Scores reported killed in Gaza as fighting shatters Israel-Hamas truce

Israel’s warplanes pounded Gaza on Friday after talks to extend a week-old truce with Hamas collapsed, sending wounded and dead Palestinians into hospitals and forcing hundreds to flee in the streets.

December 2, 2023 9:41 am


Israel resumes Gaza assault after rockets fired, heavy fighting reported

Israel resumed combat operations against Hamas in Gaza on Friday after accusing the Palestinian militant group of firing rockets at Israel and reneging on a deal to free all women held as hostages, violating their temporary truce agreement.

December 1, 2023 7:12 pm


UN peacekeepers try to stay safe amid Lebanon-Israel border flare-ups

While trying to fulfil their mandate to keep the peace, U.N. soldiers deployed along Lebanon’s border with Israel during the worst hostilities there in nearly 20 years have another urgent concern: keeping their own forces safe.

December 1, 2023 2:16 pm


World at risk of losing malaria fight as cases rise, report says

The world is in danger of losing the fight against malaria, as cases of the disease rose by around 5 million year-on-year in 2022, exceeding global targets to contain it, a new World Health Organization report showed.

December 1, 2023 11:54 am


Britain's King Charles in UAE to urge action on climate at COP28

Britain’s King Charles began a visit to the United Arab Emirates, during which he will advocate for greater global action and accountability on climate change at the COP28 summit.

December 1, 2023 10:53 am


Hamas hands over two female hostages, others expected after truce extended

Hamas handed two female hostages to the Red Cross in Gaza City’s central Palestine Square and further hostages are expected to be released later in the evening following a last-minute deal struck with Israel to extend a truce.

December 1, 2023 9:12 am


COP28 kicks off with climate disaster fund victory

The U.N. climate summit clinched an early victory Thursday, with delegates adopting a new fund to help poor nations cope with costly climate disasters.

December 1, 2023 8:39 am


UN commission to investigate Hamas sexual violence, appeal for evidence

A U.N. commission of inquiry investigating war crimes on both sides of the Israel-Hamas conflict will focus on sexual violence by Hamas in the Oct. 7 attacks on Israel and is about to launch an appeal for evidence, its chair told Reuters.

November 30, 2023 6:50 pm


Nepal registers first same-sex marriage; 'historic', say activists

Local authorities in a village in Nepal registered the Himalayan nation’s first same-sex marriage, officials and activists said, five months after the Supreme Court issued an interim order clearing the way for such marriages in the largely conservative country.

November 30, 2023 3:27 pm


Bangladesh opposition vows to continue protests despite 'autocratic' crackdown

Bangladesh’s main opposition party said it would continue its anti-government protests despite what a rights group called an “autocratic crackdown” ahead of a general election in January.

November 30, 2023 2:23 pm


Pakistan court overturns ex-PM Nawaz Sharif's graft conviction: lawyer

A Pakistan court overturned the conviction of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a corruption case on Wednesday, his lawyer said, removing one of the many obstacles for him to qualify to stand in elections in February.

November 30, 2023 1:22 pm


Four Palestinians including 8-year-old killed by Israeli forces in West Bank

Four Palestinians, including an 8-year-old boy and a 15-year-old male as well as two senior militant commanders, were killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, Palestinian official news agency WAFA said.

November 30, 2023 12:49 pm

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