World News Update: Humanitarian Aid, Rescues, and Diplomatic Talks

This summary covers current global news highlights, including the resumption of humanitarian aid to Gaza, rescue operations in Greece and Gaza, high-profile political discussions between Biden and Macron, and updates on hostages and casualties in Gaza. It also touches on incidents involving public figures such as Denmark's Prime Minister and Britain's Princess of Wales.

Reuters | Updated: 08-06-2024 18:26 IST | Created: 08-06-2024 18:26 IST
World News Update: Humanitarian Aid, Rescues, and Diplomatic Talks
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Following is a summary of current world news briefs.

Gaza aid through U.S. pier will resume in coming days, Israel says

Humanitarian aid entering Gaza by sea via a U.S.- built pier will resume in the coming days, the Israeli military said on Saturday, after repairs to the structure were completed. "The IDF (Israel Defence Forces) has begun securing the coastal area of the U.S. military's Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore (JLOTS) capability - in Gaza. The pier's re-establishment will allow for the continued delivery of humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza in the coming days," the Israeli military said.

Rescuers search for British TV doctor for a third day on Greek island

Rescuers continued searching for British TV presenter Michael Mosley on the mountainous Greek island of Symi on Saturday, the third day of a wide operation launched after he was reported missing by his wife. The 67-year-old doctor and healthy living advocate, who has endorsed fasting and offered tips on sleep and diet, was last seen at 1:30 p.m. (1030 GMT) on Wednesday.

Biden, Macron to discuss Israel and Ukraine in pomp-filled state visit

Fresh from commemorating the 80th anniversary of D-Day, French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden in Paris on Saturday for a state visit marked by pomp as well as talks on trade, Israel and Ukraine. The visit began with a ceremony at the iconic Arc de Triomphe, where the leaders paid their respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier while a massive French flag hung from the arch fluttered in the breeze above their heads.

Israel's war cabinet minister Gantz delays statement after hostage rescue

Israel's centrist war cabinet minister Benny Gantz has delayed a statement he was due to give later on Saturday in which he was widely expected to announce his resignation from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's emergency government. Last month, Gantz presented the conservative prime minister with a June 8 deadline to come up with a clear day-after strategy for Gaza, where Israel has been pressing a devastating military offensive against the ruling Palestinian militant group Hamas.

55 Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks in central Gaza, health official says

Bodies of at least 55 Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks on Al-Nuseirat and other areas in central Gaza, and dozens wounded, in the attacks, arrived on Saturday at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, the health ministry in the Hamas-run enclave said. The hospital, one of the only hospitals still functioning in Gaza, has been currently operating via one power generator and could go out of service while dozens of injured were still on the streets, a spokesperson from the health ministry said in front of the hospital.

Israel rescues four hostages in Gaza; Palestinians say 50 dead in Israeli assault

The Israeli military said it rescued four hostages held since October in a raid in the central Gaza Strip on Saturday while Palestinian officials said an Israeli attack in the same area killed more than 50 people. It was not immediately clear if the hostage rescue and the deadly Israeli assault were part of the same operation but both took place in al-Nuseirat, an often embattled area in the eight-month-old war between Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas.

Danish PM Frederiksen suffered light whiplash after assault, her office says

Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has suffered a light whiplash injury after she was assaulted by a man in central Copenhagen on Friday, her office said in a statement on Saturday. "Apart from that, the Prime Minister is safe and sound, but she is shocked by the incident," it said, adding that Frederiksen had been taken to hospital for a check-up following the incident late on Friday.

Britain's Kate apologises for missing parade, hopes to be back 'very soon'

Kate, Britain's Princess of Wales who is undergoing preventative chemotherapy for cancer, has written to an army regiment to apologise for missing a military parade on Saturday, adding that she hoped to be back very soon. "Being your Colonel remains a great honour, and I am very sorry that I'm unable (to) take the salute at this year's Colonel's Review," Kate wrote in a letter to the head of the Irish Guards regiment.

Pope Francis to meet world comedians including Whoopi Goldberg

Pope Francis, who says he regularly prays "Lord, give me a sense of humour", will meet comedians from around the world, including U.S. actor Whoopi Goldberg on June 14, the Vatican said on Saturday. Later on the same day, Francis is due to attend the summit of the heads of State from the seven major democracies (G7) in Apulia.

Israeli forces rescue four live hostages from Gaza, military says

Israeli forces rescued four hostages alive from two locations in the central Gaza area of al-Nuseirat on Saturday, the military said, eight months after they were kidnapped by Hamas-led militants in a deadly incursion into Israel. The four hostages, three males and one female who were abducted from the Nova music festival in southern Israel on Oct. 7 last year, were taken to hospital for medical checks, the military said, and were in good health.

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