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No one can act with impunity: ICC arrest warrants in Israel-Hamas war are a major test for international justice

The request by Karim Khan, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), for arrest warrants for Israeli and Hamas leaders is a significant step in the effort to bring justice to the victims of international crimes in Israel and Palestine. Khan has asked ICC judges to issue warrants on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes against Yahya Sinwar (head of Hamas in Gaza), Mohammed Diab Ibrahim Al-Masri (also known as Mohammed Deif, the commander of the military wing of Hama

21 May 2024 9:03 pm
World's top AI firms make new safety commitments at Seoul summit

SEOUL: More than a dozen of the world's leading artificial intelligence firms made fresh safety commitments at a global summit in Seoul on Tuesday, the British government said in a statement. The agreement with 16 tech firms, which include ChatGPT-maker OpenAI, Google DeepMind and Anthropic, builds on the consensus reached at the inaugural global AI safety summit at Bletchley Park in Britain last year. These commitments ensure the world's leading AI companies will provide transparency and accoun

21 May 2024 8:15 pm
Israel seizes AP equipment and halts live shot of northern Gaza, accusing outlet of aiding Al Jazeera

JERUSALEM: Israeli officials seized a camera and broadcasting equipment belonging to The Associated Press in southern Israel on Tuesday, accusing the news organisation of violating a new media law by providing images to Al Jazeera. The Qatari satellite channel is among thousands of clients that receive live video feeds from the AP and other news organisations. The AP denounced the move. The Associated Press decries in the strongest terms the actions of the Israeli government to shut down our lon

21 May 2024 7:31 pm
Election 2024: Trump or Biden? Either way, US seems poised to preserve heavy tariffs on imports

WASHINGTON: As president, Donald Trump imposed a 25% tariff on foreign steel, which hurt Clips & Clamps Industries, a Michigan auto supplier, raising its material prices, making it harder to compete with overseas rivals and costing it several contracts. Jeff Aznavorian, the company president, thought he might enjoy some relief once Joe Biden entered the White House. Instead, Biden largely preserved Trump's tariffson steel, aluminum and a mass of goods from China. It was a little surprising that

21 May 2024 5:12 pm
Israel tries to contain fallout after some allies support ICC prosecutor's warrant request for Netanyahu

JERUSALEM: Israel sought Tuesday to contain the fallout from a request by the chief prosecutor of the world's top war crimes court for arrest warrants for Israeli and Hamas leaders , a move supported by three European countries, including key ally France. Belgium, Slovenia and France each said Monday they backed the decision by International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan, who accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his Defence Minister Yoav Gallant, and three Hamas leadersYahya

21 May 2024 5:06 pm
Israeli forces kill at least 7 Palestinians in a West Bank raid

JENIN REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank: Israeli forces raided a militant stronghold in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, killing at least seven Palestinians, including a doctor, according to local authorities, in some of the deadliest violence in the territory since the war in the Gaza Strip erupted seven months ago. The military said its forces struck militants during the operation, which took place in the Jenin refugee camp adjacent to the city of Jenin in the northern West Bank, both of which have lo

21 May 2024 2:26 pm
Weather forecasters warn Pakistanis to stay indoors ahead of new heat wave

ISLAMABAD: Authorities in Pakistan on Tuesday urged people to stay indoors as the country is hit by an extreme heat wave that threatens to bring dangerously high temperatures and yet another round of glacial-driven floods. Pakistans most populous province, Punjab, is shutting all schools for a week because of the heat, affecting an estimated 18 million students. Its the latest climate-related disaster to hit the country in recent years. Melting glaciers and growing monsoons have caused devastati

21 May 2024 2:17 pm
Can Iran avoid a political crisis after its president's death?

The death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash this week occurred during one of the Islamic Republic of Iran's most challenging periods. Raisi, a prominent figure in the political elite, held substantial sway over Iran's domestic policies. He was also central to Iran's recent moves to improve relations with its rivals in the region. Given his sizeable influence, what will his absence mean for the country's domestic affairs? And how will it impact the country's relations in the region

