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Palestine President Mahmud Abbas, Joe Biden Speak After Israeli Air Strike On Gaza Building From “NDTV News – World-news”



President Mahmud Abbas spoke with Joe Biden for the first time since US president took officeRamallah, Palestinian Territories: President Mahmud Abbas spoke Saturday with Joe Biden for the first time since the US president took office, the Ramallah presidency said, as violence between Israel and the Palestinians flared.Abbas’s spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP the conversation was “important”, without elaborating on the details of the exchange.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)







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Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Joe Biden Speak After Attack On Gaza Building With International Media Offices From “NDTV News – World-news”



Israel PM told Biden that Israel did its utmost to safeguard civilians in its Gaza bombing campaignJerusalem: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US President Joe Biden that Israel did its utmost to safeguard civilians in its Gaza bombing campaign, after an air strike demolished a tower hosting the Associated Press news agency. “Netanyahu stressed that Israel is doing everything to avoid harming those uninvolved,” a readout from the Israeli premier’s office said. “The proof is that towers containing terror sites are cleared of uninvolved people prior to being attacked.”(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)







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Suez Canal Starts Dredging Work To Extend Double Lane From “NDTV News – World-news”



Ever Given, still loaded with thousands of containers, is being held in the Great Bitter Lake (File)Cairo: The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has started dredging work to extend a second lane that allows for two-way traffic in a southern section of the canal near to where a giant container ship got stuck for six days in March, it said on Saturday.The SCA announced this week that it was planning to extend a second canal lane that opened in 2015 by 10 km to make it 82 km long, and would widen and deepen a single lane stretch at the southern end of the canal.The work had begun following directives from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi “to immediately start implementing the proposed development plan and put in place a timetable for completion as soon as possible”, the SCA said on Saturday.The grounding of the 440-metre Ever Given container ship in a southern section of the canal from March 23-29 delayed the passage of hundreds of vessels through the waterway, disrupting global trade.The Ever Given, still loaded with thousands of containers, is being held in the Great Bitter Lake between two stretches of the canal, amid a dispute over an SCA compensation claim against the ship’s Japanese owner Shoei Kisen.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)







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Qatari Broadcaster Al Jazeera After Gaza Office Destroyed From “NDTV News – World-news”



Israeli air strike on Gaza demolished the building housing Al Jazeera and The Associated Press.Doha: Al Jazeera said Saturday it would not be silenced, after an Israeli air strike on Gaza demolished the building housing the Qatar-based broadcaster as well as US news agency The Associated Press.”It is clear that those who are waging this war do not only want to spread destruction and death in Gaza, but also to silence media that are witnessing, documenting and reporting the truth of what is happening in Gaza,” said Walid al-Omari, Al Jazeera’s Jerusalem bureau chief.”But this is impossible,” he said on air shortly after the 13-storey Jala Tower in Gaza was obliterated.”This is a crime among a series of crimes perpetrated by the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip.”Al Jazeera broadcast footage showing the building collapsing to the ground after the Israeli air strike, sending up a huge mushroom cloud of dust and debris.Jawad Mehdi, the owner of the Jala Tower, said an Israeli intelligence officer warned him he had just one hour to ensure the evacuation of the building.Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Gaza, Safwat al-Kahlout, tweeted his despair over the destruction.”I have been working here for 11 years. I have covered many events from this building… now everything, in two seconds, just vanished,” he said.Israel alleged its “fighter jets attacked a high-rise building which hosted military assets belonging to the military intelligence of the Hamas terror organisation”.”The building also hosted offices of civilian media outlets, which the Hamas terror group hides behind and uses as human shields,” it said.Israeli air and artillery strikes on Gaza since Monday have killed 139 people including 39 children, and wounded 1,000 more, health officials in the coastal enclave say.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)







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Israeli Airstrike In Gaza Destroys Media Building From “NDTV News – World-news”



Israel-Palestine Conflict: No reason for the targeting of the building was given (file)An Israeli airstrike has destroyed a multi-storey building that housed the offices of media entities like Associated Press and Al-Jazeera, in the restive Gaza strip. The building also had other offices and residential apartments. The strike came around an hour after the Israeli forces warned to evacuate the high-rise building. Scores of people, including women and children, have been killed in Israeli strikes in Gaza since Monday. Hamas has also fired hundreds of rockets into Israel during the period, killing 10 people.Here are the live update on Israel-Palestine conflict: According to foreign media, Hamas has fired over 2,000 rockets into Israel since Monday, killing 10 people and injuring 560. 139 Gazans have been killed and 950 wounded.  Israel Claims Building Housed Hamas Military AssetsIsrael has alleged that Hamas had its military assets in the building. It alleged that the terror group used the media as human shields.”Fighter jets attacked a high-rise building which hosted military assets belonging to the military intelligence of the Hamas terror organisation,” the country was quoted as saying by AFP. “The building also hosted offices of civilian media outlets, which the Hamas terror group hides behind and uses as human shields,” it added. Wael al-Dahdouh, Al Jazeera’s bureau chief in Gaza told news agency AFP: “It’s terrible, very sad, to target the Al Jazeera and other press bureaux”. Jawad Mehdi, the owner of the Jala Tower, said an Israeli intelligence officer warned him he had just one hour to ensure the evacuation of the building, news agency AFP reported. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had said on Friday that Israel had no plans of stopping its attacks against Hamas in Gaza.”They attacked our capital, they fired rockets at our cities. They’re paying and will continue to pay dearly for that,” he said. Israel “destroyed Jala Tower in the Gaza Strip, which contains the Al-Jazeera office and other international press offices,” Al-Jazeera said in a tweet.







