Judges at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rule on emergency measures against Israel following accusations by South Africa that the Israeli military operation in Gaza is a state-led genocide, in The Hague, Netherlands, January 26, 2024. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw/File Photo

South Africa asks World Court to find Israeli occupation illegal

Reuters South Africa on Tuesday urged the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to issue a non-binding legal opinion that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories is illegal, arguing it would help efforts to reach a settlement. Representatives of South Africa opened the second day of hearings at the ICJ, also known as the World Court,

Police officers detain a woman with a placard reading "Murderers" during a gathering in memory of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny near the Wall of Grief monument to the victims of political repressions in Moscow, Russia February 17, 2024. REUTERS/Stringer

More than 400 detained in Russia at events in memory of Navalny, rights group says

Reuters More than 400 people have been detained at events across 32 Russian cities since the death of Alexei Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most formidable opponent, according to rights group OVD-Info, as Russians continued to gather and lay flowers. It has been the largest wave of arrests at political events in Russia since Sept. 2022, when more

Trump ordered to pay $355m to New York for lying to banks

BBC Former President Donald Trump must pay nearly $355m (£281m) to New York state for lying about the values of his properties, a judge has ruled. Judge Arthur Engoron also banned him from serving as a company director or taking out loans from banks in the state for three years. The New York real estate

KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP Alexei Navalny was Russia's most prominent opposition leader of recent times

Putin critic Alexei Navalny dies in Arctic Circle jail, says Russia

BBC Russia’s most significant opposition leader for the past decade, Alexei Navalny, has died in an Arctic Circle jail, the prison service has said. President Vladimir Putin’s most vociferous critic, he was serving 19 years on extremism charges that were widely seen as politically motivated. Navalny was moved to one of Russia’s toughest penal colonies

Putin says Russia is close to creating cancer vaccines

Reuters President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russian scientists were close to creating vaccines for cancer that could soon be available to patients. Putin said in televised comments that “we have come very close to the creation of so-called cancer vaccines and immunomodulatory drugs of a new generation”. “I hope that soon they will be

Rafah's population has swelled from 250,000 to 1.5 million as Palestinians have fled to Gaza's southernmost city (picture date: 10 February)

Israel Gaza: UN warns of ‘slaughter’ if Israel launches ground assault on Rafah

BBC A top UN official has warned an Israeli assault on Rafah, Gaza’s southernmost city, could lead to a “slaughter”. Humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths said Palestinians in Gaza were already suffering an “assault that is unparalleled in its intensity, brutality and scope”. The consequences of an invasion of Rafah would be “catastrophic”, he said. Israeli

‘My memory is fine’ – Biden hits back at special counsel

BBC US President Joe Biden has angrily criticised an investigation that found he mishandled top secret files and said he struggled to recall key life events. In a surprise news briefing on Thursday evening, Mr Biden insisted: “My memory is fine.” He slammed a claim that he could not recollect when his son died, saying:

World’s first year-long breach of key 1.5C warming limit

For the first time, global warming has exceeded 1.5C across an entire year, according to the EU’s climate service. World leaders promised in 2015 to try to limit the long-term temperature rise to 1.5C, which is seen as crucial to help avoid the most damaging impacts. This first year-long breach doesn’t break that landmark “Paris

King Charles III diagnosed with cancer, Buckingham Palace says

BBC King Charles has been diagnosed with a form of cancer, says Buckingham Palace. The type of cancer has not been revealed – it is not prostate cancer, but was discovered during his recent treatment for an enlarged prostate. The King began “regular treatments” on Monday and will postpone public duties during it, the Palace

Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz (L) and Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban

EU leaders agree on $54 billion Ukraine support package

VOA European Union leaders agreed unanimously Thursday on a 50 billion euro ($54 billion) support package for Ukraine, overcoming previous opposition from Hungary. European Council President Charles Michel celebrated the agreement, saying the EU was taking leadership and responsibility in its support for Ukraine and knows “what is at stake.” “This locks in steadfast, long-term,

Sergeant William Jerome Rivers, 46, Specialist Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24 and Specialist Breonna Alexsondria Moffett, 23

Three US soldiers killed in Jordan attack named

BBC News The US government has released the names of three troops killed by an enemy drone attack in Jordan on Sunday. Sgt William Jerome Rivers, 46, Specialist Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24 and Specialist Breonna Alexsondria Moffett, 23 were killed when a drone hit their housing unit. The US has blamed Iranian-backed groups for the

Woman rescued five days after Japan quake as death toll passes 120

The Sun TOKYO: A woman in her 90s has been pulled alive from the rubble in Japan, five days after a severe earthquake rocked the country, killing at least 126 people, reported German Press Agency (dpa). The woman was found on Saturday under the remains of a collapsed house in the western coastal city of

Former Chad opposition leader appointed as PM of transitional government

Al Jazeera Succes Masra returned from exile in November after signing a reconciliation agreement with Chad’s military rulers. Chad’s transitional government has appointed former opposition leader Succes Masra, who recently returned to the country following exile, as prime minister. Masra will serve through the transition to civilian rule, Mahamat Ahmad Alhabo, Chad’s new secretary-general of

South Africa files case at ICJ accusing Israel of ‘genocidal acts’ in Gaza

Al Jazeera South Africa has filed a case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), accusing it of crimes of genocide against Palestinians in Gaza after nearly three months of relentless Israeli bombardment has killed more than 21,500 people and caused widespread destruction in the besieged enclave. In an application to the court

Israeli airstrikes pound central, southern Gaza

Agencies Israel’s military said its forces carried out a raid Thursday in the West Bank targeting people alleged to have helped finance the militant group Hamas, while its military campaign to eliminate Hamas in the Gaza Strip continued with airstrikes and ground operations in northern, central and southern Gaza. An Israel Defense Forces statement said

Egypt’s El-Sissi elected to third Presidential terms with 89.6% of vote

AP Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, who has ruled with an unquestioned grip for the past nine years, won reelection to a third, six-year term in office, election authorities announced Monday. He ran against three virtually unknown opponents. El-Sissi recorded a landslide victory, securing 89.6% of the vote, the National Election Authority said. Turnout was

163 illegal migrants rescued off Libyan coast in past week: IOM

Xinhua The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday said 163 illegal migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya in the past week. “From Nov. 19 to Nov. 25, 163 migrants were intercepted and returned to Libya,” IOM said in a statement. The rescued migrants included 20 women and 12 children, IOM said, adding

WHO asks China for more data on outbreak of respiratory illnesses in north

AFP Northern China has reported an increase in “influenza-like illness” since mid-October when compared to the same period in the previous three years, the WHO said. “WHO has made an official request to China for detailed information on an increase in respiratory illnesses and reported clusters of pneumonia in children,” the UN health body said in a statement on Wednesday.

Braverman's inflammatory rhetoric had enraged many members of her own party.

David Cameron returns to British government after hardline Home Secretary Suella Braverman is fired

CNN UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak carried out a major Cabinet reshuffle on Monday, firing controversial, hardline Home Secretary Suella Braverman, and in a shock move, bringing back one of his predecessors David Cameron as Foreign Secretary. Downing Street confirmed that James Cleverly, formerly the Foreign Secretary, will take over from Braverman. He was replaced

Portugal to hold snap election – the second in two years – after PM quits

The Guardian Portugal will hold a snap parliamentary election – its second in as many years – on 10 March, the president has announced after Tuesday’s abrupt resignation of the Socialist prime minister amid a corruption investigation. In an address late on Thursday, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said he would disband parliament, where the Socialist party has