The US Senate took the risk of an impending partial government shutdown off the table as it passed a stopgap spending bill and sent it to Joe Biden to sign into law before a weekend deadline. The 87-11 vote marked the end of this year’s third fiscal standoff in Congress.
ISRAEL AND HAMAS AT WAR
Israel ordered civilians to leave four towns in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, raising fears its war against Hamas could spread to areas it had told people were safe. In the north of the enclave, Israel said its forces were still present at Gaza’s biggest hospital, Al Shifa.
The United Nations human rights chief said outbreaks of disease and hunger seemed “inevitable” in Gaza after weeks of Israeli assault on the densely populated Palestinian enclave. Volker Turk said the depletion of fuel would be “catastrophic,” leading to the collapse of sewage systems and healthcare.
IN OTHER NEWS
Britain’s Foreign Secretary David Cameron travelled to Kyiv and met President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for talks on his first working trip abroad. Cameron, who was named as Britain’s new foreign minister on Monday, said in a video posted by Zelenskiy’s office that he wanted to underscore London’s support for Ukraine.
Rescue workers renewed efforts to reach 40 men trapped inside a collapsed highway tunnel in India for the fifth day, making slow progress as they began drilling through rock and soil debris. Authorities said they were confident an advanced drilling machine flown in from New Delhi will speed up the rescue.
Myanmar’s junta have said they’re facing a “heavy assault” from insurgents in several places – with people fleeing into China and India. Correspondent Devjyot Ghoshal tells the daily Reuters World News podcast why this is the military’s biggest test since their 2021 coup.
China’s new home prices fell for the fourth straight month with dozens of cities hit by declines, the most since the peak of COVID-19 last year, suggesting a broader weakening in the sector that could drag on the country’s recovery. New home prices in October dropped 0.3% month-on-month.
Western investors in Russian companies are bracing for a new presidential decree under consideration in Moscow which they fear could force them to sell their shareholdings to the Russian government at big discounts. The potential decree marks the latest blow to investors holding Russian assets.
Investors expect a large amount of financial pain out of Argentina no matter who voters pick as their next president. The winner would need to fix an economy with inflation of 143%, a messy array of capital controls, a looming recession and net foreign currency reserves JPMorgan pegs at minus $15.3 billion.
Glencore, ExxonMobil and Stellantis are among companies lobbying for policies that conflict with their own pledges to cut carbon emissions, a study said. The report assessed 293 companies and found that of those with a net-zero emissions or similar climate target, nearly 60% are at risk of “net-zero greenwash.”
Far-right ideas have moved to the mainstream. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
A new breed of extremist has sparked the deadliest wave of US political violence in decades. These self-made radicals, mixing right-wing conspiracy theories and marginal beliefs, forgo logic and coherence in favor of personal grievances.
River turtles sit in a plastic basin before being released into a river in the Peruvian Amazon, in San Jose de Lupuna. REUTERS/Alfredo Galarza
In the Peruvian Amazon, an extended heat wave and drought have shortened the incubation period for thousands of turtle hatchlings released into the river by biologists as part of a local environmental program. Around 3,200 yellow-spotted Amazon river turtles were freed as part of a plan to repopulate the species.