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West Bank Residents Praise Hamas for Palestinian Prisoners’ Release
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West Bank Residents Praise Hamas for Palestinian Prisoners’ Release

Follow live news updates on the Israel-Hamas war.The two cousins spotted each other on the bus leaving the prison, as shocked to see the other as they were by their sudden freedom. “Pinch me,” Anwar Atta, 18, told his younger cousin. “I need to know if this is a dream.”Then, early Sunday morning, the bus pulled out of Ofer Prison in the West Bank and into a throng of cheering Palestinians. Before the cousins’ feet could touch the ground, they were hoisted into the air and carried through the streets of Ramallah, surrounded by people waving Palestinian and Hamas flags, revving their motorcycle engines and whistling in excitement.“This is thanks to the resistance in Gaza,” Anwar said hours later from his family’s home on the outskirts of the city.Anwar and his cousin, Mourad Atta, 17, are am...
Fed Officials Hint That Rate Increases Are Over, and Investors Celebrate
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Fed Officials Hint That Rate Increases Are Over, and Investors Celebrate

Federal Reserve officials appear to be dialing back the chances of future interest rate increases, after months in which they have carefully kept the possibility of further policy changes alive for fear that inflation would prove stubborn.Several Fed officials — including two who often push for higher interest rates — hinted on Tuesday that the central bank is making progress on inflation and may be done or close to done raising borrowing costs. Economic growth is cooling, reducing the urgency for additional moves.Christopher Waller, a Fed governor and one of the central bank’s more inflation-focused members, gave a speech on Tuesday titled “Something Appears to Be Giving,” an update on a previous speech that he had titled “Something’s Got to Give.”“I am encouraged by what we have learned ...
Kamala Harris Defends Biden Policies, but Says ‘More Work’ Needed to Reach Voters
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Kamala Harris Defends Biden Policies, but Says ‘More Work’ Needed to Reach Voters

1 00:00:00,000 —> 00:00:05,030 “Former President Trump, not only on a national level, 2 00:00:05,030 —> 00:00:09,710 appears to be beating the Biden-Harris ticket, 3 00:00:09,710 —> 00:00:14,780 but uniquely in those five of the six key swing states, 4 00:00:14,780 —> 00:00:16,450 that seems to be the case. 5 00:00:16,450 —> 00:00:18,980 What do you think when you see the polls?” 6 00:00:18,980 —> 00:00:20,493 “Listen, if I listened to polls 7 00:00:20,493 —> 00:00:22,160 I would have never run for my first office 8 00:00:22,160 —> 00:00:23,040 or my second one. 9 00:00:23,040 —> 00:00:24,570 And here I am as vice president. 10 00:00:24,570 —> 00:00:27,260 There are fundamental freedoms that are at stake 11 00:00:27,260 —> 00:00:29,730 right now, and the Am...
Britain Says Bye-Bye to Its Only Pandas as They’ll Soon Depart for China
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Britain Says Bye-Bye to Its Only Pandas as They’ll Soon Depart for China

Britain’s only two pandas will soon be returned to China, officials said, in a send-off that has dispirited fans of the playful, waddling bears and signals what appears to be the end, at least for now, of panda diplomacy.“Bamboo bon voyage,” the Edinburgh Zoo of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland said on its website, noting that there would be “a giant farewell” on Thursday for the bears, whose names are Yang Guang and Tian Tian.The pair of giant pandas will be prepared to return to China in the first week of December, the zoo said, though it did not specify a date because of “security and safety reasons.”China has long used its pandas as symbols of diplomacy, delivering pairs as if they were ambassadors to several countries around the world.On Wednesday, crowds gathered to say goodb...
Even Most Biden Voters Don’t See a Thriving Economy
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Even Most Biden Voters Don’t See a Thriving Economy

Presidents seeking a second term have often found the public’s perception of the economy a pivotal issue. It was a boon to Ronald Reagan; it helped usher Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush out of the White House.Now, as President Biden looks toward a re-election campaign, there are warning signals on that front: With overall consumer sentiment at a low ebb despite solid economic data, even Democrats who supported Mr. Biden in 2020 say they’re not impressed with the economy.In a recent New York Times/Siena College poll of voters in six battleground states, 62 percent of those voters think the economy is only “fair” or “poor” (compared with 97 percent for those who voted for Donald J. Trump).The demographics of Mr. Biden’s 2020 supporters may explain part of his challenge now: They were on ba...
Citi Executive Sues the Bank Over Sexual Harassment
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Citi Executive Sues the Bank Over Sexual Harassment

