Tuesday Briefing – New York Times

Israeli special operations forces freed two hostages The army in the city of Rafah in Gaza said that the Israeli attacks killed dozens of Palestinians in the city, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza.

The rescue operation sparked joy in Israel, where the fate of more than 100 people kidnapped during the Hamas-led attacks on October 7 has become a national priority. But the raid sparked a state of mourning and panic among more than a million Palestinians who gathered in Rafah.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israeli ground forces are preparing to enter Rafah to eliminate Hamas brigades there. The possibility of ground battles in the city has raised global concern about the risks to civilians who want to flee.

The intensity of the operation and the number of deaths showed Netanyahu’s determination to press ahead with the southern offensive despite criticism from the United States and other allies.

hostages, Fernando Simón Marman, 60, and Luis Haar, 70, are both dual citizens of Israel and Argentina. They were in good condition.

Survivor’s story: Dareen Al-Bayaa, 11, spoke in a video to The Times about her grief and recovery After losing many family members In an air strike on Gaza.

A judge could set the date for the first criminal trial of a former US president as early as next month – raising the possibility that Trump could end up behind bars.

Another judge is expected to issue a ruling that could threaten his family’s business. The judge overseeing Trump’s civil fraud trial is deciding whether to fine Trump hundreds of millions of dollars and remove him from the company he ran for decades.

The second ruling would drain the former president’s coffers, and the first ruling might ultimately make him a criminal, sending the already bitter American politics into unknown realms.

Many cases: Trump faces 91 criminal charges In four criminal cases, he owes $83.3 million from a recent defamation case, separate from an upcoming fraud ruling.

Finland’s president-elect, Alexander Stubb, appeared well prepared to confront Russian aggression as leader of NATO’s newest nation. Instead, he will enter office next month at a time when American politics, especially comments Trump made during his campaign, are changing significantly. He threw the strength of the transatlantic alliance In question.

Trump’s comments that he would let Russia do “whatever the hell it wants” to “delinquent” NATO countries were hardly what Finland wanted to hear. The northern country’s border with Russia is the longest in NATO.

Stubb held his nerve and urged Finns to take the troubling comments as a reminder that Europe needs to develop its own defense, without relying on Washington, regardless of who ends up in the Oval Office.

in the United States, Trump’s comments were a blessing For Biden, who was facing unwelcome questions About his age.

Solar panels are essential for a clean energy future, but they require a lot of space, which often includes building in areas vital to wildlife.

The question of whether humans can build the necessary solar infrastructure without harming nature arises in the grasslands of the American West, which are prime sites for solar farms and home to animals such as pronghorn. Measures that can make farms safer for wildlife They are often not used in the United States due to a dearth of regulations and lack of research.

A life he lived: Kelvin Kiptum broke the world record for the marathon in Chicago last year. he He died in a car accident on the 24th.

Africa Cup Final: The end of a fairy tale The sealed glory of Ivory Coast.

Title games: From what we learned from him Major football matches in Europe.

In Slovakia, the Love Bank, which contains a vault where 7,000 people have deposited mementos of their loves, will be closed on Valentine’s Day this year.

The medieval bank building in Banska Stiavnica nearly burned down last March, the result of an electrical fault, not the result of a mad euphoria.

But the vault and the text of the 19th-century love poem, certified by the Academy of World Records as the longest in the world, remain intact. The author of the poem wrote it to the woman he loved, who lived in the building Occupy the love bank Unfortunately, she married someone else.

That’s all for today’s briefing. Thank you for spending part of your morning with us, and we’ll see you tomorrow. – Dan

note Vivek Shankar Our coverage will run across Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

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