1. French political parties were rushing to find alliances - and trying not to fall apart - in a race against the clock to prepare for a snap election.

2. Antony Blinken said a Hamas statement of support for a UN resolution backing a proposal for a ceasefire in the Gaza war was a "hopeful sign".

3. Ukraine's army has struck missile launch positions in Russia, helping to reduce the number of attacks on the embattled city of Kharkiv.

4. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has retained all key cabinet ministers in their portfolios in the new government.

5. Elon Musk said he would ban Apple devices at his companies if the iPhone maker integrates OpenAI at the operating system level.