Living with Covid-19: Israel changes strategy as Delta variant hits – Times of India

Reading Time: 9 minutes JERUSALEM: Four weeks ago, Israel was celebrating a return to normal life in its battle with Covid-19.After a rapid vaccination drive that had driven down coronavirus infections and deaths, Israelis had stopped wearing face masks and abandoned all social-distancing rules. Then came the more infectious Delta variant, and a surge in cases that has forced … Read more

Imran Khan government has promoted religious bigotry in Pakistan – Times of India

Reading Time: 7 minutes ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), aggravated obscurantism, and unabashed bigotry since coming to power. Farahnaz Ispahani, in an article in The Diplomat said that Pakistan is already known for having little tolerance for its religious minorities. Khan and the PTI have aggravated the problem. Khan has attracted … Read more

Blinken and Lapid meet in Rome amid reset US-Israel relations – Times of India

Reading Time: 12 minutes ROME: Hush-hush diplomacy. In-person visits. And a very public no-surprises agreement on Iran. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid met in Rome on Sunday as their new governments look to turn the page on former President Donald Trump and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose close alliance aggravated partisan … Read more

US in first meeting with Israel’s new FM amid Iran moves – Times of India

Reading Time: 7 minutes PARIS: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Israel’s new top diplomat Yair Lapid on Sunday, in the United States’ first face-to-face meeting with the freshly installed government that seeks a less combative approach with its main ally Washington. Lapid, a centrist who delayed his own plans to be prime minister as he masterminded a … Read more