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Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Israeli Offensive Intensifies in Crowded Southern Gaza, Despite Evacuation Orders

KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli offensive in Gaza has shifted its focus to the densely populated southern region, resulting in a sharp increase in the death toll, despite evacuation orders issued by Israeli authorities. The United States has called on Israel to take greater measures to protect Palestinian civilians, as the Health Ministry in Gaza reports that over 200 Palestinians have been killed since the resumption of fighting on Friday. The overall death toll from the Gaza war has now surpassed 15,000, according to the ministry. With negotiations for further cease-fires appearing unlikely, Israel has recalled its negotiators, and the Hamas deputy leader has stated that any future prisoner exchanges would only occur as part of a comprehensive end to the conflict. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to continue the offensive until all of Israel’s objectives are achieved.

Vice President Kamala Harris Prioritizes Shaping a Post-Conflict Gaza During Diplomatic Blitz

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris has embarked on a diplomatic mission while attending the U.N. climate summit in Dubai, engaging with Arab leaders to shape the future of a post-conflict Gaza. While urging Israel to do more to protect Palestinian civilians from the ongoing bombardment, Harris made an unscheduled visit to Dubai as the leading American representative at the conference. The Israel-Hamas war has been a key focus of her discussions, as she met with leaders from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, and spoke with Qatar’s emir over the phone. Harris aims to promote stability and peace in Gaza as part of the broader effort to address the ongoing conflict.

Major Shake-Up in Pro-DeSantis Super PAC as Three Key Officials Depart

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Never Back Down, a super PAC supporting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, has experienced significant instability as three senior members have recently left the organization. The departures come just six weeks before the Iowa Republican caucuses, casting a shadow over DeSantis’ political operation. Kristin Davison, who took over as the group’s leader following the departure of CEO Chris Jankowski, parted ways with Never Back Down on Saturday. Additionally, communications director Erin Perrine and director of operations Matt Palmisano also left the organization on the same day. These developments highlight the internal challenges faced by DeSantis’ campaign as the Iowa caucuses draw near.

Former President Trump Accuses Biden of Destroying Democracy Despite His Own Election Efforts

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has launched a counter-attack against President Joe Biden, claiming that the Democratic incumbent is the true threat to democracy. Trump made these remarks during a speech in Iowa, seeking to rebut Biden’s argument that Trump’s efforts to regain power pose a danger to democracy, particularly in light of his attempts to overturn the 2020 election results. Trump also highlighted the multiple legal prosecutions he currently faces as “election interference.” In a broader attack, he accused Biden of being a “destroyer” rather than a defender of American democracy.

Latin America Still Grapples with the Legacy of Henry Kissinger’s Support for Brutal Regimes

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The death of former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at age 100 has stirred mixed emotions in South America, where many countries still bear the scars of human rights abuses committed during the Cold War with the endorsement of Kissinger. In Chile, leftists were subjected to torture and violence under the military dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, while Argentina witnessed the disappearance of citizens during a brutal military regime. As tributes pour in for Kissinger, countries in South America, scarred by anti-communist campaigns, harbor deep distrust toward their powerful northern neighbor.

Oil Companies Commit to Reducing Methane Emissions, but Environmentalists Remain Skeptical

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Fifty major oil companies, accounting for nearly half of global production, have pledged to achieve near-zero methane emissions and end routine flaring in their operations by 2030. This commitment, announced during the U.N. climate talks, has been met with skepticism from environmental groups that advocate for a complete phase-out of fossil fuels. They argue that the pledge is merely a “smokescreen” and call for a stronger and more comprehensive approach. The signatories to the pledge include national oil companies such as Saudi Aramco, Petrobras from Brazil, Sonangol from Angola, as well as multinational corporations like Shell, TotalEnergies, and BP.

Teen Girls Victimized by Deepfake Nudes, Advocacy for Stronger Protections Grows

In New Jersey, a mother and her 14-year-old daughter are advocating for better protections for victims of AI-generated nude images after explicit content featuring the teenager and her classmates circulated at their high school. A similar incident involving a teenage boy using artificial intelligence to create and distribute explicit images of female classmates is under investigation in Washington state. These cases highlight the pervasive harm caused by explicit AI-generated materials, particularly impacting women and children. Families affected by these violations are pushing lawmakers to implement robust safeguards that address the manipulation of images using AI models and the proliferation of platforms offering these services.

Man Arrested in Paris After Targeting Passersby, Killing One and Injuring Two

PARIS (AP) — French police have apprehended a man who launched an attack on passersby in Paris, resulting in the death of a German tourist and injuries to two others. The assailant, a 25-year-old French citizen who had previously served four years in prison for a violent offense, expressed anguish about the deaths of Muslims, particularly in the Palestinian territories, and accused France of complicity. The attacker shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) during the assault. French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin described the attacker as someone who was willing to kill others and stated that the man targeted a German couple with a knife before using a hammer to harm two additional individuals.

Suspect Identified in Killings of Homeless Men in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police have identified a Los Angeles man, who was already in custody in connection with another shooting investigation, as the suspect in the recent killings of three homeless men. Authorities linked the suspect to the homeless killings after a firearm found in his vehicle was connected to the shootings. Jerrid Joseph Powell, 33, was arrested earlier this week by Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies for investigation of the shooting death and robbery of another individual. Powell is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

Muslim Community Leaders in Swing States Pledge to Withdraw Support for Biden in 2024

CHICAGO (AP) — Leaders from the Muslim community in several swing states have announced their intention to withdraw support for President Joe Biden due to his refusal to call for a ceasefire in Gaza. Democrats in Michigan have warned the White House that Biden’s handling of the Israel-Hamas conflict could cost him significant support within the Arab American community, potentially affecting the outcome of the 2024 presidential election. Leaders from Michigan, Minnesota, Arizona, Wisconsin, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, and Pennsylvania gathered in Dearborn, Michigan, where the largest concentration of Arab Americans resides, to express their disapproval and demand an immediate ceasefire.

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