Wednesday Briefing: Aid Workers Killed in Gaza

Wednesday Briefing: Aid Workers Killed in Gaza

Israeli strikes on an assist convoy run by the charity group World Central Kitchen killed seven of its staff within the Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized, and stated Israel “deeply regrets” the strike. He referred to as it “a tragic case of our forces unintentionally hitting harmless individuals.”

The staff have been touring in clearly marked automobiles, and World Central Kitchen stated it had coordinated its actions with Israel’s army. Israel is investigating the circumstances surrounding the strikes.

The struggle has been exceptionally harmful for assist staff — not less than 196 have been killed because the struggle started, in line with the U.N. World Central Kitchen, which has grow to be an vital participant in delivering provides to an enclave on the sting of famine, has suspended its operations in Gaza. So has one other assist company, American Near East Refugee Aid.

What we all know: The assist staff killed included a Palestinian, an Australian, a Pole, three Britons and a twin U.S.-Canadian citizen. The convoy of three automobiles had simply left a meals warehouse. Videos and images verified by The Times counsel it was hit a number of instances.

President Biden had a uncommon phone dialog with Xi Jinping, China’s chief, yesterday that was aimed toward addressing a wide range of points, each combative and cooperative, and regular a relationship that hit a multi-decade low final 12 months.

The matters raised by Biden included combating narcotics manufacturing, the Middle East battle, North Korea’s nuclear program and China’s assist of Russia through the Ukraine struggle, in line with a abstract supplied of the decision. He additionally raised considerations over Beijing’s aggression involving Taiwan and the South China Sea.

China stated that Xi had referred to as for “concrete actions” to exhibit a U.S. dedication to not assist Taiwan’s independence. Xi additionally criticized the “countless stream of measures” taken by the U.S. to attempt to suppress China’s economic system, science and know-how, China stated.

Context: Biden and Xi have each sought to stop any public eruptions. Biden desires to give attention to his re-election marketing campaign, whereas Xi faces a troubled economic system and corruption within the high ranks of his army.

What’s subsequent: Janet Yellen, the U.S. treasury secretary, is heading to China this week for financial talks. Antony Blinken, the U.S. secretary of state, will comply with quickly afterward.

The drones struck within the Tatarstan area, about 700 miles (over 1,100 kilometers) from Ukrainian-held territory. Ukraine’s marketing campaign of strikes in opposition to Russian refineries since final October has shrunk Russia’s refining capability, and has not too long ago compelled Moscow to enact a six-month ban on gasoline exports.

Weapons: Ukraine is rising its arms manufacturing. It might not be shifting quick sufficient.

Chinese shoppers spend massive for swiftlet nests. (They’re a key ingredient in chicken’s nest soup, a delicacy that many consider has well being advantages.) Some in Indonesia are cashing in on the curiosity, competing to construct luxurious lodging to draw their choosy, winged visitors.

Many massive corporations have adopted generative A.I. to cope with annoying duties, beef up their advertising and marketing pushes or match costs to demand. And enthusiastic tech buyers have added trillions in market worth to some corporations.

But the analysis on A.I. and effectivity continues to be shaky. Many economists and officers appear doubtful that A.I. has unfold sufficient to indicate up in productiveness information already. Others, just like the M.I.T. labor economist David Autor, say it might doubtlessly improve the scale of the center class by permitting staff to carry out some duties that at the moment require extremely expert specialists.

Cook: Add turmeric to this creamy pasta.

Read: Neel Mukherjee’s “Choice” is a novel filled with characters deciding how a lot reality to inform.



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