Cease-fire in Gaza: What we know about the Israel, Hamas agreement

Show Caption Hide Caption Israel strikes Gaza after vowing to press on Israel unleashed another wave of airstrikes across the Gaza Strip early Thursday as it pushed ahead despite U.S. calls to wind down the offensive against Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers, who have fired thousands of rockets at Israel. (May 20) AP WASHINGTON — Israel and Hamas halted an 11-day military conflict on Thursday night after both sides accepted a ceasefire brokered by Egypt.  The move followed growing pressure from President Joe Biden’s administration and others foreign leaders to de-escalate the conflict – which wrought far more devastation in Gaza than Israel and killed significantly more Palestinians. Hamas fired rockets indiscriminately into civilian areas in Israel while Israel pounded Gaza with airstrikes.  Israel described the agreement as “mutual and unconditional.” Biden

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China’s Trade War on Australia Maybe Extending to Table Grapes

The Australian government is looking into why China has delayed importing Australian table grapes for the last 20 days, with Federal Trade Minister Dan Tehan stating that he wouldn’t rush to conclude that the industry has become the latest victim of Beijing’s economic coercion Australia. “We’re trying to work out what is the cause of the hold-up,” Tehan told ABC on Thursday. “About 80 per cent of table grape exports seem to have got in seamlessly. It seems to be the last 20 per cent where there are some issues,” he said. “I’ve been in discussions with the industry around what they’re seeing and what they’re hearing, and we also have our post talking to Chinese officials about this.” The market

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US doesn’t want to buy Greenland anymore

The market for buying Greenland just got even colder. The US is no longer looking to buy the country, President Biden’s secretary of state said on Thursday. “I can confirm that’s correct,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters at a press conference in the Arctic country, according to The Guardian. “I am in Greenland because the United States deeply values our partnership and wants to make it even stronger,” Blinken said. Blinken smiled when he was asked if the US was no longer interested in trying to make a deal, The Guardian said. Former President Trump eyed purchasing Greenland, a self-governing part of Denmark, even as its leaders said it wasn’t for sale. Blinken visits the Black Ridge Viewing site in

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Wizards throttle Pacers to grab final playoff spot in East

WASHINGTON — Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal did what they do — a near triple-double for one, 25 points in just 29 minutes for the other — and the Washington Wizards reached the NBA playoffs as the Eastern Conference’s No. 8 seed by overwhelming the Indiana Pacers 142-115 in the play-in round Thursday night. Washington led by as many as 38 points and advanced to face Joel Embiid and the No. 1 seed Philadelphia 76ers in the first round, marking quite a turnaround for coach Scott Brooks’ crew, which was 17-32 in early April. Indiana’s run of five consecutive playoff appearances ended in coach Nate Bjorkgren’s debut season. A little more than a week after breaking Oscar Robertson’s career record

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Prince Harry says pleas to his family for help were ‘met with total silence, total neglect’

Prince Harry is opening up about his family. The 36-year-old royal has been on a roll as of late, offering no-holds-barred interviews with the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Dax Shepard that have given fans a look behind the curtain at the royal family. The trend continues as Harry reteams with Winfrey for a mental health-focused series, “The Me You Can’t See,” on Apple TV+. In the show, the Duke of Sussex gets personal with his audience and reveals that as he and his wife, Meghan Markle, began struggling with the pressures of royal life, his family turned a blind eye. From the beginning of their romance, Harry and Markle were like magnets for criticism by the media, and the

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Nets’ ticket policy promotes vaccines: ‘Lockstep with the governor’

Nets CEO John Abbamondi wouldn’t say how many fans would be allowed in Barclays Center for Saturday’s playoff opener versus Boston. But he wasn’t coy about one thing: He wants to get as many of them vaccinated as possible. The Nets want it badly enough that they’re not only giving both vaccines and COVID-19 testing right across the street from Barclays Center, but partnering on a mobile vaccination effort going into underserved Brooklyn neighborhoods. They’re even giving out free tickets via lottery to those willing to get vaccines. “We recognize that we do have some unvaccinated fans, and we want as a customer-service issue frankly we want to enable them to come to the games, too, but they’re going to

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Hannity: ‘Fussy’ and ‘irritable’ Biden is ‘hollow shell of his former self’

Fox News host Sean Hannity opened Thursday’s “Hannity” expressing concern for President Biden’s weak image on the world stage, specifically when it comes to Russia. HANNITY: We turn the weak cognitive mess that is sippy cup Joe, who definitely missed nap time today because he seemed to be extremely fussy and quite irritable. During prepared remarks at the White House he randomly out of nowhere starting yelling. In what was a bizarre strange outburst. … Was Joe Biden like this in 2016, 2012? Because Joe, let’s be honest, was never a particularly bright or smart guy, but what we’re now seeing sadly for him is a hollow shell of his former self. A total complete cognitive mess. What’s really sad

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DHS to Close 2 Migrant Detention Centers After Allegations of Abuse

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Thursday that it will close two migrant detention centers, both of which face allegations of abuse. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stop using the C. Carlos Carreiro Immigration Detention Center in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. In a report (pdf) released in December last year, the Massachusetts attorney general determined “that a series of institutional failures and poor decisions” by the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office leadership led to “disproportionate” use of force against the detainees at the center. “Allow me to state one foundational principle: we will not tolerate the mistreatment of individuals in civil immigration detention or substandard conditions of detention,” Mayorkas wrote in a memo to ICE Acting

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Felipe Vazquez found guilty on abuse charges from having sex with 13-year old

Former MLB pitcher Felipe Vazquez was found guilty of sexual assault charges from having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 2017, reports said Thursday. A Westmoreland County, Penn. jury found the two-time Pittsburgh Pirates all-star guilty on 10 counts, including statutory sexual assault, sexual abuse of children and indecent assault of a minor under 16, according to Wink News. But the jury found him not guilty on 10 charges of unlawful contact or communication with the girl, the outlet reported. The jury asked the judge to see pictures and video of the girl during deliberations, according to Wink. The victim, now 17 and a Florida resident, was in the courtroom at the time of the verdict, WPXI 11 said. She

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Arkansas Teacher’s Assistant Gus Shenker Charged With Possession, Production of Child Porn

A 21-year-old Arkansas teacher’s assistant, August “Gus” Shenker, has been charged with producing, possessing and transporting child pornography. The alleged images include ones depicting child sex abuse. FBI agents arrested Shenker on May 18 and formally charged him on May 20. During the investigation, they learned that he worked as a teacher’s assistant at Miss Selma’s School in Little Rock. The school is a private institution providing education for children ages two through sixth grade. The school hired him in 2017. Though Shenker was released on conditions of bond, he’ll be arraigned this week before Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray. The FBI is still seeking to identify potential victims in this case. “Administrators were informed by law enforcement late Monday

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