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_1 In­au­gu­ral flight:

The first known di­rect com­mer­cial flight be­tween Is­rael and Bahrain landed Wed­nes­day in the is­land king­dom, just a week af­ter it signed a deal along­side the United Arab Emi­rates to nor­mal­ize re­la­tions. Flight data showed an Is­rair Air­lines Air­bus A320 landed at Bahrain In­ter­na­tional Air­port af­ter a nearly three­hour flight from Tel Aviv’s BenGu­rion In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Hours later, Bahrain ac­knowl­edged the flight car­ried a del­e­ga­tion of Is­raeli of­fi­cials. Bahrain’s King Ha­mad bin Isa Al Khal­ifa pre­vi­ously had been quoted as say­ing he be­lieved Arab coun­tries should drop their boy­cott of Is­rael.

_2 Holo­caust memo­rial:

A friend of World War II Jewish di­arist Anne Frank laid the first stone Wed­nes­day at a new memo­rial un­der con­struc­tion in Am­s­ter­dam to honor all Dutch vic­tims of the Holo­caust. The cer­e­mo­nial lay­ing of the first stone, on which the name of a Dutch Holo­caust vic­tim was en­graved, is the lat­est step in con­struc­tion of the Dutch memo­rial, which will fea­ture the names of more than 102,000 Jews, Roma and Sinti who were mur­dered in Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camps dur­ing World War II or who died on their way to the camps. Jac­que­line van Maarsen, who knew Anne Frank be­fore the di­arist and her fam­ily were cap­tured and sent to Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camps, laid a stone en­graved by laser with the name, date of birth and age of Dina Franken­huis, who was mur­dered, aged 20, on June 4, 1943, at the So­bi­bor camp.

_3 Tal­iban at­tack:

The Tal­iban launched a wave of at­tacks on se­cu­rity check­points in south­ern Afghanista­n overnight, killing a to­tal of 28 Afghan po­lice­men, of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day. The vi­o­lence comes even as Tal­iban lead­ers and Afghan govern­ment­ap­pointed ne­go­tia­tors are hold­ing his­toric peace talks in Qatar, a Mideast coun­try where the Tal­iban set up a po­lit­i­cal of­fice af­ter they were top­pled from power in the 2001 U.s.­led in­va­sion of Afghanista­n. The ne­go­ti­a­tions are meant to end the fight­ing and es­tab­lish a road map for a post­war so­ci­ety. The at­tacks started Tues­day in south­ern Uruz­gan prov­ince, an of­fi­cial said.

_4 Ter­ri­to­rial claims:

The Philip­pine pres­i­dent got rare praise from his key crit­ics for in­vok­ing be­fore the United Na­tions a 2016 ar­bi­tra­tion rul­ing that in­val­i­dated China’s vast ter­ri­to­rial claims in the South China Sea, in a sur­prise move that will likely pique Bei­jing. Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte made one of his strong­est de­fenses of the Philip­pine vic­tory in the ar­bi­tra­tion case in his first ad­dress be­fore the an­nual U.N. Gen­eral Assem­bly, where world lead­ers spoke mostly in pre­re­corded videos due to the pan­demic. China has long re­fused to bring the is­sue to any in­ter­na­tional arena. Duterte has been crit­i­cized for re­fus­ing to de­mand Chi­nese com­pli­ance with the rul­ing by a U.n.­backed tri­bunal. It found China’s claims on vir­tu­ally the en­tire South China Sea on his­tor­i­cal grounds in­con­sis­tent with in­ter­na­tional mar­itime law.

_5 Forced la­bor:

China lashed out at the pas­sage of a bill by the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives that threat­ens sanc­tions over the al­leged use of forced la­bor in China’s Xin­jiang re­gion, call­ing the ac­cu­sa­tion a lie. For­eign min­istry spokesman Wang Wen­bin said the bill “ma­li­ciously slan­dered the hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion in Xin­jiang” and sought to curb de­vel­op­ment and progress in the re­gion while stir­ring up eth­nic di­vi­sions and in­ter­fer­ing in China’s in­ter­nal af­fairs. Mem­bers of Congress say the mea­sure is needed to press Bei­jing to stop a cam­paign that has re­sulted in the de­ten­tion of more than 1 mil­lion Uighurs and other pre­dom­i­nantly Mus­lim eth­nic groups un­der bru­tal con­di­tions. The U.S. has banned im­ports made with forced la­bor since 1930 to en­sure fair trade.

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