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Netanyahu's Political Tightrope On Hamas Hostage Deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: a delicate balancing act
A proposal to free the hostages in exchange for a pause in Israel's offensive in the Palestinian territory is being studied by Hamas leaders after it was thrashed out by Israel, Qatar, Egypt and the United States.

Public Transport Walkout Hits Strike-battered Germany

The Verdi services trade union called on more than 90,000 workers at over 130 local companies operating buses, trams and underground services to join the walkout in an escalating dispute over pay and working conditions
The Verdi services trade union called on more than 90,000 workers at over 130 local companies operating buses, trams and underground services to join the walkout in an escalating dispute over pay and working conditions.
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A pro-democracy protester known as "Grandma Wong" shouts slogans outside Hong Kong's West Kowloon court, where four men were convicted of rioting on Thursday

Hong Kong Convicts Four Over 2019 Legislature Storming

Four Hong Kong men were convicted of rioting Thursday over the storming and ransacking of the city's legislature in 2019, part of a pro-democracy movement that posed an unprecedented challenge to the Beijing-backed government.
While negotiations have intensified, there has been no let-up in fighting on the ground

Hamas Head Due In Cairo For Truce Talks

Hamas was reviewing a proposal for a six-week truce in its war with Israel, a source told AFP, after mediators gathered in Paris, with international efforts towards a new pause in the devastating war gathering pace.
Pita Limjaroenrat was cleared last week of breaching Thai election laws

Thai Court Orders End To Royal Insult Law Reform Campaign

MFP upended Thailand's political order by coming first in the general election last May, but its promises to reform the military, business monopolies and lese-majeste laws were opposed by the kingdom's powerful conservative elite.
Retired nurse Nga is one of 42,000 victims who lost money in the scam, which has sent shockwaves through Vietnam

The $12.5 Billion Fraud That Has Shocked Vietnam

Now, property tycoon Truong My Lan is facing a trial in the country's biggest ever fraud case, accused of embezzling $12.5 billion by investigators after being arrested in a national corruption crackdown analysts say has hit the economy and unsettled foreign investors.
The number of people from Sudan who have crossed into Chad since the war began surpassed 500,000 last week, the UN said

Nearly Eight Million Displaced By Sudan War: UN

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, who is on a visit to Ethiopia, called for "urgent and additional support to meet their needs", his agency said in a statement disclosing the numbers.
Hong Kong will create its own national security law "as soon as possible", city leader John Lee (C) said Tuesday

New Hong Kong National Security Law To Add Five Crimes

Hong Kong will create its own national security law "as soon as possible", city leader John Lee said Tuesday, adding insurrection and other crimes not covered by existing legislation imposed by Beijing four years ago.
Imports of food, plants and animal products from the EU will be checked in the UK from Wednesday

New Post-Brexit Customs Checks Spark UK Border Worries

The UK will finally roll out post-Brexit border checks Wednesday on food, plant and animal products imported from the European Union, fanning fears of more price hikes, empty shelves and even Valentine's Day flower shortages.

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