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 ·

Special Exodus of doctors and health workers leave sick and ailing Syrians out on a limb photos

Exodus of doctors and health workers leave sick and ailing Syrians out on a limb

  • Sanctions, isolation, earthquakes and a grinding civil war have devastated Syria’s health system
  • Overwhelmed, under-resourced, and often unpaid, medical personnel are leaving for Europe in droves 
By ANAN TELLO ·

Apparent pro-Palestinian activists splash red paint on homes of Jewish officials at Brooklyn Museum

Apparent pro-Palestinian activists splash red paint on homes of Jewish officials at Brooklyn Museum

  • Mayor Eric Adams, in a post on the social platform X, wrote: “This is not peaceful protest or free speech. This is a crime, and it’s overt, unacceptable antisemitism”
  • Taylor Maatman, a spokesperson for the museum said a report was filed with police but declined to provide more details
By AP ·

Edinburgh Fringe CEO defends Baillie Gifford sponsorship amid criticism over Israel links

Edinburgh Fringe CEO defends Baillie Gifford sponsorship amid criticism over Israel links

  • ‘Everybody has to make their own decisions,’ Shona McCarthy says
  • Firm has been dropped as sponsor by other cultural events in UK
By Arab News ·

Edinburgh Fringe CEO defends Baillie Gifford sponsorship amid criticism over Israel links

Edinburgh Fringe CEO defends Baillie Gifford sponsorship amid criticism over Israel links

  • ‘Everybody has to make their own decisions,’ Shona McCarthy says
  • Firm has been dropped as sponsor by other cultural events in UK
By Arab News ·

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 ·
Yadav, Arshdeep star as India beat USA to reach T20 World Cup second round

Yadav, Arshdeep star as India beat USA to reach T20 World Cup second round

  • Despite the defeat, the United States are still well-placed to join India in the Super Eights as they have four points while Pakistan and Canada are on two
  • India were stunned by Mumbai-born fast bowler Saurabh Netravalkar who had superstar batsman Virat Kohli caught behind for nought off the first ball he faced
By AFP ·