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- $300K Refi in this Economy? 2.10% APR (15 yr)on May 7, 2021 at 12:20 am
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- You Don’t Need to Leave Home to Build a Lifeby Rainesford Stauffer on May 6, 2021 at 3:43 pm
How I got disenchanted with the idea that going from a small town to a big city was a rite of passage.
- S. Korea raids activist’s office over anti-North leafletson May 6, 2021 at 3:31 pm
South Korean police have raided the office of an activist who said he floated propaganda leaflets toward North Korea by balloon in defiance of a contentious new law that bans such actions
- Coronavirus live: seven cases of Indian variant confirmed in Northern Ireland; EU to speed up Covid drugs approvalby Rhi Storer (now); Yohannes Lowe, Martin Belam and Helen Sullivan (earlier) on May 6, 2021 at 3:30 pm
Northern Ireland chief medical officer says discovery highlights need for caution; EU aims to have three new medicines authorised by OctoberUS support for vaccine patent waivers puts pressure on EU and UKEU ‘ready to discuss’ waiver on Covid vaccine patentsEU wants to mass produce three ‘course-changing’ Covid drugsWhat is patent waiving and will it solve the global shortage?Nepal facing ‘human catastrophe’ amid rampant Covid surgeCovid third wave ‘inevitable’ in India, say health experts 4.21pm BSTThe European Commission has asked EU nations to join forces to develop and deploy coronavirus treatments across the 27-nation bloc. From Associated Press: The European Commission says vaccines will not eradicate coronavirus “overnight” and efficient drugs will still be required to treat patients in hospitals or at home, including those with long-haul symptoms after Covid-19.The commission wants to set up a portfolio of 10 potential Covid-19 treatments with the aim of authorising three new drugs by October. The executive branch says two more treatments could get approved by the end of the year. 4.15pm BSTFrance has joined the US in supporting an easing of patent protections on coronavirus vaccines that could help poorer countries get more doses and speed the end of the pandemic. Speaking on a visit Thursday to a vaccine centre, the president, Emmanuel Macron, said he “completely” supported opening up intellectual property protections for coronavirus vaccines. Macron said that “evidently, we must turn this vaccine in a global public good.” Continue reading…
- Second Time Lucky? Eurovision Hopefuls Try Again.by Alex Marshall on May 6, 2021 at 3:26 pm
Eurovision acts are known for being one-hit wonders. Can this year’s contestants, most returnees from the canceled 2020 event, break the stereotype?
- Somalia says it has resumed diplomatic ties with Kenyaon May 6, 2021 at 3:21 pm
Somalia says it has resumed diplomatic ties with neighboring Kenya after severing relations late last year
- In major move, South Africa to end captive lion industryon May 6, 2021 at 3:21 pm
South Africa says it will end its captive lion industry in a major move for conservation
- Covid-19 Live Updates: India’s Vaccinations Dip as Outbreak Reaches New Highsby The New York Times on May 6, 2021 at 3:19 pm
A booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine is effective against variants first identified in South Africa and Brazil. The European Union is considering supporting a patent waiver for Covid vaccines.
