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Israel mulls hostage deal as Netanyahu plans ‘action’ in Rafah

Israel’s war cabinet met late Saturday to discuss the framework of a potential new deal to free hostages still held in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, as protesters eager for an agreement ramped up pressure on their leaders, rallying in Jerusalem and clashing with police in central Tel Aviv.
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Orban gives green light to Sweden’s NATO bid

Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary on Friday declared an end to a monthslong spat with Sweden over the expansion of NATO and paved the way for the Hungarian parliament to vote Monday to ratify the Nordic nation's membership in the alliance.
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Dolly Parton congratulates Beyoncé on ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’

Beyoncé’s transition into country music is being applauded by one of the genre’s living legends. “I’m a big fan of Beyoncé and very excited that she’s done a country album. So congratulations on your Billboard Hot Country number one single. Can’t wait to hear the full album!” Dolly Parton posted Thursday on Instagram.  
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US unveils fresh sanctions on Russia after Navalny’s death

The U.S. unveiled its biggest one-day sanctions package against Russia since the invasion of Ukraine two years ago, targeting more than 500 people and entities in a fresh bid to squeeze the country’s economy and send a message over the death of dissident Alexey Navalny.
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Here’s why China is sending pandas back to the United States

As relations between the United States and China have soured in recent years, Beijing has been making its unhappiness known by recalling its softest power: pandas. Three of the black-and-white fluff balls departed the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington last year, triggering a long and tearful farewell. Only one zoo in the country, Atlanta, still had pandas.
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U.S. to impose sanctions on more than 500 Russian targets

The United States plans to impose sanctions on more than 500 targets Friday in its response to Russia over the death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the largest single package in a flurry of economic restrictions since the country's invasion of Ukraine two years ago.