IsraelPalestineMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Armed conflictsViolence to go further IsraelPalestineMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Armed conflictsViolence May 16, 2021 RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Targeted Israeli airforce attacks have destroyed the premises of 23 Palestinian and international media outlets in the past week. The latest airstrikes destroyed the bureaux of the US news agency, the Associated Press, and the Qatari TV broadcaster Al Jazeera. According to the Israeli military, these attacks were justified because the “military intelligence” wing of Hamas, the Gaza Strip’s ruling Islamist movement, had equipment in these building.“Deliberately targeting media outlets constitutes a war crime,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “By intentionally destroying media outlets, the Israel Defence Forces are not only inflicting unacceptable material damage on news operations. They are also, more broadly, obstructing media coverage of a conflict that directly affects the civilian population. We call on the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor to determine whether these airstrikes constitute war crimes.”The first Israeli attack on media outlets occurred four days ago, after Hamas fired a series of rockets into Israel. In the early hours of 12 May, Israeli airstrikes destroyed the Al-Jawhara Tower, a 10-storey building in Gaza City that housed 14 media outlets including the Palestine Daily News newspaper and the pan-Arab TV channel Al-Araby.The next day, an Israeli airstrike destroyed Gaza City’s Al-Shorouk Tower, a 14-storey building that housed seven media outlets including the Al-Aqsa radio and TV broadcaster. The IDF said they were “striking Hamas weapons stores hidden inside civilian buildings in Gaza.”Israel is ranked 86th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2021 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en June 8, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts June 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 On May 15 in Gaza,the bureaux of the US news agency, the Associated Press, and the Qatari TV broadcaster Al Jazeera were destroyed by targeted Israeli airstrikes. MAHMUD HAMS / AFP Follow the news on Middle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to include Israeli air strikes on more than 20 media outlets in the Gaza Strip in her investigation into the situation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. June 9, 2021 Find out more News Organisation News News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance
Thessy Kouzoukas, co-founder of Sabo Skirt, in a file picture with husband Georgio Batsinilas. The couple have listed the first home they bought together in Mount Gravatt. Picture: Liam Kidston.Sabo Skirt co-founder Thessy Kouzoukas poured a lot of love into her first home – made even more special by husband Georgio Batsinilas proposing to her there – and now it could be yours. Couple pays $3.2m for home they plan to bulldoze How to win a $4.8m beach house The open plan kitchen.“There are barely any three bedroom apartments out that way. It’s quite a convenient location, a really decent sized open plan living space, a lot of things make sense with the way it’s laid out, there’s a separate master wing, a lot of people tend to like the separation, especially a family with kids, or a couple with friends that rent another room.” MORE: Billionaire’s QLD home sells at million-plus discount “It’s a small boutique complex, only six apartments in total,” Mr Bacon said. “It’s on the top floor with a lot of natural breezes and light that comes through the apartment.”The property has a price guide in the mid to high $500,000 range.“With low interest rates it makes sense. It’s a no-brainer to buy in that pricepoint. It’s affordable for a lot of different buyers in the market, and there’s low stock along there. It’s a good opportunity.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK 6/22 Selborne Street, Mount Gravatt East, hit the market last week.With over a million followers on Instagram, the style guru put her first ever property purchase on the market last week – a rare three bedroom apartment bought off the plan in 2015 in Brisbane’s Mount Gravatt. Her popular summer-kissed fashion range survived the COVID-19 crisis by shifting all operations online, and now Kouzoukas too was ready for a new beginning closer to home. Sabo Skirt co-founders Thessy and Yiota Kouzoukas. Picture: Peter Wallis“Georgio and I were looking to move out together when we first started dating around six years ago; we wanted to live around the south side where we had both grown up,” she said.“The unit was available and was brand new, and we absolutely loved the location, the bright light throughout and the fact that it was three bedrooms.”Her favourite spot was the main bedroom “because it has a lot of windows that let in natural light, a nice breeze and was super cozy”. Little did she realise it would be even more special later when husband Georgio chose that spot to propose marriage to her. The master bedroom leads out to the balcony.“Georgio proposed to me in bed one morning,” she said. “I was recovering from an endometrioma bursting inside of me, and was bed ridden for three weeks.”“He had alternative plans (for the proposal) but ended up asking me to marry him when it was just the two of us at home. It was perfect. I also fell pregnant when I was living in this apartment, so I have memories of my first trimester being in the apartment.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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By Paul SarahsWITH European qualification – playoffs aside – all but done, attention turns to South America where, with one match day remaining, there’s still plenty to sort out.Traditionally the toughest confederation to qualify from, with 90 minutes left to play, only Brazil have already confirmed their place at the World Cup next summer in Russia, with heavyweights Argentina, Chile and Colombia along with Paraguay and Peru still in the hunt for two automatic qualification spots and one playoff berth.Ecuador, Bolivia and Venezuela are the only sides already eliminated after 17 rounds of matches.Argentina’s issues have been well documented throughout the qualification process – they have failed to score in over 400 minutes and only Lionel Messi has found the net for La Albiceleste in almost a year, despite Jorge Sampaoli’s men having a raft of quality attacking players at his disposal – Dybala, Aguero, Higuain et al.The permutations are complex, as to be expected with so many still able to make it to Russia.The scenarios:Uruguay:Currently second in the table, two points ahead of Chile and Colombia, three up on Peru and Argentina. They would have to lose at home to Bolivia, Colombia to beat Peru, Chile to win in already-qualified Brazil and Argentina to win in Quito against Ecuador while overturning a goal difference of ten for Uruguay to drop into a playoff spot. See? Told you it was complicated.Argentina:There is a real risk Argentina will miss out on qualification altogether or have to contest a cross-continental playoff – or even make it through on the night. To do so Argentina need to win as well as Brazil to get a result against Chile at home and Peru drawing with Colombia or beating Los Cafeteros by a scoreline less than Argentina. The main issue for Argentina is ensuring they give themselves a chance of automatic qualification with a victory in Quito. Easier said than done, though – they’ve won just once in their last 6 visits to the rarified air of the Ecuadorian capital.Chile:Twice reigning South American champions Chile will qualify with a win in Brazil. A draw may be enough for La Roja if Colombia and Peru draw or Ecuador get a point or more against Argentina in Quito.Colombia:Qualification is relatively straightforward for Los Cafeteros. A win and they’re through but will still qualify if Chile lose to Brazil or Argentina fail to beat Ecuador, whatever their result in Lima against Peru.Peru:Los Incas will qualify with a win in Lima over Colombia. Peru will also qualify directly with a draw should Chile lose to Brazil by a scoreline of two or more. If Argentina fail to beat Ecuador and Paraguay don’t beat Venezuela, a draw will also be enough for Los Incas.Paraguay:Paraguay need to win and for Chile to lose in Sao Paulo to Brazil and for Ecuador to get at least a point against Argentina.With the permutations so complex and so much at stake for so many, the last round of qualifiers in South America promises to entertain as only South America can. We are in for an incredible night of CONMEBOL football, however it plays out. (Yahoo Sport)