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A member of Israel’s War Cabinet says he will leave the government on June 8 unless there is a new war plan.

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — A popular centrist member of Israel’s three-member war cabinet has threatened to resign from the government if it does not adopt a new plan for the war in Gaza in the next three weeks. Benny Gantz’s decision would leave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu more dependent on his far-right allies. His announcement Saturday intensifies the division within Israel’s leadership after more than seven months of a war in which it has yet to achieve its stated goals of dismantling Hamas and returning dozens of hostages. Another member of the War Cabinet, Israel’s Defense Minister, has said that he would not remain in his position if Israel decides to reoccupy Gaza.

Jesus is your savior, Trump is your candidate. Supporters of the former president say he shares faith and values

Support for Donald Trump among white evangelicals and other conservative Christians is stronger than ever. And he is increasingly infusing his campaign events with Christian rhetoric and imagery. In some ways, this is a familiar story. The former president won about 8 in 10 votes from white evangelical Christians in 2016 and 2020. He has maintained support from this group in the first primary elections this year, even though Republican voters had several openly conservative Christian candidates running for office. choose. None of them faced the legal problems and accusations of misconduct that he faces. This frustrates the minority of conservative evangelicals who see Trump as an imposter and a would-be authoritarian.

Ukraine’s divisive mobilization law takes effect as new Russian push tests frontline troops

kyiv, Ukraine (AP) — A divisive mobilization law in Ukraine has gone into effect as kyiv struggles to boost troop numbers after Russia launched a new offensive that some fear could move closer to Ukraine’s second-largest city. The legislation, which was watered down from its original draft, will make it easier to identify all recruits in the country. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday also signed separate laws allowing prisoners to join the military and quintupling fines for those who evade conscription. Thousands of Ukrainians have fled the country to escape conscription, and some risked their lives while trying to swim across a river into neighboring Romania and Hungary.

Taiwan’s new president inherits a strong foreign policy position, but a political stalemate at home

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s new president will take office Monday. Lai Ching-te is expected to build on the legacy of current President Tsai Ing-wen. That means trying to strike a balance between cultivating Taiwan’s unofficial alliance with the United States and maintaining peace with China. Beijing claims Taiwan as its own territory, which it can take back by force if necessary. As for domestic reforms, Lai will face political deadlock after Lai and Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party lost its majority in the legislature. That will make it difficult for the new president to push through legislation that includes passage of crucial national defense budgets.

As ethnic armed group claims to have captured city in western Myanmar, Rohingya Muslims flee again

BANGKOK (AP) — A powerful ethnic armed group fighting Myanmar’s military government in the country’s western Rakhine state says it has taken a town near the border with Bangladesh, marking the latest victory for the enemies of the country’s military government. The state’s Rohingya Muslims, targets of deadly army-led violence in 2017, appear to have been the main victims of fighting in the town of Buthidaung, where the Arakan Army claims to have driven out military government forces. Information about the situation could not be independently verified, since access to the Internet and mobile phone services in the area was practically cut off. The Arakan Army is the military wing of the Rakhine ethnic movement, which seeks autonomy from Myanmar’s central government.

Trump gets NRA endorsement as he vows to protect gun rights

DALLAS (AP) — Former President Donald Trump urged gun owners to vote in the 2024 election as he addressed thousands of members of the National Rifle Association, which officially endorsed him just before Trump took the stage at his annual meeting in Texas. Trump pledged Saturday to continue defending the Second Amendment and called himself “the best friend gun owners have ever had in the White House.” The United States is facing record numbers of deaths due to mass shootings. Last year ended with 42 mass murders and 217 deaths, making it one of the deadliest years on record.

US intelligence suggests American who disappeared in Syria in 2017 has died, daughter says

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials have developed highly credible intelligence suggesting that an American citizen who disappeared seven years ago while traveling in Syria has died. That word comes from the daughter of man. Maryam Kamalmaz said in an interview Saturday with The Associated Press that during a meeting in Washington earlier this month with eight senior U.S. officials she was presented with detailed information about the alleged death of her father, Majd. The Texas psychotherapist disappeared in 2017 while traveling to Syria to visit an elderly relative. The FBI said he was detained at a Syrian government checkpoint in a Damascus suburb and has not been heard from since.

Warm weather poses new risk as thousands remain without power after deadly storm in Houston

HOUSTON (AP) — As the Houston area works to clean up and restore power to hundreds of thousands of people after deadly storms left at least seven dead, it will do so amid a smog warning and rising heat in Texas. The National Weather Service in Houston warned people to be aware of the symptoms of heat exhaustion when the cleanup begins. Temperatures are expected around 90 degrees and heat indices are likely to increase to 100 degrees in the coming days. More than half a million homes and businesses remained without power Saturday after Thursday’s storms hit the area with thunderstorms and hurricane-force winds.

Usyk defeats Fury by split decision to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion in 24 years.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Oleksandr Usyk defeated Tyson Fury by split decision to become the first undisputed heavyweight boxing champion in 24 years. Usyk added Fury’s WBC title to his own WBA, IBF and WBO belts with a spectacular late comeback on Sunday highlighted by a ninth-round knockdown in a back-and-forth fight between two previously heavyweight champions. undefeated. Two judges favored Usyk, 115-112 and 114-113, while the third gave it to Fury, 114-113. Usyk started quickly, but then had to survive as the confident and charismatic Fury dominated the middle rounds. Usyk bounced back in the final rounds, just as the Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist has done so many times in his career.

Seize the Gray wins the Preakness for D. Wayne Lukas and ends Mystik Dan’s Triple Crown aspiration

BALTIMORE (AP) — Seize the Gray won the Preakness Stakes for 88-year-old Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. His victory ended Kentucky Derby winner Mystik Dan’s Triple Crown bid. Seize the Gray returned from the same two-week trade as Mystik Dan after impressing with a win on the Derby card enough to convince Lukas to try the Preakness. Lukas has saddled more horses in the Preakness than anyone in the race’s 149-year history. He has already won the middle stage of the Triple Crown seven times and is one shy of his good friend Bob Baffert’s record. Mystik Dan finished second.

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