Skip Navigation
UN humanitarian chief delivers ‘apocalyptic’ warning over Gaza aid
  • This is the best summary I could come up with:


    The United Nations’ humanitarian chief has warned of “apocalyptic” consequences due to aid shortages in Gaza, where Israel’s military offensive in the southern city of Rafah has blocked desperately needed food.

    Cogat, an Israeli defence ministry agency, said on Saturday that it was facilitating the delivery of food, water and aid into Gaza, including “hundreds of tents” for displaced people.

    An Israeli airstrike on Sunday killed 20 people in central Gaza, mostly women and children, according to records at Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in the nearby town of Deir al-Balah, where the bodies were taken.

    Footage released by rescuers in the area of Beit Lahiya showed efforts to retrieve the body of a woman from the rubble against a backdrop of explosions and billowing smoke, while residents in the urban Jabaliya refugee camp nearby recounted a relentless onslaught of artillery fire and airstrikes.

    He said the whole eastern side of the city had become a battle zone where the Israeli fighter jets “strike anything that moves”.Mahmoud Bassal, a spokesperson for the civil defence, said rescuers had recovered at least 150 bodies, more than half of them women and children, since Israel launched the operation in Jabaliya last week.

    On Saturday, the war cabinet minister, Benny Gantz, threatened to resign if Netanyahu failed to adopt an agreed plan for Gaza, calling into question the future of the Israeli government.


    The original article contains 716 words, the summary contains 227 words. Saved 68%. I'm a bot and I'm open source!

  • Outside Groups Spent $285,000 Backing Jamaal Bowman. AIPAC Alone Just Dropped Nearly $2 Million to Attack Him.
  • This is the best summary I could come up with:


    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s super PAC has launched its first ads attacking Rep. Jamaal Bowman in the Democratic primary in New York’s 16th Congressional District.

    “NY-16 Democrats are united in rejecting MAGA’s threat to our freedoms, which is why Trump Republicans are funding a $1.9 million ad spend to distract us from their attempt to buy our seat,” Bowman campaign spokesperson Lawrence Wang said in a statement to The Intercept.

    The pro-Israel lobby planned to spend $100 million this cycle to oust members of the Squad who have been critical of U.S. military funding for Israel and led calls for a ceasefire in Gaza.

    Latimer’s campaign came under scrutiny when it first launched for leaving the Bronx, part of which is in the district, off of his website and only mentioning Westchester County, which is a primarily white suburb.

    “While the biggest threat to Black America is white supremacist policymakers, they financially support the folks causing us the most harm,” Lee wrote.

    AIPAC supported several candidates of color last cycle, including Glenn Ivey, Adam Hollier, Henry Cuellar, Shontel Brown, Valerie Foushee, and Don Davis.


    The original article contains 921 words, the summary contains 186 words. Saved 80%. I'm a bot and I'm open source!

  • Schools in England send police to homes of absent pupils with threats to jail their parents
  • This is the best summary I could come up with:


    Some schools in England are sending police to the homes of children who are persistently absent, or warning them their parents may go to prison if their attendance doesn’t improve, the Observer has learned.

    Headteachers say they are now under intense pressure from the government to turn around the crisis in attendance, with a record 150,000 children at state schools classed as severely absent in 2022-23.

    The group’s membership has more than doubled to 58,000 since the government published strict new guidelines on enforcing attendance for schools, including higher fines and prosecution for parents.

    She said: “The children I see tell me that they are so worried about school they aren’t sleeping, or they’ve stopped eating, or they are having nightmares.” She added that if an adult were to report similar feelings about their job, she would advise them to seek support or consider moving rather than insisting they must not miss a single day.

    Last week, Gillian Keegan, the education secretary, criticised parents who she claimed were allowing their children to take Friday off school because they were working at home.

    “That is why we are taking a support-first approach to tackling absence, setting clear expectations that schools and local authorities work closely with families to identify and address the underlying issues.”


    The original article contains 880 words, the summary contains 213 words. Saved 76%. I'm a bot and I'm open source!

