Smoke rises over Gaza as seen from Southern Israel. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein
ISRAEL AND HAMAS AT WAR
Israeli air strikes hit Gaza’s biggest hospital, killing one person and wounding others sheltering there, Palestinian officials said. It was one of several hospitals reported struck at dawn as Israel battles Hamas.
Medics are having to carry out procedures without anesthetic as supplies run out. A nurse described the struggle to treat the influx of wounded people.
Palestinians trudging past Israeli tanks and decomposing corpses along a frontline passage out of encircled Gaza City said they feared a new ‘Nakba’, the ‘catastrophe’ of their mass dispossession after Israel was founded in 1948.
Israeli forces raided the Palestinian city of Jenin and fought an hours-long battle with gunmen in which 14 people were killed, one of the heaviest clashes in the occupied West Bank in months.
Australia announced a security guarantee to the Pacific Islands nation of Tuvalu to respond to military aggression, protect it from climate change and boost migration in a pact aimed at countering China’s influence in the Pacific.
A rebel alliance has overrun parts of northern Myanmar, including areas bordering China, with resistance to the military junta notching its most significant win since the 2021 coup, according to a rebel commander, diplomats and analysts.
Democratic US Senator Joe Manchin, a maverick who has often bucked party leadership in the past two years, said that he will not seek re-election, hurting Democrats’ chance of defending their thin Senate majority in the 2024 election.
Surgeons in New York have performed the first-ever whole-eye transplant in a human, an accomplishment being hailed as a breakthrough even though the patient has not regained sight in the eye.
Prince Harry, singer Elton John and five other high-profile British figures can have their lawsuit against the publisher of the Daily Mail newspaper alleging widespread unlawful behavior heard at trial, the High Court in London ruled.
Britain’s stagnating economy failed to grow in the July-to-September period but at least managed to avoid the start of a recession. The 0% change in gross domestic product was a touch better than a forecast for a 0.1% fall in a Reuters poll of economists.
A ferocious price war among China’s e-commerce retailers during the ‘Singles Day’ shopping event is exposing further weakness in household consumption and raising concerns that the world’s second-largest economy will resume its slowdown.
The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China’s US arm was hit by a ransomware attack that disrupted trades in the US Treasury market, the latest in a string of victims ransom-demanding hackers have claimed this year.
Apple will pay $25 million to settle claims by the US Department of Justice that the company illegally favored immigrant workers over US citizens and green card holders for certain jobs.
Luxury group Richemont cautioned that economic worries and global tensions were weighing on consumer spending as the owner of Cartier jewelry reported first-half profits that missed forecasts, sending its shares down 6%.
Traders, anticipating roughly three quarter-point Fed rate cuts next year, will now turn their attention to Tuesday’s US inflation data to confirm their view on the outlook.
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak pledged at the start of 2023 to halve inflation, then running at over 10%, by year-end. Inflation data due on Wednesday will show whether he is starting to get close to that goal.
China continues to battle its property demons while it is Italy’s turn to be in the eye of the ratings agencies.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 summit in New Delhi. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas
Nafis Ansari, a school principal, was enlisted this year by India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party as a ‘Modi Mitr’, or friend of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Ansari is one of more than 25,000 Muslims volunteering to help Modi win a third term in elections due by May. The campaign is part of a larger push to woo India’s 200 million Muslims, with whom the BJP and Modi have a long and fraught history.
An echidna walks amid vegetation in the Cyclops Mountains. REUTERS/handout
Scientists have rediscovered a long-lost species of mammal described as having the spines of a hedgehog, the snout of an anteater and the feet of a mole, in Indonesia’s Cyclops Mountains more than 60 years after it was last recorded.