Hamas freed 11 hostages in exchange for 33 prisoners



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Israel has again released 39 Palestinians from prison in the fourth phase of the ongoing ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. In return, 11 hostages were freed by Hamas, the pro-independence organization of Gaza.

Among those freed were six Argentines, three French nationals and two German nationals, a spokesman for Qatar's foreign ministry said.

On Tuesday (November 28), Hamas and the Israeli army confirmed the matter, according to news agency AFP and news outlet Al Jazeera.

Israel's prison authorities said early Tuesday that 33 more Palestinian prisoners were released "overnight" under a ceasefire agreement signed to bring back prisoners from the Gaza Strip, reports said.

The release of this latest prisoner brings the total number of Palestinian prisoners released by Israel to 150 in the four days of the ceasefire.

On the other hand, the Israeli military said that 11 prisoners from the Gaza Strip were released by the Palestinian independence armed group Hamas.

In a statement on Monday, the Israeli military said, "The 11 prisoners released based on information received from the Red Cross are currently on their way to Israel."

Shortly thereafter, the released prisoners arrived in Israel. An Israeli military spokesman later said the released prisoners would be medically examined and then reunited with their families.

Earlier, the four-day Hamas-Israel ceasefire was due to expire early Tuesday morning local time. The ceasefire was extended for another 2 days before the end of the scheduled period.

According to Israel, they will start attacking Gaza again after rescuing the hostages through the ceasefire. It may take a minimum of one to ten weeks. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that the operation they have launched in Gaza will only end with the elimination of Hamas.

But the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for the Palestinians - UNRW said the situation will worsen if Israel starts attacking southern Gaza to eliminate Hamas.

It should be noted that after more than a month and a half of war, Hamas and Israel reached a four-day ceasefire agreement last Friday. According to the agreement, Hamas released 50 prisoners. On the other hand, Israel released 150 Palestinians from their prisons. Monday was the last day of this deal.

Although Israel has threatened to resume attacks on Gaza once the ceasefire expires. But at the last minute, Israel's ceasefire with Hamas in the besieged Gaza Strip was extended for two more days.



The US is monitoring what is happening in the quota movement: Miller



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The US Embassy in Dhaka and Washington are keeping a close watch on what is happening in Bangladesh in the student quota reform movement, the State Department said. In addition, spokesperson Matthew Miller commented that the United States continues to convey its concerns on the Bangladesh issue from the podium of the State Department.

This spokesperson said that there can be no direct talk about listing the organization as a banned organization due to the torture and violence that the Chhatra League has been carrying out on students for the past one and a half decades.

Participating in the briefing, State Department Correspondent Mushfiqul Fazal Ansari raised the issue of violence conducted by Chhatra League and law enforcement forces in the ongoing movement of students and wanted to know, 'The ruling government has continued to attack the movement of students in Bangladesh. At least 6 students have lost their lives so far at the hands of government-backed law and order forces. Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student body of the ruling government, is brutally torturing students, especially female students. This organization has been doing such activities for the past decade and a half. Will you list BCL as a terrorist organization?'

In response, Miller said, 'I'm not going to say anything about the issue you mentioned (banning Bangladesh Chhatra League). We have observed the violence that has spread during the student protests in Dhaka. I am once again calling for the movement to be peaceful. At the same time condemn any form of violence in peaceful protests.'

In another question, this reporter wants to know, 'Abu Sayed, a student of the English department of Begum Rokeya University, stood with his chest in front of the police gun during the protest for the safety of his classmates. The police did not hesitate to shoot him. He himself could not understand that the police would shoot him like this while protecting his classmates. After the fraudulent election, Sheikh Hasina has held on to her power by torturing her like this. Foreign Minister Anthony  Blinken said, 'The whole world's eyes are on the Bangladesh elections. The United States will take whatever steps are necessary for this election.' But the moment the people's rights are taken away, you become completely silent. Why did this happen?'

In response, Miller said, 'First of all, what you said is not true. We are not silent. You've seen me speak over and over throughout the week. As I said last Monday and I say again today, we condemn any form of violence against peaceful protests.'

He said, 'The US Embassy in Dhaka and our officials from Washington are closely monitoring what is happening in Bangladesh. Students are being killed in protests, people are dying, it is under our watch.'

"We call on the government to respect a citizen's right to peaceful protest," Miller said.

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Joe Biden infected with Corona



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US President Joe Biden has been infected with the Coronavirus. According to the White House, Biden is suffering from mild symptoms of Corona.

This information was published in a report by AFP on Thursday (July 18).

According to the report, Biden was diagnosed with Corona while campaigning in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday. After the Virus was detected, Biden left for the state of Delaware on Air Force One, the plane used by the president of the United States. He will be in isolation at his home there. "I feel good," he told reporters from the car before boarding the plane.

However, Biden was infected with Corona at a time when pressure is increasing on him within his own party, the Democratic Party, to withdraw from the presidential election to be held in November. At the age of 81, questions are being raised about how capable he is of contesting the election against rival candidate Donald Trump. That question has intensified since last month's debacle in a debate with Trump.

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Trump chose a new partner as vice president



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The former president of the country, Donald Trump, has chosen a new partner as the vice president of the Republican Party in the upcoming US presidential election. Trump announced Ohio State Senator JD Vance for this position. At the same time, Trump himself received the party's nomination as the presidential candidate.

On Monday (July 15), the British media BBC reported the information.

The Republican Party's four-day national convention has begun in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On the first day of the conference, Trump announced JD Vance as his vice president in the country's presidential election to be held in November.

The crowd at the conference erupted in "JD" chants as the former president announced his decision on social media.

The National Convention of the Republican Party will continue till July 18. The party holds this conference every four years. Trump was officially nominated for the presidential election at this year's convention by state representatives of the party.

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KP Sharma Oli sworn in as Prime Minister of Nepal



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KP Sharma Oli sworn in as Prime Minister of Nepal

KP Sharma Oli sworn in as Prime Minister of Nepal

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KP Sharma Oli has been sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Nepal.

He was sworn in as Prime Minister in a special ceremony at the President's office at Shital Nibas in Maharajganj, Kathmandu on Monday (July 15).

President Ramchandra Paudel administered the oath of office and secrecy to Oli at the ceremony.

This is Oli's fourth term as the country's chief executive.

President Paudel on the same evening invited political parties to form a new government under Article 76 (2) of the Constitution after outgoing Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal failed to win the confidence of the House of Representatives during Friday's floor test.

Soon after the President's call, 72-year-old Oli accompanied his new alliance partner, Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba, to the President's office to demand the Prime Minister's post.

Unopposed, Oli submitted the signatures of 166 legislators (88 from the Congress and 78 from the UML) in his support. A minimum of 138 seats was required to form a government in the 275-strong House of Representatives.

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