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Israel, UAE agree to normalize ties in what Trump calls a 'historic' agreement

By BEN GITTLESON, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump said in a surprise announcement Thursday that Israel and the United Arab Emirates had agreed to normalize relations and that, as part of the deal, Israel would not annex parts of the West Bank it currently occupies."Israel and the United Arab…... Read More

Belarus protests for third night, as opposition leader leaves country

By PATRICK REEVELL, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- There were clashes for a third consecutive night in Belarus, as security forces again used violence in an attempt to disperse protesters demanding an end to the rule of the country’s long-time dictator Alexander Lukashenko following a disputed election.The protests continued hours after…... Read More

Russia’s vaccine rollout: 4 takeaways from the controversial development

BY: LUCIEN BRUGGEMAN(MOSCOW) -- In the global race for a coronavirus vaccine, Russia declared it just claimed the gold medal. But some Western scientists worry it's far too early to know if they’re seeing only fool’s gold.President Vladimir Putin declared Tuesday that Russia had registered the world’s first vaccine, with…... Read More

Putin anoints coronavirus vaccine. International scientists aren't so sure.

By PATRICK REEVELL, ABC News(MOSCOW) -- President Vladimir Putin said Russia has become the first nation to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, effectively triumphing in what some around the globe have compared to the Space Race.But while Putin said the vaccine, named Sputnik V after the world's first satellite, has "passed…... Read More

Intense clashes in Belarus on second day of protests following contested presidential election

By PATRICK REEVELL, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- There were intense clashes in Belarus' capital Minsk on Monday night as security forces sought to violently disperse thousands of protesters who gathered for the second day in a row to demand that the country's authoritarian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, step down following a…... Read More

Major Indian food delivery company announces 'period leave'

BY: CATHERINE THORBECKE(DELHI) -- In a move garnering international headlines, a major Indian food delivery startup announced over the weekend that it is offering "period leave" for workers when they are menstruating.Zomato, a Delhi-based food delivery service with more than 5,000 employees, announced the new policy via a letter to…... Read More

Lebanon government resigns in wake of Beirut blast and mass protests

By GUY DAVIES, ABC News(LONDON) -- The Lebanese government has resigned in the aftermath of the massive explosion in Beirut and mass anti-government protests, Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced on Monday."I declare today the resignation of this government," Diab said in a press conference. "May God protect Lebanon."He said his…... Read More

Report of Duchess Kate in tears over 'difficult' bride Meghan not true, author claims

By KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News(LONDON) -- The relationship between Princes William and Harry, who were once close, supposedly began to sour when Harry started dating his now-wife Meghan, according to Finding Freedom. The new book claims to shed light on what caused Harry and Meghan to step back as working…... Read More

Belarus opposition rejects election results amid calls for more protests

By PATRICK REEVELL, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Belarus’ main opposition candidate has rejected the official result of the presidential election that handed a landslide victory to the country’s authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko on Sunday, hours after security forces violently crackdown on protests who had challenged the result. There were chaotic…... Read More

'Dark new phase’ in Hong Kong as pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai is arrested

By BRITT CLENNETT and KARSON YIU, ABC News(HONG KONG) -- Once seen as the bastion of free press and speech in Asia, Hong Kong now appears to be changing day by day. Police detained the city's most prominent media tycoon and Beijing critic, Jimmy Lai, under the new national security…... Read More

Protests break out across Belarus following contested election

By PATRICK REEVELL, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Security forces in Belarus Sunday moved to violently crush protests that broke out against the results of an election that showed an overwhelming victory for the country's authoritarian leader, Alexander Lukashenko.Hundreds of heavily armored riot police and interior ministry troops used water cannons,…... Read More