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WASHINGTON -- Former Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday night made a firm commitment to picking a woman as his running mate during his first one-on-one Democratic primary debate with progressive Senator Bernie Sanders.

"If I'm elected president, my Cabinet, my administration, will look like the country and I commit that I will in fact pick a woman to be my vice president," Biden said during the debate.

"There are a number of women qualified to be president tomorrow and I would pick a woman to be my vice president," said Biden.

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's President Reuven Rivlin warned that "fourth elections are not an option."

The president tasked Monday former military chief Benny Gantz with forming a government, calling for an end to a yearlong political paralysis amidst efforts to tackle the novel coronavirus crisis.

"We are in a time of a national emergency," he said. "The size of the challenges requires the establishment of a national government."

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TEHRAN -- The second round of Iran's parliament elections will be held on Sept. 11, Abbasali Kadkhodaei, the spokesman for the Guardian Council of Constitution announced on Sunday.

The council agreed with the request of the Iranian Ministry of Internal Affairs to postpone the second round of elections over the spread of novel coronavirus, Kadkhodaei was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency.

"The second round of parliamentary elections was to be held on April 17, but it was canceled," he said.

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COPENHAGEN -- Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced on Sunday a tripartite agreement to provide billions of DKK in aid to companies in Denmark to help prevent laying off employees during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

"We must do everything we can to avoid throwing Denmark into an economic crisis as a result of the novel coronavirus. We must do everything we can to keep Danish business and employees as much out of the crisis as possible," said the prime minister. Enditem

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