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Russia's ambassador to Algeria, Igor Belyaev, met with the Algerian Minister of Post and Telecommunications, Ibrahim Bouzal, who hosted him to discuss cooperation in the information and communication technology sector.

A statement was issued by the Ministry of Post and Communications, confirming that the meeting between the two parties was fruitful.

Algeria and Russia have had strong ties historically since the era of the Soviet Union, especially in the field of military cooperation. Ammar Belhimer, spokesman for the Algerian government, described these relations at the end of last August as "fraternal friendly relations," and said that they are "a strategic relationship existing between the two peoples and the two countries at all levels."

Source: Algerian and Russian media.

By:Nadeemy Haded


The President of Armenia, Armen Sarkissian, announced that he does not see the necessity for Russia to intervene militarily in the ongoing conflict in the Karabakh region.

In an interview with France 24 today, Tuesday, Sarkissian said: "With regard to Russia, there is no need for its military intervention, so Armenia can defend itself. Instead of engaging Russia, it is more effective to talk about Turkey's removal and the need to prevent it from affecting the course of the conflict." .

According to the Armenian president, Russia has shown over the ages that relations with Armenia remain among its priorities, and at the same time Russia maintains good relations with Azerbaijan, and it is not involved in this conflict, unlike Turkey, which allows Russia to mediate in it. So Russia, with the efforts of its President Vladimir Putin, and its Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, recently helped reach a ceasefire agreement in Karabakh, according to the Armenian president.

Sarkissian held Baku responsible for the violation of this agreement, which was signed in Moscow on October 10, after lengthy negotiations between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan mediated by Lavrov, believing that Azerbaijan wants to solve the conflict a military solution, including because of the presence of Turkey seeking its own goals in the region.

Source: Sputnik

By:Nadeemy Haded


On Sunday evening, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced a set of new measures to curb the spread of the new Corona virus, especially affecting bars and restaurants and extending work from a distance.

Conte said, during a press conference at government headquarters, that these measures "will allow us to confront the new wave of infection that is strongly hitting Italy and Europe. We cannot lose time. We must implement measures to avoid a new general quarantine that could put our economy at great risk."

The measures aim to limit gatherings and mixing as much as possible, in public and private spaces.

It is now imperative for restaurants to declare their capacity on their fronts, and to allow the presence of a maximum of 6 people at each table, and to close at midnight, and bars must close at 6 in the evening, and they cannot provide services to seated customers.

75 percent of public administration employees will work from their homes, and private sector companies have been recommended to apply this measure as much as possible. Business meetings can also be organized via video.

Working from homes is expected to reduce the pressure on shared transportation, which will allow physical distancing to be respected.

The government permitted the attendance of students and teachers to educational institutions at separate times, to avoid gatherings.

It was decided to ban local concerts and exhibitions scattered in Italy, which will cause damage to a sector that employs 34 thousand people and whose work is worth 900 million euros annually, according to the "Coldiretti" Agricultural Federation, while also banning collective sporting events (football, basket, etc.).

Conte declared that mayors "may close roads or squares to the public from nine in the evening, if they witness gatherings."

On October 7, the government imposed the wearing of masks in open spaces throughout the country, and extended the state of emergency until January 31, when the fine for failing to wear a mask amounts to one thousand euros.

Italy recently recorded an alarming increase in the number of cases of Covid-19, as it crossed for the first time the threshold of 10,000 infections on Friday, and Saturday recorded 10,935 injuries, while the number reached 11,705 injuries on Sunday.

Every day, Italy conducts about 150,000 tests to detect Covid-19 cases.

Source: Agencies

By:Nadeemy Haded

Tuesday, 20 October 2020 20:04

Oil drops after Chinese economic data


Oil prices declined, Monday, after the growth of the Chinese economy in the third quarter of the year was weaker than expected, highlighting concerns about the impact of the growing Coronavirus infections around the world on demand for the largest importer of crude in the world.

The world's second-largest economy grew 4.9 percent year-on-year in the third quarter, while analysts expected it to grow 5.2 percent, government data showed, while refiners in China, the world's second-largest oil consumer, curbed crude processing rates in September.

