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Israel Says It Has Begun to Scale Back War: Live Updates
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Israel Says It Has Begun to Scale Back War: Live Updates

Israel, which said over the weekend that it had successfully dismantled Hamas’s military structure in the north of the Gaza Strip, said it was taking a different tactical approach in the south, where a population that sought safety there fears how the war will play out over the coming months.Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said on Saturday that the military was working differently in central and southern Gaza, where most of the enclave’s population of about 2.2 million people is crowded, including about a million evacuees from the north, than it was in the north. But he did not elaborate on what, specifically, would change, saying the shift was based on lessons “learned from the fighting so far.”In the northern half of the strip, where Israel began its ground invasion in late October, the military...
Canada’s Foreign Student Surge Prompts Changes, and Anxiety
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Canada’s Foreign Student Surge Prompts Changes, and Anxiety

The education consultant in India didn’t reveal to Maninderjit Kaur, a Canada-bound student, where exactly, relative to Toronto, the college she had enrolled in was.Ms. Kaur told my colleague, Norimitsu Onishi, that after a never-ending Uber ride — eight hours and 800 Canadian dollars later — she had ended up in Timmins, Ontario, a place she had never heard of.But, as Nori reported, finishing a degree in this remote city was perhaps less of an isolating experience given that 82 percent of students at Northern College in Timmins are foreign nationals, mostly from India.[Read Nori’s story: In Remote Canada, a College Becomes a Magnet for Indian Students]Recruiting foreign students who pay higher tuition fees — roughly five times as much as Canadians to obtain an undergraduate degree, accordi...
Indonesia Train Crash Kills at Least 3, Official Says
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Indonesia Train Crash Kills at Least 3, Official Says

Nearly 500 passengers were evacuated on Friday morning after two trains collided on the edge of a rice field near the Indonesian city of Bandung, killing at least three people and injuring more than two dozen others, officials said.The accident occurred just after dawn in Rancaekek District, east of the city on the island of Java. Footage from the scene showed mangled train carriages, including at least two that had gone off the rails and into a flooded rice field.One train was a local commuter line, and the other was heading west to Bandung from the city of Surabaya when the crash occurred, officials said. Bandung is around 100 miles by road southeast of Jakarta, the capital.Bandung’s police commissioner, Kusworo Wibowo, said in a televised interview that three crew members had died.Bey M...
Ana Ofelia Murguía, Mexican Actress and Voice in ‘Coco,’ Dies at 90
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Ana Ofelia Murguía, Mexican Actress and Voice in ‘Coco,’ Dies at 90

Ana Ofelia Murguía, one of Mexico’s most acclaimed actresses, whose voice acting as Mama Coco in the animated movie “Coco” brought her international recognition, died on Sunday. She was 90.Her death was confirmed by Mexico’s National Institute of Fine Arts and its National Theater Company, which did not say where she died.The National Theater Company described Ms. Murguía on social media as “one of Mexico’s greatest actresses.” In a statement, Lucina Jiménez López, the director of the National Institute of Fine Arts, described her career as one that “marked an entire era.” In the 2017 film “Coco,” made by Disney’s Pixar Animation Studios, Ms. Murguía plays the key role of Mama Coco, the great-grandmother of a boy, the protagonist Miguel, who finds himself in the land of the dead on a journ...
Tuesday Briefing: Israel’s Top Court Rejects Move to Limit It
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Tuesday Briefing: Israel’s Top Court Rejects Move to Limit It

Israel’s Supreme Court rejects a move to limit its power Israel’s Supreme Court narrowly struck down a law proposed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that was meant to limit the court’s own powers. The momentous ruling, which was decided by a majority of eight judges to seven, could ignite a constitutional crisis.Here’s the latest.Members of Netanyahu’s Likud Party said the Supreme Court’s decision was “in opposition to the nation’s desire for unity, especially in a time of war.” They slammed the court for ruling on the issue while Israeli soldiers were “fighting and endangering themselves in battle.”The decision is likely to rekindle the grave domestic crisis that began a year ago over the right-wing government’s judicial overhaul plan, which led to mass protests that brought the count...
Canada Letter: Restaurants That Are Local Institutions, According to Readers
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Canada Letter: Restaurants That Are Local Institutions, According to Readers

Things are tough right now for many restaurants. Worldwide food inflation has, in some cases, increased the costs of ingredients used in restaurant kitchens beyond the ability of these businesses to raise their menu prices. In January, the government will start charging interest on the emergency loans that kept many of them in business during the pandemic. And staff members remain difficult to recruit in many areas. A July survey by Restaurants Canada, a lobby group, estimated that 33 percent of restaurants were operating at a loss, compared with 7 percent before the pandemic.As we wrote earlier, restaurants that are considered institutions may not offer impressive décor or the ultimate in cuisine (although some do), and many are in less than inviting locations. But they are often part of ...
The Year in People: Our 12 Favorite Saturday Profiles of 2023
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The Year in People: Our 12 Favorite Saturday Profiles of 2023

A teenager jailed in Egypt, determined to bear witness to the abuses he suffered during years of detention. A proponent of peace in Colombia, shadowed by death threats. A father in India, fighting his own patriarchal impulses to give his two daughters a better life.With reports from six continents and 34 countries, the Saturday Profile in 2023 revealed people making a difference, mostly under the radar. Every week, our correspondents often sought out not the famous nor the powerful, but the unheralded with stories worth hearing.A Muslim cleric in Ukraine, now a medic on the front lines of the war. An anticorruption whistle-blower in Bangkok, with (he’d be the first to admit) a disreputable past. A scientist and hair salon owner in Paris, dedicated to styling curly hair.Some of our subjects...
Mexico’s President Calls for More U.S. Support Ahead of Meeting With Blinken
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Mexico’s President Calls for More U.S. Support Ahead of Meeting With Blinken

Mexico’s president said on Wednesday that the U.S. Congress should offer more support to Latin America instead of putting up barriers and “building walls,” shortly before he was scheduled to meet with Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken about a surge in migration.President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico also said that next year’s presidential election in the United States would bring migration to the top of the agenda.“The migration issue is going to intensify,” he said.Mr. Blinken was headed to Mexico City on Wednesday at a time when border crossings had reached record numbers. There have been days this month when the U.S. Border Patrol encountered more than 10,000 people at the southern border.A huge caravan that began its journey north on Sunday reflects the enormous challenges ...
Brexiteers Vowed to ‘Take Back Control’ of U.K. Borders. What Happened?
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Brexiteers Vowed to ‘Take Back Control’ of U.K. Borders. What Happened?

Inflammatory warnings from politicians. Knife-edge votes in Parliament. A looming election against a backdrop of national crisis. Britain’s ruling Conservative Party has been caught up in a clamorous debate over deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda, which has at times sounded like a not-so-distant echo of Brexit.Yet for all the fury it has generated, the Rwanda plan is little more than a sideshow in the surprising story of immigration in post-Brexit Britain. While refugees who make hazardous crossings of the English Channel in rickety boats pose a humanitarian challenge, they constitute a fraction — less than 5 percent — of the number of people who immigrate to the country legally every year.Far from closing its borders, Britain has thrown them open since voting in 2016 to leave the European...