EU lawmakers back Covid vaccines patent waiver

BRUSSELS: The European Parliament has urged the EU to back a push for a temporary waiver of coronavirus vaccine patents, in the face of scepticism from Brussels and key member states. Lawmakers voting late Wednesday narrowly approved an amendment calling on the bloc “to support the Indian and South African World Trade Organization (WTO) initiative … Read more

Israel unleashes strikes after vowing to press on in Gaza

An Israeli soldier stands nearby as an artillery unit fires near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: Israel unleashed another wave of airstrikes across the Gaza Strip early Thursday, killing at least one Palestinian and wounding several, as it pushed ahead despite US calls to wind down the offensive … Read more

China says providing vaccines to almost 40 African states

Representative image BEIJING: China said Thursday it is providing Covid-19 vaccines to nearly 40 African countries, describing its actions as purely altruistic in an apparent intensification of what has been described as “vaccine diplomacy.” The vaccines were donated or sold at “favorable prices,” foreign ministry official Wu Peng told reporters. Wu compared China’s outreach to … Read more

US and France tangle at UN over Middle East

Rockets are launched by Palestinian militants into Israel amid Israeli-Palestinian fighting in Gaza City UNITED NATIONS: The conflict in the Middle East has stirred up a diplomatic stand-off at the United Nations between France and the United States, the first open tension between the two allies since President Joe Biden took power. Despite guaranteed opposition … Read more

Biden calls for ‘de-escalation’ as Israel and Gaza trade fire

Streaks of lights are seen from Ashkelon as rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: US President Joe Biden called for a “significant de-escalation” in Israel‘s conflict with Gaza’s armed groups ahead of a diplomatic push Thursday to stem the violence, as the sides traded further fire. Israeli fighter … Read more

Biden, in Netanyahu call, urges significant de-escalation’

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden stepped up the pressure on Israel to end 10 days of violent skirmishes with Palestinians, making clear in a call Wednesday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he expected “significant de-escalation” by day’s end. Biden asked Netanyahu to move “toward the path to a cease-fire,” according to a White House description … Read more

China protests latest US Navy passage through Taiwan Strait

BEIJING: China on Wednesday protested the latest passage by a US Navy ship through the Taiwan Strait, calling it a provocation that undermined peace and stability in the region. The US Navy’s 7th Fleet said that the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit on Tuesday in accordance with international … Read more

Israel, Hamas trade fire in Gaza as war rages on

GAZA CITY: Israel carried out a wave of airstrikes on what it said were militant targets in Gaza, leveling a six-story building, and militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel on Tuesday. Palestinians across the region observed a general strike as the war, now in its second week, showed no signs of abating. Explosions from … Read more