Monday, June 24, 2024

BIG Wrap

Russian navy vessels in Cuba not a threat, says U.S.

(BBC News) US officials have played down Wednesday's arrival of four Russian naval vessels in Cuba for military drills. The visit of the vessels – which include a nuclear-powered submarine and a frigate – has been seen as a show of force amid Moscow's tensions with the West over the war in Ukraine. They are anchored at Havana Bay, about 145 km from the US state of Florida. "We of course take it seriously, but these exercises don't...

Hamas seeks ‘complete halt’ to war in Gaza proposal response

(BBC News) Hamas says it has submitted its response to a US-backed plan for a ceasefire in Gaza, with a senior group official telling the BBC that it still requires an Israeli commitment to a permanent ceasefire. In a statement, the group and its Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) allies, expressed "readiness to positively" reach a deal. The proposed ceasefire plan – which was endorsed by the UN security council on Monday night – calls for a...

Hunter Biden found guilty on all three charges in gun case

(Al Jazeera Media Network) United States President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden has been convicted by a jury of lying about his drug use to illegally buy a gun. A 12-member jury in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, found him guilty on all three counts against him on Tuesday, making Hunter Biden the first child of a sitting US president to be convicted of a crime. Hunter Biden, 54, slightly nodded his head after the verdict was read...

Macron snap election leaves rivals stunned after EU vote

(BBC News) France's political leaders are scrambling to prepare for snap elections after President Emmanuel Macron dissolved parliament in response to a stinging European vote defeat by the far-right National Rally. Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has warned the two-round vote, starting on June 30 could have "the most serious consequences" in modern French history. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's Social Democrats were also heavily beaten in Sunday's European elections by the conservative opposition, but he has ruled out...

South Korea to resume loudspeaker broadcasts over border in balloon row

(BBC News) South Korea has said it will resume propaganda broadcasts against North Korea for the first time in six years in response to Pyongyang's campaign of sending rubbish-filled balloons across the border. Over 300 North Korean balloons were detected over Saturday and Sunday with around 80 landing in the South carrying scrap paper and plastic sheets. North Korea is yet to respond to the announcement, but Pyongyang considers the loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts an act of...

Israeli army says four captives rescued amid heavy strikes on Gaza

(Al Jazeera Media Network) The Israeli military says its forces have rescued four captives from central Gaza as it escalated its assault across the besieged and bombarded territory. The announcement about the raid in Nuseirat on Saturday came as Palestinian health officials said at least 210 people were killed and wounded in Israeli attacks on central Gaza. Local residents said Nuseirat had come under heavy Israeli drone and air raids, with children among those killed. The army said...

Netanyahu says Israel ‘prepared for very intense operation’ near Lebanon

(Al Jazeera Media Network) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is “prepared for a very intense operation” along its border with Lebanon, where Israeli troops have exchanged near-daily fire with Hezbollah fighters for almost eight months. The fighting between Israel and the Lebanese armed group, a Hamas ally, has intensified over the past week, with Israel striking deeper into Lebanese territory, raising concerns that a wider conflict could break out between the heavily armed adversaries. “We...

Boeing launches long-delayed astronaut capsule

(BBC News) The American Boeing company has launched its Starliner capsule toward the International Space Station (ISS) with two NASA astronauts aboard. It is the first time the vehicle has been entrusted to carry people after coming through a long and tortuous development program. Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams will be testing the capsule on a mission that is expected to last just over one week. Starliner is scheduled to dock with the space station on Thursday. The...

Mexican mayor killed hours after first woman president elected

(BBC News) Gunmen have killed the female mayor of a town in Mexico just hours after the country celebrated the election of Claudia Sheinbaum as the nation's first woman president. Yolanda Sánchez was shot in the town of Cotija, which she had governed since September 2021. She was the first woman to be elected to the post. Widespread violence against politicians has overshadowed Mexico's general election, which saw two women run for the presidency. Yolanda Sánchez was ambushed...

Russia denies responsibility for Eiffel Tower coffin stunt

(Al Jazeera Media Network) Russia has vehemently denied any role in a stunt that saw several coffins appear at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. In a statement on Tuesday, Russia’s embassy in France expressed “strong protest against a new Russophobic campaign launched in the French media” that it said is affecting the security of its citizens. The complaint came amid a string of denials by Moscow that it was seeking to influence public opinion as...