The 2023 Atlantic hurricane season ends today as one of the busiest on record with 20 named storms, including seven hurricanes. The three storms that made landfall in the US — Harold, Idalia and Ophelia — were among the fraction that unleashed their fury on land as most veered into the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
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A temporary truce between Israel and Hamas was extended to a seventh day, both sides confirmed, as talks are ongoing for the release of more hostages. Mark Regev, a senior adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told CNN that Israel will extend the pause in fighting if Hamas continues to release 10 “living” hostages a day. At least 140 hostages are still inside Gaza, Regev said, warning that fighting will be resumed if Hamas breaks the parameters of the deal. But experts say the eventual resumption of Israel’s military campaign in the Gaza Strip is inevitable. Israeli leaders have said they are prepared for the next stage of the war when the truce ends, including the resumption of airstrikes and expanded ground operations.
2. Henry Kissinger
Former US Secretary of State and national security adviser Henry Kissinger, one of the most influential and controversial foreign policy figures of our time, died Wednesday at age 100. His policies and strategies under former presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford brought widespread praise and scorn that — for better or worse —