In the headlines
Hundreds of thousands of Israeli troops are massing near the border with Gaza ahead of an expected ground offensive. The death toll from Saturday’s terrorist atrocities has jumped to 1,200; retaliatory airstrikes on Gaza have left more than 1,000 dead. Joe Biden yesterday called the attacks by Hamas an “act of sheer evil”, saying they brought to mind “the worst rampages of Isis”. British spymasters want the next James Bond to be black or female, according to a 30-year Foreign Office veteran. John Taylor, who worked for the UK government in Moscow, claims intelligence bosses think the change would encourage more diverse candidates to apply for MI5 and MI6. A fierce mother bear has been crowned the winner of this year’s Fat Bear Week in Alaska. Organisers said Grazer (below), only the third-ever female champion, won over fans with her “gutsy” willingness to challenge bigger rivals.