Reuters World News Summary

Reuters | Updated: 02-03-2024 05:20 IST | Created: 02-03-2024 05:20 IST
Reuters World News Summary

Following is a summary of current world news briefs.

Pressure mounts for inquiry into Israeli troops firing on Gazans waiting for aid

Pressure mounted on Israel on Friday over the deaths of dozens of Palestinians during a confused incident in the Gaza Strip in which crowds surrounded a convoy of aid trucks and soldiers opened fire, with several countries backing a U.N. call for an inquiry. Gaza health authorities said Israeli forces had killed more than 100 people trying to reach a relief convoy near Gaza City early on Thursday, with famine looming nearly five months into the war that began with a Hamas attack on Israel on Oct. 7.

As famine looms in Gaza, the US scrambles for solutions

From air drops of humanitarian aid to supply ships from Cyprus, the United States is urgently seeking ways to feed the people of Gaza as Israel resists Washington's push for more aid access and U.S. efforts to broker a truce in the war test global patience. With more than half a million people in the besieged enclave facing a looming famine amid Israel's military offensive, residents are desperate and aid deliveries have become chaotic and deadly.

Biden says US military to airdrop food and supplies into Gaza

U.S. President Joe Biden announced on Friday plans to carry out a first military airdrop of food and supplies into Gaza, a day after the deaths of Palestinians queuing for aid threw a spotlight on an unfolding humanitarian catastrophe in the crowded coastal enclave. Biden said the U.S. airdrop would take place in the coming days but offered no further specifics. Other countries, including Jordan and France, have already carried out airdrops of aid into Gaza.

Analysis-The politics and economics behind Biden's China-car espionage probe

President Joe Biden, vowing to "do right by U.S. auto workers," launched an investigation this week into whether Chinese-made vehicles could be used to spy on Americans, a far-off threat given the few such cars on U.S. roads now. The White House announced the probe Thursday citing national-security risks about "connected" cars creating "new avenues for espionage and sabotage."

Navalny's parents bury their son as thousands chant his name

Thousands of Russians chanted Alexei Navalny's name and said they would not forgive the authorities for his death as the opposition leader was laid to rest in Moscow on Friday. At a cemetery not far from where Navalny once lived, his mother Lyudmila and father Anatoly stooped over his open coffin to kiss him for the last time as a small group of musicians played.

Iran hardliners set to tighten grip in election amid voter apathy

Iranians voted for a new parliament on Friday in an election seen as a test of the clerical establishment's legitimacy at a time of growing frustration over economic woes and restrictions on political and social freedoms. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has called voting a religious duty, was the first to cast his vote in Iran.

Injured survivors of Gaza aid chaos say Israeli forces shot at them

Some Palestinians injured in a Gaza aid delivery disaster said on Friday that Israeli forces shot them as they rushed to get food for their families, describing a scene of terror and chaos. Health authorities in Hamas-run Gaza said 115 people were killed in the incident on Thursday, attributing the deaths to Israeli fire and calling it a massacre.

Explainer-How will the United States airdrop aid to Gaza?

The U.S. military will start carrying out airdrops of food and supplies into Gaza in the coming days, joining other countries like France, Jordan and Egypt that have done the same.


Explainer-Killing in Chad exposes divisions within ruling elite

Days after the killing of Chad opposition politician Yaya Dillo, in disputed circumstances, many in the conflict-racked Central African nation are worried about how his allies, powerful relatives and rivals will react. HOW DID YAYA DILLO DIE?

Moldovan regional leader in Moscow as president fears destabilisation

The pro-Kremlin head of Moldova's Gagauzia region asked Russia on Friday for its support and to maintain close ties, after the pro-European Moldovan president said Moscow was mounting new efforts to destabilise her country. Eugenia Gutul, governor of Gagauzia, met the speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament in Moscow, accusing the central government in Chisinau of "oppressing" people's rights in her region in the south of Moldova.

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