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Headlines: 4-year-old Israeli-American girl Abigail Edan freed by Hamas

Pedestrians walk past a projected poster of Abigail Edan with the words "I'm back home," on a street in Tel Aviv, November 26, 2023. © Ariel Schalit/AP

By: Aabla Jounaïdi Follow


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The new Hamas hostage release includes an American citizen, 4-year-old Israeli-American girl Abigail Edan. Several headlines made their front page in the United States. "She turned four last Friday, in captivity.


Before that, "on October 7, she had seen her parents shot and killed by Hamas," the Washington Post reported. The photo on the front page of the newspaper shows the little girl accompanied by her parents and the rest of the surviving siblings whom she found in Israel. The news of his release came through "Joe Biden from Nantucket where he was spending the weekend with his family," the Washington Post continued.

The U.S. president praised the mediation of Qatar and other informal actors. "Extending the current truce is the goal of the U.S. administration, both to secure further releases, but also to help pause the Israeli offensive to work to reduce civilian casualties," according to the Wall Street Journal.

Another racist crime in the United States?

The violence of the war in the Middle East has not spared the United States on its soil either. We see this with the increasing number of attacks on American Jews and Muslims. Assaults and threats are on the rise, according to federal authorities, as anger is expressed in the streets, protest after demonstration, notes the Washington Post. Joe Biden, since Saturday, November 25, has been informed of the latest information on the attack on three young men in Burlington, Vermont. "The local police are looking for a racist crime," USA Today reported.

The suspect, a white man armed with a firearm, shot three young men of Palestinian origin dressed in keffiyehs, the headscarf symbol of Palestine. "Jason Eaton, 48, had his apartment searched ... and he is expected to be indicted on Monday, November 27," the Washington Post learned the night before. One of the victims "is in intensive care at the hospital," the Wall Street Journal reported. The shocked family reacted through the Arab-American Discrimination Committee. It calls for a thorough investigation, the daily continues.

Invisible Wounds

Among U.S. veterans, some injuries are not visible, but their effects are devastating. The New York Times investigated the impact of rocket launchers and other small arms on those who handle them. "The shock wave they generate is well documented," as are their long-term effects. But "things are not changing on the ground," says the newspaper, which went to a shooting range in Arkansas to see that none of the measures recommended by the Pentagon are being taken into account: starting with safety distances.

Impairment of memory, coordination, cognitive functions, or neurological injuries, the effects on the bodies, but also on the operational qualities of the combatants are known, but nothing helps, notes the newspaper. Frank Larkin, the father of a young officer who committed suicide, laments in the newspaper. He donated his late son's brain to the Department of Defense and deplores the institution's resistance, which has been slow to put protective measures in place.

Arbitration Tribunal

Tensions are rising between Panama and the Canadian mining group First Quantum Minerals. The latter will resort to international arbitration in the event of breach of the contract between them. A contract to operate the largest copper mine in Central America. Approved by the Panamanian Congress, but which has been under review by the Supreme Court since last Friday. This is due to the opposition of environmental defenders in particular, who have referred the matter to the institution. The daily Mi Diario reports that the dispute will be presented to the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, an institution of the World Bank.

Canada believes that its partner in a free trade agreement is not living up to its commitments. Meanwhile, "the country is living to the rhythm of protests and road blockades" led by opponents of the mining contract, reports the newspaper La Prensa. Moreover, further north, El Salvador is alarmed and calls for friendship between the two peoples. Its president, Nayib Bukele, wants to set up a "humanitarian corridor" to allow Salvadoran transporters to leave the country, according to the newspaper El Siglo.

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