09/23/2023, 10.33
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Today's headlines: Assad in Beijing collects support for Syrian reconstruction from Xi Jinping; India-China clash over visas for three female athletes from Arunachal Pradesh at the Asian Games; South Korean opposition leader facing arrest warrant breaks hunger strike; In Mariupol so many Russian soldiers hospitalised, there is no more room for civilians in hospitals.


In his speech to the UN General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that Israel is "on the eve" of a historic peace agreement with Saudi Arabia which could be signed "in the coming months". Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman also declared two days ago, in an interview with Fox News, that the normalization of relations between the two countries is getting "closer every day". The possible agreement will have to deal, however, with the parties of the Israeli far right who have already announced that they will not support the Israeli concessions to the Palestinians which would be one of the components of the agreement.


Chinese President Xi Jinping and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad announced in Hangzhou the establishment of a strategic partnership between the two countries. China - said Xi Jinping - supports Syria in opposing foreign interference and will support Damascus "in reconstruction, strengthening anti-terrorism capabilities and promoting a political solution to the Syrian issue according to the principle of 'Syrian-led and Syrian-owned' '" Assad said Syria opposes any interference in China's internal affairs and firmly supports economic cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative.


Three Indian martial arts athletes due to participate in the Asian Games which open today in Hangzhou have been refused entry into China due to the border dispute. The women come from the state of Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims as its territory. India's foreign ministry says China has "discriminated against" them in a "targeted and premeditated" manner. An Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) official said China issued entry visas to the athletes, but they refused to accept them because they were different from those granted to the rest of the Indian delegation.


In Seoul, opposition leader Lee Jae-myung has ended the hunger strike he began three weeks ago against what he defines as judicial persecution carried out against him. The decision came on the eve of the hearing for the arrest warrant for corruption, after on 21 September - surprisingly and with a handful of votes even from his party - the National Assembly approved a motion requesting authorization to proceed.


The emission of sulfur dioxide and other gases from the crater lake of the Taal volcano - which is located just 50 kilometers from Manila - has prompted local authorities to close schools in dozens of cities and towns and to urge the population to stay indoors . The alert remained at level 1 on a five-level scale. Located in a scenic lake in Batangas province, the 311-meter-tall Taal is one of the 24 most active volcanoes in the Philippines.


Prime Minister Nikol Pašinyan declared that 40 thousand employment places have been prepared in Armenia for the inhabitants of Nagorno Karabakh, in case it is impossible for them to continue living in their homes, as "is evident in many cases", even if the main plan for the solution of these problems "is not the exodus of the Armenians from their land".


In the Ukrainian city of Mariupol occupied by the Russians, a serious crisis is also occurring in healthcare facilities, as the majority of Russian soldiers with serious injuries are concentrated here. According to what was written on Telegram by city councilor Petr Andryuščenko, there would be no more room in the hospitals for the civilian inhabitants of the area, who are only given painkillers and sent home, with a mortality rate of 400 people per week.

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