- Liz Cheney warns Republican party at ‘turning point’ as critics plot her removal – liveby Joan E Greve in Washington on May 6, 2021 at 3:16 pm
House Republicans bid to oust Cheney from conference chair role‘Republicans must decide whether we are going to choose truth’ 4.16pm BSTThe Republican governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has signed a bill restricting voting access in the state.The AP reports: The Republican governor signed the freshly passed legislation ahead of his impending announcement that he’ll run for reelection in the nation’s largest battleground state. Aiming for a broad impact among Donald Trump’s party base, he staged the signing on a live broadcast of Fox & Friends Thursday morning, flanked by a small group of GOP legislators in Palm Beach County. Other media organizations were shut out.DeSantis said the new law puts Florida ahead of the curve in preventing any potential fraud. ‘Right now I have what we think is the strongest election integrity measures in the country,’ the governor said as he signed it. ‘We’re also banning ballot harvesting. We’re not going to let political operatives go and get satchels of votes and dump them in some drop box.’ Republicans have previously said they know of know such problems in Florida, and elections supervisors across the state did not ask for any of the changes, warning that some of the new rules may prove cumbersome and expensive to implement. Related: The Republicans’ staggering effort to attack voting rights in Biden’s first 100 days 3.53pm BSTOn Wednesday 3 August 1938, a short advertisement appeared on the second page of the Manchester Guardian, under the title “Tuition”.“I seek a kind person who will educate my intelligent Boy, aged 11, Viennese of good family,” the advert said, under the name Borger, giving the address of an apartment on Hintzerstrasse, in Vienna’s third district. Related: ‘I seek a kind person’: the Guardian ad that saved my Jewish father from the Nazis Continue reading…
- Using hydrogen fuel risks locking in reliance on fossil fuels, researchers warnby Damian Carrington Environment editor on May 6, 2021 at 3:14 pm
Electrification of cars and home boilers best choice to fight the climate crisis, say scientistsUsing hydrogen-based fuels for cars and home heating risks locking in a dependency on fossil fuels and failing to tackle the climate crisis, according to a new analysis.Fuels produced from hydrogen can be used as straight replacements for oil and gas and can be low-carbon, if renewable electricity is used to produce these “e-fuels”. However, the research found that using the electricity directly to power cars and warm houses was far more efficient. Continue reading…
- France sends patrol boats as fishing tensions flare with UKon May 6, 2021 at 3:03 pm
Vessels from Britain’s Royal Navy and French police boats are patrolling near the English Channel island of Jersey as French fishermen angry about losing access to its waters gathered for a maritime protest
- Protests Explode in Colombia, Leaving At Least 24 Deadby Julie Turkewitz and Sofía Villamil on May 6, 2021 at 3:00 pm
The eruption of anger in Colombia, where at least 24 have died as the government cracks down on the protests, could spread to other countries in the region that share the same combustible conditions.
- Judy Collins: ‘When I found folk music, I also found drinking’by As told to Ben Beaumont-Thomas on May 6, 2021 at 3:00 pm
The 82-year-old US folk singer talks through her teenage years, from mental health struggles to wondrous romance in the Rocky mountainsI’d been playing the piano since I was five, and by the time I was 15 I was memorising Rachmaninov concertos. But Barbara Allen, recorded by Jo Stafford, turned me towards the music that was becoming the rebirth of folk music in the US. I knew Stafford’s voice very well – her My Funny Valentine was one of our favourites. She was such a magnificent singer, and her version of Barbara Allen was just stunning. That and The Gypsy Rover were songs that plunged me into a new life. I often say, though, that I was born knowing the lyrics to Danny Boy because my father sang all kinds of things – I would have heard that in the womb. Continue reading…
- Home Office unlawfully stopped family joining Windrush woman, court rulesby Amelia Gentleman on May 6, 2021 at 2:59 pm
Family of Lynda Mahabir will be able to join her in UK without paying large immigration feesThe Home Office unlawfully prevented the children and husband of a Windrush generation woman from joining her in the UK, separating the family for almost three years in a manner the high court ruled represented “a colossal interference” in her right to family life.In a significant judgment that could help many others from the Windrush cohort to bring close relatives to the UK, the family of Lynda Mahabir, who was barred entry from the UK for almost 40 years, will now be able to join her in Britain without paying thousands of pounds in immigration fees. Continue reading…
- Bank of England expects best year for UK economy since 1941on May 6, 2021 at 2:58 pm
The Bank of England will keep interest rates on hold and has grown more optimistic about the economic recovery in the U.K. this year as a result of the rapid rollout of coronavirus vaccines
- Estonia files protest over alleged Russian air violationon May 6, 2021 at 2:55 pm
Estonia has filed a protest with Moscow after a Russian aircraft allegedly violated the air space of the NATO ally and European Union member nation for the second time this year
- Historic Mexican church rises from lake after 40 yearson May 6, 2021 at 2:38 pm
A 19th-century church has risen from the waters of a central Mexican lake after being submerged for decades — the result of a recent drought that is plaguing the region.
