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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...
Fed Minutes Show Officials Were Wary About Inflation at May Meeting
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Fed Minutes Show Officials Were Wary About Inflation at May Meeting

Federal Reserve officials were wary about the recent lack of progress on inflation and remained willing to lift interest rates if conditions made it necessary as of their two-day meeting that ended on May 1.Minutes from the gathering, released Wednesday, showed that “many” officials expressed uncertainty about how much today’s interest-rate setting — 5.3 percent, up sharply from near zero in early 2022 — was weighing on the economy.Officials have been clear that they expect to leave interest rates unchanged for now, hoping that they are tapping the brakes on economic growth enough to quash inflation over time. And central bankers have repeatedly emphasized that they expect the next move on interest rates to be a reduction, not an increase.But policymakers have stopped short of ruling out a...
Dominican President Abinader Wins Re-election in a Landslide
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Dominican President Abinader Wins Re-election in a Landslide

President Luis Abinader of the Dominican Republic won his re-election bid in a landslide, bolstered by sweeping restrictions on Haitian migrants and a strong economy.Mr. Abinader, 56, who rose to power four years ago by vowing to fight corruption, took 57 percent of the vote on Sunday, easily enough to avoid a runoff with his closest rival, Leonel Fernández, a three-time former president. Mr. Fernández took 29 percent, with 100 percent of polling stations counted, according the Dominican Republic’s national electoral authority.The official results were made available on Tuesday night, though Mr. Abinader’s top rivals had already conceded on Sunday night. Mr. Abinader, a former executive in the tourism industry, held a commanding lead going into the vote as opponents foundered in trying to ...
Setback Deals Blow to Neuralink’s First Brain Implant Patient, but He Stays Upbeat
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Setback Deals Blow to Neuralink’s First Brain Implant Patient, but He Stays Upbeat

Just four months ago, Noland Arbaugh had a circle of bone removed from his skull and hair-thin sensor tentacles slipped into his brain. A computer about the size of a small stack of quarters was placed on top and the hole was sealed.Paralyzed below the neck, Mr. Arbaugh is the first patient to take part in the clinical trial of humans testing Elon Musk’s Neuralink device, and his early progress was greeted with excitement.Working with engineers, Mr. Arbaugh, 30, trained computer programs to translate the firing of neurons in his brain into the act of moving a cursor up, down and around. His command of the cursor was soon so agile that he could challenge his stepfather at Mario Kart and play an empire-building video game late into the night.But as weeks passed, about 85 percent of the devic...
How tennis inequality lets women down: Prize money, scheduling and Saudi Arabia
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How tennis inequality lets women down: Prize money, scheduling and Saudi Arabia

This article is part of the launch of extended tennis coverage on The Athletic, which will go beyond the baseline to bring you the biggest stories on and off the court. To follow the tennis vertical, click here.Last month at the Madrid Open, Coco Gauff was warming up on the least desirable practice courts when she saw some male players — without small numbers next to their names — on the much better courts.Gauff is familiar with the misogynist history of the tournament. She partnered with compatriot Jessica Pegula against Victoria Azarenka and Beatriz Haddad Maia in the women’s doubles final in 2023, after Azarenka and other players commented on unfair scheduling and the size disparity of birthday cakes for Carlos Alcaraz and Aryna Sabalenka. Officials refused to let the foursome speak aft...
If You’re Going to San Francisco, Be Sure to Ride In a Driverless Car
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If You’re Going to San Francisco, Be Sure to Ride In a Driverless Car

When David De Clercq traveled to San Francisco last year, he had a few musts on his itinerary: Go to Alcatraz. Try new restaurants. And ride in a self-driving car.Self-driving cars, also known as autonomous vehicles or, colloquially, robotaxis, have been driving the streets of San Francisco in some form since 2009 and have been operating commercially since last August. The cars are also shaping up as the city’s latest tourist attraction.Mr. De Clercq, 42, who splits his time between New Jersey and Sardinia, where he owns restaurants and bars and rents villas, is an avid traveler.“I love exploring and doing new things,” he said. “I knew that I definitely wanted to get a ride while I was in town.”What, where and how to rideConversations abound on Reddit and X, with visitors seeking advice on...
Scarlett Johansson Said No, but OpenAI’s Virtual Assistant Sounds Just Like Her
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Scarlett Johansson Said No, but OpenAI’s Virtual Assistant Sounds Just Like Her

Days before OpenAI demonstrated its new, flirty voice assistant last week, the actress Scarlett Johansson said, Sam Altman, the company’s chief executive, called her agent and asked that she consider licensing her voice for a virtual assistant.It was his second request to the actress in the past year, Ms. Johannson said in a statement on Monday, adding that the reply both times was no.Despite those refusals, Ms. Johansson said, OpenAI used a voice that sounded “eerily similar to mine.” She has hired a lawyer and asked OpenAI to stop using a voice it called “Sky.”OpenAI suspended its release of “Sky” over the weekend. The company said in a blog post on Sunday that “AI voices should not deliberately mimic a celebrity’s distinctive voice — Sky’s voice is not an imitation of Scarlett Johansson...