  • Helicopter Carrying Iran’s President Has Crashed, State Media Reports
  • This is the best summary I could come up with:


    A helicopter carrying President Ebrahim Raisi crashed on Sunday, according to Iran’s state media and the country’s mission to the United Nations, but has yet to be found by search-and-rescue workers because of heavy fog.

    The state news agency IRNA reported that an enormous search operation involving 16 teams was underway to locate the helicopter.

    “Given the complexities of the region, connection has been difficult, and we are hoping that the rescue teams reach the helicopter and can give us more information,” Ahmad Vahidi, Iran’s interior minister, told state television.

    Mr. Raisi was on an official visit to the province of Western Azerbaijan, a mountainous region in northwestern Iran.

    A delegation of ministers traveled with him in a convoy of three helicopters, state media reported, adding that the two other aircraft had reached their destinations.

    In addition to the president and the foreign minister, the governor of the province was also in the helicopter, which crashed in an area called Varzaghan, state media reported.


    The original article contains 257 words, the summary contains 164 words. Saved 36%. I'm a bot and I'm open source!

  • Helicopter Carrying Iran’s President Has Crashed, State Media Reports
  • This is the best summary I could come up with:


    A helicopter carrying President Ebrahim Raisi crashed on Sunday, according to Iran’s state media and the country’s mission to the United Nations, but has yet to be found by search-and-rescue workers because of heavy fog.

    The state news agency IRNA reported that an enormous search operation involving 16 teams was underway to locate the helicopter.

    “Given the complexities of the region, connection has been difficult, and we are hoping that the rescue teams reach the helicopter and can give us more information,” Ahmad Vahidi, Iran’s interior minister, told state television.

    Mr. Raisi was on an official visit to the province of Western Azerbaijan, a mountainous region in northwestern Iran.

    A delegation of ministers traveled with him in a convoy of three helicopters, state media reported, adding that the two other aircraft had reached their destinations.

    In addition to the president and the foreign minister, the governor of the province was also in the helicopter, which crashed in an area called Varzaghan, state media reported.


    The original article contains 257 words, the summary contains 164 words. Saved 36%. I'm a bot and I'm open source!

  • Helicopter Carrying Iran’s President Has Crashed, State Media Reports
  • This is the best summary I could come up with:


    A helicopter carrying President Ebrahim Raisi crashed on Sunday, according to Iran’s state media and the country’s mission to the U.N., but has yet to be found by search-and-rescue workers because of heavy fog.

    The state news agency IRNA reported that an enormous search operation involving 16 teams was underway to locate the helicopter.

    “Given the complexities of the region, connection has been difficult, and we are hoping that the rescue teams reach the helicopter and can give us more information,” Ahmad Vahidi, Iran’s interior minister, told state television.

    Mr. Raisi was on an official visit to the province of Western Azerbaijan, a mountainous region in northwestern Iran.

    A delegation of ministers traveled with him in a convoy of three helicopters, state media reported, adding that the two other aircraft had reached their destinations.

    In addition to the president and the foreign minister, the governor of the province was also in the helicopter, which crashed in an area called Varzaghan, state media reported.


    The original article contains 256 words, the summary contains 163 words. Saved 36%. I'm a bot and I'm open source!

  • Home Office in threat to deport disabled man to Nigeria after 38 years in UK | Immigration and asylum | The Guardian
  • This is the best summary I could come up with:


    The Guardian also reported on the case of Nelson Shardey, 74, a newsagent from Merseyside who has lived in the UK since 1977 and was refused indefinite leave to remain by the Home Office despite being in the country for most of his adult life.

    George has made various applications for leave to remain in the UK, which the Home Office has rejected, most recently on 7 May.

    In 2005, his previous solicitors submitted a forged entry stamp in his passport and have subsequently been reported to the police and the legal regulatory bodies.

    His current lawyer, Naga Kandiah of MTC Solicitors, cited his poor previous legal representation as the reason for George’s problems.

    A previous Home Office rejection of his case states: “It’s open to your family and friends to visit you in Nigeria.”

    His situation is not just because of Home Office policies but also because of poor representation by previous solicitors who failed to uphold professional integrity and ethical standards.”


