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US again vetoes Gaza cease-fire resolution at UN Security Council

NEW YORK — The United States was the lone veto against a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a cease-fire in Gaza on Tuesday, marking the third time Washington has opposed such a measure. The vote on the resolution drafted by Algeria was 13-1, with the U.K. abstaining, on the 15-me

Special Instructions Issued for Visitors of Masjid al-Haram

Mecca: Special instructions have been issued for visitors of Masjid al-Haram, as stated by the guardian of Masjid al-Haram’s gates, Saif al-Salami, that water coolers and large bags will no longer be allowed inside Masjid al-Haram. According to foreign sources, Saif al-Salami stated that vi

Hamas demands release of 3,000 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel - reports

Hamas has demanded that Israel release 3,000 Palestinian prisoners during their indirect talks on a fresh pause to fighting in the Gaza Strip, Al Arabiya news channel reported on Saturday, citing sources familiar with the talks. Hamas wants the three-stage truce to include the release of Palestin

Pakistan ex-PM Imran Khan, deputy Shah Mahmood Qureshi get 10-year jail term for leaking state secrets

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder and former prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan and former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi have been given 10-year prison sentences by a Pakistan court in the controversial Cipher case.  Pakistan's state media and a spokesman for PTI confirme

Israel’s war on Gaza updates: Nasser Hospital doctors work amid sound of tanks

Doctor at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis tells Al Jazeera that 95 percent of staff have fled to Rafah, as Israeli forces “bomb anything in front of them”. Gaza’s Health Ministry says 174 Palestinians were killed and 310 wounded in the enclave in 24 hours. Thousands fleeing fighti

"Loss Of Lives Unacceptable, Dialogue Only Way Forward": India On Israel-Hamas War

New York: India's permanent representative to the United Nations, Ruchira Kamboj, strongly condemned the loss of civilian lives in the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas saying that the alarming humanitarian crisis was 'clearly unacceptable'. "The ongoing conflict between Israel

Maldives govt suspends 3 ministers after ‘derogatory’ remarks on PM Modi amid Lakshadweep visit: Report

The Maldives government suspended three of its ministers- Mariyam Shiuna, Malsha and Hassan Zihan- for their ‘derogatory remarks on India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, following the latter's Lakshadweep visit., local media Atoll Times reported. The local media quoted Maldives go

Muslims In Tech Industry "Uncomfortable Speaking" Up, Says Sam Altman

Washington: OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said on Thursday he felt members of the Muslim and Arab communities in the tech industry were uncomfortable speaking about their recent experiences, in an apparent reference to the impact of the ongoing war in Gaza. "Muslim and arab (especially palestinian) co

Israel withdraws five brigades from Gaza: reports

Gaza, Jan 1 (IANS): Israel has withdrawn five military brigades from Gaza as it transitions into the third phase of operations in the enclave, media reports said. As per the reports the Institute for the Study of War -- a policy research organisation focused on US national security -- said t

Magnitude 7.6 earthquake jolts Japan's western area; tsunami alert issued

Japan issued tsunami alerts Monday after a series of strong quakes in the Sea of Japan. The Japan Meterological Agency reported quakes off the coast of Ishikawa and nearby prefectures shortly after 4pm., one of them with a preliminary magnitude of 7.6. It issued a major tsunami warning for Ish

South Africa files case at ICJ accusing Israel of ‘genocidal acts’ in Gaza

South Africa has filed a case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), accusing it of crimes of genocide against Palestinians in Gaza after nearly three months of relentless Israeli bombardment has killed more than 21,500 people and caused widespread destruction in the besieged en

At least 20 killed near hospital in Khan Younis

Gaza Health Ministry says at least 20 people killed and many more injured in a deadly Israeli army attack near El Amal City Hospital in Khan Younis. The ministry says 195 people were killed and 325 injured in the past 24 hours. United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has appointed Sigrid Kaag as Gaz

Tel Aviv is ready: Israel's president Herzog on Gaza truce but Hamas says…

Israeli president Isaac Herzog indicated readiness on the part of the country to enter another foreign-mediated Gaza truce in order to recover hostages held by Hamas. This will also enable more aid to reach the Palestinian enclave, he said. "Israel is ready for another humanitarian pause and

PM Modi discusses Israel-Hamas war with Netanyahu, highlights 'India’s consistent stand in favour of...'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. PM Modi took to social media to inform about his conversation with Netanyahu and said the two leaders “had a productive exchange of views with PM Netanyahu on the on

India, Pakistan abuzz over health status of Dawood; if he was ‘poisoned, critical’

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS): The political establishments, intelligence circles and media in India and Pakistan are abuzz with intense speculation that the absconder terrorist, Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, has reportedly been “poisoned and critical” in a Karachi hospital, barely a week ahead of

Israel steps up Gaza bombardment after talks on hostages

Israel stepped up its bombardment of Gaza overnight and into Sunday, killing at least 40 people, Palestinians said, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argued that the only way to secure the release of hostages was intense military pressure on Hamas. The Israeli attacks took place ami

Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah passes away

Kuwait, Dec 16: On Saturday December 16, His Highness the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, passed away, as announced by the Amiri Diwan. In response to this significant loss, the Kuwaiti government declared a three-day holiday and a 40-day period of mourning. The Kuwa

Gaza: Israeli commanders among nine soldiers killed in Hamas ambush

Two senior Israeli commanders and seven other soldiers have been killed by Hamas in a complex ambush in the Gaza City suburb of Shejaiya, an area that has seen intense urban fighting in recent days. The latest Israeli combat deaths came amid fears of a rapidly escalating humanitarian crisis in Ga