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The Maharashtra government has decided to impose stricter norms by reducing the five-level relaxation plan to three. (File photo)
The Maharashtra government has decided to impose stricter norms by reducing the five-level relaxation plan to three. (File photo)

News updates from HT: Maharashtra imposes stricter Covid curbs

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2021 04:52 PM IST
  • Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
The second wave that started in Maharashtra on February 10 has so far led to 3,958,629 new Covid-19 cases and 68,499 deaths within four months.(Reuters)
The second wave that started in Maharashtra on February 10 has so far led to 3,958,629 new Covid-19 cases and 68,499 deaths within four months.(Reuters)

News updates from HT: Maharashtra Covid-19 tally crosses 6 million mark

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 25, 2021 08:58 AM IST
  • Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators attend a protest following a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in London, United Kingdom. (Reuters / Representational Image)
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators attend a protest following a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in London, United Kingdom. (Reuters / Representational Image)

At UN, India bats for 'independent, democratic' state of Palestine

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON JUN 25, 2021 06:21 AM IST
India's comments come in the backdrop of recent escalations in the conflict between Israel and Palestine after a series of missile strikes from the Israel Defence Forces earmarked civilian settlements in the Gaza Strip, violating a ceasefire arrangement on June 16 that was in place since May 21.
A boy waves a Palestine flag. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
A boy waves a Palestine flag. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Palestinians rejected 'completely valid' vaccines, claims Israel

AFP |
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2021 11:43 PM IST
The Palestinian Authority on Friday called off a deal that would have seen Israel provide it with one million jabs in exchange for doses from Pfizer that the Palestinians are scheduled to receive later this year.
The flag of Palestine flutters on a rooftop across from the newly-built Israeli settler outpost in the village of Beita.(AFP)
The flag of Palestine flutters on a rooftop across from the newly-built Israeli settler outpost in the village of Beita.(AFP)

Palestinians call off 1 million dose vaccine exchange with Israel

AP | , Jerusalem
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2021 11:15 PM IST
The Palestinians said the doses, which Israel began shipping to the occupied West Bank, are too close to expiring and do not meet their standards. In announcing the agreement, Israel had said the vaccines “will expire soon” without specifying the date.
A Palestinian health worker gives a woman a dose of AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 during a vaccination drive in Tubas, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
A Palestinian health worker gives a woman a dose of AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 during a vaccination drive in Tubas, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)

Israel to give Palestinians 1 million Covid vaccine doses in exchange deal

Reuters | , Tel Aviv
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2021 03:29 PM IST
Israel, which led the world with its swift vaccine roll-out, had faced criticism for not doing more to ensure Palestinian access to doses. Around 55% of eligible Israelis are fully vaccinated.
Israeli barrier with a mural depicting Eyad al-Halaq, an unarmed and autistic Palestinian who was shot dead by Israeli police in West Bank.(Reuters)
Israeli barrier with a mural depicting Eyad al-Halaq, an unarmed and autistic Palestinian who was shot dead by Israeli police in West Bank.(Reuters)

Israeli officer charged in killing of autistic Palestinian

AP | , Jerusalem
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2021 08:11 PM IST
  • The indictment came just over a year after the shooting of Eyad Hallaq, whose family has criticized Israel's investigation into the killing and called for much tougher charges.
Zara faces calls for boycott after head designer’s ‘racist’ message to Palestinian model(Twitter/CapitalMoments)
Zara faces calls for boycott after head designer’s ‘racist’ message to Palestinian model(Twitter/CapitalMoments)

Zara under fire after head designer’s ‘racist’ message to Palestinian model

By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2021 02:46 PM IST
  • Social media users trend hashtags #BoycottZara and #ZaraMustApologise after Palestinian model Qaher Harhash exposes anti-Palestinian and ‘Islamophobic’ conversation with Vanessa Perilman, Head Designer for Spanish clothing giant Zara
Mahmoud Darwish and Edward Said remain relevant to the conflict of the Arab world till date.(HT photo)
Mahmoud Darwish and Edward Said remain relevant to the conflict of the Arab world till date.(HT photo)

Israel-Palestine clash: A bit of Mahmoud Darwish, Edward Said in those affected

By Prashasti Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 10, 2021 04:43 PM IST
Israel-Palestine conflict: Mahmoud Darwish and Edward Said are the poster children of the conflict which has its roots in the early 19 century.
Robert Mardini, Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), gestures as he speaks with a Palestinian man near the rubble of a house destroyed in Israeli airstrikes during Israeli-Palestinian fighting, in Gaza City on June 2, 2021. (Reuters)
Robert Mardini, Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), gestures as he speaks with a Palestinian man near the rubble of a house destroyed in Israeli airstrikes during Israeli-Palestinian fighting, in Gaza City on June 2, 2021. (Reuters)

