The New York Times: Απόφαση των ΗΠΑ να αναστείλουν την αποστολή όπλων στο Ισραήλ και διαδηλώσεις σε πανεπιστημιουπόλεις στην Ιρλανδία και τη Βρετανία – Το ανθρώπινο κόστος της κατασκευής των Ολυμπιακών Αγώνων – Οι ΗΠΑ θα παρακρατήσουν τα όπλα εάν δεχθεί επίθεση στη Ράφα, είπε ο Μπάιντεν – Εξαρθρώθηκε ένα αντιπολεμικό στρατόπεδο διαμαρτυρίας στο Δουβλίνο – Η Ρωσία χτύπησε υποδομές στην Ουκρανία – Βραζιλία: Οι πλημμύρες έχουν σκοτώσει περισσότερους από 100 ανθρώπους και τουλάχιστον 130 αγνοούνται

Several men and boys climb on the rubble of a building, some of them hauling various items.
Palestinians carry belongings out of the ruins of a home after an Israeli strike in Rafah. Hatem Khaled/Reuters

U.S. will withhold arms if Rafah is attacked, Biden said

President Biden said he had told Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, that the U.S. would halt shipments of some weapons if Israel launched a major assault on Rafah, the city where more than a million Palestinians have taken refuge. “If they go into Rafah, I’m not going to be supplying the weapons that have been used historically,” he told CNN.

Hours earlier, Lloyd Austin, the U.S. defense secretary, acknowledged that a decision last week to delay the delivery of thousands of heavy bombs had been linked to Israel’s threats to invade Rafah, one of Hamas’s last bastions in Gaza.

Experts on the U.S.-Israeli relationship say the pause in delivering the munitions shows that the alliance has hit a significant divide, with more ruptures possibly to come amid declining American public support for the Israeli war effort.

Details: The suspended arms delivery included 2,000-pound bombs, which are among the most destructive in Israel’s arsenal. In the first six weeks of the war, Israel routinely used such bombs in parts of Gaza that it had designated safe for civilians, a Times investigation found.

Meetings: The head of the C.I.A. met with Netanyahu yesterday afternoon in a U.S. push to clinch a deal for a cease-fire in Gaza and the release of Israeli hostages held by Hamas.

Analysis: The hold on the bombs represents a significant shift in relations but may not necessarily be a breaking point, Peter Baker, the White House correspondent, writes.

An aerial view of 30 or so tents clustered together on a college quad.
The student protest encampment on the grounds of Trinity College Dublin yesterday. Niall Carson/Press Association, via Associated Press

An antiwar protest camp in Dublin was dismantled

Students at Trinity College Dublin who oppose the war in Gaza dismantled their protest camp yesterday after the institution agreed to divest from Israeli companies that the U.N. said had links to settlements in occupied Palestinian territories as soon as next month.

Trinity said that its endowment fund also would seek to divest from investments in other Israeli companies in the future. “We fully understand the driving force behind the encampment on our campus, and we are in solidarity with the students in our horror of what is happening in Gaza,” the college said in a statement.

Context: Ireland is one of the E.U.’s strongest supporters of the Palestinian cause. Many people there compare Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian territories to centuries of British colonialism in their own country.

Other news:

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will urge university leaders in Britain today to clamp down on antisemitism. He suggested that some pro-Palestinian protesters had harassed Jewish students.In the U.S., the police broke up an encampment at George Washington University, and the University of Southern California scrambled to preserve its graduation ceremony.A Republican-led House committee has accused three liberal school districts in the U.S. of tolerating antisemitism. Here are takeaways from a hearing.
A man walks amid the rubble of a house.
Surveying the ruins of a house that was hit during a Russian strike in the Kyiv region yesterday. Efrem Lukatsky/Associated Press

Russia pummeled infrastructure in Ukraine

Russia made its fifth attack on Ukrainian energy facilities in the past month and a half, part of a campaign to cut off electricity to Ukrainian civilians. The missile-and-drone assault seriously damaged several power plants across the country early yesterday, Ukrainian officials said.

