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Police arrest man suspected of assaulting pro-Palestinian demonstrators at UCLA

Edan OmPolice have arrested a man suspected of assaulting pro-Palestinian demonstrators in a violent attack at the University of California, Los Angeles, last month.

In late April, a group of masked people marched on to the campus at night and attacked a Gaza solidarity encampment. They threw fireworks, beat students, and attacked staff and student journalists while law enforcement and campus-hired security guards failed to intervene for hours.

The attack caused outrage and sparked fierce criticism of the university, its leader and the campus police department.

Edan On was taken into custody by UCLA police on Thursday on a felony charge – what appears to be the first arrest of a member of the group involved in the attack. The 18-year-old is currently being held in a Los Angeles jail on $30,000 bail, according to jail records.


Harvard student speaker denounces university over Gaza protest response

Shruthi Kumar

A graduating Harvard University student went off script and upbraided Harvard over the university’s treatment of students protesting against what they say is a genocide being carried out by Israel in Gaza.

“As I stand here today, I must take a moment to recognize my peers – the 13 undergraduates in the class of 2024 that will not graduate today,” said student Shruthi Kumar, who was chosen to deliver the English commencement remarks for the undergraduate class.


Top UN Court Orders Israel To Halt Military Operation In Rafah

The Hague CourtThe United Nations’ top court ordered Israel on Friday to immediately halt its military offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, but stopped short of ordering a cease-fire for the enclave. Although Israel is unlikely to comply with the order, it will ratchet up the pressure on the increasingly isolated country.

Criticism of Israel’s conduct in the war in Gaza has been growing, particularly since it turned its focus to Rafah. This week alone, three European countries announced they would recognize a Palestinian state, and the chief prosecutor for another international court requested arrest warrants for Israeli leaders, along with Hamas officials.


Missionaries killed in Haiti by gang are state reps' daughter, son-in-law, nonprofit says

Davy and Natalie Lloyd killed in HaitiA Missouri State representative early Friday morning reported his daughter and son-in-law, both missionaries in Haiti, were reportedly killed in gang violence in the country.

"My heart is broken in a thousand pieces. I’ve never felt this kind of pain," state Representative Ben Baker posted on Facebook.

"Most of you know my daughter and son-in-law Davy and Natalie Lloyd are full time missionaries in Haiti. They were attacked by gangs this evening and were both killed. They went to Heaven together. Please pray for my family we desperately need strength. And please pray for the Lloyd family as well. I have no other words for now."

Baker, a Republican, represents Newton County (District 160), in the southwest part of the state.


4 climbers dead on Mount Everest, 1 missing; ice collapse among factors cited

4 Mount Everest climbers die

A British climber and his guide, a Kenyan banker, and a Nepalese climber are dead, and one other guide remained missing Friday following multiple incidents this week including an ice collapse on Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain.

Daniel Paul Paterson, 40, and his guide, Pastenji Sherpa, 23, disappeared when an ice collapse took place Tuesday as the pair the descended the mountain, 8K Expeditions, the company that put the expedition together, posted on Instagram. The duo, who reached the summit before their deaths, was part of a 15-member team on the same climb with the climb company based in Kathmandu, Nepal.

“Eyewitnesses reported the incident took place between Summit Ridge and South Summit and some climbers were swept away in Kangshung Face,” the adventure company wrote. "We remember and honor their enduring spirits and extend our deepest condolences to their grieving families."


Putin’s forces kill 7 in Kharkiv amid push for US missiles to be fired into Russia

Kharkiv attacks continueAt least seven people have been killed and more than a dozen injured in a Russian missile attack on Kharkiv, according to Kyiv officials.

A further two people remain missing after the attack, which saw Russian forces strike Ukraine’s second-largest city at least 15 times, Oleg Sinegubov said.

It comes as US president Joe Biden is being urged to allow American missiles used by Ukraine to be fired into Russian territory, according to officials.

The proposal, pressed by US secretary of state Antony Blinken after a visit to Kyiv last week, is being debated by the White House, the New York Times reported.

Mr Blinken’s pespective is said to have changed since Moscow opened up a new front in Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine, which is stretching Kyiv’s forces across the frontline.


Israel revokes decision to shut down Associated Press news agency's Gaza live feed

AP feed from Gaza restored

Israel has returned broadcasting equipment belonging to the Associated Press, hours after seizing it in southern Israel and shutting down the US news agency's live feed of Gaza.

Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi reversed the decision, which has led to mounting international pressure.

The White House expressed concern, while the Foreign Press Association said it was alarmed by “the latest in a series of chilling steps by the Israeli government to stifle the media”. The UN condemned the move, calling it "shocking".

AP’s vice-president Lauren Easton said it "decries in the strongest terms the actions of the Israeli government".


Trump trial updates: Appeals court denies defense's bid for judge's recusal

Juan MerchanNew York's Appellate Division has upheld Judge Juan Merchan's decision not to recuse himself from former President Trump's hush money case.

Trump's defense team had sought Merchan's recusal based on his daughter's work for a consulting firm with Democratic clients.

A panel of appellate judges ruled that Trump failed to prove the judge overstepped his authority by denying a defense motion for recusal.


At least 9 people are dead after a stage collapsed at a political rally in Mexico

At leasst 8 dead at Mexico rally stage collapseA strong gust of wind toppled the stage at a campaign rally Wednesday evening in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, killing at least nine people — including a child — and injuring 63, the state's governor said.

The collapse occurred during an event attended by presidential long-shot candidate Jorge Álvarez Máynez, who ran to escape. Videos of the collapse on social media showed people screaming, running away and climbing out from under metal polls.

The victims "will not be alone in this tragedy," Máynez told reporters Wednesday night, adding that he had suspended upcoming campaign events.

Afterward, soldiers, police and other officials roamed the grounds of the park where the event took place while many nearby sat stunned and haunted by the tragedy.


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