April 17, 2024

An Israeli delegation was scheduled to reach in Cairo yesterday to take part in talks for a cease-fire, a senior Israeli official mentioned. In Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, 1000’s took to the streets on consecutive days to protest Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Protesters outdoors the Israeli Parliament in Jerusalem yesterday referred to as for early elections in one of the important demonstrations in opposition to Netanyahu’s authorities because the begin of the battle. On Saturday, 1000’s in Tel Aviv held a separate anti-government protest. Netanyahu is going through mounting anger from residents who consider he has put his political survival forward of their broader pursuits. The backlash got here as he was scheduled to have surgical procedure for a hernia final night time.

A senior official mentioned that Israel’s battle cupboard would convene to debate points associated to the talks, together with the query of displaced Palestinians returning to their houses in northern Gaza. In an interview, a senior Hamas official mentioned Israel was refusing to permit Gazans to return to the north en masse.

Humanitarian officers are warning that solely a cease-fire within the monthslong battle would permit sufficient assist into Gaza to avert a looming famine. Help has remained at a trickle, regardless of the Worldwide Court docket of Justice ordering Israel to permit deliveries to proceed “unhindered.” Israel’s International Ministry responded by saying that nice lengths had been taken to facilitate the move of assist.

The demise in February of Maksim Kuzminov — a Russian pilot who defected final summer time, delivering a helicopter and secret paperwork to Ukraine — has raised wider considerations.

Kuzminov was killed in Villajoyosa, Spain, a seaside resort city. The situation of his demise means that Russia’s European spy networks proceed to function and are focusing on enemies of the Kremlin, regardless of concerted efforts to dismantle them after Russia invaded Ukraine. One professional mentioned that Russia’s intelligence companies are working at a degree of aggressiveness at residence and overseas that’s harking back to the Stalin period.

“It was a transparent message,” a senior Spanish police official mentioned of the killing. Kuzminov was shot six instances and run over with a automotive; the killers additionally used ammunition that was a typical of the previous Communist bloc. Whereas there’s no proof instantly implicating Russia, senior police officers mentioned the killing bore hallmarks of comparable assaults linked to the Kremlin.


Bengaluru — the Silicon Valley of South Asia — has an issue that every one the software program on the planet can’t remedy: It’s desperately in want of water. Colleges lack water to flush bathrooms. Washing machines have gone quiet. Showers are being postponed, and youngsters with solely soiled water to drink are being hospitalized with typhoid fever.

The area will get loads of rain. The issue is arthritic governance and failed environmental stewardship. As the town rushed towards the digital future, tripling its inhabitants to fifteen million because the Nineties and constructing a vigorous tech ecosystem, water administration fell behind and aquifers have been drawn dry by the unchecked unfold of city wells — as many as 500,000.

Karan Aujla, 27, turned the primary Punjabi artist to win an award on the Juno Awards, a marquee occasion for Canada’s music business.

His music has bubbled to the highest of what some business watchers are calling the “Punjabi wave,” a cohort of artists who’re mixing South Asian sounds with influences from rap and hip-hop, and collaborating with Western stars to achieve new audiences.

A brand new sort of catastrophe fiction is serving as situation planning for actual world crises. Its ancestors are geopolitical epics, nineteenth century social novels and cyberpunk, however this can be a new breed — name it the apocalyptic techniques thriller, or A.S.T., for brief.

The forex of the A.S.T. is plausibility. It may be counterfactual, however by no means fantastical. It has to really feel true. The thriller tropes, the chases and the explosions which might be typically part of these tales have to be anchored by real-world data. It’s leisure, nevertheless it’s additionally meant to enlighten the choice makers who would possibly seize a hardcover at an airport bookstore.