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The four-day truce between Israel and Hamas is set to end today, but both sides say they're open to extending the temporary truce for more prisoner-hostage exchanges. Hamas has released 58 hostages taken during the Oct. 7 attacks, and Israel has released 117 Palestinian prisoners so far. Most hostages and prisoners have been women and children. Another exchange is expected today.
Police in Vermont say they've arrested a man in connection with the shooting of three college students of Palestinian descent in Burlington on Saturday. The three men, all in their 20s, were wounded and transported to a local hospital. The gunman's motive is not known at this time. The victims' families and civil rights organizations are calling on Vermont law enforcement to investigate the shooting as a hate crime. (via Vermont Public)
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The 28th annual international climate negotiation known as the Climate of Parties takes place this week in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. World leaders will discuss climate change, efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and who will pay for the costs of a hotter planet. President Biden will not attend. Here's why this conference matters.
Former first lady Rosalynn Carter will be laid to rest Wednesday in Georgia. She died last week at 96. Public and private ceremonies are scheduled over the next three days to honor her life and legacy.
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A piece of artwork recently determined to be created by Renaissance painter Titian is now on display — not at an art museum, but at a high school. Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami has a commitment to arts education and its own gallery. See the painting of Saint Sebastian up close.
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