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MINSK -- Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko signed a decree on the transfer of presidential powers to the Security Council in the event of an emergency, the president's press-service said on Sunday.

According to the new decree, if the president is assassinated, for example, the country will be temporarily governed by the Security Council, a body of top-ranking government officials, whose meetings are chaired by the Prime Minister. (Belarus-Decree)

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TBILISI -- Georgia Sunday marked the 76th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

Representatives of the government and hundreds of veterans from across the country gathered at Veteran Park in downtown Tbilisi to commemorate the end of WWII and laid wreaths at the Memorial of the Unknown Soldiers to honor those who served in Georgia's Armed Forces. (Georgia-Victory Day-WWII)

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LONDON -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has invited the leaders of the devolved nations to a summit on how "Team UK" can recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, local media reported Sunday.

The latest development came after Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) Nicola Sturgeon on Saturday pledged to push for a second independence referendum as her party secured "historic and extraordinary" fourth consecutive victory in the Scottish parliamentary election. (UK-Elections)

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JERUSALEM -- The exports of Israel's rough diamonds increased by 116.7 percent year on year in the first third of 2021, bouncing back from a sharp drop in 2020 caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Economy and Industry said in a statement on Sunday.

From January to April in 2021, Israel's rough diamonds exports totalled 522.3 million U.S. dollars, compared with 241 million dollars during the same period in 2020. (Israel-Rough Diamonds-Exports)

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LAGOS -- Nigerian police have confirmed seven policemen were shot dead following gunmen attacks on police stations and checkpoints in the country's southern state of Rivers.

In a statement issued in Port Harcourt, the state capital on Saturday night, Nnamdi Omoni, a spokesman for the police in Rivers, described the attacks as "unprovoked and mindless" as a group of gunmen attacked a security checkpoint and two police stations in the state on Friday evening. (Nigeria-Attack)

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