    The original article contains 444 words, the summary contains 163 words. Saved 63%. I'm a bot and I'm open source!

  • China sends warships for massive drill with Cambodia
  • This is the best summary I could come up with:


    Two Chinesewarships docked at a commercial port in Cambodia  on Sunday as the two countries stage joint military drills.

    The commercial port is north of the Ream naval base, where two other Chinese corvettes have been docked for the last five months.

    The naval portion of the exercises is set be held near the Gulf of Thailand next week.

    The port where the joint training is set to take place lies north of the Ream Naval Base which is being expanded using funds from China.

    Controlling the Gulf of Thailand would also allow China to gain easy access to the Malacca Strait which is an important shipping lane.

    Dismissing the concerns about Ream, Wang Wentian, China's ambassador to Cambodia hailed its "ironclad" friendship with Cambodia and said that wherever the Chinese navy sails "we bring friendship, we bring cooperation" and nothing else.


    The original article contains 326 words, the summary contains 140 words. Saved 57%. I'm a bot and I'm open source!

  • Slieve Donard: Signs of life after devastating mountain fire
  • This is the best summary I could come up with:


    Just over three years ago Slieve Donard, the highest peak in the Mournes, went up in flames.That fire burned long and deep, with plant and animal life paying a heavy price.Since then efforts to revitalise the mountain have been ongoing – with conservationists saying progress has been made.Full recovery, however, will likely take decades.High above Thomas’ Quarry, a team from the National Trust has been working on that revitalisation.James Fisher, the trust’s lead ranger, said the work is tailored to suit the scale of damage caused.“Over 300 hectares of the upland habitat was burned," he said.“In certain areas the burn went right down into the peat and the recovery has been slow.

    From a distance those dams resemble a sort of ad hoc staircase winding its way up the steep incline.

    On closer inspection, they are not just filled with water but with an array of plant life.Mr Fisher's colleague Linus Voksepp says the dams are already reaping dividends.“The damming slows the water fall off the top of the mountain and that helps build up organic materia,l which is a good thing," he says.

    Further down the mountain – below the burn zone - a team of workers from the Mourne Heritage Trust is installing new trails made of local stone and wood.

    But the problem persists.Last week 64 firefighters dealt with a blaze near Hilltown.Near Rostrevor Maria O’Grady, Bridget Higgins and other members of the Hiking Hens Walking Group also rose to the occasion to put out an abandoned fire.

    “We were coming down from our hike at Pierce’s Castle with all of our hens and on the way home we came across a campfire that was blazing at Yellow Water.


    The original article contains 667 words, the summary contains 282 words. Saved 58%. I'm a bot and I'm open source!

  • Helicopter carrying Iran’s president suffers a ‘hard landing,’ state TV says without further details
  • This is the best summary I could come up with:


    State TV said the incident happened near Jolfa, a city on the border with with the nation of Azerbaijan, some 600 kilometers (375 miles) northwest of the Iranian capital, Tehran.

    Rescuers were attempting to reach the site, state TV said, but had been hampered by poor weather condition in the area.

    Iran flies a variety of helicopters in the country, but international sanctions make it difficult to obtain parts for them.

    Raisi won Iran’s 2021 presidential election, a vote that saw the lowest turnout in the Islamic Republic’s history.

    Raisi is sanctioned by the U.S. in part over his involvement in the mass execution of thousands of political prisoners in 1988 at the end of the bloody Iran-Iraq war.

    It also has continued arming proxy groups in the Mideast, like Yemen’s Houthi rebels and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.


    The original article contains 308 words, the summary contains 136 words. Saved 56%. I'm a bot and I'm open source!

  • The Fall Guy to Megalopolis: is 2024 the year of the box-office megaflop?
  • This is the best summary I could come up with:


    Since 2007, when Spider-Man 3 (three full cycles ago in that deathless franchise) topped the box office – and barring two years where the global pandemic threw the mainstream release schedule into disarray – that weekend has been the exclusive domain of Marvel superhero adaptations, through to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.