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Israel Strikes Gaza Building With International Media Offices: Report From “NDTV News – World-news”



A ball of fire erupts from the Jala Tower as it is destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza cityGaza City: An Israeli air strike Saturday demolished the 13-floor building housing Qatar-based Al Jazeera television and American news agency The Associated Press in the Gaza Strip, AFP journalists said.Israel “destroyed Jala Tower in the Gaza Strip, which contains the Al Jazeera and other international press offices,” Al Jazeera said in a tweet, with an AP journalist saying the army had warned the tower’s owner ahead of the strike.Al Jazeera broadcast footage showing the building collapsing to the ground after the Israeli air strike, sending up a huge mushroom cloud of dust and debris.Jawad Mehdi, the owner of the Jala Tower, said an Israeli intelligence officer warned him he had just one hour to ensure the evacuation of the building.In a phone call with the officer, AFP heard him beg for an extra 10 minutes to allow journalists to retrieve their equipment before leaving.”Give us ten extra minutes,” he urged, but the officer on the other end of the line refused.Wael al-Dahdouh, Al Jazeera’s bureau chief in Gaza told AFP: “It’s terrible, very sad, to target the Al Jazeera and other press bureaux”.Israel alleged its “fighter jets attacked a high-rise building which hosted military assets belonging to the military intelligence of the Hamas terror organisation”.”The building also hosted offices of civilian media outlets, which the Hamas terror group hides behind and uses as human shields,” it said.Israeli air and artillery strikes on Gaza since Monday have killed 139 people including 39 children, and wounded 1,000 more, health officials in the coastal enclave say.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)







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Controversial Princess Diana Interviewer Bashir Leaves BBC From “NDTV News – World-news”



Martin Bashir’s interview with Diana dropped a bombshell on the royal family. (File)London, United Kingdom: British journalist Martin Bashir, who is being investigated over how he obtained an explosive 1995 interview with Princess Diana, is stepping down from his role as the BBC’s religion editor, the corporation said Friday.”Martin Bashir has stepped down from his position as the BBC’s Religion Editor, and is leaving the corporation,” said deputy director of BBC News, Jonathan Munro, adding it was due to health issues.”He let us know of his decision last month, just before being readmitted to hospital for another surgical procedure on his heart,” said Munro.Bashir’s interview with Diana, in which she lifted the lid on her troubled marriage to Prince Charles, dropped a bombshell on the royal family.But his methods in securing the interview have been investigated by former Supreme Court judge John Dyson, whom the BBC appointed after calls from the late princess’ brother, Charles Spencer.Dyson’s spokeswoman said Friday that he “has concluded his investigation and the report has been passed to the BBC for publication in due course.”Spencer has alleged that Bashir showed him faked documents to persuade his sister to take part.In the November 1995 interview, which was watched by a record 22.8 million people, Diana famously said “there were three people” in her marriage — her, Charles and his long-time lover Camilla Parker-Bowles.Diana and Charles formally divorced in 1996. She died in a Paris car crash the following year.New reports have surfaced alleging that Bashir used underhand methods to persuade Diana to talk, including by claiming her own staff members were being paid to spy on her.The BBC has been accused of a cover-up in a previous inquiry when rumours about Bashir’s alleged methods first surfaced.Bashir was little-known at the time of the interview but went on to have a global career and famously interviewed Michael Jackson.The journalist has not been at work in recent months after contracting coronavirus and undergoing heart bypass surgery.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)







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Florida Man’s Close Encounter With Angry Alligator From “NDTV News – World-news”



The incident happened on May 8 in Everglades, a natural region of tropical wetlands in southern FloridaA 22-year-old man had the most terrifying moment of his life when he was tarpon fishing at sunrise in a tropical wetland in Florida in the United States. Everything was going well and he even managed to catch a fish. As he started wounding the spool reel, he noticed a gigantic alligator raising its head out of the water and about to approach him. Stunned, he stepped back but the reptile chased him, a video of the incident showed. “Jesus Christ, I got to be careful here,” said Tommy Lee as he first saw the alligator.Then he retreated a couple of steps but the angry alligator approached him quickly, forcing him to run backward during which Mr Lee fell down. He collected himself immediately and again ran to escape the predator.The incident happened on May 8 in Everglades, a natural region of tropical wetlands in southern Florida, and the video was shot with a GoPro camera attached to Mr Lee. At one point, the video showed, the alligator had come frighteningly close to Mr Lee and reduced the gap between them to less than 10 feet.After a few rounds of back and forth, the alligator finally retreated into the water, with Mr Lee again going to the lake to verify its presence.“I got spooked by him being surrounded by bushes. Alligator could’ve been anywhere, or there could have been more than one gator. And then he fell. Glad it wasn’t a tragedy,” commented Michel Staples-Stumvoll on the video.“I hereby nominate him for a coveted ‘Darwin Award Winner Runner-up’ trophy,” said Jay Bee.A third user, Alex Figueroa, who has a YouTube channel dedicated to Florida’s wildlife, said, “This was most likely a female alligator with a nest of eggs nearby and felt threatened by your presence. It was a good thing that you saw it when you did because she could have surfaced at the edge and it perhaps would have been too late for you to escape at that point. She was nice and gave you a warning.”Click for more trending news







