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A day after the UN rights chief said that Israeli forces may have committed war crimes in Gaza territory, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has criticised the decision by the UN Human Rights Council to probe abuses in the Palestinian territories and inside Israel. In light of the ongoing investigation into the origin of the deadly coronavirus, social media giant Facebook has decided to lift the ban on posts that claim COVID-19 was man-made and/or a result of a "lab leak". Meanwhile, a new study has found that after recovering from coronavirus, you could make antibodies for years, possibly even your lifetime. We have these headlines and more to start your day.
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On Thursday, the UN Human Rights Council decided to create an open-ended international investigation into violations surrounding the latest Gaza violence, and into the "systematic" abuses in the Palestinian territories and inside Israel.
This comes months after Facebook had started to block and ban the posts that claimed COVID-19 was made-made or manufactured in a lab.
New research has found almost eight million people died due to smoking in 2019, and the number has only increased since then, in the pandemic years.