Update US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks at a joint press conference with the Qatari PM.

Gaza ceasefire plan hangs in balance as US says Hamas seeking changes

  • The United States has supported Israel’s goal of destroying Hamas after the October 7 attack
  • But US officials believe Hamas has already been degraded and are seeking what they see as more achievable metrics to end the war
By Reuters ·

Update Death toll rises to 49 in Kuwait building fire: interior ministry

Death toll rises to 49 in Kuwait building fire: interior ministry

  • The owner of the impacted building was arrested until investigations are complete
  • Kuwait municipality ordered to demolish violating properties without warning the violators.
By Arab News ·

Special ‘Get ready to weep,’ Hezbollah tells Israel over leader’s killing

‘Get ready to weep,’ Hezbollah tells Israel over leader’s killing

  • Hezbollah identifies slain leader as Taleb Sami Abdullah, also known as Abu Taleb and born in 1969
  • Hezbollah retaliated by targeting military sites deep inside Israel, with salvos of rockets reaching Tiberias for the first time
By NAJIA HOUSSARI ·

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 ·

Troubled G7 leaders focus on Ukraine war, China in Italian summit

Troubled G7 leaders focus on Ukraine war, China in Italian summit

  • Determined to claim the initiative, the G7 leaders look likely to announce they have agreed on plans to issue $50 billion of loans for Ukraine using interest from frozen Russian assets to back the multi-year debt package
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 ·