GAZA CITY — International efforts to end the devastating three-week-old Gaza war intensified Monday with the U.N. Security Council calling for an “immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire” in the conflict that has already claimed the lives of more than 1,035 Palestinians and 43 Israeli soldiers. Read full article >>
Gaza and southern Israel see an upsurge in violence despite a plea by the UN secretary general for a cessation of hostilities.
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian fighters slipped into an Israeli village from the Gaza Strip and fought a gun battle with troops on Monday as an unofficial truce called for the Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival disintegrated. The clash, in which Israeli television said five gunmen were killed and the Islamist Hamas movement said it had killed 10 Israeli soldi
SCHWEDT, Germany — In the United States, Igor Ivanovich Sechin is persona non grata, banned from entry and his assets frozen due to Moscow’s meddling in Ukraine. But in this German industrial town, Sechin, the czar of Russia’s energy sector is a pillar of the local economy. Read full article >>
BANNU, Pakistan — For more than five centuries, poets in remote northwestern Pakistan have recited verses about the area’s mountainous scenery, their tribal culture and love.That all changed as Islamist militants tightened their hold on Pakistan’s tribal regions after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The Taliban and its allies quickly crushed the poets’ words and spirits. They were warn