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President Biden and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel traded criticisms as a public dispute over Israel’s tactics in Gaza heated up.

Biden said in an interview that Netanyahu “must pay more attention to the innocent lives being lost” and that “he’s hurting Israel more than helping Israel.”

Netanyahu replied in a later interview that if Biden thought Netanyahu was going against “the wish of the majority of Israelis, and that this is hurting the interests of Israel, then he’s wrong on both counts.”

The sparring comes as the U.N. and aid agencies warned of looming famine in the besieged enclave of about 2.2 million. Health officials in Gaza reported that at least 25 people, most of them children, had died from malnutrition and dehydration in recent days.

A U.S. Army vessel was en route to Gaza with equipment to build a floating pier that could eventually be used to deliver about two million meals a day to the enclave. But the Pentagon has said the project could take weeks to complete. American officials acknowledged that overland deliveries of aid were more effective, but Israel has greatly limited them.

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Haiti is facing an uprising unlike any in decades.

The country’s prime minister, Ariel Henry, is stranded in Puerto Rico and refuses to relinquish power, despite calls from the U.S. and Caribbean nations to do so.

Gangs are banding together in concerted attacks against the state, leaving millions of people throughout the country caught in the middle. Many are afraid to leave their homes for fear of getting caught in the crossfire. They are hungry. They are running out of clean water and gas. They are desperate.

“It is a war zone,” one doctor there said.

As the security situation worsens, so does the food insecurity. Nearly one million of Haiti’s 11 million people are on the brink of famine, according to the U.N.


News agencies said that a photograph from Kensington Palace of Catherine, Princess of Wales, had been manipulated by the palace. (The New York Times removed the photo from an article about it, as did other news organizations.)

The allegation that the photograph was doctored is likely to deepen the mystery around Catherine, 42, who has not appeared in public since undergoing abdominal surgery nearly two months ago.

Britain’s news media has struggled with how to cover Catherine, torn between a public curious for news about a future queen and Britain’s custom of giving even public figures privacy in health matters.


A strict approach to education is becoming increasingly popular in British schools.

Advocates say the tight controls on student behavior benefit children from disadvantaged backgrounds. But some educators argue that while that approach produces academic results, it doesn’t foster autonomy or critical thinking.

Lives lived: Akira Toriyama created the anime and manga franchise “Dragon Ball.” He died at 68.

A brilliant reaction: How Aaron Ramsdale recovered from his error against Brentford.

When sport and politics collide: German soccer and the far right.

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix: The key takeaways from the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

The 2024 Academy Awards have come and gone, and pretty much everything went as expected.

“Oppenheimer” dominated, winning seven awards in total: best picture; best director (Christopher Nolan, above); best actor (Cillian Murphy); best supporting actor (Robert Downey Jr.); and best cinematography, editing and original score.

“Poor Things” took home four awards, winning for best actress (Emma Stone), costumes, production design, and makeup and hairstyling.

Da’Vine Joy Randolph won best supporting actress for her role in “The Holdovers.”

“The Zone of Interest” won for best international feature; “20 Days in Mariupol” for best documentary feature; Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Boy and the Heron” for best animated feature; Sean Lennon’s “War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko” for best animated short; and Wes Anderson’s “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar” for best live-action short. (Here’s the full list of winners.)

“Barbie,” Greta Gerwig’s blockbuster, won only one Oscar, for best original song (Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell’s “What Was I Made For?”). Ryan Gosling’s rendition of “I’m Just Ken” from “Barbie,” with Slash of Guns n’ Roses in a cameo, was one of the most memorable moments in the show.

Cook: When dressed up with a salty pecan crust and a fluffy cream cheese layer, chocolate pudding becomes an absolute pleasure.

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