Israel Races to Root Out Hamas as Calls for Gaza Cease-Fire Mount

Listen to article (2 minutes) In a little over a week, Israeli ground forces have fought their way into northern Gaza’s urban areas with a speed that has surprised even their own commanders. But complex stages of the war still lie ahead. As they move closer to the center of Gaza City, Israeli troops are … Read more

At Center of Israel-Hamas War, Al-Shifa Hospital Held a Humanitarian Crisis

At the sprawling Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, families packed the hallways inside, while others had set up makeshift tents outside, with bed sheets hung up for privacy. Doctors, short on space and supplies, tended to bloodied patients on the floor.  Israel had told the Palestinians to evacuate the 700-bed hospital, but many believed it … Read more

Israeli Forces Advance Toward Heart of Gaza City as Humanitarian Crisis Deepens

Updated Nov. 9, 2023 10:29 am ET Listen to article (2 minutes) Israeli troops were advancing toward the heart of Gaza City, engaging in heavy gunbattles and ratcheting up pressure on neighborhoods that have become a refuge for tens of thousands of Palestinians. The Israeli military said Thursday it captured an area on the western … Read more

U.S. Pushes Back on Israel’s Security Plan in Gaza After War

Listen to article (2 minutes) Israel said it intends to retain security control of Gaza for an indefinite period once its war with Hamas ends, prompting U.S. officials to stress their opposition to a reoccupation of the enclave. Senior Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said Israel will likely keep military control of Gaza, … Read more

Blinken Rushes to Reassure Anxious Arab Allies in Surprise Trips to West Bank, Iraq

BAGHDAD—The U.S. is rushing to support Middle East leaders facing domestic turmoil over the Israel-Hamas conflict, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken making two surprise visits Sunday to the West Bank and Iraq, as the Biden administration comes under pressure to secure a pause in fighting and ease regional tensions. The unannounced stops, first to … Read more

Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Re-Do Tops Original’s First-Week Sales

Taylor Swift’s rerecording of her blockbuster “1989” album sold more copies in its first week than the original following its 2014 debut, the first time one of the pop star’s re-dos has topped her first takes.  “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” sold 1.65 million copies across formats in the U.S., according to Luminate Data, formerly Nielsen Music. … Read more

Netanyahu Rejects Calls for a Temporary Israeli Cease-Fire in Gaza

Listen to article (2 minutes) TEL AVIV—Israel’s prime minister rejected pressure for a pause in Israel’s strikes on Hamas after Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged more actions to protect civilians in Gaza. “Israel refuses a temporary cease-fire that does not include the freeing of our hostages,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters after meeting … Read more

Sharp U.S. Hiring Slowdown Signals Cooling Economy Ahead

Updated Nov. 3, 2023 10:16 am ET Hiring slowed sharply in October, a sign the economy is cooling this fall following a hot stretch over the summer. U.S. employers added 150,000 jobs in October, down from the previous month’s revised gain of 297,000, the Labor Department said Friday. That was the smallest gain since June, … Read more

Israeli Forces Move to Cut Gaza in Two, Isolating the North

Listen to article (2 minutes) TEL AVIV—Israeli forces were pushing across Gaza and in from the Mediterranean coast early Thursday, cutting the enclave in two and isolating densely populated urban areas in the north where armored and infantry units were battling Hamas militants, the United Nations and former Israeli officers said. The fighting was especially … Read more

Foreign Nationals Start to Leave Gaza at Egyptian Border

Updated Nov. 2, 2023 2:17 am ET Listen to article (2 minutes) Foreign nationals and wounded Palestinians crossed into Egypt from Gaza on Wednesday, Egyptian and U.S. officials said, with more than 400 people—including some Americans—allowed to leave in a major diplomatic breakthrough. President Biden said he expected that more American citizens would be allowed … Read more