Israel’s war cabinet indicates date for Rafah ground invasion

A member of Israel’s war cabinet has indicated a ground invasion of Rafah may begin around Ramadan, which is expected to start on 10 March. Retired general Benny Gantz, part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s three-member war cabinet, told a conference of Jewish American leaders: “If by Ramadan our hostages are not home, the fighting […]

University of Colorado: Two people shot dead in campus dormitory room

Two people have died after being shot in a university dormitory room, police in the US have said. The unnamed victims were found dead by officers, who responded to reports of a shooting at the Alpine Village campus, part of the University of Colorado, in Colorado Springs, at around 6am on Friday. The Colorado Springs […]

US central bank takes step towards first rate cut but signals extended caution

The US central bank has raised expectations that interest rate cuts are around the corner, but also signaled it wants more evidence that easing inflation is sustainable. The Federal Reserve kept its core interest rate range steady between 5.25-5.5% following the first meeting of its Federal Open Market Committee in 2024. Its statement to accompany […]

‘Pandemic of snow’: Alaska hit by record snowfall

A “pandemic of snow” has covered a city in Alaska, causing the roofs of commercial buildings to collapse – with officials urging residents to get out their shovels to avoid a similar fate at home. Home to just under 300,000 people, Anchorage is no stranger to cold winters. But this time, the city has already […]

Las Vegas bans people stopping to take photos on pedestrian bridges

People stopping to take photos on pedestrian bridges on the Las Vegas Strip could face up to six months in prison or a $1,000 fine under new rules. An ordinance that came into effect in the city on Tuesday prohibits people from standing or stopping on the bridges, where visitors often pause to take photos […]

Tornadoes rip through Tennessee – killing at least six people

Severe storms and tornadoes have killed at least six people in Tennessee. Homes and businesses have suffered extensive damage, with tens of thousands of people losing power. Officials in Montgomery County, north of Nashville, say 23 people have been injured – and a child is among those who died. Photos posted by the Clarksville Fire […]

Hundreds of Harvard staff back university’s president amid antisemitism hearing row

More than 600 members of staff at Harvard University have backed its president following criticism over her appearance at a congressional hearing on campus antisemitism. It comes amid mounting pressure on Claudine Gay to step down after she suggested it would depend on the context whether or not calling for the “genocide of Jews” would […]