🌏 Four-Day Pause Begins In Gaza, Miss Nepal Becomes First Plus-Size Miss Universe And More

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A four-day pause in fighting begun on Friday Nov. 24 in Gaza but Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel will keep fighting after the temporary truce ends.

The pause comes after the Israeli government and Hamas agreed to a deal that would see Hamas return 50 Israeli hostages in return for Israel releasing 150 Palestinian women and children held in Israeli prisoners.

The Israeli cabinet backed the deal, which was mediated by Qatar, early on Wednesday Nov. 22.

Under the deal, there will be a minimum of a four-day ceasefire, during which Hamas will release at least 50 women and children it took hostage when it launched its surprise attack on Israel on Oct. 7.

In return, Israel will release 150 Palestinian women and children it holds in its prisons.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said for every additional 10 hostages Hamas releases, it will extend the ceasefire for a day.

However, Netanyahu said Israel has no plans to stop the war after the ceasefire.

“We are at war, and we’ll continue this war until we meet all our objectives: dismantling Hamas, returning our hostages, and ensuring that in Gaza there will be no one that threatens Israel,” Netanyahu said, the New York Times reported.

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Also Happening Around The World

🇳🇵A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Nepal and more than 150 people are dead.

🇭🇷 This Croatian politician tried to kiss a German woman politician at an EU summit and caused a controversy.

🇵🇰 Pakistan has started arresting and mass deporting thousands of Afghan refugees back to the Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

🇲🇽 Mexico’s pacific coast has been hit by its worst ever hurricane, leaving dozens dead and missing.

🇲🇽 Also in Mexico, the country’s first openly non-binary judge has been found dead and people want answers.

Nepalese nursing student, Jane Dipika Garett, has become the first plus-size woman to participate at the Miss Universe pageant.

The 23-year-old from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu took home the crown of Miss Nepal in September and will represent her country at the Miss Universe pageant in El Salvador on Saturday Nov. 18.

Garett has emerged as a fan favorite, becoming one of the most applauded women on stage during the Miss Universe preliminaries on Wednesday Nov. 15, according to local newspapers.

She is an advocate for mental health and body positivity, saying that all women deserve to be represented in the fashion and beauty industry.

She also speaks openly about having polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, a condition that causes hormone imbalance and irregular periods.

This year’s Miss Universe is one of the most diverse ever, with two trans women, two mothers, and a Miss Universe contestant from Pakistan, also competing for the first time.

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🇵🇸 A Palestinian singer’s rendition of Lorde’s “Team” is going viral on social media for capturing the heartbreak of Palestinians’ struggle for liberation.

🇸🇪 Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg had the perfect response to a man trying to stop her from talking about Gaza at a climate protest.

🇮🇱 This Israeli-Arab woman lawmaker spoke out against the war and called for peace but was suspended.

🇮🇷 An Iranian mom who spoke out about security forces killing her son has been jailed for 13 years.

🇪🇸 In Spain, the re-elected prime minister named a women-majority cabinet.

Kenya's government created a special public holiday on Nov. 13 for people across the country to plant 100 million trees to help fight climate change.

Kenya's President William Ruto said that the country has set a goal of planting 15 billion trees by 2032 and will start by planting 100 million trees this year.

Kenya's Interior Minister announced the holiday a week earlier on X, formerly known as Twitter, writing, "The country shall be expected to plant trees as a patriotic contribution to the national efforts to save our country from the devastating effects of climate change."

The government provided 150 million seedlings for free on Monday to be planted in designated public areas.

Kenyans were encouraged to plant a minimum of two seedlings each, to meet the aim of 100 million trees.

The official counts of seedlings used have not yet been released.

Kenya’s forest cover decreased from 12% to 6% between 1990 and 2010, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The government has set aside more than $80 million this year to restore the forest coverage to more than 10%, according to the Guardian.

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🇬🇧🇰🇷 King Charles honored BLACKPINK and BTS in a speech and you gotta see it to believe it.

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