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France Discovers a New Word: Ungovernable
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France Discovers a New Word: Ungovernable

Related media - Breaking news Instead of waking up on Monday in a country governed by the far right, France found itself in a situation similar to Italy's, where only patient parliamentary negotiation could lead to the formation of a viable coalition government. France rejected Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigration Rassemblement National in its legislative elections, once again demonstrating its deep-seated resistance to nationalist initiatives. The country voted for a resurgent left that, while it has not achieved absolute power, has shifted the political heart of the nation from an all-powerful presidency to Parliament. With the Paris Olympics less than three weeks away and the August exodus to the beaches or mountains a sacred feature of French life, talks to form a government could dr...
Middle East Crisis: Cigarette Smuggling in Gaza and Its Impact on Aid Convoys
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Middle East Crisis: Cigarette Smuggling in Gaza and Its Impact on Aid Convoys

More news - Latest news A significant problem is now affecting humanitarian aid convoys trying to deliver essential goods to the starving population of Gaza: attacks by organized groups looking not for flour or medicine, but for cigarettes hidden in the cargo. In the tightly controlled Gaza Strip, where Israel meticulously inspects every incoming truck, cigarettes have become extremely rare, often selling for $25 to $30 apiece. Smugglers in Egypt have hidden them in sacks of flour, diapers and even watermelons donated by the United Nations, according to aid agencies and Israeli officials who shared information with The New York Times. Aid trucks headed to Gaza have been attacked by groups of Palestinians, some armed, searching for hidden cigarettes, UN and Israeli officials said. Des...
WHO data indicates rising number of deaths in Ukrainian medical facilities during ongoing conflict
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WHO data indicates rising number of deaths in Ukrainian medical facilities during ongoing conflict

Related media - Latest news A Russian missile attack on Ukraine's largest children's hospital on Monday underscored the escalation of attacks on medical facilities, vehicles and workers in the country. The incident is in line with World Health Organization (WHO) data indicating a potential increase in Ukrainian casualties from such attacks in 2024 compared to the previous year. Before the attack on Ohmatdyt Children's Hospital in Kyiv, WHO had reported 18 deaths and 81 injuries from more than 175 attacks on health infrastructure in Ukraine during the first half of 2024. In addition, 44 attacks on medical vehicles were recorded. In 2023, WHO documented 22 deaths and 117 injuries from 350 attacks on health facilities and 45 attacks on medical vehicles. Some organizations estimate even ...
Viktor Orban visits Xi Jinping in China after meeting with Putin in Moscow
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Viktor Orban visits Xi Jinping in China after meeting with Putin in Moscow

More news - Latest news Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán visited Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Beijing on Monday, following his recent talks with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin in Moscow. China's state-run news agency, Xinhua, announced Orban's visit, saying Xi would engage in "in-depth discussions on issues of mutual concern" with him. The two leaders last met two months ago, when Xi visited Budapest to boost Chinese influence in Europe. Chinese state television reported that the meeting took place at the Diaooyutai State Guesthouse, but gave no further details. The meeting offers Xi and Orban, who often diverges from the European Union on Ukraine and other issues, a platform to encourage the EU to distance itself from Washington. Hungary recently began its six-month rotati...
Live coverage: Labour poised for historic victory in UK election
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Live coverage: Labour poised for historic victory in UK election

More news - News 24 hours Voters in Portsmouth, a city famous for its naval base on England’s south coast, streamed into a polling station on Thursday morning. Warmly greeted by poll workers, they arrived in a steady stream: elderly couples holding hands, parents with babies in strollers, and young professionals rushing to work. According to the latest polls, every vote cast has added weight to what could be the decisive conclusion to 14 years of Conservative government. “I just want to see change,” said Sam Argha, 36, after voting for Labour. “We need to try something different.” This sentiment reverberated across the city, where many, regardless of their political leanings, yearned for a fresh start amid national uncertainty. The center-left Labour Party was widely expecte...
Category 4 Hurricane Beryl Devastates Jamaica, Heads Toward Mexico
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Category 4 Hurricane Beryl Devastates Jamaica, Heads Toward Mexico

More news - News 24 hours Relief efforts began Wednesday in New York City's Caribbean community, as residents anxiously tracked the path of Hurricane Beryl. The storm has already claimed at least seven lives in the southeastern Caribbean, leaving thousands without power. By Wednesday afternoon, Beryl had weakened from a Category 5 hurricane to a Category 4 hurricane, coasting just south of Jamaica and unleashing destructive winds and heavy rains on the island. In Brooklyn’s Little Caribbean neighborhood, those with ties to Jamaica have been closely monitoring the storm’s progress. Nadine Ducille, chef at Caribbean Vibes Jamaican Restaurant and Bakery on Nostrand Avenue, said she’s been checking in with her family every two hours. “My family is doing well so far; they’re prep...