Up First briefing: Netanyahu talks Gaza’s future; Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs accused of rape

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discusses Gaza’s future, a new contract for United Auto Workers, and a lawsuit against Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs are major stories today.

Netanyahu on Gaza: The Prime Minister discussed the future of Gaza, revealing intentions to demilitarize and deradicalize the area.
* Netanyahu denied needing Israeli troops in Gaza indefinitely, citing Gaza’s small scale and indicating that Israel has an “overriding military responsibility” for the foreseeable future.
* Netanyahu claims a unity in Israel “as never before”, despite opposition from some voters.

United Auto Workers contract: The union members have approved a new contract that includes a 25% wage increase over four years with General Motors.
* Ford and Stellantis workers are still in the process of voting for their contracts.
* Once ratified, the companies can proceed with production plans, impacting consumers and the wider economy.

Diddy accused: R&B singer Cassie has accused hip-hop mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs of rape, sex trafficking, and physical assault.
* The lawsuit alleges that these abuses started soon after she joined his record label in 2006.

Other international updates: The Guatemalan president-elect Bernie Arévalo is facing obstruction from the government, and reminiscing on the life of Vivian Silver, a Canadian Israeli peace activist.
* Prosecutors intend to charge Arévalo in relation to a protest at Guatemala’s public university.
* Vivian Silver, held hostage after the Hamas attacks, dedicated her life towards peace in the Middle East region and was mourned by hundreds.
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