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Gaza's Hamas rulers have released a video of a captive Israeli citizen it has held incommunicado since 2015. The video released Tuesday shows the young man lying in a hospital bed while wearing an oxygen mask. It was the first image of Hisham al-Sayed to be released since he wandered across the frontier from southern Israel into Gaza. It came a day after Hamas said the condition of one of the Israeli prisoners it is holding had deteriorated. Hamas is believed to be holding the remains of two dead Israeli soldiers as well as two captive Israeli civilians, including al-Sayid. Repeated attempts at a prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas have failed.

    New Jersey’s Democratic-led Legislature has teed up a vote on a record budget of over $50 billion that boosts spending 9% over last year, sets aside $2 billion for property-tax payers and renters, and carries a $6 billion surplus into the new fiscal year. The spending blueprint emerged from closed-door negotiations late Monday and sped through the Democratic-led Assembly and Senate committees soon after. Republicans issued what has become an annual refrain that there was little transparency and short time to review the plan. Among the new proposals is a property tax relief program that will offer credits to property owners and rebates to renters.

    President Joe Biden is arriving in Spain to meet with fellow leaders of NATO at a moment of growing concern about the alliance's resolve in the face of the grinding war in Ukraine. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan says that Biden on Tuesday would detail a plan to increase the number of Navy destroyers based in Rota, Spain, from four to six during talks with Spain's prime minister. Sullivan says the move was one of multiple announcements Biden and NATO allies would make during the summit to help bolster the alliance in the region.

    The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that a judge had no authority to issue indictments in the Flint water scandal. The ruling Tuesday wipes out charges against former Gov. Rick Snyder, his health director and seven other people. It’s an astonishing defeat for Attorney General Dana Nessel. She took office in 2019, got rid of a special prosecutor and put together a new team to investigate whether crimes were committed when lead contaminated Flint’s water system starting in 2014. Snyder was charged with misdemeanors. Ex-health chief Nick Lyon and Michigan’s former chief medical executive, Dr. Eden Wells, were charged with involuntary manslaughter tied to deaths from Legionnaires' disease, which was blamed on bad water.

    Italian Premier Mario Draghi says the Indonesian presidency of the Group of 20 nations has ruled out in-person participation by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the November meeting of the group in Bali. The summit risked awkward diplomatic encounters if Putin were to have come, as announced by the Kremlin. But Draghi, whose country held the G-20 presidency before Indonesia, said Tuesday the G-7 had rallied to support Indonesian President Joko Widodo to organize a successful summit. Asked about the Kremlin’s announcement that Putin would participate, Draghi said: “President Widodo excludes it. He was categorical: He’s not coming. What might happen — I don’t know what will happen but what might happen — is perhaps a remote intervention.”

    Five of New Hampshire’s Republican U.S. Senate hopefuls are suggesting they don’t support enacting federal abortion legislation though most initially sidestepped the question during their first debate. Donald Bolduc, Bruce Fenton, Vikram Mansharamani, Chuck Morse and Kevin Smith were asked Monday whether they would support federal laws restricting abortion after the Supreme Court ended constitutional protections. While all praised the decision, Fenton was the only candidate who clearly said no to federal legislation. The others indicated their opposition only by not raising their hands when a moderator pressed them to take a position. U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, the Democrat they want to unseat, argues that several of them have made it clear they would back such legislation.

    The European Medicines Agency says it will begin reviewing data to decide if a smallpox vaccine made by the pharmaceutical company Bavarian Nordic might also be authorized for monkeypox, amid a growing outbreak of the disease across the continent. In a statement on Tuesday, the EU drug regulator noted that the vaccine, known as Imvanex in Europe but sold as Jynneos in the U.S., is already cleared for use against monkeypox by American regulators. In Europe, the vaccine is only authorized in adults for the prevention of smallpox, which is related to monkeypox.


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