James Mackenzie
People hold antiwar placards in Madrid during a protest to call for a cease-fire in Gaza on Jan. 20.
WORLD / Politics
May 23, 2024
Israel's isolation deepens as European countries recognize Palestinian state
The move follows warnings by Washington over withholding arms, sanctions against violent settlers and accusations of genocide in international courts.
People walk past a mural depicting Iranian missiles in Tehran on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Apr 20, 2024
Israel's Iran attack carefully calibrated after internal splits and U.S. pressure
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's war Cabinet had initially approved plans for a strike on Monday night, but held back at the last-minute.
Israel and its allies mostly shot down all missiles and drones and there were no deaths, but Israel says it must retaliate to preserve the credibility of its deterrents.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 18, 2024
Israel will defend itself, Netanyahu says, as West calls for restraint
Israel said it must respond to a volley of attacks from Iran — which caused no deaths — to preserve the credibility of its deterrents.
Israeli soldiers mount an Israeli flag on a military vehicle near the Israel-Gaza border on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 16, 2024
Israel vows response to Iran attack amid growing calls for restraint
Israel's military chief of staff said Iran's direct attack "will be met with a response" as world leaders call for no further escalation.
Smoke billows following Israeli bombardment over Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 16, 2024
Israel raids main hospital in southern Gaza as Rafah concerns grow
The Israeli military said the raid was based on intel that Hamas militants were hiding and had kept hostages there, which the militant group denies.
The Galaxy Leader cargo ship is escorted by Houthi boats in the Red Sea in this photo released on Nov. 20.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 19, 2023
U.S.-led force to patrol Red Sea in response to Houthi attacks
Participating countries led by the United States include the United Kingdom, Bahrain, Canada, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Seychelles and Spain.
Damaged houses following the deadly Oct. 7 attack by Hamas gunmen in southern Israel.
Dec 2, 2023
Israel's most wanted: The three Hamas leaders it aims to kill
Sources familiar with Israel's thinking have said that the offensive in Gaza was unlikely to stop until three top Hamas commanders are dead or captured.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu poses for a photo with soldiers as he visits an Israeli army base in Tze'elim, Israel, on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 9, 2023
Lack of consensus as Netanyahu seeks security control over Gaza
Diplomats say rebuilding physical infrastructure and reconstructing governance of the area will present a colossal challenge.
Japan Times
Nov 4, 2022
As Netanyahu returns, concerns grow over far-right ally
Itamar Ben-Gvir, co-head of the Religious Zionism bloc, is a fiery provocateur who until recently was calling for Palestinians to be expelled.
Japan Times
Apr 20, 2022
New surrender deadline in Mariupol as West promises Ukraine more arms
Thousands of Russian troops backed by artillery and rocket barrages were advancing in what Ukrainian officials called the Battle of the Donbas.
Japan Times
Mar 30, 2022
How Ukraine has kept Russia's army at bay in villages near Kyiv
Russian advances have been halted by small, mobile Ukrainian units wielding anti-tank weapons shipped in from abroad.
Japan Times
Mar 17, 2022
European leaders' risky Kyiv mission took even close family by surprise
The trip to a city under siege, where Ukraine's military is fighting invading Russian forces just a few kilometers from the periphery, was hastily arranged and known only to a few people.
Japan Times
Mar 16, 2022
Russian bombs continue to pound Ukraine cities despite signs of a compromise at peace talks
In a hint of a possible compromise, Zelenskyy said that Ukraine was prepared to accept security guarantees from the West that stop short of its long-term goal of joining NATO.
Japan Times
Jan 9, 2022
Baby lost in chaos of Afghanistan airlift found and returned to family after long ordeal
Sohail Ahmadi was just just 2 months old when he went missing as thousands of people rushed the Kabul airport as the country fell to the Taliban.
Japan Times
Jul 22, 2021
From China to Germany, floods expose climate vulnerability
By the end of the century, slow-moving, deadly storms that release more rain could be 14 times more frequent, researchers have found.


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