Israel-Hamas war news: 13 Israeli and 4 Thai captives released from Gaza during pause in fighting

Israeli officials received a list of the hostages held in the Gaza Strip due to be released Sunday, the prime minister’s office said. Their family members have been notified, it said, without specifying their identities or how many are in the group — the third due to be released since fighting paused. The release of … Read more

The invisible killer haunting Laos 50 years after the Vietnam War

At first glance, the scene is unremarkable: women in wide-brimmed hats are dotted across a rice paddy field nestled in the Laotian mountains, toiling under the relentless sun. But instead of sickles, the women are carrying heavy metal detectors. Their buckets aren’t full of the staple crop, but scraps long buried in the ground. And … Read more

Tigrayan women raped during Ethiopia’s civil war face stigma, family rejection

November 26, 2023 at 3:00 a.m. EST Shila, a survivor of sexual enslavement, poses for a portrait at the Daughters of Charity skills training center in the town of Mekelle in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia. (Arlette Bashizi for The Washington Post)Comment on this storyCommentAdd to your saved storiesSave MEKELLE, Ethiopia — Shila survived … Read more

Dead, wounded or AWOL: The voices of desperate Russian soldiers trying to get out of the Ukraine war

In audio intercepts from the front lines in Ukraine, Russian soldiers speak in shorthand of 200s to mean dead, 300s to mean wounded. The urge to flee has become common enough that they also talk of 500s — people who refuse to fight. As the war grinds into its second winter, a growing number of … Read more

With antisemitism rising as the Israel-Hamas war rages, Europe’s Jews worry

GENEVA — As he sits in Geneva, Michel Dreifuss does not feel all that far away from the Hamas attack on Israel on Oct. 7 and Israel’s subsequent bombardment of Gaza. The ripples are rolling through Europe and upending assumptions both global and intimate — including those about his personal safety as a Jew. “Yesterday … Read more

How a Second World War handbook is transforming IDF tactics on the northern front

The shockwave from the Israeli gun shatters the peace of the abandoned kibbutz, just a mile from the Lebanon border. A second comes a few seconds later, followed quickly by a third. The bangs arrive simultaneously with the punch of the blasts – it suggests the artillery is close. But you’d have to work hard … Read more

Palestinians in Gaza seeking refuge from war find their world is shrinking. They say nowhere is safe

BEIRUT — Gaza has always been a small, crowded space with hardly any exits. Now the world for Palestinians there has shrunk to the size of whatever refuge they can find. The strip is 25 miles (40 kilometers) long by some 7 miles (11 kilometers) wide. More than a month into the war, Israeli troops … Read more

Hamas and Israel to release more captives during pause in Gaza fighting: Live war updates

Israel has received a list of the hostages to be released by Hamas on Saturday, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office said, ahead of what was expected to be a second day that captives in Gaza are exchanged for Palestinian prisoners in Israel. Hamas freed 24 hostages on Friday: 13 Israeli, some with dual German citizenship, … Read more

Philippines’ Marcos Rejects Helping ICC Investigate Duterte’s Drug War

November 24, 2023 3:05 AM EST Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. stood by his position against an international probe on former leader Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war, underlining his efforts to keep the ruling alliance intact. “It’s not right for outsiders to tell us who to investigate, who the police will arrest or detain,” Marcos told … Read more

Gaza Receives More Aid Amid Israel-Hamas War Ceasefire

Additional humanitarian aid trucks started rolling over the Rafah Crossing from Egypt to Gaza early Friday morning, as the planned four-day ceasefire began. The aid trucks, fuel tankers among them, were a welcome sight amid the seven-week-long war between Israel and Hamas. Since Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7, killing 1,200 people and taking more … Read more