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Russia-Ukraine live updates Kyiv doubtful of Moscow pullback; Zelensky seeks global security pledge
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Russia-Ukraine live updates Kyiv doubtful of Moscow pullback; Zelensky seeks global security pledge

Russia pledged during Tuesday’s peace talks in Turkey that it would “drastically reduce” attacks near two Ukrainian cities as a confidence-building gesture. But Ukrainian military leaders said Russia was probably using the maneuvers to “mislead” and was merely rotating its troops. Western leaders also expressed skepticism, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the Kremlin should be judged by “their actions, not their words.” It was not immediately clear whether the negotiations in Istanbul would continue for a second day.Ukrainian assertions that it was pushing back Russian forces near Kyiv — where Moscow said it would scale back its [...]Continue reading on www.washingtonpost.com
Ukraine and Russia to resume ceasefire talks by video Friday
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Ukraine and Russia to resume ceasefire talks by video Friday

This general view taken on March 30, 2022 shows fire and smoke lighting up the night sky, east of Kharkiv. - Ukrainian forces have pushed back Russian troops from a highway outside the country's second-largest city of Kharkiv, and were clearing away the burnt-out wreckage of cars, AFP journalists reported on March 30. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP) The Times of Israel is liveblogging Thursday’s events as they happen. 1hr ago In Washington, DC, Israeli basketballer Deni Avdija took the court against the Orlando Magic with a Hebrew message on his sneaker reading “Am Yisrael Chai” or the [...]Continue reading on www.timesofisrael.com
US targets Iran missile program with sanctions after strikes on regional rivals
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US targets Iran missile program with sanctions after strikes on regional rivals

A house damaged by an Iranian ballistic missile attack is seen in Irbil, Iraq, March 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Ahmed Mzoori, Metrography, File) The United States on Wednesday announced sanctions against Iranian defense companies after a spate of ballistic missile attacks on targets in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab EmiratesThe US and Iran’s neighbors blame Tehran for a March 13 strike on Erbil, Iraq, and for repeated missile strikes into Saudi Arabia and the UAE by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.On Friday, a Houthi missile strike set ablaze a Saudi Aramco oil storage site, prompting warnings from angry [...]Continue reading on www.timesofisrael.com
Police okay Temple Mount visit Thursday by far-right lawmaker Ben Gvir
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Police okay Temple Mount visit Thursday by far-right lawmaker Ben Gvir

Religious Zionism MK Itamar Ben Gvir attends a flag parade near Jerusalem's Old City, June 15, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) Far right lawmaker Itamar Ben Gvir received conditional approval from police to visit the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Thursday, despite concerns that the visit by the firebrand Knesset member could significantly raise already heightened tensions and spark fresh violence.Police said final approval for the visit to the flashpoint holy site would only come following a situational assessment Thursday morning.The police okay was met with condemnation from politicians, who have sought to both address security concerns and calm tensions as [...]Continue reading on www.timesofisrael.com
Gantz vows to ‘flood the streets’ with thousands of reservists if needed
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Gantz vows to ‘flood the streets’ with thousands of reservists if needed

Defense Minister Benny Gantz gives a press conference at IDF Central Command headquarters on March 30, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90) Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Wednesday that Israel is under a “murderous terror onslaught” after 11 people were killed in three attacks over the past week.“We are taking offensive and defensive actions,” Gantz said following a security assessment with Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi and Central Command chief Maj. Gen. Yehuda Fuchs.“I’ve ordered [the defense establishment] to aid Israeli police in the form of equipment, manpower and additional personnel to assist them in various missions,” Gantz said, [...]Continue reading on www.timesofisrael.com
Putin’s advisers are misleading him about Ukraine war, US intel says
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Putin’s advisers are misleading him about Ukraine war, US intel says

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Mahmud-Ali Kalimatov, the head of the Republic of Ingushetia during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, March 30, 2022. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — US intelligence officials have determined that Russian President Vladimir Putin is being misinformed by his advisers about his nation’s forces’ poor performance in Ukraine, according to a US official.Meanwhile, President Joe Biden told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a 55-minute call on Wednesday that an additional $500 million in direct aid for Ukraine was on its way. It’s the latest burst in American assistance [...]Continue reading on www.timesofisrael.com
Hosting Herzog, Jordan’s king condemns ‘tragic attacks that target civilians’
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Hosting Herzog, Jordan’s king condemns ‘tragic attacks that target civilians’

