The White House on Monday said a temporary ceasefire in Gaza was essential to a hostage deal and called on Hamas to accept the terms currently on the table, as talks to secure a truce proceeded in Cairo. White House national security spokesperson John Kirby told reporters that the United States still hoped to conclude a ceasefire-for-hostages deal by the start of Ramadan on March 10. He said Hamas has yet to agree to the terms of a proposed ceasefire deal that would include a six-week ceasefire in exchange for the release of some of the sick, elderly and wounded hostages taken by the Palestinian militants in their Oct. 7 assault on southern Israel.
The United States is working to get aid into Gaza through as many channels as possible to remedy the humanitarian disaster amid Israel's war with Hamas militants, State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said on Monday, describing the situation as "simply intolerable." Washington was optimistic that a new maritime route to deliver aid to Gaza could supplement current efforts to get aid into the enclave, Miller said, adding that that route was "still in the development phase." In addition to trucks carrying aid through two border crossings in the south of Gaza, the U.S. military, along with allied nations, has in recent days dropped aid packages into Gaza from aircraft, amid warnings much of the population is on the verge of famine.
Through one of the most tumultuous periods in Oscar history, through flub and slap, Jimmy Kimmel has emerged as the steadying hand and abiding face of the Academy Awards. When Kimmel hosts the 96th Oscars on Sunday, he’ll be emceeing the telecast for the fourth time. Only three people — Bob Hope (19 times), Billy Crystal (nine times) and Johnny Carson (five times) — will have hosted more than him.
Napping can be a sport, too! March Napness brings the bracket treatment to sleepy sanctuary bears.
Argentina's government on Monday suspended the Telam state news agency in the wake of an announcement by President Javier Milei that he would shut down what he called a mouthpiece of "propaganda" for previous leftist administrations.Milei announced the closure of the agency during a speech at the opening of Congress on Friday, saying it had been "used for decades as an agency of Kirchnerist propaganda" -- referring to the leftist political ideology of former president Cristina Kirchner, and her
A man wanted for a subway slashing in the first hours of the weekend allegedly attacked his victim after hurling homophobic remarks on a Manhattan train.
Children's writer Kate DiCamillo is known for beloved stories like “The Tale of Despereaux” and “Because of Winn-Dixie,” about kids and animals trying to navigate the world and make emotional connections. “You’re aware of everything and you haven’t gone over into cynicism yet,” DiCamillo said of that age.
Advocates for Wyoming's proposed abortion bill say that it keeps women safe, opponents argue that it's an unfair obstacle to healthcare.
The director of Mexico City's water system says the region is facing an "unprecedented situation."
A U.S. Postal Service plan to downsize a regional mail hub in Reno and move package and letter processing to Sacramento, California, has members of Nevada's congressional delegation and the state's top election administrator worried about service delays and mail-in ballot handling. The elected officials point to a lack of transparency in what Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has cast as a money-saving move, and say they're concerned that mail service will be snarled by the hourslong roundtrip drive over the Sierra Nevada. “There is also the matter of Nevada’s mail ballots being taken to California for processing before being returned to Nevada and their voters,” Nevada Secretary of State Francisco Aguilar said in a protest letter.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday criticized Cuba for barring a prominent activist, Martha Beatriz Roque, from visiting the White House to receive an award.Presenting the awards at the White House, Blinken called Roque an "unyielding defender of human rights in Cuba."
The ex-president faces criminal charges in New York, Florida, Washington DC and Georgia, and a civil suit in New York
Ayesha Curry is sparking a conversation about how people talk about pregnancy as women age. The actress and author announced earlier this month that she and her husband, Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry, are expecting their fourth child. Ayesha Curry, 34, shared the couple's pregnancy news in the cover story for her website, Sweet July, where she wrote about what it's like to be pregnant in her mid-30s versus her 20s.
The US Supreme Court on Monday removed a potential hurdle to Donald Trump's bid to recapture the White House, unanimously dismissing a state court ruling that could have barred him from the ballot for engaging in insurrection.Section 3 of the 14th Amendment bars those who engaged in "insurrection or rebellion" after once pledging to support and defend the Constitution from holding public office -- although Trump's lawyers argued the rule does not apply to the presidency.
A US envoy said Monday that a diplomatic solution was key to ending nearly five months of intensifying hostilities between Lebanon's Hezbollah and Israel after the eruption of the Israel-Hamas war."A diplomatic solution is the only way to end the current hostilities" and achieve "a lasting fair security arrangement between Lebanon and Israel", Washington's envoy Amos Hochstein told reporters in Beirut, adding that "a temporary ceasefire is not enough".
After a powerful blizzard dumped more than 7 feet of snow in parts of the Sierra Nevada, another storm will take aim at the Northern Sierra this week.
A joint Egyptian-U.S. archaeological mission has uncovered the upper part of a huge statue of King Ramses II during excavations south of the Egyptian city of Minya, Egypt's tourism and antiquities ministry said on Monday. The limestone block is about 3.8 metres (12.5 feet) high and depicts a seated Ramses wearing a double crown and a headdress topped with a royal cobra, Bassem Jihad, head of the mission's Egyptian team, said in a statement. The upper part of the statue's back column shows hieroglyphic writings that glorify the king, one of ancient Egypt's most powerful pharaohs, he said.
TODAY exclusively reveals that Ancestry has discovered Taylor Swift is distant cousins with American poet Emily Dickinson.
New Jersey lawmakers wanted to ask voters whether to ban new fossil fuel-fired power plants. A state Senate committee on Monday advanced a bill that would authorize a public referendum on amending the state's Constitution to ban construction of new power plants that burn natural gas or other fossil fuels. The so-called “peaker” plants would operate only sporadically, including in times of emergency or when the power grid is experiencing stress.
Allen Weisselberg, the former chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, is expected to plead guilty to perjury charges in connection to testimony he gave during former President Donald Trump's civil fraud trial, according to three sources familiar with the matter.