Blinken heads to ME to hold negotiations on hostages, Gaza aid

Washington: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday departed for a four-nation visit to the Middle East as part of continuing diplomatic efforts related to the war between Israel and Hamas, including securing a deal on release of hostages and humanitarian pause for increased delivery of aid to Gaza, The New York Times reported. Blinken will travel to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Israel, and the West Bank from February

Saudi campaign raises over Rs 1331 crore in aid for Gaza

Riyadh: The donations from the Saudi Arabian popular campaign to support the Palestinians in Gaza reached 600 million Saudi riyals (Rs 13,31,88,79,662). On November 2, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) launched a campaign to collect donations through the Sahem platform. Since the launch of the campaign, more than 350,000 have donated, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. Also Read Gaza health ministry briefs WHO delegation on health

Uttarkashi tunnel collapse: Food & mobile aid sent to trapped workers

Uttarkashi: On the ninth day of rescue operations at the Silkyara tunnel collapse site here, rescuers on Monday achieved a ‘breakthrough’ by pushing a six-inch-wide pipeline through the rubble of the collapsed portion, where 41 labourers are trapped. Through this 6-inch alternative lifeline, hot Khichdi was sent to the stranded workers for the first time since they were trapped. On November 12, it was reported that a collapse occurred in

‘Preventing Humanitarian aid is war crime’: ICC to Israel

Tel Aviv: The International Criminal Court (ICC) has warned Israel that preventing humanitarian aid reaching affected people would be considered as a war crime. ICC prosecutor Karim Khan made the remark after visiting the Rafah border between Egypt and Gaza Strip. He said that several trucks were waiting to be allowed into Gaza Strip and struck on Egyptian side. He called upon Israel to allow more trucks with humanitarian aid

Israel ‘cuts ties’ with Starlink after Musk offers help to aid groups in Gaza

Elon Musk’s offer to help restore the internet in the war-hit Gaza has not gone down well with Israel. In response, the Israeli government reportedly cut all ties with Elon Musk’s Starlink.  “Upon Elon Musk’s announcement to connect StarLink with humanitarian aid groups in Gaza, Israel stated: We will use ALL MEANS to FIGHT this,” prominent American political streamer, Jackson Hinkle posted on X. 🚨🇮🇱 ISRAEL IS ANGRY WITH MUSK: Upon

India sends humanitarian aid for people of Palestine

New Delhi: India has sent humanitarian aid for the people of Palestine, comprising medical aid and disaster relief material, Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said on Sunday. The medical supplies include essential life-saving medicines and protective and surgical items aimed at handling emergency medical conditions. While arranging the medical supply, wound care was also taken into consideration. Fluids and painkillers have been included in humanitarian aid for

Zelensky asks for more aid to Ukraine as world’s attention turns to Israel

Brussels: As the world’s attention shifted to Israel, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Brussels to ask Western countries to continue their aid to Ukraine. “We spoke about priorities for Ukraine, for defending how to survive during this next winter,” Zelensky told reporters on Wednesday before attending a meeting with NATO defence ministers, Xinhua news agency reported. “We need some support from the leaders. That is why I am here

Amid Congress budget deadlock, Biden announces $325 mn military aid for Ukraine

Washington: Amid the US Congress struggling to reach a compromise to avert a federal government shutdown, President Joe Biden has announced a new military aid package worth $325 million for Ukraine, including more air defence. Biden announced the package during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s visit to Washington on Thursday. The package includes counter-airstrike systems, dual-purpose improved conventional munitions, and anti-tank weapons, among others, said the US Department of Defence in

Watch: Two UAE aid planes arrive in flood-affected Libya

Benghazi: The United Arab Emirates has sent two aid planes carrying 150 tonnes of urgent food, relief and medical supplies to Benina Airport in Libya to support those affected by the devastating floods caused by the heavy rains, which resulted in thousands of deaths and injuries. The UAE’s response is part of its air bridge to provide urgent relief aid to those in need and those affected by floods in

Pakistan anticipates civil strife amid inflation; seeks IMF aid

Islamabad: Protests in Pakistan continue to gain momentum with each passing day as hundreds of thousands of locals burn their electricity bills, rejecting the imposed high tariffs and taxes. While the situation is fast getting out of control, the Pakistan government has said that its hands are completely tied to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and cannot give any relief without the financial agency’s consent. Pakistan’s Interim Finance Minister Shamshad