21 May 2024 11:16 am
Raisi's death unlikely to change Iran foreign policy: Analysts

PARIS: The death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash could lead to a period of political instability but is unlikely to change Iran's foreign policy or its role in the Middle East, analysts said on Monday. The hardline cleric was considered a favourite to succeed supreme leader Ali Khamenei, 85, who has ultimate authority in Iran, and Raisi's death will pose a challenge to the country's authorities in ensuring the stability of the political system. But analysts are betting o

20 May 2024 10:05 pm
Hawkish Benjamin Netanyahu faces global isolation

Jerusalem: Israel's hawkish right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is treading increasingly thin ice after the International Criminal Court's prosecutor on Monday sought an arrest warrant for him over war crimes in Gaza. The silver-haired 73-year-old, known by his nickname Bibi, has dominated his country's politics for decades but now faces mounting isolation both at home and abroad over his handling of the war against Hamas in Gaza. Netanyahu has faced staunch criticism for the security f

20 May 2024 9:56 pm
War Crimes: ICC seeks arrest warrant for Benjamin Netanyahu, Yoav Gallant & Hamas leaders

International Criminal Court chief prosecutor says he is seeking arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defence Minister Yoav Gallant and three Hamas leaders. Yahya Sinwar (Head of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the Gaza Strip), Mohammed Diab Ibrahim Al-Masri, more commonly known as DEIF (Commander-in-Chief of the military wing of Hamas, known as the Al-Qassam Brigades), and Ismail Haniyeh (Head of Hamas Political Bureau) bear criminal responsibility for the f

20 May 2024 6:50 pm
Russian theater director and playwright go on trial over a play authorities say justifies terrorism

TALLINN, Estonia: A Russian court on Monday opened the trial of a theater director and a playwright accused of advocating terrorism in a play, the latest step in an unrelenting crackdown on dissent in Russia that has reached new heights since Moscow sent troops into Ukraine. Zhenya Berkovich, a prominent independent theater director, and playwright Svetlana Petriychuk have been jailed for over a year. Authorities claim their play Finist, the Brave Falcon justifies terrorism, which is a criminal

20 May 2024 6:16 pm
London court rules WikiLeaks founder Assange can appeal against an extradition order to the US

LONDON: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can appeal against extradition to the United States on espionage charges, a London court ruled on Monday a decision that is likely to further drag out what has already been a long legal saga. High Court judges Victoria Sharp and Jeremy Johnson said Assange has grounds to challenge the United Kingdoms governments extradition order. Assange, 52, has been indicted on 17 espionage charges and one charge of computer misuse over his websites publication of a t

20 May 2024 6:02 pm
Strikes pound Gaza as Israel voices 'duty' to expand Rafah incursion

RAFAH: Air strikes and shelling hit Gaza on Monday, witnesses said, as battles raged in the besieged territory's north and the far-southern city of Rafah where Israel's defence minister vowed to expand ground operations. Nearly two weeks since Israel defied international opposition and sent troops into Rafah, which the army has described as the last Hamas stronghold, the UN said more than 810,000 Palestinians have fled the city. The question that haunts us is where will we go said Rafah resident

20 May 2024 5:51 pm
Iran's nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri named acting foreign minister

TEHRAN: Iran's veteran nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri, a harsh critic of the West, was Monday named acting foreign minister to replace the top diplomat killed in a helicopter crash along with the president. Bagheri, 56, had served as deputy to the foreign minister of the Islamic republic, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, who perished along with the Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi and seven others in the accident. Bagheri is considered close to Iran's ultraconservatives and a member of the inner circle

20 May 2024 5:51 pm
ICC prosecutor seeks arrest warrant for Hamas leaders, Israeli PM Netanyahu

JERUSALEM: The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Monday he is seeking arrest warrants for Israeli and Hamas leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in connection with their actions during the seven-month war between Israel and Hamas. Karim Khan said that he believes Netanyahu, his defense minister Yoav Gallant and three Hamas leaders Yehia Sinwar, Mohammed Deif and Ismail Haniyeh are responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Gaz

20 May 2024 5:41 pm
Two killed, 10 injured as woman goes on stabbing spree at school in China

BEIJING: At least two people were killed and 10 others injured when a knife-wielding woman went on a stabbing spree at a primary school in east China's Jiangxi province on Monday, in the second such incident in the country this month. The incident happened in Guixi city and the suspect, a 45-year-old female surnamed Pan, has been brought under control by the police, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Two people were killed in the incident, while 10 others were injured. The injured have r

