Singapore’s former president Halimah Yacob. Photo: AFP

Singapore’s ex-president slams ‘degradation of soul’ as Gaza suffering continues

Halimah Yacob says the world’s ‘dithering’ over ceasefire efforts is a sign of the ‘degradation of the human soul’, in Facebook comments shared by law minister K. Shanmugam.

24 minutes ago

Palestinian Territories’ prime minister Shtayyeh quits

The move is seen as a step towards achieving peace in the Middle East by reforming the Palestinian Authority to govern Gaza once the war is over.

The move is seen as a step towards achieving peace in the Middle East by reforming the Palestinian Authority to govern Gaza once the war is over.

4 hours ago

Israel army proposes evacuation plan for Gaza ‘areas of fighting’

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to quickly launch plans for a military offensive in Rafah despite the ongoing negotiations on a ceasefire.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to quickly launch plans for a military offensive in Rafah despite the ongoing negotiations on a ceasefire.

5 hours ago

Netanyahu says ceasefire deal would delay ‘somewhat’ offensive in Rafah

Israeli prime minister claimed total victory in Gaza would come within weeks once the offensive begins.

Israeli prime minister claimed total victory in Gaza would come within weeks once the offensive begins.

26 Feb 2024 - 11:46AM

Israel threatens Eurovision pull-out if entry vetoed

Israel warned that it may withdraw from this year’s Eurovision Song Contest if organisers reject the lyrics from its entry as too political.

Israel warned that it may withdraw from this year’s Eurovision Song Contest if organisers reject the lyrics from its entry as too political.

26 Feb 2024 - 10:39AM

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A woman holds a sign during a protest rally against the war in Gaza and calling for a ceasefire, in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Saturday. Photo: Xinhua

Israel discusses next steps in truce talks as Gaza desperation deepens

Local media reports say the Israeli cabinet has agreed to send a delegation to Qatar in the coming days to continue the truce talks.

25 Feb 2024 - 3:50PM

US and UK launch new wave of strikes on Houthis over continued Red Sea attacks

The 18 targets at 8 locations in Yemen included weapons and missile storage facilities, air defence systems, radars and a helicopter.

The 18 targets at 8 locations in Yemen included weapons and missile storage facilities, air defence systems, radars and a helicopter.

25 Feb 2024 - 2:45PM

US opposes Israel ‘reoccupation’ of Gaza, shrinking of Palestinian territory

The remarks by top US diplomat Blinken came in response to a proposal by PM Netanyahu to give Israel’s army ‘indefinite freedom’ to operate in post-war Gaza.

The remarks by top US diplomat Blinken came in response to a proposal by PM Netanyahu to give Israel’s army ‘indefinite freedom’ to operate in post-war Gaza.

24 Feb 2024 - 9:26AM

UK born ‘IS bride’ loses appeal against removal of citizenship

The British government took away Shamima Begum’s citizenship on national security grounds in 2019, shortly after she was found in a detention camp in Syria.

The British government took away Shamima Begum’s citizenship on national security grounds in 2019, shortly after she was found in a detention camp in Syria.

23 Feb 2024 - 7:36PM

Israel’s Netanyahu presents first official ‘day after’ plan for Gaza

According to the document, Israel would maintain security control over all land west of Jordan, including the occupied West Bank and Gaza – territories where the Palestinians want to create an independent state.

According to the document, Israel would maintain security control over all land west of Jordan, including the occupied West Bank and Gaza – territories where the Palestinians want to create an independent state.

23 Feb 2024 - 6:33PM

Paris to host Gaza ceasefire talks, 2 weeks after last bid failed

International efforts to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas appeared to gain new momentum with negotiations this weekend in Paris.

International efforts to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas appeared to gain new momentum with negotiations this weekend in Paris.

23 Feb 2024 - 7:39PM

Houthis to step up Red Sea strikes, use ‘submarine weapons’, leader says

The Iran-backed militants also sent shippers and insurers formal notice of a ‘ban’ on vessels linked to Israel, the US and the UK from sailing in surrounding seas.

The Iran-backed militants also sent shippers and insurers formal notice of a ‘ban’ on vessels linked to Israel, the US and the UK from sailing in surrounding seas.

23 Feb 2024 - 2:56AM

Israel strikes Gaza’s Rafah as truce talks under way

Israel is currently preparing a military offensive on Rafah, in the very south of the Gaza Strip on the border with Egypt as it seeks to eliminate Hamas fighters.

Israel is currently preparing a military offensive on Rafah, in the very south of the Gaza Strip on the border with Egypt as it seeks to eliminate Hamas fighters.

22 Feb 2024 - 4:40PM

Russia getting ‘hundreds of missiles’ from Iran as Ukraine war rages on

Iran’s provision of around 400 missiles is seen as deepening military cooperation between the two US-sanctioned countries.

Iran’s provision of around 400 missiles is seen as deepening military cooperation between the two US-sanctioned countries.

22 Feb 2024 - 3:57PM

Steep price: Sri Lanka settles US$20 million Iranian oil debt with tea

The barter deal allows sanctions-hit Iran to avoid having to use up scarce hard currency to pay for imports of popular tea. It also allowed Sri Lanka to pay with tea, as the country was short of foreign currency.

The barter deal allows sanctions-hit Iran to avoid having to use up scarce hard currency to pay for imports of popular tea. It also allowed Sri Lanka to pay with tea, as the country was short of foreign currency.

22 Feb 2024 - 9:00AM

Saudi US$100 billion manufacturing fund invests in SoftBank, Dahua

The moves underscore Saudi Arabia’s commitment to transform itself from an oil-dependent economy to a powerhouse that makes money on everything from tech to metals, mining and tourism.

The moves underscore Saudi Arabia’s commitment to transform itself from an oil-dependent economy to a powerhouse that makes money on everything from tech to metals, mining and tourism.

21 Feb 2024 - 5:16PM

Attacks on ships and US drones show Houthis can still fight despite US-led strikes

This week, Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels seriously damaged a ship in a crucial strait and downed an American drone worth tens of millions of dollars.

This week, Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels seriously damaged a ship in a crucial strait and downed an American drone worth tens of millions of dollars.

21 Feb 2024 - 1:09PM

US blocks ceasefire call with third UN veto in Israel-Gaza war

US blocks a demand for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire as it instead pushes the 15-member UN body to call for a temporary ceasefire linked to the release of hostages held by Hamas.

US blocks a demand for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire as it instead pushes the 15-member UN body to call for a temporary ceasefire linked to the release of hostages held by Hamas.

21 Feb 2024 - 8:54AM

South Africa accuses Israel of apartheid against Palestinians at top UN court

Israel rejects accusations of apartheid, and usually dismisses UN bodies and international tribunals as unfair and biased against it.

Israel rejects accusations of apartheid, and usually dismisses UN bodies and international tribunals as unfair and biased against it.

20 Feb 2024 - 9:03PM

There is ‘real excitement’ about Saudi capital market, Riyadh forum is told

Saudi Arabia’s capital market is very attractive in the eyes of global investors, and its authorities are pushing for more regulation to enhance the market’s accessibility and stability, say panellists at the Saudi Capital Market Forum.

Saudi Arabia’s capital market is very attractive in the eyes of global investors, and its authorities are pushing for more regulation to enhance the market’s accessibility and stability, say panellists at the Saudi Capital Market Forum.

21 Feb 2024 - 3:07PM