Palestine has said that it will declare statehood over all of the West Bank and Gaza, with Jerusalem as its capital, and push for global recognition if Israel goes ahead with plans to annex land it occupies.
Palestinian leaders have declared statehood in the past, including Yasser Arafat in 1988. In 2012, Palestine gained UN observer state status. However, with the Palestinian territories remaining occupied by Israel, and in the absence of an agreement, there has not been full international recognition.
With Israeli forces in control of the Palestinian territories, any declaration of statehood would be largely symbolic. However, the government might hope that growing international unease over Israel’s annexation plans could encourage governments to formally back Palestinian claims.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) cancelled the 2020 Swiss Open and the 2020 European Championships.
The BWF, the only world body to announce a packed five-month calendar for 2020, called off the two events due to non-availability of dates.
The Swiss Open, scheduled from March 17 to 22, was under the “suspended” category following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
Similarly, the European Championship, scheduled from April 21-26, stands cancelled. The right to host the continental championship remains with Ukraine, which has committed to hold the event at Kyiv, from April 27 to May 2, 2021.
Three key Nile basin countries resumed negotiations over a giant $4.6 billion hydroelectric dam that Egypt fears will constrict its water supply.
The dispute over what will be Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam pits Ethiopia’s desire to become a major power exporter and pull millions out of poverty against Egypt’s concern that the dam will curtail its critical share of the river if filled too quickly.
Sudan, long caught between the competing interests of Egypt and Ethiopia, had pushed the two sides to resume negotiations, which had been hamstrung since Ethiopia skipped out on the last round of talks brokered by the Trump administration.