6. UN calls Rafah invasion war crime; Hamas responds to truce offer
The UN aid coordination office (OCHA) warned on Tuesday that Israel`s invasion of the densely populated southern city of Rafah would constitute a war crime.
`We, as the UN and member states, can bear witness,` OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke told journalists. `We can make it clear that under international humanitarian law, indiscriminate bombing of densely populated areas may amount to war crimes
7. BJP tables common civil law bill, irks Muslims
India`s ruling party introduced contentious legislation on Tuesday to create a common civil code in a northern state, including for marriage, reigniting a polarising debate weeks before national elections.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has long campaigned for standardised individual laws but its pitch has fuelled tensions, with many minority Muslims seeing it as yet another majoritarian push by Modi`s Hindu nationalist party
8. Hamas condemns Argentina`s Jerusalem embassy plans
Hamas on Tuesday said it `strongly condemns` Argentinian President Javier Milei after he announced plans to move his country`s embassy to Jerusalem.
Hamas said it viewed the move `an infringement of the rights of our Palestinian people to their land, and a violation of the rules of international law, considering Jerusalem as occupied Palestinian land`.
Argentina would become one of only a handful of countries to have its main diplomatic mission in Jerusalem, rather than Tel Aviv
9. Ex-Chilean president dies in copter crash
Chile`s ex president Sebastian Pinera died in a helicopter crash in the south of the country on Tuesday, plunging the country he led for two terms into mourning and prompting an outpouring of condolences from Latin American leaders.
Interior Minister Carolina Toha confirmed the death of the 74-year-old former president, who held the office from 2010 to 2014 and from 2018 to 2022.
Three other passengers survived the helicopter crash in the southern town of Lago Ranco. Pinera`s body had been recovered, said Toha
10. Mohsin becomes first elected PCB chairman in 13 months
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) saw an elected chairman take its office for the first time in 13 months after media mogul Mohsin Naqvi was voted in unopposed by the body`s Board of Governors (BoG) on Tuesday.
Mohsin, who is set to leave his role as the caretaker chief minister of Punjab after Thursday`s general elections, was nominated as one of the BoG members by caretaker Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar the PCB`s patron-in-chief as the premier on January 27
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