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Bank of Israel optimistic that Omicron won’t harm economic growth

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The Bank of Israel building is seen in Jerusalem June 16, 2020. Picture taken June 16, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register JERUSALEM, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Israel’s central bank voiced cautious optimism that the Omicron wave sweeping the country would have no......

Israel increases state aid plan for COVID-hit airlines

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An Israel El Al airlines plane is seen after its landing following its inaugural flight between Tel Aviv and Nice at Nice international airport, France, April 4, 2019. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register JERUSALEM, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Israel’s cabinet approved additional state......

Israel’s Netanyahu discusses plea bargain in graft trial, source says

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Leader of Israeli Opposition Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the inaugural event of the Abraham Accords Caucus attended by Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, in the Knesset, Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem October 11, 2021. REUTERS/Ammar Awad Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register JERUSALEM, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Former......

Rapid testing for Omicron: is a nose swab enough?

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Jan 10 (Reuters) – The fast-spreading Omicron variant has made us more reliant on rapid at-home antigen tests to tell us if we have COVID-19. But should we be swabbing our throats as well as our noses? For now, the guidance depends on where you live. Some scientists have said......

Online trading firm Plus500 expects annual profit to top market view

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Traders look at financial information on computer screens on the IG Index trading floor in London, Britain February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Jan 10 (Reuters) – Plus500 (PLUSP.L) said on Monday it expects its annual profit to exceed market expectations......

Factors to watch – January 9

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DUBAI, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Sunday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy. INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL * GLOBAL MARKETS-Whiplashed Wall Street struggles with mixed payrolls data Register now for FREE unlimited access to......

Egypt frees activist Ramy Shaath after he renounces nationality – family

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CAIRO, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Egyptian authorities have freed Egyptian-Palestinian rights activist Ramy Shaath from more than 900 days of detention after forcing him to renounce his Egyptian nationality, his family said in a statement on Saturday. The statement said that Shaath, who was a member of several secular political......

Iran vows revenge for Soleimani killing if Trump not put on trial

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DUBAI, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, speaking on the second anniversary of the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani by the United States, said that former U.S. President Donald Trump must face trial for the killing or Tehran would take revenge. Iran and groups allied with it in......

Israel to start reopening to foreigners, even as Omicron surges

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Some foreigners will be able to enter Israel as of Jan. 9 United States, Britain, UAE still on Israel’s ‘red list’ Israel expands eligibility for fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose JERUSALEM, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Israel said on Monday it will admit foreigners with presumed COVID-19 immunity from countries deemed medium-risk......

Israel’s Jerusalem Post website hacked on Soleimani assassination anniversary

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A hooded man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register JERUSALEM, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Israel’s Jerusalem Post newspaper said on Monday its website had been......

Palestinian rockets explode off Tel Aviv coast, military says

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JERUSALEM, Jan 1 (Reuters) – Palestinian militants in Gaza fired two rockets toward the Mediterranean sea on Saturday, causing an explosion off the shore of Tel Aviv, Israel’s military said. Police said there were no casualties or damage. There was no immediate claim of responsibility from Gaza militants for the......

SWF and public pension fund assets hit record $31.9 trillion – report

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The logo for Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC Pte Ltd, is seen on a building in Singapore July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, Jan 1 (Reuters) – Assets held by the world’s sovereign wealth and public pension funds rose to a......

Gaza border violence erupts after Palestinian president visits Israel

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Israeli civilian, 3 Palestinian farmers wounded in border fire Israeli defence minister Gantz hosted Abbas at his home Peace process stalled since collapse of talks in 2014 Israeli coalition split on issue of Palestinian statehood Palestinians also divided between Abbas and rival Hamas JERUSALEM, Dec 29 (Reuters) – An Israeli......

Bird flu kills thousands of cranes in Israel, poultry also culled

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JERUSALEM, Dec 27 (Reuters) – An outbreak of avian flu has killed more than 5,000 migratory cranes in Israel, prompting authorities to declare a popular nature reserve off-limits to visitors and warn of a possible egg shortage as poultry birds are culled as a precaution. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met......

Israel’s Bennett self-isolates after daughter tests positive for COVID-19

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks at the weekly cabinet meeting in Kibbutz Mevo Hama in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, December 26, 2021. REUTERS/Nir Elias Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register JERUSALEM, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett went into isolation at home on......

Factors to watch – December 26

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DUBAI, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Sunday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy. INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL * GLOBAL MARKETS-Fading Omicron concerns set up shares for weekly gain, dent dollar Register now for FREE......

Israel orders Pfizer’s new COVID-19 pill

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JERUSALEM, Dec 25 (Reuters) – Israel has ordered 100,000 units of Pfizer Inc’s (PFE.N) anti-viral COVID 19 pill Paxlovid for people aged 12 and older at risk of severe illness, an Israeli official said on Saturday, confirming a television report. Channel 12 TV said Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett agreed......

Bethlehem celebrates muted Christmas with few pilgrims to bring cheer

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Pandemic decimates tourism at Jesus’ birthplace Bethlehem’s grandest hotel shut and padlocked Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem offers message of hope BETHLEHEM, Dec 25 (Reuters) – The bells of Bethlehem rang out under grey skies on Christmas morning across streets whose closed pastel or green shutters were like an Advent calendar......

Case data, vaccine news mark small victories in Omicron battle

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AstraZeneca, Novavax say their shots protect from Omicron UK data suggests fewer hospitalisations than from Delta Don’t extrapolate from similar SAfrican data -African CDC WHO also urged caution about drawing firm conclusions Omicron has spread fast, many countries under new curbs LONDON, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Two vaccine makers said......

Israel to offer fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose in bid to outpace Omicron

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JERUSALEM, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Israel is to offer a fourth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to people older than 60 or with compromised immune systems, and to health workers, as part of a drive to ramp up the shots and outpace the spread of the Omicron variant of the......

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