Armed Hamas police forced their way into a warehouse in Gaza City and seized thousands of blankets and food parcels, a UN aid official said Wednesday. The items had been ready for distribution to families displaced by Israel's offensive in Gaza. A Hamas spokesman did not deny the seizure but accused the UN of giving the aid to opponents of its rule in Gaza.
Parliament in Zimbabwe put off until next week the debate on authorizing formation of a unity government. The move adds more delay to establishing the post of prime minister, which would be filled by opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Negotiations between him and President Robert Mugabe on sharing power remain stalled more than four months after they agreed to the unity government. The US and Britain both have said any aid to Zimbabwe would be conditional on evidence of "true power-sharing."
Release of a cargo ship seized last September by Somali pirates was expected within hours Wednesday, reports said. The vessel and its 20-man crew were ferrying Russian-built tanks and other weapons allegedly to South Sudan. It was among the first high-profile ships to be hijacked. Payment of a $3.2 million ransom could not be confirmed.