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Netanyahu reveals his plans for post-war Gaza

Netanyahu reveals his plans for post-war Gaza

Israel plans to approve hundreds of new homes in occupied West Bank Israel plans to approve the construction of more than 3,300 new homes in settlements in the occupied West Bank, a senior Cabinet minister from the far-right wing of the government announced. Approval of new construction is bound to elicit condemnation from the United States at a time when the relationship between the allies is fraught because of disagreements over the course of Israel’s war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich said in a statement late Thursday that the new construction is meant as a response to a fatal Palestinian shooting attack near Jerusalem earlier in the day. He said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant participated in the discussion leading to the decision. Source link

US Plans ‘Crushing’ Sanctions on Kremlin 2 Years After Ukraine War

US Plans ‘Crushing’ Sanctions on Kremlin 2 Years After Ukraine War

Buenos Aires, Argentina —  Two years after Russia’s war on Ukraine, the United States is doubling down pressure on the Kremlin by rolling out sanctions on Russia targeting banks and the weapons industry, as described by a senior U.S. official. A day before the U.S. plan to announce new sanctions packages imposed on Moscow, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said there’s a strong desire among the Group of 20 for Russia’s aggression in Ukraine to end. “If you were in that room, as (Russian) Foreign Minister Lavrov was, you heard a very strong chorus coming from not just the G7 countries within the G20, but from many others as well, about the imperative of ending the Russian aggression, restoring peace,” Blinken told reporters during a press conference after attending G20 foreign ministers’ meetings in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Some of the U.S. sanctions will target those responsible for the detention death of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny. “The fact that (Russian President) Vladimir Putin saw it necessary to persecute, poison, and imprison one man …

Woman suing Texas over its abortion ban plans to move her embryos out of state

Woman suing Texas over its abortion ban plans to move her embryos out of state

A woman who is suing Texas after she said she nearly died when doctors delayed giving her a medically necessary abortion tells NBC News exclusively that she plans to move her frozen embryos out of the state for fear Texas could stop providing in vitro fertilization. The move by Amanda Zurawski and her husband, Josh, follows news that at least three fertility clinics in Alabama have paused in vitro fertilization treatments following a ruling by the state Supreme Court that found embryos are people who have the same legal protections as children — and that people can be held liable for destroying them. Zurawski, 36, said on Thursday that she and her husband signed papers to move their embryos out of the state because she fears Texas could follow Alabama’s lead and block her from starting the family she’s spent years trying to build.  “I don’t want them in a state where a similar ruling could very likely take place,” she said of her embryos. “Everything about IVF is very anxiety-inducing. It’s very scary. It’s …

Mercedes backtracks EV plans, will build gas cars well into 2030s

Mercedes backtracks EV plans, will build gas cars well into 2030s

Mercedes-Benz is backtracking on its EV plans as the luxury automaker plans to continue building gas-powered cars “well into the 2030s.” Mercedes backtracks on EV-only commitment by 2030 Mercedes announced plans to go all-electric by the end of the decade in 2021, “where market conditions allow.” The luxury automaker said all newly launched vehicle architectures will be electric-only from 2025 onwards. Mercedes already offers an EV in every segment with the sedan and SUV versions of the EQS and EQE models and the EQB electric SUV. However, Mercedes announced Thursday it’s backtracking on its EV commitment with plans to produce gas-powered vehicles well into the next decade. Mercedes-Benz now expects electrified vehicles (including hybrids) to represent 50% of total sales in 2030, drastically lower than the 100% commitment from 2021. After the automaker’s net profits slipped 21% in Q4, Mercedes is slowing its transition. Mercedes says it “will be able to cater to different customer needs well into the 2030s.” (Source: Mercedes-Benz) Mercedes saw fourth-quarter revenue slip in major regions, including the US (-7.4%) and …

Self-driving taxi service Waymo’s expanions plans are put on pause

Self-driving taxi service Waymo’s expanions plans are put on pause

Self-driving taxi service Waymo has had a 120-day suspension, halting its efforts to expand its operations in 2024. The California-based company applied to expand its robotaxi service to Los Angeles and San Mateo counties, but had the process suspended for 120 days by the California Public Utilities Commission’s Consumer Protection and Enforcement Division (CPED). This doesn’t mean that Waymo has to stop its current operations but does infringe on its plans for the future. At the moment, Waymo has operated a fleet of driverless vehicles in San Francisco since March of 2023 following a trial in Santa Monica, offering a 24/7 service. It recently expanded to include some areas of Los Angeles and had planned to expand its service in 2024 but will now need to wait until at least June 2024. Why was the application suspended? According to the CPED’s website, the application has been suspended for further review. However, Tech Crunch reported on Wednesday, February 21 that San Mateo County Board of Supervisors vice president David J. Canepa said it came down to …

