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Israel and Hamas indicate no deal is imminent after Biden signals Gaza cease-fire could be close

Feb. 27, 2024 23:07 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Hamas on Tuesday played down chances of an imminent breakthrough in talks for a cease-fire in Gaza, after U.S. President Joe Biden said Israel has agreed to pause its offensive during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan if a deal is reached to release some hostages. ...

Qatar's emir speaks of "race against time” to win hostage releases in Gaza diplomatic efforts

Feb. 27, 2024 15:36 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The emir of Qatar spoke Tuesday of “a race against time” to secure hostage releases as part of the diplomatic push for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza in which his country is playing a key role. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was speaking on a state...

Most UN Security Council members demand Taliban rescind decrees seriously oppressing women and girls

Feb. 26, 2024 22:05 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than two-thirds of the U.N. Security Council’s members demanded Monday that the Taliban rescind all policies and decrees oppressing and discriminating against women and girls, including banning girls education above the sixth grade and women’s right to work and move...

Namibian President Hage Geingob laid to rest at Heroes' Acre cemetery after state funeral

Feb. 25, 2024 23:25 PM EST

WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP) — Namibian President Hage Geingob was laid to rest in the country's Heroes' Acre cemetery on Sunday following a state funeral attended by African leaders, the German president and Princess Anne, the sister of Britain's King Charles III. Geingob died earlier...

The Taliban release an 84-year-old Austrian man who was detained in Afghanistan last year

Feb. 25, 2024 13:32 PM EST

VIENNA (AP) — An 84-year-old Austrian man who traveled to Afghanistan last year and was arrested there was released by the country's Taliban rulers, the Austrian government said Sunday. The Austrian Foreign Ministry in a statement identified the man as Herbert Fritz and said he...

Netanyahu seeks open-ended control over security and civilian affairs in Gaza in new postwar plan

Feb. 23, 2024 17:38 PM EST

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — A long-awaited postwar plan by Israel's prime minister shows that his government seeks open-ended control over security and civilian affairs in the Gaza Strip. That was swiftly rejected Friday by Palestinian leaders and runs counter to Washington’s vision for...

Qatari Foreign Ministry says Hamas has begun delivering medications to Israeli hostages in Gaza.

Feb. 20, 2024 13:39 PM EST
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatari Foreign Ministry says Hamas has begun delivering medications to Israeli hostages in Gaza.

More than 29,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israel-Hamas war, Gaza Health Ministry says

Feb. 19, 2024 23:25 PM EST

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel’s assault in Gaza has killed more than 29,000 Palestinians since Oct. 7, the territory’s Health Ministry said Monday, marking another grim milestone in one of the deadliest and most destructive military campaigns in recent history. Israeli Prime...

Qatar frees 8 retired Indian navy officers whose death sentences over alleged spying were commuted

Feb. 12, 2024 05:32 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Qatar has freed eight retired Indian navy officers whose death sentences for alleged spying were commuted last year, India’s Foreign Ministry said Monday. The eight men were accused of spying while working at Al Dahra, a consulting company in the oil-rich Gulf...

Texas A&M to close Qatar campus as school's board notes instability in Middle East as factor

Feb. 09, 2024 15:01 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M University will close its 20-year-old Qatar campus by 2028, with board members noting “heightened instability" in the Middle East as a major reason to reconsider its presence in the country. Thursday's vote by Texas A&M's Board of Regents...