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Rights groups urge Biden to halt Israel arms transfers after ICJ ruling

Rights groups have renewed calls for US President Joe Biden to halt weapons transfers to Israel, after the United Nations’ top court ordered Tel Aviv to immediately halt its ground offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah and allow aid into the area.

US preparing for ‘prominent’ role in post-war Gaza: Report

The United States wants a “prominent” role in the Gaza Strip after Israel’s military operation in the Palestinian enclave ends, Politico has reported. Washington expects a joint Palestinian-Arab force of several thousand troops to take charge of security in the blockaded territory after the current conflict.

Rights organizations call on Biden to respect ICC independence

A total of 121 human rights and civil society groups have urged US President Joe Biden to respect and support the independence of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and to reject sanctions threatened against the court’s officials.

Russia president lays groundwork for confiscation of US assets

The property of US-linked entities will be held liable for any confiscation of Russian assets by the US government, according to a decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday.

US says concerned by Israel’s growing diplomatic isolation

A top White House aide has acknowledged concern about Israel’s potentially growing diplomatic isolation amid its latest spat with several European countries after they moved to recognize a Palestinian state.

US lawmakers urge Biden admin. to allow Ukraine to use American weapons inside Russia

A bipartisan group of US lawmakers have sent a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin demanding that he allow Ukraine to use US-supplied long-range weapons to carry out strikes inside Russian territory.

Republican bill aims to give Americans serving in Israeli military same benefits as US soldiers

Two Republican congressmen introduced a bill that would provide the same employment and economic protections to Americans serving in the Israeli military as US citizens who get deployed to serve in the US military.

Biden’s approval over Gaza war gets lowest mark yet in new poll

The approval rating for US President Joe Biden’s handling of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip has dropped to its lowest point in a new survey, as the fighting continues in the besieged enclave.

US offers condolences to Iran over President Raisi’s demise

The United States has expressed condolences over the death of President Ebrahim Raisi and his accompanying delegation in a helicopter crash in a mountainous area of Iran's northwest.

US lashes out after Israeli officials targeted with arrest warrants

US President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken went on the offensive Monday after the International Criminal Court (ICC) filed arrest warrants against two top Israeli leaders over the war in the Gaza Strip which has so far killed more than 35,500 Palestinians.

US claims there is no genocide in Gaza

US President Joe Biden has dismissed arguments that Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip can be described as genocide, reiterating Washington’s support for Tel Aviv as he hosted an event for Jewish American Heritage month at the White House.

Latin American leaders offer condolences over tragic death of Iran’s president

Leaders across Latin America have expressed condolences over the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash.

Biden says Gaza war is ‘a humanitarian crisis’, calls for ‘immediate ceasefire’

US President Joe Biden has urged an "immediate ceasefire" in Gaza while delivering the commencement address at Morehouse College, a historically Black, male-only institution in Atlanta. The US remains Israel's number one supporter worldwide in its months-long slaughter against Gaza which has killed around 35,500 Palestinians so far.

Hamas: US floating pier for Gaza aid publicity stunt

The Palestinian group Hamas has rejected Washington's establishment of a temporary floating pier designed to increase the amount of aid getting into the besieged Gaza Strip as a publicity stunt “to beautify its ugly face".

Official: Some 12% of US aid to Ukraine ‘delinquent or unaccounted for’

Some 12 percent of US security aid provided to Ukraine from January 1 through March 31 was delinquent or unaccounted for, the US Defense Department Inspector General has announced in a quarterly oversight report of US support for Ukraine.

Another Biden admin. staffer quits over US stance on Gaza war

Another staffer in United States President Joe Biden’s administration has publicly resigned in protest against the US’s continued support for Israel amid its war on Gaza which has so far killed more than 35,000 Palestinians.

White House begins lengthy process to approve $1bn arms for Israel

The administration of US President Joe Biden has started the early stages of a process to move ahead with a new $1 billion weapons shipment for Israel, according to two congressional sources.

Vast majority of US campus pro-Palestine demonstrations peaceful, police bias towards Israel: Study

The NGO Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) has examined 553 campus protests in the US focused on the war in Gaza and found that the vast majority of them - 97% - did not include violence or property damage.

US top diplomat believes Israel’s ‘total victory’ over Hamas not ‘likely or possible

A top Biden Administration official has stated the United States does not believe Israel’s “total victory” over the Palestinian group Hamas is “likely or possible".

US army officer resigns, protesting support for Israel’s Gaza ‘ethnic cleansing’

A US army officer has publicly resigned from the Department of Defence in protest against the Joe Biden administration’s support for Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip which has so far killed more than 35,000 people.

Half of Americans consider Ukraine aid spending too much: Survey

Fifty percent of Americans believe that their government is spending excessive amounts of money on military and financial assistance to Ukraine in its war with Russia, a poll conducted by the Financial Times and University of Michigan's Ross School of Business found.

US senator calls on Israel to bomb Gaza like Hiroshima

Israel must do whatever needs to be done to win its “existential” war with Hamas, just like the US was “justified” to drop nuclear bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) has stated.

Hamas criticizes Biden for linking Gaza cease-fire to captive swap

Hamas slammed US President Joe Biden for linking a Gaza cease-fire to the release of Israelis held hostages by the Palestinian group.

US says no ‘red lines’ for Israel but warns against Rafah invasion

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has stated there are no "red lines" that would prompt Washington to cease backing Tel Aviv in its war with Hamas but warned the Israeli army against launching a full-scale ground offensive against the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

Majority of US college students back pro-Palestine campus demonstrations: Survey

A new opinion poll has shown that the majority of US college students support pro-Palestine protests on campuses across the country as Israel’s war on the besieged Gaza Strip continues to rage for over seven months.

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