China says it plans to send more pandas to the San Diego Zoo this year

China says it plans to send more pandas to the San Diego Zoo this year

Bai Yun, the mother of newly named panda cub, Mei Sheng, gets a mouthful of bamboo during the cub’s first day on display at the San Diego Zoo on Dec. 17, 2003. China is working on sending a new pair of giant pandas to the San Diego Zoo. Lenny Ignelzi/AP hide caption toggle caption Lenny Ignelzi/AP Bai Yun, the mother of newly named panda cub, Mei Sheng, gets a mouthful of bamboo during the cub’s first day on display at the San Diego Zoo on Dec. 17, 2003. China is working on sending a new pair of giant pandas to the San Diego Zoo. Lenny Ignelzi/AP SAN DIEGO — China plans to send a new pair of giant pandas to the San Diego Zoo, renewing its longstanding gesture of friendship toward the United States after nearly all the iconic bears on loan to U.S. zoos were returned as relations began to sour between the two nations. San Diego Zoo officials told The Associated Press that if all permits and other requirements are approved, two bears, …

Britain’s ‘deep state’ thwarted my plans, Liz Truss tells US far-right summit | CPAC

Britain’s ‘deep state’ thwarted my plans, Liz Truss tells US far-right summit | CPAC

Liz Truss, the former British prime minister, spoke at a far-right conference in America on Wednesday, styling herself as a populist who took on America’s equivalent of the “deep state” in her own country. Truss was among the headline speakers at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference at the National Harbor in Maryland. CPAC is billed as the biggest annual gathering of conservatives in the US but has in recent years embraced Donald Trump’s brand of nativist-populism. In Wednesday’s opening session, an “international summit”, the ex-PM sat side by side with Nigel Farage, former leader of the Brexit party, both with small union flags on the table in front of them. Other speakers included Steve Bannon, a former White House chief strategist associated with global far-right nationalist movements, and Richard Grenell, a former acting director of national intelligence under Trump. Officials from countries including Australia, Hungary and Japan also took part. A moderator at the summit introduced Truss by saying after her election in Britain “there was a collective cheer in the conservative movement in …

Trump-aligned think tank, denying policy plans, gives voice to Christian nationalist views

Trump-aligned think tank, denying policy plans, gives voice to Christian nationalist views

WASHINGTON (RNS) — A conservative think tank with ties to former President Donald Trump is denying the existence of an internal document detailing Christian nationalist policy goals should Trump win back the White House in November, but has nonetheless endorsed using the ideology to shape public policy. On Tuesday (Feb. 20), the Center for Renewing America, headed by a former Trump director of the Office of Management and Budget, Russell Vought, denied a Politico report claiming that the Washington think tank drafted a document that includes “Christian nationalism” among a bulleted list of priorities for a second Trump term. “The so-called reporting from Politico is false and we told them so on multiple occasions,” a CRA representative told Religion News Service on Tuesday via email. Politico stood by its reporting, saying in a statement to RNS that the story was “thoroughly vetted and reported” and that “CRA seems to be unable, or unwilling, to specify what it believes to be inaccurate.” Vought has long been rumored to be on Trump’s shortlist for White House chief …

Kevin Costner’s poignant million-dollar post-divorce plans revealed

Kevin Costner’s poignant million-dollar post-divorce plans revealed

After a turbulent few months in his personal life in the midst of his divorce from Christine Baumgartner, Kevin Costner is putting all of his focus on his professional life, and loads of money into it too. The Yellowstone actor finalized his divorce from his now ex-wife late last year, after months of legal back-and-forth over the conditions of their premarital agreement, as well as child and spousal support. But now, with their courtroom drama in the rearview mirror, the acclaimed director has his eyes set on film sets instead, particularly building his own. TRAILER: Kevin Costner is John Dutton in Yellowstone Fans of Kevin have known for some time that he has long been working on his passion project, getting back to the director’s chair for a four-part Western epic, Horizon: An American Saga. The first part of the project is set to release in June, with a sequel to follow in August. Though the films, which were filmed in southern Utah, have reportedly been completed, it appears Kevin is far from done with …

Swagger, soul … and patience: inside Ratcliffe’s plans for Manchester United | Manchester United

Swagger, soul … and patience: inside Ratcliffe’s plans for Manchester United | Manchester United

On the second floor of the Ineos office in west London, there are lingering reminders of Manchester United’s glory days. You see it in Eric Cantona’s No 7 shirt, collar upturned, hanging in the main meeting room. In the pristine match programmes from those famous European trophy nights. And, most of all, in the eyes of Jim Ratcliffe, as he promises to restore a swagger and soul to the club he has supported for 65 years. “The Manchester United style of play is attacking football, exciting football, bringing the youth through,” he says, speaking publicly for the first time since acquiring a 27% stake in the club. “You want players that are committed. You want players that play 90 minutes or whatever the number is. At the end of the day we are in the entertainment business. You don’t want to watch bland or characterless football.” At this point the 71‑year‑old billionaire, who now has control of football operations at Old Trafford, glances at the Cantona shirt. “There has always been a bit of glamour attached to Manchester United, …