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Israel destroys home of most senior Hamas leader in Gaza | Gaza News From “Al Jazeera – Breaking News, World News and Video from Al Jazeera”



Military says it struck the homes of Yehiyeh Sinwar, the most senior Hamas leader in Gaza, and his brother.The Israeli military said it destroyed the home of Hamas’s top leader in Gaza amid its ongoing bombardment of the Palestinian enclave.
The attack targeted the homes of Yehiyeh Sinwar, the most senior Hamas leader in Gaza, and his brother Muhammad, another senior Hamas member. An AFP news agency witness confirmed Sinwar’s house had been hit.
On Saturday, Israel bombed the home of Khalil al-Hayeh, a senior figure in Hamas’s political branch, saying the building served as part of the group’s “terrorist infrastructure”.
There were no immediate reports if any of the targets were killed. Members of Hamas have largely gone into hiding since the most recent escalation, which began on Monday.
Speaking to pro-Palestinian protesters in Doha, Qatar on Saturday night, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said the group would persist.
“The resistance will not give in and will always be on top of the mountain, carrying the sword and shield for Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa, God willing,” he said. “This is the besieged Gaza … 15 years under siege from every direction, this is Gaza today.”

The Israeli army said it also carried out strikes targeting Hamas tunnel systems.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad armed groups acknowledged 20 fighters have been killed since the fighting broke out, while Israel said the number is higher.
Continued bombardment
More than 170 Palestinians, including at least 47 children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip in seven days of Israeli attacks. In the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces have killed at least 13 Palestinians.
Israel has reported 10 dead, including two children, from the thousands of missiles fired by Hamas, many of which were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome air defence system.
There has also been widespread inter-communal violence across Israel amid the escalation.
Early on Sunday, Israeli warplanes struck several buildings and roads in central Gaza City. The airstrikes punched a crater that blocked one of the main roads leading to al-Shifa hospital, the largest medical centre in the Strip.

The head of internal medicine at the hospital was also killed in Israeli attacks, according to Gaza’s ministry of health.
Since the conflict began, Israel has levelled a number of Gaza City’s tallest office and residential buildings, alleging they house Hamas military infrastructure.
On Saturday, Israeli missiles demolished the 11-story al-Jalaa Building, which housed the offices of Al Jazeera and the Associated Press.
Hamas began firing rockets at Israel on Monday following crackdowns on protesters opposing the expulsion of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in East Jerusalem and subsequent raids at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The United Nations Security Council meets later on Sunday to discuss the worst outbreak of Israeli-Palestinian violence in years.







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Israeli military targets home of Gaza's top Hamas leader From “World”




The Israeli military says it has targeted the home of Gaza’s top Hamas leader after nearly a week of heavy airstrikes and rocket fire into Israel from the territory ruled by the Islamic militant group







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Italy’s League party leader should not face trial over kidnap claim after refusing to let migrants disembark, court rules — RT World News From “RT World News”



An Italian judge in Catania has ruled that the leader of Italy’s right-wing League party, Matteo Salvini, shouldn’t stand trial over claims he kidnapped a group of migrants in July 2019 when he refused to let them disembark.

The allegations center around a July 2019 incident where, as Italy’s interior minister, Salvini refused to allow 131 migrants on a coast guard vessel to disembark, until EU member states agreed a deal on redistributing the refugees.While negotiations were ongoing with EU nations, the migrants had been forced to remain aboard the Italian vessel Bruno Gregoretti for six days while it was docked in Sicily’s port.The judge in Catania sided with prosecutors who had asked that Salvini not face trial over the charge of kidnapping, as his political decision did not violate international treaties and did not warrant further investigation.The decision in the Catania case is at odds with a decision made in a Palermo court in April 2021, where a judge ruled that Salvini must stand trial for the same incident over the kidnapping charges. If found guilty, the leader could face up to 15 years in prison and be permanently barred from holding government office.Responding to the ruling on Friday, Salvini declared “If there was no kidnapping in Catania, then I do not see why there should be kidnapping in Palermo.”The Palermo trial will kick off on September 15.

