US Congress approves short-term extension to avoid shutdown, buy more time for final spending agreement

US Congress approves short-term extension to avoid shutdown, buy more time for final spending agreement

Washington: Congress passed another short-term spending measure Thursday that would keep one set of federal agencies operating through March 8 and another set through March 22, avoiding a shutdown for parts of the federal government that would otherwise kick in Saturday. The bill now goes to President Joe Biden to be signed into law. The … Read more

Gaza health ministry says war deaths near 30,000 as famine looms

Gaza health ministry says war deaths near 30,000 as famine looms

Children have died of malnutrition in a Gaza hospital, the Hamas-ruled territory’s health ministry said, as its overall toll for Palestinians killed in the almost five-month war neared 30,000. While mediators say a truce deal between Israel and Hamas could be just days away, aid agencies have sounded the alarm about the dire humanitarian conditions … Read more

Israel’s military response in Gaza ‘over the top’, pushing for pause: US President Joe Biden

Israel’s military response in Gaza ‘over the top’, pushing for pause: US President Joe Biden

U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday suggested that Israel‘s military response in Gaza has been “over the top,” adding that he is working to achieve a sustained pause in fighting. “I’m of the view, as you know, that the conduct of the response in the Gaza Strip has been over the top,” Biden told reporters … Read more

Saudi Arabia says there will be no diplomatic relations with Israel without an independent Palestinian state

Saudi Arabia says there will be no diplomatic relations with Israel without an independent Palestinian state

Saudi Arabia has told the U.S. its position stands that there will be no diplomatic relations with Israel unless an independent Palestinian state is recognised on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem, and Israeli “aggression” on the Gaza Strip stops, the Saudi foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. On Tuesday, White House National … Read more

Israel vows to stop UN agency’s activities in Gaza after war

Israel vows to stop UN agency’s activities in Gaza after war

Israel vowed Saturday to stop the UN humanitarian aid agency in Gaza from operating after the war, and called for its chief to resign, after the sacking of staff accused of involvement in the October 7 attack. The UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, said Friday it had fired several employees over Israel’s accusations, promising … Read more

Oil markets brace for shipping disruption in southern Red Sea

Oil markets brace for shipping disruption in southern Red Sea

The oil market appears to be bracing for a weeks-long disruption to shipping in the southern Red Sea, where Houthi militants have for months been attacking merchant vessels in response to Israel‘s war in Gaza. Charters of tankers to haul crude and fuels – which for some vessels are arranged up to a month in … Read more

Biden says Palestinian state still possible after Netanyahu call

Biden says Palestinian state still possible after Netanyahu call

Washington: US President Joe Biden said on Friday it was still possible Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could agree to some form of Palestinian state, after the two leaders spoke for the first time in nearly a month amid tensions over the Gaza war. Their call came a day after Netanyahu said he opposes allowing … Read more

Netanyahu defends Israel's unparalleled 'morality' in Gaza war

Netanyahu defends Israel's unparalleled 'morality' in Gaza war

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv, Israel on Dec. 31, 2023. | Photo Credit: AP Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said Israel displayed unparalleled “morality” in the Gaza war and rejected South Africa’s charge that it was committing “genocidal” acts … Read more

Yearender 2023: As Israel-Hamas conflict drags on, children of war on both sides of Gaza fall out of focus

Yearender 2023: As Israel-Hamas conflict drags on, children of war on both sides of Gaza fall out of focus

As the Israel-Hamas war enters day 86, the discourse or discussion majorly continues to centre around the casualties, spoils and collateral damage. However, the children on both sides–those who fell clueless victims to the terror and the retaliatory devastation that followed or the ones who survived and are watching helplessly as bombs and shells turn … Read more

South Africa launches case at top UN court accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza

South Africa launches case at top UN court accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza

The Hague: South Africa launched a case Friday at the United Nations’ top court accusing Israel of genocide against Palestinians in Gaza and asking the court to order Israel to halt its attacks. Israel swiftly rejected the filing “with disgust.” South Africa’s submission to the International Court of Justice alleges that “acts and omissions by … Read more