video Update A picture shows the explosion after an Israeli strike targeted a building in Gaza City on May 14, 2021. Israel pounded Gaza and deployed extra troops to the border as Palestinians fired barrages of rockets back. (AFP)

Israel pounds Gaza to curb Hamas but rockets still fly, death toll hits 122

  • The dead include 31 children and 19 women, with 900 injured
  • Israel faced widening conflict on Friday, as deadly violence also erupted across the West Bank
video By Reuters ·

Update 12 killed in mosque blast near Afghan capital, shattering cease-fire calm: police

12 killed in mosque blast near Afghan capital, shattering cease-fire calm: police

  • Kabul police spokesman says explosives had been placed inside the mosques
  • No one immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion
By AFP ·

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday. (AFP)

France’s Emmanuel Macron speaks with Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, calls for return to peace

  • Israel pummelled Gaza with artillery fire and air strikes on Friday, killing 13 people including three children
By Reuters ·

Update Saudi, Palestinian Authority foreign ministers hold call

Saudi, Palestinian Authority foreign ministers hold call

  • Prince Faisal bin Farhan affirmed the Kingdom's condemnation of illegal practices carried out by Israeli authorities
By Arab News ·

Special US report blasts Turkey for restricting religious minorities

US report blasts Turkey for restricting religious minorities

  • Non-Muslim religious groups face challenges in operating houses of worship, holding board elections, and exemptions from mandatory religion courses in schools
  • Report adds to concerns raised when Erdogan reconverted the historic Chora Church and famed Hagia Sophia into mosques last summer
By MENEKSE TOKYAY ·

UN chief Anotonio Guterres appealed on Friday for an immediate halt to fighting between Gaza and Israel. (AFP)

UN chief appeals for halt to Israel-Gaza clash

By Ephrem Kossaify - Arab News ·

Special Rohingya refugees at Bhasan Char observe first ‘isolated’ Eid Al-Fitr

Rohingya refugees at Bhasan Char observe first ‘isolated’ Eid Al-Fitr

  • Families receive food aid, new clothes as Ramadan draws to a close amid health restrictions
By SHEHAB SUMON ·

Saudi copycat watchdog destroys 5 million products amid global crackdown

Saudi copycat watchdog destroys 5 million products amid global crackdown

  • Saudi move comes amid global push to tackle IP theft
  • Amazon removed 10 billion suspect listings last year
By Arab News ·

Macron, Ardern hold talks in new push against online extremism

Macron, Ardern hold talks in new push against online extremism

  • The campaign aims to bring together governments and top tech platforms
  • Christchurch Call’s participants are asked to commit to pledges to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content
By AFP ·

Macron, Ardern hold talks in new push against online extremism

Macron, Ardern hold talks in new push against online extremism

  • The campaign aims to bring together governments and top tech platforms
  • Christchurch Call’s participants are asked to commit to pledges to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content
By AFP ·

Woven together, the rise and fall of southern Pakistan’s Banarsi sari

Woven together, the rise and fall of southern Pakistan’s Banarsi sari

  • Banarsi silk was a luxurious hand-woven fabric once made in the city of Khairpur, in Sindh
  • No official data exists on the history of the industry and the stories are told by the weavers themselves
By Zulfiqar Kunbhar ·
‘We will talk:’ Klopp unfazed by Mane’s handshake snub

‘We will talk:’ Klopp unfazed by Mane’s handshake snub

  • Liverpool manager plans to talk with Sadio Mane after the Senegal winger declined to shake his hand
  • Klopp had opted not to start Mane in what was a vital match for Liverpool
By AP ·