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Is Israel’s Smotrich fulfilling his dream of annexing the West Bank? | Israel-Palestine conflict News

About a month ago, a quiet transfer happened. The Israeli army’s Civil Administration handed more control over the occupied West Bank to the Settlements Administration, led by far-right Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, who lives in an illegal settlement himself. Now Smotrich and his Settlements Administration control more things, like building regulations and the management of farmland, parks and forests. Since …

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Anger after protester shot dead during anti-tax demonstrations

Anti-tax protesters in Kenya are in shock after a 29-year-old man was killed during nationwide demonstrations against a new finance bill. Rex Kanyike Masai, who was protesting on Thursday in the centre of Nairobi, died of gunshot wounds, a doctor from a hospital in the capital has told a local newspaper. Police fired tear gas and water cannons at largely …

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Israel-Hamas War in Gaza: Live Updates

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week engaged in increasingly public spats with his military brass, his right-wing coalition partners and his most powerful supporter, the White House. The cascading conflicts — all with allies who are on his side in the battle against Hamas — have renewed difficult questions about the future of the war and about the Israeli leader’s …

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LlamaIndex review: Easy context-augmented LLM applications

“Turn your enterprise data into production-ready LLM applications,” blares the LlamaIndex home page in 60 point type. OK, then. The subhead for that is “LlamaIndex is the leading data framework for building LLM applications.” I’m not so sure that it’s the leading data framework, but I’d certainly agree that it’s a leading data framework for building with large language models, …

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Nine killed after flooding hits China’s Guangdong province

Nine people have died and six others are missing after downpours caused historic flooding in rural parts of Guangdong province in southern China. Authorities have warned of more flooding ahead in other parts of the country. Four people died and four others are missing in Meixian district in Guangdong’s Meizhou city, state broadcaster CCTV reported on Thursday night. Another five …

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Why North Korean Soldiers Keep Wandering Across the DMZ

Don’t believe the name: The Demilitarized Zone between the two rival Koreas might be the most heavily armed place on earth. Two million mines, barbed wire fences, tank traps and tens of thousands of troops from both countries patrol a divided swath of land 248 kilometers (154 miles) long and 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) wide. So how are North Korean …

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NATO ‘moving into Asia’ – Putin — RT World News

The Russian president has called for a “reliable security architecture” in the region NATO is increasingly shifting its focus to the Asia-Pacific, creating security threats not only to all countries in the region, but to Russia as well, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.  The Russian leader met with his Vietnamese counterpart To Lam in Hanoi, a day after signing a …

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Unveiling the Dark Matter of Food, Diets and Biodiversity — Global Issues

We need help illuminating the dark matter in food and charting the intricate interplay between food, ecosystems, climate and health, argue the authors. Credit: Shutterstock. Opinion by Maya Rajasekharan, Selena Ahmed Thursday, June 20, 2024 Inter Press Service Jun 20 (IPS) – This year, bee pollen has become a trendy superfood thanks to a wide range of potential benefits. Last …

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Japan sanctions China-based firms accused of supporting war in Ukraine | Russia-Ukraine war

Measures mark the first time Tokyo has targeted China-based companies over their alleged support for Russia’s war. Japan has unveiled trade restrictions against firms in China, India, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan over their alleged support for Russia’s war on Ukraine. The sanctions announced by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday mark the first time Tokyo has targeted China-based companies over …

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