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Bowen: US uses veto but pressure for Gaza ceasefire is building
Israel rejects the UN chief's description of the war in Gaza as a "risk to international peace and security".

Gaza 'safe zone' for millions smaller than Heathrow
Israel has told civilians to shelter in a "safe" zone, but people say it is not fit for people to stay in.

Ryan O'Neal, Oscar-nominated star of Love Story, dead at 82
The Oscar-nominated actor was also known for What's Up, Doc?, Paper Moon and TV soap Peyton Place.

Doctor Who: Yasmin Finney on fandom, family and online trolls
Yasmin Finney stars as a trans character in the new series after her breakout role in Heartstopper.

'The shame of being told you're inadequate by Ofsted'
Head teachers talk frankly about the mental health impact that Ofsted inspections have had on them.

MPs defeated at election to get help finding a new career
Those losing their seats at the next election will get taxpayer-funded advice with landing a new job.

France's Emmanuel Macron buffeted from all sides in row over secularism
France's president is denounced by all sides after lighting a Hanukkah candle at the Elysée Palace.

AI: EU agrees landmark deal on regulation of artificial intelligence
The proposed rules cover the use of AI in systems like ChatGPT and by law enforcement.

See 'beyond rare' white baby alligator born in US
The reptile, measuring 49cm (19.2 inches), is reportedly one of only seven leucistic alligators in the world.

Rwanda: Tory MPs under pressure to back Rishi Sunak's plan
Rishi Sunak's emergency legislation has attracted criticism from both sides of his party.

Tyrannosaur’s last meal revealed as two baby dinosaurs
Remains of baby dinosaurs inside another dinosaur reveal what a young predator ate 75m years ago.

Taylor Swift's Eras tour brings in 'staggering' $1.04bn
The singer raked in the money faster than anyone and averaged one of the highest prices per ticket.

MacGowan's family dance to Fairytale of New York
Family and friends paid tribute to the lead singer of The Pogues, at his funeral in County Tipperary.

The Papers: MPs' anger at Rwanda plan and festive supplies hit
Reports of growing discontent among Tories over the Rwanda immigration bill leads several of Saturday's papers.

CosMc's: Curious customers flock to McDonald's new retro drinks brand
CosMc's, named after an obscure company mascot, is a bid for the speciality drinks market.

Marapi eruption: Hikers recount escape from 'Mountain of Fire'
Mountaineers recall how they escaped scalding hot ash and rocks on Indonesia's Mount Marapi.

A crisis at the Mexico border felt in Ukraine
Migrants from as far afield as China, Cameroon and Afghanistan walk into a US political quagmire.

Benjamin Zephaniah: The poet and performer in his own words
The writer on turning down an OBE, being dyslexic, the importance of being nice and never giving up.

Disney goes punk: TikTok sends Welsh covers band viral
Punk covers of Disney and show tunes? Heavy metal fans go mad for it, say the band rocking Frozen.

White House race heats up with cries of dictatorship
A remark by Donald Trump at a Fox News town hall this week triggered a row over authoritarianism.

Rwanda: The main Conservative Party factions jostling for influence
The rival groups of Tory MPs getting ready to give their verdict on Rishi Sunak's Rwanda plan.

Rwanda: How the country views the UK's asylum deal
Rwanda has facilities ready to host asylum seekers but some there are not sure it is a good idea.

COP28: Tuvalu negotiator flies 8,000 miles to save home
The UN climate talks turn to oceans and a Pacific islander is here to fight for her home.

Guatemala: Challenge to Bernardo Arévalo election seen as coup attempt
There is international condemnation of an attempt by prosecutors to overturn Guatemala's election results.

South Africa's Tyla sparks culture war over racial identity
The term "coloured" is a slur in the US, but for millions of South Africans it is part of their identity.

When a child commits a mass shooting, are parents to blame?
After a boy murdered four schoolmates, his parents will be the first to stand trial for manslaughter.

Five questions about Ofsted after the Ruth Perry inquest
The death of head teacher Ruth Perry has provoked a nationwide debate about the role of Ofsted.