Red Cross chief urges Israel, Palestine to end cycle of violence

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 02, 2021 03:43 PM IST
On his first visit to Gaza in four years, Robert Mardini toured areas devastated by Israeli bombardments during the 11 days of fighting, including a road where 42 people were killed.
Louis Vuitton’s ‘disgraceful’ keffiyeh with Israel flag colours draws flak for cultural appropriation(Photo by Melanie Pongratz on Unsplash/Twitter@aiyaserendipity)
Louis Vuitton’s ‘disgraceful’ keffiyeh with Israel flag colours draws flak for cultural appropriation(Photo by Melanie Pongratz on Unsplash/Twitter@aiyaserendipity)

Louis Vuitton blasted for ‘disgraceful’ keffiyeh with Israel flag colours

By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2021 02:18 PM IST
  • ‘Profiting off the oppressed people of Palestine is beyond disgraceful’: Twitterati call out French fashion brand Louis Vuitton's 'audacity' for cultural appropriation as it releases new keffiyeh stole worth $700 with alleged Israel flag colours, design and patterns
"If found to be indiscriminate and disproportionate, such attacks might constitute war crimes," Michelle Bachelet said. In picture - Damage around tombs in the old Shujaiya cemetery in Gaza City.(AFP)
"If found to be indiscriminate and disproportionate, such attacks might constitute war crimes," Michelle Bachelet said. In picture - Damage around tombs in the old Shujaiya cemetery in Gaza City.(AFP)

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet says Israeli strikes on Gaza may be war crimes

Reuters | , Geneva
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2021 04:15 PM IST
Michelle Bachelet said her office had verified the deaths of 270 Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including 68 children, during violence this month.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Cairo and Amman through Thursday and meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Jordan's King Abdullah.(AP)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Cairo and Amman through Thursday and meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Jordan's King Abdullah.(AP)

US says primary focus is to ensure ceasefire holds, aid delivered to Gaza

Reuters | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAY 24, 2021 07:23 PM IST
Washington has "every hope and expectation" that the ceasefire, brokered by Egypt and now in its fourth day after 11 days of hostilities, will hold, a senior State Department official said.
Protesters hold Palestinian flags in Paris. (AP Photo)
Protesters hold Palestinian flags in Paris. (AP Photo)

France concerned about 'risk of apartheid' in Israel

AFP | , Paris
PUBLISHED ON MAY 23, 2021 09:43 PM IST
  • Le Drian is one of the first senior French officials to use the term "apartheid" in reference to Israel, which has angrily denied any policy of racial discrimination.
Dua Lipa blasts group that condemned her for Mideast stance(Instagram/dualipa)
Dua Lipa blasts group that condemned her for Mideast stance(Instagram/dualipa)

Dua Lipa calls out group that condemned her for stance on Mideast

AP | , New York
PUBLISHED ON MAY 23, 2021 09:55 AM IST
  • Dua Lipa blasted an organisation that paid for a full page ad in an esteemed newspaper claiming the singer to be antisemitic for her support of Palestinians.
People push a stretcher carrying a victim who was injured in a bomb blast during a pro-Palestinian rally in which six people were killed and another 14 wounded, in Chaman of Pakistan's Balochistan province near the Afghanistan border, in Quetta. (AFP)
People push a stretcher carrying a victim who was injured in a bomb blast during a pro-Palestinian rally in which six people were killed and another 14 wounded, in Chaman of Pakistan's Balochistan province near the Afghanistan border, in Quetta. (AFP)

3 Islamist political party leaders killed in bomb blast in Balochistan: Report

ANI | , Islamabad
PUBLISHED ON MAY 22, 2021 03:44 PM IST
Senior local police official Ahmad Mohiuddin said explosives were packed into a motorbike parked near the vehicle of a religious leader taking part in the rally, reported Geo News.
Al-Aqsa Mosque complex, is one of the most sensitive sites in the Middle East conflict and a buildup of clashes there earlier in May touched off the Israel-Hamas conflict(AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)(AP)
Al-Aqsa Mosque complex, is one of the most sensitive sites in the Middle East conflict and a buildup of clashes there earlier in May touched off the Israel-Hamas conflict(AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)(AP)

Palestinians clash with Israeli police in Jerusalem hours after ceasefire

Reuters | , Jerusalem
PUBLISHED ON MAY 21, 2021 05:43 PM IST
Reuters eyewitness said Palestinians threw stones and Molotov cocktails towards police near the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex, which sits atop the Old City plateau
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (File Photo/Reuters)
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (File Photo/Reuters)

'Gaza hell on earth for children': UN chief urges Israel to exercise 'restraint'

