Up First briefing: Netanyahu talks Gaza's future; Sean 'Diddy' Combs accused of rape
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Today on Morning Edition, NPR's Steve Inskeep questions Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Gaza's future following Israel's military response to the Hamas attacks on Oct. 7th. Netanyahu says troops found weapons, ammunition, bombs and a command center at Gaza City's Al-Shifa hospital. Inskeep notes reporters have not been shown the command center, though Netanyahu says photos have been released. He responds, "This is not a hospital," and claims Hamas commandeered it.
Hundreds gathered yesterday to mourn Canadian Israeli peace activist Vivian Silver, whose remains were found at her home in Kibbutz Be'eri. It's believed she was held hostage after the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks. Silver spent her life pursuing peace in the region.
Check out npr.org/mideastupdates for more coverage, differing views and analysis of this conflict.
United Auto Workers union members have voted to approve a new contract with General Motors. It finalizes a 25% wage increase over the next four years, marking the biggest victory for the union in decades. Ford and Stellantis workers are still casting votes for their new contracts.
R&B singer Cassie has accused hip-hop mogul Sean Combs, also known as Diddy, of rape, sex trafficking, physical assault and more. The lawsuit alleges that Cassie, whose real name is Casandra Ventura, met Combs when she was 19 and he was 37 and that Combs' pattern of abuse began soon after she joined his record label in 2006.
Bernardo Arévalo surprised everyone this summer when he won the Guatemalan presidential election. Since then, the government has launched a campaign to keep him from taking power. Prosecutors now say they intend to bring charges against the president-elect related to a protest at Guatemala's public university.
Parenting advice often focuses on what to say rather than what to do when kids are upset or grumpy. But a special caress can help trigger a warm, calm feeling when words fail. It's called yakson in Korea, malish in Delhi and piojito in Latin America. Here's what decades of research say about this phenomenon:
Check out what NPR is watching, reading and listening to this weekend:
Movies: In Netflix's The Killer, Michael Fassbender plays a ruthlessly efficient international hitman whose detached and methodical life falls apart when a hit goes wrong.
TV: The final season of The Crown focuses on Princess Diana's death. Critic Eric Deggans says it fleshes out an important moment for the royal family in a creative, telling way — as long as you remember you're not watching a drama, not the History Channel.
Books: In Eyeliner: A Cultural History, journalist Zahra Hankir explores how the cosmetic connects civilizations, continents and eras from ancient Egypt to the Instagram beauty influencer age.
Music: Peso Pluma was the first regional Mexican artist to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200 chart earlier this year. NPR's Alt.Latino analyzes the rise of regional Mexican music and why people can't get enoughof this updated form of Mexican folk music.
Games: You don't need a TV and a gaming system to have fun. NPR has a roundup of some of the best board games and tabletop games of the year so far.
Quiz: I spent most of the week offline for my bachelorette trip and got a paltry 5/11 on this week's quiz. I'm sure most of you can beat my score.
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