    And so, with the coveted early-May date open to a cape-free blockbuster for the first time since the Bush administration, Universal spotted an opportunity for its action romcom The Fall Guy, about a Hollywood stunt man tangled in an insider conspiracy.

    The story of last year’s summer box office was the aforementioned Barbie–Oppenheimer double – disparate films that turned the rather banal fact of a shared release date into a wildly successful marketing gimmick, as audiences fashioned “Barbenheimer” into a double-feature roadshow with little official prompting from the studios.

    Greta Gerwig’s loopy metatextual approach to Barbie looked and felt like nothing else at the multiplex; ditto Christopher Nolan’s rather sober three-hour chamber film, which, notwithstanding one spectacular explosion scene, riskily banked on the more arthouse-inclined pitch of men debating strategy and morality in dim rooms.

    The summer ahead has few sure things on the horizon: as the only major superhero release of the season, much will ride on Deadpool & Wolverine to prove the genre’s continued commercial muscle, while the fate of sequels such as Inside Out 2, Despicable Me 4, A Quiet Place: Day One and Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga – launched at Cannes last week with a defiantly glitzy premiere – will tell anxious studios if they really do need to change course.

    Meanwhile, the year’s most belated franchise extension – Twisters, a sequel to the 1996 tornado adventure – may or may not be a nostalgia-fuelled hit, but it’ll certainly make studio execs think back fondly on easier days, when a new idea wasn’t the fall guy.


    The original article contains 1,346 words, the summary contains 313 words. Saved 77%. I'm a bot and I'm open source!

  • Tiger Stripes review – entertaining Malaysian horror shows its claws
  • This is the best summary I could come up with:


    Amanda Nell Eu’s snarling debut is not the first film to harness body horror tropes as an allegory for the adolescent angst and the shame of female puberty.

    But this Malaysian production, which shares central ideas with Pixar’s Turning Red, as well as genre films such as Carrie and Ginger Snaps, folds in a distinctive element of south-east Asian folklore and superstition, in addition to universal themes of preteen girl bullying.

    Bursting on to the screen with an energetic dance routine – Tiger Stripes is as TikTok literate as it is fluent in the language of horror.

    Twelve-year-old Zaffan (Zafreen Zairizal) is the wildest of her circle of friends, but when she gets her period that feral energy takes on a disconcerting new dimension.

    The message is not always clear, but it’s an entertaining ride.


    The original article contains 135 words, the summary contains 135 words. Saved 0%. I'm a bot and I'm open source!

  • ‘We’ll See You at Your House:’ How Fear and Menace Are Transforming Politics
  • This is the best summary I could come up with:


    But experts describe this moment as particularly volatile, thanks in great part to social media platforms that can amplify anonymous outrage, spread misinformation and conspiracy theories and turn a little-known public employee into a target.

    Democrats by and large have been the loudest voices in trying to quell political violence, although many on the right have accused them of insufficiently condemning unruly left-wing protesters on college campuses and at the homes of Supreme Court justices.

    After he voted in favor of President Biden’s infrastructure bill in late 2021, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a fellow Republican, called him a traitor and posted his office number on her social media accounts.

    “Swatting” — making hoax 911 calls designed to set off a police response to a target’s home — has become more common, with a spate of recent incidents involving lawmakers, mayors, judges and the special counsel investigating Mr. Trump.

    For federal lawmakers, the prospect of physical harm has long been part of the job — one that was painfully illustrated by the shooting in 2011 that gravely wounded Gabby Giffords, then an Arizona congresswoman, and by the assault on the Republican congressional baseball team in 2017 by a gunman upset by Mr. Trump’s election.

    “It’s clear that this was not a true criminal threat, which under California law must be, among other things, credible, specific, immediate and unconditional,” said Peter Kang, the public defender of Kern County, which includes Bakersfield.


    The original article contains 2,764 words, the summary contains 239 words. Saved 91%. I'm a bot and I'm open source!

  • We’re letting Trump distract us from his corrupt, anti-climate agenda | There is a strange, substantive vacuum in this campaign cycle.
  • This is the best summary I could come up with:


    Donald Trump sat down with oil executives and told them that if he wins, he’ll scrap a slew of President Biden’s clean energy and other environmental regulations they don’t like — as long as they raise $1 billion for him.

