The artist running Israel’s Venice Biennale pavilion says she won’t open it until hostage deal and Gaza ceasefire is reached

Israel’s representative at Venice’s Biennale exhibition has said she won’t unveil the country’s pavilion until a hostage and ceasefire deal has been reached in Gaza. Artist Ruth Patir said the exhibit in the Italian city “will only open when the release of hostages and ceasefire agreement happens” in a statement shared on Instagram Tuesday. Patir said … Read more

Australia’s leader says French worker who intervened in stabbing attack can stay as long as he likes

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s prime minister says a French construction worker who confronted a man who stabbed six people to death in a Sydney shopping mall is welcome to stay in the country as long as he likes. Damien Guerot has been nicknamed “Bollard Man” on social media because of security camera footage showing him … Read more

Xi Rebuffs Pressure From Scholz to Rein In Chinese Manufacturing

(Bloomberg) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping told his German counterpart that a surge in Chinese clean-technology exports has helped the world tackle inflation, as he pushed back against European and US pressure to rein in the country’s powerhouse industries. Most Read from Bloomberg Xi’s comments to Chancellor Olaf Scholz during talks in Beijing suggest China … Read more

Nissan says it will make next-generation EV batteries by early 2029

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan expects to mass produce electric vehicles powered by advanced next-generation batteries by early 2029, the company said Tuesday during a media tour of an unfinished pilot plant. Japan’s legacy automakers have fallen behind newer rivals like America’s Tesla and China’s BYD in the emerging all-electric auto sector. But Nissan, like … Read more

China’s economy expands by a surprisingly strong pace in the first quarter of 2024

Editor’s Note: Sign up for CNN’s Meanwhile in China newsletter which explores what you need to know about the country’s rise and how it impacts the world. China’s economy grew stronger than expected at the start of this year, mainly thanks to robust growth in high-tech manufacturing. Gross domestic product grew by 5.3% in the … Read more

Chinese city Zhengzhou tells state-owned company to buy second-hand homes to reduce new housing inventories

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s central city of Zhengzhou has asked residents to sell their second-hand homes to a local state-owned company and buy new ones instead, in a bid to reduce new-home inventories and boost the local property sector. Local state state-owned company Zhengzhou Urban Development Group Co. will buy 500 second-hand homes from April … Read more