Moscow , December 13, 2020 , 20:41 – REGNUM On December 11, Russian peacekeepers stopped the violation of the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, the commander of the Russian military contingent of peacekeeping forces in the conflict zone, Lieutenant General Rustam Muradov.
The country has been in partial lockdown for six weeks, with bars and restaurants closed, while stores and schools have remained open. While the COVID-19 cases continue to rise, some regions have imposed tougher measures to curb the infection.
Berlin warns against ‘rash actions’ in Afghanistan, says further troop withdrawal must be linked with peace talks
The German foreign minister has called on the NATO alliance to carefully consider the impact that further troop withdrawals from Afghanistan would have on the peace process, warning against reckless actions.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday that North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members must be cautious not to jeopardize the peace process in Afghanistan by withdrawing troops prematurely.
“As NATO partners, we want to ensure that we tie further troop reductions in Afghanistan to clear conditions,” he said.
Maas was speaking ahead of a virtual meeting with his NATO colleagues in which troop drawdowns in Afghanistan will be high on the agenda.
No injuries or damage has so far been reported on Lomblen island which is home to more than 100,000 people.
Videos have been shared on YouTube, showing the Lewotolo volcano on Lomblen island in southern Indonesia erupting and spewing smoke and ash into the sky.
Footage shows people, some of them with little children in their arms, running in panic from the area surrounding the volcano.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held secret talks in Saudi Arabia on Sunday with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israeli media reported on Monday. The trip would be the first of its kind by an Israeli premier to the Gulf State.
An adult man was declared dead at the scene, and an adult woman died after being taken to a hospital. Three other adult men were taken to hospitals and were in serious but stable condition, police said Monday.
Hospital beds on Monday across the US were filled with around 59,000 COVID-19 patients, a new record for the number of inpatients being treated for the disease, according to the latest tally by Reuters.
The U.S. bishops’ conference has compressed its November meeting, which is usually a four-day affair, into two afternoon sessions, scheduled to take place Nov. 16 and 17. Because they cancelled their June meeting, the November virtual sessions will be the first time the bishops have met since last year, and the agenda for the meeting will be packed.
“I was told — and you know, when you’re a bishop you do what you told — ‘kneel here at the threshold of the cathedral and pray before you enter.’ And that struck me very forcefully, that the threshold is a very important place,” he recalled.
“And for people coming to church, or people approaching the church, crossing the threshold was a huge, sensitive, and sometimes very difficult action. We trip in and out because we’re too familiar with it all. But for somebody who has been away a long time or somebody who’s exploring faith, crossing the threshold is a huge step.”
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said Nov. 2 that he was “deeply saddened” after gunmen opened fire at six different locations in the Austrian capital, killing at least four people and injuring 17 others.