STOCKHOLM -- The Swedish government called a crisis meeting on Tuesday due to an escalation of gang violence across the country recently, with a spate of killings that the national police commissioner has called "unprecedented".
Shootings have claimed seven lives in ten days, local media has reported. Gang members are now also targeting relatives of members of rival gangs, and individuals with family ties to members of other factions within their own gang. (Sweden-Gang Violence)
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GENEVA -- The environmental rights enjoyed by human beings is a collective human right, and the management and disposal of hazardous substances is by no means a matter of a country, a Chinese expert told the ongoing 54th session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on Tuesday.
Referring to the act of disposing hazardous substances, Li Shouping, an expert from the China Society for Human Rights Studies and a professor at the Beijing Institute of Technology, said, "It should consider environmental, health and safety and other factors." (UN-China-Japan)
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JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has voiced optimism that a "historic" deal to establish diplomatic ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia could be "within reach."
Netanyahu's comments came after he met U.S. President Joe Biden in New York on the sidelines of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, according to a statement from the prime minister's office on Wednesday. (Israel-Saudi Arabia-Normalization Of Ties)
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TEHRAN -- Iran's Defense Minister Mohammadreza Ashtiani met with his visiting Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu here in the Iranian capital to discuss bilateral defense and military cooperation and issues of common interest, according to the Iranian Students' News Agency.
Ashtiani said the decades-long defense and military cooperation between the two countries to ensure regional and global stability and security will continue within the framework of international peace and security. (Iran-Russia-Defense Chiefs Meeting)
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LOS ANGLES -- A trial of a preventive HIV vaccine candidate has begun enrollment in the United States and South Africa, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The Phase 1 trial will evaluate a novel vaccine known as VIR-1388 for its safety and ability to induce an HIV-specific immune response in people, the NIH said in a release. (US-Trial-HIV)