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Israel-Hamas war

The people running Israel’s war in Gaza

Israel is fighting a war and is in the middle of a profound political crisis. It’s closest ally – the United States- is warning that Israel risks “strategic defeat” if it doesn’t do more to protect Palestinian civilian. So who’s running the war?

Read more: The view from Gaza

Israel-Hamas war: Latest developments

The UN said Gazans were running out of places to flee to.

Hamas said a resumption of hostage talks could only come with a permanent ceasefire.

The Israeli military said it had hit more than 400 targets since fighting resumed on Friday. 

The Pentagon said a US warship shot down three drones during an attack by Houthi rebels in Yemen against commercial vessels in the Red Sea.

Long stories short

• Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party won three key state elections.  

• Agnes Chow, a leading Hong Kong democracy activist, jumped bail and moved to Canada.

• Bologna prepared for the collapse of its leaning 12th-century Garisenda tower.


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Family court judge opposes greater transparency

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the great uncancelling

Johnny Depp hits the Saudi red carpet

The Gulf Kingdom’s Red Sea film festival also welcomed Will Smith, reportedly to the tune of $1 million.

How the Cannes film festival is rehabilitating the image of Hollywood stars accused of sexual misconduct

Six years after MeToo swept through the American film industry, the legacy of once-shunned film royalty seems to be getting rewitten.


Dr Anti-vax

Alexi Mostrous, the journalist behind Sweet Bobby, tells the story of Andrew Wakefield, the British doctor who sparked the global anti-vax movement.

Tortoise Quarterly | Edition 13


From Xavier Greenwood’s account of converting to Judaism to Rosie Blunt’s story about a lost religious masterpiece, many of the pieces in Tortoise’s thirteenth book of long reads follow a recurring theme: faith.

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