Unbiased headline news in 60-seconds for Thurs Nov 9, 2023 – G7 foreign ministers convening in Japan issued a statement on Wednesday, urging “humanitarian pauses” in Israel’s military offensive against Gaza.

The aim is to facilitate the delivery of aid, ensure the safety of civilians, and secure the release of hostages. The communique underscores the need for urgent action in addressing the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza. Benjamin Wright reporting.

The United States carried out its second set of strikes within a month on Iran-linked facilities as a response to ongoing attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated that these strikes were carried out under President Biden’s directive. The targets of the strikes included a weapons storage facility in eastern Syria used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and affiliated groups, with the operation executed by two U.S. F-15s. Liam White reporting.

Heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula, suspected North Korean collaboration with Russia in its conflict with Ukraine, and concerns about China’s increasing assertiveness are at the top of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s agenda during his visit to South Korea.

Blinken’s visit follows a G7 foreign ministers meeting in Japan, during which the group previewed many of the issues he will discuss. Wade Addison reporting.

SAG-AFTRA, the union representing approximately 160,000 actors, reached a tentative agreement on Wednesday with major TV and movie studios, suspending a strike that had persisted for more than three months.

According to the union’s press release, the SAG-AFTRA TV/Theatrical Committee approved the tentative agreement unanimously this afternoon, putting an end to the 118-day strike. Further details of the agreement will be disclosed on Friday, pending review and consideration by the SAG-AFTRA National Board. Jessica Oakley reporting.