King Charles has cancer
Less than 18 months after his reign, the British government King Charles III was diagnosed with cancer.
The announcement came from Buckingham Palace, a week after the 75-year-old sovereign left a London hospital following an operation to treat an enlarged prostate. The palace did not reveal what type of cancer Charles has, but a palace official said it was not prostate cancer.
Charles will suspend his public activities to receive treatment, but he will retain responsibilities such as his weekly meeting with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. The palace said Charles “remains fully positive about his treatment” and looks forward to resuming public engagements.
Background: Charles waited longer than any other British monarch to ascend the throne after his mother’s seven decades of reign. Queen Elizabeth IIand he was well known to the public when he became king in September 2022. Since then, he has become a confident statesman, traveling widely and speaking out on issues such as climate change.
Context: Royal family members often reveal little about their health, and palace officials have made it clear they will not release regular updates on the king’s condition.
Blinken seeks to reduce tensions in the Middle East
Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Saudi Arabia to rally allies around a proposed ceasefire deal in Gaza and to try to prevent US attacks on Iranian-backed militias from escalating into a wider regional war.
Blinken met with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince on the first leg of his trip, his fifth to the Middle East since Hamas militants attacked Israel on October 7.
The visit follows U.S.-led airstrikes against the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen, as well as dozens of recent U.S. attacks on targets in Iraq and Syria.
A drone strike yesterday killed six Kurdish fighters at a military base housing U.S. and allied troops in eastern Syria, according to a media outlet run by a Kurdish group that blamed an Iran-linked militia. .
A U.S. official said Blinken would tell his allies in the region that the Biden administration’s recent strikes should not be interpreted as an escalation of fighting.
Related: Hamas considered a proposal end the fighting in the Gaza Strip and free the remaining hostages, according to a television channel affiliated with the group.
Zelensky hinted at major government reshuffle
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said an overhaul military and civilian leaders of the country was necessary to revive the war effort against Russia at a time when the conflict is mired in a bloody stalemate.
Zelensky indicated he would likely go beyond replacing Gen. Valeriy Zaluzhny, Ukraine’s top popular military commander, whose the strained relationship with Zelensky has become increasingly public.
Problems between the military and civilian government represent the most serious schism within Ukraine’s leadership since the start of the war, and a new mobilization bill that could lead to the conscription of 500,000 people has exacerbated tensions in the country.
Related: The parent company of Yandex, a tech giant often referred to as “Russian Google” agreed to sell all its Russian assets for around $5 billionmarking one of Russia’s largest corporate exits to date.
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Women largely dominated the Grammy Awards. Taylor Swift became the first artist to win album of the year, the Grammys’ top prize, four times, beating out Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon, who each won three. Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish, SZA, Lainey Wilson, Karol G and the band Boygenius have all won awards. The show also featured powerful performances from Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapman – two godmothers of modern songwriting who have rarely appeared in public in recent years.
Overall, “the show was particularly joyous, polished and thoughtful,” our reviewers wrote. The Grammys captured pop music as it really is — centerless and subject to change at any time. We also have an assessment of Chapman’s performance and thoughts on Jay-Z’s speech he used to give scorch the Recording Academy, which awards the Grammysfor mistreating and neglecting black artists.