Want to catch up with the news quickly? Here are the top stories from Friday, November 10, 2023.
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1. Department of Veterans Affairs expands online platform to honor veterans
Just in time for Veterans Day, the Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding a digital project to honor U.S. service members by showcasing their stories. The Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM) Project allows family and friends to craft pages for service members in their lives, where they can post photos and other tributes for them.
Veterans Affairs on its own creates profiles on the site with military service records and cemetery information. Ahead of the holiday this year, 10 million veteran profiles were added, according to WBTV.
2. Gaza workers accuse Israeli authorities of abuse and beatings
Palestinian workers who were being held in Israel until they were expelled last week are coming forward with allegations against Israeli authorities, accusing them of “torture."
The workers, who spoke to several media outlets, say they were stripped naked, held in cages, viciously beaten, and subjected to electric shocks. They were detained after the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks, prompting six human rights organizations in Israel to file a petition in Israel’s High Court calling their arrests “without legal authority and without legal grounds.”
3. New York doctors successfully perform world’s first whole-eye transplant
A surgical team at NYU Langone Health in New York has performed the world’s first successful whole-eye transplant in a living person. After an accident at work, Aaron James has made medical history by receiving a new left eye and a partial face transplant.
140 surgeons at NYU Langone completed the transplantation procedure, which took about 21 hours. The entire left eye and parts of the face came from a single donor, and while he can’t see out of the new eye, James and his doctors are hopeful that his vision will come in time.