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Today’s rugby news as Welsh coach ‘building something great’ and chief attacks World Rugby ‘madness’ – Wales Online

These are your rugby headlines on Tuesday, April 2.

Sherratt ‘building something great’

Wales legend Sioned Harries says Cardiff must keep hold of head coach Matt Sherratt as he is “building something great” at the region.

Sherratt’s side have only won three games in the URC so far this season but have put in several strong performances, the latest of which came against Munster on Saturday. The Blue & Blacks were on the wrong side of a 20-15 scoreline but pushed the Irish region all the way with the likes of Ellis Jenkins, Mason Grady, Ben Thomas and Liam Belcher all impressing.

With recent Wales call-ups Alex Mann, Cameron Winnett, Mackenzie Martin and Evan Lloyd all at the club, as well as fellow internationals Josh Adams, Keiron Assiratti, Corey Domachowski, James Botham and Teddy Williams, amongst others, the future looks bright for Cardiff. Believing Sherratt to be the best man to get the most out of this promising squad, Harries says keeping him at the region must be a priority.

“This season is good for them to build,” she told BBC Scrum V. “They are a young team and they’ve only won three games. You tend to forget about that because of the performances they’re putting in when they lose games. I think it’s important that they keep their head coach because I think he’s building something great there with this group of players.”

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Sean Holley also had his say on Cardiff’s season so far and said while they have impressed with their performances, they needed to start getting some wins on the board.

“The crowds are turning up, they’re playing good rugby,” he added. “They’re staying in games and have been quite unlucky in some, including Munster. There was a moment where they really pushed the home team and put them under pressure but there was perhaps a little bit of naivety in the end.

“The problem is though that for all their good rugby and closeness against the top teams, they’ve only won three games, much like two of the other Welsh regions. We talked about the Ospreys earlier and they’ve won seven games, so [Cardiff] need to start converting these performances into wins.”

Coach slams World Rugby ‘madness’

Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter has slammed World Rugby’s latest law changes, describing them as “madness” and arguing that the constant tinkering of laws risks turning supporters away from the sport.

Last month, rugby’s governing body announced a raft of proposed changes that would see the sport overhauled and ‘reimagined’ in a move to speed up games and make a more appealing product for fans. The measures include outlawing the contentious ‘Dupont law’ and the ‘croc roll’, as well as reducing the number of times a rolling maul can be restarted.

A five-phase plan will be considered by the World Rugby Council in May, with a proposal for a 20-minute red card set to be put forward at the same time.

However, Baxter is unimpressed by what has been proposed, arguing that rugby has an unhealthy obsession with changing laws, which “drives [him] potty”. Adding that the constant tweaking is “confusing new supporters” on a yearly basis, he called on World Rugby to allow teams to “settle down and get on with it” by leaving the laws alone.

“We need to stop changing the laws,” he said. “We’re trying to grow the game and there’s no sport in the world that tries to grow by confusing new supporters every 12 months. The game was fine three or four years ago – and we didn’t need to change it then. Ninety per cent of the law changes are to redo things that have been created by other law changes. It’s madness.

“You grow the game by introducing new players and people to it, but we’re confusing new people every year by changing laws and interpretations. We’re preventing ourselves from allowing a good product to happen. If they decide to make law changes [in May] then they have to decide to put a moratorium on not changing them anymore. Let’s settle down and get on with it.

“I kind of hope that we just leave things,” he added. “They’re reinforcing two or three things to let the game keep flowing – we don’t need to do any more than that. We seem infatuated with thinking that de-powering the scrum and maul will create this game everyone wants to come and watch.

“The more you de-power the scrum and maul, the more you’re going to create a game that people are not going to want to watch because there’ll be no space. I just wish we’d stop changing the laws, it drives me potty.”

Six Nations star’s decision ‘imminent’

Ireland captain Peter O’Mahony is set to make a decision on his future ‘imminently’ according to Munster coach Graham Rowntree.

The 34-year-old led his country to Six Nations glory last month amid mounting speculation around his future, and he revealed after Ireland clinched the title that he would discuss what was next with his family before coming to a decision.

O’Mahony, who has won 105 caps for his country, was in fine form during Munster’s 20-15 win over Cardiff on Saturday and Rowntree was full of praise for the flanker at full time.

