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Iranian President dies in helicopter crash

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, a hard-line protege of the country’s supreme leader, has died aged 63. Mr Raisi helped oversee the mass executions of thousands in 1988 and later led the country as it enriched uranium near weapons-grade levels and launched a major drone-and-missile attack on Israel. His death, along with Iran’s foreign minister and other officials in a helicopter crash on Sunday in northwestern Iran, came as Iran struggles […]

todayMay 20, 2024 4

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

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Mobilisation law comes into force as Ukraine struggles to boost troop numbers

A mobilisation law has come into force in Ukraine as Kyiv struggles to boost troop numbers after Russia launched a new offensive. The legislation, which was watered down from its original draft, will make it easier to identify every conscript in the country. It also provides incentives to soldiers, such as cash bonuses or money towards buying a house or car, that some analysts say Ukraine cannot afford. Ukraine’s parliamentarians […]

todayMay 18, 2024 7

Gaza Strip

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UN: Israel prevented access to Rafah crossing

The UN humanitarian aid agency said that Israeli authorities have denied it access to the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt that is now in the control of the Israeli Defence Forces. “Rafah is in the crosshairs,” said Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, at a regular briefing in Geneva. “IDF is ignoring all warnings about what this could mean for civilians and […]

todayMay 7, 2024 5

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US Senate passes aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan with big bipartisan vote

The bill passed the Senate on an overwhelming 79-18 vote. The Senate has passed 95 billion dollars (£76.2 billion) in war aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, sending the legislation to President Joe Biden after months of delays and contentious debate over how involved the United States should be in foreign wars. The bill passed the Senate on an overwhelming 79-18 vote late on Tuesday after the House had approved […]

todayApril 24, 2024 4

Rishi Sunak and Volodymyr Zelensky

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Zelensky welcomes £500m UK military aid package

Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky has welcomed a record military package from the UK including long-range missiles, armoured vehicles and boats. Mr Zelensky, who spoke to Rishi Sunak on Tuesday morning, said “all of this is needed on the battlefield”. The Prime Minister announced the £500 million in military aid as he travelled to Warsaw and Berlin to meet the leaders of Poland, Germany and Nato. Mr Sunak warned Russian President Vladimir […]

todayApril 23, 2024 4

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US approves multibillion-dollar Ukraine and Israel aid

The House of Representatives has voted to approve 95 billion dollars in foreign aid for Ukraine, Israel and other US allies. Democrats and Republicans joined together after a months-long fight over renewed American support to help Ukraine repel Russia’s invasion. With overwhelming support, the House approved the Ukraine portion, a 61 billion dollar aid package, in a strong showing of American backing as lawmakers race to deliver a fresh round […]

todayApril 21, 2024 5

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,

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Reports of Israel attack on Iran

Commercial flights began diverting their routes over western Iran after claims of an Israeli attack on the city of Isfahan. The incident comes as tensions remain high in the wider Middle East after Iran’s unprecedented missile-and-drone attack on Israel. Dubai-based carriers Emirates and FlyDubai began diverting around western Iran about 4:30am local time. They offered no explanation, though local warnings to aviators suggested the airspace may have been closed. The […]

todayApril 19, 2024 5

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