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US House approves long-awaited $61 billion Ukraine aid package

Lawmakers in the US House of Representatives on Saturday quickly passed legislation to provide to Ukraine and Israel, bolster Taiwan while also threatening a ban on TikTok if it fails to divest from Beijing.

US House of Representatives approves new military aid for Israel

The US House of Representatives on Saturday passed billions of dollars in new military aid to Israel which continues to prosecute its war against Hamas, despite growing international concern for the fate of civilians in Gaza. The news came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Palestinians to 'act with unity' amid Israel's war in Gaza following hours-long talks with Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh in Istanbul, his office said. Read our blog to see how the day's events in the Middle East unfolded. 

Deadly 'explosion' hits Iraqi military base housing pro-Iranian armed groups, says Iraq

One person was killed and eight wounded in an overnight explosion at an Iraqi military base housing a coalition of pro-Iranian armed groups, officials said Saturday.

Ukraine and Russia trade strikes as both sides accuse the other of killing civilians

Ukraine launched a wave of drones at Russia in the early hours of Saturday, setting a fuel depot ablaze, officials said, as both sides accused each other of deadly attacks on civilians.

More than 50 people die after boat capsizes in Central African Republic, says official

At least 58 people going to a funeral died after their overloaded river boat capsized in the Central African Republic's capital Bangui, the head of civil protection said on Saturday.  

Dozens of Chinese swimmers failed doping tests ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Twenty-three Chinese swimmers tested positive for a banned drug before the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 the World Anti-Doping Agency confirmed Saturday, defending the decision to let them compete based on China's findings they had ingested it unknowingly.

Migration: The US political battle playing out at the Mexican border

The US-Mexico border is the most dangerous land frontier in the world, according to the United Nations, but it's also the one with the most crossings. Since January 2023, 2.3 million migrants have been apprehended by border police after entering the United States illegally, an all-time high that does not include migrants who got through without being arrested or taken charge of, or those who died trying to cross. The situation has become unmanageable for Texas border towns like Eagle Pass, which has become the epicentre of these illegal arrivals. Our correspondent Fanny Allard reports.

Ecuadorans to vote in anti-crime referendum as death toll from violence mounts

Millions of Ecuadorans will cast ballots in a referendum on Sunday to decide whether or not to green-light stricter measures against organised crime in a country gripped by bloody gang wars.

US agrees to withdraw troops from key drone base in Niger

The United States agreed Friday to withdraw its more than 1,000 troops from Niger, officials said, upending its posture in West Africa where the country was home to a major drone base.

Tests expose worrying flaws in France’s anti-drone system for 2024 Olympics

With less than 100 days to go before Paris hosts the 2024 Olympics, which organisers plan to open with an elaborate waterborne ceremony on the Seine river, concerns are mounting about the efficiency of the anti-drone shield meant to protect the French capital from a potential terror attack. According to several security sources, recent tests have exposed some worrying flaws in the system.

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