19.01. The arms programmes of the EU, currently driven by digitalisation and artificial intelligence (AI), pose "a threat to the populations of Europe" as they fuel a military escalation of latent conflicts among major powers, according to a new report.
19.01. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced parliamentary and presidential elections, the first in 15 years, in an effort to heal long-standing internal divisions. According to a decree issued by Abbas’s office, the Palestinian Authority (PA), which has limited self-rule in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, will hold legislative elections on May 22 and a presidential vote on July 31.
19.01. China's gross domestic product (GDP) jumped 6.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020. China is probably the only major world economy to show growth in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.