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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has delayed his contentious judicial overhaul plan on after a wave of mass protests. The Israeli leader said Monday that he wants to give time to seek a compromise with his political opponents. Netanyahu spoke after tens of thousands of people demonstrated outside the parliament building in Jerusalem. It was the latest in three months of mass protests. His announcement appeared to calm some of the tensions that have fueled three tumultuous months of unrest. Israel's main labor union called off a general strike. But it failed to address the underlying issues that have polarized the nation, and the anti-government protest movement vowed to intensify its efforts.

A lawyer for a group of British tabloids is asking a judge in London to toss out lawsuits by Prince Harry, Elton John and several other celebrities who allege phone tapping and other invasions of privacy. The Duke of Sussex and Elton John showed up for the hearing Monday that is expected to last four days.

Cyclone Freddy is gone but the talk about its effects remains. The devastating impact on human lives, environment and infrastructure is deep with most affected households. Poor sanitation worsened by lack of running water and adequate toilets in evacuation camps is exposing Cyclone Freddy su…


U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris has opened her weeklong trip to Africa by pledging support for Ghana, a democratic pillar in the region that’s being squeezed by an economic crisis and security concerns. The visit comes as fears of terrorism and Russian mercenaries are rippling through West Africa. Harris made a high-profile show of support for Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, who faces rising discontent over inflation after previously overseeing one of the world’s fast-growing economies. Harris announced $100 million in assistance for the region. The administration also is requesting another $139 million from Congress to help Ghana reduce child labor, improve weather forecasting, support local musicians and defend against disease outbreaks.

A Florence museum and the city's mayor are inviting parents and students from a Florida charter school to visit and see Michelangelo’s “David” after the school principal was forced to resign following parental complaints that an image of the nude Renaissance masterpiece was shown to a sixth-grade art class. 

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