Mon, 02 Aug 2021

JERUSALEM -- Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing Yamina (United Right) party, was sworn in as new Israeli prime minister on Sunday night, sending Benjamin Netanyahu to the opposition after a record 12-year rule.

This came after the new coalition government, headed by Bennett and Yair Lapid, leader of the centrist Yesh Atid (Future) party, was approved by the parliament, or Knesset, in a vote of confidence. (Israel-New Prime Minister)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and U.S. President Joe Biden talked over the phone on Sunday night, about two hours after Bennett was sworn in.

The U.S. president congratulated the new Israeli prime minister, according to a statement issued by Bennett's office. (Israel-U.S.-Talk)

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TEHRAN -- Iran reported on Sunday 8,195 new COVID-19 cases, taking the country's total infections to 3,028,717.

The pandemic has so far claimed 82,098 lives in Iran, up by 187 in the past 24 hours, the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education said in a briefing published on the ministry's official website. (Iran-COVID19)

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AMMAN -- Jordan's State Security Court on Sunday charged Bassem Awadallah, former finance minister and royal court chief, and royal family member Sharif Hassan Ben Zeid with inciting sedition and opposition against the country's regime.

The court indicated that they were also charged with taking some actions to harm the safety and security of Jordan and destabilize the country, the state-run Petra news agency reported. (Jordan-Royal-Sedition)

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