Israel, Chad renew diplomatic relations: Netanyahu

Netanyahu has made great efforts to extend Israeli diplomacy to Africa (AFP/File)
Updated 20 January 2019

Israel, Chad renew diplomatic relations: Netanyahu

  • Chad broke off relations with Israel in 1972
  • Chad plays a key role in combatting militant groups in the Sahara

Israel and Chad have renewed diplomatic ties decades after they were ruptured, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Sunday during a visit to the African state.
Netanyahu and Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno have "announced the renewal of diplomatic relations between Chad and Israel", a statement from the Israeli premier's office said.
Ties between Israel and the Muslim majority nation were broken in 1972.


Iran reports new record one-day virus death toll of 163

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Iran reports new record one-day virus death toll of 163

TEHRAN: Iranian health authorities on Sunday announced 163 new deaths due to the COVID-19 disease, the country’s highest official one-day toll since the outbreak began in February.
The previous record of 162 deaths was announced on Monday in the Islamic republic, which has been battling the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
The new deaths bring the total toll in Iran to 11,571, health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on state television.
“In the past 24 hours, 2,560 people have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections to 240,438,” Lari added.
Official figures have shown a rising trajectory in fatalities and new confirmed cases since Iran reported a near-two month low in daily recorded infections in early May.
The increase has prompted the government to make the wearing of masks mandatory in enclosed public spaces in an effort to combat the spread of the virus.