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JERUSALEM -- "The last thing that this region needs is more Iranian weapons," U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said on Tuesday during joint remarks alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu here.

Hook urged the international community to extend a Untied Nations arms embargo on the Islamic republic.

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CARACAS -- "We will sort it out in 72 hours ... she will be given a plane to leave, but we will arrange our things with the European Union," Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday.

Maduro asked the head of the European Union mission in Caracas, Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, to leave the country within 72 hours, after the bloc released sanctions against 11 Venezuelan officials.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- "While the certification flights are an important milestone, a number of key tasks remain. The FAA is following a deliberate process and will take the time it needs to thoroughly review Boeing's work. We will lift the grounding order only after we are satisfied that the aircraft meets certification standards," the FAA said in a statement, confirming that the administration and Boeing are conducting a series of certification flights this week to evaluate Boeing's proposed changes to the automated flight control system on the 737 MAX.

A Boeing 737 MAX aircraft departed from Boeing Field in Seattle, U.S. state of Washington, on Monday morning for the first round of testing.

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PRETORIA -- "We share the same suffering and feelings of the African and South African brothers and sisters. More than before, we need to work together to fight this pandemic. We strongly believe by fighting together we will win the final victory," said Charge D'affaires of the Chinese Embassy in South Africa Li Nan.

Li said the donation was to show solidarity and assist the struggling community who are affected by the COVID-19.

The Chinese embassy in South Africa on Monday donated 1,000 food parcels to the underprivileged community in Pretoria's Refilwe township. Enditem

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