Israeli government approves normalization deal with U.A.E.

The Israeli government unanimously approved the country’s recently signed normalization agreement with the United Arab Emirates on Monday ahead of a ratification vote by parliament.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement following his weekly cabinet meeting that he spoke over the weekend with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

“We talked about co-operations that we are advancing — in investment, tourism, energy, technology and other fields,” Netanyahu told the cabinet, with Israeli and Emirati flags flanking the conference table. “We will also co-operate and are already co-operating in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.”

Sheikh Mohammed, the U.A.E.’s day-to-day ruler, separately tweeted confirmation of the call Monday, saying they discussed “prospects for peace and the need for stability, co-operation and development in the region.”

Netanyahu’s office said it was the first conversation between the two leaders since the Sept. 15 signing ceremony on the

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Israeli government approves normalization deal with UAE

The Israeli government has unanimously approved the country’s recently signed normalization agreement with the United Arab Emirates ahead of ratification by parliament

JERUSALEM — The Israeli government unanimously approved the country’s recently signed normalization agreement with the United Arab Emirates on Monday ahead of a ratification vote by parliament.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement following his weekly Cabinet meeting that he spoke over the weekend with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

“We talked about co-operations that we are advancing — in investment, tourism, energy, technology and other fields,” Netanyahu told the Cabinet, with Israeli and Emirati flags flanking the conference table. “We will also cooperate and are already cooperating in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.”

Sheikh Mohammed, the UAE’s

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Baltimore City Council approves worker recall bill over law department, hotel industry objections

The Baltimore City Council on Monday passed legislation aimed at protecting hospitality workers’ jobs, despite objections from the city’s law department and the hotel industry.

The bill would require hospitality businesses to hire laid-off workers once they reopen. Thousands of housekeepers, banquet servers and other employees have lost their jobs as the industry suffers from the coronavirus pandemic and related shutdowns.

The council also passed a second, less-contested bill that would ensure a hotel retains its staff if the business’ ownership changes hands.

The bills now head to the mayor’s desk for his consideration. Democratic Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young has not indicated whether he plans to sign them, but issued a statement via a spokesman saying he will review the legislation.

Hotel workers have rallied around the bills, saying they’re looking for some certainty that they will eventually get to go back to work.

More than 1,500 hospitality workers

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Exxon in Guyana: Government approves $9 billion oil-drilling project

  • The small South American country of Guyana is home to immense offshore oil reserves that Exxon is planning to extract.
  • The company already has two drilling projects, and on Wednesday the government approved a third, further cementing the oil giant’s role in the country’s economic future. 
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Exxon, the largest oil company in the West, strengthened its grip on Guyana’s oil riches on Wednesday as it received government approval for a third oil-drilling project, set to produce crude by 2024.

The small South American country is a critical piece of the oil giant’s future as it looks to extract oil cheaply. On Thursday, the price of crude was down about 38% relative to the start of the year,

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Senate approves bill to avert government shutdown, bill goes to Trump

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The U.S. has reached 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus. Now experts are looking ahead, and the forecast for the fall and winter isn’t good.

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WASHINGTON – The Senate on Wednesday passed a spending measure to keep federal agencies running hours before the government was set to shut down.

The legislation will now head to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign off on the bill.

The overwhelming 84 – 10 vote marked a bipartisan push to keep the government funded in the midst of a global pandemic that has left many Americans more reliant on the federal government. 

The legislation passed just hours before the annual spending bill would expire at midnight, leaving federal agencies across the country without money to continue operating. It extends government funding levels until Dec. 11 – a month after the election.

Lawmakers added last-minute pandemic relief funding before the bill

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Israel approves law to curb protests during virus lockdown

Israel’s parliament has passed a law that would allow the government to curtail public protests during the country’s nationwide virus lockdown

The law allows the government to declare a special week-long state of emergency if the coronavirus spreads out of control. If such a state is declared, the government would be able to limit participation in assemblies, including protests, to 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) from a person’s home, effectively putting a halt to large weekly demonstrations outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residence.

The Knesset approved the bill 46-38 during a late-night session that stretched into the morning hours.

That measure is widely seen as a bid to squelch

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