The bank asked Ms. Lindsey about their ties in 2019 during an investigation into some of Mr. Singh’s personal financial transactions, including one involving her. Citi did not report any financial wrongdoing by either one to regulators. Ms. Lindsey said at the time that the two were just friends, according to Mr. Costiglio, the Citi spokesman.In her lawsuit, Ms. Lindsey alleged that Mr. Singh had extended control over her life at work. Mr. Singh berated Ms. Lindsey for speaking to her mentor, who also happened to be his boss, according to the suit; when a Citi investigator looked into the sexual harassment concerns raised by Ms. Moran, the managing director, Mr. Singh instructed Ms. Lindsey not to cooperate, Ms. Lindsey told The Times.On Nov. 6, 2022, after Ms. Lindsey told Mr. Singh that ...
Gaza Mediators Seek Cease-Fire Extension
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Gaza Mediators Seek Cease-Fire Extension

Top officials from Qatar, Egypt and the United States pushed on Wednesday to lock in another temporary extension of the cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, seeing it as the best way to ease the embattled territory’s humanitarian crisis, secure the release of more Israeli hostages and slow the war’s escalating death toll for at least a little longer.But some officials briefed on the talks said they also hoped that the succession of short-term pauses would pave the way toward a larger goal: negotiations over a longer-term cease-fire between Israel and Hamas to bring the war to a close.Amid international pressure to prolong the pause in fighting, Israeli leaders rejected out of hand the notion of a long-term truce, reiterating their vow to fight until Hamas and its leaders have been eliminated.“In ...
U.S. Debates How Much to Sever Electric Car Industry’s Ties to China
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U.S. Debates How Much to Sever Electric Car Industry’s Ties to China

The Biden administration has been trying to jump-start the domestic supply chain for electric vehicles so cleaner cars can be made in the United States. But the experience of one Texas company, whose plans to help make an all-American electric vehicle were upended by China, highlights the stakes involved as the administration finalizes rules governing the industry.Huntsman Corporation started construction two years ago on a $50 million plant in Texas to make ethylene carbonate, a chemical that is used in electric vehicle batteries. It would have been the only site in North America making the product, with the goal of feeding battery factories that would crop up to serve the electric vehicle market.But as new facilities in China came online and flooded the market, the price of the chemical ...
Paris Metro Rides During 2024 Olympics Could Cost Almost Double
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Paris Metro Rides During 2024 Olympics Could Cost Almost Double

With nearly 10 million people expected to throng the streets of Paris during the Olympics this summer, visitors already knew getting around the city would be a challenge. But now it will probably be a lot more expensive, too.The price of a single ride on the Metro between July 20 and Sept. 8, roughly the dates of the Olympics and Paralympics, is set to jump to 4 euros, or about $4.40, from its current price of €2.10. A pack of 10 tickets will climb to €32 from €16.90.In a video posted on X, formerly Twitter, on Monday, Valérie Pécresse, the president of the administrative region that includes Paris and its suburbs, announced the temporary fare increases for public transportation.“For the first time in the history of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, 100 percent of spectators will be able t...
Israel-Hamas War Live: 16 More Hostages Released as Truce Extension Deadline Looms
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Israel-Hamas War Live: 16 More Hostages Released as Truce Extension Deadline Looms

International pressure built on Tuesday for Israel and Hamas to extend a temporary cease-fire into an enduring halt to the war in Gaza, as China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, warned the U.N. Security Council that a resumption of the fighting would “most likely, turn into a calamity that devours the whole region.”Mr. Wang’s comments came during a Security Council session focused on the war, in which a fragile cease-fire has held since Friday. China holds the Council’s rotating presidency this month.Many other foreign ministers, from Arab countries in the Middle East and the 15-member Council, also attended the meeting. A majority of them, joined by senior U.N. officials, called for the temporary truce to become permanent to prevent the war from spreading and to alleviate suffering in Gaza.Th...
U.A.W. Announces Drive to Organize Nonunion Plants
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U.A.W. Announces Drive to Organize Nonunion Plants

The United Automobile Workers union announced Wednesday that it was undertaking an ambitious drive to organize plants owned by more than a dozen nonunion automakers, including Tesla and several foreign companies — a goal that has long eluded it.The move comes weeks after the U.A.W. won new contracts from General Motors, Ford Motor and Stellantis that included wage increases of 25 percent or more over four and a half years for its 146,000 members employed there.In addition to Tesla, the targets of the drive are two other electric vehicle start-ups, Lucid and Rivian, and 10 foreign-owned automakers: Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Volkswagen, Mazda and Volvo.The U.S. plants owned by those companies employ nearly 150,000 workers in 13 states, the union said.If the ...
Elon Musk Speaks at the DealBook Summit: Live Updates
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Elon Musk Speaks at the DealBook Summit: Live Updates

This year’s DealBook Summit will include conversations with global leaders and powerful figures from Wall Street, Silicon Valley and Hollywood. Each has been at the heart of the news this year and will be at the center of some of the biggest events in the months ahead.Kamala Harris was elected vice president of the United States in 2020, after serving as a senator, the attorney general of California and the district attorney of San Francisco. Ms. Harris is expected to play a vital role in the 2024 presidential race. She will be tasked with helping to win over voters worried about President Biden’s age, squeezed by inflation and disconcerted by administration policies, including strong support for Israel in its war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip.Tsai Ing-wen has been president of Taiwan since 2...
Can a Tech Giant Be Woke?
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Can a Tech Giant Be Woke?