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Salvini’s League party caused Italy’s coalition government to collapse in 2019 after pulling out of the administration in an attempt to trigger an election. Having failed to force the country to head to the polls, the League has since joined Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s national unity government.Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!







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Edwin Poots elected to succeed Arlene Foster as DUP leader From “Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines”



Edwin Poots said he looks forward “to a positive relationship right across Northern Ireland” – PAEdwin Poots has become the new leader of the Democratic Unionist Party after winning the first leadership contest in the party’s history.Mr Poots, the Stormont Agriculture Minister, said it was “an immense honour” to be chosen for the role, having beaten the party’s Westminster leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson by 19 votes to 17.In his victory speech Mr Poots said he looked forward “to a positive relationship right across Northern Ireland and with my party colleagues and indeed with people from other parties”.He said: “The opportunities for us to make Northern Ireland a great place after this hundred years has passed and we move into a new hundred years are immense.”The election was called after former leader Arlene Foster resigned as DUP leader and Northern Ireland First Minister in April, following an internal party revolt.The 36 members of the party’s electoral college, made up of its MPs and Stormont Assembly members, were eligible to vote on Friday in the race.Julian Smith, who was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 2019 to 2020, tweeted his congratulations to Mr Poots, adding “a tough job ahead – but one which I am sure he will do well”.Speaking briefly to the media as she left party headquarters after casting her ballot, Mrs Foster said: “I voted for the person who will bring the Democratic Unionist Party forward and I think that’s very obvious.”Mr Poots will be leader designate until Mrs Foster formally stands down. His election will now go to the party executive for ratification.Speaking before the results were announced, Strangford MP Jim Shannon said he was supporting Sir Jeffrey as next DUP leader.”I think Jeffrey has qualities that take him beyond Northern Ireland and across to the mainland,” he said, adding: “I think those are statesman-like qualities that the party needs.”North Antrim MP Ian Paisley Jr said his father, the party’s founder, would be “immensely proud” that a democratic election was deciding the next leader.Story continues”It’s a party that my dad founded with the name democracy in it and this is a democratic decision,” he said.”At last the members, the elected members, are deciding who their leader is. That’s a very important decision and I know he would be immensely proud of that today.”As he arrived at headquarters, South Belfast MLA Christopher Stalford, who is supporting Mr Poots, said: “I think it’s going to be a good day, a good day for democracy inside the Democratic Unionist Party.”The campaign for the first leadership contest in the DUP’s 50-year history has been unusual, in so much as the party prevented both men speaking publicly about their candidature.Party officers insisted the contest should be confined to internal campaigning among the electoral college.The campaign focused on rank-and-file concerns about DUP internal processes and structures, and wider political challenges facing unionism, in particular contentious post-Brexit trading arrangements, called the Northern Ireland Protocol, that have created new economic barriers between the region and the rest of the UK.







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N.Ireland's new DUP leader: we'll fight the Brexit deal From “Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines”



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UPDATE 1-Northern Ireland’s DUP elects Poots as new leader From “Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines”



