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China passed new law to counter foreign sanctions

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Beijing: China’s parliament on Thursday passed an anti-foreign sanctions law that would provide comprehensive legal protections to prevent foreign sanctions against Chinese officials and entities. The law was passed by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), the Parliament of China.

The legislation was passed in the backdrop of the imposition of China’s national security law in Hong Kong and sanctions by the US and EU countries against several Chinese institutions and officials over allegations of human rights violations against Muslim Uighurs in the Xinjiang region. The sanctions were introduced as a coordinated effort by the EU, UK, US and Canada. In response, China imposed sanctions on European officials.

Defending the law, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said in a media briefing on Thursday that the Chinese government has taken measures to protect China’s national sovereignty, dignity and core interests, and to oppose Western hegemony and power politics. Countermeasures have been announced against the people and institutions concerned. Also read: Biden lifts ban on TikTok, WeChat

He denied that the law would affect China’s relations with other countries. “We believe that to counter foreign sanctions, it is necessary to have specific legislation in the country so that we have a legal basis and guarantees for retaliatory measures,” he said.

Chinese legal experts say the anti-foreign sanctions law is the first of its kind in China and will provide the country with strong legal backing and guarantees against unilateral and discriminatory measures taken by various countries.

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Iraq: CTS claims 13 Islamic State terrorists killed

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Baghdad: Iraq’s Anti-Terrorism Service (CTS) said its forces have killed 13 Islamic State (IS) terrorists across the country so far this month. CTS spokesman Sabah al-Numan told the official Iraqi news agency (INA) on Sunday that commandos carried out a series of security operations in June, killing 13 IS militants and several others. was arrested from the caves and hideout. Baghdad: Iraqi security forces kill 2 IS terrorists, 6 arrested

The CTS forces will continue their operation to nab IS militants, Xinhua news agency quoted al-Numan as saying. The operations were part of efforts to eliminate extremists IS militants, who intensified their attacks on security forces and civilians in previously controlled provinces, killing and wounding dozens.

The security situation in Iraq is improving as security forces completely defeated IS militants across the country in late 2017.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates Naftali Bennett on becoming the Prime Minister of Israel

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates Naftali Bennett on becoming the Prime Minister of Israel

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on taking oath as the Prime Minister of Israel, right-wing Yamina Party leader Naftali Bennett (Naftali Bennett) on Monday and said that he is looking forward to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries. Israel: US President Joe Biden congratulated Israel’s new PM Naftali Bennett over the phone

Modi tweeted, “Congratulations to Naftali Bennett on becoming the Prime Minister of Israel. We complete 30 years of upgrading our diplomatic relations next year and I look forward to meeting you on this occasion and further strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries.”

Bennett was sworn in as Israel’s prime minister on Sunday. With this, the tenure of Benjamin Netanyahu, who had been in the post of Prime Minister for 12 years, ended.

Prime Minister Modi lauded former Prime Minister Netanyahu at the end of his “successful” term and thanked his leadership for his personal focus on the India-Israel strategic partnership.

In Israel’s 120-member parliament ‘Knesset’ yesterday, 60 members voted in favor of the new government and 59 against it. During this one member remained absent. The new government has 27 ministers out of which nine are women.

Parties of different ideologies have formed an alliance for the new government. Among them there is also a party representing the Arab community along with right-wing, left, centrist. Mickey Levy of Yesh Etid Party was elected Speaker of Parliament. 67 members voted in his favor.

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Israel: US President Joe Biden congratulated Israel’s new PM Naftali Bennett over the phone

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Israel: US President Joe Biden congratulated Israel's new PM Naftali Bennett over the phone

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Washington: US President Joe Biden has congratulated Naftali Bennett after being sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Israel. In a phone call with Bennett on Sunday, Biden spoke of his decades of support for bilateral ties and his unwavering commitment to Israel’s security, Xinhua news agency reported. Israel Embassy Explosion: NIA may investigate the blasts near Israel Embassy

The two leaders agreed to hold close discussions on regional security issues, including Iran, the statement said. “The president also conveyed that his administration intends to work closely with the Israeli government on efforts to advance peace, security and prosperity for Israel and the Palestinians,” he said.

Bennett, leader of the right-wing Yamina (United Rights) party, was sworn in as the new Israeli prime minister on Sunday night. With this, Benjamin Netanyahu, who was the Prime Minister of the country for 12 consecutive years, has now gone into opposition.

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