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An unknown number of Israelis have been captured and held hostage after Hamas militants invaded the south.
It comes at a time of enormous diplomatic sensitivity and a moment of weakness for Israel that analysts have been warning its enemies might seek to exploit.
It risks expanding into a wider conflagration with consequences beyond the Middle East. While in Israel there’s suspicion of an Iranian role in the assault, Western officials have been reluctant to publicly say Tehran was directly involved. Iran has lauded the attacks while denying any part in them.
World events 12, China.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with a delegation of US senators in Beijing today, state broadcaster CCTV reported, as the surprise escalation of violence in the Middle East threatens to add tensions to US-China relations.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer earlier in the day criticized Beijing’s response to Hamas’s unprecedented incursion into Israel this weekend during a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
World events 12, Africa.
Africa’s miserly share of the global economy has barely budged since 1973, the last time the continent hosted the International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meetings, and African leaders complain they’re overlooked.
Renewed great power rivalry pitting the US and its allies against China and Russia is ramping up pressure on the two Washington-based institutions meeting in Morocco this week to do more in Africa.
Stinging electoral blows in two key states piled pressure on Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s fractious ruling coalition as voter frustration deepens over Germany’s economic malaise, illegal migration and the war in Ukraine.
All three governing parties lost support in Bavaria and Hesse, while the far-right Alternative for Germany — known as the AfD — emerged as the second-strongest force in both states.
Some of China’s rich are gambling on often unorthodox ways to move their cash overseas since the national borders reopened after the Covid-19 pandemic.
As Lulu Yilun Chen reports, crackdowns on ideologically out-of-favor industries, uncertainty over geopolitical tensions and Xi’s push for “common prosperity” have spooked the wealthy and even the middle class.
World events 12, US.
Republicans in the US House predicted yesterday they will have a new speaker in place by mid-week to avoid the messy 15-round process that led to the election of now-deposed Speaker Kevin McCarthy in January.
The two contestants for the post are Jim Jordan of Ohio, who’s backed by former President Donald Trump, and Steve Scalise of Louisiana.
Hundreds of people are dead, and at least another 2,000 wounded, from a 6.3 magnitude earthquake and multiple aftershocks in western Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s party was set to win gubernatorial races in more than half of Greece’s 13 regions, following New Democracy’s victory in parliamentary elections in June.
World events 12, India.
Five Indian states will hold local polls from November, posing a key test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi before general elections next year.
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