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Crisis in the Middle East: The United States imposes sanctions on the Israeli group for blocking humanitarian convoys in Gaza
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Crisis in the Middle East: The United States imposes sanctions on the Israeli group for blocking humanitarian convoys in Gaza

Related media - Latest news The State Department announced Friday that it will impose sanctions on a right-wing Israeli group that tried to prevent aid from reaching people in the Gaza Strip by blocking trucks traveling from Jordan to the coastal enclave.The department's statement said the sanctioned organization, Tzav 9, was "a violent Israeli extremist group that blocked, harassed and damaged convoys carrying life-saving humanitarian assistance to Palestinian civilians in Gaza."Members of the group have tried for months to prevent humanitarian aid from reaching Gaza, the department said. They blocked roads on which aid trucks travel between Jordan and Gaza, including the West Bank, and in some cases broke into trucks, damaging them and dumping aid packages on the road, the agency s...
The confusing relationship between romance novels and ice hockey
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The confusing relationship between romance novels and ice hockey

More news - Latest news The niche world of hockey romance novels is gaining public attention after the wife of an NHL player criticized fans of the books who she said had made comments and videos on social media about her husband as " predators and exploiters". Here's what happened when the worlds of professional sports, romance novels and TikTok collided. First there was BookTok. On TikTok, people share book recommendations and reviews under the hashtag #BookTok, and the community has become a powerful force in publishing: More than 100 authors with large followings on BookTok generated $760 million in sales in 2022, a up 60% from 2021, according to Circana BookScan, which tracks print sales. Romance is a big part of the BookTok universe, as is its popular subgenre of hockey romance...
The young people have spoken: wallets are not cool.  Go digital.
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The young people have spoken: wallets are not cool. Go digital.

More news - News 24 hours In a survey that asked just over 2,500 Americans about digital payments, about 80% of Gen Z respondents said they use mobile wallets, and among them, half were eager to use their phone much more than pay, according to recent data. from Pymnts Intelligence, a research firm that studies trade. Younger people are increasingly using their phones for purposes that older adults would use a traditional wallet for, such as carrying around documents like driver's licenses, boarding passes and event tickets. Some of these digital items can be added to Apple and Google's Wallet apps, while others, like insurance cards, can be downloaded through third-party apps. The change in behavior reflects the journey mobile wallets have taken. About a decade ago, when I talked ...
During Eid al-Adha, Gazans find little to celebrate
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During Eid al-Adha, Gazans find little to celebrate

Related media - Recent news Now, due to the lack of electricity and higher costs in the markets, Abdul Aziz has to buy food every day, depending on what is available and what he can afford. But the party isn't the only thing he'll miss this year, he said. “There are family visits and gatherings, money is given to children, new clothes are bought for everyone, sweets are baked, Eid prayers are said,” he said. “None of this is feasible this year. Everyone is sad and has lost someone or something." Aya Ali Adwan, 26, had become engaged before the war began. Her wedding, set for February, was postponed, another celebration interrupted by the conflict. Originally from northern Gaza, she and her family were forced to flee eight times during the war. They are now sheltering in a crampe...
Spicy noodles and pickled fish: Chinese restaurants move to Hong Kong
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Spicy noodles and pickled fish: Chinese restaurants move to Hong Kong

More news - Recent news In the Shek Tong Tsui area, where Return Home Hunan opened in May, many of the brightly colored restaurants – once mainstays of the neighborhood – had recently closed their doors. A restaurant that served cheap noodles and milk tea was gone, as was a restaurant where retirees gathered to eat dim sum and catch up on the day's news. “The restaurant business is hard work,” said Roy Tse, the owner of a local restaurant that sold lunch rice dishes once popular among office workers in Hong Kong's Taikoo Shing business district. There are fewer visitors at lunchtime these days. Those still coming order the bases. Yeung Hei, the manager of Fu Ging Aromatic Noodles, a historic local Hong Kong restaurant where a chef braises beef brisket in front of the window, said ...
What weapons is North Korea accused of supplying to Russia?
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What weapons is North Korea accused of supplying to Russia?