20 May 2024 4:59 pm
Nepals prime minister wins confidence vote in parliament, his fourth since taking office

KATHMANDU, Nepal: Nepals prime minister will continue leading his shaky governing coalition after winning his fourth vote of confidence in two years on Monday. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal called the vote in Nepals lower house of parliament after a minor party in his coalition broke apart and its members withdrew support from the government. Dahal won the vote with 157 votes, a majority of the 272-member house. Dahal has struggled to keep his coalition together since becoming prime minister

20 May 2024 3:44 pm
Who is Iran's first vice president, Mohammad Mokhber, appointed acting president after helicopter crash?

DUBAI: Iran's first Vice President Mohammad Mokhber was appointed as acting president of the Islamic Republic on Monday after the death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash in the country's northwest. Mokhber, 68, largely has been in the shadows compared to other politicians in Iran's Shiite theocracy. Raisi's death under the constitution thrust Mokhber into public view. He is expected to serve as caretaker president for some 50 days before mandatory presidential elections in Iran. I

20 May 2024 3:08 pm
Iran's supreme leader appoints First Vice President as acting president after Raisi's death

DUBAI:Irans supreme leader has appointed First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber as countrys acting president after a helicopter crash killed President Ebrahim Raisi. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the announcement in a condolence message he shared for Raisis death in the crash Sunday. The helicopter was found Monday in northwestern Iran. Khamenei also announced five days of mourning in the message. Who is Iran's first vice president, Mohammad Mokhber, appointed acting president after helicopter cras

20 May 2024 2:37 pm
China's Xi Jinping says Iran president's death 'great loss'

BEIJING: China's President Xi Jinping on Monday paid tribute to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, describing his ragic death in a helicopter crash as a great loss to the Iranian people. Raisi was declared dead on Monday after rescue teams found his crashed helicopter in a fog-shrouded western mountain region. Xi sent sincere condolences to the Iran's first vice president, foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a press briefing. (Raisi's) tragic death is a great loss to the Iranian people

20 May 2024 2:19 pm
'Godfather of artificial intelligence' worried about human-extinction level threats caused by AI

Professor Geoffrey Hinton, regarded as the godfather of artificial intelligence says he is very worried about AI taking lots of mundane jobs. He told BBC Newsnight, that against this backdrop, a benefits reform giving fixed amounts of cash to every citizen would be needed. I was consulted by people in Downing Street and I advised them that universal basic income was a good idea, he said. The concept of a universal basic income amounts to the government paying all individuals a set salary regardl

20 May 2024 12:13 pm
Iran President Ebrahim Raisi, foreign minister and others found dead at helicopter crash site

DUBAI: Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, a hard-line protg of the country's supreme leader who helped oversee the mass executions of thousands in 1988 and later led the country as it enriched uranium near weapons-grade levels and launched a major drone-and-missile attack on Israel, has died. He was 63. 'No sign of life' at crash site of helicopter carrying Iran's president, others State TV gave no immediate cause for the crash in Irans East Azerbaijan province. Among the dead was Iranian Foreign

20 May 2024 10:29 am
China sanctions Boeing, two U.S. defense contractors for Taiwan arms sales

BEIJING: China's Ministry of Commerce announced sanctions against Boeing and two other defense companies Monday for arms sales to Taiwan, on the day of Taiwan's presidential inauguration. The move is the latest in a series of sanctions Beijing has announced in recent years against defense companies for weapons sales to Taiwan, a self-ruled island that China considers as part of its own territory. China's Ministry of Commerce placed Boeings Defense, Space & Security unit, General Atomics Aeronaut

20 May 2024 9:09 am
Azerbaijan, Iraq offers help to search Iranian President Raisi's helicopter

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev on Sunday said his country could help with rescue efforts to find the helicopter of President Ebrahim Raisi, whose aircraft was reportedly involved in an accident. Iranian state television announced that an accident happened to the helicopter carrying the president in Iran's western province of East Azerbaijan. Raisi visited the province on Sunday to inaugurate a dam on the border between the two countries, accompanied by Aliyev. Today, after bidding a friendl

