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Live Israel-Hamas War News: Latest Update on Cease-Fire Proposal
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Live Israel-Hamas War News: Latest Update on Cease-Fire Proposal

Hamas’s response to a new cease-fire proposal has been met with optimism by mediators, but details emerging from its counterproposal on Wednesday, including a demand for a complete Israeli military withdrawal from Gaza, revealed many of the same sticking points that have hampered previous efforts to end the Israel-Hamas war.Under the militant group’s proposal, both sides would observe a three-stage cease-fire over 135 days, each stage lasting 45 days, during which hostages and Palestinian prisoners in Israel would be released. It calls for the Israeli military to ultimately leave Gaza altogether — a demand Israeli officials so far have publicly rejected.Neither Hamas nor Israel formally released details about the proposal, which it submitted to Egyptian and Qatari mediators on Tuesday nigh...
El Salvador’s President Claims Election Victory in a Landslide
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El Salvador’s President Claims Election Victory in a Landslide

Nayib Bukele, the millennial president who reshaped his country by cracking down on both gangs and civil liberties, claimed a resounding victory in El Salvador’s election on Sunday that would extend his dominion over every lever of government for years.Official results have not yet been announced, but polls had telegraphed Mr. Bukele’s landslide win for weeks, showing that voters were almost certain to hand him another five-year term and extend his party’s supermajority in the legislature.Delivering a speech to thousands of supporters who gathered in the central square of San Salvador, the capital, on Sunday night, the president claimed that he won more than 85 percent of the vote and that his New Ideas party had captured almost every seat in the legislature, brushing aside concerns about ...
Israel-Hamas War and Middle East Crisis News: Live Updates
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Israel-Hamas War and Middle East Crisis News: Live Updates

Iran projects its military power through dozens of armed groups across the Middle East, but how much does it control their actions?That question has taken on new urgency as the United States considers its next steps after an attack by an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia on an American base in northwest Jordan. The attack on Sunday killed three soldiers and injured dozens of others.Iranian-backed groups have varying histories and relationships with Tehran, but all share Iran’s desire for the U.S. military to leave the region, and for Israel’s power to be reduced. Iranian rhetoric, echoed by its allied groups, often goes further, calling for the elimination of the Israeli state.Like Iran, most of the allied groups follow the Shiite branch of Islam. The exception is Hamas, whose members are predo...
A Fossilized Tree That Dr. Seuss Might Have Dreamed Up
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A Fossilized Tree That Dr. Seuss Might Have Dreamed Up

In the ancient prehistory of Earth, there is a chapter that waits to be told known as Romer’s gap. Researchers have identified a hiatus in the tetrapod fossil record between 360 million and 345 million years ago, after fish had begun to adapt to land and more than 80 million years before the first dinosaurs.While mysteries remain about evolution’s experiments with living things during that 15-million-year gap, a fossilized tree described in a new paper offers greater insights to some of what was happening during this period in nature’s laboratory.Named Sanfordiacaulis densifolia, the tree had a six-inch diameter with a nearly 10-foot-tall trunk composed not of wood, but of vascular plant material, like ferns. Its crown had more than 200 finely striated, compound leaves emanating from spira...
Hungary’s Refusal to Sanction Russia Tests E.U. Ahead of Ukraine Summit
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Hungary’s Refusal to Sanction Russia Tests E.U. Ahead of Ukraine Summit

European Union leaders meet in Brussels on Thursday, hoping to approve a landmark multibillion euro fund for Ukraine that will help keep the country afloat for the next four years, no matter what happens on the battlefield, or in the U.S. Congress threatening to cut support.The only thing standing in their way is Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary. Again.A compromise with Mr. Orban, who has demanded an annual veto on the spending, has remained elusive, meaning that the unanimity required for such a deal among the 27 E.U. states still seems out of reach. If Mr. Orban continues to stand in the way, E.U. leaders have made clear they are ready do whatever is necessary to support Ukraine and are prepared to work around him — or even to punish him. Yet even if the remaining 26 leaders are no...
In Peru, a Mission To Save the Stingless Bee
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In Peru, a Mission To Save the Stingless Bee

