Sustainability: Israel pounds Gaza targets after US vetos rare UN ceasefire bid

GAZA CITY: Israel bombarded targets in Gaza on Saturday after the United States blocked an extraordinary UN bid for a ceasefire in the war with Hamas that has triggered alerts of an “apocalyptic” humanitarian situation.Aid workers say Gaza’s humanitarian system is on the verge of collapse, as disease and starvation threaten.Washington’s veto was swiftly condemned … Read more

Turkey’s Erdogan denounces UN ‘Israel protection council’

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday denounced the UN Security Council after the United States vetoed a ceasefire resolution for Gaza, describing the international body as the ‘Israel protection council’.“Since October 7, the security council has become an Israel protection and defence council,” Erdogan said.The United States on Friday vetoed a Security Council … Read more

‘Russia scales down New Year’s celebrations to pay for Ukraine war’

NEW DELHI: Several regional leaders in Russia have decided to reduce their local New Year’s celebrations, opting instead to allocate funds towards supporting Moscow’s military efforts in Ukraine. This decision reflects a trend of utilizing existing municipal decorations for New Year’s Eve, while refraining from extravagant fireworks displays and large public gatherings, in light of … Read more

US ‘responsible for bloodshed’ of Gaza children after UN veto: Abbas

RAMALLAH: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Saturday that the United States was “responsible for the bloodshed” of children in the Gaza Strip after it vetoed a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Palestinian territory at a special meeting of the UN Security Council.“The president has described the American position as aggressive and immoral, … Read more

Rome: A fire in a hospital near Rome kills at least 4 and forces the evacuation of facility and patients

ROME: A fire broke out in a hospital on Rome‘s outskirts, killing at least four people and forcing the evacuation of the facility and its patients, officials said on Saturday. Patients in intensive care at St. John the Evangelist hospital in Tivoli were transferred immediately to other hospitals via ambulance, the Tivoli mayor’s office said … Read more

Iran: Iran warns of ‘explosion’ after US veto on Gaza war

TEHRAN: Iran warned Saturday of the threat of an “uncontrollable explosion” of the situation in the Middle East, after the United States vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in the Gaza war.Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the top diplomat of the Islamic republic, also appealed for the immediate opening of the Rafah border crossing … Read more