Israel’s Gaza violations in spotlight as Russian foreign minister chairs UN Security Council meeting 

Israel’s Gaza violations in spotlight as Russian foreign minister chairs UN Security Council meeting 

  • Israeli envoy warns council that if full-scale war breaks out between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon, Iran will be to blame 
  • Minister Sergey Lavrov talks of hopes for rapprochement among Gulf states, to overcome their differences and work together to help the Palestinian people 
By Ephrem Kossaify ·

Lebanese media, Hamas-allied group says Israel strike kills commander

Lebanese media, Hamas-allied group says Israel strike kills commander

  • Jamaa Islamiya, formed in the 1960s, has claimed responsibility for multiple attacks against Israel
By AFP ·

Palestinian women mourn a family member killed in Israeli bombardment, at Al-Maamadani Hospital in Gaza City on July 17, 2024.

Israel pounds central Gaza, sends tanks into north of Rafah

  • Israeli tanks shell eastern areas of Al-Bureij and Al-Maghazi camps in the center of enclave
  • Diplomatic efforts by Arab mediators to halt the hostilities seem to be on hold
By Reuters ·

Oman’s mosque attackers were all Omani citizens, police say

Oman’s mosque attackers were all Omani citizens, police say

  • The perpetrators were brothers and were killed in a shoot-out with security officers
By Arab News ·

Student protesters vow ‘complete shutdown’ in Bangladesh after days of violent protest

Student protesters vow ‘complete shutdown’ in Bangladesh after days of violent protest

  • Students have been demonstrating for weeks against a quota system for government jobs they say favors allies of the ruling party
  • Protests have escalated since violence broke out on the campus of Dhaka University on Monday
By AP ·

EU court rejects TikTok challenge against new EU digital rules

EU court rejects TikTok challenge against new EU digital rules

  • TikTok owner ByteDance is one of the six “gatekeepers” under Digital Markets Act facing the curbs
  • TikTok claimed to be acting as the “most capable challenger” to digital monopolies
By AFP ·

EU court rejects TikTok challenge against new EU digital rules

EU court rejects TikTok challenge against new EU digital rules

  • TikTok owner ByteDance is one of the six “gatekeepers” under Digital Markets Act facing the curbs
  • TikTok claimed to be acting as the “most capable challenger” to digital monopolies
By AFP ·

Sound of Ruby: ‘The spread of culture is a very beautiful thing’ 

Sound of Ruby: ‘The spread of culture is a very beautiful thing’ 

  • The Saudi alt-rock veterans are enjoying the rewards of more than two decades of work 
By Jasmine Bager ·
Central Paris locks down for Olympics as athletes arrive

Central Paris locks down for Olympics as athletes arrive

  • The opening parade along six kilometers (four miles) of the river led to the closure of riverside central districts to most vehicles from 5:00 am (0300 GMT) on Thursday
  • Many central Metro stations will also be closed on Thursday until the day after the opening ceremony, which will see 6,000-7,000 athletes sail down the Seine on around a hundred barges and river boats
By AFP ·