Hidden camera footage appearing to show South Korea’s First Lady accepting a Dior bag as a gift has plunged President Yoon Suk Yeol into a controversy that may threaten his bid to reclaim a parliamentary majority in April’s election. Yoon won a close election in 2022 but his PPP is a minority in the parliament.
Israel and Hamas have made some progress toward agreement on a 30-day ceasefire in Gaza when Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners would be released, sources told Reuters. Meanwhile, Israel pressed ahead with its assault on southern Gaza’s main city. Follow the latest.
The US military carried out more strikes in Yemen, destroying two Houthi anti-ship missiles that were aimed at the Red Sea and were preparing to launch, the military said. The strikes are the latest against the Iran-backed group over its targeting of shipping, and followed a larger round of strikes a day earlier.
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A Russian Ilyushin Il-76 military transport plane crashed near the Ukrainian border, and state news agency RIA quoted the defense ministry as saying it was carrying 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war to be exchanged for Russian captives. The plane was also carrying six crew and three guards, RIA reported.
North Korea is developing AI for everything from how to respond to COVID and safeguard nuclear reactors to wargaming simulations and government surveillance, according to a new study. Some of North Korea’s AI researchers have collaborated with foreign scholars, including in China, the report found.
Faced with delays as cargo ships are rerouted from the Red Sea, European and US retailers have limited financial wiggle room to splurge on workarounds that would get products into stores faster. One way they are trying to account for the cost increase is by doing less discounting than is usual for this time of year.
Shares of SAP jumped 7% after the German software firm forecast growth in cloud revenue and said it will restructure 8,000 jobs to focus on AI-driven areas. The company said it will spend 2 billion euros on the program to either retrain employees with AI skills or to replace them through voluntary redundancy.
Netflix blew past Wall Street subscriber estimates in the fourth quarter, driven by a strong slate of shows. The company reported it added 13.1 million subscribers in the December quarter, its largest-ever fourth-quarter subscriber growth. That brings the total number of subscribers to 260 million.
Rescuers work at a site of a residential building heavily damaged during a Russian missile attack in Kharkiv. REUTERS/Sofiia Gatilova
Russian missiles hit Ukraine’s two largest cities, killing 18 people, injuring more than 130 and damaging homes and infrastructure, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said. The city of Kharkiv suffered three waves of attacks. There were strikes on Kyiv and in central Ukraine and the southern region of Kherson.
A freshly prepared butter chicken dish at the Moti Mahal Delux restaurant in New Delhi, India. REUTERS/Sahiba Chawdhary
Butter chicken is delicious and apparently also contentious, with two restaurant chains doing battle in court over its origins. The lawsuit was brought by the family behind Moti Mahal, a famed Delhi restaurant brand that has counted late US President Richard Nixon and India’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru among its guests.