President Isaac Herzog (L) and Jordanian King Abdullah II at the Al Husseiniya Palace in Amman, Jordan, March 30, 2022. (Haim Zach/GPO) President Isaac Herzog met with King Abdullah II in Amman on Wednesday, where the Jordanian monarch condemned Tuesday’s terror attack in Bnei Brak.According to the Royal Court, the king decried “tragic attacks that target civilians on both sides, including yesterday’s attack.”“Every life matters,” Abdullah told Herzog, who flew over from Jerusalem.However, the Royal Court’s Arabic-language Twitter account was more circumspect, saying only that the king “condemns violence in all its forms.”As Israel is buffeted by a wave [...]Continue reading on www.timesofisrael.com
Blinken visits Russia ally Algeria in shadow of Ukraine invasion and energy concerns
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Blinken visits Russia ally Algeria in shadow of Ukraine invasion and energy concerns

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken waves on arrival, March 30, 2022, in Algiers, Algeria. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool) ALGIERS — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived Wednesday in Algeria, a Moscow ally and major gas producer that has faced calls to boost exports to Europe after prices soared following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.Blinken touched down at Boumediene Airport and headed to meet Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra on his first visit as top US diplomat to the North African country.He had flown in from Algeria’s arch-rival Morocco, which in 2020 normalized ties with Israel under a deal that [...]Continue reading on www.timesofisrael.com
In Ukrainian city taken back from Russia, only devastation and hunger remain
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In Ukrainian city taken back from Russia, only devastation and hunger remain

A resident walks in front of a destroyed building in the northeastern city of Trostyanets, on March 29, 2022. (FADEL SENNA / AFP) AFP — Dazed residents emerge from their homes to search for food while Ukrainian soldiers salvage what they can from damaged Russian vehicles abandoned amid the ruins.A month under Russian occupation has left deep scars in the northeastern town of Trostyanets.Russia’s 4th Guards Tank Division, considered an elite armored unit, rolled into Trostyanets, which is just 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the border, on the second day of the war.But it encountered fierce resistance from Ukrainian [...]Continue reading on www.timesofisrael.com
Pro-Palestinian social media celebrates murder of Ukrainians in terror attack – analysis
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Pro-Palestinian social media celebrates murder of Ukrainians in terror attack – analysis

The murders in Bnei Barak have an Arabic hashtag: Operation Bnei Barak. In the hashtag, they post videos of the killing and decorate the images of the perpetrator with flowers. The scene of a shooting in Bnei Brak on March 29, 2022. (photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)When news of a terror attack began to circulate on social media a number of Palestinian Arabic language media and social media accounts began to celebrate the attack.The reports claimed that “settlers” were killed in the attack . This might be confusing for some who read western media and think “settlers” refers to Israelis [...] Continue reading on www.jpost.com
Hundreds attend funerals for two fathers shot dead in Bnei Brak terror attack
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Hundreds attend funerals for two fathers shot dead in Bnei Brak terror attack

Mourners attend the funeral of Avishai Yehezkel, one of the five people killed in a terror attack in Bnei Brak, on March 30, 2022 (Menahem KAHANA / AFP) Large crowds thronged the streets of Bnei Brak on Wednesday for the funerals of two men killed in a terror attack a day earlier.Five people were killed on Tuesday evening when terrorist Diaa Hamarsheh, 26, went on a deadly rampage through the ultra-Orthodox suburb of Tel Aviv.Three of victims were named as police officer Amir Khoury, 32, Ya’akov Shalom, 36, and Avishai Yehezkel, 30.Police said that the two unnamed victims were [...]Continue reading on www.timesofisrael.com
Daily Briefing Mar. 30: Deadly terrorist attack as region tries to shore up security
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Daily Briefing Mar. 30: Deadly terrorist attack as region tries to shore up security

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday.Political correspondent Tal Schneider and Arab affairs correspondent Aaron Boxerman join host Amanda Borschel-Dan.Last night a Palestinian terrorist killed five people during a shooting spree on the streets of the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak until he was killed by police officers, one of whom, Amir Khoury, was killed in the firefight. Schneider gives more information about the victims. Boxerman explains more about the perpetrator.In a rare move, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud [...]Continue reading on www.timesofisrael.com
UN: Ukrainian refugees top 4 million, surpassing initial prediction
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UN: Ukrainian refugees top 4 million, surpassing initial prediction

A Ukrainian evacuee waits to board a train en route to Warsaw at the rail station in Przemysl, near the Polish-Ukrainian border, on March 29, 2022. (Angelos Tzortzinis / AFP) GENEVA, Switzerland — More than four million Ukrainians have now fled the country to escape Russia’s “senseless war,” the United Nations said Wednesday.UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, said 4,019,287 Ukrainians had fled across the country’s borders since the February 24 invasion, with more than 2.3 million having headed west into Poland.“Refugees from Ukraine are now four million, five weeks after the start of the Russian attack,” UNHCR chief Filippo [...]Continue reading on www.timesofisrael.com
Sanitation progress slows to a crawl amid pandemic
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Sanitation progress slows to a crawl amid pandemic

