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Voice of America 13 May 2020

Funeral Held for Israeli Soldier Killed in West Bank

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Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of Israeli army Staff Sgt. Amit Ben-Yigal during his funeral in Beer Yaakov, Israel, Tuesday, May 12.
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The NYPD held a ceremonial funeral for traffic commander Mohammed Chowdhury, 54, on Wednesday. Chowhurdy died Sunday from COVID-19. The virus has killed 31 members of the NYPD. (April 22)
The NYPD held a ceremonial funeral for Traffic Section Commander Mohammed Chowdhury, 54, Wednesday, April 22.
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Before a congregation of few mourners and officials in protective suits, a 46-year-old Kenyan businessman was buried in Nairobi, Thursday, May 7, after losing his life to the coronavirus.
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United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that it was Israel's decision whether to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, and the US will offer its views on this to the new Israeli government in private.
"As for the annexation of the West Bank, the Israelis will ultimately make those decisions," Pompeo told reporters. "That's an Israeli decision. And we will work closely with them to share with them our views of this in [a] private setting."
Pompeo also said he was "happy" that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and centrist rival Benny Gantz signed a deal on Monday to form an emergency coalition government, saying he did not think a fourth Israeli election was in Israel's interest.

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