Tuesday, July 23, 2024

BIG Wrap

Netanyahu faces delicate balancing act in U.S. after Biden exits race

(BBC News) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the US this week under pressure to end the Gaza war, from both Israelis and the US administration. How might the political turbulence in Washington shape the trip and future relations? Netanyahu is set to meet Joe Biden – if the president has recovered from Covid-19 – and address a joint session of Congress, the only foreign leader to do so for a fourth time. The trip offers...

Biden steps down – who could challenge Harris for Democratic nomination?

(BBC News) Joe Biden on Sunday announced he would end his re-election campaign, and said Kamala Harris, his vice-president, should take his place. "I want to offer my full support and endorsement for Kamala to be the nominee of our party this year," he wrote on X. "Democrats — it's time to come together and beat Trump." Harris taking over is not a done deal, however. Several others have been touted as potential replacements in the weeks leading...

Israel strikes Houthis in Yemen after drone hits Tel Aviv

(BBC News) Israel has launched air strikes on the Houthi movement in Yemen, a day after a drone launched by the group hit Tel Aviv. Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant said his country aimed to send a message to the group. "The fire that is currently burning in Hodeidah, is seen across the Middle East, and the significance is clear," he said. Houthi official Mohammed Abdulsalam reported a "brutal Israel aggression against Yemen." He said the strikes were...

Recovery slow after CrowdStrike update sparks global IT outage

(Al Jazeera Media Network) Businesses and services around the world were slowly recovering after a massive technology outage wreaked havoc across the world and raised questions about the vulnerability of the global interconnected economy. A faulty software update caused the “unprecedented” outage on Friday, grounding flights, knocking out financial companies and news outlets, and disrupting hospitals, supermarkets, small businesses and government offices. By Saturday, several services were back online, but George Kurtz, the CEO of US cybersecurity...

Global services slowly recovering after bug causes IT chaos

(BBC News) Businesses and services around the world are slowly recovering after a massive IT outage affected computer systems for hours on Thursday and Friday. Businesses, banks, hospitals and airlines were among the worst hit after cyber-security firm Crowdstrike issued a faulty software update that affected Microsoft Windows. Crowdstrike's CEO apologized for the disruption and said a fix had been issued, but admitted it could be "some time" before all systems were back up and running. While...

At least 17 dead in Bangladesh student protests

(Al Jazeera Media Network) Thousands of students armed with sticks and rocks have clashed with armed police in Dhaka as the Bangladesh authorities cut some mobile internet services to quell protests against civil service hiring quotas. At least 17 people died during clashes at protests across Bangladesh on Thursday, local media reported, as authorities blocked mobile services across most of the South Asian country. Eleven people were killed in clashes with police in Dhaka, including a bus driver...

Gaza pier a ‘failure’, says former U.S. aid official

(Al Jazeera Media Network) The former US aid director for the West Bank and Gaza, Dave Harden, said that the now-closed pier was “interesting in theory, but in practice, an absolute failure – and my concern is who will be held accountable?” “The pier, in concept, was an interesting idea from my perspective, because it created some potential facts on the ground so that the Gazans for once could actually have something in their favour...

Cyanide found in blood of Bangkok hotel victims

(BBC News) Cyanide has been found in the blood of all six people who died in a luxury hotel suite in Bangkok, say doctors after examining their bodies. Based on the initial post-mortem examination, they say there is "no other cause" that would explain their deaths "except for cyanide". But further tests are being carried out to determine the "intensity" of the deadly chemical and to rule out any other toxins. Forensic investigators had earlier found traces...

Mystery surrounds deaths at Grand Hyatt hotel in Bangkok

(BBC News) Six people have been found dead in a luxury hotel suite in Thailand's capital, Bangkok. Confusion and mystery has surrounded the grim discovery, with local media initially suggesting there had been a shooting at the five-star Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. Police later dismissed these reports and said there was no evidence of gunfire. Instead, authorities are investigating if the victims died of poisoning. The deceased – three men and three women – were all Vietnamese nationals,...

U.S. jury finds Senator Menendez guilty in bribery trial

(Al Jazeera Media Network) Top United States Senator Bob Menendez has been found guilty of all 16 criminal counts he faced in a widely watched corruption trial in New York, including bribery and acting as an unregistered foreign agent. A Manhattan federal court jury delivered its verdict on Tuesday after deliberating for more than 12 hours over three days. After the verdict was read out, Menendez rested his elbows on the table, clasped his hands together, and stared...