May 17 Headlines
Gaza: Israeli strikes hit Gaza tunnels as diplomats work for truce (AP)
"The war broke out last Monday, when the Hamas militant group fired long-range rockets at Jerusalem after weeks of clashes in the holy city between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police. The protests were focused on the heavy-handed policing of a flashpoint sacred site during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers."
India: Covid-battered India braces for landfall of Cyclone Tauktae (BBC)
"The storm has roared up India's western coast over the past two days, with six people killed and thousands evacuated. Efforts are under way to rescue more than 400 people stranded off the coast in two commercial barges."
China: Full-blown boycott pushed for Beijing Olympics (AP)
"A coalition representing Uyghurs, Tibetans, residents of Hong Kong and others issued a statement Monday calling for the boycott, eschewing lesser measures that had been floated like “diplomatic boycotts” and further negotiations with the IOC or China."
Gaza: Blinken signals no immediate US press for cease-fire (AP)
"U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken signaled Monday the U.S. would not join growing calls for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers as fighting entered its second week, with more than 200 people dead, most of them Palestinians in Gaza."
US Supreme Court: Takes up major abortion case next term that could limit Roe v Wade (CNN)
"Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban, which then-Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican, signed into law in 2018, made exceptions only for medical emergencies or cases in which there is a "severe fetal abnormality," but not for instances of rape or incest. A federal judge in Mississippi struck down the law in November 2018, and the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling in December 2019."
Healthcare: Hospitals suing patients during pandemic (CNN)
"Hospitals owned by Community Health Systems, Inc., one of America's largest hospital chains, have filed at least 19,000 lawsuits against their patients over allegedly unpaid medical bills since March 2020, even as other hospitals around the country have moved to curtail similar lawsuits during the coronavirus pandemic, a CNN investigation found."