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Climate talks shift into high gear. Now words and definitions matter at COP28

The mood is about to shift, the hours grow longer and the already high sense of urgency somehow amp up even more as United Nations climate talks head into its final week.

The Justice Department is investigating the deaths and kidnappings of Americans in the Hamas attack

Attorney General Merrick Garland says the Justice Department is investigating the deaths and kidnappings of Americans during the Hamas attack against Israel on Oct. 7.

Russia’s Putin is visiting the UAE and Saudi Arabia, seeking to bolster Moscow’s Mideast clout

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in a one-day lightning tour intended to raise Russia’s profile as a Middle East power broker, even as his war Ukraine grinds on.

Fighting between Israel and Hamas rages in Gaza’s second-largest city, blocking aid from population

Israeli troops say they are battling Hamas militants in the center of the Gaza Strip’s second-largest city, Khan Younis.

Iran says it sent a capsule capable of carrying animals into orbit as it prepares for human missions

Iran says it sent a capsule into orbit capable of carrying animals as it prepares for human missions in coming years.

In 2023, calamities of war and disaster were unleashed again on an unsettled Middle East

War and natural disasters ravaged an increasingly unsettled Middle East throughout 2023, further straining countries already hit by worsening economic conditions and affected by extreme weather fueled by climate change.

Senior UN official denounces ‘blatant disregard’ in Israel-Hamas war after many UN sites are hit

The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees says there’s no safe haven in Gaza for civilians — not even U.N. shelters and “safe zones” designated by Israel.

Cargo ship breaks down in Egypt’s Suez Canal and crashes into a bridge. Traffic is not disrupted

Egyptian authorities say a cargo ship broke down in the Suez Canal and crashes into a bridge over the crucial waterway.

Hanukkah message of light in darkness feels uniquely relevant to US Jews amid war, antisemitism

Preparing for Hanukkah feels uniquely somber yet defiant this year for the Jewish communities in and around Miami Beach.

Activists say their voices are stifled by increasing rules and restrictions at COP28 climate talks

This year’s United Nations climate talks may have seen record numbers registered to attend, but activists who have spent years demonstrating at the annual event say their space to voice their demands is shrinking year on year.

Iran arrests a popular singer after he was handed over by police in Turkey

Iranian media say authorities have arrested a popular singer who had criticized the government after he was handed over by police in Turkey.

After a fast start, COP28 climate talks now in murky middle of hope, roadblocks

After a first-day blur of rare quick action and agreement, negotiators at a critical United Nations climate conference Wednesday are finishing up their first week in a more familiar place for them: the murky middle where momentum and roadblocks intertwine.

UN food agency stops deliveries to millions in Yemen areas controlled by Houthi rebels

The United Nations food agency says it’s stopping food distribution in areas of war-torn Yemen controlled by the Houthi rebels, a move that will impact millions of people.

In a rare action against Israel, US says extremist West Bank settlers will be barred from America

In a rare punitive move against Israel, the State Department says it will impose travel bans on extremist Jewish settlers implicated in a rash of attacks on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

At COP28 summit, activists and officials voice concern over Gaza’s environment, devastated by war

As leaders, officials and activists descend on Dubai for United Nations climate talks to discuss saving Earth, another environmental crisis is nearby.

Streisand talks acting, music and destiny after release of her memoir ‘My Name is Barbra’

Her book is called ‘My Name is Barbra’ and it runs nearly 1,000 pages. You expected less from Barbra Streisand?

Senior EU official warns of huge security risk in Europe over Christmas as Israel-Hamas war rages

European Union Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson is warning that Europe faces “a huge risk of terrorist attacks” over the Christmas holiday period.

Putin to discuss Israel-Hamas war during a quick trip to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

The Kremlin says that Russian President Vladimir Putin will make a one-day trip to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia focused on the Israeli-Hamas war and also host the Iranian president in Moscow this week.

Israel moves into Gaza’s second-largest city and intensifies strikes in bloody new phase of the war

Israel says its troops have entered Gaza’s second-largest city as intensified bombardment sends streams of ambulances and cars racing to hospitals with wounded and dead Palestinians.

How the Israeli kibbutz of Nir Oz embodied Hamas hostage strategy

The recent release of dozens of Israeli hostages is bringing new focus on the Hamas rampage through the kibbutz of Nir Oz.

Putin plans to visit UAE and Saudi Arabia this week, according to Russian media reports

Russian media outlets are reporting that President Vladimir Putin plans to visit the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia this week.

The APFood Program will end its main assistance program in Syria in January, affecting millions

The U.N. APFood Program says it will end in January its main assistance program across war-torn Syria, where over 12 million people lack regular access to sufficient food.

Global journalist group says Israel-Hamas conflict is a war beyond compare for media deaths

A journalist or media worker is killed every day on average in the Israel-Hamas war. The head of the global organization representing the profession says this has become a conflict beyond compare.

Berlin police investigate a suspected arson attempt at Iran opposition group’s office

Police in Berlin have been alerted to an overnight fire at the office of an Iranian opposition group in the German capital, and are investigating the incident as a suspected arson attempt.

Analysis: Emirati oil CEO leading UN COP28 climate summit lashes out as talks enter toughest stage

The Emirati leading the United Nations’ COP28 climate talks walked out on stage Monday to a room full of journalists to offer a 17-minute list of what he described as the stunning successes of made so far in the summit.

Global warming could cost poor countries trillions. They’ve urged the COP28 climate summit to help

A prominent developing-world leader on the issue of climate change said Monday that global taxes on the financial services, oil and gas, and shipping industries could drum up hundreds of billions to poorer countries adapt to and cope with global warming.

Harris dashed to Dubai to tackle climate change and war. Each carries high political risks at home

Vice President Kamala Harris flew to the Middle East to tackle climate change and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, two challenges that have flummoxed White Houses for decades.

An Israeli raced to confront Palestinian attackers. He was then killed by an Israeli soldier

The shooting death of an Israeli man who raced to confront Palestinian attackers has raised questions about the use of excessive force among Israeli security forces and the public.

Commercial ships hit by missiles in Houthi attack in Red Sea and US warship downs 3 drones

The attack Sunday potentially marks a major escalation in a series of maritime attacks in the Mideast linked to the Israel-Hamas war.

In US, some Muslim-Jewish interfaith initiatives are strained by Israel-Hamas war

The Israel-Hamas war and its polarizing reverberations in America are straining some Muslim-Jewish interfaith relationships in the U.S. more than ever.

After visiting Israel and Ramallah, the ICC prosecutor says he will intensify investigations

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says his office will “further intensify its efforts to advance its investigations” of possible crimes by Hamas and Israeli forces.

British military reports an explosion off the coast of Yemen in the key Bab el-Mandeb Strait

A “potential explosion” has struck a key shipping route off the coast of Yemen. That’s according to a statement from the British military on Sunday.

Here’s why the UAE, the autocratic COP28 host, has to allow protests at the summit

As participants at the United Nations’ COP28 climate talks filed in for another day of talks, they found themselves greeted by a rare sight in the United Arab Emirates — a protest.

Iran says an Israeli strike in Syria killed 2 Revolutionary Guard members while on advisory mission

Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard has stated through its website that two of its forces stationed in Syria were killed in an Israeli airstrike.

At COP28 meeting, oil companies pledge to combat methane. Environmentalists call it a “smokescreen”

Fifty oil companies representing nearly half of global production are pledging to reach near-zero methane emissions and end routine flaring in their operations by 2030.