11.25.2023

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Good morning. It's Saturday, Nov. 25, and in this weekend edition, we're covering the start of a four-day truce in the Gaza Strip, the parole of a former Olympian and convicted murderer, and much more. First time reading? Sign up here.

 

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More Hostages Freed

A four-day pause in fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip began Friday as Hamas released 24 hostages (13 Israeli women and children, 10 Thai nationals, and one Filipino citizen) while Israel released 39 Palestinian women and children detainees. The exchange is part of a short-term cease-fire deal brokered by Qatar and marks the first time fighting has temporarily halted between the two sides since Hamas captured more than 240 people during a surprise cross-border attack seven weeks ago.

 

During the duration of the pause, Hamas is set to free at least 50 hostages in exchange for the release of at least 150 Palestinians held in Israel's prisons. Israel has said the truce could be extended for an extra day for every 10 hostages released. At least 137 trucks carrying aid and fuel also entered Gaza Friday through the Rafah crossing as part of the agreement, with UN officials calling the humanitarian convoy the biggest since Hamas' Oct. 7 raid. 

 

Separately, the Israeli military said it had killed a commander of Hamas’ naval forces in an airstrike in the city of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip Thursday.

 

See all updates on the war here

Quick Hits
 

Sam Altman returns as CEO of OpenAI with overhauled board.

The board now consists of former Salesforce co-CEO Bret Taylor, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, and current board member and Quora cofounder Adam D'Angelo. Altman's return to OpenAI caps off a multiday rollercoaster (see timeline) since his initial ouster last week and comes with an agreement for an investigation into his unexpected removal (see our previous write-up). 

 

Former Olympian granted parole 10 years after killing girlfriend.

Former South African Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius will be released Jan. 5 after serving half of his more than 13-year prison sentence for the 2013 murder of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius, known as "blade runner" and a six-time Paralympic gold medal winner, shot Steenkamp at his home on Valentine's Day. 

 

Couple killed in car explosion at US-Canada border identified.

A husband and wife were killed Wednesday when their Bentley became airborne before it crashed and exploded on the US side of Rainbow Bridge, which connects Ontario, Canada, to Niagara Falls, New York. Four border crossings were closed following the incident. A US Border Patrol agent was injured. Officials ruled out terrorism, but are investigating whether a mechanical issue was at fault. 

 

Far-right populist Geert Wilders wins Dutch general elections.

Wilders, 60, needs to form a coalition to become prime minister. His party, the Party for Freedom, secured 37 seats of the 150-seat House of Representatives in the elections. Wilders must win over members of other parties to join his coalition, some of whom have said they wouldn't join the next government. Wilders' proposals include calling for the Netherlands to exit the European Union, restricting religious freedoms, and limiting immigration and halting foreign aid to help with the country's cost-of-living crisis and housing shortages.

 

New York's Adult Survivors Act deadline prompts slew of sexual assault suits.

The Adult Survivors Act created a one-year window (which expired Friday) for New Yorkers to sue those they claim sexually assaulted them, free from statutes of limitations. Under the act, New York Mayor Eric Adams was accused this week of sexual assault in 1993. Celebrities Jamie FoxxAxl Rose, and Sean "Diddy" Combs, are also among those who were sued this week. All four have denied the allegations. 

 

Clashes erupt in Dublin, Ireland, after five people are stabbed.

Riots broke out Thursday after three children and two adults were injured Wednesday from a knife attack outside of a school. A man in his 50s was taken into custody; a motive has not been determined. At least 34 people were arrested after shops were looted and police vehicles were set on fire. The riots are believed to have been fueled by unconfirmed reports of the attacker being a foreign national. 

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Humankind
 

Woman switched at birth celebrates birthday with biological mother after decadeslong search. (More)

 

Owners of Oakland, California, barbecue joint give away 150 turkeys for Thanksgiving, even after a fire burned down their restaurant. (More

 

Cancer patient fundraises millions of dollars to help pay off medical debt for strangers before dying at 38 years old. (More)

 

Secret millionaire leaves behind $3.8M to small community in Connecticut. (More

 

Iowa teen grows 7,000 lbs of vegetables to donate to families in need. (More)

 

A British man crashed a woman's Thanksgiving dinner in 1997; they have now been married for 20 years. (More)

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Humankind(ness)
 

Today, we're sharing a story from reader Joanne S. in San Diego, California.

 

"After shopping at Trader Joe's yesterday, I left the store to be greeted by a burst of rain, making the walk to my parked car an invitation for becoming quite wet. An employee was outside and offered to drive my car to the front of the store so I could drive home, assuring I, and my groceries, would arrive dry and not soggy. There are thoughtful people still to be found and I was fortunate enough to have found one exactly when needed. I'm sorry I don't know his name, but Trader Joe's is lucky to have him as an employee." 

 

What act(s) of kindness did you experience this week? Tell us here.

Etcetera
 

Bookkeeping

> Victor Wembanyama's Spurs jersey from NBA debut sells for $762K at auction.
> The average US gas price hit $3.27 on Thanksgiving Day, the cheapest since 2020.

 

Browse 

> Kangaroo playing air guitar tops Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

> Time's top 100 photos of 2023

Meet Stache, the winner of this year's National Dog Show.

Browse through vintage Thanksgiving ads from the last 80 years.

> An index of everything and everyone mentioned in Barbara Streisand's memoir.

 

Listen 

> Diving into the interstitium—a human body part that was hiding in plain sight until five years ago—plus, the mysteries it might help us solve.


Watch 

> Massive waterspout spotted off Italy's coast.

> Dolphins outsmart crab traps to secure bait

Tracing the history of barber-surgeons in medieval Europe.

> Why the US pays $10M a year for this yacht in San Diego, California

 

Long Read 

> Why you age slower on a plane and other strange effects of relativity

> The globe-trotting scholar who unlocked the secrets of the Aztecs.

 

Most Read of the Week: Why some people get red wine headaches.

 

Historybook: Businessman Andrew Carnegie born (1835); Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” opens, becomes longest-running play in history (1952); President John Kennedy and his assassin Lee Harvey Oswald both buried (1963); Author Upton Sinclair dies (1968); Cuban leader Fidel Castro dies (2016).

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