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More Chinese Cities Join Hong Kong Tourism Initiative (www.improvethenews.org)

China has added the mainland cities of Xian and Qingdao to its list of residents allowed to visit Hong Kong in a personal capacity rather than as part of a tour group. The "Individual Travel Scheme" agreement originally began in 2003 under the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement between the PRC and Hong Kong. South China...

Netanyahu Releases Plans for Post-War Gaza (www.improvethenews.org)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday presented a plan regarding how Israel would manage Gaza after the war to his security Cabinet for approval. The plan posits that Israel would indefinitely control Gaza's security and civilian affairs. Associated Press (a) (LR: 3 CP: 5)...

Honduras: Ex-President Faces Drug Trafficking Trial in US (www.improvethenews.org)

Former Honduran Pres. Juan Orlando Hernández appeared in a New York courtroom earlier this week to face allegations that he ordered his country's army to protect cocaine traffickers in exchange for millions of dollars in bribes. If convicted, he could face life in prison. BBC News (LR: 3 CP: 5)...

Reports: Biden Weighing Executive Actions on Border (www.improvethenews.org)

According to several published reports, US Pres. Joe Biden is mulling new executive actions and federal regulations — some previously used by predecessor, former Pres. Donald Trump — to stymie illegal migration across the southern border without congressional approval. Associated Press (LR: 3 CP: 5)...

Texas Judge Rules School Code Doesn't Violate Hair Legislation (www.improvethenews.org)

A Texas judge Thursday ruled a high school didn't violate the state’s CROWN Act by disciplining a Black student who refused to cut his dreadlocks. An acronym for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair,” the CROWN Act prohibits race-based hair discrimination. ABC News...

Report: Leaked Files Expose PRC International Hacking Efforts (www.improvethenews.org)

A cache containing leaked files alleged from a PRC state-linked group, which was posted on GitHub and experts consider to be authentic, indicates how Beijing works with hundreds of private hacking companies to obtain sensitive information from foreign governments and firms. New York Times (LR: 2 CP: 5)...

CIA Chief Expected in Paris, Israel to Send Delegation (www.improvethenews.org)

CIA director Bill Burns was expected in Paris on Friday to discuss a new hostage deal and a pause in the fighting in Gaza. A senior Biden administration advisor reportedly told Israeli officials that progress had been made in Cairo between Hamas and Egyptian and Qatari mediators. Axios...

Multiple Cell Service Outages Disrupt US (www.improvethenews.org)

According to the website downdetector.com, cell service provider AT&T dealt with more than 60K reports of service outages as of 7:30 a.m. EST Thursday. Service providers Verizon, T-Mobile, USCellular, and Consumer Cellular also experienced outages, but at a much smaller scale. CBS (LR: 2 CP: 5)...

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