Failings leading up to the Arab-Israeli War of 50 years ago cost the then-Israeli prime minister their job. Could history repeat?
Top of the World: Officials close to the negotiations between Israel and Hamas say a ceasefire could be announced in the next 24 hours as hostilities continue. And South Korean President Moon Jae-in is on a four-day visit to Washington, hoping to revive stalled talks with North Korea. Also, Russia assumes the chairmanship of the eight-nation Arctic Council bloc, as the US tries to oppose Moscow’s plans to set maritime rules.
Top of The World: US President Joe Biden on Monday expressed support for a ceasefire, according to a readout of a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. And, the massive cyclone Tauktae made landfall Monday in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Also, a record 6,000 migrants have jumped fences or swum onto the Spanish city of Ceuta, in North Africa.
Top of The World: As the conflict enters a second week, Palestinians in Gaza awoke on Monday to heavy airstrikes. And, election results in Chile suggest the country’s center-right ruling coalition failed to secure one-third of seats necessary to control the body that will draft the country's new constitution. Also, the WHO says working long hours is killing hundreds of thousands of people.
Top of The World: Iran has blamed Israel on Monday for an act of “cybersabotage” that caused a blackout at the country’s Natanz nuclear facility. Also, Monday marks the start of the holy month of Ramadan and for the second time under coronavirus restrictions. And voters in Ecuador have rejected the leftist movement giving former banker Guillermo Lasso 53% of the vote and the presidency
Top of The World: Jordan's Prince Hamzah has vowed to continue communicating with the outside world in defiance of orders from his half brother, King Abdullah II, and the government. And, India reported the country’s biggest single-day spike in confirmed coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic. Also, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared in court on Monday facing charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust.
In today's Top of the World: EU moves toward stricter export controls for COVID-19 vaccines; A massive ship get stuck in the Suez Canal, blocking the vital route; Israeli election results show a razor-sharp margin for Netanyahu, who lacks the 61-seat majority to clinch it.
President Donald Trump is facing pressure to cooperate with President-elect Joe Biden's team to ensure a smooth transfer of power when the new administration takes office in January.
Under new measures against the coronavirus, the Israeli government has banned protesters from holding demonstrations more than 1 kilometer (about a half-mile) from their homes. In response, some activists have turned to WhatsApp, Facebook and an interactive map to find protest sites near them.
Israeli attack helicopters struck observation posts of the militant Hezbollah group along the Lebanon border overnight after shots were fired at Israeli troops operating in the area, the military said Wednesday.