Ukraine’s ability to intercept such airstrikes has been severely compromised. Pauses in Western aid have left it with a shortage of air defense weapons and ammunition.

Recruits: Ukraine’s Parliament passed a bill allowing some convicts to serve in the military, in exchange for the possibility of eventual parole.

MORE TOP NEWS
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Nelson Almeida/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Brazil: Floods have killed more than 100 people and left at least 130 missing.Xi Jinping: China’s leader spent the day in Serbia. He marked the anniversary of a misdirected U.S. airstrike that destroyed China’s embassy in 1999.Threats: Climate change, biodiversity loss and the spread of invasive species are making infectious diseases more dangerous to people, plants and animals, a study found.
Cryptocurrency: Customers of FTX are poised to recover all of the money they lost when the firm collapsed in 2022, plus interest, the company’s bankruptcy lawyers said.Russia: Britain accused Russia’s foreign intelligence service of “malign activity,” announcing the expulsion of a Russian diplomat.China-U.S. relations: Cheap Chinese exports have become a target for the Biden administration, which has warned that they pose a threat to U.S. factories.Olympics: The flame arrived in France yesterday to start a weekslong relay to Paris, as the country gets ready for the Summer Games.Brain worm: The presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has faced health issues, including a parasite in his brain.
Sexual assault: Luis Rubiales, Spain’s former soccer chief, will stand trial for forcibly kissing a star player on the mouth at the Women’s World Cup medal ceremony last August.
MORNING READ
An ugly and rather baffling construction site under a cloudy sky.
Dmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times

Official data shows no deaths and fewer than 200 injuries at Olympics sites over a four-year construction blitz. That is in line with promises made by Emmanuel Macron, the French president, to avoid the construction hazards and migrant abuses that marred soccer’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

But inspection records and other documents show that delivering the Games has been more dangerous than organizers have let on. And when undocumented immigrants are hurt on the job, workers and officials say, the injuries are often handled off the books.

Lives lived: Steve Albini, a storied studio engineer and rock musician who helped shape the sound of alternative music, has died at 61.

SPORTS NEWS

A dismal semifinal: In the Champions League, PSG was defeated by Borussia Dortmund but retains hope for the future.

Women’s tennis dominance: Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina are pushing each other forward.

Investigating the rejection: The House Judiciary Committee looks into Andretti’s failed Formula 1 bid.

Marathon running: Conner Mantz and Clayton Young, both champion long-distance runners, were close friends vying to represent the U.S. at the Paris Games. But who would qualify?

ARTS AND IDEAS
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Amit Elkayam for The New York Times

Gaza hangs over Eurovision

The war in Gaza has loomed over the Eurovision Song Contest. Pro-Palestinian groups and many fans have tried in vain to get Eden Golan of Israel, above, banned from participating. (She is set to perform today.)

Already, some artists have tried to protest the war, even though banners and symbols that could stir up tensions are technically prohibited. In the first round, on Tuesday, a Swedish artist wore a kaffiyeh, and Ireland’s act said they had been barred from displaying a pro-Palestinian slogan.

“The public discussion has been all around Gaza, almost to an imposing extent,” said my colleague Alex Marshall, who covers culture for The Times from London.

Alex told me that he did not expect major disruptions at the concert itself. Two protests are planned far from the venue in Malmo, Sweden, which is hosting the contest. He thinks audiences are more likely to manifest their opposition to Israel’s war by voting against Golan.

But for many attendees, he said, politics will take a back seat. “Eurovision says it’s about bringing the world together in music,” he said, “and a lot of its fans believe that.”

For more: Croatia, which is currently leading the betting, is Alex’s pick to win. Here’s its song.

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Marinated chicken breasts on a hot plate, with a small container of dressing on the side.
Romulo Yanes for The New York Times. Food Stylist: Vivian Lui

Cook: Use a Ziploc bag to marinate these garlic-ginger chicken breasts.

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