- Beijing accuses G7 ministers of interfering in China’s affairsby Vincent Ni China affairs correspondent on May 6, 2021 at 2:38 pm
Foreign ministry responds to west’s human rights claims, saying countries should ‘face up to their own problems’China has rejected accusations of human rights abuse and economic coercion, made by G7 foreign ministers, accusing them of “blatantly meddling” in China’s internal affairs, calling their remarks groundless.“Attempts to disregard the basic norms of international relations and to create various excuses to interfere in China’s internal affairs, undermine China’s sovereignty and smear China’s image will never succeed,” said the foreign ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin. “They should not criticise and interfere with other countries with a superior mentality, and undermine the current top priority of international anti-epidemic cooperation.” Continue reading…
- Morocco recalls its ambassador to Germany as tensions riseon May 6, 2021 at 2:37 pm
The Moroccan Foreign Ministry says Morocco’s ambassador to Germany has been recalled to Rabat for consultations
- German man extradited from Senegal to face terrorism chargeson May 6, 2021 at 2:19 pm
A German man has been extradited from Senegal to face allegations of membership in an al-Qaida linked extremist group
- Qatar finance minister arrested in corruption investigationon May 6, 2021 at 2:04 pm
Qatar’s finance minister is being questioned over alleged abuse of power and misuse of public funds in the energy-rich state after the attorney general ordered him arrested
- Vaccines Bring Rich Nations Back to Life as Covid Ravages Poorer Countriesby Benjamin Mueller on May 6, 2021 at 2:02 pm
Despite early vows, the developed world has done little to promote global vaccination, in what analysts call both a moral and epidemiological failure.
- Absent friends, ad-libs and awards: how Bruce Dern learned to behaveby Hadley Freeman on May 6, 2021 at 1:57 pm
Part of a unique Hollywood household with three stars on the walk of fame, the much-loved character actor, currently starring in The Artist’s Wife, veers characteristically off-script to reflect on his storied 60-year career“Wait a minute, let me tell you about this first,” says Bruce Dern, embarking on what I think is his fifth discursive anecdote in six sentences. “Did you ever see Once Upon a Time in Hollywood? Do you remember when Brad Pitt comes in and tries to wake me up?” he asks.You mean when Pitt (playing the fictional stuntman Cliff Booth) visits your character (a fictionalised version of the real-life George Spahn, who owned the ranch where the Manson family set up camp)? Continue reading…
- Britain to use G-7 meeting to press for climate financeon May 6, 2021 at 1:50 pm
Britain will use the Group of Seven meeting in June to “bend the ear” of fellow leaders to provide more financial help for poor countries to cope with climate change
- Interpol joins land and sea search for 2 Spanish childrenon May 6, 2021 at 1:49 pm
Interpol has posted on its website the photographs of two Spanish children who allegedly were taken by their father from the Canary Islands off West Africa
- Flash mobs in Myanmar’s biggest city avoid deadly responseon May 6, 2021 at 1:48 pm
A flash mob of mostly young people in Myanmar’s biggest city have staged a brief protest march against military rule, the latest in a series of actions aimed at reducing the chances of a deadly response by the authorities
- NSW Covid-19 hotspots: list and map of Sydney and regional coronavirus case locationsby Guardian staff on May 6, 2021 at 1:40 pm
Here are the current coronavirus hotspots in New South Wales and what to do if you’ve visited themGreater Sydney Covid restrictions explainedCoronavirus Australia live updatesDownload the free Guardian appNew South Wales health authorities have updated a list of hotspots Covid-positive people have visited while infectious.Here’s an overview and what to do if you’ve visited them. More detailed information is available at the NSW Health website. Continue reading…
- Blinken, in Ukraine, Warns of Dual Threats: Russia and Corruptionby Michael Crowley on May 6, 2021 at 1:40 pm
The secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken, noted that, despite a partial pullback by Moscow, “significant” military forces remained on the border. He also urged the Ukrainian president to tackle internal graft.
- Bidenomics Really Is Something Newby Ronald Brownstein on May 6, 2021 at 1:38 pm
The president is willing to take on political fights that Obama and Clinton considered unwise, if not unwinnable. Will that strategy pay off?
