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The Israeli military said early this morning that its troops were attacking Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital, a complex of buildings where thousands of people have taken shelter and conditions for patients have become increasingly grim as supplies have been exhausted. diminished. Fighting has raged nearby for days and the hospital was attacked at least four times over the weekend.

In a statement posted on social media, the Israel Defense Forces said it had launched “a precise and targeted operation against Hamas in a specific area of ​​Shifa Hospital.” It was unclear how many troops were involved in the assault or what their immediate objective was.

Israeli commanders say Hamas fighters have built an underground operational center and tunnels beneath the hospital. They have accused Hamas, the armed group that controls Gaza, of using patients, doctors and hospital workers as human shields for command centers and safe houses. Hamas and hospital officials deny the allegations.

Common pits: Al-Shifa workers buried dozens of bodies in the compound because they had begun to decompose and posed a health hazard, according to Gaza medical authorities.

Ukrainian police officials and prosecutors have accused two politicians and a former prosecutor of colluding with a Russian intelligence agency to help an effort by Rudolph Giuliani several years ago to link the Biden family to corruption in Ukraine.

Kostyantyn Kulyk, former Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine; Oleksandr Dubinsky, current member of the Parliament of Ukraine; and Andriy Derkach, a former member, were charged with treason and membership in a criminal organization. The charges refer to “subversive information activities” and focus on actions in 2019. They do not say if or when the activity stopped.

A high-profile respite: Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has pardoned one of the organizers convicted of the murder of acclaimed human rights journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Putin’s move was in exchange for the man’s service in Ukraine, a lawyer for the man said.

A centrist turn by Rishi Sunak, the British prime minister, has left some saying his recent cabinet reshuffle could fracture the coalition that delivered a landslide victory for the Conservative Party in 2019 and risked alienating voters. of the working class who once flocked to the Conservative motto: “Get Brexit Done”.

“Ending up with three moderates in the top four will not be good for their party’s politics,” said Jonathan Powell, who was Tony Blair’s chief of staff. “A centrist cabinet in a right-wing party is a dangerous combination for a prime minister.”

Sunak’s third makeover: When he replaced Liz Truss as prime minister 13 months ago, Sunak initially presented himself as a pragmatic technocrat before adopting divisive policies on climate change, immigration and crime to try to put the opposition Labor Party on the defensive.

A trove of dozens of historic maps, some dating back to the 15th century, have been digitized as Oculi Mundi (the eyes of the world), an online archive.

Maps are artifacts of people’s efforts to pinpoint where they were and where they were going next, in the days before the advent of GPS and phones that could tell us exactly where we are. And each one has its own story.

Why football is afraid of tramadol: The decision of the World Anti-Doping Agency to put the pain reliever on your banned list could have serious consequences for players.

Women’s Football: Emma Hayes has been confirmed as the new head coach of the American team, in a deal that makes her the highest-paid coach in the sport.

The return of David Cameron: Social media announcements about the Conservative Party’s cabinet reshuffle appeared to refer to a sports media celebrity.

Success in the most dazzling race in Formula 1: As the paddock travels to Nevada for the debut of the Las Vegas Grand Prix, many questions remain.

Manuel Oliver’s son Joaquín was one of 17 people killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Valentine’s Day 2018. Known to his friends as Guac, he was a young man 17 year old who loved bacon. , buttered popcorn, Guns N’ Roses and the Miami Heat.

Since Joaquin was killed, Oliver, a painter, has used art and activism to push for stricter gun regulation. More recently, he has been hosting “Guac: The One Man Show,” a 90-minute show about the life of his son, across the United States. He hopes to bring it back to New York in 2024 and take the show to Europe. “It makes me feel very connected to my son,” he said.

That’s all for today’s briefing. See you tomorrow. —Natacha

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