Update Tehran plays down reported Israeli attacks, signals no further retaliation

Tehran plays down reported Israeli attacks, signals no further retaliation

  • US media: United States received advance notice of Israel’s reported strike on Iran
  • Countries around the world called on Friday for both sides to avert further escalation
By Agencies ·

US vetoes widely backed Palestinian bid for full UN membership

US vetoes widely backed Palestinian bid for full UN membership

  • 12 members of the Security Council vote in favor of the resolution, with the UK and Switzerland abstaining
  • The representative of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tells council his people long to live in freedom, security and peace ‘in an independent state’
By Ephrem Kossaify ·

Saudi Arabia expresses regret over failure on Palestine’s bid for UN membership

Saudi Arabia expresses regret over failure on Palestine’s bid for UN membership

  • Kingdom reaffirms its support for the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination
  • Jordan also expresses ‘sincere sorrow’ on the Security Council’s inability to approve the resolution
By Arab News ·

Saudi Arabia expresses regret over failure on Palestine’s bid for UN membership

Saudi Arabia expresses regret over failure on Palestine’s bid for UN membership

  • Kingdom reaffirms its support for the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination
  • Jordan also expresses ‘sincere sorrow’ on the Security Council’s inability to approve the resolution
By Arab News ·

International reactions after Israel’s reported attack on Iran

International reactions after Israel’s reported attack on Iran

  • Widespread calls for utmost restraint between Iran and Israel to avoid serious repercussions
By Agencies ·

Blinken says US ‘not involved in any offensive operation’

Blinken says US ‘not involved in any offensive operation’

  • ‘All I can say is for our part and for all the members of the G7 our focus is on de-escalation’
By AFP ·

Manal AlDowayan on her work for the Venice Biennale 

Manal AlDowayan on her work for the Venice Biennale 

  • The acclaimed artist is representing Saudi Arabia at this year’s ‘Olympics of the art world’ 
By Rawaa Talass ·
Update Beijing half marathon runners stripped of medals after controversial finish

Beijing half marathon runners stripped of medals after controversial finish

  • Race’s bizarre finish saw China’s He Jie cross the line first after two runners from Kenya and one from Ethiopia seemed to deliberately allow him to win
By AFP ·