Israel has killed a top commander from the Iranian-backed Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad. The attack was carried out in targeted airstrikes in eastern Gaza on Tuesday. Militants responded to the killing of Baha Abu Al-Atta by firing rockets at Israeli cities, including Tel Aviv, in what is the most serious escalation of tensions in months.
Bolivia’s former president Evo Morales has boarded a plane bound for Mexico where he has been granted asylum, the Mexican foreign minister has announced. Earlier on Monday evening Morales tweeted a farewell after his resignation in the wake of a disputed election, saying that he would be take up the offer of asylum in Mexico but would soon “return with greater strength and energy”.
Hong Kong police fired tear gas on Tuesday in the Central financial district, over the harbor in Mong Kok and at universities to break up pro-democracy protests which they said were leading the city to the “brink of total breakdown”. The clashes came a day after police shot a protester at close range and a man was doused with petrol and set on fire in some of the worst violence in the Chinese-ruled city in decades.
Google has gained access to a huge trove of US patient data – without the need to notify those patients – thanks to a deal with a major health firm.
The scheme, dubbed Project Nightingale, was agreed with Ascension, which runs 2,600 hospitals. Google can access health records, names and addresses without telling patients, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news.
As Alibaba reaches the conclusion of Singles Day, its 24-hour shopping extravaganza held each year on November 11, the e-commerce giant has already crushed comparable US shopping events, including Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Amazon’s Prime Day. Alibaba said that in its first hour, it generated an estimated $13 billion in sales, nearly double the total estimated sales amassed in 48 hours during Prime Day in July.