Artist refuses to open Israeli pavilion at Venice Biennale until cease-fire, hostage release

[ad_1] VENICE, Italy — The artist and curators representing Israel at this year’s Venice Biennale announced Tuesday they won’t open the Israeli pavilion exhibition until there is a cease-fire in Gaza and an agreement to release hostages. Their decision was posted on a sign in the window of the Israeli national pavilion on the first … Read more

Some of nearly 300 abducted schoolchildren in Nigeria’s north are freed after weeks in captivity

[ad_1] ABUJA, Nigeria — At least 137 of nearly 300 Nigerian children abducted more than two weeks ago from their school in the northwestern state of Kaduna were released on Sunday, the West African nation’s military said. An earlier statement from the government suggested that all the students were freed. Motorcycle-riding gunmen invaded the Kuriga … Read more

Families of hostages held in Gaza despair as Ramadan cease-fire deadline passes

[ad_1] JERUSALEM — A brother contemplated suicide. A sister stopped going to school. A father barely speaks. With each passing day, the relatives of hostages held in Gaza since Oct. 7 face a deepening despair. Their hopes were raised that a cease-fire deal was near to bring some of their loved ones home by the … Read more

Another top donor says it will resume funding the UN agency for Palestinians as Gaza hunger grows

[ad_1] NICOSIA, Cyprus — Another top donor to the U.N. agency aiding Palestinians said Saturday that it would resume funding, weeks after more than a dozen countries halted hundreds of millions of dollars of support in response to Israeli allegations against the organization. Sweden’s reversal came as a ship bearing tons of humanitarian aid was … Read more