- EU Court advisor: Poland’s handling of judges against EU lawon May 6, 2021 at 1:38 pm
A top European Union legal advisor argued that Poland’s way of disciplining judges is contrary to EU law
- Amsterdam plans out-of-town ‘erotic centre’ as part of cleanup bidby Daniel Boffey in Brussels on May 6, 2021 at 1:37 pm
Proposals for 5,000-sq-metre building detailed in document submitted to the council by mayorAmsterdam is preparing to build an out-of-town five-storey “erotic centre” with two bars, 100 small rooms and an “erotic entertainment” venue such as a strip club as it downsizes its red-light district.The plan for the 5,000-sq-metre building has been detailed in a document submitted to the council by mayor Femke Halsema as the city seeks to find a commercial partner for the enterprise. Continue reading…
- Gunmen kill former TV presenter then escape in Afghanistanon May 6, 2021 at 1:30 pm
Afghan officials say gunmen have killed a former TV presenter as he was travelling in the southern city of Kandahar
- Israel accuses Spanish woman of aiding banned militant groupon May 6, 2021 at 1:26 pm
Israeli authorities have charged a Spanish woman under the country’s anti-terrorism laws
- UK navy vessels to remain off Jersey as French fishers end protestby Lisa O’Carroll, Jon Henley and Daniel Boffey on May 6, 2021 at 1:23 pm
PM says boats will stay after six-hour demonstration in St Helier harbour over post-Brexit fishing rulesBoris Johnson said two Royal Navy patrol vessels would remain in place around Jersey as French fishers ended a six-hour protest at St Helier’s harbour in an escalating dispute over post-Brexit fishing rules.The French flotilla of about 60 boats departed after a delegation met Jersey authorities. “It’s rubbish, I’m sorry,” said Cyril Piraud, one fisher who was part of the delegation, according to a reporter from the Ouest-France newspaper who was with the Normandy boats. “I’m not sure why we even went to see them. They are putting all the blame on the French government, who they say did not provide them with the right information. If we do nothing, we’re going to end up being squeezed out, little by little. This can only be sorted out on dry land now. The [French] minister has to carry out her threats.” Continue reading…
- Hong Kong Pushes ‘Fake News’ Label as Media Face ‘Worst of Times’by Austin Ramzy on May 6, 2021 at 1:16 pm
The police distributed a magazine denouncing “rumors and lies,” and have warned news outlets against undermining national security.
- Patent Waiver for Covid Vaccines Will Be Considered, E.U. Saysby Matina Stevis-Gridneff on May 6, 2021 at 1:10 pm
The head of the European Commission said the E.U. would consider proposals on waiving intellectual property rights, following the Biden administration’s reversal of U.S. policy.
- Blinken in Ukraine reaffirms US support amid Russia tensionson May 6, 2021 at 1:07 pm
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has met with top Ukrainian officials in Kyiv and reaffirmed Washington’s support for the country in the wake of heightened tensions with Russia, fueled by its recent troop buildup
- EU wants to mass produce three ‘course-changing’ Covid drugs from Octoberby Daniel Boffey in Brussels on May 6, 2021 at 12:44 pm
Health commissioner says plan is to reduce hospitalisation and tackle long-term impact of CovidCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThree Covid medicines with the potential to “change the course” of the pandemic will be authorised for mass production and use in the EU by October under a European Commission plan.Stella Kyriakides, the commissioner for health, said such a move would reduce hospitalisation and tackle the long-term impact of Covid, with one in 10 people reporting symptoms 12 weeks after infection. Continue reading…
- May Day rallies in Greece halt ferries, disrupt flightson May 6, 2021 at 12:25 pm
Thousands of striking workers and other protesters have blocked traffic in Athens and cities across Greece to mark rescheduled May Day celebrations and rally against planned labor reforms accelerated by the pandemic
- ‘Are You Like This Doggy?’ U.S. Embassy Asked Chinese Students. It Backfired.by Mike Ives on May 6, 2021 at 12:23 pm
In a social media post about visa applications, the consular section in Beijing posed a question that some critics called racist.
- Super Thursday: Britain votes in bumper crop of electionson May 6, 2021 at 12:12 pm
Polling stations across Britain have opened in what are considered to be the biggest-ever set of elections outside a general election
- U.K. and France Send Naval Ships to Island of Jersey in Fishing Disputeby Mark Landler and Stephen Castle on May 6, 2021 at 12:10 pm
French fishing crews are threatening to blockade a port on the island of Jersey in a standoff over post-Brexit fishing rights in the waters nearby.
