Israel Knew Hamas’ Attack Plan More Than a Year Ago

TEL AVIV, Israel — Israeli officials obtained Hamas’ battle plan for the Oct. 7 terrorist attack more than a year before it happened, documents, emails and interviews show. But Israeli military and intelligence officials dismissed the plan as aspirational, considering it too difficult for Hamas to carry out. The approximately 40-page document, which Israeli authorities … Read more

Russia-Ukraine war updates for Dec.1, 2023

52 Mins Ago Russian ruble slides to two-week low against U.S. dollar The Russian ruble fell to a two-week low against the U.S. dollar on Friday, as a recent rally spurred by Moscow’s capital controls, higher interest rates and an rising oil prices faded. The ruble briefly slid back below 90 to the dollar and … Read more

Fears of war with Guyana grows as Venezuela heads toward referendum

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro Jesus Vargas dpa/picture-alliance/Sipa USA Venezuelans going to the polls Sunday will be asked to answer an unusually provocative question: Should their government be given a blank check to invade neighboring Guyana, and wrest away three-quarters of its oil-rich territory? The government of Nicolás Maduro is putting the query before voters, part … Read more

Baby injured and families trapped under rubble as Putin’s troops hit record losses

Russian missiles have torn through apartment buildings in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region, killing at least two people, injuring a baby and burying families under rubble. The missiles hit three Donetsk cities, Pokrovsk, Novohrodivka and Myrnohrad, Ukrainian internal affairs minister Ihor Klymenko said. In Pokrovsk, Emergency crews helped rescue a man with a six-month-old baby, covered … Read more

Israel-Hamas war combat resumes in Gaza as Israelis accuse the Palestinian group of violating cease-fire

The temporary cease-fire in the war between Israel and Hamas ended Friday morning after a week, as both parties confirmed that hostilities had resumed after Israel accused the militant group of violating the terms of the truce. Israeli war planes hit targets in the Gaza Strip, killing at least 60 people, according to the Hamas-controlled … Read more

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy says the war with Russia is in a new phase as winter looms

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says the war with Russia is in a new stage, with winter expected to complicate fighting after a summer counteroffensive that failed to produce desired results due to enduring shortages of weapons and ground forces. Despite setbacks, however, he said Ukraine won’t give up. “We have a … Read more

Shane MacGowan, Pogues Singer and Poet, Dead at 65

Martyn Goodacre/Hulton Archive/Getty Shane MacGowan, the sandpapery-voiced former Pogues frontman who served as the bridge between traditional Irish folk music and punk rock, died on Thursday at the age of 65. MacGowan’s wife, Victoria Clarke, confirmed the musician’s death in a statement. The BBC wrote that MacGowan “died peacefully at 3.30am this morning (30 November) … Read more

Mediators scrambling for Israel-Hamas truce extension, as hostages-for-prisoners swaps get harder

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Mediators were scrambling to extend an Israel-Hamas truce set to expire after daybreak Friday, as the two sides appeared to be struggling to agree on how to continue the daily exchanges of hostages held by Hamas for Palestinians imprisoned by Israel that have sustained the week-long pause in fighting. … Read more