UN sounds alarm over threat posed by emboldened Taliban, still closely tied to al Qaeda

An emboldened Taliban poses a severe and expanding threat to the government of Afghanistan, remains close to al Qaeda, and believes it can return to power by force if necessary, according to a United Nations Security Council report released on Wednesday. With the last remaining US troops due to leave Afghanistan in the coming months, the report …

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Israel-Gaza: Hamas official predicts ceasefire ‘within a day or two’

A senior Hamas official has said that he expects Israel and Gaza militants to reach a ceasefire “within a day or two” as cross-border attacks continue. But Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday he was “determined to carry on” until “calm and security are restored to Israeli citizens”. There were more than 100 Israeli …

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Netanyahu vows to continue strikes on Gaza as Israel pounds Hamas targets

Ashdod, Jerusalem and Gaza City (CNN)The Israeli military pounded Gaza with airstrikes on Monday, saying it was targeting the homes and infrastructure of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed “to continue to strike at the targets of terrorism. “The Hamas-run Gaza Ministry of Health said 212 people had been killed …

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Israel Gaza conflict: Gazan officials say Sunday was ‘deadliest day’

Palestinian officials in Gaza say Sunday was the deadliest day since the current fighting with Israel began. More than 40 people were killed in Israeli air strikes on the territory on Sunday. Israel’s army say Palestinian militants have fired more than 3,000 rockets at Israel over the past week. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has …

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