(Adds details, quotes)By Clodagh KilcoyneBELFAST, May 14 (Reuters) – Northern Ireland’s pro-British Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) elected Edwin Poots as its new leader on Friday as the region’s largest party bids to ramp up its campaign against post-Brexit trade barriers.Poots, seen by some commentators as more aggressive in his opposition to the trade barriers and more conservative on social issues than his opponent, narrowly beat fellow senior member Jeffrey Donaldson by 19 votes to 17 among the party’s lawmakers.Northern Ireland’s agriculture minister takes over at a time of instability in the British province and unionist anger over the post-Brexit Northern Ireland protocol that installed a customs border with the rest of the United Kingdom.”The Northern Ireland protocol has proven to be a massive challenge for us and if we are to fight this, to ensure that everybody in Northern Ireland is not worse off as a consequence of the protocol then it is for us to do that together,” Poots said after being elected.”This party has been the authentic voice of unionism and will continue to be the authentic voice of unionism under my leadership. I will be a leader in unionism who will be reaching out to other leaders in unionism.”The protocol leaves Northern Ireland within the EU’s trading sphere, avoiding a hard border on the island with EU-member Ireland but infuriating pro-British unionists by undermining the region’s place in the UK.It was partly blamed for recent rioting by young pro-British loyalists. A legal challenge against the arrangements launched by the DUP and two other unionist parties began on Friday.Friday’s contest was the first ever leadership election held by the staunchly socially conservative party founded by firebrand Protestant cleric turned peacemaker Ian Paisley 50 years ago.Poots, a young earth creationist who rejects the theory of evolution, has said he plans to nominate another party member to replace Arlene Foster as Northern Ireland’s first minister and split the roles of party and devolved government leader.He is one of a number of DUP ministers who have protested against the Brexit arrangements by refusing to attend meetings with Irish counterparts established under the 1998 peace deal that ended 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland.That has strained relations with Irish nationalist rivals Sinn Fein, with whom it leads Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government. (Additional reporting by Kate Holton in London, writing by Padraic Halpin in Dublin; Editing by Catherine Evans/Guy Faulconbridge)







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Ukraine opposition leader and Putin ally under house arrest From “Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines”



KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A top Ukrainian opposition politician with close links to Russian President Vladimir Putin was placed under house arrest Thursday, days after being charged with treason.Viktor Medvedchuk, who heads the Opposition Platform for Life party, the largest opposition force in parliament, denies the charges brought against him last week and says they’re politically motivated. Medvedchuk, who has close personal ties with Putin, the godfather of Medvedchuk’s daughter, could face 15 years in prison if tried and convicted.Prosecutors had asked a court in Kyiv to put Medvedchuk in jail, but a judge ordered house arrest instead.Medvedchuk, 66 is accused of transferring oil and gas production licenses from one of the fields in Crimea to Russian authorities. Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula in 2014, weeks after Ukraine’s former Moscow-friendly president was ousted by protesters.Medvedchuk is also charged with allegedly disclosing secret data on the deployment of Ukrainian military units last year.The new accusations are part of a broader campaign against Medvedchuk launched by Ukrainian authorities in February, when his financial assets were frozen for three years. In February, authorities also shut down three pro-Russian TV channels, 112, Zik and NewsOne, which Medvedchuk controlled.







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Former Bosnian Serb leader Karadzic to serve rest of life sentence for genocide in British prison – UK Foreign Office — RT World News From “RT World News”



Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, convicted over the ‘Srebrenica massacre’ and other crimes, will be transferred to Britain to serve the rest of his life sentence for genocide, the UK Foreign Office has said.

“Karadzic is one of the few people to have been found guilty of genocide,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement on Wednesday. “He was responsible for the massacre of men, women and children at the Srebrenica genocide and helped prosecute the siege of Sarajevo with its remorseless attacks on civilians.”In 2019, a UN tribunal increased Karadzic’s sentence to life, ruling that his initial 40-year jail term for some of Europe’s worst war crimes since World War II was too lenient.He was convicted in 2016, and is currently held at a UN detention unit in the Netherlands.

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UN court increases Bosnian Serb leader Karadzic’s sentence to life in jail for ‘Srebrenica genocide’

Karadzic, who was president of the Republika Srpska territory and led the army of Bosnia during the civil war in the 1990s, was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including his troops’ killing of thousands of men and boys in Srebrenica in July 1995.The then-UN high commissioner for human rights hailed Karadzic’s conviction as “hugely significant” and “symbolically powerful.”Many Serbs have been critical of the UN courts’ rulings in relation to the conflict as vilifying their side and failing to bring to justice people from the opposing side who were accused of involvement in atrocities.Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!







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Venezuela opposition leader calls for dialogue with Maduro From “World”




Venezuela’s opposition leader has proposed negotiations with the government of President Nicolás Maduro to open up the country to a possible recovery from a complex crisis







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Scotland’s pro-independence leader promises another bid to break from U.K. after election boost From “World”




A possible push for another referendum sets up a clash with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.







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