    The response?

    Crickets.

    Trump’s pay-for-play move was frequently described as “transactional.” The right word is “corrupt.”


    The original article contains 56 words, the summary contains 56 words. Saved 0%. I'm a bot and I'm open source!

  • Georgia president vetoes ‘foreign agent’ law
  • This is the best summary I could come up with:


    TBILISI — The Georgian government’s plans to brand Western-funded NGOs, media outlets and campaign groups as “foreign agents” were rejected by the country’s president on Saturday, but the ruling party vows to pass them into law despite widespread public protests and international outcry.

    Speaking at a press conference in the capital of Tbilisi on Saturday, President Salome Zurabishvili confirmed she had vetoed the bill — which was awaiting her signature after being passed in parliament earlier this week.

    MPs backed the legislation, introduced by the governing Georgian Dream party, by 84 votes to 30 on Tuesday, despite warnings from Brussels that the proposed law would effectively torpedo the South Caucasus country’s hopes of joining the EU.

    The European Commission awarded Georgia candidate status in December, despite warnings of backsliding on human rights and a failure to implement key reforms.

    Riot police with shields, tear gas and water cannon have charged peaceful protesters and swooped in to arrest organizers and opposition politicians.

    Following the veto, European Council President Charles Michel said that it should give the government “a moment for further reflection” to ensure the bill did not scupper Georgia’s road to the EU.


    The original article contains 382 words, the summary contains 193 words. Saved 49%. I'm a bot and I'm open source!

  • Ireland: Tensions over refugee crisis and Dublin tent cities
  • This is the best summary I could come up with:


    Young men were sleeping here; they had to wash and cook on the street, and rely on bike hire docking bays to charge their phones with USB cables.

    Officials point to another factor that has led to a rise in asylum applications in recent weeks: the passing of a law in the neighboring United Kingdom to enable the government to deport migrants who arrive in the country illegally to Rwanda, in East Africa.

    On May 13, a high court in Belfast suspended the Rwanda Act in Northern Ireland, saying it considered it a violation of the Windsor Framework, which regulates UK-EU relations following Britain's withdrawal from the European Union.

    The Good Friday Agreement of 1998 ended decades of violent conflict in Northern Ireland between unionists loyal to the government in London and Irish republicans.

    As long as both the north and south of the island were in the EU, this wasn't a problem: People and goods were moving within a unified legal and economic area.

    Taoiseach Harris reminded his British counterpart, Rishi Sunak, of an agreement signed in 2020, in which the UK pledged to take back migrants who entered the Irish Republic from the North.


    The original article contains 970 words, the summary contains 196 words. Saved 80%. I'm a bot and I'm open source!

  • Trump turns trial into circus as Biden tries to focus minds on economy
  • This is the best summary I could come up with:


    Donald Trump last week turned his New York fraud trial into a political circus and a platform for his election campaign while Joe Biden struggled to persuade voters that they’re wrong about the economy.

    Trump engineered a parade of leading Republicans to demonstrate their allegiance outside the courthouse in downtown Manhattan even as his trial laid bare the swamp that is the former US president’s professional and personal life.

    JD Vance, the US senator and bestselling author who is reputedly a leading contender for the vice-presidential slot despite once having described Trump as “an idiot”, made an appearance on Monday to back the former president’s claim that the trial is an attempt to stop him running against Biden.

    The US senators Tommy Tuberville and Rick Scott of Florida joined the parade of genuflecting politicians along with the governor of North Dakota and the attorneys general of Texas, Alabama and Iowa.

    The president taunted his predecessor earlier this month by visiting an empty Wisconsin field where Trump once waved a golden shovel and announced construction of the “eighth wonder of the world”, a huge electronics factory by the Taiwanese company Foxconn that would have created 13,000 jobs.

    Meanwhile, Cohen will be back in court on Monday to face further cross-examination about his testimony that Trump told him to pay $130,000 to buy Daniels’s silence ahead of the 2016 election.


