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Israel: Country in Western Asia
Israel, formally known as the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia, located on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea. It has land borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the east and west, respectively, and Egypt to the southwest. The country contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. Israel's economic and technological center is Tel Aviv, while its seat of government and proclaimed capital is Jerusalem, although the state's sovereignty over Jerusalem has only partial recognition.

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Palestinian workers returning home ‘could fuel outbreak’ [Video]

Palestinian workers returning home ‘could fuel outbreak’

Officials warn tens of thousands of Palestinian workers returning from Israel for holidays to isolate themselves or risk disaster.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:46Published
Israel's ultra-Orthodox communities ‘ignoring’ COVID-19 rules [Video]

Israel's ultra-Orthodox communities ‘ignoring’ COVID-19 rules

Videos showing community members attending mass gatherings stoke resentment as up to 75,000 residents of city believed infected.

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Livening up lockdown: Top musical moments from around the world [Video]

Livening up lockdown: Top musical moments from around the world

From opera singers to saxophonists, musicians around the world have brought a bit of much needed cheer to their neighborhoods during coronavirus lockdown.

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Coronavirus in Israel: NGOs grapple with how to help the most vulnerable

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Belarus plays on as world soccer is put on ice

Soccer fans in need of their weekly fix are turning to Belarus, home to one of the few professional leagues that is still playing. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:24Published
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Squawking parrot warns the world: 'Coronavirus! Don't go out!' [Video]

Squawking parrot warns the world: 'Coronavirus! Don't go out!'

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Coronavirus: Opera singer serenades her quarantined father from outside his home in Tel Aviv [Video]

Coronavirus: Opera singer serenades her quarantined father from outside his home in Tel Aviv

An Israeli opera singer brought comfort to her quarantined father on Sunday by serenading him outside his apartment in Tel Aviv.View on euronews

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Coronavirus control: occupied West Bank crossings into Israel close [Video]

Coronavirus control: occupied West Bank crossings into Israel close

Tens of thousands of Palestinians who work in Israel stranded as they cannot re-enter homes in occupied West Bank.

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Israeli blockade hinders Gaza waste management [Video]

Israeli blockade hinders Gaza waste management

Given Gaza’s other challenges, such as poverty and conflict with Israel, recycling has not been a priority.

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Mum's angry rant over coronavirus school closures goes viral [Video]

Mum's angry rant over coronavirus school closures goes viral

An angry mother shares her frustration with homeschooling on social media, and the video goes viral

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'Dear world: How is the lockdown?' -Gaza

Gazans living in the blockaded coastal enclave take to social media as the international community lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Soraya Ali reports.

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Video chats and cake: turning 97 in the time of coronavirus [Video]

Video chats and cake: turning 97 in the time of coronavirus

Ester Wienrib rang in her 97th birthday this week with a video call and remote cake-cutting with her great-grandchildren - a cautious celebration as her family tries to avoid exposing her to the..

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Israel uses geolocation data to fight the coronavirus [Video]

Israel uses geolocation data to fight the coronavirus

Israel plans to combat the coronavirus outbreak via the cyber-monitoring of its citizens, according to Reuters.

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Netanyahu rival Gantz vows to form government 'within a few days' [Video]

Netanyahu rival Gantz vows to form government 'within a few days'

Tasked with establishing government, former Israeli forces chief calls for unity coalition amid coronavirus outbreak.

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Benny Gantz tasked with forming Israeli government [Video]

Benny Gantz tasked with forming Israeli government

Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz received an official mandate on Monday to try to form Israel's next government, and called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to join him in a unity..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:18Published
Coronavirus delays Netanyahu corruption trial [Video]

Coronavirus delays Netanyahu corruption trial

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday proposed an "emergency government" to tackle the coronavirus crisis, after his corruption trial was delayed for two months due to the outbreak. David..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:30Published
Uma Thurman Set to Star in Apple Thriller 'Suspicion' | THR News [Video]

Uma Thurman Set to Star in Apple Thriller 'Suspicion' | THR News

Apple TV+ has given a series order to a kidnapping thriller that will star Uma Thurman. The streamer has picked 'Suspicion', based on the Israeli series False Flag from Keshet Broadcasting.

Credit: The Hollywood Reporter     Duration: 01:00Published
Palestinian teen shot dead by Israeli army in occupied West Bank [Video]

Palestinian teen shot dead by Israeli army in occupied West Bank

Israeli forces fire tear gas, rubber-coated bullets to disperse protesters blocking illegal Jewish settlers in Beita.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:36Published
Israel to Require Quarantine for All Entering the Country [Video]

Israel to Require Quarantine for All Entering the Country

The 14-day quarantine was announced by the country's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Passengers entering Israel prepare for 14-day self-quarantine [Video]

Passengers entering Israel prepare for 14-day self-quarantine

With 42 confirmed cases of the virus, Israel has already taken some tough counter-measures, forcing visitors from many countries in Asia and Europe into home isolation. The virus has hit travel and..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:19Published
All of Italy on lockdown as coronavirus spreads [Video]

All of Italy on lockdown as coronavirus spreads

All of Italy under lockdown and tougher self-quarantine measures in Israel made clear on Monday how the global coronavirus epidemic was extending its reach. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:59Published

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