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JCPOA revival efforts

Iran’s Foreign Minister says Tehran and Washington have exchanged more messages to bring their views closer on restoring the 2015 deal. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the revelation in a phone call with his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani. He said the messages were exchanged through a mediator during his recent trip to New York. The top diplomat noted that Tehran is working hard to reach a good, strong and sustainable agreement. For his part, the Qatari foreign minister said the US believes the exchange of messages and the efforts of the European Union as a coordinator would lead to an agreement and its return to the deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Tehran has repeatedly said that the JCPOA can be revived if the US shows good will and acts realistically.

Yemen truce expires

The United Nations has announced the end of a truce in Yemen reached between the Ansarullah movement and the Saudi-led coalition that waged a war on the country back in 2015. The world body says negotiations are underway for a potential extension to the ceasefire, urging calm on the warring sides. Meanwhile, the spokesman for the Yemeni army blamed Riyadh and its allies for failing to observe the UN-brokered truce that would have given Yemenis the right to exploit their oil reserves. General Yahya Sare'e warned oil companies operating in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to immediately leave the Yemeni territory. The Ansarullah movement had already blamed the Saudi-led coalition's failure to live up to its commitments and its reluctance to address humanitarian issues. The truce first came into effect on the 2nd of April for an initial two months and extended twice until October the 2nd.

Brazil vote goes to runoff

Brazil’s electoral authorities say the country’s hotly contested presidential race goes to a runoff as two front-runners fail to reach the threshold needed for the top executive post. Former leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva garnered around 48% of the vote against around 43% for incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro. That’s according to official results from the Superior Electoral Tribunal that tallied votes cast at more than 97 percent of polling stations. Lula was short of more than 2% votes he needed to hold the presidency. Over 156 million Brazilians were eligible to cast their ballots on Sunday. The run-off on October 30th will now decide who runs the country next.

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