US official to visit Turkey to discuss Russia sanctions, Hamas

A top U.S. Treasury official is set to visit Turkey next week for talks on American sanctions against Russian entities and the illicit activities of Palestinian militant group Hamas, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Palestinian militants kill 2 alleged informers for Israel and mob drags bodies through camp alleys

Palestinian militants in a West Bank refugee camp shot and killed two alleged collaborators with Israel early Saturday, Palestinian officials said. Mobs then kicked the bloodied corpses and dragged them through alleys before trying to tie them to an electrical tower.

Israel investigates an elusive, horrific enemy: Rape as a weapon of war

“The torture of women was weaponized to destroy communities, to destroy a people, to destroy a nation,” said the head of a commission investigating crimes perpetrated against women and children during Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel. Hamas denies that its fighters use rape or assault against women as a weapon of war.

Israel and Hamas complete 2nd day of swaps after tense delay, as Gaza cease-fire holds

Hamas militants on Saturday released 17 hostages, including 13 Israelis, from captivity in the Gaza Strip, while Israel freed 39 Palestinian prisoners in the latest stage of a four-day cease-fire.

Families of Israeli hostages not slated for release during current truce face enduring nightmare

The cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas will bring relief to dozens whose relatives are being held captive. But with some 240 hostages in militant hands, only a fraction of families will be reunited under the current arrangement.

Mideast wealth funds draw greater US scrutiny over China ties

Middle Eastern wealth funds are facing greater scrutiny on U.S. deals from the Biden administration, part of a broader pushback on entities perceived to have close ties with China

Israel summons Spanish, Belgian ambassadors following criticism during visit to Rafah

The Israeli government said Friday it would summon the Belgian and Spanish ambassadors following remarks by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and his Belgian counterpart Alexander de Croo on the war between Israel and Hamas.

Hamas releases 10 Thai hostages, four of whom had not been listed as abducted

Hamas freed 10 Thai nationals Friday alongside Israeli hostages who were part of the first swap under a new cease-fire deal — including four who had not been officially listed as abducted.

Binance lapses let Hamas, ISIS, al-Qaida make Bitcoin trades

Binance Holdings Ltd. had such lax controls over cryptocurrency transactions on its exchange that terrorists, hackers and sanctions violators used it for years to move billions of dollars, US prosecutors said.

OPEC+ watchers see increased chance of deeper oil supply cuts

Saudi Arabia and Russia - leaders of the OPEC+ coalition - are still largely expected to extend output curbs of just over 1 million barrels a day through the first quarter to shore up prices, according to a Bloomberg survey of traders and analysts.

Israelis, Palestinians in Syracuse pray for peace, worry about injured family members overseas

Thousands in America have direct ties to the violence in Israel and Gaza that began Oct. 7 after a Hamas attack killed an estimated 1,200 Israelis and fueled over seven weeks of continuous warfare. Though they seem to represent opposite sides of the conflict, many understand what the other is going through.

Hamas and Israel carry out first swap of hostages and prisoners on day one of cease-fire

Hamas on Friday released 24 hostages it held captive in Gaza for weeks, and Israel freed 39 Palestinians from prison in the first stage of a swap under a four-day cease-fire that offered a small glimmer of relief to both sides.

Many in Middle East blame United States for devastation in Gaza

On social media, at cafes, in nearly every regional publication, Arabs express a blend of despair and rage toward the American reaction to Palestinian suffering.

Hundreds of German police raid properties of Hamas supporters in Berlin and across the country

Hundreds of police officers searched the properties of Hamas members and followers in Germany on Thursday morning following a formal ban on any activity by or in support of the militant group.

What we know about the hostages set for release in the Israel-Hamas deal

A hostage release deal between Israel and Hamas will involve the return of 50 hostages in exchange for the release of 150 Palestinian prisoners held in Israel, plus a four-day pause in fighting. Here’s what we know about the release of hostages from Gaza.

What will happen in Gaza after Israel stops its war on Hamas?

As Israel has waged its war in the Gaza Strip, officials across the world are united in trying to figure out how to restore order when all the fighting stops. There’s little agreement, however, and even less optimism.

Qatar says Gaza cease-fire will begin Friday morning, aid to follow ‘as soon as possible’

A four-day cease-fire in Gaza between Israel and Hamas will began Friday morning, Qatar said, a day later than originally announced, as negotiators worked out final details of the deal, which is to lead to the release of dozens of hostages held by militants and Palestinians imprisoned by Israel.

US destroyer shoots down drones launched from Houthi-controlled territory

The United States military says one of its warships in the Red Sea has shot down bomb-carrying drones launched from territory controlled by Yemen’s Houthi rebels.

Israel unveils what it claims is a major Hamas militant hideout beneath Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital

The Israeli military on Wednesday unveiled what it claimed was a Hamas military facility under Gaza’s largest hospital, showing what appeared to be a subterranean dormitory to a group of foreign journalists who were given a rare glimpse inside the besieged enclave.