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

Paris prepares for 100-day countdown to the Olympics. It wants to rekindle love for the Games

[ad_1] PARIS — In Paris’ outskirts, a bright-eyed young girl is eager for the Olympic and Paralympic Games to end. That’s because the swimming club where 10-year-old Lyla Kebbi trains will inherit an Olympic pool. It will be dismantled after the Games and trucked from the Olympic race venue in Paris’ high-rise business district to … Read more

Israel hails ‘success’ in blocking Iran’s unprecedented attack. Biden now seeks diplomatic response

[ad_1] TEL AVIV, Israel — Israel on Sunday hailed its successful air defenses in the face of an unprecedented attack by Iran, saying it and its allies thwarted 99% of the more than 300 drones and missiles launched toward its territory. But regional tensions remain high, amid fears of further escalation in the event of … Read more

Several writers decline recognition from PEN America in protest over its Israel-Hamas war stance

[ad_1] NEW YORK — Several authors have turned down awards and awards nominations from PEN America, citing unhappiness with the literary and free expression organization’s stance on the war in Gaza. This week, PEN announced its long lists in categories ranging from the $75,000 Jean Stein Award for best book to the $10,000 PEN/Hemingway award … Read more

Biden to meet Japan’s PM Kishida amid shared concerns about China and differences on US Steel deal

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida begins a much-anticipated visit to Washington on Tuesday aiming to spotlight shared concerns about provocative Chinese military action in the Pacific and at a rare moment of public difference between the two nations over a Japanese company’s plan to buy an iconic U.S. company. … Read more

Iranian official warns Israel that its embassies are not safe after Damascus strike

[ad_1] JERUSALEM — A top Iranian military adviser on Sunday warned Israel that none of its embassies were safe following last week’s strike in Damascus blamed on Israel that killed two elite Iranian generals. Regional tensions threaten to draw the Middle East into a wider conflict as Israel’s war against Hamas marks six months. The … Read more

UN human rights body calls for halt to weapons shipments to Israel

[ad_1] GENEVA — The U.N.’s top human rights body called on countries to stop selling or shipping weapons to Israel in a resolution passed Friday that aims to help prevent rights violations against Palestinians amid Israel’s blistering military campaign in Gaza. The 47-member-country Human Rights Council voted 28-6 in favor of the resolution, with 13 … Read more

World Central Kitchen is saving lives with food but paying a price in blood

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — The deaths of seven World Central Kitchen workers in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza was a tragic turn for an American homegrown charity that, in less than 15 years, has mushroomed from the grassroots brainchild of a celebrity chef into one of the world’s most recognized food relief organizations. The killings also … Read more

Israel clears way to close Al Jazeera. Channel says Netanyahu’s incitement claim is a dangerous lie

[ad_1] JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday vowed to shut down Al Jazeera’s operations in Israel, calling it a “terror channel” that spreads incitement, after parliament passed a law clearing the way for the closure. Netanyahu’s pledge escalated Israel’s long-running feud against Al Jazeera. It also threatened to heighten tensions with Qatar, which … Read more

Israeli strike on Iran’s consulate in Syria killed 2 generals and 5 other officers, Iran says

[ad_1] DAMASCUS, Syria — An Israeli airstrike that demolished Iran’s consulate in Syria on Monday killed two Iranian generals and five officers, according to Iranian officials. The strike appeared to signify an escalation of Israel’s targeting of military officials from Iran, which supports militant groups fighting Israel in Gaza, and along its border with Lebanon. … Read more