Middle East

As President Joe Biden stays silent on cease-fire between Israel and militant group Hamas, dozens of Senate Democrats are calling for a temporary halt of violence.
The U.S. faces growing pressure to wade more deeply into diplomacy to end the worst Israel-Palestinian violence in years.
Israel “wants to levy a heavy price” on the Hamas militant group, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
As 29 senators call for an immediate halt to violence in Israel and Gaza on Sunday, the president has yet to do the same — despite the Palestinian civilian death toll climbing.
The Israeli government has not provided clear evidence supporting its decision to level the tower in Gaza City, The Associated Press’ executive editor said.
Fares Akram grew up in Gaza city. As a reporter for the Associated Press, he worked in the building that Israel destroyed with airstrikes.
"Free Palestine" rallies have taken place in several major cities, including Washington, London, Montreal and Sydney, amid escalating Gaza-Israel violence.
The White House said it has told Israel that ensuring the safety of the press is "paramount."
The strike brought the entire 12-story building down, collapsing with a gigantic cloud of dust.
It's the deadliest single strike since the battle with Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers erupted earlier this week.