World News Roundup: Israeli Cabinet Endorses Gardos as New Budget Czar; Australian Prime Minister Morrison defends lockdown strategy as daily cases hit record, more


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Israeli cabinet approves Gardos as new budget czar

Israel’s cabinet approved Yoav Gardos as the country’s budget director on Sunday after being acting budget czar last year, the finance ministry said. Gardos, 38, who held several positions in the budget department for 11 years, became interim budget director in September 2020 after Shaul Meridor resigned as budget chief last August along with two other senior ministry officials. of Finance within three months.

Australian Prime Minister Morrison defends lockdown strategy as daily cases hit record

Australia will stick to its coronavirus lockdown strategy until at least 70% of its population is fully vaccinated, but after that it will have to start living with the virus, the Premier said on Sunday. Minister Scott Morrison. The country set a record with 914 infections, its highest daily figure, while the southern and eastern states of New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory remain on lockdown strict.

Iran urges Japan to release billions of funds stranded under US sanctions

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has called on Japan to release Iranian funds frozen in the country due to US sanctions, Iranian state television reported after the president met with the visiting Japanese foreign minister on Sunday. Iran has been unable to secure tens of billions of dollars of its mostly oil and gas exports assets in foreign banks, including $ 3 billion of its funds in Japan, due to US sanctions against its sectors. banking and energy. Sanctions were reimposed in 2018 after Washington abandoned Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers.

“I am distraught”: Haitians in mourning bury their dead a week after the earthquake

Families gathered in villages in southwest Haiti over the weekend to hold church and funeral services a week after an earthquake struck the region, killing more than 2,000 people and destroying dozens thousands of buildings. The collapse of churches in some of the hardest-hit towns and villages of the impoverished Caribbean nation has left locals crying in the open.

Thai monarchy budget survives rare calls for parliamentary cuts

The Thai government’s 8.76 billion baht ($ 262 million) allocation to the monarchy over the next fiscal year survived unprecedented calls for cuts by opposition lawmakers during parliamentary debates that ended on Sunday. Questions about the royal budget in the lower house of parliament followed criticism of the monarchy and calls to curtail its powers during youth-led protests last year.

“He never had a chance”: the fateful fall of the Haitian president

Haitian President Jovenel Moise began this year by warning that his country was a land of coups, conspiracy and murder. In the days before he was shot in a murky international plot last month, he was telling friends enemies were there to catch him. “He told me that a lot of people were spending a lot of money to assassinate him,” said a former Haitian senator and close friend of the late president, recounting a conversation with Moise on the night of his death. “I told him to stop thinking like that.

Biden administration to use commercial airlines to transport Afghan evacuees

The administration of US President Joe Biden said on Sunday that commercial planes would be used to help transport evacuees from Afghanistan. A Pentagon spokesman said the 18 planes, including United, American Airlines and Delta, would not fly to Kabul but would be used to transport people who have already left Afghanistan.

South Korea to receive more Moderna COVID vaccines to boost vaccination efforts

South Korea’s health ministry said on Sunday that Moderna Inc would provide the country with 7.01 million doses of coronavirus vaccine by the first week of September, following a government request to speed up the delivery. Some 1.01 million doses are expected to arrive on Monday, the ministry said, with another 6 million to be delivered sequentially.

Dutch send more troops to Afghanistan to help with evacuations

The Netherlands will increase its military presence in Afghanistan to aid in efforts to evacuate the people of the country, the Dutch Defense Ministry said on Sunday. An unknown number of troops will be sent to help the 62 Dutch special forces already present at Kabul airport secure planes, protect those trying to flee Afghanistan and assist embassy staff.

Taliban fire in the air to control crowds at Kabul airport

On Sunday, the Taliban fired into the air and used batons to force people to line up outside Kabul airport, witnesses said, a day after seven people were killed in a crash at the gates. There were no serious injuries on Sunday as gunmen pushed back the crowds and long lines of people formed, witnesses said.

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