United Nations Court Orders Israel To Halt Military Offensive

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US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is expected to meet with his Chinese counterpart Admiral Dong Jun in Singapore next week. The announcement came shortly before Austin underwent a medical procedure on Friday evening and temporarily transferred power to his deputy. The procedure was successful and Austin is back on the job today. The conference comes as China has engaged in aggressive military drills around Taiwan in response to Taiwan inaugurating a new president. Beijing accused the new leader of being separatist and launched drills in response.

An order by the top United Nations court for Israel to halt its military offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah deepens its disconnect with the United States. The operation faces mounting international condemnation, but American officials describe it, at least for now, as limited and targeted. The decision Friday by the International Court of Justice in The Hague adds to the pressure facing an increasingly isolated Israel. The Biden administration, opposes a major Israeli offensive in Rafah while also insisting that the steps Israel has taken so far have not crossed red lines.