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Features An Israeli firefighter aircraft drops flame retardant on fires smoke after rockets fired from southern Lebanon hit an area in the Upper Galilee region in northern Israel on July 4, 2024. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)

Israel-Hezbollah War... More Severe than ‘Al-Aqsa Flood’

In conflicts, both sides often set traps for each other. Yet today, in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hezbollah, it appears both sides are falling…

Nazir Magally (Tel Aviv)
Features The body of 13-year-old Ghassan Gharib is carried on shoulders after he was shot dead by Israeli forces near Ramallah this July (AFP)

West Bank Palestinians Rely on Israel for Essentials, Fear Collective Punishment

Palestinians in the West Bank, unlike those in Gaza, do not want an open war between Israel and Hezbollah. They know from past experiences that such a conflict…

Kifah Zboun (Ramallah)
Features  France's President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a press briefing during NATO’s 75th anniversary summit in Washington, US, July 11, 2024. (Reuters)

Macron Tries to Assuage NATO Fears despite French Political Limbo

French President Emmanuel Macron once shook up NATO by declaring it was suffering "brain death". But his days of such boldness on the international stage may…

Features A truck carries humanitarian aid across Trident Pier, a temporary pier to deliver aid, off the Gaza Strip, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas, near the Gaza coast, May 19, 2024. US Army Central/Handout via REUTERS

How Much Has US-built Gaza Aid Pier Helped Get Aid into Gaza?

A US-built pier designed to increase flows of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip has been beset by challenges and is now expected to be permanently…

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Features US President Joe Biden speaks during a bilateral meeting with UK Prime Minister Keir Starmer at the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 10 July 2024. (EPA)

More Democrats in Congress Call on Joe Biden to End His Reelection Bid

A growing number of Democrats in Congress are calling on Democratic President Joe Biden to end his reelection bid after the 81-year-old incumbent's halting…

Features People walk past closed shops in Hocahasan district, mostly populated by Syrians, in Bursa, western Türkiye, Tuesday, July 2, 2024. (Ugur Yildirim/Dia Photo via AP)

Türkiye Host Communities on a Collision Course with Refugees

It is difficult to establish a clear timeline for the successive developments that led to the recent incidents of violence against Syrian refugees in Türkiye,…

Mazen Aazzi
Features Hassan Nofal, 53, who was displaced by the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip, holds the keys to his home that he was forced to leave with his family at a makeshift tent camp in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, July 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)

House Keys Carry Symbolic Weight for Gaza Families Repeatedly Displaced by War

On his key chain, Hassan Nofal keeps the keys to two homes. One is to the house of his grandparents in what is now southern Israel, which his family was driven…

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Features Flags at NATO Headquarters ahead to press conference following NATO Military Chiefs of Defense meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 18 January 2024. (EPA)

What to Know about the NATO Military Alliance and How it is Helping Ukraine

President Joe Biden and his NATO counterparts are meeting in Washington this week to mark the 75th anniversary of the world’s biggest security organization…

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Features US Vice President Kamala Harris reacts during the 30th annual Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana, US, July 6, 2024. (Reuters)

Could Kamala Harris Beat Donald Trump in November’s Presidential Race?

She worries Republican donors, has name recognition, and Democratic Party heavyweights are beginning to line up behind her. Vice President Kamala Harris…

Features  Israeli soldiers walk in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 3, 2024. (AP)

Rafah Is a Dusty, Rubble-Strewn Ghost Town 2 Months after Israel Invaded to Root Out Hamas

Two months ago, before Israeli troops invaded Rafah, the city sheltered most of Gaza's more than 2 million people. Today it is a dust-covered ghost town. …

Features  French far-right Rassemblement National (RN) political party President and lead MEP Jordan Bardella (L) answers to French journalist Caroline Roux during the TV show "L'Evenement" broadcasted on French TV channel France 2 in Paris on July 4, 2024, ahead of the second round of the legislative elections. (AFP)

At 28, Bardella Could Become Youngest French Prime Minister at Helm of Far-Right National Rally

At just 28 years old, Jordan Bardella has helped make the far-right National Rally the strongest political force in France. And now he could become the country…

Features Palestinians walk through a ravaged street following Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City, on October 10, 2023. (AFP)

'Bulldozed and Shelled': Gaza's Farming Sector Ravaged by War

He pointed to his greenhouse's metal frame and its white plastic sheeting strewn across the plot, inside an area designated a humanitarian zone by the Israeli…

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Features French President Emmanuel Macron leaves the voting booth before voting in the early French parliamentary election, in Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, northern France, Sunday, June 30, 2024. (AP)

