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FGN12 CHINA-BIRTH-2NDLD LIMIT China's Communist Party to permit couples to have up to three children to cope with declining population Beijing: China's ruling Communist Party on Monday announced a relaxation of its strict two-child policy to allow all couples to have up to three children, in a major policy change after recent data showed a steep decline in birth rates in the world's most populous country. By K J M Varma FGN8 ISRAEL-LD POLITICS Israel’s longest-serving PM Netanyahu could lose office as rivals join hands to form new govt Jerusalem: Israel could be headed for a break from the 'Bibi-regime' as several former allies of longest-serving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seem to have joined hands with political opponents to form a national-unity government that would not only have political formations from the Left, the Centre and the Right, but may also be supported by an Arab party. By Harinder Mishra FGN6 CHINA-SPACE-LD ASTRONAUTS China to send 3 male astronauts for 3-month stay in its new space station Beijing: China on Monday announced plans to send three male astronauts to its space station next month for a three-month stay, a day after the successful docking of a cargo spacecraft with it, hoping to achieve yet another milestone in its ambitious space programme. By K J M Varma FGN11 VIRUS-SINGAPORE-LEE Singapore PM Lee says COVID-19 here to stay, vows to reopen borders Singapore: Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Monday the deadly coronavirus will not disappear completely and will keep infecting people for years to come, urging citizens to carry on with their lives in this 'new normal' while promising to reopen the country’s borders. By Gurdip Singh IND