    The original article contains 1,052 words, the summary contains 228 words. Saved 78%. I'm a bot and I'm open source!

  • The war exposed serious flaws in some of the most sophisticated US weapons systems: Precision-guided weapons have been jammed by Russian electronic warfare units; ammunition unable to be produced ...
  • This is the best summary I could come up with:


    From the jamming of missiles to drones and artillery, the US is gaining valuable insights into its weaknesses in the brutal battlefields in east and south Ukraine.

    Russia's jamming systems have created major issues with Western precision weaponry, including GMLRS rockets and Excalibur artillery shells, as previously reported by Business Insider.

    Russia's electronic warfare units have become increasingly adept at scrambling the GPS navigation systems used to guide the missiles and shells to their targets, sending them off course and rendering them useless.

    "The war has revealed that some of the US precision-guided munitions fail in a highly contested electromagnetic environment," Stacie Pettyjohn, a military analyst at the Center for a New American Security, told BI.

    Maneuvering, concealing, and supplying troops on battlefields under constant drone surveillance is another conundrum Pentagon experts are grappling with, said Pettyjohn.

    "The biggest problem that the Ukraine war has exposed with American weapons is that the Pentagon simply does not buy enough munitions for a large-scale protracted conflict," said Pettyjohn.


    The original article contains 823 words, the summary contains 166 words. Saved 80%. I'm a bot and I'm open source!

  • Gentoo and NetBSD ban 'AI' code, but Debian doesn't – yet
  • This is the best summary I could come up with:


    Comment The Debian project has decided against joining Gentoo Linux and NetBSD in rejecting program code generated with the assistance of LLM tools, such as Github's Copilot.

    (This vulture's cynical suspicion was that very large models only became feasible after the industry realized that blockchains are hugely wasteful, horribly slow, and will never facilitate any online business except crime.

    If you consider that these are not significant risks, we would point out that Github's owner Microsoft isn't feeding any of its own proprietary OSes' source code into its LLM training corpuses.

    LLM bots are a wholly remarkable new type of tool, and absolutely not useless toys – although in the tradition of recent developments in IT, they are enormously wasteful and consume vast amounts of computing power, electricity, and cooling.

    As we mentioned earlier this month, server farms don't complain about where you want them to work, so every vendor is pouring money into this area, in the hope of eliminating those expensive, difficult humans.

    The Irish Sea wing of Vulture Towers is entirely free of Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri, or any other such paid privacy-intrusion systems, but nonethless, many people are inexplicably fond of paying for giant corporations to listen in to avoid the arduous labor of turning on lights or playing music.


    The original article contains 2,208 words, the summary contains 215 words. Saved 90%. I'm a bot and I'm open source!

  • Open Source Initiative tries to define Open Source AI
  • This is the best summary I could come up with:


    The public benefit biz is embarking on a global series of workshops to solicit input from concerned parties on its Open Source AI Definition, which has been under discussion for the past two years.

    There's concern that the legal language in existing OSI-approved licenses doesn't necessarily suit the way the machine learning models and datasets are used.

    Terms like "program," when applied to machine learning models, refer to more than just source code and binary files, for example.

    "AI is different from regular software and forces all stakeholders to review how the Open Source principles apply to this space," Stefano Maffulli, executive director of the OSI, explained in a statement.

    The workshops will take place at various upcoming conferences in the US, Europe, Africa, Asia, Pacific, and Latin America through September.

    Bruce Perens, who drafted the original Open Source Definition, told The Register that he was skeptical about the need to address AI separately.


    The original article contains 420 words, the summary contains 154 words. Saved 63%. I'm a bot and I'm open source!

  • InitialsDiceBearhttps://github.com/dicebear/dicebearhttps://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/„Initials” (https://github.com/dicebear/dicebear) by „DiceBear”, licensed under „CC0 1.0” (https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/)AU
    AutoTL;DR @lemmings.world
    BOT

    I'm a bot that provides summary for articles on supported sites!

    If you need help, contact @[email protected].

    Official community: [email protected].

    The source code is at https://github.com/RikudouSage/LemmyAutoTldrBot.

    Posts 0
    Comments 22K