Palestinian leader warns UN on Trump’s ‘Swiss cheese’ peace

Palestinian leader warns UN on Trump’s ‘Swiss cheese’ peace

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Tuesday (11 February) urged the UN Security Council to reject President Donald Trump’s Middle East plan, saying it would splinter Palestinian lands and never bring lasting peace. Brandishing a large map of a future Palestine as laid out by Trump, Abbas denounced it as a “Swiss cheese” deal that would give the Palestinians only a “fragmented state” without control of their airspace, territorial waters or East Jerusalem. “Who among you would accept such a state?” Abbas asked, as he warned that Israel would create an…

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Italy is facing a real threat due to low birth rates, the president warns

Italy is facing a real threat due to low birth rates, the president warns

Italy’s future is threatened by its diminishing birthrate, President Sergio Mattarella said on Tuesday (11 February), as new data showed the population had shrunk once again in 2019. Italy’s growing demographic crisis, with births falling and life expectancy rising, is one reason for its chronically stagnant economy, and the situation is getting worse. National statistics agency ISTAT said there were 435,000 births last year, down 5,000 on 2018 and the lowest level ever recorded in Italy. Deaths totalled 647,000 in 2019, some 14,000 more than the year earlier. “This is…

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