Hamas and Fatah Officials, Longtime Rivals, Met in China

Officials from Hamas and Fatah, the main Palestinian factions that have long competed for power in Gaza and the West Bank, met in Beijing recently for what Chinese officials on Tuesday called “in-depth and candid talks on promoting intra-Palestinian reconciliation.” The discussions in Beijing were not expected to produce much. Israel’s bombardment of Gaza has … Read more

Wednesday Briefing: Clashes Escalate on U.S. Campuses

Tensions rise on U.S. campuses Clashes between the police, university administrators and protesters over the war in Gaza intensified at U.S. universities. Columbia University in New York said it would expel students who had occupied a school building as part of a pro-Palestinian demonstration early yesterday. The students behind a larger campus encampment said an … Read more

Energy Dept. Releases New Efficiency Rules for Water Heaters and Other Appliances

The Biden administration on Tuesday adopted stricter energy-efficiency standards for residential water heaters, the most consequential move in a flurry of changes designed to reduce the energy used by many common appliances including stoves, dishwashers and lightbulbs. The Department of Energy said the new standards, taken together, will save American households and businesses nearly $1 … Read more

Russia Strikes Civilian Center in Odesa, Killing Five

Ukrainian officials said a Russian airstrike on Monday evening killed five people and wounded about 30 others in Odesa, a southern Ukrainian city that has been a regular target of Russian missiles and drones trying to destroy its port infrastructure. Videos and photos showed lifeless and bloodied bodies of civilians lying on a seafront promenade … Read more

‘Green Islam’ Drew a Reporter to Indonesia

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. Sometime early last year, I stumbled across an article by two scholars that described the rise of the “Green Islam” movement in Indonesia. One phrase in particular stood out: Muslim environmentalists there saw themselves as … Read more