The Federal Reserve on Wednesday held interest rates at a 22-year high, countries reached a deal at the COP28 climate summit to transition away from fossil fuels, and Germany reached a last-minute budget deal to avoid a financial shutdown. Plus, the FT’s John Paul Rathbone explains whether Israel can continue its pursuit of Hamas without losing western support.

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Joe Biden’s criticism of Israel highlights mounting unease over Gaza war

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Germany agrees budget deal to plug €17bn hole after debt ruling

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