Friday, April 19, 2024



Israel & Hamas agree deal for release of Gaza hostages, ceasefire

GAZA/TEL AVIV, NOVEMBER 22: Israel's Government and Hamas on Wednesday agreed to a 4-day pause in fighting to allow the release of 50 hostages held in Gaza in exchange for 150 Palestinians imprisoned in Israel and the entry of humanitarian aid into the besieged enclave. Officials from Qatar, which has been mediating negotiations, as well as the US, Israel and Hamas is believed to be holding more than 200 hostages, taken when its fighters surged into Israel on October 7, killing 1,200 people, according to Israeli tallies. A statement by...

Pak under terror scrutiny again after hostage drama in Texas to release jailed scientist

WASHINGTON, January 16: Pakistan is again under scrutiny for its global terrorism footprint after an FBI team shot dead a man who took hostages in a Texas synagogue on Saturday demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani-American neuro-scientist serving a 86-year sentence on terrorism-related charges. Islamabad has repeatedly demanded Washington free Siddiqui, a cause celebre in Pakistan and its extremist circles. The latest episode in US-Pakistan terrorism wrangles began on Saturday morning when a man who identified himself as Mohammed Siddiqui took four Jewish hostages in a synagogue in...