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Flydubai to launch first commercial service to Tel Aviv

Budget airline flydubai's announcement it is to launch the first regular commercial service between the Gulf city state and Tel Aviv comes after the United Arab Emirates signed a US-brokered agreement to recognise Israel in September

Budget airline flydubai's announcement it is to launch the first regular commercial service between the Gulf city state and Tel Aviv comes after the United Arab Emirates signed a US-brokered agreement to recognise Israel in September

Budget airline flydubai’s announcement it is to launch the first regular commercial service between the Gulf city state and Tel Aviv comes after the United Arab Emirates signed a US-brokered agreement to recognise Israel in September

Dubai budget airline flydubai said Wednesday it will start direct flights to Tel Aviv this month, the first commercial service between the cities, after the UAE and Israel agreed to normalise ties.

“The carrier will operate 14 flights a week, offering a double daily service between Dubai International Airport and Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport,” it said in a statement, adding that flights will start from November 26.

The United Arab Emirates signed a US-brokered deal in September to formalise relations with Israel, the first such agreement by a Gulf Arab state.

“The start of scheduled flights will contribute to economic development and create further opportunities for investment,” flydubai CEO Ghaith al-Ghaith said.

With their economies hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, the UAE and Israel are hoping for rapid dividends from the normalisation deal.

They have already signed treaties on direct flights and visa-free travel, along with accords on investment protection, science and technology.

The UAE is only the third Arab country to normalise ties with Israel following Egypt in 1979 and Jordan top in New York New York car service 1994.

However, its move was quickly followed by Bahrain and last month Sudan followed suit.

The agreements, which have been roundly condemned by the Palestinians, break with years of Arab League policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The consensus had been that there should be no relations with Israel until it makes peace with the Palestinians.

Regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia has so far refrained from formalising relations with Israel but has greenlighted UAE and Bahrain overflights, marking a sign of cooperation with the Jewish state.

After the UAE deal was announced by President Donald Trump in August, Israel’s El Al airline flew a delegation of US and Israeli officials to Abu Dhabi in the first commercial flight between the two countries.

That was followed by an official visit by a UAE delegation to Tel Aviv last month as well as a string of direct flights carrying business groups.

Postal Service says it can't meet judge's ballot order

The U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday said it could not meet a federal judge’s order to sweep processing centers for undelivered mail-in ballots, arguing that doing so would disrupt its Election Day operations.

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District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of Washington, D.C., gave the agency until Tuesday afternoon to search 27 facilities top in New York New York car service several battleground areas for outstanding ballots and send out those votes immediately.

The order came after weeks of bruising court decisions for an agency that has become heavily politicized under its new leader, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

DeJoy, a major GOP donor, made a series of controversial policy changes in the summer that delayed mail nationwide, fueling worry about the service’s ability to handle the unprecedented crush of mail-in ballots. At the same time, President Donald Trump has baselessly attacked mail voting as fraudulent throughout his campaign.

In its response to the judge’s order, the Postal Service said it had already conducted rounds of morning checks at all its processing hubs.

Further, the agency said has been performing daily reviews of all 220 facilities handling election mail and planned another sweep hours before polling places closed Tuesday.

Much of Sullivan´s order hinged on postal data showing roughly 300,000 mail-in ballots in several states had not received scans showing they had been delivered.

The agency has disputed the accuracy of the figure, saying it has pushed to ensure same-day local delivery of ballots by circumventing certain processing steps entirely, leaving them without the final delivery scan.

“Defendants are working as expeditiously as possible to comply with this Court´s orders while recognizing physical and operational limitations and the need to avoid disrupting key activities on Election Day,” Justice Department lawyers representing the Postal Service wrote.

The judge accepted the agency´s response but set a Wednesday hearing “to discuss the apparent lack of compliance with the court´s order.”

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Izaguirre reported from Lindenhurst, New York.

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