Lebanon-Israel maritime border talks end with 'no progress'
A third round of UN-brokered talks between Lebanon and Israel about a long-standing dispute on maritime and land border demarcation ended Thursday with "no progress," a Lebanese military source close to the negotiations told dpa."Both sides are sticking to their border claims. The negotiators are still arguing about where the point of demarcation should begin," the source said.The highly sensitive talks come amid a row between Lebanon and Israel stemming from differing methods of demarcation of 856 square kilometres of shared waters.The Lebanese side is claiming an additional 2,900 square kilo...
Second round of Lebanese-Israeli martime border talks begins
Lebanon and Israel on Wednesday launched a second round of UN-coordinated talks over the long-standing issue of maritime and land border demarcation between the two countries, Lebanese military and UN sources told dpa.The meeting is being held at United Nations headquarters in the border town of Naqoura. There will be another round of talks on October 29, the sources said.The first round took place on October 14 and was described as a "protocol meeting" by the Lebanese side."This round is officially the first technical meeting," Laury Haytayan, Middle East and North Africa director of the Nati...
Israel, Lebanon hold second round of sea border talks
Israel and Lebanon on Wednesday held a second round of US-mediated talks over their disputed sea border that has held up hydrocarbon exploration in the potentially gas-rich area, though sources said gaps between the sides remain large, Reuters reports.Delegations from the long-time foes reconvened at a UN peacekeeper base to try to reach agreement over their maritime border after an initial meeting earlier this month.The sides presented contrasting maps on Wednesday outlining proposed borders that actually increased the size of the disputed area, sources said.The Lebanese proposal, which had b...
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Lebanon: president keen to preserve maritime rights in talks with Israel
The President of Lebanon said on Tuesday that his country seeks to reach an agreement that protects its sovereign rights during the negotiations to demarcate the maritime borders with Israel. Michel Aoun made his comment during a meeting with the UN Special Coordinator in Lebanon, Jan Kubis, at the Presidential Palace near Beirut.According to the official statement, Kubis reviewed the first round of talks between Lebanon and Israel which were held last week at the UN Interim Force (UNIFIL) headquarters, in Naqoura, southern Lebanon. Kubis said that the participants in the first meeting “showed...
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PBA ‘bubble’ remains COVID-19-free after 2nd round of testing
PBA ‘bubble’ remains COVID-19-free after 2nd round of testingJohn Bryan Ulanday(Philstar.com) – October 19, 2020 – 4:20pmMANILA, Philippines – All 12 PBA teams have tested negative from the second round of swab tests here as part of the PBA Bubble protocols.Ball clubs TNT Tropang Giga, Meralco, NLEX, San Miguel, Magnolia, Ginebra, Alaska, Northport, Phoenix, Terrafirma, Rain or Shine and Blackwater have started arriving in the bubble as early as September 28.Everyone since then has tested negative in the first RT-PCR tests upon entry and has completed quarantine that set the stage of the succe...
Norway wins European round of gastronomy contest
Norwegian chef Christian Andre Pettersen on Friday won the European round of a global gastronomy competition for the second time in a row.Pettersen received the award at the Bocuse d'Or competition, which was held in Estonia for the first time and had to be postponed from earlier in the year because of the coronavirus pandemic.Danish and Swedish chefs came second and third in a competition often dominated by Nordic countries.The event was one of the few on the international gastronomic calendar to be going ahead this year and was held under strict Covid-19 safeguards.The main ingredients highl...
ECA begins next round of consultation on draft directives, framework and regulation
13 Oct 2020The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) has launched a further round of stakeholder consultations as it prepares for the planned liberalisation of the country’s telecom markets. The regulator confirmed the publication of four documents, specifically: two draft directives, one related to mobile number portability (MNP) and one related to wholesale national roaming; a draft framework for universal access and service; and one piece of draft regulation relating to the universal access fund (UAF).As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in August 2020 the ECA published a number of tel...
Egypt hosts three-day-meetings on negotiations between Libyan parties
Egypt is set to host a new round of negotiations between members of Libya’s House of Representatives and Constitutional Authority for three days, under the auspices of the United Nations.The meetings will discuss the constitutional path following the success of the second round of Libyan dialogue, held in the Moroccan resort town of Bouznika.Tensions in Libya have flared following international reports and Libyan sources confirming that unnamed political parties incited by Turkey have issued terse statements attempting to hold back the peace process, following the Government of National Accord...
JPM starts third round of campaigns in Dar
Dar es Salaam. CCM presidential candidate John Magufuli is beginning another round of campaigning today after a five-day breather.Dr Magufuli ended the previous round with a rally in Zanzibar where he marketed the party’s presidential candidate for the Isles.Today, Dr Magufuli will address a campaign rally at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in the country’s commercial city of Dar es Salaam.CCM’s Ideology and Publicity secretary Humphrey Polepole, who addressed journalists yesterday, said the party was progressing well with its campaigns, calling on the people to show up today at the Mkapa Stadium f...
US hits Iran's financial sector with fresh round of sanctions
The United States on Thursday slapped fresh sanctions on Iran’s financial sector, targeting 18 Iranian banks in an effort to further shut Iran out of the global banking system as Washington ramps up pressure on Tehran weeks ahead of the US election, Reuters reports.In an announcement posted on its website, the US Treasury Department also identified the financial sector of the Iranian economy pursuant to Executive Order 13902, though it said the prohibitions did not apply to transactions for the provision of agricultural commodities, food, medicine or medical devices to Iran.Iranian Foreign Min...
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