As a child, Heriberto Vela, an Indigenous resident of Loreto, Peru, watched his father pull nests of wild stingless bees from trees in the Amazon forest. Together, the two then extracted honey from the nests to help cure colds and other ailments.Stingless bees are native to the Amazon, unlike the more familiar but invasive honey bees from Africa and Europe that have spread through the Americas. The most obvious difference, perhaps, is that stingless bees don’t sting. Their honey, which is runny enough to be drunk like a liquid and is said to have a citrusy aftertaste, is used by many Indigenous Peruvians as a natural medicine.Mr. Vela’s father didn’t know how to salvage the bees — they would fly away, or even die. “We would take the nests out and leave them lying on the ground in the fores...
3 U.S. Soldiers Killed by Drone Strike in Jordan, White House Says: Live Updates
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3 U.S. Soldiers Killed by Drone Strike in Jordan, White House Says: Live Updates

The Israeli military reported intense fighting on Sunday in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, where local officials warned that two hospitals were struggling to operate after seven days of bombardment.In recent days, Israeli forces have been sweeping through Khan Younis, and they ordered Gazans sheltering in several densely packed neighborhoods of the city to flee. The fighting has reached the vicinity of at least two hospitals — Nasser, a major medical complex, and Al-Amal, run by the Palestinian Red Crescent — where thousands of Gazans have sought shelter.The Red Crescent said on Sunday that oxygen supplies at Al-Amal Hospital were depleted “due to the ongoing siege” of the area, leaving medical staff unable to perform surgeries. The organization said that “intense shelling and heav...
She Looked for Her Missing Brother. Now, People Are Looking for Her.
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She Looked for Her Missing Brother. Now, People Are Looking for Her.

Only a few torn pieces of the crime scene tape around Lorenza Cano’s house are left. The shards of glass from the front door are gone. So are the bullet casings.All that remains is the hope that Ms. Cano will be found.The 55-year-old activist is one of hundreds of women in Mexico who became advocates for the country’s disappeared population after their own loved ones went missing. Ms. Cano’s brother, José Francisco, was abducted in 2018 and never found.Now, she herself has vanished.Last week, gunmen burst into her home in Salamanca, an industrial city in Mexico’s central state of Guanajuato, killing her husband and son and taking her away into the night.The abduction has highlighted one of Mexico’s most haunting national tragedies: a crisis of disappearances.Impunity is rampant, public sec...
Israel-Hamas War: Live Updates – The New York Times
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Israel-Hamas War: Live Updates – The New York Times

As Israel and Hamas continue indirect talks on a cease-fire, the gap between the sides remains wide, especially on two issues: the length of any pause in fighting and the fate of Hamas leaders in Gaza, according to officials briefed on the talks.Here is a look at where the talks stand.How are the negotiations going?A weeklong truce in November allowed the release of more than 100 of the hostages abducted in Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack on Israel; 240 Palestinian prisoners were released as part of that deal. Since then, both sides have staked out seemingly intractable positions for another such agreement.The talks have advanced in fits and starts, with the leader of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency meeting Qatari officials in both Qatar and Europe. Many of Hamas’s political leaders are based in...
Tourists to Colombia Warned Against Using Dating Apps After Sedatives Fuel Crime
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Tourists to Colombia Warned Against Using Dating Apps After Sedatives Fuel Crime

Steven Valdez thought he recognized the woman in the Medellín park. Chatting, the two realized they had matched on the dating platform Tinder. They exchanged numbers and made plans.On their date last spring, he said the woman suggested that he try a typical Colombian dish — a creamy soup called ajiaco. She carried it from a restaurant counter to their table.He had two spoonfuls, Mr. Valdez, 31, said. “And that’s the last thing I remember.”Like scores of visitors to the Colombian city last year, Mr. Valdez, a travel blogger, said he was told at the hospital that he had ingested a powerful, potentially fatal cocktail of sedatives, including a drug called scopolamine.Scopolamine makes its victims black out, and experts say it can also make them unusually open to suggestion — including agreein...