Israel has bombarded Gaza with artillery and air strikes but stopped short of a ground offensive in the conflict.
Israeli aggression has claimed almost 200 Palestinian lives, including at least 60 children, and has wounded over 1,200 people.
Israel's attacks on Gaza follow weeks of violence against Palestinians amid spiking tensions in occupied East Jerusalem during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
*) Calls for renewed peace talks as ceasefire ends in Afghanistan
A three-day ceasefire has ended in Afghanistan amid calls for renewed peace talks between the government and the Taliban.
The Taliban says negotiating teams from both sides met briefly on Saturday in Doha and renewed their commitment to finding a peaceful end to the war.
The US has been pressing for accelerated talks as it withdraws the last of its 2,500 to 3,500 soldiers.
*) UNICEF urges richer countries to fill Covax vaccine supplies
UNICEF says the world's seven richest countries and the EU could help close the world's vaccine gap by sharing just 20 percent of their June, July and August stocks with the Covax scheme for poorer nations.
The UN agency estimates a global supply shortfall of 140 million doses by the end of May and about 190 million by the end of June.
The disruption in supply was caused by India after it curbed exports of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which were pledged to Covax, to be used by the country as it battles the deadliest wave in the world.
*) Poll: Over 80% of Japanese oppose Olympics this year
A new poll shows that most of Japan's population is opposed to their country hosting the Olympics this year.
The latest survey comes after Japan expanded a coronavirus state of emergency on Friday as the nation battles a fourth wave.
The weekend survey found 43 percent of people want the Games cancelled, and 40 percent want a further postponement.
The games are scheduled to start in under 10-weeks.
And finally ...
*) Barcelona win women's Champions League for first time
Barcelona became the first Spanish side to win the women's Champions League with a stunning performance to thrash Chelsea 4-0 in Sweden on Sunday.
In a ruthless offensive display, Barcelona's attackers sliced through Chelsea's defence to build a 4-0 first-half lead.
During their campaign, Barcelona eliminated Man City in the quarters and PSG in the semis.
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*) Death toll rises to 67 from Israeli attacks against Palestinians
Israeli forces continue to bomb the Gaza enclave, killing at least 67 people, including 17 children, since the start of recent hostilities.
Israel's attacks on Gaza follow weeks of violence during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan against Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem.
One of the major catalysts behind Palestinian protests in recent weeks were the threatened expulsions in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem, which Israeli settlers are trying to take over via a court case.
*) Afghan forces launch operation to recapture Taliban-held district
Afghan security forces have mounted an operation to recapture a key district that the Taliban seized just before a three-day ceasefire.
Taliban insurgents killed and captured Afghan soldiers, forcing troops to retreat from Nerkh district, which is close to the capital Kabul.
Violence has intensified in the country since Washington missed a May 1 deadline, agreed with the Taliban last year, to withdraw all of its troops.
*) Largest US fuel pipeline begins reopening after cyber attack
US largest fuel pipeline has restarted operations days after it was forced to shut down by a gang of hackers.
The disruption of Colonial Pipeline caused panic-buying and long lines at petrol stations in the Southeast, draining supplies at thousands of stations.
Colonial Pipeline said that it would take several days for deliveries to return to normal
*) Iran’s former president Ahmadinejad to run again in June election
Iran's former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has registered to run again for the presidency.
President from 2005 to 2013, Ahmadinejad had to stand down at the end of two consecutive terms as per Iran's constitution.
Ahmadinejad's tenure was marked by fiery rhetoric against Israel and deep tensions with the West, most notably over Iran's nuclear programme.
And finally ...
*) Nadal opens bid for 10th Italian Title with victory over Sinner
Rafael Nadal has opened his attempt to win a 10th Italian Open title with a straight-sets victory over teenager Jannik Sinner to advance to the third round.
Nadal won through 7-5, 6-4 in just over two hours to bring his record to 16-1 in his opening matches in Foro Italico.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner next plays 13th seeder Canadian Denis Shapovalov for a place in the quarter-final.
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