Friday Briefing – The New York Times

The United States has sent its top military commander for the Middle East to Israel to discuss a widely expected retaliatory attack by Iran, officials said.

Iranian leaders have repeatedly vowed to punish Israel for the April 1 attack in Syria that killed several top Iranian commanders. Israel has put its military on alert and President Biden has said Iran is threatening a “significant” attack. General Michael Kurilla, American commander, will also speak about the war in Gaza and humanitarian aid operations in the area.

Biden, who has become increasingly critical of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's conduct in the Gaza war, said American support for Israel in the face of danger from Iran was “ironclad.”

Netanyahu said his country is prepared for more challenges. “We made a simple rule: Whoever hurts us, we will hurt,” he said.

Hostages: A senior Hamas official said the group did not have 40 living hostages who met the criteria for a proposed exchange with Israel, raising fears that more hostages may have died than previously believed.

Famine: The director of the United States Agency for International Development, Samantha Power, said this week that a famine was underway in northern Gaza.

OJ Simpson rose to fame on the football field, made his fortune as an All-American in film, television and advertising and, in a 1995 trial that mesmerized the United States, was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife and her Her friend. He died yesterday at the age of 76.

His trial, for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, lasted nine months and became a turning point in race in America. A civil suit in 1997 found Simpson liable for the deaths and left him owed $33.5 million in damages, and he later served years in prison on charges related to the 2007 theft of a trove of sports memorabilia.

The story of OJ Simpson has generated a wave of books, films, studies and debates on issues of justice, race relations and celebrity in a nation that adores its heroes but has never been comfortable with its deepest contradictions.

For more, here's a critic's notebook on Simpson's place at the center of the American media; what his case meant for Los Angeles; and a chronology of his life.

The carefully crafted law imposes new penalties on men who try to evade service and offers a mix of financial incentives for those who take up arms.

But there is no timeline for demobilizing conscripts, something soldiers and their families had called for after more than two brutal years of war.

Draft: Many young Ukrainians were upset when President Volodymyr Zelensky lowered the draft age for Ukraine from 27 to 25.

Demographics: Ukraine needs more soldiers, but has very few young people.

Before he died in prison in February, Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny wrote a memoir about his life and activism.

“This book is a testimony not only to Alexei's life, but to his unwavering commitment to the fight against dictatorship, a fight for which he gave everything, including his life,” said his wife, Yulia Navalnaya.

That's all for this week. Thanks for reading and have a relaxing weekend. —Dan

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