Hamas Chief Arrives In Turkey For Gaza Talks Amid Middle East Tensions

A statement from Hamas Friday said Erdogan and Haniyeh would discuss the conflict in Gaza. Istanbul: A leader of Palestinian militant group Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, arrived in Istanbul Friday evening for talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the death toll in Gaza passed 34,000. A statement from Hamas Friday said Erdogan and Haniyeh … Read more

Israel’s Strike On Iran Prolongs Limbo For Palestinians

As open fighting between two of the Middle East’s best-armed players worsens, more than a million Palestinian lives hang in the balance. Israel on Thursday attacked Iran, in retaliation for an April 13 attack from Iranian drones and missiles, which was itself a retaliation for the Israeli bombing of an Iranian consulate on April 1. … Read more

Iran fires air defences at military base after suspected Israeli drone attack  – National

An apparent Israeli drone attack on Iran saw troops fire air defences at a major air base and a nuclear site early Friday morning near the central city of Isfahan, an assault coming in retaliation for Tehran’s unprecedented drone-and-missile assault on the country. No Iranian official directly acknowledged the possibility that Israel attacked, and the … Read more

Joly says Canada is monitoring escalating Iran-Israel tensions ‘closely’ – National

Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly says Canadian officials are monitoring the situation in the Middle East “closely” after reports Iran fired air defences to thwart a suspected Israeli drone attack Friday morning. Her comment, posted on the social media platform X early on Friday, came as G7 foreign ministers are currently meeting in Italy, and … Read more

U.S. aid to Ukraine, Israel set to pass. But bills differ in one key area – National

The final form of how U.S. aid will finally begin flowing to Ukraine and Israel is taking shape this week after months of delay — and it may end up including additional oversight for only one of those countries. The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Saturday on a series of bills that will approve billions … Read more

All-out war, or measured retaliation?

A banner depicting missiles and drones flying past a torn Israeli flag, with text in Persian reading “the next slap will be harder” and in Hebrew “your next mistake will be the end of your fake state”, hangs on the facade of a building in Palestine Square in Tehran on April 14, 2024.  Atta Kenare … Read more

Israel carries out limited strike against Iran, source says

An Iranian flag is pictured near in a missile during a military drill, with the participation of Iran’s Air Defense units, Iran October 19, 2020. WANA News Agency| Reuters Israel launched a limited direct military attack on Iranian soil early Friday morning, marking the latest escalation in a series of back-and-forth strikes between the two … Read more

Iran’s attack on Israel prompts U.S., U.K. sanctions – National

The U.S. and U.K. on Thursday imposed a new round of sanctions on Iran as concern grows that Tehran’s unprecedented attack on Israel could fuel a wider conflict in the Middle East. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control targeted 16 people and two entities in Iran that produce engines that power the drones used in … Read more

US veto sinks Palestinian UN membership bid in Security Council

The United States on Thursday spoiled a long-shot Palestinian bid for full United Nations membership, vetoing a Security Council measure despite growing international distress over the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The move by Israel’s key ally had been expected ahead of the vote, taking place more than six months into Israel’s military offensive in the … Read more

U.S. unveils sanctions on Iran’s drone program following Israel attack

Unidentified men are carrying a model of Iran’s first-ever hypersonic missile, Fattah, past a mosque during a gathering to celebrate the IRGC UAV and missile attack against Israel, in Tehran, Iran, on April 15, 2024.  Morteza Nikoubazl | Nurphoto | Getty Images The Biden administration on Thursday announced new sanctions targeting Iran’s drone program for … Read more