- ICC sentences Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army leader to 25 yearsby Jason Burke, Africa correspondent, and Samuel Okiror in Kampala on May 6, 2021 at 12:09 pm
Former child soldier Dominic Ongwen committed crimes against humanity as commander in cultThe international criminal court has sentenced a former militia leader and child soldier from Uganda to 25 years in prison after he was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity in a landmark judgment.The presiding judge, Bertram Schmitt, said the panel of judges had considered sentencing Dominic Ongwen to life imprisonment, the court’s harshest punishment, but had sided against it due to the defendant’s own personal suffering. Continue reading…
- Girl’s death in Japan prompts probe of alleged bullyingon May 6, 2021 at 11:57 am
A Japanese city will reinvestigate alleged bullying that was denied by education officials two years ago after a 14-year-old girl was found dead in a neighborhood park
- India’s Covid Vaccinations Fall as Its Outbreak Reaches New Highsby Sameer Yasir and Suhasini Raj on May 6, 2021 at 11:48 am
- Pope: God doesn’t distinguish between natives, foreignerson May 6, 2021 at 11:46 am
Pope Francis is denouncing “aggressive” nationalism that rejects migrants in his annual message for migrants and refugees
- Microsoft pledges to let EU users keep data inside blocon May 6, 2021 at 11:32 am
Microsoft is pledging to allow business and public sector customers in the European Union keep cloud computing data inside the 27-nation bloc to avert concerns about U.S. government access to sensitive information
- UK cuts grants for small aid charities to save ‘less than cost of No 10 press room’by Jo Griffin on May 6, 2021 at 11:30 am
Hospital in Zanzibar and support for child workers in Bangladesh among approved projects to miss out as £2.1m of funding cancelledThe UK has scrapped three rounds of grants to small international development charities, prompting fury that it has wiped out funding for 42 projects around the world to save “less than the [£2.6m] cost of the Downing Street press room”.The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) told charities last week that rounds six, seven and eight of the Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) would not go ahead because of aid cuts, cancelling in total about £2.1m of funds earmarked for new and future programmes, including many that had been approved. Continue reading…
- Sigourney Weaver’s 20 best films – ranked!by Peter Bradshaw on May 6, 2021 at 11:30 am
With her new film My New York Year released on 21 May, plus Ghostbusters: Afterlife and endless new Avatars in the offing, we sift through the career of Hollywood’s imperious, stylish powerhouse William Friedkin directed this broad, knockabout comedy about arms dealing without much flair and it is really only a vehicle for that lost legend of 80s screen comedy, Chevy Chase. He is a small-time arms dealer and Sigourney Weaver plays the haughty and enraged widow of a corporate defence contractor, Wallace Shawn, blaming Chase for her husband’s untimely death in the fictional South American state of San Miguel, where both men had been touting for business. United by greed, and maybe a spark of something more, Weaver joins Chase on a mission to close the arms deal of the century. This doesn’t do justice to Weaver’s class and style. Continue reading…
- Palestinian arrested over West Bank attack after 3-day chaseon May 6, 2021 at 11:27 am
Israeli officials say they have arrested a Palestinian suspect over a West Bank drive-by shooting last weekend in which one Israeli was killed and two were wounded
- ‘I became trapped in my Americanness’: China, the US and meby Angela Qian on May 6, 2021 at 11:17 am
I’ve long nursed vague plans of moving back to China for a few years, to solidify my place there. But with each year that passes in the US, such a move gets harder and harder to makeMy grandfather died on 25 August 2020, Chinese Valentine’s Day. I believe it was peaceful. He had been in hospital in a vegetative state for several months, and had been declining from dementia for three years. He was 95; he had always said he would live to be 100.Fifty-three days before he died, my grandmother died. She was eating a sweet rice ball at the dinner table and her heart suddenly stopped. Mid-bite, she simply stopped moving. Froze, like a buffering video clip. By the time they got her to the hospital it was too late. She had been in good health. No one had been expecting that she would pass away. Continue reading…
- Vaccinated Travelers Face Chaos and Confusionby Stephen Hiltner on May 6, 2021 at 11:13 am
The world beckons, especially for those who have been vaccinated, but would-be travelers face a difficult moment when travel possibilities are at odds with the facts of a still reeling world.
