Your briefing on Tuesday: Israel’s ruling coalition is falling apart

We cover the break-up of Israel’s ruling coalition and the links between battery production in China and forced labor in Xinjiang.

The Israeli ruling coalition will a vote to dissolve parliament before the end of the monthannounced by the prime minister’s office, sending the country to its fifth election in three years.

The collapse comes after weeks of paralysis caused by the flight of two right-wing lawmakers and frequent riots by three others, making Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s coalition no longer a majority in parliament. The aftermath is a political lifeline for Benjamin Netanyahu, a former prime minister who left office last June and whose Likud party is currently leading the poll.

The elections, which are expected to take place in the autumn, come at a tense moment after the rise in Palestinian attacks on Israelis and the escalation of the shadow war between Israel and Iran.

The current coalition agreement requires Jair Lapid, the foreign minister and centrist, a former television operator, to take over as caretaker prime minister if right-wing deserts lead to early elections. If this agreement is met, Lapid will lead the government for at least a few months.

As Russia took control of much of the Donbass region, a small town has become a focal point where the leaders of Ukraine say that the fate of the country Donbass can be decided.

The town of Toshkivka was taken over by Russian forces over the weekend, a worrying development for Ukrainian forces defending a 30-mile stretch of land known as the Severodonetsk Pocket. The pocket is about three-quarters surrounded by Russian forces, leaving only a small gap where Ukrainian forces can transport supplies and troops to their remaining settlements in Donbas.

Ukraine’s battle to keep the Severodonetsk pocket focused on a strategy to draw Russian forces into close urban combat to reduce the impact of their enormous firepower. If Russia cuts off supply lines to Severodonetsk and Lisichansk, it could claim full control of the Luhansk region, which makes up about half of Donbass.

Elsewhere, Russia intensified its bombing of Kharkiv, Ukraine ‘s second largest city, weeks after Ukrainian fighters repulsed Russian forces. Ten neighborhoods or villages around the city have been attacked in the last 24 hours, a city official said.

Video: Thousands of refugees from Ukraine were sent to so-called filtration camps, where they were interrogated and then forced to settle in Russia. Some Ukrainians fled to Estonia; they told us their stories.

butter: Russia is becoming Chinese the largest source of oil last month, when Chinese companies intervened to buy oil, which came under expanding sanctions in the West.

sanctions: Russia has sworn revenge against Lithuania for the prohibition of railway ships to the Russian territory of Kaliningrad.

Chinese companies involved in forced labor practices in the Xinjiang region are playing an increasingly important role in the global battery supply chain for electric vehicles, representing a potential problem for efforts to combat climate change.

Although China’s draconian repression of minorities in Xinjiang has sparked outrage around the world, car companies continue to turn to Chinese manufacturers, which produce three-quarters of the world’s lithium-ion batteries. Trade experts have estimated that thousands of global companies may have ties to Xinjiang.

Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang are trained in governance, etiquette and “loving the party and the country” before being sent to work in mines and factories that produce some of the most sought after minerals on earth.

China denies the existence of forced labor. But an expert on human rights and modern slavery told The Times that resistance to such “relocated labor” programs is seen as a sign of extremist activity and risks being sent to internment camp.

US response: A new U.S. law that goes into effect on Tuesday will ban the entry into the country of products made in Xinjiang or linked to work programs there. It requires importers from Xinjiang to provide documentation showing that their products and the raw materials for these products are free from forced labor, a complex undertaking given the opacity of Chinese supply chains.

Australians have only recently begun to document and evaluate their linguistic distinctiveness. The hard work (“hard yakka”) of sifting through thousands of words and phrases – such as “a face like a half-sucked mango” – is done by the editors of the Australian National Dictionary Center, who help to tell the story. a story about a country that likes to play with words.

Rosé has become synonymous with fun summer drinking. But as Eric Azimov, a wine critic for The Times, says, you can open a bottle long after Labor Day. “I am a firm believer in drinking roses all year round,” he told us. “Being funny doesn’t mean being low quality.”

If you think you don’t like roses, look at different types, especially if you’ve only had very pale roses that are in vogue, or you’ve tried ones that look tasteless or too sweet. “You may find that you’ve actually missed something that’s been delicious all these years,” says Eric.

Go to a serious, independent wine shop and ask for help, he says. “What is imperative is to actually talk to people in the store who tend to be really interested in what they sell and who want to make people happy.”

And here is Eric’s election 12 exclusive roses from $ 13 to $ 35. – Natasha Frost, author of briefings

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