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Israel hits Gaza as tensions surge on Lebanon border

Tel Aviv – Israeli strikes hit Gaza on Friday as truce talks with Hamas militants failed to progress and tensions surged on Israel’s northern border with Lebanon. Witnesses reported the strikes in various parts of the Gaza Strip in the…

‘Fired up’ Germany to lift curtain on Euro 2024 against Scotland

Munich – Hosts Germany kick off Euro 2024 on Friday in Munich against Scotland, the start of a journey the three-time continental champions hope will conclude with victory in the final in Berlin on July 14. After three dismal tournaments…

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South Lebanon village shaken by deadly Israeli strike

Le Mans – Plumes of smoke were still billowing Friday over a south Lebanon village after a deadly Israeli strike as shopkeepers swept shattered glass and vowed to stay put despite soaring cross-border violence. Jannata had been largely spared more…

From Dubai to France: a day embraced by Iraqi warmth and hospitality

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – Loan Laux and Kauthar, a couple on a unique journey, passed through Iraq and were captivated by the country’s beauty and the warmth of its people. Their adventure left them with unforgettable memories of the kindness and…

Putin says Ukraine must withdraw troops to start peace talks

Moscow – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Moscow would only halt its offensive on Ukraine if Kyiv effectively surrenders by pulling its troops out of the east and south and dropping its bid for NATO membership. Ukraine, NATO…

Mourning their dead, Palestinians take solace in hajj pilgrimage

Mecca – Months after losing her husband and children in the horrors of the Gaza war, Douaa al-Massarii is doing her best to find peace in the ancient rituals of the hajj. The 33-year-old Palestinian, who has been living as…

Pope urges ban on ‘lethal autonomous weapons’ in historic G7 speech

Bari – Pope Francis called Friday for a ban on “lethal autonomous weapons”, as he became the first pontiff to address the G7 with a speech on the perils of artificial intelligence. “In light of the tragedy that is armed…

Iraq counts cost of celebratory gunfire in joy or anger

Baghdad – At weddings, football matches and other special events, some Iraqi men like to fire salvos of celebratory gunfire into the sky, worrying little about where the bullets might fall. For some Iraqis, the tradition has been devastating, as…

Trump turns 78 — and age is increasingly an issue

West Palm Beach – Donald Trump, whose attempt at a White House return is based in large part on attacking President Joe Biden as old and feeble, turned 78 on Friday — with growing questions over his own mental and…

Argentina responsible in deadly 1994 attack on Jewish center: court

San José – A top human rights court on Friday held the Argentine state responsible for not preventing, nor properly investigating, an attack on a Jewish center 30 years ago that left 85 people dead.  It also blamed the state for…