“Pete was great tonight,” the coach said. “He had a big performance, he spoke really well without being the team captain, spoke really well and it was a real, battling performance from Pete tonight.”

Quizzed on O’Mahony’s future, however, Rowntree replied: “I’ve opened up this door now, haven’t I? Imminent I think. There’ll be news on that imminently.”

The Ireland star made his Test debut back in 2012 and has won five Six Nations titles, including two Grand Slams, while he has also played at three World Cups and toured with the British & Irish Lions back in 2017. He has also won the URC twice with Munster, leading them to victory last season.

Wales ‘will be a tough team to stop’

Wales Women coach Ioan Cunningham says his side will be “a tough team to stop” if they can learn from their opening two matches in this year’s Six Nations.

Cunningham’s team were well-beaten by England at Ashton Gate as they found themselves on the wrong side of a 46-10 scoreline, a week after they had suffered defeat at the hands of Scotland at Cardiff Arms Park. On both occasions, Wales enjoyed plenty of territory but failed to convert it into points as they were punished for their wastefulness by their opponents.

But despite their hopes of qualifying for WXV1 already being placed in jeopardy, Cunningham is buoyed by what he has seen thus far in the tournament, with his team not letting their heads drop at any point against the Red Roses. With Ireland in Cork up next on April 13, he is confident that Wales can turn things around and be more clinical when it matters most.

“Players are going deep to the well and giving everything for the shirt,” he said after the defeat in Bristol. “We are so proud of that effort. We have just got to balance that up with being clinical and having that composure at the right time. Once that clicks, we will be a tough team to stop.”

“I am very encouraged,” Cunningham added. “I thought we left four or five tries out on the field, especially first half [when] we had four entries into the 22 and came away with no points. It’s being a bit more clinical now, that’s what we need to do moving forward.

“It’s composure and calmness when we are in those areas, it’s confidence and belief as well. The occasion was fantastic, the atmosphere was brilliant, and it’s having that clarity when you are under that sort of pressure. It’s something we have to learn as quickly as we can.”

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Israel-Iran conflict LIVE: Iran threatens to target US bases if it backs Israel – Hindustan Times

Israeli Iron Dome air defense system launched to intercept missiles fired from Iran, in central Israel

Israeli Iron Dome air defense system launched to intercept missiles fired from Iran, in central Israel

Welcome to our live coverage of the escalating tensions between Iran and Israel, which threaten to plunge the region into a deeper crisis. The situation has taken a dramatic turn as Iran launched an unprecedented drone and missile attack on Israel, marking a significant escalation in the long-running covert war between the two regional foes.…Read More

As reports of air raid sirens emerge from various locations, including northern and southern Israel, the northern West Bank, and the Dead Sea near the Jordanian border, the extent of the damage remains unclear. The Israeli military said it working with the United States and other partners in the region in order to act against the launches and intercept them. U.S. forces reportedly downed some of the Iran-launched drones flying toward Israel.

Global outcry over Iran’s attack on Israel sparks diplomatic frenzy. Who said what

With tensions already at a boiling point, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards confirmed their role in the retaliatory strikes, employing both drones and ballistic missiles in their assault on Israeli targets. 

This latest exchange of hostilities follows Iran’s repeated threats of retaliation for an April 1 airstrike on its Damascus consular annex, an attack that claimed the lives of several Iranian Guards, including high-ranking officers.

In this live blog, we aim to provide you with minute-by-minute updates on the evolving situation, offering detailed analysis, expert commentary, and insights into the geopolitical dynamics at play.

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Apr 14, 2024 7:50 AM IST

Iran–Israel conflict LIVE:What has happened so far in 10 points

Iran launched its first-ever direct attack on Israeli territory using a swarm of explosive drones and missiles.

Israel pledged a response to the attack, which caused light damage to a military facility.

The attack was in retaliation for an alleged Israeli strike on Iran’s Damascus consulate earlier in April.

The United Nations and various countries condemned Iran’s actions, expressing concerns about escalating regional tensions.

Netanyahu held a telephone conversation with US President Joe Biden.

Biden lauded American forces who helped Israel down “nearly all” of the drones and missiles fired by Iran.

The US President vowed to coordinate a global response to Tehran’s unprecedented attack.