Progress towards universal access to handwashing facilities has slowed in communities from Latin America to Sub-Saharan Africa amid the pandemic, data analysis reveals.Minor sanitation improvements have been seen in some parts of Asia Pacific, but the most vulnerable families living in camps for displaced people and refugees have had to rely on emergency support.The findings come from a SciDev.Net data analysis of the availability of handwashing facilities in schools, hospitals, camps and homes around the world. “In the past decade, access to sanitation and drinking water has advanced very timidly in the face of the challenge we have.” Edison [...] Continue reading on www.scidev.net
Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now
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Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

March 30 (Reuters) - Russia is promising to scale down military operations around the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, while Ukraine is suggesting it might adopt a neutral status in confidence-building steps that may help de-escalate the five-week war.TALKS AND DIPLOMACY* Ukraine proposed not joining alliances or hosting bases of foreign troops. read more * The United States is sceptical of Russia's seriousness in pursuing peace. read more * Russian President Putin and French counterpart Macron talk again by phone.* Ukrainian President Zelenskiy will address Australia's parliament on Thursday. read more * United States and Russia both head to India to [...]Continue reading on www.reuters.com
Russian Media Regulator Bans Cartoon About War In Ukraine
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Russian Media Regulator Bans Cartoon About War In Ukraine

A still shot from the animated series Masyanya, which addressed Russia’s unprovoked full-scale attack against Ukraine in a recent episode. Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor has demanded the creators of a popular cartoon show remove the last episode posted on the Internet because it deals with Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine.Roskomnadzor said on March 29 that the episode of the series Masyanya "contains false information of social importance about the ongoing military operation to defend the Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics."According to Roskomnadzor, the cartoon episode "discredits the Russian Federation's armed forces."The creator of the show, Oleg Kuvayev, said on [...] Continue reading on www.rferl.org
‘It’s Hell’: Ukrainians Describe Harrowing Escape From Besieged City Of Mariupol
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‘It’s Hell’: Ukrainians Describe Harrowing Escape From Besieged City Of Mariupol

Ukrainian civilians who have escaped from the besieged port city of Mariupol have described scenes of "hell" and say those who remain in the ruins are on the brink of starvation. Russian forces have surrounded the city and have been pounding it with artillery and rocket fire. Some civilians have been allowed to flee during breaks in the shelling. Speaking to Current Time in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on March 24, those who fled Mariupol said conditions were "shocking" and that food and water have all but run out. Continue reading on www.rferl.org
Russia-Ukraine war: what we know on day 35 of the Russian invasion
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Russia-Ukraine war: what we know on day 35 of the Russian invasion

Russia’s pledge to cut back its military activity in the north is greeted with widespread scepticism, as Volodymyr Zelenskiy says signs from talks are ‘positive’ Western and Ukrainian officials have reacted warily to Russia’s claim that it will significantly cut back its military activity in northern Ukraine after “meaningful” progress at peace talks in Istanbul. More than a month after the start of an invasion that has largely stalled in the eyes of the west, Russia’s deputy defence minister, Alexander Fomin, said Moscow would “radically reduce military activity in the direction of Kyiv and Chernihiv”. Volodymyr Zelenskiy said [...]Continue reading on www.theguardian.com
Brother, other relatives of Bnei Brak terrorist detained as IDF raids West Bank home
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Brother, other relatives of Bnei Brak terrorist detained as IDF raids West Bank home

A member of the Zaka Rescue and Recovery team cleans blood from the site where a gunman opened fire in Bnei Brak, March 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty) Security services have arrested the brother of the Palestinian terrorist who killed five people in Bnei Brak and was shot dead, Hebrew-language media reported Wednesday morning.The brother was detained as troops raided the West Bank home of gunman Diaa Hamarsheh, 26, who on Tuesday carried out the third deadly terror attack in Israel within a week.A number of other individuals were reportedly questioned and held as security services investigate whether the [...]Continue reading on www.timesofisrael.com
International community condemns Bnei Brak shooting, other recent terror attacks
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International community condemns Bnei Brak shooting, other recent terror attacks

Members of the Zaka emergency organization remove a body from the scene of a shooting attack in Bnei Brak, March 29, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90) The international community offered swift condemnation of a terror attack in Israel that killed five people on Tuesday evening, with top diplomats expressing their support for the country as it faces a recent spate of deadly assaults.US Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued a condemnation within hours of the terror shooting in Bnei Brak, a suburb of Tel Aviv. The Palestinian gunman killed a police officer, two fathers, and two foreign workers.“We strongly condemn today’s [...]Continue reading on www.timesofisrael.com