World News

  • 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.

  • January 15, 2009

    Churches around the globe have mobilised to assist those affected by the conflict in Gaza and to lobby their governments for a cease-fire in the packed territory where 1.5 million Palestinians live.

  • January 15, 2009

    Human rights activist Jestina Mukoko has denounced the abuse and violence she suffered at the hands of Zimbabwean secret service agents. Jestina Mukoko was held in solitary confinement for 19 days.

  • January 14, 2009

    Although Gaza is in the glare of media publicity, too little hard information is getting out about the scale of suffering endured by ordinary people under bombardment says a leading Catholic charity.