- Fossil Fuels, Climate Change and India’s COVID-19 Crisisby Justin Worland on May 6, 2021 at 11:00 am
A version of this story first appeared in the Climate is Everything newsletter. If you’d like sign up to receive this free once-a-week email, click here. The surge of COVID-19 cases and the humanitarian crisis now unfolding in India has shocked the world and led to a search for an explanation of how the situation…
- Hotlines ‘ring out’: China’s military crisis strategy needs rethink, says Biden Asia chiefby Julian Borger in Washington on May 6, 2021 at 11:00 am
Kurt Campbell says Beijing has been increasing military activities without taking measures to reduce the chance of miscalculationThe Biden administration’s top Asia official has warned about the absence of a crisis-communications channel between the US and China at a time of rising military tensions over Taiwan and the South China Sea.Military and leadership hotlines have been established at various points in the fraught history of the relationship, but Kurt Campbell, the White House Asia “tsar” responsible for coordinating policy across the administration, said Beijing had shown no interest in using them, out of a preference for uncertainty. The hotline simply rings out in “empty rooms”, he said. Continue reading…
- David Squires on … how the Guardian website might have looked 200 years agoby David Squires on May 6, 2021 at 11:00 am
Our cartoonist celebrates our 200th birthday with a section-by-section reimagining of the first edition in 1821You can get your very own copy of this cartoon hereAnd take a look through David’s archive treasure troveContinue reading…
- Scientific Publishing Is a Jokeby Benjamin Mazer on May 6, 2021 at 11:00 am
An XKCD comic—and its many remixes—perfectly captures the absurdity of academic research.
- Scenes of Scotland, as It Weighs Independence From the U.K.by Andrew Testa and Stephen Castle on May 6, 2021 at 10:55 am
If the pro-independence vote surges in Thursday’s elections for the Scottish Parliament, momentum for an another referendum on independence may become unstoppable.
- ‘Are we in trouble? Absolutely’: Alberta battles worst Covid rate in North Americaby Leyland Cecco in Toronto on May 6, 2021 at 10:45 am
Critics say relaxed approach to restrictions has caused surge in prairie province averse to perceived government overreachIn an open field outside the prairie town of Bowden, Alberta, hundreds of people braved chilly winds and the threat of spring rain to attend their first rodeo in more than a year.For the unmasked attendees cheering on as riders clung into bucking horses, the gathering this weekend must have seemed like a long-awaited return to normality. Continue reading…
- Succession battle rages as Zulu ruler buried in South Africaby Jason Burke in Johannesburg on May 6, 2021 at 10:42 am
Factions within royal family allege poisoning and forgery after death of queen The traditional ruler of South Africa’s Zulu nation has been buried amid an increasingly acrimonious succession battle involving allegations of poisoning and forgery.Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, died aged 65 last week, only a month after she took the role after the death of her husband, King Goodwill Zwelithini. Continue reading…
- US downplays prospect of post-Brexit trade deal with UKon May 6, 2021 at 10:34 am
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken appears to be downplaying any prospect of an imminent trade deal with a post-Brexit Britain
- How College Became a Ruthless Competition Divorced From Learningby Daniel Markovits on May 6, 2021 at 10:30 am
It is a truth universally acknowledged that elite parents, in possession of excellent jobs, want to get their kids into college.
- The Covid Olympicsby David Leonhardt on May 6, 2021 at 10:27 am
Japan’s attempt to hold an Olympics in a pandemic is a test of how much normalcy is possible — and safe.
- Facebook Ducks the Big Issueby David Leonhardt on May 6, 2021 at 10:24 am
We explain Facebook’s decision to extend Trump’s suspension — and why he may soon be back.
- A Farmer Moved a 200-Year-Old Stone, and the French-Belgian Borderby Anna Schaverien on May 6, 2021 at 10:24 am
A marker that was moved seven feet into French territory by a farmer in Belgium might have changed the countries’ border forever if not for a sharp-eyed group of friends.