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, requested the US Security Council hold an emergency meeting.

The UN Security Council is set to meet today at Israel’s request.

Thousands of Iranians took to the streets of Iran in a show of support for the attack against arch-enemy Israel.

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Iran-Israel conflict LIVE: Iran says retaliation ‘concluded,’ warns Israel not to respond

The Iranian army on Sunday said that its drone and missile attack on Israel, in retaliation for a deadly strike on Iran’s Damascus consulate, has “achieved all its objectives”. It also warned Israel not to respond.

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Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: Indian embassy in Israel issues advisory as Iran’s attack raises threat of wider conflict

The Indian embassy in Israel on Sunday urged its citizens living there to stay calm and adhere to the safety protocols issued by the local authorities as Iran launched explosive drones and missiles in its first direct attack on Israeli territory. Read more

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Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: Iran threatens to target American bases if US backs potential Israeli retaliation

Amid the escalating tensions in West Asia, Iran has sent a message to the US via Switzerland, warning that its bases would be targeted if Washington backs Israel’s retaliation, reports Reuters citing local media.

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Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: ‘France helped in defence against Iranian attack’, says Israeli military 

Israel’s chief military spokesperson on Sunday said that France was among the countries involved in defending against Iran’s overnight attack on Israel. “France has very good technology, jets, radar – and I know they were contributing in patrolling airspace,” he said, as quoted by Reuters.

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Iran-Israel conflict LIVE: Japan strongly condemns Iranian attack on Israel

Japan has strongly condemned a retaliatory attack by Iran on Israel, calling it an “escalation of events”.

“This attack is one that further worsens the current Middle East situation. We are deeply concerned and strongly condemn this sort of escalation,” the statement said.

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Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: Iran attack on Israel ‘foiled’, says Israeli army

The Israeli army on Sunday said that Iran’s attack on Israel using hundreds of drones and missiles had been “foiled”, with 99 percent of them intercepted. 

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Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: China ‘deeply concerned’ about escalation after Iran strikes Israel

China said that it is “deeply concerned” about escalating tensions after Iran launched drones and missiles in a retaliatory strike against Israel. “China calls on relevant parties to remain calm and exercise restraint to avoid further escalation of tensions,” a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said in a statement.

“China calls on the international community, especially influential countries, to play a constructive role in maintaining regional peace and stability,” it added.

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Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: India’s statement on situation in West Asia 

India on Sunday issued a statement on the situation in West Asia saying that it is “seriously concerned at the escalation of hostilities between Israel and Iran which threatens the peace and security in the region.”

“We call for immediate de-escalation, exercise of restraint, stepping back from violence, and return to the path of diplomacy. We are closely monitoring the evolving situation. Our Embassies in the region are in close touch with the Indian community. It is vital that security and stability are maintained in the region,” the statement read. 

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Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: Israel says 99% of Iranian drones, missiles were intercepted

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Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: Netanyahu vows victory after Israel repells Iranian launches

Israel will achieve victory after having fended off an Iranian drone and missile salvo, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday. “We intercepted, we repelled, together we shall win,” he said in a post on X.

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Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: UNGA President says ‘moment calls for wise and prudent judgement’

President of the UN General Assembly Dennis Francis expressed deep concern about the unfolding situation and said the Iranians have explained their action in the context of Article 51 of the UN Charter. “The Iranian response compounds the already tense and delicate peace and security situation in the Middle East,” he said. 

“This is a moment that calls for wise and prudent judgement, in which the risks and extended risks are very carefully considered,” he said.

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Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: Iran ally Venezuela follows ‘worrying events’ in Middle East

The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, an ally of Iran, Russia, and China, refrained from condemning Iran’s retaliatory strike on Israel and said it is following the “worrying events” in the Middle East.

“As a result of the genocide in Palestine and the irrationality of the Israeli regime as well as the inaction of the United Nations, the situation of instability in the region has worsened dramatically in recent weeks,” Venezuelan Foreign Minister Yvan Gil said in a statement. 

“Venezuela advocates the construction of peace with justice as most countries in the world want.”

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Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: Biden pledges G7 response

President Joe Biden pledged a coordinated G7 diplomatic response and said the US had helped Israel take down “nearly all” of the attacking drones and missiles.

