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Smoke billows after an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City targeted the Ansar compound, linked to the Hamas movement. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty

Israeli planes renewed air strikes in Gaza early on Saturday and Hamas militants responded by firing rockets into Israel as their battle entered a fif(...)

An Israeli air strike on Gaza City. Prime minister  Binyamin Netanyahu says  Israel has no plans on relenting in its attacks against Hamas in Gaza. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images

With apartment buildings falling like houses of cards in Gaza, rockets striking Israeli towns and sectarian violence spreading across the Jewish state(...)

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó shows a poster depicting Venezuelan president Nicólas Maduro’s alleged links with criminals during a press conference in Caracas on May 12th. Photograph: Getty Images

After years of stalemate, Venezuela’s government and opposition appear to be inching towards a compromise that could help unlock the country’s often b(...)

Iraqi Yazidi people who fled their homes in Sinjar. The UN team  found “clear and convincing evidence” of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes against the Yazidi by Isis. Photograph: Adam Ferguson/The New York Times

The United Nations Security Council is under pressure to refer allegations of genocide by Islamic State militants against the beleaguered Yazidi commu(...)

A file photograph of a dormitory for women in an indoctrination centre for ethnic Uyghurs in Hotan, in the Xinjiang region of China. File photograph: Gilles Sabrié/New York Times

Birth rates in Xinjiang fell by almost half in the two years after the Chinese government implemented policies to reduce the number of babies born to (...)

A Palestinian demonstrator wears a Guy Fawkes mask during an anti-Israel demonstration on Thursday over tensions in Jerusalem. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP via Getty

Israel fired artillery and mounted more air strikes on Friday against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip amid constant rocket fire deep into Isra(...)

A family member carries a patient who is having difficulty in breathing, to a free oxygen support centre being run by a Gurudwara, a place of worship for Sikhs,  on the outskirts of New Delhi on Monday. Photograph:  Arun Sankar/AFP via Getty Images

A swift and collaborative international response could have stopped the 2019 Covid-19 outbreak in China becoming a global catastrophe in 2020, accordi(...)

 A Palestinian man looks at a destroyed building in Gaza City, following a series of Israeli airstrikes on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/ Getty Images

Heavy rocket fire at Tel Aviv and central Israel resumed on Wednesday night after another day of intense fighting between Israel and Gaza militants. R(...)

Israeli soldiers take cover as rockets are launched from the Gaza strip, controlled by the Palestinian Hamas movement, into the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon on Tuesday. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images

Some 130 rockets were fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv on Tuesday night in the biggest militant attack ever on Israel’s largest urban centre. There were no(...)

The cost for an ordinary family in China to raise a child is about 1.99 million yuan (€255,000), according to local Chinese media. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

China’s population grew at its slowest since the 1950s as births declined in the last decade, sowing doubt over Beijing’s ability to power its economy(...)

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