Pause after call for de-escalation raises hopes of Israel-Gaza ceasefire

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Israel and Palestinian militants stopped firing for several hours early this morning after Joe Biden called for “a significant de-escalation”.

The eight-hour pause in attacks – the longest since the start of the conflict 11 days ago – came as efforts to secure a ceasefire appeared to gain momentum. But the attacks later restarted when air-raid sirens sounded in Israel near Gaza and Israel’s military said a fighter jet had hit a rocket launcher.

France, which has circulated a UN resolution, has put pressure on the US to demand a truce and issued a joint statement with Egypt and Jordan calling for an immediate ceasefire. In a phone call on Wednesday, the US president told the Israeli prime minister that he expected “a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire”.

The oldest living survivor of the Tulsa massacre testified in Congress yesterday, telling lawmakers: “I am here seeking justice.”

Viola Fletcher, who is 107, was seven years old at the time of the 1921 racist attack on the city’s “Black Wall Street”. 의 위에 31 May and 1 유월 1921, a white mob killed an estimated 300 African Americans and robbed and burned more than 1,200 businesses, homes and churches.

The House of Representatives has voted in favor of a bill to create a 9/11-style commission to investigate the deadly 6 January attack on the US Capitol – but it still faces hurdles in the Senate.

Falling largely along party lines, 35 Republicans voted for the bill, 그러나 175 Republicans voted against it.

It is unclear whether the bill, which the former president Donald Trump has criticised as a “Democrat trap”, can make it through the Senate. The Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, said yesterday he would not support it.

Investigate the Capitol attack? Republicans prefer to back the big lie, writes David Smith, the Guardian’s Washington DC bureau chief.

그 동안에, Republicans are rebelling against mask-wearing rules in the House chamber.

Democrats will today introduce a $30bn bill to cancel water debts and bail out utility firms in the Senate. 그만큼 legislation will include low-interest loans for providers which would allow them to recoup money without resorting to fines and shutoffs.

As coronavirus continues to spread from India’s cities to rural areas, thousands of bodies are reportedly washing up in the Ganges.

수요일에, India reported another record number of deaths – 4,529 – and the country’s official death toll is over a quarter of a million, but in reality it is estimated to be up to five times higher. There is no record of how many bodies have been found in the Ganges in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, but unofficial counts estimate it is more than 2,000.

In the village of Gahmar in Uttar Pradesh, fishing boat worker Raju Chaudhry, 15, tells Hannah Ellis-Petersen and Saurabh Sharma that he had recently seen “around 50 bodies a day washing up, over many days”.

The cigar-shaped mollusc, reportedly in demand from members of the Neapolitan mafia, has been the subject of a three-year police investigation in Italy’s Campania region involving wire taps, surveillance and close to 100 suspects. Fishing for or selling date mussels is illegal in the EU but can fetch up to €200 ($240) on the black market.

In this arresting illustrated story, Julia Louise Pereira explains how the harmful chemical builds up in river systems over time.

The rainbow-themed creation features 11 minifigures, most of which have no specific gender, and is called Everyone Is Awesome. Designer Matthew Ashton originally created the set for his desk, but it soon attracted attention and on 1 June will go on sale to mark the start of Pride month. “Other members of Lego’s LGBTQ+ community came by to tell me they loved it,” he tells Helen Russell at Lego HQ in Billund, 덴마크. “So I thought, ‘maybe it’s something we should share’.”

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