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Member of Israel's War Cabinet says he'll quit the government June 8 unless there's a new war plan Benny Gantz, a popular centrist member of Israel’s three-member War Cabinet, threatened Saturday to resign from the government if it doesn’t adopt a new plan in three weeks’ time for the war in Gaza, a decision that would leave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahumore reliant on far-right allies. The announcement deepens a divide in Israel’s leadership more than seven months into a war in which Israel has yet to accomplish its goals of dismantling Hamas and returning scores of hostages abducted in the…
WESTERN PERSPECTIVE Ukraine struggles to hold eastern front as Russians advance on cities For Ukrainian gun commander Oleksandr Kozachenko, the long-awaited U.S. ammunition can't come fast enough as he and his comrades struggle to hold off relentless Russian attacks. His unit's U.S.-supplied M777 howitzer, which once hurled 100 shells a day at the encroaching enemy, is now often reduced to fewer than 10. "It's a luxury if we can fire 30 shells." America says it's rushing ammunition and weapons to Ukraine following the delayed approval of a $61 billion aid package by Congress last month. As of early May, though,…
Fierce fighting in northern Gaza as aid starts to roll off US-built pier Israeli forces battled Hamas fighters in the narrow alleyways of Jabalia in northern Gaza on Friday in some of the fiercest engagements since they returned to the area a week ago, while in the south militants attacked tanks massing around Rafah. Residents said Israeli armour had thrust as far as the market at the heart of Jabalia, the largest of Gaza's eight historic refugee camps, and that bulldozers were demolishing homes and shops in the path of the advance. "Tanks and planes are wiping out residential districts…
RUSSIAN PERSPECTIVE Putin raises issue of Zelensky’s legitimacy Vladimir Zelensky’s legitimacy as president of Ukraine is an important question not only to his own country, but to Moscow as well, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said. He explained that Zelensky’s status will have a bearing on any potential agreement between the two belligerent countries. Zelensky’s five-year term in office comes to an end on May 20. Ukrainians were scheduled to head to the polls to elect a new leader on March 31; however, he announced in December 2023 that no presidential or parliamentary elections would be held as long as…
US House votes to force weapons shipments to Israel, rebuking Biden The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday that would force President Joe Biden to send weapons to Israel, seeking to rebuke the Democrat for delaying bomb shipments as he urges Israel to do more to protect civilians during its war with Hamas. The Israel Security Assistance Support Act was approved 224 to 187, largely along party lines. Sixteen Democrats joined most Republicans in voting yes, and three Republicans joined most Democrats in opposing the measure. The act is not expected to become law, but its…
WESTERN PERSPECTIVE Zelenskiy visits Ukraine's embattled Kharkiv as Russian pressure mounts in east Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visited the northeastern city of Kharkiv on Thursday to boost morale and reinforce troops in the region where Russian forces are trying to press their new offensive beyond border areas. Moscow has made inroads of at least several kilometres into the north of Kharkiv region since Friday, forcing Kyiv's outmanned troops to try to hold the line on a new front as Russia mounts more pressure on the front in the east. "The direction remains extremely difficult - we are strengthening our units,"…
Gaza fighting intensifies, Israel asks why armed men were at UN site Israeli troops battled militants across Gaza on Wednesday, including in the southern city of Rafah that had been a refuge for civilians, in an upsurge of the more than seven-month-old war that has killed tens of thousands of Palestinians. Antagonism between Israel and the United Nations worsened as the Israeli army sought an explanation for footage showing armed men next to U.N. Palestinian relief agency vehicles. Separately, India was working to bring home the body of a U.N. staffer killed in Rafah by what the global body said…
RUSSIAN PERSPECTIVE Russian forces advancing daily in special op, everything going according to plan — Putin Russian forces are moving forward according to plan, this year making daily advances in all areas, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with commanders of troops of military districts. "Work is being carried out according to the plan approved and drawn up by the command of the battlegroup, by the General Staff. All the assigned tasks are being accomplished," the president said. "Not only last year were - I want to say it again - all enemy counterattacks repelled, but also starting…
Israeli tanks push deeper into Rafah; battles rage in northern Gaza Israeli tanks pushed deeper into Rafah on Tuesday, reaching some residential areas of the southern Gazan border city where more than a million people had sought shelter, and its forces pounded the enclave's north in some of the fiercest attacks in months. Israel's international allies and aid groups have repeatedly warned against a ground incursion into Rafah, where many Palestinians fled and Israel says four Hamas battalions are holed up. Israel says it must root out the remaining fighters. The White House said U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan…
WESTERN PERSPECTIVE Putin backs China's Ukraine peace plan, says Beijing understands the conflict Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview published early on Wednesday, said he backed China's plan for a peaceful settlement of the Ukraine crisis, saying Beijing had a full understanding of what lay behind the crisis. Putin, speaking to China's Xinhua news agency ahead of his visit to Beijing this week, said Russia remained open to dialogue and talks to solve the more than two-year-old conflict. China's plan and further "principles" made public by President Xi Jinping last month took account of factors behind the conflict, Putin…
June 22, 2024

Stanbic-IBTC founder Atedo Peterside announces retirement as a banker

The founder of Stanbic-IBTC Bank, Atedo Peterside has announced his retirement as a banker. Peterside…
June 23, 2024

Kano emirate tussle gets messier as parties take ‘convenient’ stands on court orders

The details of the judgement of the Federal High Court of Thursday have confirmed that…
June 23, 2024

A sisterhood of millions: the all-women church groups helping people in Nigeria

On a warm Thursday afternoon in May, the ululation, drumming and singing of a choir…
June 23, 2024

3,300-year-old sunken ship found in Mediterranean at a depth where time has 'frozen,' Israel says

A 3,300-year-old ancient sunken ship dating back to the Bronze Age has been discovered in…
June 23, 2024

Retired army general shot dead in Abuja residential estate

Uwem Udokwere, a retired brigadier general, has been killed in Abuja, the nation’s capital. Udokwere…
June 23, 2024

What to know after Day 850 of Russia-Ukraine war

WESTERN PERSPECTIVE Has Russia just dropped a deadly new 3,000kg glide bomb in Ukraine? The…
June 19, 2024

Chips maker Nvidia rises to world’s most valuable company

Nvidia has become the world’s most valuable company following a staggering rally in its shares,…
June 18, 2024

Amusan secures fourth straight national title in 100m hurdles

Tobi Amusan has claimed her fourth consecutive national title in the women’s 100 metres hurdles…

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