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JERUSALEM -- Israel on Thursday called on the United States to halt the nuclear talks with Iran immediately, accusing Iran of having begun to enrich uranium with advanced centrifuges.

The call was made during a phone talk between Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, according to a statement issued by Bennett's office. (Israel-US-Iranian Nuke Talks)


KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwait's armed forces remain prepared for any emergency, Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said on Thursday.

He made the remarks during a visit to the land troops of the Kuwaiti Army at Al-Udaire' training range in Jahra Governorate. (Kuwait-Armed forces-PM)


JERUSALEM -- Israel will halt a controversial phone tracking system to trace suspected cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, said Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's office.

The government decided to halt at midnight Thursday the recently-approved emergency regulation, which enables Israel's internal security agency Shin Bet to use cellphones to track cases of the Omicron variant, and would not seek to extend it, the office said in a statement. (Israel-COVID19-Omicron-Tracking)


BAGHDAD -- Iraq's prominent Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Thursday held a meeting with his political rivals who reject the results of the Oct. 10 elections, in an attempt to find a solution to the country's political deadlock.

A statement issued by the Iraqi Coordination Framework, an umbrella group of Shiite parties rejecting the elections' results, said after the meeting that the group's leaders received al-Sadr at the home of the al-Fateh Alliance leader, Hadi al-Amiri, to discuss outstanding issues and the latest developments in the current situation. (Iraq-Shiite-Government Formation) Enditem

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