Plus, England has brought in a controversial ban on XL Bully dogs. UK correspondent Farouq Suleiman told today’s Reuters World News podcast why feelings are running high on both sides of the debate.
By Linda Noakes
Today’s Top News
A displaced Palestinian child in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
Israeli forces shelled the outskirts of the last refuge on the southern edge of the Gaza Strip, where the displaced, penned against the border fence in their hundreds of thousands, said they feared a new assault with nowhere left to flee.
Saudi Arabia would be willing to accept a political commitment from Israel to create a Palestinian state, rather than anything more binding, in a bid to get a defense pact with Washington approved before the US presidential election, sources told Reuters.
IN OTHER NEWS
Two of France’s main farming unions urged protesters who have staged hundreds of tractor blockades across the country to go back home, after the government announced measures to try to quell the anger in a movement that has spread across Europe.
Hungary’s Viktor Orban said that he “went to the wall” for his country before agreeing to an EU deal yesterday to extend new aid to Ukraine and that he averted the risk of losing EU funds earmarked for Budapest from the bloc’s joint coffers.
Malaysia halved the jail sentence of former premier Najib Razak, who was convicted in relation to the multibillion-dollar 1MDB scandal, a move expected to raise further questions about Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s commitment to fighting graft.
Donald Trump has made his myriad legal woes a major focus of his presidential campaign, but after raking in millions around his first court appearances last year he has seen a sharp dropoff in fundraising off his sometimes combative clashes with judges.
The first in a one-two punch of atmospheric river storms soaked Southern California with drenching rains, triggering scattered flooding and rush-hour road closures in a precursor to a larger, wetter blast expected to sweep ashore over the weekend.
Apple forecast a drop in iPhone sales and targeted overall revenue $6 billion below Wall Street expectations as its China business took a hit. This overshadowed overall fiscal first-quarter sales and profit that beat analysts’ targets.
Meta Platforms issued its first dividend days ahead of flagship social network Facebook’s 20th anniversary, while reporting revenue and profit that beat expectations on robust ad sales in the holiday shopping period.
Investors lulled into thinking US regional banks were out of the woods have been given a jolt by New York Community Bank. The under-the-radar lender’s earnings report sparked a sell-off in the sector nearly a year after two banks failed.
The Week Ahead
The Chinese Year of the Dragon is around the corner, but the world’s second largest economy is anything but roaring right now, while tough talk from central bankers has made investors less confident about imminent relief from lower interest rates.
In Central America, El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele – who has described himself as the “World’s Coolest Dictator” – looks set for a landslide election win after his crackdown on gang violence.
Women are poised to pile up the gold at the Grammy awards on Sunday, reflecting a rise in female representation on pop music charts and record-setting performances at stadium concerts and cinemas.
Japan’s message for Donald Trump
Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping during the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Japan, America’s closest ally in Asia, has been trying to send a message to US presidential hopeful Donald Trump: don’t try to strike any deal with China that could upend years of collective efforts to rein in Beijing and risk the region’s fragile peace.
Tokyo has stepped up attempts to engage with people close to Trump in recent weeks, as Prime Minister Fumio Kishida prepares for an April state visit to the US at President Joe Biden’s invitation.