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South Africa's ex-President Zuma to face corruption trial on Monday

Moscow/Sputnik: Former South African President Jacob Zuma will appear in court on Monday on charges of corruption in a case dating more than two decades.

Miss Mexico clinches Miss Universe pageant 2021

Moscow/UNI: Andrea Meza of Mexico was crowned Miss Universe at the televised event held in Florida, US, on Sunday.

Blinken discusses Israeli-Gaza violence with Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar: State Department

Moscow/Sputnik: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has discussed the ongoing escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with representatives of Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said.

Netanyahu says Israeli army hit 1,500 Hamas targets in Gaza strip

Tel Aviv/Sputnik: Israel's armed forces have struck 1,500 targets in the Gaza Strip in recent days, dealing a heavy blow to the infrastructure of Palestine's Hamas movement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

US congratulates Penpa Tsering after he was elected as president of Tibetan govt in exile

Washington: The US has congratulated Penpa Tsering after he was elected as the next Sikyong/President of Dharamshala-based Central Tibetan Administration (CTA).

‘Stand up against hate’ towards LGBTI people, UN human rights chief urges 

New York: Humiliation and intolerance remain “a stark reality” for many gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world, the UN human rights chief has said, in her message for the upcoming International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

Children bearing brunt of escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians: UNICEF

New York: More than 40 children have been killed in the current crisis in the Middle East, a senior official with the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Saturday.

UN Secretary-General ‘disturbed’ by civilian casualties, destruction of high-rise in Gaza

Moscow/Sputnik: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is "deeply disturbed" by the destruction of a high-rise building in Gaza City and the overall increase in the number of civilian casualties from the rocket attacks, his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

UN Security Council to meet on Sunday over conflict in Gaza

New York/Sputnik: The UN Security Council agreed to convene a meeting on Sunday to discuss the ongoing hostilities between Israel and Palestine in the Gaza Strip.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Joe Biden discuss Israeli Army's operation in Gaza Strip: Office

Tel Aviv/Sputnik: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has briefed US President Joe Biden about the Israeli army's operation in the Gaza Strip, as well as on measures to protect civilians amid the airstrikes.

Over 200 rockets launched at Israel from Gaza overnight, half intercepted: IDF

Tel Aviv/Sputnik: More than 200 missiles were fired at Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip over the past night, over half of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system, while about 30 missiles exploded in the Palestinian enclave, the press service of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported on Saturday.

Mozambique: Islamic State eyeing new target in African nation after Middle East jolt

Washington: A geo-political expert has opined that after suffering defeats in the Middle East region, terror group Islamic State has turned to Africa to reestablish its power.

Rights experts call for probe into violent crackdown on Colombia protests

New York: Independent human rights experts appointed by the UN and the Organization of American States (OAS) have called for the Colombian Government to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the violent crackdown on recent peaceful protests in the country. 

Over 30 schools in Gaza have been damaged, none currently operating: UNICEF

Washington/Sputnik: More than 30 schools have been damaged in the Gaza Strip amid the ongoing violence in the region and none are currently in operation, UNICEF Middle East and North Africa regional Chief of Communications Juliette Touma told Sputnik.

UNICEF says 34 Palestinian, 2 Israeli children killed in past four days

Washington/Sputnik: Thirty-four children in the Gaza Strip and two children in Israel have been killed in clashes between Israelis and Palestinians, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Middle East and North Africa regional Chief of Communications Juliette Touma told Sputnik.