Global Pulse: World news overview

Below is a summary of current world news overviews.

Israeli tanks push deeper into Rafah, forcing people to flee again

Israeli tanks, backed by fighter jets and drones, advanced deeper into the western part of the Gaza Strip city of Rafah on Wednesday, killing eight people, according to residents and Palestinian medics. Residents said the tanks entered five neighborhoods after midnight. Heavy shelling and gunfire hit the tents of displaced families in the Al-Mawasi area, further west of the coastal enclave, they said.

Biden’s policies are a welcome relief for Americans with spouses in the country illegally

When news broke of U.S. President Joe Biden’s plan to offer certain immigrants who entered the country illegally and are married to U.S. citizens a path to citizenship, Pennsylvania-based immigration attorney Bridget Cambria didn’t have to think long about clients she could help. Over the years, she had met many such couples and explained to them how difficult it would be for the immigrant spouse to obtain legal permanent residency in the US. The process in most cases required the immigrant to leave the country, potentially enduring years of family separation before being eligible to return.

Russia’s Putin and North Korea’s Kim sign a mutual defense pact

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an agreement with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un on Wednesday that includes a mutual defense pledge, one of Russia’s most significant steps in Asia in years, which Kim said amounts to an “alliance.” Putin’s pledge revises Russia’s entire post-Soviet policy toward North Korea, just as the United States and its Asian allies try to gauge the extent to which Russia could deepen support for the only country to have a nuclear weapon this century tested.

Explanation – How extreme heat threatens health and safety

As extreme heat grips much of the Northern Hemisphere this week, authorities and public health experts have issued heat warnings to help protect people. Parts of China, India, the Middle East, Southern Europe and the United States are preparing for the possibility of new record highs.

Russia’s Putin praises Vietnam for its position on Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Vietnam for its “balanced” stance on the war in Ukraine and listed progress in payments, energy and trade in an op-ed published Wednesday in the Vietnamese Communist Party newspaper. In the piece timed for Putin’s state visit to Vietnam, he applauded the communist-ruled Southeast Asian country for supporting “a pragmatic way to resolve the crisis” in Ukraine, in comments published in the Nhan newspaper Than.

Analysis – With a defense promise, Putin is making a shift towards North Korea

Vladimir Putin signed a mutual defense pledge with Kim Jong Un on Wednesday during his first visit to North Korea in 24 years, underscoring how far Russia has reshuffled its relations with the only country to test a nuclear weapon this century. Putin, who is locked in a major confrontation with the West over Ukraine, has confirmed his turn toward North Korea after nearly two decades of supporting United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang.

British Prime Minister Sunak’s Conservatives are facing a heavy election defeat, polls predict

Three opinion polls on Wednesday predicted a record defeat for British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservatives in the July 4 election, predicting the Labor Party would comfortably win a large majority after 14 years of opposition. YouGov polls showed Keir Starmer’s Labor on course to win 425 parliamentary seats in Britain’s 650-member House of Commons, the most in its history. Savanta predicted 516 seats for Labor and More in Common gave it 406 seats.

The US military’s stop-start pier in Gaza will resume operations, officials say

The US military’s floating pier in Gaza is expected to resume operations on Thursday to offload much-needed humanitarian aid for the Palestinians, two US officials told Reuters on Wednesday. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the pier was reattached to the shore on Wednesday after being temporarily removed last Friday due to poor sea conditions.

The shipping industry is calling for Red Sea action as the Houthis sink a second ship

Urgent action is needed in the Red Sea to stop attacks on merchant shipping by Yemen’s Houthis, leading industry groups said on Wednesday, after the sinking of a second ship. Iran-aligned Houthi militants first launched drone and missile attacks on the key trade route in November in what they say is solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza. In more than 70 attacks, they also seized one ship and its crew and killed at least three seafarers.

Russian President Putin arrives in Vietnam for a state visit

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Vietnam early Thursday for talks with the country’s communist leaders on the final stop of his two-nation tour of Asia after inking a defense pact with North Korea. Putin’s plane landed at Hanoi airport, where he was met on a red carpet by Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha and top party diplomat Le Hoai Trung.

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