Week in pictures: 2-8 December 2023
A selection of striking images from around the world, taken over the past seven days.

Storms unearth East Runton World War Two pillbox
The pillbox has been buried nearly roof-deep on a beach since the cliff it was on collapsed.

Hunter Biden says Republicans 'trying to kill me' to hurt president
The president's legally embattled son says his father's critics want him to relapse on drugs.

Omid Scobie: Endgame draft text to blame for royal naming error
Omid Scobie says he included the names in an earlier version of the text of Endgame.

Royals post cards for children facing tough Christmas
Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis post cards at their mother's carol concert.

Wham!, Mariah Carey and The Pogues lead flood of Christmas songs in UK top 40
Last Christmas is back at number one, followed by Mariah Carey and The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl.

Wonka's Timothée Chalamet 'warned' over 'sexy Hull accent' comment
Comedian Lucy Beaumont, from Hull, says Timothée Chalamet will be "savaged by middle-aged women".

Michigan school shooter sentenced to life in prison without parole
In 2021, Ethan Crumbley killed four students at Oxford High School when he was 15 years old.

Jadon Sancho: Man Utd winger's return to first team 'up to him' says boss Erik ten Hag
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag says the onus is on Jadon Sancho to facilitate his return to the club's first-team squad.

Lewis Hamilton says FIA inquiry into Wolff 'unacceptable'
Lewis Hamilton says the actions of Formula 1's governing body have been "unacceptable" in launching an inquiry into Toto and Susie Wolff.

Coventry City 2-0 Birmingham City: Callum O'Hare double wins Midlands derby for Sky Blues
Ex-Aston Villa midfielder Callum O'Hare scores twice as Coventry City beat Wayne Rooney's Birmingham City at the CBS Arena.

Joey Barton: Emma Hayes says women are used to 'systemic misogyny' following comments
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes says women are "routinely used to dealing with systemic misogyny and bullying" in football.

Jon Rahm joins LIV: Rory McIlroy says Spaniard must be on next European Ryder Cup team
Europe will need to "rewrite the rules" for Ryder Cup eligibility following Jon Rahm's move to LIV Golf, says Rory McIlroy.

Penalty given as defender handles ball while high-fiving keeper
A spot-kick was awarded in the Saudi Pro League when Al Fateh defender Fahad Al Harbi tried to high-five his goalkeeper, but handled the ball instead.

Premier League predictions: Chris Sutton v Vigil star Dougray Scott
BBC Sport football expert Chris Sutton takes on Vigil star Dougray Scott for this weekend's Premier League predictions.

Palestinian recounts being stripped and driven away by Israeli army
The BBC speaks to one of the men seen being detained, who was later released.

Hamas claims Israeli operation ended in hostage death
The group releases video it says shows the aftermath of a failed attempt to free a hostage held in Gaza.

The Israeli woman still helping sick Palestinians
Volunteers used to drive sick Gazans to hospital. Hamas's attack on 7 October changed everything.

Hamas hostages: Stories of the people taken from Israel
It is thought more than 100 Israelis are still being held hostage in Gaza after the 7 October attacks.

Images show major damage to Gaza's oldest mosque
Hamas accuses Israel of causing the damage to the medieval Omari mosque, Israel has not yet commented.

Palestinians mourn writer killed in air strike
Writer and literary scholar Refaat Alareer was killed in an air strike on Wednesday, his family say.

Israel war cabinet minister's son killed in Gaza fighting
Gadi Eisenkot's son Gal, 25, died after a tunnel shaft exploded in northern Gaza, Israeli media say.

Gaza Strip in maps: How life has changed in two months
Find out how much has changed in the Gaza Strip since Israel began its military response to Hamas's attacks on 7 October.

Hundreds queue for food in central Gaza city
As hunger spreads, the UN says it can no longer run a dependable humanitarian operation.

Video shows stripped Palestinian men detained in Gaza
Pictures on social media show dozens of men in their underwear being guarded by Israeli troops in north Gaza.

Bringing Nova festival attack survivors back from darkness
"I just wanted them to be held": Inside the centre helping survivors of the 7 October attacks.

