The site of Israeli strikes on a residential building in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR, A MONTH ON
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would consider “tactical little pauses” in fighting in Gaza to let hostages leave or aid get through, but rejected calls for a ceasefire. Having encircled Gaza City, Israel’s military said it had taken a militant compound and was set to attack fighters hiding in underground tunnels.
The month-long war has caused a deepening humanitarian crisis in Gaza as Israel’s military campaign has intensified, with many of the territory’s 2.3 million inhabitants repeatedly displaced as they struggle to find shelter and safety. US-Palestinian evacuees recount the “horror movie” of leaving Gaza.
Israel has bombarded the enclave since the Hamas raid on southern Israel on Oct. 7, when its fighters killed 1,400 people and seized 240 hostages. We tell the story of a man whose wife and children have been taken by gunmen. Gaza health officials say the Israeli assault has killed more than 10,000 Palestinians.
Russia formally withdrew from a landmark security treaty which limited key categories of conventional armed forces, blaming the US for undermining post-Cold War security. The treaty was designed to prevent either side of the Cold War from amassing forces for a swift offensive against the other in Europe.
India’s Supreme Court ordered authorities in the states surrounding New Delhi to stop farmers burning crop residue, as the air quality from smog engulfing the world’s most polluted capital during the past week reached hazardous levels. Delhi city will restrict use of vehicles next week to curb rising pollution.
Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese met Chinese Premier Li Qiang in Beijing today, restarting an annual leaders’ dialogue that Albanese said will continue as relations between the trading partners stabilized. Albanese is in China on the first visit by an Australian leader in seven years.
WeWork, the SoftBank Group-backed startup whose meteoric rise and fall reshaped the office sector, is seeking US bankruptcy protection. The move represents an admission by SoftBank that the company can’t survive unless it renegotiates its pricey leases. Here’s a timeline of its tumultuous path.
Nike filed lawsuits against New Balance and Skechers, accusing them of infringing patents related to its technology. The lawsuits said that several New Balance athletic shoes and Skechers sneakers misuse Nike’s patented “Flyknit” technology for running, soccer and basketball shoes.
Baidu ordered artificial intelligence chips from Huawei this year, two people familiar with the matter said, adding to signs that US pressure is prompting Chinese acceptance of the firm’s products as an alternative to Nvidia’s. Baidu was not previously known to be an AI chip customer of Huawei.
The International Monetary Fund upgraded its 2023 gross domestic product growth forecast for China to 5.4% from 5%, citing a “strong” post-COVID recovery, but said the fund still expected the world’s second-biggest economy to slow next year. GDP growth could slow to 4.6% in 2024.
And in more news from China, the country’s imports unexpectedly grew in October while exports contracted at a quicker pace, in a mixed set of indicators that showed the world’s second-largest economy facing persistent risks despite a recent improvement in domestic demand.
Former US President Donald Trump attends the Trump Organization civil fraud trial in New York State Supreme Court. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Pool
Donald Trump complained of unfair treatment in defiant and rambling testimony on the witness stand at the civil fraud trial about his New York business, prompting the judge at one point to threaten to cut his testimony short. His daughter Ivanka is due to testify tomorrow, though she is not a defendant in the case.
The Crown cast members Elizabeth Debicki, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton and Jonathan Pryce. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo
With the final season of “The Crown” about to launch, the show’s performance coaches have lifted the lid on how the cast perfect their portrayals. As part of the research for the royal drama, William Conacher said he and cast members watched footage of the British royals with no volume to capture their mannerisms.
“First thing I say is nobody needs to do an impression and I don’t believe anybody ever has on this show,” Conacher, the supervising dialect coach, told Reuters.