Palestinian demonstrators hold a night protest against Israeli settlements in Beita in the West Bank on June 22, 2021. (REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)

United Nations urges Israel to halt building of settlements immediately

  • UN officials report on implementation of a 2016 Security Council resolution that declared settlements have “no legal validity"
  • They also called on Israeli authorities to end the demolition of Palestinian homes and other property and the displacement of Palestinians — another flashpoint
By AP ·

Special Iran now has ‘international criminal’ as president: Panel

Iran now has ‘international criminal’ as president: Panel

  • Ex-UN appeal judge: Ebrahim Raisi ‘guilty of crimes against humanity’
  • ‘If ever he ventures out of Iran, any democratic country would be entitled to arrest him and put him on trial’
By Christopher Hamill-Stewart ·

Expatriate workers at gas stations in Lebanon face insults, threats and assault amid fuel shortage

Expatriate workers at gas stations in Lebanon face insults, threats and assault amid fuel shortage

  • Some are leaving the country, others are saving up for tickets to return home
  • One Sudanese worker told how he was shot at for refusing to open the pumps
By Bassam Zaazaa ·

Update Iraqi border authority seizes dangerous chemicals in Basra

Iraqi border authority seizes dangerous chemicals in Basra

  • The first container had flammable chemicals
  • The authority has referred the reports to the judicial authority
By Arab News ·

159 people unaccounted for after Florida building collapse

159 people unaccounted for after Florida building collapse

  • Mayor Daniella Levine Cava: ‘We do have 120 people now accounted for, which is very, very good news. But our unaccounted for number has gone up to 159’
By AFP ·

English lawyer and partner of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Stella Morris wearing a facemask reading: "Free Assange." (AFP)

Assange’s fiancée urges Biden to free WikiLeaks founder to show US has changed

  • Julien Assange's fiancee urges US president Joe Biden to free WikiLeaks founder to reflect the US's commitment to free press.
  • he US Justice Department said it plans to continue seeking the extradition for Assange to face hacking conspiracy charges.
By Reuters ·

English lawyer and partner of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Stella Morris wearing a facemask reading: "Free Assange." (AFP)

Assange’s fiancée urges Biden to free WikiLeaks founder to show US has changed

  • Julien Assange's fiancee urges US president Joe Biden to free WikiLeaks founder to reflect the US's commitment to free press.
  • he US Justice Department said it plans to continue seeking the extradition for Assange to face hacking conspiracy charges.
By Reuters ·