BINTANGNEWS.com – Here is a round-up of global news developments:
- Israel's Supreme Court has upheld a law allowing the force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strike. The top court rejected an appeal by the Israel Medical Association against the ruling. Palestinians in Israeli jails go on hunger strike to protest their stay without charge or trial and the terrible condition of prisons.
- A new poll in Spain shows a 3rd national election won’t help the country out of its political stalemate. The results of the poll indicate the vote would deliver yet another hung parliament as the conservative People’s Party of acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy would again fall short of a national majority.
- The Italian coastguard says some 1,100 refugees have been rescued off the coast of Libya, bringing the tally over the weekend to 3,400. The Italian authorities say around 124,000 refugees have arrived in the country since the start of 2016.
- Iran’s foreign minister says Tehran will continue follow-up work on the Mina tragedy until the rights of the martyrs, victims and their families are restored. Mohammad Javad Zarif noted that Riyadh has taken some of Islam's holy sites hostage to fuel sectarianism and serve the interests of Israel.
- Muslims have marked the Day of Arafah which is one the most important days in the Islamic calendar. In Iraq’s holy city of Karbala, crowds of Muslims stood in prayer and held vigils while in Iran similar gatherings were held in memory of the victims of last year’s Mina tragedy.
- Iran has welcomed a nationwide ceasefire in Syria brokered by the United States and Russia. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has warned that the truce deal must not be used by the terrorists to rearm. Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has also announced support for the truce.
- Hundreds of thousands of people have staged rallies across Catalonia to support a split from Spain. People gathered in Barcelona and four other cities and waved Catalan separatist flags. Pro-independence local leaders have vowed to push ahead with plans to form a new state in 2017.
- Pyongyang says US threats of tough sanctions over its recent nuclear test are quote highly laughable. A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman called on Washington to recognize the country as a nuclear weapon state. On Friday, Pyongyang conducted its 5th and biggest nuclear test, in defiance of UN sanctions.***
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Editing: T. Bintang