World News

  • January 20, 2009

    Sudanese church leaders are debating the wider consequences if the International Criminal Court issues a war crime indictment against President Omar al-Bashir, as many hope will be the case.

  • January 19, 2009

    All crossings into Gaza must be immediately opened to deal with the ‘devastating humanitarian disaster’ following the ceasefire, Christian Aid has said. The need for humanitarian assistance cannot be overstated, said the aid agency.

  • January 19, 2009

    Hamas has announced a ceasefire of its rocket attacks on Israel, in a move it said was independent of the Israeli earlier on Sunday. The truce is fragile but there are hopes it can be consolidated.

  • January 18, 2009

    A missile and rocket exchange between Hamas militants and Israeli forces has immediately challenged the partial Gaza ceasefire announced unilaterally by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Saturday night.

  • January 18, 2009

    Following a huge barrage the night before, Israel yesterday announced that it is to halt the main part of its three-week military offensive in the Gaza Strip, but without bilateral agreement or withdrawal.

  • January 17, 2009

    The UN Relief and Works Agency says Israel's shelling of a UN compound in Gaza yesterday should be investigated as a war crime. Israel carried out 50 air strikes as its cabinet prepared to vote on a ceasefire.

  • January 17, 2009

    A group of 60 Muslim, Jewish, and Christian leaders in Boston, USA, have issued a joint statement calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, asserting their common humanity and recognising the intense pain of the conflict.

  • January 17, 2009

    300 members and supporters of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel set out to accompany an emergency delivery of medical supplies to Gaza on Friday. But there buses were turned back by Israeli personnel.

  • January 16, 2009

    Humanitarian church, aid and refugee groups have called on President Bush, US leaders, the UN, and Israeli and Egyptian ambassadors to uphold the rights of protection for the 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza.

  • January 16, 2009

    The European Commission is to take “time-out” on its talks with Israel on upgrading relations. The head of its delegation to Israel said the decision was taken in light of the current conflict in Gaza.