Laila Barhoum, a humanitarian worker and human rights advocate in Gaza, describes her feelings of “dread” and “injustice” as the region is pounded by Israeli air strikes. In Gaza, we always joke about the fact we shouldn’t ask “What worse can happen?” as it seems that we are always proven wrong. But our worse this
From the moment a giant, green radar detects rocket fire blasting out of Gaza towards Israel, it is only a matter of seconds before an Israeli defence missile shoots up to intercept. The radar, at a secure site in southern Israel, relays the information to what the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) call a “battle management
Disneyland Paris has announced the date it will reopen and sex workers in the Netherlands will return this week, as several countries ease COVID restrictions. Having been closed since last October, Disney’s amusement park in the French capital will welcome visitors back from 17 June. A statement said the site’s reopening would be accompanied by
Sustained Israeli military airstrikes have destroyed nine miles (14km) of militant tunnels along the Gaza Strip, and the homes of nine Hamas commanders, it has been claimed. According to the Israeli Defense Forces, the latest attacks killed a local Gaza leader of the Islamic Jihad militant group, blamed for some of the thousands of rocket
The first Britons have started arriving in green-listed Portugal after overseas holiday restrictions were lifted. Only a dozen countries and territories are on the green list but most are either remote islands or do not currently allow UK tourists to enter. Travellers returning from any of these countries do not need to quarantine, and will
A deadly cyclone is bearing down on India’s western coast, as authorities scramble to evacuate hundreds of thousands of people. Cyclone Tauktae, which has already killed six people in southern parts of the COVID-ravaged country, was expected to make landfall on Monday evening in Gujarat state with winds of up to 109 miles per hour.
Australia’s oldest man has revealed some of his secrets for long life – including eating chicken brains. Dexter Kruger, a former rancher and vet, is 111 years and 124 days old and told the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) a weekly poultry delicacy had contributed to his longevity. Image: Dexter Kruger is a former rancher and
G7 countries should donate excess supplies to the global vaccine-sharing scheme as “a minimum, essential” measure, UNICEF has said, to plug an “emergency” gap triggered by a drop-off in Indian exports. The COVAX scheme relies heavily on doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII), which are produced for
Three-quarters of a million people across the world are dying each year because they are working long hours, a major study has found. Researchers from the World Health Organization estimate that in 2016, some 745,000 people died from strokes and heart disease associated with working 55 hours or more a week – nearly 30% more
A group of Australian cricketers have landed in Sydney after spending up to two weeks in the Maldives waiting for coronavirus border restrictions to be lifted on arrivals from India. The Indian Premier League (IPL) was suspended on 4 May amid concerns over rising COVID infection levels in the country. Tournament organisers urged players from
Heavy bombing has continued in Gaza in the early hours of the morning as Israeli warplanes unleashed a series of airstrikes across several locations. Explosions rocked Gaza City for 10 minutes on Monday morning, lasting longer and targeting a wider area than the air raids that killed 42 Palestinians a day before. The violent assaults
From my home in Jerusalem on Sunday morning, I called our local producer in Gaza. She and I have spoken every day this week. The crossings into Gaza are closed at the moment. Access is controlled by the Israelis and we can’t get in. But we have the bravest of colleagues already there. They are
The UK is continuing to dump waste on other countries with supermarket packaging and plastic bags found as far away as Turkey, according to a report. Investigators for Greenpeace found piles of waste dumped illegally by the roadside, in fields or spilling into waterways in 10 sites dotted around the Adana province in southern Turkey.
A 12-year-old boy is among two people who have died after a seating structure collapsed at a synagogue in Israel. More than 150 people have been injured as ultra-Orthodox worshippers packed into the West Bank synagogue to celebrate the beginning of a major Jewish holiday on Sunday evening. A man in his 50s was also
There are few better ways to see the gem that is the Algarve than from the water. And we set off in a rib from the marina at Vilamoura. Heading out to sea and bouncing along past beaches and resorts which look unusually quiet for this time of year. Image: We set off in a
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his country’s military campaign in Gaza will continue with “full force”, as 42 people are reported to have died in an airstrike early on Sunday that flattened three buildings. The most deadly single Israeli attack of the week-long conflict brings the number who have died in the Palestinian territory