'I'm helpless' - Gaza doctor tells of desperate situation
Dr Ahmed Moghrabi told the BBC there's a scarcity of food, water, medicine and he cannot operate on patients.

Israel hostages in Gaza: We have evidence their health worsening, say families
A three-hour meeting between freed hostages and Israel's leaders turned tense, observers say.

Israeli settler violence brings destruction and fear to West Bank as war rages
Attacks including fatal shootings of Palestinians by Jewish settlers have risen sharply since 7 October.

Al Jazeera

‘If I die, I die’: The allure of Pakistan’s death-trap route to Europe
About 300 Pakistanis died off the Greek coast in June. Others in their villages still want to make the same journey.

Love Story actor Ryan O’Neal dies at 82
Actor revealed in 2012 that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

European Union reaches agreement on landmark legislation to regulate AI
EU chief Ursula von der Leyen hails AI Act as 'global first' that will safeguard rights of people and businesses.

Guatemala prosecutors threaten to annul victory of President-elect Arevalo
Guatemalan tribunal defends election results as 'unalterable', while critics blast prosecutors for attempting a 'coup'.

Six French teenagers convicted in connection to beheading of school teacher
The murder of history teacher Samuel Paty shocked France and fuelled contentious debates about freedom of expression.

Poet, professor and writer, Refaat Alareer killed in Israeli strike
Israeli air strikes have killed renowned Palestinian writer, poet, and professor Refaat Alareer and six family members.

Can the UN do anything to stop Israel’s assault on Gaza?
UN officials have repeatedly warned of a looming humanitarian disaster in Gaza.

Protesters in Arab countries rally in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza
Thousands of people marched in several Arab countries in support for Palestinians, against the Israeli aggression.

United States and Mexico launch joint bid for 2027 Women’s World Cup
Their bid is expected to face competition from other potential hosts such as Brazil and a trio of European nations.

Hamas says Gaza mosque destroyed, urges UNESCO to save heritage
The Great Omari Mosque has been reduced to rubble, according to images released by the Palestinian group.

Brazil looks to digital currency to broaden financial inclusion
The DREX project increases the digitalization of the financial services ecosystem.

OPEC rallies members against fossil fuels phase out at COP 28
Climate campaigners welcome draft COP agreement that includes options for the phase out of fossil fuels.

US vetoes UN resolution calling for Gaza ceasefire
US deputy ambassador says an immediate ceasefire in Gaza would 'only plant the seeds for the next war'.

Russians, Belarusians to compete as ‘neutrals’ at 2024 Paris Olympics: IOC
The athletes had initially been banned from competing internationally following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Ireland bids farewell to singer-songwriter Shane MacGowan
Thousands pay tribute in Dublin to the musician best known as the lead vocalist for The Pogues.

‘An hour from hell’: Surviving six bullets in a Pakistan bus attack
The bus with 45 passengers was hit by armed men last week. Ten people died. Bibi Roshan survived multiple bullet wounds.

Changing course: How Javier Milei will transform Argentina’s foreign policy
President-elect Milei will seek to align Latin America’s third largest economy with the US, Israel and ‘the free world’.

What’s next for Argentina under far-right President Javier Milei?
Marc Lamont Hill explores the economic and human rights impact incoming President Javier Milei will have on Argentina.

Gaza artist going to Ireland ends up trapped in Rafah by Israeli bombs
Almadhoun was to fly to Ireland for his art, but has been stuck at Gaza’s Rafah border.

‘Choiceless elections’: Zimbabweans cry foul before bizarre by-elections
Opposition figures and analysts say Zimbabwe's political arena is being shaped to enforce a one-party state.

Israel police stop settlers march in Jerusalem after ‘racist chants’
The march had initially been approved despite concerns over potential violence during the war on Gaza.

Who is Ilya Ponomarev, the anti-war Russian renegade exiled in Ukraine?
Ponomarev, once a liberal parliamentarian, likens himself to Charles de Gaulle. Does he really pose a threat to Putin?

Former Israeli army general on civilian deaths in Gaza
Marc Lamont Hill challenges former Israeli general, Yaakov Amidror, on civilian deaths and Israel’s military operations.

