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Palestinian death toll in Gaza rises to 35,903: Health Authorities
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Palestinian death toll in Gaza rises to 35,903: Health Authorities

Gaza, May 25 : The Palestinian death toll from ongoing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip has risen to 35,903, health authorities in the Palestinian enclave said in a press statement on Saturday. During the past 24 hours, the Israeli army killed 46 Palestinians and wounded 130 others, bringing the total death toll to 35,903 and injuries to 80,420 since the Palestinian-Israeli conflict broke out in October 2023, Xinhua news agency reported. The statement noted that some victims remained under the rubble amid heavy bombardment and a lack of rescue crews. Israel launched a large-scale offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip to retaliate against a Hamas rampage through the southern Israeli border on Oct. 7, 2023, during which about 1,200 people were killed and around 250 were t...
Electrically conductive bricks could pave way for replacement of fossil fuels
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Electrically conductive bricks could pave way for replacement of fossil fuels

New Delhi, May 28: According to The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a startup in Medford, Massachusetts, might be on the verge of a groundbreaking development in clean energy technology, citing Inside Climate News where the news article first appeared. Electrified Thermal Solutions (ETS), an MIT spinoff, is testing an innovation that could significantly advance the clean energy transition. At a warehouse laboratory, ETS operates what its founders call the Joule Hive—a thermal battery the size of an elevator. This device is a large, insulated metal box filled with ceramic bricks that convert electricity into heat at temperatures up to 1,800 degrees Celsius, far beyond the melting point of steel, and can retain heat for several days. As the cost of renewable energy plummets...
Spain officially recognises Palestinian statehood to advance peace
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Spain officially recognises Palestinian statehood to advance peace

Madrid, May 28: Spain’s left-wing government formally announced the recognition of a Palestinian state on Tuesday, after the decision was made, along with Norway and Ireland last week. “This is a historic decision that has a single goal — to help the Israelis and the Palestinians achieve peace,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in a statement outside his official residence, Moncloa Palace, in Madrid. Sanchez spoke before the government’s Council of Ministers gave its official approval. In view of the debate on the question of the borders of the state of Palestine, the Prime Minister said that it was not for Spain to “define the borders of other countries”. The Socialist leader said the state of Palestine “must first and foremost be viable”. He also said, “The West Bank and...
India announces relief assistance of US$ 1 million to Papua New Guinea after widespread property damage, deaths in landslide
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India announces relief assistance of US$ 1 million to Papua New Guinea after widespread property damage, deaths in landslide

New Delhi, May 28:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed deep condolences and conveyed India’s readiness to extend all possible support and assistance to the Pacific island country in its time of difficulty. “As a close friend and partner under the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) and as a gesture of solidarity with the friendly people of Papua New Guinea, the Government of India extends an immediate relief assistance of US$ 1 million to support relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts,” a press release issued by Ministry of External Affairs read. India has firmly stood by Papua New Guinea during times of difficulty and devastation caused by natural disasters, as in the wake of the earthquake in 2018 and volcanic eruptions in 2019 and 2023. An i...
French President Macron calls for ceasefire in Gaza
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French President Macron calls for ceasefire in Gaza

Paris, May 25:  French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a ceasefire in Gaza and opposed Israeli operations in Rafah as he received an Arab delegation here, the media reported. “Ceasefire in Gaza, release of hostages, humanitarian aid, two-state solution: there is no alternative for lasting peace,” Macron posted on X after he met members of the contact group of the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on the situation in the Middle East, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. The meeting focused on the effective implementation of the two-state solution, the only way to guarantee the peace and security of Israel and to respond to the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinians, a statement from the Elysee read. Macron also reiterated France’s suppor...
Death toll in fresh rainstorms, floods rises to 17 in Afghanistan
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Death toll in fresh rainstorms, floods rises to 17 in Afghanistan

Kabul, May 25:   Death toll due to fresh rounds of rainstorms and flooding in Afghanistan’s Faryab and the neighbouring Sari Pul province over the past two days mounted to 17, local officials said on Saturday. In the Lawlash district of the Faryab province, 12 people have lost their lives, and 11 others sustained injuries due to downpours and flash floods since Friday, provincial government spokesman Esmatullah Muradi said, Xinhua news agency reported. The official said that women and children were among the victims. Similarly, the natural disaster has left four women and a child dead in the Sari Pul province over the past two days, spokesman for the provincial govt Habibullah Masror has confirmed. Source
Rocket attack on Tel Aviv breaks 4-month lull, triggers alarm
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Rocket attack on Tel Aviv breaks 4-month lull, triggers alarm

New Delhi, May 26:  Hamas has launched a rocket attack targeting the Tel Aviv area in central Israel for the first time in nearly four months, setting off alarm sirens. The Qassam Brigade of Hamas claimed that its fighters “killed and captured” an unspecified number of Israeli soldiers in Jabalia camp, though the Israeli military has denied this claim. According to the Israeli military, at least eight rockets were launched from the Rafah area in southern Gaza, with several intercepted. No injuries have been reported. The Israeli army is currently conducting a military operation in Rafah even though ICJ in its ruling on Friday had asked Israel to stop the operations in Rafah that Israel rejected it and said that operation against Hamas and other terrorist organisations will cont...
Germany remains opposed to NATO protective shield for Ukraine
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Germany remains opposed to NATO protective shield for Ukraine

Berlin, May 27: The German government remains opposed to the idea of setting up a defensive shield from NATO territory to protect against Russian airstrikes in western Ukraine, a top spokesman said on Monday. “From our point of view, that would be an involvement, a direct involvement in this conflict. And that is something we are not aiming for,” government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said in Berlin. He also referred to statements made by German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. There have been calls from some recently for NATO powers to bolster Ukrainian air defences by establishing some sort of protective shield over Ukraine. Hebestreit did not want to comment specifically on a question as to whether and in what form Ukraine ha...
South African border authority on high alert as country prepares for elections
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South African border authority on high alert as country prepares for elections

Johannesburg, May 27: The South African Border Management Authority (BMA) is on high alert as the country prepares to hold the general elections on Wednesday, the BMA said on Monday. “With just two days before South Africa’s national and provincial elections, the Border Management Authority is on high alert at all ports of entry to monitor movements,” the BMA said in a statement, Xinhua news agency reported. It arrested 28 Bangladesh nationals on Saturday evening at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg who had arrived from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, with no proper documents. In the statement, BMA Commissioner Michael Masiapato highlighted the importance of cooperation with embassies and foreign missions in verifying visa legitimacy and encouraged improvements...
Kashmiris pay tribute to Iranian President, Foreign Minister, other officials
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Kashmiris pay tribute to Iranian President, Foreign Minister, other officials

Srinagar, May 24: In Kashmir, rich tributes were on Friday paid to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and other officials, who tragically lost their lives in an air crash. Tributes followed the Friday prayers and were marked by peaceful demonstrations across various regions of Kashmir, including Srinagar, Budgam, and Sumbal. In Srinagar, peaceful demonstrations were observed in several areas including Soura, Zadibal, Hasanabad, HMT, Shalimar, Khanyar, Boulevard, and the interiors of Dal Lake. The residents gathered in large numbers, expressing their grief and solidarity with the people of Iran. Budgam also witnessed significant gatherings at Magam and the central Budgam area. Meanwhile, Sumbal in Bandipora saw locals joining the peac...