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Israel-Gaza updates: Israel says ground operation underway in southern Gaza

The temporary cease-fire between Hamas and Israel ended early Friday, and Israel has resumed its bombardment of Gaza.

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The US tells Israel any ground campaign in southern Gaza must limit further civilian displacement

The Biden administration has told Israel that it must work to avoid “significant further displacement” of Palestinian civilians in southern Gaza if it renews its ground campaign aimed at eradicating the…

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Blinken’s 4th visit to Israel since Iron Swords war began, will meet with Herzog and Netanyahu

Israeli President Isaac Herzog met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Tel Aviv on Thursday morning, just minutes after the terror attack that took place in Jerusalem just minutes before. 

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Israel Knew Hamas’s Attack Plan More Than a Year Ago

Israeli officials obtained Hamas’s 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…

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One Size Fits None: The United States Needs a Grand Defense Industrial Strategy

The war in Ukraine has been simultaneously described as the first networked war and a “return of industrial warfare.” Lockheed Martin repurposed a diaper factory to make HIMARS launchers, the Ukrainian prime minister…

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Germany suggests UN take control in Gaza after Israel-Hamas war ends

Germany has floated that the United Nations could take control in Gaza once the Israel-Hamas war is over, according to a document seen by POLITICO. 

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Taiwan’s Most Pressing Challenge is Strangulation, Not Invasion

What is the greatest threat to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait? For a growing number of analysts and officials in capitals around the world, the answer is straightforward:…

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EU Takes Aim At More Central Asian Firms For Aiding Russian War Effort In Ukraine

The European Union is looking to sanction more Central Asian companies that it says are aiding Russia’s war effort in Ukraine, according to a document seen by RFE/RL.

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Chinese ships chase Philippine vessels in South China Sea

As a U.S. Navy surveillance plane flew in circles, keeping a close watch, dozens of Chinese coast guard and accompanying ships chased and encircled Philippine vessels in the latest confrontation…

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Drone attacks on US troops in Middle East rise to 55 in under a month

The number of attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria has climbed to 55 as of Monday, a Pentagon spokeswoman told reporters during a briefing, resulting in 59 injuries…