Novelist Salman Rushdie on ventilator after New York stabbing

NEW YORK, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Salman Rushdie, the Indian-born novelist who spent years in hiding after Iran urged Muslims to kill him because of his writing, was stabbed in the neck and torso onstage at a lecture in New York state on Friday and airlifted to a hospital, police said. After hours of surgery, … Read more

Reactions to the attack on writer Salman Rushdie

Aug 12 (Reuters) – Here are reactions to Friday’s attack on novelist Salman Rushdie. read more SUZANNE NOSSEL, CEO OF FREE EXPRESSION ORGANIZATION PEN AMERICA: “We can think of no comparable incident of a public attack on a literary writer on American soil. Just hours before the attack, on Friday morning, Salman had emailed me … Read more

Away from Gaza, Islamic Jihad digs in against Israel on the West Bank

Gaza conflict sparked by arrest in Jenin Islamic Jihad has a strong presence in the West Bank Movement targets young recruits, claims resistance mantle JENIN, West Bank, Aug 9 (Reuters) – For the masked gunmen in Jenin refugee camp, Israel’s unannounced strike against Islamic Jihad in Gaza on Friday can have come as little surprise … Read more

Air strikes, rocket attacks push Israel, Gaza into second day of fighting

Fourteen killed, at least 110 wounded -Palestinian Health Ministry At least 160 rockets fired towards Israel – military Israel killed Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza on Friday GAZA/JERUSALEM, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Israel struck in Gaza and Palestinians fired rockets at Israeli cities on Saturday after an Israeli operation against the Islamic Jihad militant group … Read more

Shelling hits power lines at Ukraine nuclear plant, both sides trade blame

Technicians close reactor at Europe’s largest nuclear plant Three grain ships leave Ukrainian Black Sea ports Turkey’s Erdogan meets Putin in Russia Fighting in east centers on fortified village KYIV, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Shelling hit a high-voltage power line on Friday at a major Ukrainian nuclear power station captured by Russia, prompting the plant’s … Read more

Palestinian militants fire rockets at Israel after Gaza air strikes

Israeli airstrikes kill at least 10, wound dozens Islamic Jihad says it will hit Tel Aviv, other cities in response Israel says strikes aimed against ‘concrete threat’ Sirens sound in Israeli cities as authorities warn of rockets GAZA, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Palestinian militants in Gaza fired dozens of rockets into Israel on Friday in … Read more

Three grain ships leave Ukraine; NATO chief says Russia must not win

Three grain ships leave Ukraine ports First ship due to arrive in Ukraine since start of war Eastern fighting “hell”, says Zelenskiy Amnesty says Ukraine troops are endangering civilians NATO chief warns Putin not to go further ISTANBUL/KYIV, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Three ships loaded with grain left Ukrainian ports on Friday under a recently … Read more

Ukraine warns of new Russian offensive; Sweden, Finland move closer to joining NATO

Ukraine warns of new Russian southern offensive Strike force aimed at president’s hometown, says Ukraine US, Italy approve Finland, Sweden accession to NATO Ukraine calls on China to help end war, says SCMP KYIV/WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Ukraine said Russia had started creating a military strike force aimed at President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s hometown of … Read more

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy says first grain ship ‘nothing’, economy in coma

Grain-carrying ship from Ukraine inspected in Turkey Ship, headed for Lebanon, transits Bosphorus Shipment is first of kind to leave Ukraine in wartime But the Ukrainian leader says much more is needed Kyiv urgently needs to ship 10 mln tons to cut deficit KYIV/ISTANBUL, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskiy dismissed the importance … Read more

Ayman al-Zawahiri: from Cairo physician to al Qaeda leader

Joined Muslim Brotherhood as a teenager From a respected Cairo family Took over al Qaeda after death of bin Laden Wielded influence as ideologist, strategist Lacked bin Laden’s charisma DUBAI, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Ayman al-Zawahiri succeeded Osama bin Laden as al Qaeda leader after years as its main organizer and strategist, but his lack … Read more