“Tomorrow, I will convene my fellow G7 leaders to coordinate a united diplomatic response to Iran’s brazen attack,” he said.

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Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: Biden says US helped Israel take down ‘nearly all’ Iran drones, missiles

Biden said that US forces helped take down “nearly all” the drones and missiles fired by Iran at Israel, adding that he had reaffirmed his “ironclad” support to Netanyahu.

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Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: Who said what

The Iranian drone and missile attack on Israel triggered widespread reactions from leaders and officials around the world. Check reactions here

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Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: German Chancellor Scholz condemns

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz condemned Iranian airstrikes on Israel “in the strongest possible terms,” a spokesperson said during a visit by Scholz to China. 

“With this irresponsible and unjustifiable attack, Iran is risking a regional conflagration,” government spokesperson Steffen Hebestreit said.

 “Germany stands closely by Israel’s side,” Hebestreit said. “We will now discuss further reactions closely with our G7 partners and allies.”

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Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: Netanyahu speaks to Biden

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to U.S. President Joe Biden after the meetings by Israel’s war cabinet and security cabinet to discuss hostilities with Iran.

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Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: UN Security Council to meet Sunday

The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Sunday over Iran’s unprecedented drone and missile attack on Israel, the body’s president said.

A spokesperson for Malta, which holds the rotating presidency this month, said the Security Council was aiming for the meeting to be held at 4:00 pm (2000 GMT) at Israel’s request.

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Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: Israeli Ambassador urges UN Security Council action against Iran

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“Iran’s attack is a significant threat to world peace and security and I expect the Security Council to act against Iran by all means,” Erdan said.

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Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: US must stay away, says Iran’s Mission to the United Nations

Iran’s Mission to the United Nations issued a statement on the unprecedented attack launched on Israel saying the “military action was in response” to Israel’s air strike on its diplomatic premises in Damascus.

“The matter can be deemed concluded. However, should the Israeli regime make another mistake, Iran’s response will be considerably more severe. It is a conflict between Iran and the rogue Israeli regime, from which the U.S. MUST STAY AWAY!”

Apr 14, 2024 6:13 AM IST

Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: UN chief urges immediate cessation of hostilities in Middle East

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for an urgent cessation of hostilities in the Middle East following a significant escalation of tensions. Guterres condemned the large-scale attack launched on Israel by Iran and said, “I am deeply alarmed about the very real danger of a devastating region-wide escalation. I urge all parties to exercise maximum restraint to avoid any action that could lead to major military confrontations on multiple fronts in the Middle East.”

“I have repeatedly stressed that neither the region nor the world can afford another war.”

Apr 14, 2024 6:09 AM IST

Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: Netanyahu says Israel ready for ‘any scenario’

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said has been preparing for a direct attack by Iran as is ready for “any scenario, both defensively and offensively.”

“We have determined a clear principle: Whoever harms us, we will harm them. We will defend ourselves against any threat and will do so level-headedly and with determination.”

Apr 14, 2024 5:58 AM IST

Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: Biden vows ‘ironclad’ support for Israel

US President Joe Biden promised “ironclad” support for Israel as Iran launched its first direct military attack against its ally in the region.

“I just met with my national security team for an update on Iran’s attacks against Israel. Our commitment to Israel’s security against threats from Iran and its proxies is ironclad,” Biden said on X, after cutting short a weekend trip to his home state of Delaware as the situation escalated in the Middle Eas.

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Israel-Iran conflict LIVE: Iran attack on Israel ‘foiled’, says Israeli army – Hindustan Times

Israeli Iron Dome air defense system launched to intercept missiles fired from Iran, in central Israel

Israeli Iron Dome air defense system launched to intercept missiles fired from Iran, in central Israel

Welcome to our live coverage of the escalating tensions between Iran and Israel, which threaten to plunge the region into a deeper crisis. The situation has taken a dramatic turn as Iran launched an unprecedented drone and missile attack on Israel, marking a significant escalation in the long-running covert war between the two regional foes.…Read More

As reports of air raid sirens emerge from various locations, including northern and southern Israel, the northern West Bank, and the Dead Sea near the Jordanian border, the extent of the damage remains unclear. The Israeli military said it working with the United States and other partners in the region in order to act against the launches and intercept them. U.S. forces reportedly downed some of the Iran-launched drones flying toward Israel.

