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Palestinians carry aid as others struggle to receive their portion amid widespread hunger in Gaza City on Thursday.
Apr 5, 2024
Peace feels further than ever at six months of Israel-Hamas war
Israel's retaliatory campaign has killed over 33,000 people, mostly women and children, according to the health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) speaks during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz following their meeting in Jerusalem on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 18, 2024
Israeli PM says civilians can leave crowded Rafah before invasion
But the question "where should they go" remain unanswered as Israel continues its offensive against Hamas over five months after Gaza plunged into war.
A man mourns at Shifa hospital in Gaza City on Thursday, looking over the bodies of Palestinians killed in an early morning incident when residents rushed toward aid trucks.
Mar 1, 2024
Deadly scenes in Gaza as overall death toll passes 30,000
The Hamas-run health ministry said more than 100 people were reported dead in a grisly incident on Thursday.
Smoke billows over Khan Younis in the distance as seen from Rafah following Israeli bombardment on the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 15, 2024
Israel vows to press ahead with 'powerful' Rafah operation
Despite growing pressure to hold back, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists Hamas' battalions must be eliminated in the overcrowded city.
Smoke billows above Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 16, 2024
Israel to end war in southern Gaza 'soon' as U.N. demands cease-fire
A day after Israel's prime minister said fighting would continue for months, the Israeli army confirmed one of four divisions in northern Gaza had withdrawn.
A man dozes while leaning on a crutch as he sits outside a tent where displaced Palestinians are camped in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 2, 2024
Israel army warns Gaza war will continue throughout 2024
Its 300,000 reserve soldiers will be gradually deployed in the battle against Hamas.
Relatives mourn a loved one killed during Israeli bombardment at Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis on the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.
Dec 28, 2023
Gaza deaths soar in Israel-Hamas war as WHO warns of 'acute hunger'
Explosions lit up the sky over the Khan Yunis — a focus of heavy urban combat since the Israeli army said it had largely gained control over Gaza's north.
Men warm up around a fire outside one of the tents housing Palestinians displaced by the conflict in Gaza on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 19, 2023
U.S. vows to keep arming Israel amid calls for Gaza cease-fire
Gaza's health ministry says Israel's military response to the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas has now killed more than 19,400 people.
A newly released prisoner (right) hugs a relative during a welcome ceremony following the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails in exchange for Israeli hostages held in Gaza by Hamas since the Oct. 7 attacks, in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 30, 2023
Mediators race to extend Israel-Hamas truce ahead of expiry
The six-day halt to fighting ends on Thursday morning local time, with a last hostages freed from Gaza overnight in exchange for Palestinian prisoners.
This handout picture released by the Israeli army shows hostages released by Hamas, Gal (center) and Tal Almog-Goldstein (left) being transported in a helicopter after they were released by the Palestinian militant group Hamas from the Gaza Strip on Monday.
Nov 28, 2023
11 more Gaza hostages released as Israel-Hamas truce extended
Shortly after the arrival of the hostages was confirmed, Israel's prison authority said 33 Palestinian inmates had been released.
Egyptian medics stand by with incubators to receive premature Palestinian babies evacuated from Gaza on Monday.
Nov 21, 2023
Gaza babies evacuated as Hamas reports deadly hospital strike
Gaza's health ministry said the Israeli army's strike on the Indonesian Hospital in the Palestinian territory's north killed at least 12 people.
A Palestinian medic cares for premature babies evacuated from Shifa hospital to the Emirates hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 20, 2023
Premature babies moved from Shifa hospital amid Gaza carnage
The World Health Organization has described the situation at Gaza's biggest hospital as a "death zone."
A Palestinian girl and her brother sit amidst the debris of a house following an Israeli strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday.
Nov 18, 2023
Hundreds flee as Israel orders Gaza's main hospital evacuated
Israel has been pressing military operations inside the hospital, searching for the Hamas operations center it says lies under the sprawling complex.
Displaced residents of the city of Gaza walk to the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 9, 2023
Tens of thousands flee as Israel tightens 'stranglehold' on Gaza
U.N. rights chief Volker Turk described Israel's collective punishment of Palestinian civilians and their forcible evacuation as war crimes.
Palestinians carry empty bottles and containers as they look for water at the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 16, 2023
Gazans struggle without water as Israel strikes south of enclave
The U.N. estimates that about 1 million people have been displaced since Israel began a relentless aerial bombardment of the coastal strip.
Japan Times
Jan 4, 2023
Gazans risk death at sea dreaming of life in Europe
Younis al-Shaer left Gaza dreaming of a better life in Europe only to return to the Palestinian enclave in a coffin, and his story is far from unique.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
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