Latest News Headlines for Wednesday January 10, 2024 – Addressing an audience in Tel Aviv, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken disclosed a joint initiative with Israeli authorities for a United Nations-led mission in Gaza. This initiative aims to facilitate the return of displaced Palestinians to their homes in northern Gaza, marking a significant stride towards re-establishing normalcy in the region.

“Amidst the de-escalation of Israel’s military operations in northern Gaza and the reduction of IDF forces, we’ve reached an accord on a U.N.-guided assessment mission. This mission will identify necessary measures to ensure the safe return of displaced Palestinians to their northern homes,” Blinken stated.

Pentagon officials announced that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is undergoing hospital treatment for an infection linked to his recent prostate cancer surgery. The disclosure, issued by Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, sheds light on Austin’s medical situation, which has sparked controversy due to delayed communication with the White House and Congress.

The statement reveals Austin’s early detection of prostate cancer last month, followed by a “minimally invasive procedure” on December 22 aimed at treating and eliminating the cancer, as per medical officials.

In the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is rapidly gaining ground on ex-President Donald Trump. Recent polls indicate a notable surge in Haley’s support, signaling a potentially pivotal showdown in New Hampshire’s upcoming primary.

A new CNN survey, conducted by the University of New Hampshire and released Tuesday, shows Haley trailing Trump by only seven points, securing 32% of the vote against his 39%. This marks a significant reduction of her deficit, which was 12 points in the previous University of New Hampshire poll, just weeks ahead of the state’s critical primary.

In Afghanistan, the Taliban have intensified their enforcement of stringent dress codes, leading to the detention of numerous women. Last week in Kabul, the Taliban’s morality police apprehended several women and girls, as confirmed by a senior Taliban spokesperson.

This action, showcasing a renewed focus on restricting women’s freedoms, became evident through social media posts showing the detainees being transported in police vehicles. The Taliban acknowledged these arrests following the circulation of images and videos depicting the incidents in the capital city.

Russia has apprehended an American citizen, identified as Robert Romanov Woodland, on charges related to narcotics, potentially facing up to 20 years in prison. This was announced by a Moscow court.

“The Ostankinsky District Court of Moscow has decreed the detention of Robert Romanov Woodland for two months, until March 5, 2024,” the court communicated via social media. Woodland was arrested earlier in January and is implicated in various drug-related crimes.

Elon Musk’s social media enterprise X is set to launch three new programs starring former CNN anchor Don Lemon, ex-U.S. congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, and sports radio personality and former ESPN star Jim Rome.

Lemon will present his distinctive perspectives in 30-minute episodes, airing thrice weekly, as announced on the platform formerly known as Twitter. Rome’s shows will broadcast on X five times a week, starting post-Super Bowl. Additionally, 2020 presidential candidate Gabbard will feature in a series of exclusive documentary-style videos, as per the San Francisco-based company’s separate announcements.

Meta, the tech conglomerate, declared on Tuesday its initiative to shield young users on Instagram and Facebook from exposure to harmful content, including posts related to suicide, self-injury, and eating disorders.

Stated in a blog post by the Menlo Park, California-based firm, this new policy aims to block such ‘age-inappropriate’ content from appearing in teens’ feeds, even if posted by followed accounts. Meta emphasized its commitment to ensuring safe, age-appropriate experiences for teenage users on its platforms.

Walmart is set to deepen its investment in artificial intelligence and drone technology to enhance shopping experiences for its customers.

Announced in a keynote at the CES trade show in Las Vegas on Tuesday, the leading U.S. retailer plans to extend its drone delivery service to an additional 1.8 million households in the Dallas-Fort Worth area later this year. Walmart has already made significant strides in drone delivery, completing 20,000 deliveries across seven states to date.