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What’s behind the violence in Israel and Gaza?

Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip ramped up Friday as the threat of all-out war loomed and hundreds of tanks and warplanes pounded the densely populated territory with artillery.

She was a transgender social media star in Cameroon. Now she faces five years in prison.

Police arrested Shakiro for dressing in women's clothing, her lawyer said.

Taiwan raises coronavirus alert level as residents stockpile toilet paper and food

Taiwan, a covid success story, is now battling a surge of covid cases

India’s coronavirus crisis spreads to its villages, where health care is hard to find

Rural areas, where over 65 percent of India’s 1.3 billion people live, had been spared in the first wave of the pandemic but are now facing devastating numbers of infections.

WHO chief urges wealthy countries to share doses before vaccinating kids

For months, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and other officials have warned that the vast global gap in vaccine access is not only a “catastrophic moral failure” but a threat to public health.

Israeli forces hit Hamas tunnels in Gaza as all-out war looms; more rockets rain down

The 40-minute midnight assault involved 160 Israeli warplanes and three brigades of ground forces, including tanks, according to a spokesman for the Israeli military.

The Hamas ‘Metro’ tunnel network: Secret, sprawling and in Israeli crosshairs

A ferocious series of strikes on the Gaza Strip, launched by Israel at midnight Thursday, targeted a vast network of underground tunnels used by Palestinian militants, Israeli officials said Friday.

With strikes targeting rockets and tunnels, the Israeli tactic of ‘mowing the grass’ returns to Gaza

Since Hamas took over the Palestinian territory, the Israeli military has focused not on defeating them but undermining them.

In West Bank, deadly clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces open new flash point

At least 11 Palestinians were killed in West Bank protests calling for solidarity with Gaza.

How conflict, blockades and history have shaped the geography of Gaza

With approximately 2.1 million people, Gaza is one of the most densely populated places in the world. That means that even targeted airstrikes have a high likelihood of hitting civilians.

Israel told the media it had ground forces in Gaza. Then it changed the story.

The IDF apologized for what it said was miscommunication, but did not offer a clear explanation of why foreign reporters were given false information.

Leaders turn to coronavirus vaccine incentives — Shake Shack, $1 million prizes and more

State and local leaders around the U.S. are hoping freebies and other incentives can boost vaccination rates as demand for a coronavirus shot slows.

Afghans welcome tenuous cease-fire, but many express frustration that a permanent peace seems out of reach

“It’s not enough,” said a former journalist in Kunduz. “Every Afghan wants an end to violence and a permanent cease-fire."

Hundreds of protesters block immigration van, forcing Scottish officials to release men detained in raid

The mass protest resembled similar actions that took place in the United States during the Donald Trump administration, when community members and activists sought to block ICE from carrying out deportations and raids.

What Netanyahu and Hamas gain as countless suffer

Amid the chaos and trauma of the resurgent conflict, two long-standing foes see their own political fortunes rise.

Prince Harry talks about mental health, ‘genetic pain’ and living ‘in a zoo’

In a podcast interview, Harry said he wants to avoid passing on his pain to his children.

As Arab world rallies around Palestinians and bloodshed mounts, Trump-era peace deals fade from view

Popular anger has badly undermined an assumption at the center of the Abraham Accords: that the Arab world was no longer stirred by Palestinian suffering.

As protesters flee Hong Kong, Taiwan quietly extends a helping hand

Hong Kongers are settling, sometimes uneasily, into a new home that is close in culture, language and geography, yet a world apart in political freedoms and safety.

Next door to hard-hit India, coronavirus cases surge in Nepal

The wave has rapidly overwhelmed hospitals and depleted medical supplies in the Himalayan country of 30 million.
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