The December day in 2021 that set off a revolution across the videogame industry appeared to start innocuously enough. Managers at a Wisconsin studio called Raven began meeting one by one with quality assurance testers, who vet video games for bugs, to announce that the company was overhauling their department. Going forward, managers said, the lucky testers would be permanent employees, not temps. They would earn an extra $1.50 an hour.It was only later in the morning, a Friday, that the catch became apparent: One-third of the studio’s roughly 35 testers were being let go as part of the overhaul. The workers were stunned. Raven was owned by Activision Blizzard, one of the industry’s largest companies, and there appeared to be plenty of work to go around. Several testers had just worked la...
For Car Thieves, Toronto Is a ‘Candy Store,’ and Drivers Are Fed Up
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For Car Thieves, Toronto Is a ‘Candy Store,’ and Drivers Are Fed Up

Whenever Dennis Wilson wants to take a drive in his new SUV, he has to set aside an extra 15 minutes. That’s about how long it takes to remove the car’s steering wheel club, undo four tire locks and lower a yellow bollard before backing out of his driveway.His Honda CR-V is also fitted with two alarm systems, a vehicle tracking device and, for good measure, four Apple AirTags. Its remote-access key fob rests in a Faraday bag, to jam illicit unlocking signals.As a final touch, he mounted two motion-sensitive floodlights on his house and aimed them at the driveway in his modest neighborhood in Toronto.But all of these security gadgets, Mr. Wilson is convinced, will do no more than delay what seems inevitable: Toronto’s seasoned auto thieves won’t be deterred by the defensive gear, and they’l...
Severe Frostbite Gets a Treatment That May Prevent Amputation
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Severe Frostbite Gets a Treatment That May Prevent Amputation

The first time Dr. Peter Hackett saw a patient with frostbite, the man died from his wounds. It was in Chicago in 1971, and the man had gotten drunk and passed out in the snow, his fingers so frozen that gangrene eventually set in.Dr. Hackett later worked at Mount Everest Basecamp, on Denali, Alaska, and now in Colorado, becoming expert in treating cold-weather injury. The experience was often the same: There was not much to do about frostbite, except rewarm the patient, give aspirin, amputate in severe cases and, more often, wait and accept that six months later the patient’s body might “auto-amputate” by naturally shedding a dead finger or toe.His mentor in Anchorage used to say, “Frostbite January, Amputation July,” remembered Dr. Hackett, clinical professor at the Altitude Research Cen...
Eli Manning’s popular ‘Chad Powers’ skit to be made into Hulu comedy series starring Glen Powell
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Eli Manning’s popular ‘Chad Powers’ skit to be made into Hulu comedy series starring Glen Powell

The name’s Powers. Chad Powers. And he’s coming (back) to a screen near you.Hulu ordered Eli Manning’s character “Chad Powers” to be made into its own comedy series, according to a company press release. Manning created and transformed into Powers for an episode of his docuseries “Eli’s Places” after Manning’s curiosity about the college football walk-on process led him to try out at Penn State under the pseudonym and disguise. With help from a special effects artist and Matthew McConaughey-like persona, Manning successfully tried out to be a Nittany Lion. He almost made it too, as Penn State assistants took a natural liking to the two-time Super Bowl champion before head coach James Franklin, the only person seemingly in the know about Manning’s true identity, outed Powers at the end of t...
What to Know About the Supreme Court Case on Free Speech on Social Media
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What to Know About the Supreme Court Case on Free Speech on Social Media

Social media companies are bracing for Supreme Court arguments on Monday that could fundamentally alter the way they police their sites.After Facebook, Twitter and YouTube barred President Donald J. Trump in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, riots at the Capitol, Florida made it illegal for technology companies to ban from their sites a candidate for office in the state. Texas later passed its own law prohibiting platforms from taking down political content.Two tech industry groups, NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association, sued to block the laws from taking effect. They argued that the companies have the right to make decisions about their own platforms under the First Amendment, much as a newspaper gets to decide what runs in its pages.So what’s at stake?The Supre...
France Will Cut Spending as It Sees a Weaker Economy Ahead
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France Will Cut Spending as It Sees a Weaker Economy Ahead

France is entering an era of belt-tightening, as the wars in Ukraine and Gaza, economic slowdowns in Germany and China and record-high interest rates take a bigger-than-expected toll on growth.The French will find themselves faced with cuts of 10 billion euros ($10.8 billion) in government spending, on items including environmental subsidies and education, the government announced Thursday, on top of €16 billion in cuts announced a few months ago. The finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, on Monday revised the forecast for economic growth this year to 1 percent, down from 1.4 percent at the end of last year.“Lower growth means lower tax receipts, so the government must spend less,” Mr. Le Maire said at a news briefing.After spending lavishly during the pandemic to support the economy and shiel...