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Benjamin Netanyahu affirms ongoing talks with Hamas on hostage release

TEL AVIV: Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed ongoing efforts to secure the release of hostages in Gaza through military operations, The Times of Israel reported. Netanyahu emphasised the need for strategic and careful decision-making by the war cabinet. stating, "We are contin

Over 700 killed as Israel pounds Gaza, widens evacuation orders

Hundreds of Palestinians have been killed in Israeli air raids in the past 24 hours in Gaza as the Israeli army ordered more areas in and around the enclave’s second-largest city of Khan Younis to evacuate. The Director General of the Government Media Office in Gaza told Al Jazeera on Sunda

Centre asks states to review hospital preparedness amid China pneumonia scare, says ‘no need for alarm’

Amidst a mysterious pneumonia outbreak in China, the Union health ministry on November 26 said it has asked the state governments to review hospital preparedness, even as it underlined that there is “no need for alarm". “All states and Union territories are advised to implement

Hamas releases 13 Israeli, four Thai captives after hours-long delay

Hamas has handed over 13 Israeli captives and four Thai nationals to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) after a delay of seven hours as the group claimed that Israel had violated the terms of a truce. The impasse was resolved following mediation by Qatar and Egypt on Saturday, th

X may lose up to $75 mln by year-end on advertiser exodus

Nov 25 (Reuters) - Elon Musk-owned social media company X could lose as much as $75 million in advertising revenue by the end of the year as dozens of major brands pause their marketing campaigns, the New York Times reported on Friday. Musk backing an antisemitic post on the platform last week

Israel-Hamas truce begins with a cease-fire ahead of hostage and prisoner releases

A four-day cease fire in the Israel-Hamas war began Friday morning in Gaza as part of an agreement that Qatar helped broker. The deal also includes the release of dozens of hostages held by militants and Palestinians imprisoned by Israel, which was to take place later Friday. With the deal comes

Hostage and ceasefire deal won't be implemented before Friday, US and Israel say

A long-awaited hostage and ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas won’t take effect before Friday, US and Israeli officials have said, dashing the hopes of families who thought captives may be freed earlier and prolonging the suffering of Palestinians under bombardment in Gaza. “The

Israel approves 4-day ceasefire deal with Hamas for release of 50 hostages

In the first truce between Israel and Hamas amid the war going on for over six weeks, the Israeli government on Wednesday approved a deal of ceasefire in which 50 women and children would be freed by Hamas. This, however, is not the end of the war, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said befor

Joe Biden Says He Believes Gaza Hostage Release Deal Is Close

Washington: President Joe Biden said on Monday he believes a deal is near to secure the release of some of the hostages being held by Hamas in Gaza, telling reporters "I believe so" when asked at the White House about a possible agreement. Reuters reported last week that Qatari mediators

Dozens killed, wounded in hospital encircled by Israeli tanks

At least 13,000 people have been killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza since October 7. In Israel, the official death toll in Hamas’s attacks stands at about 1,200. Thirty-one prematurely born babies have been evacuated from al-Shifa Hospital and taken to the European and Nasser hospitals in th

Israeli PM Netanyahu reacts to Hamas hostage deal reports

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday said there was heavy international pressure against Israel’s war on Hamas, as he pledged to continue pressing the military campaign in Gaza until the terror group is overthrown and the hostages it seized are returned. Speaking during a lengthy p

India Supports UN Resolution Condemning Israeli Settlements In Palestine

New Delhi: India has voted in favour of a United Nations resolution that condemns Israeli settlements in Palestine. The resolution, condemning settlement activities in "Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan", was approved on Thursday. Am

Arab and Muslim leaders call for immediate end to Gaza war

RIYADH, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia and Muslim countries called on Saturday for an immediate end to military operations in Gaza, declaring at a joint Islamic-Arab summit in Riyadh that Israel bears responsibility for "crimes" against Palestinians. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, S

Israel and Hamas negotiating for release of civilian hostages in Gaza

Israel and Hamas are currently in negotiations for two hostage release proposals, one involving a small number of individuals and the other concerning the release of 100 or more civilians held in Gaza, as per reports.  Israeli officials claim that Hamas holds over 240 hostages in Gaza, with

UN Chief Says Gaza is ‘Becoming a Graveyard for Children’

New Delhi: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip on Monday, which he said was “becoming a graveyard for children.” “The unfolding catastrophe makes the need for a humanitarian ceasefire more urgent wit

"Gaza Strip cut into two", says Israeli military amid 'significant strikes'

"Gaza Strip cut into two", says Israeli military amid 'significant strikes' The Israeli Army said on Sunday that "significant strikes" are being carried out and the Gaza Strip has been "cut into two", Al Jazeera reported. Army spokesperson Daniel Hagari sa

Fierce fighting in Gaza, as Hamas says Israel kills 30 in camp bombing

  Israel pressed its war to crush Hamas on Sunday nearly a month after the worst attack in its history, as the Palestinian militant group said an Israeli bombing in Gaza killed dozens of people. Fighting continues to rage in densely populated Gaza, despite calls for a ceasefire from Arab cou

128 people killed as strong earthquake jolts Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nov 4 (Reuters) - At least 128 people were killed and dozens injured in Nepal when a strong earthquake struck the western area of Jajarkot, officials said on Saturday, as houses in the area collapsed and buildings as far as New Delhi in neighbouring India shook. The quake occurred at 1