Good morning. We’re covering pauses in combat in Gaza and the first air capture plant in the U.S.
Plus, Hollywood is coming back to life.
|People fleeing toward southern Gaza yesterday.Samar Abu Elouf for The New York Times|
Israel expands pauses in combat
The agreement is the culmination of days of pressure from President Biden as the casualty toll in Gaza mounts. A senior administration official told Congress that casualties in Gaza might be “even higher than are being cited,” and the W.H.O. said that disease was surging.
The agreement expands on what Israel has been doing in recent days. Its forces have allowed people to evacuate northern Gaza for several hours at a time along a single corridor south. The White House spokesman said that a second corridor would be opened and that the daily pauses would be institutionalized to include advance notice of at least three hours.
“I’ve asked for a pause longer than three days,” Biden said. But he has not joined the calls by some in his party and around the world for a full cease-fire, reasoning that Israel has a legitimate interest in destroying Hamas after its Oct. 7 terrorist attack killed more than 1,400 people.
He ruled out the prospect of a cease-fire again yesterday, saying: “None. No possibility.”
|Fighters from the Wagner private mercenary group in Rostov-on-Don, Russia in June.Reuters|
Russia is trying to recruit Wagner veterans
Russia’s armed forces are stepping up their efforts to recruit veterans of the Wagner paramilitary group, according to former fighters and military bloggers. The Kremlin, it seems, is trying to avoid another round of mobilization and to salvage some of the force’s fighting potential in the wake of its leader’s mutiny and death in a plane crash this past summer.
Former fighters said they had received calls and messages offering new military contracts, and some were specifically urged to join Rosgvardia, Russia’s militarized national guard, which has presented itself as a successor to Wagner.
|Pulling carbon dioxide from the air could help fight climate change.Jim Wilson/The New York Times|
The U.S. opened its first air capture plant
The first commercial plant in the U.S. to use direct air capture, which involves vacuuming greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, opened yesterday in California. The plant pulls carbon dioxide from the air and seals it permanently in concrete. To earn revenue, the company is selling carbon removal credits to companies paying a premium to offset their own emissions.
Background: The idea of using technology to suck carbon dioxide from the sky has gone from science fiction to big business, with hundreds of start-ups emerging. Critics say that many artificial methods of removing carbon dioxide from the air are wildly expensive, and some fear they could distract from efforts to reduce emissions.
|Xi Jinping, China’s leader.Pool photo by Andrey Gordeev|
- The Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who is set to meet with President Biden in San Francisco next week, is expected to speak to U.S. business executives after that meeting.
|People protesting in Madrid this week.Juan Medina/Reuters|
|Rare Japanese Kit Kats.Adam Amengual for The New York Times|
Some time after Danny Taing’s 55,000 rare Kit Kats, valued at $250,000, began their journey to the U.S. from Japan, they disappeared. My colleague Amelia Nierenberg followed the trail of the valuable sweets and discovered that they were stolen, found and stolen again.
|Picketing in Hollywood earlier this year.Mark Abramson for The New York Times|
Hollywood is coming back to life
The $134 billion American movie and television business is swinging back into motion after a tentative deal was reached between entertainment companies and the union representing tens of thousands of actors this week.
Productions that were shut down midstream will be the first to start back up, including “Gladiator 2,” “Deadpool 3” and “Mortal Kombat 2.” With writers furiously working to finish episodes, television shows will soon follow.
|Bobbi Lin for The New York Times|
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That’s it for today’s briefing. Justin Porter will be back on Monday. — Jonathan