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5 PM ET: Hostage talks stall, ex-US ambassador charged, Spotify job cuts & more
CNN 5 Things
Dec 4, 2023

We start with the latest on negotiations to release hostages held by Hamas as Israel’s operation in Gaza expands. The father of a 6-year-old Palestinian-American boy who was fatally stabbed near Chicago has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. A former US ambassador accused of spying for Cuba has been federally charged. Parts of the US are expected to see heavy rain and flooding. And, more Spotify jobs are on the chopping block.

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Ifeoma Dike
00:00:01
Hello. From CNN, I'm Ifeoma Dike with the five things you need to know for Monday, December 4th.
Ifeoma Dike
00:00:07
Israeli forces are now operating in southern Gaza, according to a video geolocated by CNN. This comes as the military says it's close to achieving its objectives in northern Gaza. During his trip to Gaza today, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross described the level of the human suffering as, quote, "intolerable" and reiterated his appeal to protect civilians. Meanwhile, multiple U.S. senior administration officials say there's little prospect that talks to release hostages Hamas is holding will resume any time soon. Here's CNN's Natasha Bertrand.
Natasha Bertrand, CNN
00:00:40
What appears to have happened, of course, is that Hamas was refusing, according to our sources, to release the women that it was holding. And the Israelis wanted a list, of course, of all of the women and children, hostages that that Hamas was prepared to release. And Hamas was simply not willing to provide that.
Ifeoma Dike
00:00:57
'As the Israel-Hamas war continues. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial resumed today after a two month pause. He's been on trial since January 2020 and faces charges in three separate cases.
Ifeoma Dike
00:01:11
'The father of the six-year-old Palestinian-American boy who was stabbed to death in October near Chicago, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Officials say the child, Wadea Al-Fayoumi was killed by his family's landlord, Joseph Czuba, for being Muslim. The complaint shows Al-Fayoumi's father is suing Czuba for wrongful death battery. Plus, his wife Mary, and the property management company for wrongful death negligence, claiming they failed to prevent harm to Wadea. The lawsuit claims before the attack Mary Czuba texted Al-Fayoumi's mother Hanaan Shaheen, who was also stabbed above quote, "Joseph M. Czuba's hatred of Muslims and current conflict in the Middle East. And that he told Mary he thought "Shaheen's Palestinian friends were going to harm them.". CNN has reached out to an attorney for Mary Czuba. Joseph Czuba has been charged with first degree murder and has pleaded not guilty.
Ifeoma Dike
00:02:01
'A former U.S. ambassador to Bolivia is accused of spying for Cuba. That's according to unsealed court documents. 73-year-old Manuel Rocha is facing three federal charges, including acting as an illegal agent of a foreign government. During a hearing today, prosecutors asked that he remain behind bars until his trial. Rocha's attorney asked for his bond to be set. Prosecutors say Rocha had several meetings with an undercover FBI employee posing as a member of Cuban intelligence. Here's U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Merrick Garland, US Attorney General
00:02:33
Rocha repeatedly referred to the United States as, quote, the enemy, and he repeatedly bragged about the significance of his efforts, saying that, quote, "What has been done has strengthened the revolution immensely."
Ifeoma Dike
00:02:48
Prosecutors say the Cuban government has works to recruit U.S. personnel for years. The northwest U.S. is expected to get hit with heavy rain today and tomorrow with millions at risk of flooding. The National Weather Service says the Olympic Mountains in Washington could get up to ten inches of rain before Wednesday. And over the weekend, much of the region experienced heavy mountain snowfall and intense wind gusts. CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam has more.
Derek Van Dam, CNN meteorologist
00:03:15
This series of atmospheric rivers that have brought this fire hose of moisture to the region has had freezing levels low enough to create this perfect winter wonderland. But the next approaching atmospheric river has got a moisture plume that's can trace it all the way back to basically Hawaii. So that means it's going to be warmer. And that means that we're going to see more rain out of this event.
Ifeoma Dike
00:03:36
More Spotify jobs are on the chopping block. That's coming up.
Ifeoma Dike
00:03:44
Hey, welcome back.
Ifeoma Dike
00:03:45
Spotify says it's laying off 1500 employees and a third round of job cuts this year. In a letter to staff posted on the company's website, the head of the music streaming company pointed to slow economic growth and expensive capital. Spotify's massive hiring spree helps it gain tens of millions of subscribers. But they didn't make it consistently profitable. As a result, the CEO says the changes aim to make the company more efficient.
Ifeoma Dike
00:04:11
That's a wrap. Join us again at 10 p.m. Eastern.