Sport Weekly: Inside the plan to revamp English women’s football
This week Al Jazeera covers the impact of 'NewCo', surf therapy, and playing football in Robben Island prison.

Video shows Palestinian detainees stripped by Israeli forces
Children, UN workers and a journalist are believed to be seen in the video.

Global Times

Aiming for the stars

China holds first supply chain-themed expo, timely response to global needs

India's attempt to 'decouple' from China over API supply chain will be costly: experts

In collaboration with Changan Auto, Huawei sets sights on smart car open platform

China, France maintain strong momentum in high-level exchanges, agree on deepening comprehensive cooperation

Safety first

Elderly hospitalization peak 'may come around New Year's Day'; hospitals optimize resources to support respiratory wards

Sichuan official punished for ignoring farmland quality issues as China closely monitors acts of 'lying flat'

COP28 will send positive signal to international community to focus on action, cooperation: Chinese environment ministry official

UK delegation visits SW China's Guizhou, eyeing cooperation in village soccer training

China's 2024 national civil servant exams begin with candidates, vacancies hitting record high

Flu peak may last another one or two weeks, physician predicts as acute respiratory infections continue to rise in China

Precious gifts stand witness to great journey, brilliant diplomacy achievements since founding of New China in 1949

Japan's govt partner party chief visits China; hoped to help correct perception toward China in Japan

China, Uruguay elevate bilateral relations to comprehensive strategic partnership

Rescue trapped workers

French FM to visit China, promote new devt of bilateral ties

Australian China hand expects PM's visit to promote academic exchanges with China, urges US 'not to go to war over Taiwan'

Ready to sail

Gross ocean product increases 5.8% y-o-y from Jan-Sep: Natural Resources Ministry

China, Saudi Arabia sign 50b yuan 3-year local currency swap agreement

Plentiful persimmon harvest

Cooperation on Yangtze, Mississippi witnesses China-US friendship, people-to-people exchanges

Apple's Chinese manufacturer reportedly shifts investment from India to Vietnam; experts say it may affect Apple's supply chain

Chinese PV makers call for closer global cooperation to mitigate climate change, improve human habitat

Spanish PM sworn in

Xi meets Kishida, reaffirming strategic and mutually beneficial relations

US removes Chinese institutions from 'Entity List' over narcotics, a practice to 'rectify its errors'

New cultivation model

China, Japan to set up mechanism for export controls after commerce chiefs' meeting at APEC

BDS recognized by ICAO, to become globally used satellite navigation system: experts

Police in Yunnan urge individuals illegally staying in northern Myanmar to return home by year-end

Earliest dinosaur fossils containing both adults and eggs discovered in SW China's Guizhou

Chinese aviation equipment attracts Middle Eastern interest at Dubai Airshow

Hong Kong possesses all ingredients to become intl innovation, technology center: chairman of HK Laureate Forum

A more dynamic Inner Mongolia witnesses trade with neighboring countries flourish under BRI

Hong Kong Laureate Forum kicks off as city vows to become intl innovation hub

Prominent Chinese scholar of Australian studies appeals for transparent, non-political academic exchanges, expects normalized bilateral ties after Australian PM's fruitful visit

Health authorities warn of surge in respiratory diseases during peak winter season

Thailand reportedly to invite Chinese police to patrol popular cities to 'boost tourist confidence'

Xi's reply letter to Philadelphia Orchestra praises cultural envoy for connecting two peoples

China solicits opinions on punishment measures for telecom scammers

Younger generations more interested in domestic brands in Double 11 shopping festival

Experts warn of 'small spike' in COVID-19 in winter

2023 likely to become 'hottest year in history,' sounding alarm ahead of COP28

Chinese police offer cash reward for information related to 4 telecom fraud ringleaders in northern Myanmar

Successful conclusion

Infographic: China's High-quality opening-up offers new opportunities

China-Mongolia port, border city sees highest foreign trade in 31 yrs boosted by BRI

Shopping spree for 'Double 11' hits peak, injecting more vitality into Q4 economic recovery: experts