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Crisis in the Middle East: The United States imposes sanctions on the Israeli group for blocking humanitarian convoys in Gaza
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Crisis in the Middle East: The United States imposes sanctions on the Israeli group for blocking humanitarian convoys in Gaza

More news - Recent news The State Department announced Friday that it will impose sanctions on a right-wing Israeli group that tried to prevent aid from reaching people in the Gaza Strip by blocking trucks traveling from Jordan to the coastal enclave.The department's statement said the sanctioned organization, Tzav 9, was "a violent Israeli extremist group that blocked, harassed and damaged convoys carrying life-saving humanitarian assistance to Palestinian civilians in Gaza."Members of the group have tried for months to prevent humanitarian aid from reaching Gaza, the department said. They blocked roads on which aid trucks travel between Jordan and Gaza, including the West Bank, and in some cases broke into trucks, damaging them and dumping aid packages on the road, the agency said....
During Eid al-Adha, Gazans find little to celebrate
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During Eid al-Adha, Gazans find little to celebrate

Related media - Latest news Now, due to the lack of electricity and higher costs in the markets, Abdul Aziz has to buy food every day, depending on what is available and what he can afford. But the party isn't the only thing he'll miss this year, he said. “There are family visits and gatherings, money is given to children, new clothes are bought for everyone, sweets are baked, Eid prayers are said,” he said. “None of this is feasible this year. Everyone is sad and has lost someone or something." Aya Ali Adwan, 26, had become engaged before the war began. Her wedding, set for February, was postponed, another celebration interrupted by the conflict. Originally from northern Gaza, she and her family were forced to flee eight times during the war. They are now sheltering in a crampe...
UAW reaches agreement on pay and safety at electric vehicle battery plant
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UAW reaches agreement on pay and safety at electric vehicle battery plant

More news - News 24 hours GM and Ultium released statements saying they were pleased with the deal. The union said it wants to use the Ultium Cells contract as a model to negotiate local deals at other battery plants that GM and its Detroit rivals are building. GM began production this year at a battery plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, and has another under construction in Lansing, Michigan. Ford Motor plans two battery plants in Kentucky, one in Tennessee and one in Michigan. Stellantis, the maker of Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles, plans two battery plants in Indiana. Aside from a Ford location, these plants involve joint ventures that were brought under the umbrella of the UAW as part of national contracts the union signed with Ford and Stellantis last fall. The Ultium C...
Middle East crisis: Israel says it will reduce fighting in southern Gaza
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Middle East crisis: Israel says it will reduce fighting in southern Gaza

More news - Latest news The announcement came seemingly out of the blue on Sunday, when it was first publicized across the Israeli army's English- and Arabic-language channels: The army would "pause" daytime fighting along a key corridor for humanitarian aid in southern Gaza until further notice.Amid some immediate confusion about the scope of the pause, a clarification quickly followed, this time in Hebrew and apparently for domestic use. The change does not mean a cessation of fighting in the southern Gaza Strip, the statement said, adding that the campaign in the southernmost city of Rafah continues. Military officials said the daily breaks were intended only to facilitate the increased distribution of food aid in Gaza, where international organizations have issued dire warnings ...
In North Macedonia, disputes over history extend to statues
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In North Macedonia, disputes over history extend to statues

Related media - News 24 hours The center of Skopje, capital of North Macedonia, a Balkan country born just 33 years ago as an independent state, is flooded with history. A statue of Alexander the Great looms over the central square. One of his fathers, Philip II of Macedon, stands on a large pedestal above a nearby square. The city is also dotted with bronze, stone and plaster tributes to generations of other heroes from what the country sees as its glorious and very long history. The problem, however, is that most of the history exposed is claimed by other countries. Modern-day North Macedonia, born out of the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, has no real connection to Alexander the Great, who lived 2,000 years ago down the road in what is now Greece, and many of the other hist...
The confusing relationship between romance novels and ice hockey
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The confusing relationship between romance novels and ice hockey

Related media - News 24 hours 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 r...
Elon Musk got 72% in Tesla shareholder vote on pay
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Elon Musk got 72% in Tesla shareholder vote on pay

More news - Breaking news With the pay package, Musk would own 20.5% of Tesla, up from about 13%. He has said he would like a 25% stake, stressing in January that it would be "quite influential, but not so much that it can't be overthrown." If he didn't get such a large stake, he said, "he would rather build products outside of Tesla." Even after this week's rally, Tesla shares are down more than 20% this year, compared with a 14% gain in the broader stock market. The company remains by far the most valuable auto company, with a stock market value of $600 billion, but fears of tougher competition and declining demand for its models have weighed on the stock. At Thursday's shareholder meeting, Musk was characteristically optimistic about Tesla's self-driving technology, including t...
Amazon fined nearly $6 million over warehouse labor quotas
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Amazon fined nearly $6 million over warehouse labor quotas

More news - Latest news 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 t...
The transplanted pig kidney is removed from the patient
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The transplanted pig kidney is removed from the patient

More news - Latest news In April, Ms. Pisano became the second person to receive a kidney transplant from a genetically modified pig. Hers was a particularly complicated case: she suffers from heart and kidney failure and she received the organ only eight days after receiving a mechanical heart pump. Ms. Pisano was at risk of dying without a heart pump, a device implanted in patients who need a heart transplant. But there is a critical shortage of available human donor kidneys, and her heart disease has made her ineligible to receive one. She is the first known heart pump patient to receive an organ transplant of any type, NYU Langone Health officials said. Patients with kidney failure are usually ineligible to receive a heart pump due to the high risk of death. The first patient ...
Biden joins fight for Ukraine with allied efforts on D-Day
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Biden joins fight for Ukraine with allied efforts on D-Day

Related media - News 24 hours Mr. Biden was accompanied by the first lady, Jill Biden, who flew separately to France to join him after attending the trial of her son Hunter Biden in Wilmington, Del., on federal firearms charges. Wearing his aviator sunglasses, the president held Dr. Biden's hand as they marched across a blue carpet to the ceremony with the Macrons as military planes zoomed overhead. Addressing the crowd first, Macron hailed what he called “a bond of blood shed for freedom” between the United States and France. He directly addressed some of the veterans on stage, individually and by name, thanking them for coming to France's rescue 80 years earlier. “You came here to liberate the continent,” he said, “and you came here with the strength that allows you to withstand ...