How France’s Macron Went from a Successful Political Newcomer to a Weakened Leader

French President Emmanuel Macron’s expected political failure in decisive parliamentary elections Sunday could paralyze the country, weaken him abroad and…

Features Iranian reformist candidate Masoud Pezeshkian raises his fist as he arrives for his campaign rally, two days before a presidential election runoff following a first round marked by a historically low turnout, at a stadium in Tehran on July 3, 2024. (AFP)

Pezeshkian: Iran’s New Reformist President

Masoud Pezeshkian, Iran's only reformist candidate in the latest presidential election, has risen from relative obscurity to become the ninth president of the…

Features Palestinians displaced by the Israeli air and ground offensive on the Gaza Strip, walk through a dark streak of sewage flowing into the streets of the southern town of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Thursday, July 4, 2024. (AP)

Gaza Soccer Stadium Is Now a Shelter for Thousands of Displaced Palestinians

Thousands of displaced Palestinians in northern Gaza have sought refuge in one of the territory’s largest soccer arenas, where families now scrape by with…

Features  05 July 2024, United Kingdom, London: Newly elected UK Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer gives a speech at his official London residence at No 10 Downing Street for the first time after the Labour party won a landslide victory at the 2024 General Election. (Lucy North/PA Wire/dpa)

How Labour Beat the Conservatives in Britain after 14 Years, by the Numbers

Great Britain's Labour Party has defeated the Conservatives in a historic parliamentary election for control of the nation's government. With most votes…

Features  05 July 2024, United Kingdom, London: Newly elected British Prime Minister Keir Starmer and his wife Victoria outside No 10 Downing Street after the Labour party won a landslide victory at the 2024 General Election. (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/dpa)

Derided as Dull, Keir Starmer Becomes UK Prime Minister with a Sensational Victory

For someone often derided as dull, Keir Starmer has delivered a sensational election result. Starmer led Britain's Labour Party to a landslide election…

Features An Israeli tank maneuvers near the Israel-Gaza border before it enters Gaza, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, as seen from Israel, July 4, 2024. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo Purchase Licensing Rights

Efforts to Secure Gaza Ceasefire and Hostage Release Gain Momentum

Efforts to secure a ceasefire and hostage release in Gaza gathered momentum on Friday after Hamas made a revised proposal on the terms of a deal and Israel…

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Features Media outside Downing Street in London, Britain, 05 July 2024. Britons went to the polls on 04 July 2024, which the Labor party, led by Keir Starmer, won with a majority. EPA/ANDY RAIN

Key Moments from 14 Years of Conservative Rule in UK

Britain's Labor Party won a parliamentary election on Friday, bringing to an end 14 years of Conservative Party-led government that saw the country weather one…

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Features Residents wait to collect food in containers from a soup kitchen in Omdurman, Sudan March 11, 2024. REUTERS/El Tayeb Siddig/File Photo Purchase Licensing Rights

UN: More than 136,000 Displaced by Spread of War in Southeast Sudan

More than 136,000 people have fled Sudan's southeastern Sennar state since the Rapid Support Forces began a series of attacks on towns, the United Nations said…

Features Internally displaced Palestinians leave with their belongings following an evacuation order issued by the Israeli army, in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, 02 July 2024. EPA/MOHAMMED SABER

Feeding Gaza: Traders Run Gauntlet of Bullets, Bombs and Bribes

Mohammed describes a delivery job from hell. "I get screwed on every shipment," the Gazan trader told Reuters. He said he has to fork out more than $14,000 for…

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Features  Palestinians react, following an Israeli strike near a UN-run school sheltering displaced people, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, in this still image taken from a video, July 3, 2024. (Reuters)

Life and Death in Gaza’s ‘Safe Zone’ Where Food Is Scarce and Israel Strikes without Warning

An Israeli airstrike slammed into a residential building next to the main medical center in Gaza’s southern city of Khan Younis, wounding at least seven people…

Features Yehya Al-Sinwar...Israel has failed to find him during the Gaza War (AP)

Sinwar, Israel’s Problem After 8 Months of War

Since the beginning of the war on the Gaza Strip in October, Israel has placed, among its top goals, the elimination of the Hamas movement’s leaders, including…

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Features Destroyed buildings seen as the Israeli army issues an evacuation order, in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, 02 July 2024.  (EPA)

US Officials Who Have Resigned in Protest over Biden’s Gaza Policy

President Joe Biden's support for Israel during its nearly nine-month war in Gaza has spurred a dozen US administration officials to quit, with some accusing…