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Middle East crisis: Israeli Defense Minister holds talks in Washington on next phase of war
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Middle East crisis: Israeli Defense Minister holds talks in Washington on next phase of war

Last week, Israeli soldiers corrected the tracks of a tank near the Gaza border in southern Israel.Credit…Jack Guez/Agency France-Presse — Getty Images The intense phase of Israel's war against Hamas "is coming to an end," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a Sunday evening interview on Israeli television, though he stressed that this does not mean the conflict is coming to an end. .After the operation in Rafah, Gaza's southernmost city and the final hub of Israel's ground offensive, the prime minister said, Israel will continue to "mow the lawn" - a term long used in Israeli security circles to denote the use of force aimed at limiting the resurgence of militant organizations.Netanyahu's remarks were the latest suggestion from senior Israeli officials that the war ...
Crisis in the Middle East: Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza City;  The victims are reported
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Crisis in the Middle East: Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza City; The victims are reported

A UN-run school in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, in May. Most of these schools are now used as shelters.Credit…Haitham Imad/EPA, via Shutterstock Karim al-Masri was due to start his final exams on Saturday morning, a few weeks after graduating. Instead, he spent the morning filling bags of water to freeze into ice, which he sold to support his family.“I was supposed to study and prepare for final exams,” said al-Masri, 18. But, more than eight months into the war, “I spend my days working to provide for my family to cope with the situation.”Al-Masri was one of nearly 39,000 Gaza students who failed to take their final high school exams, scheduled for Saturday in the Palestinian territories and Jordan, and who would have failed to graduate, according to Palestine Education. Ministry. The...
Biden proposes eliminating medical debt from credit reports
Economy

Biden proposes eliminating medical debt from credit reports

That has changed significantly in recent years, as the three national credit reporting agencies – TransUnion, Equifax and Experian – have eliminated much of that debt from credit reports. In the last two years, they stopped reporting debts less than $500 and debts less than a year in collections. According to a recent study by the Urban Institute, these changes have erased medical debt from the credit reports of millions of Americans. The percentage of Americans with unpaid healthcare bills on their credit reports dropped from 12% in August 2022 to 5% in August 2023. Americans who cleared medical debt from their credit reports during that period saw their credit scores increase by an average of 30 points, the Urban Institute study found, moving them out of the "subprime" bracket and clo...
Putin's presidential planes: what we know
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Putin's presidential planes: what we know

When President Vladimir V. Putin travels abroad — as he did this week to North Korea and Vietnam to strengthen alliances and cultivate security ties amid Russia's war in Ukraine — he usually flies on Ilyushin Il-series jets 96 of Soviet design. With his latest trip coming shortly after plane crashes that killed two other world leaders, President Ebrahim Raisi of Iran and Vice President Saulos Chilima of Malawi, a Kremlin spokesperson found it necessary recently to reassure the Russian public that Putin's planes were “very reliable. “ Although Russian airlines have abandoned Ilyushin models in favor of new Western models – neither of the country's two major airlines, Aeroflot and Rossiya, currently list any Ilyushin planes in their commercial passenger fleet – Putin appears s...
The confusing relationship between romance novels and ice hockey
Sports

The confusing relationship between romance novels and ice hockey

The niche world of hockey romance novels is gaining public attention after the wife of an NHL player criticized fans of the books who she said had made comments and videos on social media about her husband as " predators and exploiters". Here's what happened when the worlds of professional sports, romance novels and TikTok collided. First there was BookTok. On TikTok, people share book recommendations and reviews under the hashtag #BookTok, and the community has become a powerful force in publishing: More than 100 authors with large followings on BookTok generated $760 million in sales in 2022, a up 60% from 2021, according to Circana BookScan, which tracks print sales. Romance is a big part of the BookTok universe, as is its popular subgenre of hockey romance, which falls under the b...
How to manage your streaming subscriptions as service prices increase
Technology

How to manage your streaming subscriptions as service prices increase

Because we forget to unsubscribe In May, Caroline Sinders, a designer and artist, published the results of an independent study on how companies like Netflix, Hulu, Vimeo and The New York Times make it difficult to unsubscribe from their services. The study, conducted in 2022, found that some media companies like The Times created friction in the process, requiring, in some cases, a phone call to cancel a subscription. The Times now allows subscribers to unsubscribe online without calling. Even though the study found that streaming services like Netflix and Hulu were easier to cancel, you may stay subscribed longer than you want because of what they don't do, Mx. Sinders said. They don't send emails to remind you that you have an invoice coming up. When you receive the invoice...
Amazon fined nearly $6 million over warehouse labor quotas
Economy

Amazon fined nearly $6 million over warehouse labor quotas

An Amazon spokesperson said in a statement that the company is appealing the sanctions and denied that the company used "fixed quotas." Spokeswoman Maureen Lynch Vogel said that “individual performance is evaluated over an extended period of time, compared to the performance of the entire site team” and that workers can “review their performance whenever they wish.” . California law also prohibits quotas that interfere with employees' ability to take mandatory breaks or use the bathroom, or that prevent employers from following state health and safety laws. Experts said the law was among the first in the country to regulate algorithmically tracked inventory quotas and require employers to make quotas transparent to workers. The fines announced Tuesday are the largest under the law....
Fauci says the idea that he hid a lab leak is 'absurd'
Health

Fauci says the idea that he hid a lab leak is 'absurd'

Monday is the first opportunity for lawmakers to ask him about his agency's record-keeping practices. For Republicans on the committee, the hearing is also the culmination, so far, of a long campaign against American scientists and health officials who they say helped trigger the Covid pandemic. No new evidence of a pandemic emerging from a laboratory, with or without the help of American taxpayer funding, has emerged in a series of high-profile hearings over the past year. In a report on Monday, titled “Republicans' Fauci Flop,” Democratic lawmakers said Republicans on the committee failed to prove that the coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2, came from a lab leak. “Select Republicans on the subcommittee devoted time and taxpayer money to an investigation into federally funded res...