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

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

Exclusive: US and Taliban make progress on Afghan reserves, but big gaps remain

KABUL/WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) – US and Taliban officials have exchanged proposals for the release of billions of dollars from Afghan central bank reserves held abroad into a trust fund, three sources familiar with the talks said, offering a hint of progress in efforts to ease Afghanistan’s economic crisis. Significant differences between the sides remain, … Read more

Ukraine’s ports to reopen under deal to be signed Friday, Turkey says

UN, Turkey worked to broker Ukraine-Russia grains export deal Hopeful sign global food crisis could be eased Ukraine’s Zelenskiy sees potential for battleground gains July 22 (Reuters) – Russia and Ukraine will sign a deal on Friday to reopen Ukraine’s Black Sea ports to grain exports, Turkey said, raising hopes that an international food crisis … Read more

Russia restarts major gas pipeline, expands Ukraine war goals

Nord Stream pipeline restarts with reduced capacity Moscow says southern Ukraine is also in focus now US says any annexations would not go unchallenged US estimates 15,000 Russian forces killed in war so far July 21 (Reuters) – Russia is resuming gas supplies via a major pipeline to Europe on Thursday, the pipeline operator said, … Read more

Putin says Ukraine did not make good on preliminary peace deal

No immediate response from Ukrainian government on Putin remarks Putin visited Iran, also with Turkey’s Erdogan Russia ready to clear way for Ukraine grain exports, Putin says Russian bombardment of Ukraine cities continues July 20 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Moscow did not see any desire from Ukraine to fulfill the … Read more

As pressure mounts, Biden acts to deter wrongful detentions of Americans abroad

WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Tuesday aimed at deterring and punishing wrongful detention of US citizens abroad by authorizing government agencies to impose sanctions and other measures. The move came amid growing pressure on Biden from families of hostages and detainees, most recently on the case of … Read more