By 08:26 GMT, Brent crude for December delivery was down 20 cents, equivalent to 0.5 percent, to $ 42.73 a barrel.

US West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery recorded $ 40.69 a barrel, down 19 cents, and the contract expires on Tuesday.

Brent rose 0.2 percent last week, while West Texas rose 0.7 percent, after inventories of crude oil and its products fell in the United States, the largest consumer of oil in the world.

Chinese data showed growth slowing in goods and services, while crude processing data was "disappointing", said Huili, an economist at China Overseas Banking Corporation.

"We will likely see a weak price performance until the end of the day," Lee said.

He added that investors are focusing on the meeting of the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee emanating from the OPEC + group, which is scheduled for later.

The committee may decide to postpone plans to ease the current supply cuts of 7.7 million barrels per day by 2 million barrels per day from January.

But Lee ruled out that prices would rise in the event of a decision to postpone, because the matter is already calculated in the prices traded in the market.

The group's joint technical committee meeting last week drew a bleak forecast for fuel demand due to fears of a prolonged second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and a jump in Libyan production, which could create a surplus in the market next year.

Source: Agencies

By:Nadeemy Haded


The number of Coronavirus infections worldwide exceeded 40 million, Monday, according to a Reuters census, at a time when the advent of winter in the northern hemisphere supports a new wave in the spread of the epidemic.

The Reuters count is based on official data from various countries, and experts believe that the actual number of injuries and deaths is likely much higher in light of lack of examinations and the reluctance of some countries to reveal the actual numbers of injuries.

Reuters data showed the rate of injuries continued to rise.

The epidemic took only 32 days to jump from 30 million cases to 40 million infections, compared with the 38 days it took to climb from 20 to 30 million infections, and 44 days between 10 and 20 million cases, while the virus took 3 full months to reach the first 10 million infections since the emergence of infection. The first time in Wuhan, China, in early January.

A few days ago, the virus recorded a record number of daily infections worldwide, amounting to more than 400,000.

The average number of new daily infections in the global epidemic last week reached about 347 thousand cases, compared with 292 thousand in the first week of October.

The United States, India and Brazil are still the countries most affected by the epidemic in the world, while North, Central and South America account for about 47.27 percent of the number of infections globally.

Source: Agencies

By:Nadeemy Haded

Tuesday, 20 October 2020 20:02

Young man climbs Trump Tower to talk to him


In Chicago, Illinois, a 20-year-old man surprised everyone and hung a rope from a high rise in the Trump Tower in the city, demanding to speak with the US President.

The American "Chicago Sun Times" newspaper reported that the young man was suspended by a rope from a balcony on the sixteenth floor of the skyscraper.

And police officers who arrived at the scene suggested that the young man had taken precautions to secure himself from falling.

A Chicago city police spokesman said a specialist was negotiating with the young man to bring him down, while city police had blocked traffic around Trump Tower.

A large crowd of onlookers gathered nearby, and some thought that what was happening was just a scene being filmed from a new movie on Batman

Source: Agencies

By:Nadeemy Haded


Former Liverpool defender Jimmy Carragher said that the absence of defender Virgil van Dyck from the England champions after suffering a knee ligament injury opened the door to the battle for the Premier League title in football and demanded his former team to sign a new defender as a substitute for the injured Dutch player.

Van Dyck will undergo surgery to repair the injury he suffered during his team's 2-2 draw with neighbors Everton last Saturday.

"The big question that arises right now is whether Liverpool can win the Premier League title without Van Dyck. I think the player's absence opens the door to the title struggle wide," Carragher told Sky Sports.

He continued: "With the beginning of the current season, I felt that Liverpool was still the strongest team, but with the absence of Van Dyck, which may extend to the end of the season, the task of Liverpool will become more difficult."

"Liverpool should enter the transfer market in January and the reason is not just Van Dyck's injury. The team is weak in this area anyway after losing Diane Lovren at the start of the season. Other players in these positions are vulnerable to injury," Carragher added.

Source: Agencies

By:Nadeemy Haded

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