Global outcry over Iran’s attack on Israel sparks diplomatic frenzy. Who said what

With tensions already at a boiling point, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards confirmed their role in the retaliatory strikes, employing both drones and ballistic missiles in their assault on Israeli targets. 

This latest exchange of hostilities follows Iran’s repeated threats of retaliation for an April 1 airstrike on its Damascus consular annex, an attack that claimed the lives of several Iranian Guards, including high-ranking officers.

In this live blog, we aim to provide you with minute-by-minute updates on the evolving situation, offering detailed analysis, expert commentary, and insights into the geopolitical dynamics at play.

Pinned

Apr 14, 2024 7:50 AM IST

Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: What has happened so far in 10 points

Iran launched its first-ever direct attack on Israeli territory using a swarm of explosive drones and missiles.

Israel pledged a response to the attack, which caused light damage to a military facility.

The attack was in retaliation for an alleged Israeli strike on Iran’s Damascus consulate earlier in April.

The United Nations and various countries condemned Iran’s actions, expressing concerns about escalating regional tensions.

Netanyahu held a telephone conversation with US President Joe Biden.

Biden lauded American forces who helped Israel down “nearly all” of the drones and missiles fired by Iran.

The US President vowed to coordinate a global response to Tehran’s unprecedented attack.

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, requested the US Security Council hold an emergency meeting.

The UN Security Council is set to meet today at Israel’s request.

Thousands of Iranians took to the streets of Iran in a show of support for the attack against arch-enemy Israel.

Apr 14, 2024 11:50 AM IST

Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: ‘France helped in defence against Iranian attack’, says Israeli military 

Israel’s chief military spokesperson on Sunday said that France was among the countries involved in defending against Iran’s overnight attack on Israel. “France has very good technology, jets, radar – and I know they were contributing in patrolling airspace,” he said, as quoted by Reuters.

Apr 14, 2024 11:17 AM IST

Iran-Israel conflict LIVE: Japan strongly condemns Iranian attack on Israel

Japan has strongly condemned a retaliatory attack by Iran on Israel, calling it an “escalation of events”.

“This attack is one that further worsens the current Middle East situation. We are deeply concerned and strongly condemn this sort of escalation,” the statement said.

Apr 14, 2024 10:44 AM IST

Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: Iran attack on Israel ‘foiled’, says Israeli army

The Israeli army on Sunday said that Iran’s attack on Israel using hundreds of drones and missiles had been “foiled”, with 99 percent of them intercepted. 

Apr 14, 2024 10:40 AM IST

Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: China ‘deeply concerned’ about escalation after Iran strikes Israel

China said that it is “deeply concerned” about escalating tensions after Iran launched drones and missiles in a retaliatory strike against Israel. “China calls on relevant parties to remain calm and exercise restraint to avoid further escalation of tensions,” a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said in a statement.

“China calls on the international community, especially influential countries, to play a constructive role in maintaining regional peace and stability,” it added.

Apr 14, 2024 10:14 AM IST

Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: India’s statement on situation in West Asia 

India on Sunday issued a statement on the situation in West Asia saying that it is “seriously concerned at the escalation of hostilities between Israel and Iran which threatens the peace and security in the region.”

“We call for immediate de-escalation, exercise of restraint, stepping back from violence, and return to the path of diplomacy. We are closely monitoring the evolving situation. Our Embassies in the region are in close touch with the Indian community. It is vital that security and stability are maintained in the region,” the statement read. 

Apr 14, 2024 10:07 AM IST

Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: Israel says 99% of Iranian drones, missiles were intercepted

Israel says 99% of more than 300 Iranian drones, missiles were intercepted, calls it a ‘significant strategic success.’

Apr 14, 2024 9:49 AM IST

Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: Netanyahu vows victory after Israel repells Iranian launches

Israel will achieve victory after having fended off an Iranian drone and missile salvo, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday. “We intercepted, we repelled, together we shall win,” he said in a post on X.

Apr 14, 2024 9:32 AM IST

Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: UNGA President says ‘moment calls for wise and prudent judgement’

President of the UN General Assembly Dennis Francis expressed deep concern about the unfolding situation and said the Iranians have explained their action in the context of Article 51 of the UN Charter. “The Iranian response compounds the already tense and delicate peace and security situation in the Middle East,” he said. 

