Biden’s problem: Israel-Gaza conflict draws in US president
18 May 2021 | 12:14 pm
For the third time in a week, the United States has blocked the United Nations Security Council from approving a resolution that denounces violence on both sides and calls for a cessation of hostilities in the Israel-Gaza conflict. Is it a case of giving diplomacy a chance, or siding with Israel as a default position? The US ambassador to the UN insists that Washington is "working tirelessly through diplomatic channels" to end the worst fighting in years.
Khalid Aydd Ahmad al-Jabouri, a senior IS leader tied to planned attacks in Europe, was killed in an unknown location in Syria by US forces.
The US president's remarks come on the sidelines of a science and technology meeting as controversy over ChatGPT grows. Canada is meanwhile probing the AI chatbot over alleged unauthorized use of data.
In an interview with FRANCE 24 in New York, former US counterterrorism czar Richard Alan Clarke described the main threats facing the United States in cyberspace and warned that Russia's cyber weapons could potentially "do a lot of damage" in the US.
Republicans in control of the Tennessee House of Representatives have expelled two Democratic representatives over a gun control demonstration.
The Israeli military said it was targeting Hamas operations in retaliation for rocket strikes, while the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon urged restraint. A shooting in the West Bank has also killed two Israelis.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and a US conservative think-tank were among the organizations sanctioned by China. The move comes after Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen met with US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
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One person was killed in a car ramming attack in Tel Aviv, and two others were killed in a shooting in the West Bank. The week has been a sensitive period as Ramadan, Passover and Easter coincide.
Kamala Harris praised Tennessee lawmakers Justin Jones and Justin Pearson for pushing for stronger action on gun violence. Joe Biden also invited them to the White House.
Israeli forces have targeted militants and the Syrian military following a series of rocket strikes into the Golan Heights. It is the most recent bout of violence in the region this year.
A Texas court has suspended approval of the abortion pill mifepristone, while a Washington judge ruled in a separate case that access to the drug must be preserved.
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