19 May 2024 11:12 pm
Nearly 5,000 houses of Buddhists, Hindus gutted in Myanmar as tensions simmer

NEW DELHI: The situation in Myanmar continues to be on the grim with increased fighting between the military-led Junta army and the ethnic rebel groups across many parts specially in Rakhine state. The tensions have taken a communal turn with reports of nearly 5,000 houses belonging to Buddhists and Hindus being gutted in Buthidaung, which is just 25 km away from Bangladesh border. These 5,000 houses were targeted as they belonged to Buddhists and Hindus. Most people had fled to safer zones so m

19 May 2024 7:40 pm
Helicopter carrying Irans president suffers a hard landing, state TV says without further details

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi suffered a hard landing on Sunday, Iranian state media reported, without immediately elaborating. Raisi was traveling in Irans East Azerbaijan province. State TV said the incident happened near Jolfa, a city on the border with with the nation of Azerbaijan, some 600 kilometers (375 miles) northwest of the Iranian capital, Tehran. Traveling with Raisi were Irans Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, the governo

19 May 2024 7:16 pm
Airstrike kills 27 in central Gaza and fighting rages as Israels leaders are increasingly divided

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip: An Israeli airstrike killed 27 people in central Gaza, mostly women and children, and fighting with Hamas raged across the north on Sunday as Israels leaders aired divisions over who should govern Gaza after the war, now in its eighth month. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces criticism from the two other members of his War Cabinet, with his main political rival, Benny Gantz, threatening to leave the government if a plan is not created by June 8 that includes an in

19 May 2024 7:01 pm
UN aid chief warns of 'apocalyptic' consequences of Gaza shortages

DOHA: The stranglehold on aid reaching Gaza threatens an apocalyptic outcome, the UN's humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths said on Sunday as he warned of famine in the besieged territory. If fuel runs out, aid doesn't get to the people where they need it, that famine, which we have talked about for so long, and which is looming, will not be looming anymore. It will be present, Griffiths said. And I think our worry, as citizens of the international community, is that the consequence is going to b

19 May 2024 4:29 pm
Gaza officials say death toll from Israeli strike on Nuseirat rises to 31

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: Gaza's civil defence agency said Sunday that an Israeli air strike targeting a house at a refugee camp in the centre of the Palestinian territory killed at least 31 people, updating an earlier toll. The civil defence crew were able to recover 31 martyrs and 20 wounded from a house belonging to the Hassan family, which was targeted by the Israeli occupation forces in the Nuseirat camp, Gaza civil defence agency spokesman Mahmud Bassal told journalists. He said rescue work

19 May 2024 4:04 pm
'Blood everywhere': Survivor recounts attack on tourists in Afghanistan

KABUL: When she first heard the gunshots, French tourist Anne-France Brill thought for a split second there was a celebration in the Afghan market where she and her fellow travellers stopped to buy fruit. But then she heard one of her companions screaming: I realised she had blood all over her stomach. The 55-year-old had been sitting in a van during a group tour in the mountainous city of Bamiyan on Friday evening when a gunman approached their vehicles and opened fire. Brill was unhurt, but th

19 May 2024 3:51 pm
What happened in the UKs infected blood scandal? Inquiry report will be revealed on Monday

LONDON: The final report of the UK's infected blood inquiry will be published Monday, nearly six years after it began looking into how tens of thousands of people contracted HIV or hepatitis from transfusions of tainted blood and blood products in the 1970s and 1980s. The scandal is widely seen as the deadliest to afflict Britains state-run National Health Service since its inception in 1948, with around 3,000 people believed to have died as a result of being infected with the HIV virus and hepa

19 May 2024 3:16 pm
Ukraine and Russia exchange drone attacks while latter continues its push in east

KYIV: Russia reported some 60 drones and several missiles shot down over its territory overnight into Sunday, with Ukraine in turn saying it destroyed over 30 Russian drones. Russia's renewed offensive continues to play out in Ukraine's war-ravaged northeast. Russian air defenses shot down 57 Ukrainian drones over its southern Krasnodar region overnight Saturday, the Russian Defense Ministry said Sunday morning. Local military officials said drone debris hit an oil refinery in the town of Slavya