“This is a moment that calls for wise and prudent judgement, in which the risks and extended risks are very carefully considered,” he said.

Apr 14, 2024 9:12 AM IST

Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: Iran ally Venezuela follows ‘worrying events’ in Middle East

The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, an ally of Iran, Russia, and China, refrained from condemning Iran’s retaliatory strike on Israel and said it is following the “worrying events” in the Middle East.

“As a result of the genocide in Palestine and the irrationality of the Israeli regime as well as the inaction of the United Nations, the situation of instability in the region has worsened dramatically in recent weeks,” Venezuelan Foreign Minister Yvan Gil said in a statement. 

“Venezuela advocates the construction of peace with justice as most countries in the world want.”

Apr 14, 2024 9:02 AM IST

Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: Biden pledges G7 response

President Joe Biden pledged a coordinated G7 diplomatic response and said the US had helped Israel take down “nearly all” of the attacking drones and missiles.

“Tomorrow, I will convene my fellow G7 leaders to coordinate a united diplomatic response to Iran’s brazen attack,” he said.

Apr 14, 2024 8:40 AM IST

Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: Biden says US helped Israel take down ‘nearly all’ Iran drones, missiles

Biden said that US forces helped take down “nearly all” the drones and missiles fired by Iran at Israel, adding that he had reaffirmed his “ironclad” support to Netanyahu.

Apr 14, 2024 7:24 AM IST

Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: Who said what

The Iranian drone and missile attack on Israel triggered widespread reactions from leaders and officials around the world. Check reactions here

Apr 14, 2024 7:22 AM IST

Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: German Chancellor Scholz condemns

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz condemned Iranian airstrikes on Israel “in the strongest possible terms,” a spokesperson said during a visit by Scholz to China. 

“With this irresponsible and unjustifiable attack, Iran is risking a regional conflagration,” government spokesperson Steffen Hebestreit said.

 “Germany stands closely by Israel’s side,” Hebestreit said. “We will now discuss further reactions closely with our G7 partners and allies.”

Apr 14, 2024 6:59 AM IST

Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: Netanyahu speaks to Biden

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to U.S. President Joe Biden after the meetings by Israel’s war cabinet and security cabinet to discuss hostilities with Iran.

Apr 14, 2024 6:48 AM IST

Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: UN Security Council to meet Sunday

The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Sunday over Iran’s unprecedented drone and missile attack on Israel, the body’s president said.

A spokesperson for Malta, which holds the rotating presidency this month, said the Security Council was aiming for the meeting to be held at 4:00 pm (2000 GMT) at Israel’s request.

Apr 14, 2024 6:31 AM IST

Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: Israeli Ambassador urges UN Security Council action against Iran

Gilad Erdan, the Ambassador of Israel to the United Nations, has taken to X (formerly Twitter) to announce urgent steps following Iran’s recent attack on Israel. In a tweet posted late into the night, Erdan revealed that he had dispatched an urgent letter to the President of the Security Council, calling for an immediate convening of the council. Erdan’s letter demands the unequivocal condemnation of Iran’s attack on Israel and urges the Security Council to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization.

“Iran’s attack is a significant threat to world peace and security and I expect the Security Council to act against Iran by all means,” Erdan said.

Apr 14, 2024 6:24 AM IST

Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: US must stay away, says Iran’s Mission to the United Nations

Iran’s Mission to the United Nations issued a statement on the unprecedented attack launched on Israel saying the “military action was in response” to Israel’s air strike on its diplomatic premises in Damascus.

“The matter can be deemed concluded. However, should the Israeli regime make another mistake, Iran’s response will be considerably more severe. It is a conflict between Iran and the rogue Israeli regime, from which the U.S. MUST STAY AWAY!”

Apr 14, 2024 6:13 AM IST

Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: UN chief urges immediate cessation of hostilities in Middle East

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for an urgent cessation of hostilities in the Middle East following a significant escalation of tensions. Guterres condemned the large-scale attack launched on Israel by Iran and said, “I am deeply alarmed about the very real danger of a devastating region-wide escalation. I urge all parties to exercise maximum restraint to avoid any action that could lead to major military confrontations on multiple fronts in the Middle East.”