Related media - Latest news If filled with 152-millimeter artillery shells, the containers could carry up to three million shells, South Korea's defense minister said. Or, if filled with 122-millimeter rockets, they could hold more than half a million shells . They could also contain a mix of both weapons, he said. In his latest estimate, Minister Shin Wok-sik last week put the number of containers shipped from North Korea to Russia at 10,000. Additionally, the White House said in January that Russia had begun firing ballistic missiles made in North Korea. Arms control experts said fragments of the Hwasong-11A short-range ballistic missile were found following months-long Russian airstrikes on Ukrainian cities, including Kharkiv in February. North Korea could also provide anti-ta...
In North Macedonia, disputes over history extend to statues
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In North Macedonia, disputes over history extend to statues

Related media - Recent news The center of Skopje, capital of North Macedonia, a Balkan country born just 33 years ago as an independent state, is flooded with history. A statue of Alexander the Great looms over the central square. One of his fathers, Philip II of Macedon, stands on a large pedestal above a nearby square. The city is also dotted with bronze, stone and plaster tributes to generations of other heroes from what the country sees as its glorious and very long history. The problem, however, is that most of the history exposed is claimed by other countries. Modern-day North Macedonia, born out of the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, has no real connection to Alexander the Great, who lived 2,000 years ago down the road in what is now Greece, and many of the other histor...
Disney’s Splash Mountain will reopen with a Princess Tiana theme
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Disney’s Splash Mountain will reopen with a Princess Tiana theme

Related media - Breaking news Tiana's Bayou Adventure uses the same trails as Splash Mountain, and riders continue to ride in vehicles made to look like hollowed-out logs. But everything else has been redesigned. Instead of a suspenseful story that sees Br'er Rabbit thrown into a field of brambles, the new attraction focuses on a Mardi Gras party: Tiana and her friend Louis, a trumpet-playing alligator, are on a quest to creatures to form a gang with. Midway through the film, the cheerful Mama Odie, a voodoo queen in "The Princess and the Frog" and now a "fairy godmother of the bayou," casts a spell, supposedly shrinking the knights to the size of fireflies. Tiana's Bayou Adventure also has a new slogan: "Everyone is welcome." While walking Tiana's Bayou Adventure with a reporter d...
Morrie Markoff, considered the oldest man in the United States, dies at 110
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Morrie Markoff, considered the oldest man in the United States, dies at 110

Related media - Latest news As of April, the world's oldest living man is believed to be Englishman John Alfred Tinniswood at 111 years old, according to Guinness World Records. (Guinness lists María Branyas Morera, a California native living in Spain, as the world's oldest woman, at 117.) When Mr. Markoff heard the news of his rise to the top of the list, "he just smiled and said, 'Well, someone has to be there,'" his daughter said in an interview. He stood out not only for his longevity but also for a lucidity unusual for his age. Until her final months, she pored over the Los Angeles Times every morning, discussed the war in Ukraine and other world events and posted dispatches about his life on his blog. “He believed that if he stayed active, he would live, and he really wanted ...
Drink wine for breakfast, put on a 51-pound suit and go to the battlefield
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Drink wine for breakfast, put on a 51-pound suit and go to the battlefield

More news - News 24 hours In the combat study, soldiers fought on foot and in chariots, using replica weapons including a spear with blunt edges and a point, and spent a lot of time walking and riding in chariots. They also followed a meal plan created by the researchers, which included a breakfast consisting mainly of dry bread, goat cheese, green olives and red wine. They could not wear Dendra armor, which dates back to around 1450 BC. Instead, the soldiers wore a copper replica, the closest alloy to the original bronze available, the study says. The replica was made in 1984 by students and staff from the metalworking department at the now closed Bournville College of Art in Birmingham, England. Wanted: soldiers as big as the ancient Greeks The researchers looked for Marines who...