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Iran-P4+1 talks

The fourth day of negotiations between Iran and the P4+1 group on removing anti-Iran sanctions is underway in Vienna. Iran’s top negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani says Tehran has provided the nuclear deal parties with two completed draft documents. Bagheri Kani is hoping that the P4+1 can assess Iran’s proposal and reach a conclusion quickly. According to Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Tehran is now waiting to hear from the nuclear deal parties whether they are prepared to discuss those draft documents during the ongoing round of talks. Speaking to Press TV in Vienna, Bagheri Kani said Iran is ready to continue this round of negotiations as long as it takes. He noted that several shortcomings and contradictions exist in the draft text from the previous rounds, that need to be fixed.

'Israel creation based on war, terror'

Iran lashes out at Israel after its prime minister calls on the world powers to immediately stop the ongoing talks in Vienna with Tehran. Khatibzadeh says the delegates in Vienna will not take instructions from the Israeli prime minister. Earlier in the day, Naftali Bennett accused Tehran of carrying out "nuclear blackmail" as a negotiation tactic and urged concrete measures against Tehran. The regime’s minister of military affairs Benny Gantz also accused Iran of seeking nuclear weapons, saying the military option against Iran must always be on the table. Tehran has time and again stressed that its nuclear program is peaceful. It has also warned that any act of aggression against Iran will be met with a swift and crushing response. 

'Over 80% of Africa unvaccinated'

The World Health Organization says over 80% of the population in Africa has received no Covid-19 vaccine. This comes as global concerns rise over the new variant of the virus. The UN health agency has repeatedly criticized the situation in Africa and the travel bans imposed on certain countries in the continent. The WHO chief says such moves will only increase inequalities in different parts of the world. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has also described the vaccine availability in Africa as "immorally low". Last Thursday, South African scientists declared the discovery of the new Omicron variant. The new strain has already been detected in over a dozen countries, including European Union member states.

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