“I have repeatedly stressed that neither the region nor the world can afford another war.”

Apr 14, 2024 6:09 AM IST

Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: Netanyahu says Israel ready for ‘any scenario’

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said has been preparing for a direct attack by Iran as is ready for “any scenario, both defensively and offensively.”

“We have determined a clear principle: Whoever harms us, we will harm them. We will defend ourselves against any threat and will do so level-headedly and with determination.”

Apr 14, 2024 5:58 AM IST

Iran–Israel conflict LIVE: Biden vows ‘ironclad’ support for Israel

US President Joe Biden promised “ironclad” support for Israel as Iran launched its first direct military attack against its ally in the region.

“I just met with my national security team for an update on Iran’s attacks against Israel. Our commitment to Israel’s security against threats from Iran and its proxies is ironclad,” Biden said on X, after cutting short a weekend trip to his home state of Delaware as the situation escalated in the Middle Eas.

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Stabbing rampage at Sydney mall leaves at least seven dead, including attacker – NBC News

Seven people are dead and others are in serious or critical condition after a stabbing rampage at a mall in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday, according to police. The attacker, who was shot by a lone officer, was among the dead, and a baby among those stabbed.

New South Wales Police Commissioner Anthony Cooke told a news conference that the attacker walked into the Westfield Bondi Junction mall at about 3:20 p.m. local time (1:20 a.m. ET) where he “caused harm” to about nine people “stabbing them with a weapon he was carrying.” The weapon “was most likely a knife,” he said.

A spokesperson for New South Wales Ambulance told NBC News that a 9-month-old baby was “transported to Sydney Children’s Hospital with a pediatric stab wound.”

Cooke said that an inspector near the scene was guided to the offender’s location by members of the public. As she pursued him from behind, Cooke said the offender turned and the officer shot him.

“She took the action, saving a range of people’s lives,” he added.

He said the offender’s motives were not clear, but he acted alone and that there was no continuing threat.

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Paramedics outside the Westfield Bondi Junction shopping mall.DAVID GRAY / AFP – Getty Images

Speaking at the same news conference, NSW Ambulance Assistant Commissioner Brent Armitage said two other people had been transported to hospitals across Sydney. Their condition was not known.

Surveillance video showed a man running through the mall holding a long knife. Reports from local media described chaos, as some shoppers fled and others attempted to stop the man. Some shops reportedly pulled down their shutters, sequestering some people inside in order to keep them safe.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from the mall.

In a live interview with 9News Sydney, the local broadcaster, a man outside the mall said he helped a baby after a woman was stabbed. “The mum came over with the baby and threw it at me, with this hole in the baby, it looked pretty bad,” he said.

Roi Huberman, a sound engineer at ABC TV in Australia, told the network that he sheltered in a store during the incident.

“Suddenly we heard a shot or maybe two shots and we didn’t know what to do,” he said. “Then the very capable person in the store took us to the back where it can be locked.” She then locked the store and led them out through the back entrance.

Andrew Reid described helping some of the injured victims, including one woman who was “bleeding pretty badly.” 

“That poor woman she there was a lot of blood,” Reid, who was shopping for a bed, told Sky News. “She lost a lot of blood and me and a couple of other bystanders helped with her.” 

Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese called the attack “a horrific act of violence that indiscriminately targeted innocent people.”

In a news conference, he said the nation “offers our deepest condolences and sympathies to all those who are grieving for someone they have lost. And we send our strength to those who have been injured.”

King Charles III said he and Queen Camilla “were utterly shocked and horrified to hear of the tragic stabbing incident in Bondi.”

“Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of those who have been so brutally killed during such a senseless attack,” he said in a statement. “While details of these shocking circumstances are still emerging, our thoughts are also with those who were involved in the response, and we give thanks for the bravery of the first responders and emergency services.”

Prince William and his wife Kate, the Princess of Wales, issued statement on X.

“We are shocked and saddened by the terrible events in Sydney earlier today. Our thoughts are with all those affected, including the loved ones of those lost and the heroic emergency responders who risked their own lives to save others,” they said.

Westfield Bondi Junction thanked its team and law enforcement for their “swift and brave action.”

Albanese said the police officer who shot the attacker was “certainly a hero,” and that “there was no doubt she saved lives with her actions.”

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