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Crisis in the Middle East: Blinken defines some Hamas changes to the ceasefire proposal as “unacceptable”.
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Crisis in the Middle East: Blinken defines some Hamas changes to the ceasefire proposal as “unacceptable”.

A United Nations commission investigating the October 7 attacks on Israel and the resulting conflict in Gaza accused both Palestinian armed groups and Israel of committing war crimes, and the commission said Israel's conduct of the war included crimes against humanity.In a report released on Wednesday, the three-person commission – led by Navi Pillay, a former UN human rights chief – provided the UN's most detailed examination yet of the events since 7 October. The report itself does not entail any sanctions. , but presents a legal analysis of actions in the Gaza conflict that is likely to be evaluated by the International Court of Justice and other international criminal proceedings. Israel did not cooperate with the investigation and protested the commission's assessment of its behavi...
Global hotspots target overtourism
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Global hotspots target overtourism

Hotel taxes and other taxes have increased Hotel taxes, also known as lodging or tourist taxes, are widespread in the United States and Europe, where they had been rising for a decade before the pandemic. As tourism has recovered to pre-pandemic levels, several destinations have increased or adjusted taxes to increase revenue. Like Hawaii, Greece – which suffered severe wildfires last summer – is trying to prepare for climate disasters, and the government wants tourists to help foot the bill. Greece calls this tax a “climate crisis resilience tax” and will be collected from housing providers. The tax will be highest from March to October, when it will reach 10 euros per night in five-star hotels. The rate drops from November to February and for hotels with fewer stars. The rate repla...
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

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 171 days of fighting against the en...
How the backlash against climate action is reshaping the European elections
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How the backlash against climate action is reshaping the European elections

Rystad Energy, a private company that watches energy trends, pointed out that the roughly $125 billion the European Union has invested in clean energy technology will soon fall behind the United States. Politicians are coloring the Green Deal. The main European People's Party considers the Green Deal its most important achievement, even as it rolls back unpopular provisions, such as those on agriculture, with an eye to the ballot box. He defines it as a way to sever Europe's dependence on Russia. “We have turned Putin's challenge into a great new opportunity,” European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen said in January. Further to the right, European conservatives and reformists have interpreted some of the Green Deal's policies – such as setting aside land for restorat...
British TV doctor Michael Mosley has been found dead in Greece
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British TV doctor Michael Mosley has been found dead in Greece

Mrs Mosley added: “We take comfort in the fact that he almost made it. He made an incredible climb, took the wrong path and collapsed where he could not easily be seen by the vast search team." Over the years, many British viewers have relied on Dr Mosley, a long-time science and health researcher, for his debunked advice on diet, exercise and sleep. Trained as a doctor before venturing into television, Dr Mosley hosted the popular BBC health podcast 'Just One Thing' and appeared on the show 'Trust Me, I'm A Doctor'. He produced a number of health and science programs for the broadcaster and often volunteered for experimentation in the documentaries he presented. He ate parasites and experimented with magic mushrooms, but he was best known for popularizing the 5:2 diet, a form of inter...
Middle East crisis: Blinken arrives in Middle East as US pushes for ceasefire vote at UN
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Middle East crisis: Blinken arrives in Middle East as US pushes for ceasefire vote at UN

Still battling Israel's external enemies on multiple fronts, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu awoke Monday to a new political battlefield at home.The departure this weekend of Benny Gantz and his centrist National Unity party from Israel's wartime emergency government is unlikely to immediately break Netanyahu's power. The prime minister's ruling coalition still holds a narrow majority of 64 seats in the 120-seat parliament. But Gantz's move means Netanyahu is now totally dependent on his far-right and ultra-Orthodox coalition partners as he pursues the war in Gaza despite growing international disapproval, leaving him increasingly isolated and exposed at home and abroad. . Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot, another powerful National Unity member, also left Netanyahu's small war cabinet. They ar...
Drink wine for breakfast, put on a 51-pound suit and go to the battlefield
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Drink wine for breakfast, put on a 51-pound suit and go to the battlefield

In the combat study, soldiers fought on foot and in chariots, using replica weapons including a spear with blunt edges and a point, and spent a lot of time walking and riding in chariots. They also followed a meal plan created by the researchers, which included a breakfast consisting mainly of dry bread, goat cheese, green olives and red wine. They could not wear Dendra armor, which dates back to around 1450 BC. Instead, the soldiers wore a copper replica, the closest alloy to the original bronze available, the study says. The replica was made in 1984 by students and staff from the metalworking department at the now closed Bournville College of Art in Birmingham, England. Wanted: soldiers as big as the ancient Greeks The researchers looked for Marines who had similar body proportions t...
Live updates: Israeli attack kills dozens of people in the former school where civilians had taken refuge
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Live updates: Israeli attack kills dozens of people in the former school where civilians had taken refuge

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened further military action against Hezbollah in Lebanon on Wednesday, amid growing talk of another full-scale war, even as Israel battles Hamas in the Gaza Strip.Two days after Hezbollah militants fired a barrage of rockets and explosive drones from Lebanon into northern Israel, setting off several fires, Netanyahu visited soldiers and firefighters in the area and said the Israeli army was ready to strike . “Whoever thinks they can harm us and that we will respond by sitting on our hands is making a big mistake,” he said, according to the Israeli government. “We are prepared for very intense action in the north. One way or another we will restore security in the north." Other Israeli officials have threatened war in Lebanon against Hezbol...
Crisis in the Middle East: Israel launches offensive in central Gaza after deadly attack on a shelter
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Crisis in the Middle East: Israel launches offensive in central Gaza after deadly attack on a shelter

As dawn broke on Thursday, Haitham Abu Ammar combed through the rubble of the school that had become a refuge for him and thousands of other displaced Gazans. For hours he helped people piece together the limbs of those they loved.“The most painful thing I ever felt was picking up those pieces of meat with my hands,” said Mr. Abu Ammar, a 27-year-old construction worker. “I never thought I would have to do something like this.” Early Thursday morning, Israeli airstrikes hit the school compound, killing dozens of people - including at least nine militants, the Israeli army said. Throughout the day, corpses and mutilated limbs recovered from the rubble were wrapped in blankets, piled on truck beds and taken to Al Aqsa Martyrs' Hospital, the last major medical facility still operating in ce...
Israel saves 4 hostages during assault;  Gaza officials say dozens of people are killed
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Israel saves 4 hostages during assault; Gaza officials say dozens of people are killed

Four hostages kidnapped from the Nova music festival and held by militants in Gaza over the past eight months were rescued by Israeli forces on Saturday.After the Hamas-led terrorist attack on October 7, Israel released only a small number of hostages through military force. Saturday's rescue efforts occurred in Nuseirat, central Gaza, where health officials said dozens of Palestinians had been killed. Here's what we know about the four hostages brought back to Israel. Noa Argamani Noa Argamani, 26, was taken hostage in the October 7 attack along with her boyfriend, Avinatan Or. Viral footage showed Ms Argamani being taken to Gaza on the back of a motorbike while she screamed in despair. Ms Argamani and her boyfriend were kidnapped during the Nova music festival in southern Israel, where...