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New Zealand’s parliament has voted in favor of legalizing euthanasia, paving the way for a national referendum on the issue next year. The law would allow terminally ill people with less than six months to live the opportunity to choose assisted dying if approved by two doctors. The bill was passed with a vote of 69-51, ending years of heated parliamentary debate on the topic.
Testimony from a career diplomat at the first public hearings of the impeachment inquiry opened new questions about what President Trump knew about the campaign to pressure Ukraine and when he knew it. Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, relayed an account by a member of his staff, who said he overheard the president asking about “the investigations” one day after the now-infamous July 25 call between Mr. Trump and Volodymyr Zelensky.
Official weather forecasts for Australia out on Thursday showed no substantial rains for at least three months, providing grim news as firefighters battle to get more than 100 bushfires raging across the east coast under control. Wildfires in New South Wales and Queensland states have killed four people, destroyed hundreds of homes and wiped out 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares) of farmland and bush over the past week.
Israel and the militant group Islamic Jihad have begun a ceasefire after at least 34 Palestinians were killed in the heaviest fighting in months. Almost half of the dead were civilians, including eight children and three women, medical officials in Gaza said. Eight members of one Gaza family were killed by an Israeli missile strike shortly before the truce came into effect, officials and residents said.
Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, has already seen 10 million sign-ups since launching Tuesday, the company announced Wednesday. At $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year, Disney+ is significantly cheaper than competitors such as Netflix, which charges $12.99 for its most popular standard HD plan. Disney is offering a seven-day free trial, so likely not all of the sign-ups represent customers who will continue to pay for the service.