19 May 2024 2:34 pm
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange facing pivotal moment in long fight to stay out of US court

LONDON: The host of a news conference about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition fight wryly welcomed journalists last week to the millionth press briefing on his court case. Deborah Bonetti, director of the Foreign Press Association, was only half joking. Assanges legal saga has dragged on for well over a decade but it could come to an end in the U.K. as soon as Monday. Assange faces a hearing in London's High Court that could end with him being sent to the U.S. to face espionage char

19 May 2024 1:23 pm
Can we rid artificial intelligence of bias?

SAN FRANCISCO: Artificial intelligence built on mountains of potentially biased information has created a real risk of automating discrimination, but is there any way to re-educate the machines? The question for some is extremely urgent. In this ChatGPT era, AI will generate more and more decisions for health care providers, bank lenders or lawyers, using whatever was scoured from the internet as source material. AI's underlying intelligence, therefore, is only as good as the world it came from,

19 May 2024 12:46 pm
Singapore witnessing a surge in Covid-19 cases

Singapore is witnessing a surge in Covid-19 cases in the last two weeks, according to Health Minister Ong Ye Kung. We are at the beginning part of the wave where it is steadily rising, Ong has been quoted as saying by The Strait Times . So I would say the wave should peak in the next two to four weeks, which means between mid- and end of June, the minister said. Quoting the Ministry of Health, the report said the estimated number of Covid-19 cases in the week of May 5 to May 11 rose to 25,900 ca

19 May 2024 12:23 am
Israeli army finds bodies of 3 hostages in Gaza killed at Oct 7 music festival

JERUSALEM: The Israeli military said Friday its troops in Gaza found the bodies of three Israeli hostages killed by Hamas during its Oct. 7 attack, including German-Israeli Shani Louk. A photo of 22-year-old Louks twisted body in the back of a pickup truck ricocheted around the world and brought to light the scale of the militants attack on communities in southern Israel. The military identified the other two bodies as those of a 28-year-old woman, Amit Buskila, and a 56-year-old man, Itzhak Gel

18 May 2024 5:46 pm
Zelensky rejects Olympic truce call, saying it could help Russia

KYIV: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in an interview with AFP on Friday rejected a French call for an Olympic truce this summer, saying it could just help Russia move its troops and equipment. Zelensky said he had spoken to French President Emmanuel Macron who made the appeal and told him: Let's be honest... Emmanuel, I don't believe it. Who can guarantee that Russia will not use this time to bring its forces to our territory? Zelensky said, adding: First of all, we don't trust Putin. We

18 May 2024 5:00 pm
Flash floods due to unusually heavy seasonal rains kill at least 50 people in western Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Flash floods from heavy seasonal rains in western Afghanistan have killed at least 50 people and dozens remain missing, a Taliban official said on Saturday, adding the death toll was based on preliminary reports and might rise. Afghanistan has been witnessing unusually heavy seasonal rains. The hard-hit province of Ghor has suffered significant financial losses, said Abdul Wahid Hamas, spokesman for the provincial governor, after thousands of homes and properties were damaged and hund

18 May 2024 3:31 pm
Man who sought revenge for a stolen phone pleads guilty to fire that killed a Senegalese family of 5

DENVER: A Colorado man pleaded guilty to murder charges on Friday for starting a 2020 house fire that killed five members of a Senegalese family out of misplaced revenge for a stolen iPhone that he mistakenly tracked to the house. Kevin Bui, now 20, was a teenager at the time of the fire but prosecuted as an adult. He has been portrayed by prosecutors as the ringleader of three friends who started the Aug. 5, 2020, fire in the middle of the night in a Denver neighborhood. Bui wrongly believed pe

18 May 2024 2:24 pm
Six, including four Indians, indicted for staging robberies to apply for immigration status

WASHINGTON: Six individuals, including four Indian nationals, were on Friday indicted by a federal court for staging armed robberies in Chicago and the suburbs so that the victims could apply for immigration visas reserved for certain crime victims in the United States. According to an indictment unsealed in federal court in Chicago, the four individuals Bhikhabhai Patel, Nilesh Patel, Ravinaben Patel and Rajni Kumar Patel, arranged with Parth Nayi and Kewong Young to be victims of the staged ro

18 May 2024 12:57 pm