Israel’s assault on Gaza: What we know so far

EXPLAINER At least 31 people killed so far in attacks on Gaza, in the worst flare-up since the last major attack in May 2021. Israel has unleashed a wave of air attacks on Gaza since Friday, killing at least 31 people, including six children. It has warned that its “preemptive” operation against the Palestinian Islamic … Read more

Gaza attack: What is the Palestinian Islamic Jihad?

Israel has repeatedly launched air raids on the Gaza Strip, killing at least 15 people including a commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement who was targeted on Friday. After bombing Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid described the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) as “an Iranian proxy that wants to destroy the state of Israel”. … Read more

Brittney Griner case: What it will take to get the WNBA star home, explained

Now that WNBA star Brittney Griner has been convicted of drug possession and sentenced to nine years in prison, attention turns to the prospect of a prisoner swap between the United States and Russia that could get her home. Secretary of State Antony Blinken went public with that possibility last week, revealing in an unusual … Read more

What to know about polio and the first US case in nearly 10 years

EXPLAINER Health authorities say the case may have originated outside of the United States. The first case of polio in the United States in nearly 10 years has been identified in the state of New York in a young unvaccinated man. The New York State Health Department said in a statement on Thursday the case … Read more

The Ivorian power triangle shuffling the presidency for 30 years

Three men have dominated the political landscape of Ivory Coast since the exit of Félix Houphouët-Boigny, the man widely regarded as the “Father of the Nation” and its first president from independence in 1960 to his death in 1993. Today, July 14, when all three, President Alassane Ouattara, 80, and his immediate predecessors Laurent Gbagbo, … Read more

Explainer: How ‘deeply controversial’ planning law changes could lead to ‘years of litigation’

— POLITICIANS, ADVOCATES AND environmental NGOs have hit out at the Government for adding last-minute amendments to a proposed law due to be voted on today. Late last Thursday, opposition TDs received 48 pages of amendments that were added to the Planning and Development (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2022 which was originally 18 pages long. … Read more

The Explainer: Why was Roe v Wade overturned – and what could it mean for US laws?

LAST WEEK, THE US Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade.  It was a landmark  ruling that meant now individual states can set their own laws on abortion, meaning they can ban or severely restrict access to terminations. As a consequence, more than 20 states are now making moves to limit access to abortion, with some … Read more

What’s in US President Joe Biden’s bipartisan gun violence bill?

New law is the most sweeping gun violence bill in decades and follows a spate of mass shootings in the United States. US President Joe Biden signed into law the most sweeping gun violence bill in decades, a bipartisan compromise that seemed unimaginable until a recent series of mass shootings. Citing the families of shooting … Read more