Support Among Israelis for Resumption of Gaza Campaign

[ad_1] TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israelis interviewed on Tel Aviv’s streets backed their army’s resumption of fighting in the Gaza Strip on Friday, acknowledging the dangers but blaming Hamas for the collapse of a week-long truce. The pause in a 7-week-old war had allowed for the exchange of hostages held since an Oct. 7 Hamas … Read more

U.S. to Impose Visa Bans Soon on Israeli Extremist Settlers for West Bank Violence

[ad_1] DUBAI (Reuters) -The Biden administration has informed Israel that Washington will impose visa bans in the next few weeks on Israeli extremist settlers engaged in violence against Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank, a senior State Department official said. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin … Read more

Hungary’s Orban Says EU Should First Sign Strategic Partnership Accord With Ukraine

[ad_1] BUDAPEST (Reuters) – The European Union should first sign a strategic partnership agreement with Ukraine instead of starting membership talks with the country, Hungary’s Viktor Orban said on Friday, flagging a way to a possible compromise ahead of a crucial EU summit. The 27 national EU leaders are due to decide in mid-December on … Read more

Japan Aircon King Daikin Looks to Custom Chips for Energy Savings

[ad_1] By Sam Nussey and Miho Uranaka TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese air conditioner maker Daikin Industries is turning to custom-made semiconductors to eke out energy savings, as companies increasingly look to bespoke chip designs to enhance performance. As tech heavyweights such as Apple and Amazon spend heavily on custom cutting-edge chips, companies using legacy chips … Read more

Gaza Negotiators Try to Get Israel, Hamas to Agree to Extend Truce Again

[ad_1] By Nidal al-Mughrabi, Mohammad Salem and Humeyra Pamuk GAZA/TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Negotiators worked feverishly on Friday to renew the pause in fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza as a senior Israeli official reiterated plans to resume the war unless the Palestinian militant group agreed to release more hostages. After two last-minute extensions, … Read more

Europe Agrees on Rules to Protect Smart Devices From Cyber Threats

[ad_1] BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU countries and EU lawmakers on Thursday agreed to rules to protect laptops, fridges, mobile apps and smart devices connected to the internet from cyber threats following a spate of such attacks and ransom demands in recent years around the world. Proposed by the European Commission in September last year, the … Read more

EU Members’ Defence Spending Should Buy More Time for Debt Cuts -Von Der Leyen

[ad_1] BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A country investing in cross-border EU defence projects should be given more time to cut its public debt under EU fiscal rules, the head of the European Commission said on Thursday. The fiscal rules are under revision and such a change would go beyond what has so far been agreed among … Read more

TikTok Takes First Steps in Turning on Norwegian Data Centre

[ad_1] HAMAR, Norway (Reuters) – TikTok has taken possession of a facility in Norway built by data centre group Green Mountain AS which will become the social media company’s largest in Europe as it seeks to store data generated in the region locally. The company, owned by China-headquartered Bytedance, has been trying to address concerns … Read more

Russia Slams Bulgaria’s ‘Malicious Stupidity’ Over Diplomatic Overflight Ban

[ad_1] (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused Bulgaria of “malicious stupidity” on Thursday for refusing to let Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s plane fly through its airspace. The plane was forced to take a longer route over Greece to deliver Lavrov and Zakharova to a meeting of foreign ministers of the Organisation for … Read more

COP28 Summit Opens With Hopes for Early Deal on Climate Damage Fund

[ad_1] By Kate Abnett, Katy Daigle and Valerie Volcovici BRUSSELS/DUBAI (Reuters) – Countries at the U.N.’s COP28 climate summit opening on Thursday hope to clinch an early deal on a new fund to pay for climate-caused damage, aiming to muster some political goodwill before talks turn to divisive topics including the future of fossil fuels. … Read more