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Israel launches raid on Gaza’s largest hospital

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has launched an operation against al-Shifa Hospital in northern Gaza, the Palestinian enclave’s largest medical complex. IDF officials say the facility has been used for military purposes by Hamas, a claim rejected by the armed group. The IDF announced the raid early Wednesday morning, saying …

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Largest-ever NATO air drill underway

NATO embarked on the largest air force exercises in the alliance’s history on Monday amid heightened tensions with Russia over the Ukraine conflict. According to Berlin’s military, the drills – which have been dubbed ‘Air Defender 23’ and are being hosted by Germany – will play out mostly in the …

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World’s largest particle collider at risk over EU energy crunch

The European energy crisis is threatening to affect the world’s largest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the head of the European nuclear research center (CERN) energy management panel, Serge Claudet, has admitted. The agency is now working on contingency plans that could even see the LHC shut down …

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France’s largest wildfire might be ‘act of arson’

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Wednesday he strongly suspected the forest fire that flared up in the department of Gironde may have been restarted by arsonists. More than 6,200 hectares have burned down so far this week, the major highway leading to Bordeaux has been shut down, and …

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Bill and Melinda Gates top up foundation with largest-ever donation

Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates and his ex-wife Melinda French Gates have donated a whopping $20 billion to their Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, their largest-ever gift, they announced on Wednesday. The massive donation brings the foundation’s total endowment to $70 billion. “The great crises of our time require all of …

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Russia and Ukraine hold largest POW exchange

Russia and Ukraine held a new prisoner of war exchange on Wednesday. The swap has become the largest exchange since the beginning of the ongoing conflict, with each side surrendering 144 prisoners. Ukraine’s military intelligence service was the first to announce the exchange, releasing photos of the swap.  The batch …

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Fed announces largest US interest rate hike since 1990s

The US Federal Reserve has announced a 0.75% interest rate hike, the largest increase in 28 years, as the central bank’s chairman stressed the need to avoid a recession and tame runaway price inflation.  The Fed’s Open Market Committee announced the decision on Wednesday, saying it would raise short-term rates …

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Largest crypto exchange halts Bitcoin withdrawals

The world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, has temporarily halted Bitcoin withdrawals “due to a stuck transaction causing a backlog,” CEO Changpeng Zhao said in a tweet on Monday. Zhao tried to reassure users that their funds were safe and the problem was only impacting the Bitcoin network. The Binance team …

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