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Israeli Rape-Crisis Group Report Finds ‘Systematic’ Sexual Violence on and After Oct. 7

An Israeli organization that supports survivors of sexual abuse released a report on Wednesday that concluded that acts of sexual violence against Israelis during and after the Hamas-led attack on Oct. 7 were “systematic and widespread.” “The report finds that the Hamas attack included brutal acts of violent rape, often involving threats with weapons, specifically […]

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Thursday Briefing: U.S. Warnings About a Russian Space Weapon

The U.S. warned that Russia could put a nuclear weapon in space U.S. intelligence agencies have told their closest European allies that if Russia is going to launch a nuclear weapon into orbit, it will probably do so this year. But, they warned, it might instead launch a harmless “dummy” warhead to leave the West

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A killing in Spain points to Russia and Putin’s sense of impunity

The pastel-hued village where Russian pilot Maksim Kuzminov settled on the coast of Spain must have seemed a world away from the war he thought he had escaped last year when he defected to Ukraine. But the discovery of his bullet-riddled body last week appeared to deliver a menacing new signal from Moscow that those

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ICJ hearings on Israel’s occupation: What to know

The International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court, held the third day of hearings Wednesday on the legal consequences of Israel’s policies and practices “in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.” Dozens of countries are expected to present oral arguments during the hearings, which span six days and deal with questions of Israeli control

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Ukraine suffered losses during chaotic withdrawal as Russia seized Avdiivka

KYIV — Ukraine failed to safely evacuate all of its troops from the eastern city of Avdiivka during its disorderly retreat last weekend, despite claims from its new top military commander that the move was designed to save lives and avoid encirclement by the advancing Russians. At least six wounded troops from the 110th Brigade

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Marnia Lazreg, wide-ranging scholar of women in Muslim world, dies at 83

Marnia Lazreg, an author and scholar who used her experiences in French colonial Algeria as starting points for studies into the struggles and aspirations of women across the Muslim world, including her stance decrying the traditions of Islamic coverings such as headscarves, died Jan. 13 at a hospital in New York. She was 83. She

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China’s Rush to Dominate A.I. Comes With a Twist: It Depends on U.S. Technology

In November, a year after ChatGPT’s release, a relatively unknown Chinese start-up leaped to the top of a leaderboard that judged the abilities of open-source artificial intelligence systems. The Chinese firm, 01.AI, was only eight months old but had deep-pocketed backers and a $1 billion valuation and was founded by a well-known investor and technologist,

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U.S. stands with Israel at U.N. court as Biden-Netanyahu tension simmers

BRUSSELS — The United States backed Israel in a hearing Wednesday at the International Court of Justice, once again diverging from allies despite growing tension between President Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Israel-Gaza war. In a presentation in The Hague, the United States said that an advisory opinion from the U.N.’s

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South Korea, a nation of rigid gender norms, meets its changemakers

Click here for the first part of this series on why women in South Korea struggle to choose between a career and children. SEOUL — South Korea’s deep-seated view of women’s role in society can be summed up in one Korean word: jib-saram, or “home person.” It’s a word for “wife.” More South Korean women

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