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JERUSALEM -- Israel has launched an international database for COVID-19 research, the state's Ministry of Science and Technology said Tuesday.

The new database was launched at an online conference of science ministers from 19 countries, who discussed global collaboration in coronavirus research. (Israel-COVID-19-Database)

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TEHRAN -- The Iranian government warned on Tuesday that some Arab states' inclination to normalize ties with Israel may jeopardize security in the Gulf.

"The responsibility for all the consequences of normalization attempts falls upon Bahrain and the compromising Arab states," said Ali Rabiee, Iranian government's spokesman, at his weekly press conference. (Iran-Israel-Arab Normalization)

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RAMALLAH -- Palestine rejects granting legitimacy to any Arab-Israeli normalization agreements, a senior Palestinian official said on Tuesday.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, the Palestinian presidential spokesman, told reporters in Ramallah that Palestine "is sticking to the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative," which rejects normalization with Israel before the latter ends its occupation of the Palestinian territories. (Palestine-Israel-Arab Normalization)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi on Tuesday called on the Palestinians to get back to the negotiation table.

The remark was made during a rare interview by an Israeli politician to the daily United Arab Emirates (UAE) newspaper Al-Ittihad. (Israel-Palestine-Peace Talks) Enditem

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