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17 May 2021, 23:18 GMT+10

JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that the Israeli air strikes and shells in the Gaza Strip "will continue as long as necessary," amid international efforts to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas.

In a televised statement in the defense ministry in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu downplayed international pressures on Israel to agree to a truce that will quell the escalation, which has so far cost the lives of at least 188 Palestinians in Gaza and 10 people in Israel.

"We receive a very serious support, first and foremost, from the United States," the prime minister said and thanked U.S. President Joe Biden.

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday denied that there has been "a preliminary agreement" in ongoing Vienna talks over the revival of the Iranian 2015 nuclear deal, which is commonly known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

"There is no such thing as a preliminary agreement, and no agreement will reach unless all conditions are met," Saeed Khatibzadeh, the spokesman of the ministry, made the remarks in his weekly press conference.

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UNITED NATIONS -- UN Children's Fund Executive Director Henrietta Fore on Sunday asked the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized countries to donate excess COVID-19 vaccines to the COVAX Facility, a global tool to procure and deliver vaccines for low- and middle-income countries.

"While some G7 members have greater supply than others, and some have further advanced domestic roll-outs, an immediate collective commitment to pool excess supply and share the burden of responsibility could buttress vulnerable countries against becoming the next global hot spot," she said.

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WASHINGTON -- The disparities in healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic have exposed "undeniable effects of racism" in the United States, said Anthony Fauci, top U.S. infectious disease expert on Sunday.

Minority groups, especially African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans, have a greater risk of being infected with COVID-19, often because many of them work in essential jobs, Fauci said during a graduation ceremony for Emory University.

"Let us promise ourselves that our corporate memory of this tragic reality that an infectious disease disparately hospitalized and kills people of color does not fade after we return to some form of normality," he said.

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