- EU ‘ready to discuss’ waiver on Covid vaccine patentsby Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor on May 6, 2021 at 10:22 am
Emmanuel Macron also supports US-backed proposal described as a gamechanger by WHOCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe head of the European commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has said the bloc is “ready to discuss” a US-backed proposal for a waiver on the patents for Covid-19 vaccines and the French president, Emmanuel Macron, said he was “absolutely in favour” of the plan as pressure built for a move that could boost their production and distribution around the world.Pharmaceutical companies reacted with anger, and some countries with private astonishment, at the Joe Biden administration’s decision on Wednesday to back the temporary suspension of vaccine patent rights. One diplomat accused the US of grandstanding and coming up with crowd-pleasing simplistic solutions to long-term problems. Continue reading…
- UN chief looks set for reelection as challengers face long oddsby Ben Evansky on May 6, 2021 at 10:21 am
The job of the United Nations Secretary General is up for grabs again, but so far there’s only one officially qualified candidate for the job — the current secretary general — despite a number of others looking to shake things up at Turtle Bay
- China rejects G-7 criticism on human rightson May 6, 2021 at 10:02 am
China has rejected criticism of its human rights and economic record by foreign ministers of the Group of Seven major economies and accused them of meddling in its affairs
- Giant sequoia found still smoldering after 2020 California wildfireby Jack Herrera in San Francisco on May 6, 2021 at 10:00 am
Charred tree – which may be thousands of years old – looks like chimney spouting smoke in national forestScientists have discovered a giant sequoia still smoldering in California’s Sequoia national forest, months after wildfires tore through the region last August.The tree was found, charred but still standing, by researchers in the lower part of the national forest this week. While turning down a sharp switchback on the trail, a member of Sequoia’s fire ecology and research team spotted a plume of smoke in the ravine below. Using a long camera lens, the team tracked the smoke to a single giant sequoia, standing in the burn area from last year’s Castle fire. The enormous tree, which has probably stood for hundreds if not thousands of years, looked like a chimney spouting smoke in the middle of the blackened forest. Continue reading…
- Elon Musk Is Maybe, Actually, Strangely, Going to Do This Mars Thingby Marina Koren on May 6, 2021 at 10:00 am
From his private Cape Canaveral, the billionaire is manifesting his own interplanetary reality—whatever it costs.
- How Adult Children Affect Their Mother’s Happinessby Arthur C. Brooks on May 6, 2021 at 10:00 am
Plenty of moms feel something less than unmitigated joy around their grown-up kids. Make sure yours feels that she’s getting as much out of her relationship with you as she gives.
- Patriotism Isn’t an Option for Everyoneby Sasha Banks on May 6, 2021 at 10:00 am
I can’t ignore what this country has done to Black people. How do I find my place in it?
- Purgatory at Seaby Ian Urbina on May 6, 2021 at 10:00 am
Off the coast of Italy, cruise ships are being repurposed as holding pens for migrants rescued from the Mediterranean.
- Gary Vaynerchuk: NFT is the next Amazonon May 6, 2021 at 9:53 am
Serial entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk is selling a new use case for NFT: “Smart event” tokens that have real value rather than digital art.
- International Criminal Court sentences Ugandan rebel to 25 years in prison for 61 war crimes and crimes against humanityon May 6, 2021 at 9:43 am
International Criminal Court sentences Ugandan rebel to 25 years in prison for 61 war crimes and crimes against humanity
- French journalist kidnapped in Mali pleads for help in videoon May 6, 2021 at 9:10 am
A French journalist who disappeared in Mali last month said in a video that emerged on social media Wednesday that he had been kidnapped by a jihadist group and pleaded for help from French authorities.
- Afghans Fleeing Home Are Filling the Lowliest Jobs in Istanbulby Carlotta Gall on May 6, 2021 at 9:00 am
After years working on American bases in Afghanistan and fearful of the Taliban, Afghans are heading to Turkey and Europe.
- Covid and Travel: Why an Estimated 100,000 Americans Abroad Face Passport Problemsby Debra Kamin on May 6, 2021 at 9:00 am
Consular appointments for U.S. citizens overseas are nearly impossible to come by as many embassies, plagued by Covid restrictions and staff reductions, remain all but closed.