Reuters |
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2021 09:42 PM IST
United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres also told the 193-member United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) he would launch an appeal for humanitarian funding.
US President Joe Biden.(Reuters)
US President Joe Biden.(Reuters)

Joe Biden tells Netanyahu he expects 'significant de-escalation' in Israel

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2021 07:44 PM IST
Joe Biden asked Netanyahu to move “toward the path to a cease-fire,” according to a White House description of their conversation.
A woman protects her children as sirens sound following rocket launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel near Sderot, Israel May 19, 2021. (Reuters)
A woman protects her children as sirens sound following rocket launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel near Sderot, Israel May 19, 2021. (Reuters)

'Covid will be easier than Israeli missiles': Gaza's fear of bomb beats virus

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2021 07:35 PM IST
In response to rocket fire from Gaza, Israeli strikes have pounded the crowded Palestinian enclave since May 10, killing at least 219 people, according to Gaza's health ministry.
Palestinian children, who fled their homes due to Israeli air and artillery strikes, look through a window fence at a United Nations-run school where they take refuge, in Gaza City May 18, 2021. (Reuters)
Palestinian children, who fled their homes due to Israeli air and artillery strikes, look through a window fence at a United Nations-run school where they take refuge, in Gaza City May 18, 2021. (Reuters)

'Children’s cries filling street': Israeli airstrikes kills 6 in Gaza

AP | , Gaza City
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2021 03:19 PM IST
The fighting — the worst since a 2014 war between Israel and Hamas — has ignited protests around the world and inspired Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories to call a general strike Tuesday.
In speaking out, Gulf citizens are challenging the official narratives around normalization with Israel.(AFP representative image)
In speaking out, Gulf citizens are challenging the official narratives around normalization with Israel.(AFP representative image)

No longer silent, Gulf Arab citizens express anger at Israel

AP | , Dubai
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2021 02:20 PM IST
The vocal opposition to Israel, expressed in street protests, on social media and in newspaper columns, comes just months after pacts were signed to establish ties with Israel.
After the strikes, rescue workers pulled the five-month-old from the arms of his dead mother early Saturday, one of his tiny legs fractured in three places. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem(REUTERS)
After the strikes, rescue workers pulled the five-month-old from the arms of his dead mother early Saturday, one of his tiny legs fractured in three places. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem(REUTERS)

'No one left but you': Bereaved Gaza father clutches wounded baby boy

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2021 01:57 PM IST
  • Mohammad al-Hadidi's other children -- Suhayb, 13, Yahya, 11, Abderrahman, 8, and Osama, 6 -- perished in the bombing along with their mother Maha Abu Hattab, 36.
The UN Security Council has failed to adopt a simple declaration on the conflict, with the United States, a staunch Israel ally, having rejected three prior statement drafts proposed by China, Norway and Tunisia which called for an end to the fighting.(AP)
The UN Security Council has failed to adopt a simple declaration on the conflict, with the United States, a staunch Israel ally, having rejected three prior statement drafts proposed by China, Norway and Tunisia which called for an end to the fighting.(AP)

France proposes Israel-Gaza ceasefire resolution at UN: Govt

AFP | | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2021 07:50 AM IST
French President Emmanuel Macron and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is in Paris for summits on Africa, agreed on the resolution in a video conference with Jordan's King Abdullah II, according to a statement.
About 47,000 of the displaced people have sought shelter in 58 UN-run schools in Gaza. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)(AP)
About 47,000 of the displaced people have sought shelter in 58 UN-run schools in Gaza. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)(AP)

UN agency says 52,000 displaced in Gaza, Amnesty wants war crimes investigation

Reuters | , Geneva
PUBLISHED ON MAY 18, 2021 05:03 PM IST
  • The UN and its humanitarian partners are providing food and other assistance to displaced families when the security situation allows
The satellite images of Pyongyang (R), North Korea's secretive capital, are of far better quality than that of Gaza City (L).(Google Earth)
The satellite images of Pyongyang (R), North Korea's secretive capital, are of far better quality than that of Gaza City (L).(Google Earth)

Israel-Palestine conflict: Why densely-populated Gaza blurry on Google Maps?

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 17, 2021 09:26 PM IST
  • The low-resolution satellite images of Gaza, one of the most densely populated places on Earth, on Google Maps makes it difficult to even identify the buildings in some cases.
Leicester players Hamza Choudhury and Wesley Fofana with a Palestine flag after their win over Chelsea in the final of FA Cup(Twitter/Palestine in the UK)
Leicester players Hamza Choudhury and Wesley Fofana with a Palestine flag after their win over Chelsea in the final of FA Cup(Twitter/Palestine in the UK)

Leicester players show support for Palestinians after FA Cup win

AFP |
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2021 11:18 PM IST
  • English midfielder Choudhury and French defender Fofana were seen holding a Palestinian flag.
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