Israel to give Palestine at least one million coronavirus vaccine doses in exchange deal

Israel will give at least 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to the Palestinian Authority (PA) under a deal to share shots, officials said on Friday, in a boost for the Palestinians’ vaccination campaign in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. Under the terms of the deal, announced by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office, the… Read More Israel to give Palestine at least one million coronavirus vaccine doses in exchange deal

Hardline judge favourite as Iranians vote in presidential election

Iranians voted on Friday in a presidential election likely to be won by a hardline judge subject to U.S. sanctions, though many are expected to ignore the ballot amid economic hardship and calls for a boycott by liberals at home and abroad. With uncertainty surrounding Iran’s efforts to revive its 2015 nuclear deal with six… Read More Hardline judge favourite as Iranians vote in presidential election

Hong Kong police raid pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily over national security law

Five hundred Hong Kong police officers sifted through reporters’ computers and notebooks at pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily on Thursday, the first case in which authorities have cited media articles as potentially violating the national security law. Around dawn, police arrested five executives of the newspaper, and officers were later seen sitting at computers in the… Read More Hong Kong police raid pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily over national security law

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh meets Moroccan politicians for Gaza talks

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh met the speakers of Morocco’s parliament and opposition politicians on Thursday during a visit to build support for the Palestinian cause after the North African nation upgraded diplomatic relations with Israel. Haniyeh, who arrived in Morocco on Wednesday for a four-day trip, has already met the Islamist PJD, the biggest party… Read More Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh meets Moroccan politicians for Gaza talks

China launches three astronauts to space station module in first crewed mission since 2016

Three Chinese astronauts on Thursday flew to an unfinished space station in China’s first crewed mission since 2016, expanding the country’s already growing near-Earth presence and challenging U.S. leadership in orbital space. The astronauts rode to Tianhe – the module that will be the living quarters of China’s completed space station – on Shenzhou-12, or… Read More China launches three astronauts to space station module in first crewed mission since 2016

U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Switzerland

With deep disagreements likely and expectations of solving them low, U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down in a lakeside Geneva villa on Wednesday for their first summit since Biden took office. Both have said they hope their talks can lead to more stable and predictable relations, even though they are… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Switzerland

Israel launches airstrikes on Hamas sites over fire ballons

Israeli aircraft struck Hamas sites in Gaza on Wednesday after incendiary balloons were launched from the Palestinian enclave in the first such attacks since a fragile ceasefire ended 11 days of deadly fighting last month. The violence poses an early test for the government of new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, whose patchwork coalition came to… Read More Israel launches airstrikes on Hamas sites over fire ballons

Philippines suspends scrapping of pact on U.S. troops presence in country

The Philippines has again suspended a decision to scrap a crucial agreement governing the U.S. troop presence in the country, its foreign minister said on Monday, amid continuing maritime pressure from China. The Pentagon welcomed the announcement from Manila – the third suspension of the decision covering the two-decade-old Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that had… Read More Philippines suspends scrapping of pact on U.S. troops presence in country