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FILE PHOTO: A soldier stands at Trident Pier, a temporary pier to deliver aid, off the Gaza Strip, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, near the Gaza coast, June 25, 2024.

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US to scrap Gaza pier project

US military officials announced Wednesday they would dismantle the floating pier they had attempted to operate off the coast of Gaza, ending a troubled, expensive, monthslong mission to provide aid to civilians in the enclave.

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Palestine’s UN ambassador asks the US to be ‘courageous’ and push for a cease-fire
Palestine’s UN Ambassador asks the US to be ‘courageous’ and push for a cease-fire | GZERO World

Palestine’s UN ambassador asks the US to be ‘courageous’ and push for a cease-fire

What will it take to end the stalemate between Israel and Hamas and actually achieve a lasting cease-fire in Gaza? On GZERO World with Ian Bremmer, Riyad Mansour, Palestine’s ambassador to the United Nations, says the answer ultimately comes down to the country with the most influence over Israel, states in the Middle East, and the UN General Assembly: the United States.

Given that the recent US-backed cease-fire proposal has stalled in negotiations, Bremmer pushed Ambassador Mansour on what needs to happen to make meaningful progress and whether either side has enough incentive to agree to a peace deal, as both appear to benefit politically from the conflict. Mansour argues the US is still influential enough to force both sides to the table, that public sentiment is overwhelmingly on the side of peace, and warns of the danger of descending the "logic of extremists" who benefit politically from the conflict continuing.

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Palestinian UN Ambassador Riyad Mansour says give peace a chance


On the season premiere of the GZERO World Podcast, Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour joins Ian Bremmer to talk about how the war in Gaza might end and what would come next for Palestinians and Israelis alike.

Nine months into the Israel-Hamas war, is peace a possibility? Around 40,000 Palestinians and over a thousand Israelis have died, according to the Israeli army and the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry (as always, exact numbers are impossible to verify given limited access to the Gaza strip). According to the UN, sixty percent of Gazan homes—and over eighty percent of commercial buildings and schools—have been destroyed or damaged. The UN also warns that over a million Gazans could face the highest levels of starvation by mid-July if the fighting doesn’t end.

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Ian Explains: What's blocking an Israel-Hamas cease-fire?
What's blocking an Israel-Hamas cease-fire? | Ian Bremmer Explains | GZERO World

Ian Explains: What's blocking an Israel-Hamas cease-fire?

What is standing in the way of a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the war in Gaza?

On Ian Explains, Ian Bremmer unpacks the challenges and obstacles to achieving a ceasefire agreement in the Israel-Hamas war. The stakes are, as ever, incredibly high, and the humanitarian crisis has only gotten worse since the war began. Since October 7, around 40,000 Palestinians have been killed in the conflict, according to the Gaza Health Ministry, and the UN estimates that 60% of Gazan homes and 80% of commercial buildings and schools have been destroyed or damaged. If the fighting doesn’t end soon, over a million Gazans will face near-total starvation by mid-summer.

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UN Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour urges Palestinian statehood as a path to peace
UN Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour urges Palestinian statehood as a path to peace | GZERO World

UN Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour urges Palestinian statehood as a path to peace

On the season premiere of GZERO World's seventh season, Ian Bremmer sat down with Palestine's Permanent Observer to the UN Riyad Mansour to discuss the challenges of representing Palestinians at the United Nations, given the fact that Palestine is not recognized as a voting member. Mansour says the idea of Palestinian statehood being a security issue for Israel doesn’t make sense. He points out that Israel has fought Palestine for decades with tanks, soldiers, and weapons, which ultimately failed. What hasn’t been tried, he argues, is fully committing to a two-state solution and trying good-faith diplomacy instead of military force.

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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men protest against attempts to change government policy that grants ultra-Orthodox Jews exemptions from military conscription, in Jerusalem April 11, 2024.

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Israel’s high court: Yeshiva students must be drafted

Israel’s Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Tuesday that ultra-Orthodox Jewish seminary studentsmust be drafted into the military like any other citizens. This ends the exemptions that young Israeli men registered in full-time religious study have enjoyed for decades. In the past, about 1,200 ultra-Orthodox have volunteered for service per year, but63,000 yeshiva students are now eligible for conscription. The IDF doesn’t publish its numbers, but an estimated 170,000 Israelis are now serving.

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Apulia [Italy], Jun 15 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi departs from Italy to New Delhi, on Friday.

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Will Modi try to mediate the Gaza conflict?

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Muhammad Mustafa has urged India to assist with mediating a cease-fire in Gaza. In a letter congratulating Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his reelection last week, Mustafa emphasized the need for a truce to alleviate the growing humanitarian crisis in the region. Mustafa’s predecessor had previously praised Modi for delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza and appealed earlier this year for greater assistance based on the countries’ shared experience with “colonialism.”
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Malawi's Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima arrives at a polling station in Lilongwe, Malawi May 21, 2019 in this still image obtained from REUTERS TV video.

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Hard Numbers: Malawi VP’s dead in plane crash, Swiss-hosted Ukraine peace summit, Gaza pier aid paused, Nvidia stock split, Snow in Alabama

10: Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima was one of 10 people killed in a military plane crash after taking off from the capital Lilongwe early Monday. The official search investigation launched after Chilima’s plane “went off the radar” was concluded on Tuesday after the rescue team found the wreck in a mountainous area with no survivors.

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