Israeli minister says ‘nothing like’ the Palestinian people

JERUSALEM, March 20 (Reuters) – An Israeli minister responsible for administering the occupied West Bank was sentenced on Monday after saying there was no Palestinian history or culture and there was no no Palestinian people. Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich also angered neighboring Jordan for speaking at a podium covered in what appeared to be a … Read more

Iran offers venues to Saudi Arabia for ministerial talks

DUBAI, March 19 (Reuters) – The Iranian government has offered Saudi Arabia three venues for a foreign minister-level meeting, the Iranian foreign minister said on Sunday, citing the latest messages with Riyadh since the countries agreed to restore relations. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian told a press conference in Tehran that his country had agreed … Read more

Hundreds of elite Israeli reservists say they are joining court protests

JERUSALEM, March 19 (Reuters) – A group of Israelis describing themselves as reservists in elite army and intelligence units said they would not report for certain duties from Sunday, stepping up protests against the judicial overhaul planned by the far-right government. Members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition, which holds a majority in the Knesset, … Read more

Brazil court of auditors orders Bolsonaro to return Saudi jewelry gift

BRASILIA, March 15 (Reuters) – Brazil’s Federal Court of Auditors (TCU) ruled on Wednesday that former President Jair Bolsonaro must deliver within five days a second finery he had received from the Saudi government. The decision comes days after Brazilian police launched an investigation into an attempt to smuggle into the country jewelry worth $3.2 … Read more

Lahore most polluted city, Chad worst among countries – survey

NEW DELHI, March 14 – Lahore in Pakistan has jumped more than 10 places to become the city with the worst air in the world in 2022, according to an annual global survey by a Swiss manufacturer of air purifiers. The report released by IQAir on Tuesday also said that Chad in central Africa replaced … Read more

Iran pardons 22,000 people who participated in protests

DUBAI, March 13 (Reuters) – Iranian judicial authorities have pardoned 22,000 people who took part in anti-government protests, justice chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said on Monday, according to the official IRNA news agency. State media reported early last month that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had pardoned “tens of thousands” of prisoners, including some arrested during … Read more

Russia offers to renew Black Sea grain deal in shorter term

Russia ready to renew the agreement but in a shorter term Moscow says sanctions have created barriers to its exports The UN calls for the integrity of the agreement to be preserved Agreement to avert the global food crisis GENEVA, March 13 (Reuters) – Russia on Monday offered to renew a deal allowing the safe … Read more

Two decades after Saddam’s fall, Iraqis still haunted by disappearances

Iraq has one of the highest missing persons rates in the world – ICRC After Saddam’s fall, violence fueled more disappearances Doctors and archivists match evidence from graves and documents Work is slow and some atrocities remain unexplored, families say BAGHDAD, March 13 (Reuters) – When he first learned that U.S. troops had overthrown Saddam … Read more

US organizes ‘material action’ to stem SVB fallout

NEW YORK, March 12 (Reuters) – U.S. authorities were preparing “material action” on Sunday to shore up deposits at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and try to stem any wider financial fallout from the sudden collapse of the money-focused lender. tech startups, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Biden administration officials worked through the weekend … Read more

Global markets brace for aftershocks as SVB collapse reverberates

LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) – Markets were set for a bumpy ride this week as the fallout from the collapse of startup lender Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), the biggest U.S. bank failure since the crisis fiscal 2008, coincide with key economic data and political meetings. US inflation figures for February are due out on Tuesday, … Read more