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The Israeli military said early this morning that its troops were raiding Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital, a complex of buildings where thousands of people have sheltered and conditions for patients have grown increasingly grim as supplies have dwindled. Fighting has been raging nearby for days, and the hospital was struck at least four times over the weekend.

In a statement posted on social media, the Israel Defense Forces said it had launched “a precise and targeted operation against Hamas in a specified area in the Shifa Hospital.” It remained unclear how many troops were involved in the assault or what their immediate objective was.

Israeli commanders say that Hamas fighters have built an underground operational hub and tunnels under the hospital. They have accused Hamas, the armed group that controls Gaza, of using patients, doctors and hospital workers as human shields for command centers and safe houses. Hamas and hospital officials deny the accusations.

Mass graves: Workers at Al-Shifa buried dozens of bodies on the complex because the bodies had started to decompose and posed a health hazard, according to the medical authorities in Gaza.

Ukrainian police officials and prosecutors have accused two politicians and a former prosecutor of colluding with a Russian intelligence agency in aiding an effort by Rudolph Giuliani several years ago to tie the Biden family to corruption in Ukraine.

Kostyantyn Kulyk, a former Ukrainian deputy prosecutor general; Oleksandr Dubinsky, a current member of Ukraine’s Parliament; and Andriy Derkach, a former member, were indicted on charges of treason and belonging to a criminal organization. The charges refer to “information-subversive activities” and focus on actions in 2019. They do not say if or when the activity stopped.

A high-profile reprieve: Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has pardoned one of the convicted organizers of the murder of the acclaimed human rights journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Putin’s move was in return for the man’s service in Ukraine, a lawyer for the man said.

A centrist pivot by Rishi Sunak, the British prime minister, has left some saying that his recent cabinet reshuffle could fracture the coalition that delivered a landslide victory for the Conservative Party in 2019 and that it risked alienating working-class voters who once flocked to the Tory slogan “Get Brexit done.”

“Ending up with three moderates in the top four positions is not going to be great for his party politics,” said Jonathan Powell, who served as chief of staff to Tony Blair. “A centrist cabinet in a right-wing party is a dangerous combination for a prime minister.”

Sunak’s third makeover: When he replaced Liz Truss as prime minister 13 months ago, Sunak initially cast himself as a pragmatic technocrat before adopting divisive policies on climate change, immigration and crime to try to put the opposition Labour Party on the defensive.

A trove of dozens of historic maps, some dating as far back as the 15th century, has been digitized as Oculi Mundi (the Eyes of the World), an online archive.

The maps are artifacts of people’s efforts to pinpoint where they were and where they were going next, in the age before the emergence of GPS and phones that could tell us exactly where we are. And each has its own story.

Why soccer fears tramadol: The World Anti-Doping Agency’s decision to put the painkiller on its banned list could have serious consequences for players.

Women’s soccer: Emma Hayes has been confirmed as the new head coach of the U.S. team, in a deal that makes her the highest-paid coach in the sport.

The return of David Cameron: Social media announcements about the Conservative Party’s cabinet reshuffle appeared to refer to a sports media celebrity.

Success in Formula 1’s glitziest race: As the paddock travels to Nevada for the Las Vegas Grand Prix’s debut, many questions remain.

Manuel Oliver’s son Joaquin was one of 17 people killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Valentine’s Day of 2018. Known to his friends as Guac, he was a 17-year-old who loved bacon, buttery popcorn, Guns N’ Roses and the Miami Heat.

Since Joaquin was killed, Oliver, a painter, has used art and activism to push for stronger gun regulation. Most recently, he has been performing “Guac: The One Man Show,” a 90-minute show about his son’s life, around the U.S. He hopes to stage it again in New York in 2024, and to bring the show to Europe. “It makes me feel very connected to my son,” he said.

That’s it for today’s briefing. See you tomorrow. — Natasha

P.S. Do you know the fictional places in these popular novels? Take our quiz.

You can reach Natasha and the team at briefing@nytimes.com.

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