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Google Leads Top US Tech Giants To Seek Work Permits For Spouses Of H-1B Visa Holders From “NDTV News – World-news”



Google is joined by 30 other tech firms to support the H-4 Employment Authorisation Document programmeWashington: Google is leading a determined effort by US tech giants to support a programme that gives work authorisation for spouses of those possessing H-1B foreign work visas, the most sought after among Indian IT professionals.Google is joined by 30 other companies to support the H-4 EAD (Employment Authorisation Document) programme.An H-4 visa is issued by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to immediate family members (spouse and children under 21 years of age) of the H-1B visa holders.The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.”Google is proud to support our nation’s immigrants. We joined 30 other companies to protect the H-4 EAD programme which spurs innovation, creates jobs and opportunities, and helps families,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted.Google on Friday filed a legal brief in a lawsuit called Save Jobs USA vs US Department of Homeland Security.Tech companies that signed onto the amicus brief include Adobe, Amazon, Apple, eBay, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, PayPal and Twitter.”To support this important programme, we are leading an amicus brief with over 40 companies and organisations to preserve and protect the H-4 EAD programme,” Catherine Lacavera, Vice President, Legal, Google, said in a blog post.”This builds on an amicus brief we recently joined in support of a lawsuit filed by the American Immigration Lawyers Association to expedite the delayed processing time of H-4 work authorisations,” she said.Kent Walker, Senior Vice President, Global Affairs, Google, said H-4 EAD authorisations for the spouses of high-skilled workers help American companies recruit and retain the world’s best talent.”Today we led a business coalition filing on behalf of 30 companies to preserve and protect the programme,” Mr Walker said.”H-4 EADs provide work authorisation to more than 90,000 H-4 visa-holders–more than 90 per cent women. COVID has disproportionately affected women. Ending this programme would make things worse, disrupting careers and reducing wages,” he said.”It doesn’t make sense to welcome a person to the US to work but to make it harder for their spouse to work. That hurts their family and hurts our economy now and in the future,” he added.The plaintiff is Save Jobs USA, a group of computer workers formerly employed by Southern California Edison and replaced by foreign workers imported on H-1B guest worker visas.Save Jobs USA filed the lawsuit in 2015. It was delayed as former president Donald Trump’s administration considered rescinding the H-4 work rule.A week after his inauguration on January 20, US President Joe Biden withdrew a Trump-era rule rescinding work authorisation for H-4 visa holders.Now, both the plaintiffs and the Biden administration are seeking summary judgment.In the amicus brief, Google said: “The regulation at issue here the H-4 Rule, US Department of Homeland Security, Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses, 80 Fed. Reg. 10,284 (Feb. 25, 2015) provides work authorization to more than 90,000 H-4 visa holders (spouses of certain H-1B visa holders), more than 90 per cent of whom are women.”Invalidation of this rule would result in these talented individuals being barred from the workplace, forcibly severing tens of thousands of employment relationships across the country,” it said.The results would be utterly destructive for the families impacted; by just one measure, about 87 per cent of these families have made crucial life decisions on the promise of H-4 employment, including whether to have a child and whether to buy a house, it said. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)







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Japan E-Commerce Rakuten CEO Calls Olympics Suicide Mission From “NDTV News – World-news”



More than 351,000 signatures was submitted to the city’s governor to cancel the event.Holding the Tokyo Olympics this summer would be a “suicide mission” as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage around the world, the head of Japan’s e-commerce giant Rakuten has warned.”It’s dangerous to host the big international event from all over the world,” CEO Hiroshi Mikitani said in an interview with CNN.”So, the risk is too big and… I’m against having the Tokyo Olympics this year,” Mikitani said, describing the Games as “a suicide mission”.On Friday, Japan extended a coronavirus state of emergency as the nation is battling a fourth wave of virus infections.The surge has put pressure on the country’s healthcare system, with medical professionals repeatedly warning about shortages and burnout.With just over 10 weeks until the Games open on July 23, public opinion remains opposed, with most favouring a further delay or cancellation.On Friday, a petition to cancel the Tokyo Olympics with more than 351,000 signatures was submitted to the city’s governor.Mikitani, who has been critical about the government’s handling of the pandemic and hosting the Tokyo Games this year, said it was not too late to scrap the event, saying: “Everything is possible.”But organisers say they can safely hold the Games thanks to virus countermeasures and point to a string of successful recent test events, including some featuring overseas athletes.Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga also told reporters on Friday: “It is possible to hold safe and secure Games. We want to firmly go ahead with preparations.”







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