Blinken says some of Hamas’ proposed changes to a ceasefire plan in Gaza are workable and some not

Blinken says some of Hamas’ proposed changes to a ceasefire plan in Gaza are workable and some not

  • Without spelling out what changes Hamas sought, he said the mediators — Qatar, Egypt and the US — will keep trying to “close this deal”
  • The ceasefire proposal has global support but has not been fully embraced by Israel or Hamas
By AP ·

Saudi Arabia inaugurates self-driving aerial taxi during Hajj

Saudi Arabia inaugurates self-driving aerial taxi during Hajj

  • The electric flying taxi will transport pilgrims across holy sites, facilitate the swift transfer of medical emergencies and supplies, as well as deliver goods
By Arab News ·

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman receives Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Jeddah on Wednesday. (SPA) video

Saudi crown prince meets with Ukrainian president in Jeddah

  • Zelensky arrived in the coastal city earlier on Wednesday and was received by the deputy governor of the Makkah Region
By Arab News ·

Hamas proposed amendments to Gaza ceasefire plan ‘not significant’, says senior leader

Hamas proposed amendments to Gaza ceasefire plan ‘not significant’, says senior leader

  • Hamas demands it select a list of 100 Palestinians with long term sentences to be released from Israeli jails
By Reuters ·

UN refugee agency says record 117 mln people forcibly displaced in 2023

UN refugee agency says record 117 mln people forcibly displaced in 2023

  • UNHCR report stated that there had been a yearly increase in the number of people forcibly displaced over the last 12 years
By Reuters ·

Pope Francis to weigh in on ‘ethical’ AI at G7 summit

Pope Francis to weigh in on ‘ethical’ AI at G7 summit

  • While welcoming AI's potential to boost everything from medical research to economic and social wellbeing, Francis also warned of risks including disinformation and interference in elections, and that unequal access could increase social and economic ineq
By AFP ·

Pope Francis to weigh in on ‘ethical’ AI at G7 summit

Pope Francis to weigh in on ‘ethical’ AI at G7 summit

  • While welcoming AI's potential to boost everything from medical research to economic and social wellbeing, Francis also warned of risks including disinformation and interference in elections, and that unequal access could increase social and economic ineq
By AFP ·

More acts pull out of UK festival Latitude in protest against sponsor Barclays’ links to Israel

More acts pull out of UK festival Latitude in protest against sponsor Barclays’ links to Israel

  • Comedians Sophie Duker, Grace Campbell and Alexandra Haddow are the latest performers to withdraw from the event in Essex next month
  • Barclays has been accused by the protest group Palestine Action of having financial interests in Israel’s weapons trade and fossil fuel industry
By Arab News ·
India beats United States at cricket’s Twenty20 World Cup, West Indies hold off New Zealand

India beats United States at cricket’s Twenty20 World Cup, West Indies hold off New Zealand

  • The US beat Canada in its first game and had a six-day rest since its victory over 2022 runner-up Pakistan
By AP ·