Daily Archives: February 3, 2024

House GOP Plans Vote on Israel Aid as Senate Tries to Close Ukraine Deal

Speaker Mike Johnson pledged Saturday that the House would hold a vote next week on legislation to speed $17.6 billion in security assistance to Israel with no strings attached, a move likely to complicate Senate leaders’ efforts to rally support for a broader package with border security measures and aid to Ukraine. Mr. Johnson’s announcement to members of his conference …

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Biden to Sit Out Super Bowl Interview for Second Year in a Row

President Biden is sitting out the Super Bowl for the second year in a row. CBS said on Saturday that the White House had turned down a request for Mr. Biden to participate in a televised interview with its news division, which would have aired in the highly rated hours ahead of the big game on Feb. 11. In a …

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Target Pulls Magnet Kit That Misidentified Three Black Leaders

Target has pulled from its stores an educational magnet collection that misidentified three Black leaders, after a high school history teacher called attention to the errors in a TikTok video. In the video, the teacher, Tierra Espy, said she bought the “Civil Rights Magnetic Learning Activity,” a tin case of 26 magnets and informational cards featuring illustrations of Black leaders …

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Gaza Rescuers Go Missing on Mission to Save a Girl Trapped in a Car

The post by the Palestine Red Crescent was a haunting plea, hoping to learn the fate of three people not heard from for five days. “Where is Hind? Where are Ahmed and Yousef? We need to know,” it said. Two of the group’s rescuers were dispatched on Monday to find 6-year-old Hind Rajab, believed to be trapped in a vehicle …

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Syria and Iraq say civilians were among those killed in the strikes.

The aftermath of the U.S. military strikes targeting sites in Syria and Iraq began coming into focus on Saturday morning as a Britain-based Syria monitoring group said that at least 18 members of an Iran-backed group had been killed in strikes there and the Iraqi government said that 16 people had been killed, including civilians. The Biden administration warned that …

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The 8 Days That Roiled the U.N.’s Top Agency in Gaza

When a senior U.S. diplomat called the Israeli military last week to request further details about Israeli allegations against a United Nations agency in Gaza, military leaders were so surprised that they ordered an internal inquiry about how the information had reached the ears of foreign officials. The allegations were grave: 12 employees of the organization, the United Nations Relief …

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Senegal’s President Calls Off a National Election. His Critics Call It a Coup.

Senegal’s president has canceled the election for his replacement three weeks before voting was set to take place, saying that a dispute between the legislative and judicial arms of government over accusations of corruption needed to be resolved first. Speaking on Saturday afternoon from the presidential palace in Dakar, Senegal’s capital, his words live-streamed on his social media platforms, President …

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El sueño americano nos costó nuestra intimidad

Algunas mañanas pueden parecer excepcionalmente hermosas sin razón aparente. Una mañana de hace muchos años, 18 meses después de que mi mujer y yo nos mudáramos a Nueva York desde Daca, Bangladés, mi corazón se sentía tranquilo. El sol brillaba con fuerza, disipando la penumbra que había nublado el cielo durante días. Quizá me sentía bien por eso. Desde la …

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Fire From Explosion of Gas-Laden Vehicle Kills at Least 3 in Nairobi

A vehicle loaded with gas exploded and set off an inferno that burned homes and warehouses in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, early Friday, killing at least three people and injuring more than 270, with the death toll expected to rise. Many residents were likely inside their homes when the fire reached their houses late in the night in the city’s Embakasi …

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In Australia and New Zealand, Barefoot Is a Way of Life

The Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter from our Australia bureau. Sign up to get it by email. This week’s issue is written by Natasha Frost, a reporter based in Melbourne. I had just moved to New Zealand, at age 12, when a new friend suggested that we slip out to the corner store (dairy in New Zealand English) for …

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