel’s colonial projects. All Israeli settlements on the occupied Palestinian land are illegal under international law.

Sanctions removal talks

Iran says the upcoming talks in Vienna between Tehran and the remaining signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal could quickly lead to an agreement if there’s determination. In a virtual meeting with his Chinese counterpart, the Iranian foreign minister cited the failure of Britain, France and Germany to honor their commitments under the nuclear agreement. Hossein Amir-abdollahian, however, said Iran will enter the negotiations with full determination. He added that Tehran has reached an agreement, in principle, with the International Atomic Energy Agency, regarding the remaining technical issues. The top Chinese diplomat, for his part, described as positive the upcoming talks and Iran’s cooperation with the IAEA. Wang Yi said Iran’s stance on the nuclear deal is fair.

Migrant boat tragedy

A tragic ending for migrants trying to make their way to Europe. At least 27 people have drowned off the coast of the UK after their boat capsized while crossing the Channel from France to Britain. French authorities earlier put the death toll at 31, but later revised the figure. They say two people have been rescued and hospitalized. Police have arrested four people suspected of being linked to the drowning. The UK and France have traded barbs over the incident, with London accusing Paris of not doing enough to stop the migrants. Paris, on the other hands, says London should stop politicizing the issue for domestic gain and change its immigration policies. The incident is the worst disaster in several years. Earlier this year, 14 people died at sea while trying to reach Britain.

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