The New York Times: Μια θανατηφόρα ισραηλινή επιχείρηση που διέσωσε δύο ομήρους και επικείμενα νομικά δεινά για τον Ντόναλντ Τραμπ – Αυτή την ημέρα του Αγίου Βαλεντίνου, η Τράπεζα Αγάπης είναι κλειστή – Το Ισραήλ έσωσε δύο ομήρους σε μια θανατηφόρα επιχείρηση – Μια άλλη μεγάλη εβδομάδα στο δικαστήριο για τον Τραμπ – Ο νέος πρόεδρος της Φινλανδίας αντιμετωπίζει μια απροσδόκητη δοκιμασία -Πώς η Κίνα έφτιαξε την εταιρεία ηλεκτρικών αυτοκινήτων BYD σε δολοφόνο της Tesla – Ένας δικαστής της Ατλάντα είπε ότι θα προχωρήσει σε ακρόαση αργότερα αυτή την εβδομάδα που εξετάζει μια ρομαντική σχέση μεταξύ των δύο εισαγγελέων που ηγούνται της υπόθεσης εκλογικής παρέμβασης εναντίον του Τραμπ – Τα ηλιακά πάνελ είναι απαραίτητα για ένα μέλλον καθαρής ενέργειας, αλλά απαιτούν πολύ χώρο, που συχνά περιλαμβάνει οικοδόμηση σε κρίσιμες περιοχές για την άγρια ζωή – Χωρίς καταθέσεις στην Love Bank της Σλοβακίας

Three Palestinians inspect the damage to buildings, which have been reduced to rubble.
Buildings where two Israeli hostages had reportedly been held were destroyed yesterday in Rafah. Fatima Shbair/Associated Press

Israel rescued two hostages in a deadly operation

Israeli special operations forces freed two hostages in the Gazan city of Rafah, the military said, as Israeli attacks killed dozens of Palestinians in the city, according to the Gazan health ministry.

The rescue prompted elation in Israel, where the fate of more than 100 people kidnapped during the Hamas-led attacks on Oct. 7 had become a national priority. But the raid fueled mourning and panic among more than a million Palestinians who had crowded into Rafah.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has said that Israeli ground forces are preparing to enter Rafah to eliminate Hamas battalions there. The prospect of ground battles in the city has created worldwide alarm over the risks to civilians who want to flee.

The intensity and death toll of the operation made clear Netanyahu’s determination to press ahead with the southern offensive despite criticism from the U.S. and other allies.

The hostages, Fernando Simon Marman, 60, and Louis Har, 70, both dual citizens of Israel and Argentina, were in good condition.

A survivor’s story: Dareen al-Bayaa, 11, spoke in a video with The Times about her grief and recovery after losing many family members in an airstrike in Gaza.

Donald Trump, wearing a blue suit and red tie, walks on a red platform while clapping at a rally.
The week ahead could reshape Donald Trump’s personal and presidential fortunes. Doug Mills/The New York Times

Another big week in court for Trump

In New York this week, Donald Trump faces two distinct legal threats that could reshape his personal and presidential fortunes.

One judge could schedule the first criminal trial of a former U.S. president, as early as next month — raising the possibility that Trump could wind up behind bars.

Another judge is expected to deliver a ruling that could threaten his family business. The judge, who is overseeing Trump’s civil fraud trial, is determining whether to penalize Trump hundreds of millions of dollars and remove him from the company he ran for decades.

The second ruling would drain the former president’s coffers, and the first could ultimately leave him a felon, sending America’s already bitter politics into uncharted realms.

Many cases: Trump faces 91 felony counts across four criminal cases, and he owes $83.3 million from a recent defamation case, separate from the upcoming fraud ruling.

Alexander Stubb, in a suit and glasses, smiling and holding up flowers onstage in front of people holding up phones to take photos.
Alexander Stubb, Finland’s next president. Kimmo Brandt/EPA, via Shutterstock

Finland’s new president faces an unexpected test

Finland’s president-elect, Alexander Stubb, seemed perfectly poised to stand up to Russian aggression as the leader of the newest nation in NATO. Instead, he will enter office next month at a time when U.S. politics, specifically comments made by Trump on the campaign trail, has thrown the durability of the trans-Atlantic alliance into question.

Trump’s comments that he would allow Russia to do “whatever the hell they want” to “delinquent” NATO countries is hardly what Finland wanted to hear. The Nordic country’s border with Russia is the longest in NATO.

Stubb kept his cool and urged Finns to take the unsettling comments as a reminder that Europe needs to develop its own defense, without counting on Washington, regardless of who ends up in the Oval Office.

In the U.S., Trump’s comments have been a boon for Biden, who was facing unwelcome questions about his age.Continue reading the main story

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How China built the electric car company BYD into a Tesla killer.A huge collection of lost images reveals the history of Rio de Janeiro’s carnival.

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Argentina’s president, who once called Pope Francis an “imbecile,” met with the pontiff for an hourlong conversation that the Vatican described as “cordial.”As the Vatican’s go-to A.I. ethicist, Father Paolo Benanti spends his days thinking about the Holy Ghost and the ghosts in the machines.

Other Big Stories

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An Atlanta judge said that he would proceed with a hearing later this week delving into a romantic relationship between the two prosecutors leading the election interference case against Trump.A bipartisan coalition of senators was on track to push a $95 billion foreign aid package to the brink of passage, despite full-throated opposition from many Republicans.New York City braced for what could be its biggest snowstorm in two years.

What Else Is Happening

Super Bowl viewership soared to 123.4 million in the U.S., a new high.Climate change is no laughing matter, unless it’s the inspiration for comedy.Do you despise Valentine’s Day? Now marketers are targeting people with complicated feelings about the holiday.

A Morning Read

A pronghorn runs across a road near power lines.
Nina Riggio for The New York Times

Solar panels are essential to a clean energy future, but they require a lot of space, which often involves building in critical areas for wildlife.

The question of whether humans can build necessary solar infrastructure without harming nature is playing out in the grasslands of the American West, prime locations for solar farms and home to animals like pronghorn. Measures that can make the farms safer for wildlife often go unused in the U.S. because of a dearth of regulations and lack of research.

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African Cup final: A fairy-tale finish sealed glory for Ivory Coast.

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Super Bowl M.V.P.: Patrick Mahomes did it again for Kansas City.

ARTS AND IDEAS
A man and a woman stare at writing on the wall of the Love Bank’s underground vault.
David W Cerny/Reuters

No deposits at Slovakia’s Love Bank

In Slovakia, the Love Bank, which has a vault where 7,000 people have deposited keepsakes of their affection, will be closed this Valentine’s Day.

The bank’s medieval building in Banska Stiavnica almost burned down last March — the result, apparently, of an electrical fault, not rapture run amok.

But the vault, and the text of a 19th-century love poem certified by the World Record Academy as the world’s longest, remain intact. The poem’s author wrote it for the woman he adored, who lived in the building the Love Bank occupies and, alas, married someone else.

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