Ordinary Russians Feel Wrath of Putin’s Repression

In a city in southern Siberia, security forces detained a man in October for reading antiwar poetry at a literary event. Authorities in Novosibirsk fined a woman 15,000 rubles around the same time for tearing down a poster exalting Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine. In St. Petersburg, a man was briefly detained in September for holding a … Read more

At Center of Israel-Hamas War, Al-Shifa Hospital Held a Humanitarian Crisis

At the sprawling Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, families packed the hallways inside, while others had set up makeshift tents outside, with bed sheets hung up for privacy. Doctors, short on space and supplies, tended to bloodied patients on the floor.  Israel had told the Palestinians to evacuate the 700-bed hospital, but many believed it … Read more

Israeli Forces Advance Toward Heart of Gaza City as Humanitarian Crisis Deepens

Updated Nov. 9, 2023 10:29 am ET Listen to article (2 minutes) Israeli troops were advancing toward the heart of Gaza City, engaging in heavy gunbattles and ratcheting up pressure on neighborhoods that have become a refuge for tens of thousands of Palestinians. The Israeli military said Thursday it captured an area on the western … Read more

Hamas Attack Gives South Korea ‘Wake-Up Call’ on Border Security

SEOUL—The Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel has revived a gut-wrenching question in South Korea: Could North Korea pull off a similar surprise assault? In recent weeks, Seoul officials have vowed to learn from the Hamas attack and promised to beef up their defenses. Washington and Seoul recently held joint exercises simulating a response to … Read more

Russia Turns to Longtime Arms Customers to Boost War Arsenal 

Listen to article (2 minutes) Russia has sought to retrieve parts from defense systems it had exported to countries such as Pakistan, Egypt, Belarus and Brazil, as it tries to replenish the enormous stocks of weapons being expended for the war in Ukraine. Last April, a delegation of Russian officials visiting Cairo asked Egyptian President … Read more

Dozens of Countries Scramble to Identify More Than 150 Citizens Held Hostage in Gaza

Listen to article (2 minutes) A week after Hamas militants launched their deadly attack on southern Israel, world leaders and their intelligence agencies are scrambling through regional backchannels to contend with a hostage crisis of seemingly unprecedented global dimensions.  Copyright ©2023 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 87990cbe856818d5eddac44c7b1cdeb8

Israel Aims to Destroy Hamas. What Comes Next for Gaza Is Unclear. 

Listen to article (2 minutes) TEL AVIV—Israel is preparing a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip with one clear goal: to destroy the ability of Hamas to rule there. But Israel hasn’t offered any indication of what could happen next, and there are no good options.  Copyright ©2023 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights … Read more

Hamas Fighters’ Orders: ‘Kill as Many People as Possible’

Listen to article (2 minutes) TEL AVIV—Written orders carried by Hamas fighters sent to attack Israeli towns and settlements last weekend contained the same chilling command: Kill as many people as possible. Copyright ©2023 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 87990cbe856818d5eddac44c7b1cdeb8

Rescue workers searched for survivors in western Afghanistan after powerful earthquakes killed at least 2,445 people and injured thousands more, in one of the deadliest seismic disasters to hit the country in recent decades.

Rescue workers searched for survivors in western Afghanistan after powerful earthquakes killed at least 2,445 people and injured thousands more, in one of the deadliest seismic disasters to hit the country in recent decades. Source link

Israel Works to Expel Hamas Intruders and Secure Border

Listen to article (2 minutes) TEL AVIV—Israeli troops engaged in fierce fighting into the early hours of Monday morning to regain control of swaths of the country’s south after Hamas militants flooded in from Gaza, with the military struggling to reseal the border to further incursions. Copyright ©2023 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights … Read more