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What We’re Watching: Clashes in Jewish-Arab cities, Nepal's COVID crisis, Uganda's forever president

Integrated Israeli cities on the brink: Another bloody day in Israel and the Gaza Strip: Israeli forces continued to bomb Gaza Wednesday, killing several Hamas commanders. At least 56 Gazans have now been killed in Israeli strikes, including 14 children. Meanwhile, rockets continue to fall inside Israeli cities, causing millions to flee to bomb shelters. The Israeli death count now stands at eight. The more startling development for intelligence analysts, however, has been the increasingly violent clashes between Arabs and Jews in integrated Israeli cities following weeks of confrontations in Jerusalem: an Arab man was pulled from his car and attacked by Jewish vigilantes in a suburb outside Tel Aviv, while Arab Israelis have burnt synagogues and attacked Jewish Israelis. Integrated cities like Lod, Acre and Haifa are often highlighted as models for broader Palestinian-Israeli peace, but as Haaretz reporter Anshel Pfeffer points out, these unprecedented clashes show that Israel's security apparatus failed to understand that Palestinians in Israel, Gaza, East Jerusalem, and the West Bank are still motivated "to rise up and show solidarity with each other." International actors are reportedly trying to get the two sides to agree to an imminent ceasefire. Will it work?

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What We're Watching: Britain's new COVID strain, US Congress reaches stimulus deal, Nepal's political chaos

Britain's new COVID strain: Just as the Brexit transition comes to an end and the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union on January 1, Britons now face a new form of isolation. Countries in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and elsewhere have banned travelers from the UK in response to reports that a variant of the novel coronavirus is raging out of control in that country. The (relative) good news is that, though this COVID-19 variant appears more infectious than the strain it has replaced, there is no evidence to date that it's more deadly or more resistant to the vaccines now in use in the UK. The bad news is that there will be more people flooding into British hospitals, and the virus variant is another factor undermining economic and financial confidence in the UK at a time when its leap into the Brexit unknown already threatens market turmoil.

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Nepal falls into political turmoil. China and India are watching

December 21, 2020 8:03 AM

Nepal is now set to hold elections starting in late April, more than a year earlier than the expected vote in November 2022.

Race for a cure: Kathmandu Post

November 11, 2020 11:25 AM

The paper says that Nepal's Oli administration must secure access to vaccines and limited super-cold storage infrastructure.

At least 11 dead after rain-triggered landslides in Nepal

September 15, 2020 5:00 AM

At least 11 people were killed and many more reported missing in the hilly region, which borders Tibet, officials said, bringing a renewed crisis to an area hit hard by a devastating earthquake in 2015.

Landslide, floods from monsoon rains kill at least 41 in India, Nepal

September 01, 2020 5:00 AM

KATHMANDU • A landslide and floods caused by heavy rain have killed at least 41 people in Nepal and India in the past week, officials said yesterday, as the annual monsoon season enters its final stretch after claiming hundreds of lives in South Asian countries.

Landslide, floods from monsoon rains kill at least 41 in India, Nepal

August 31, 2020 4:16 PM

KATHMANDU/AHMEDABAD, INDIA (REUTERS) - A landslide and floods caused by heavy rains have killed at least 41 people in Nepal and India in the past week, officials said on Monday (Aug 31), as the annual monsoon season enters its final stretch after claiming hundreds of lives in South Asia.

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