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American mother and daughter hostage freed after two weeks in captivity
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American mother and daughter hostage freed after two weeks in captivity

New Delhi, Oct 21: Two American hostages, Judith Tai Raanan and her 17-year-old daughter, Natalie Raanan, have been safely released from captivity. The two women, both US citizens, were abducted by Hamas nearly two weeks ago during a deadly attack in Israel that resulted in the kidnapping of around 203 Israelis, mostly civilians. Judith Tai Raanan, a 59-year-old resident of Evanston, Illinois, and her daughter Natalie, who recently graduated from high school, had been visiting relatives in Nahal Oz, a farming community in southern Israel, when they were taken hostage on October 7. Their release took place late Friday, with the hostages being handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which played a neutral role in transpor...
US Vice President Kamala Harris: Hamas does not represent Palestinian people
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US Vice President Kamala Harris: Hamas does not represent Palestinian people

Washington DC, October 19: Voicing concern for the civilian population of Palestine, US Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday expressed her support for their freedom and self-determination and said that Hamas does not represent the rights of Palestinians. Taking to X, US Vice President said, "Israelis and Palestinians must have equal measures of security and prosperity. I support the right of the Palestinian people to dignity, freedom, and self-determination. Hamas does not represent these aspirations." Earlier on October 12, US Vice President Kamala Harris said the US was looking at "extreme acts of terrorism" that must be condemned in no uncertain terms, stressing that there was no justification for such acts of terror. "I'm completely outraged by what has taken place. We are...
Israel-Hamas war Day 12: US President Joe Biden arrives in Tel Aviv
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Israel-Hamas war Day 12: US President Joe Biden arrives in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, Israel, October 18: US President Joe Biden arrived in Tel Aviv on Wednesday to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and show support to its Middle Eastern ally as Israel entered into the 12th day of war against the Hamas terror group. The US President was received by PM Netanyahu and President Issac Herzog on the tarmac. The usual formalities for such a visit, such as a greeting by the full Israeli cabinet and religious leaders, etc were not observed. The US President's visit comes amid an explosion on a hospital in Gaza which claimed the lives of hundreds present in and near the premises. Biden on Wednesday departed for Israel from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Security measures were significantly strengthened ahead of the US President's official visit ...
US sends second aircraft carrier to “deter hostile actions” against Israel
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US sends second aircraft carrier to “deter hostile actions” against Israel

Tel Aviv, Israel, October 15: The United States sent a second aircraft carrier strike group to the eastern Mediterranean to deter the "hostile actions" against Israel or any efforts toward widening this war following Hamas's attack on Israel, US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin said on Saturday. The Strike Group includes the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), guided-missile destroyers USS Gravely (DDG 107) and USS Mason (DDG 87), and Carrier Air Wing 3, with nine aircraft squadrons, and embarked headquarters staffs. Earlier in the week, the US Air Force announced the deployment of squadrons of F-15, F-16 and A-10 fighter aircraft to the region. "The increases to US force posture signal the United States' ironclad commitment to Israel's security and our resol...
Hamas using innocent Palestinian families as human shields: Joe Biden
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Hamas using innocent Palestinian families as human shields: Joe Biden

Washington DC, October 15: US President Joe Biden on Sunday said that Hamas is using innocent Palestinian families as human shields in its assault on Israel, The Times of Israel reported. He said that the majority of Palestinians have anything to do with Hamas. Speaking at a gala dinner for the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, Biden said, "The humanitarian crisis in Gaza, innocent Palestinian families, and the vast majority have nothing to do with Hamas." "They're being used as human shields," he added. Biden claimed that the terror attack launched by Hamas was the bloodiest day for Jews since the Holocaust and that the Hamas terror organization had used Palestinian civilians as human shields to avoid Israeli reprisals, according to The Times of Israel. The President said tha...