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  • Lebanon Hezbollah reveals more of its arms in risky escalation

    Hezbollah is drawing on more of its arsenal in its conflict with Israel, even as it declares no interest in a full-scale war, an escalation that analysts believe aims to deter Israel from a wider confrontation but which could also risk igniting one. Sparked by the Gaza war, the conflict...

  • Business boom builds Qatar-Saudi entente as Gulf rift fades

    When Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, buckled himself into a Bentley SUV with Qatar’s Emir at the wheel, it was a moment of camaraderie that followed years of prickly relations – and a chance for his host to show off Doha’s gleaming new buildings. Prince Mohammed’s visit to the...

  • Gaza families desperate for water with no relief in sight

    It is not only the ever-present danger from Israeli bombardment or ground fighting that makes life a trial for Gaza’s Palestinian civilians. It is also the sheer daily slog to find basic necessities such as water, to drink or cook or wash with. For the Shenbary family, that can mean...

  • Gaza war shatters pilgrimage dream for Palestinian couple

    Mahmoud and Fatima Jarghoun sold their jewellery so that they could perform the hajj pilgrimage to Makkah, a journey that they have been yearning to make for years. However, with no way out of the Gaza Strip due to the Israeli military offensive against the enclave, their dream has...

  • Migrants from around the world cross California desert to reach US

    Propped up against the rusty steel slats of the California border wall, migrant families who hours before crossed the US-Mexico border rest under tarpaulins and tents and await Border Patrol officers. Some of the families along this remote desert stretch in San Diego County have brought their children with...

  • Lebanon hospital treats first wounded Gazan to arrive in Beirut

    Five-year-old Adam Afana dreamt of being a police officer “to keep people safe,” his uncle said, before losing his father, his siblings and cousins, and nearly all of his left arm in an Israeli strike seven months ago on Gaza. Now, Adam is the first Palestinian child wounded in Israel’s...

  • Israel restarts Gaza food sales as Rafah raid chokes aid

    The Israeli military has lifted a ban on the sale of food to Gaza from Israel and the occupied West Bank as its military offensive chokes international aid deliveries, according to Palestinian officials, businessmen and international aid workers. The occupation army gave Palestinian traders in Gaza the green light to...

  • Hazy geopolitics mean Sudan’s war rages largely unseen

    Video released by Sudan’s rebel Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on Wednesday shows the last few vehicles of aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières evacuating Al-Fashir, the largest city in North Darfur, watched by the gunmen who have besieged the city and appear intent to overrun it altogether. The aid group had...

  • Divisions, elections and Assad lay bare Europe's Syria quagmire

    The European Union will convene donors next week to keep Syria on the global agenda, but as the economic and social burden of refugees on neighbouring countries mounts, the bloc is divided and unable to find solutions to tackle the issue, diplomats say. Syria has become a forgotten crisis that...

  • Microsoft’s UAE deal could transfer key US chips and AI technology abroad

    Microsoft President, Brad Smith, said the tech company’s high profile deal with the United Arab Emirates-backed AI firm, G42, could eventually involve the transfer of sophisticated chips and tools – a move that a senior Republican congressman warned could have national security implications. In an interview with Reuters this week, Smith...

  • What is the International Criminal Court?

    The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor’s office said on Monday it had requested arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his defence minister, and also for three Hamas leaders for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity. Here are some facts about the ICC. The court was established in...

  • TIMELINE - US establishes Gaza pier to try to boost aid to hungry enclave

    The United States anchored a temporary floating pier to a beach in Gaza on Thursday to boost aid deliveries. US President, Joe Biden, announced the plan for the pier in March as aid officials implored Israel to improve access for relief supplies into Gaza over land routes. By opening a route...

  • What is South Africa's genocide case against Israel at the ICJ again?

    The International Court of Justice is holding hearings this week in a case brought by South Africa accusing Israel of genocide in its war on Gaza and seeking an emergency halt to its Rafah offensive. What is the ICJ? The ICJ, also called the World Court, is the highest United Nations...

  • Palestinians in Gaza strive to study even as Israel’s war destroys their education system

    Pupils sitting cross-legged on the sand take classes in a tent near Khan Younis in Gaza. Two sisters connect online to a West Bank school from Cairo. A professor in Germany helps Palestinian students link up with European universities. After watching their schools and universities be closed, damaged or destroyed...

  • Who are Israel’s main weapons suppliers and who has halted exports?

    The United States has suspended a shipment of weapons to Israel, including heavy, bunker-busting bombs Israeli forces have used in their war against Hamas in Gaza, that has killed nearly 35,000 Palestinians in seven months. US President, Joe Biden, acted in the face of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to pursue...

  • Why the US is stopping some bomb shipments to Israel

    The United States has suspended a shipment of weapons to Israel, including heavy bombs that America’s ally has used in its military campaign in Gaza which has killed more than 34,000 Palestinians. The suspension comes as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues a military assault on the Palestinian city of...

  • Gaza war cools Israel's once red-hot business ties with UAE

    The war in Gaza has cooled Israeli business activity with the United Arab Emirates, with the once-celebrated relationship now conducted away from public scrutiny amid anger in the Arab world over the conflict. The UAE became the most prominent Arab state in 30 years to establish formal ties with Israel...

  • Who's in control of Gaza's Rafah Crossing and why is it important to Gaza?

    The Israeli military said on Tuesday it had taken control of the Palestinian side of Gaza’s southern Rafah Crossing, which borders Egypt and which has been central for the delivery of aid and the exit of injured people in the Gaza war. What could that mean for Gazans?  Throughout the seven-month conflict,  Rafah, the only...

  • US surgeon in Gaza says nothing prepared him for scale of injuries

    A US vascular surgeon who left Gaza after a stint as a volunteer said on Wednesday that nothing had prepared him for the scale of injuries that he faced there. Dozens of patients a day. Most of them young. Most facing complicated injuries caused by shrapnel. Most ending up...

  • FACTBOX - Columbia building barricaded by students has long history of occupation

    The building that Columbia University protesters seized early on Tuesday morning, Hamilton Hall, has a history of student takeovers over the decades. The current demonstration on the Ivy League campus in Manhattan echoes those past protests, almost all of which took place in April as well. Some activists have said they studied them...

  • Gaza truce or Rafah assault? Netanyahu faces political dilemma

    Far-right allies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are putting pressure on the embattled leader to reject a new Gaza ceasefire proposal, jeopardising his government’s stability if he backs away from an assault ostensibly against Hamas in Rafah. Hamas representatives were due in Cairo on Monday as mediators step up...

  • FACTBOX - What is the International Criminal Court?

    Israel is voicing concern that the International Criminal Court could be preparing to issue arrest warrants for government officials on charges related to its war against Palestine in the Gaza Strip. The ICC is investigating Hamas’s 7 October cross-border attack and Israel’s shattering military assault on Gaza, now in its seventh month. Here are some...

  • How US allies are preparing for a possible second Trump term

    Germany is waging a charm offensive inside the Republican Party. Japan is lining up its own Trump whisperer. Mexican government officials are talking to Camp Trump. And Australia is busy making laws to help Trump-proof its US defence ties. Everywhere, US allies are taking steps to defend or advance their...

  • Widowed Palestinian does not expect much from US action against Israel

    Omar Assad’s 81-year-old widow still hopes to see justice served against the Israeli soldiers she blames for his death two years ago in the Occupied West Bank, but is not pinning hope on any action the United States might take against their battalion. Assad, a dual Palestinian-US citizen, died from...