Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has a poster hanging on a wall of his office in Tel Aviv in the wake of the Oct. 7 attack on Israel by Hamas. It shows mugshots of hundreds of the Palestinian militant group’s commanders arranged in a pyramid.At the bottom are Hamas’ junior field commanders. At the top is its high command, including Mohammed Deif, the shadowy mastermind of last month’s assault.The poster has been re-printed many times after Israel invaded Gaza in retaliation for Oct. 7: the faces of dead commanders marked with a cross.
Israel has informed several Arab states that it wants to carve out a buffer zone on the Palestinian side of Gaza’s border to prevent future attacks as part of proposals for the enclave after war ends, Egyptian and regional sources said.According to three regional sources, Israel detailed its plans to its neighbors Egypt and Jordan, along with the United Arab Emirates, which normalized ties with Israel in 2020.They also said that Saudi Arabia, which does not have ties with Israel and which halted a U.S.-mediated normalization process after the Gaza war began on Oct. 7, had been informed. The sources did not say how the information reached Riyadh, which officially does not have direct communication channels with Israel. Turkey was also told, the sources said.
An inmate was charged on Friday with attempted murder and other offenses following the stabbing of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted in the murder of George Floyd, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.The complaint charges John Turscak, 52, with stabbing Chauvin about 22 times “with an improvised knife” on Nov. 24 while incarcerated at Federal Correctional Institution Tucson, prosecutors said.Turscak was charged with attempted murder, assault with intent to commit murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault resulting in serious bodily injury, according to prosecutors.
Retired United States Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, whose centrist views and shrewd negotiating skills allowed her to steer the country’s law for much of her quarter-century tenure, died on Friday at the age of 93, the court said.The court said in a statement that O’Connor died in Phoenix of complications related to advanced dementia and a respiratory illness.Chief Justice John Roberts recalled O’Connor as having “blazed an historic trail as our nation’s first female justice.”
Max Olenichev, a human rights lawyer who works with the Russian LGBTQ+ community, told AP: “In practice, it could happen that the Russian authorities, with this court ruling in hand, will enforce (the ruling) against LGBTQ+ initiatives that work in Russia, considering them a part of this civic movement.”
He urged delegates to make the summit a “turning point”. The King pointed to repeated cyclones seen in island nations, wildfires across Europe and unprecedented floods in Asia as some of many clear signs of ongoing climate change. “As I have tried to say on many occasions, unless we rapidly repair and restore nature’s unique economy, based on harmony and balance, which is our ultimate sustainer, our own economy and survivability will be imperilled,” he said.
A Red Cross spokesperson backed up Euro-Med’s statement, telling MailOnline: “Footage circulating of deceased newborn babies represents an unspeakable tragedy, an unacceptable reality of how civilians – including babies and children – pay the price in conflict.
Judge Engoron imposed the gag order after the former president, who is campaigning for a second stint in the White House, posted disparaging remarks about the judge’s principal law clerk, with her name, photo and a link to her social media, as he sat in court on the trial’s second day.
U.S. President Joe Biden sought to showcase the United States’ commitment to Africa as he hosted his Angolan counterpart, Joao Lourenco, a meeting that highlighted the former’s unfulfilled pledge to visit the continent.Biden has worked to revitalize U.S.-Africa ties to counter growing Chinese and Russian influence. Yet Africa’s leaders still waiting for a presidential trip are concerned the continent is again taking a back seat to other geopolitical priorities.”America is all in on Africa,” Biden said on Thursday during his White House meeting with Lourenco, touting projects meant to help connect Angola to the global economy, spur clean energy and boost agricultural exports.
With Thursday’s releases, a total of 83 Israelis, including dual nationals, were freed during the truce, most of whom appear physically well but shaken. Another 24 hostages – 23 Thais and one Filipino – have also been released, including several men.