- Article on Fourth Grader in ’60 Inspires Journalism Classby Katie Van Syckle on May 6, 2021 at 9:00 am
Sixty years ago, a Times article described one girl’s wish to find a pen pal. A journalism class investigated how the story ended.
- U.K. Elections Likely to Favor Boris Johnson, and Scottish Separatistsby Mark Landler on May 6, 2021 at 8:59 am
The prime minister’s Conservative Party stands to gain at the polls on Thursday, despite ethical accusations against him. But growth in support for the Scottish National Party could create turmoil.
- Japanese Town Spends Covid Money on a Giant Squid Statueby Hisako Ueno and Shashank Bengali on May 6, 2021 at 8:59 am
A $230,000 statue is part of an effort to revive tourism in the fishing town of Noto. Critics call it a waste of money as Japan struggles to contain a new outbreak.
- Covid vaccines: what is patent waiving and will it solve the global shortage?by Michael Safi on May 6, 2021 at 8:57 am
Analysis: US now supports waivers, but experts say on its own it will not have a decisive impact on vaccine inequalityCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFor those advocating for greater access to vaccines, it is a case of two cheers for Joe Biden. His administration’s decision to support a push at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to waive patents on Covid-19 vaccines may be a huge step towards ending vaccine inequity, campaigners say, but on its own it will not have a decisive effect on the health crisis. Continue reading…
- Macron Condemns Napoleon’s Restoration of Slaveryby Roger Cohen on May 6, 2021 at 8:55 am
The French president’s speech on the 200th anniversary of the emperor’s death combined a rebuke for a betrayal of the Enlightenment and recognition of his achievements.
- Isabel Díaz Ayuso Wins Madrid’s Regional Electionby Raphael Minder on May 6, 2021 at 8:52 am
Isabel Díaz Ayuso, a conservative politician dubbed a “Trumpista” by her opponents, won the Madrid regional election by a landslide after she refused to shut down the capital’s bars and shops.
- U.S. Secretary of State Blinken Visiting Ukraineby Michael Crowley and Andrew E. Kramer on May 6, 2021 at 8:48 am
The secretary of state will reassure Kyiv of backing against Russian hostilities, but call for more determined efforts to clean up the political system.
- In Video, French Reporter Says He Was Kidnapped in Maliby Aurelien Breeden on May 6, 2021 at 8:18 am
In a short clip that circulated online, the journalist, Olivier Dubois, said he had been seized by a jihadist group linked to Al Qaeda and urged the French government to secure his release.
- State Department Approves Departure of Nonemergency Government Officials From Indiaby Allyson Waller on May 6, 2021 at 8:14 am
The United States is also urging its citizens to leave the country.
- Podcast: Here for the Right Reasons? Lessons From 90 Day Fiancéon May 6, 2021 at 7:44 am
What does a guilty-pleasure reality show teach us about immigration and democracy in America?
- India Hits Another Grim Record as It Scrambles for Oxygen Suppliesby ASHOK SHARMA / AP on May 6, 2021 at 6:44 am
The latest tally of 412,262 cases has pushed India’s total to more than 21 million
- Global shortfall of nearly 1m midwives due to failure to value role, study findsby Liz Ford on May 6, 2021 at 6:15 am
Investing in midwifery could prevent two-thirds of maternal and newborn deaths, but investment and training are urgently neededThe world is facing a shortage of 900,000 midwives, with more than half the shortfall in Africa, where nearly two-thirds of maternal deaths occur, according to a new survey.Insufficient resources and a failure to recognise the importance of the role mean there has been little progress since the last study in 2014, according to the State of the World’s Midwifery report, which looked at 194 countries. Continue reading…
- Your Thursday Briefingby Natasha Frost on May 6, 2021 at 6:10 am
A breakthrough announcement on vaccine patents.
- Hillary Clinton: ‘There has to be a global reckoning with disinformation’by David Smith in Washington on May 6, 2021 at 6:00 am
The former secretary of state warns of the danger to democracy of lies flourishing online – and says big tech’s wings must be clippedHer bid for the White House was engulfed by a tidal wave of fabricated news and false conspiracy theories. Now Hillary Clinton is calling for a “global reckoning” with disinformation that includes reining in the power of big tech.The former secretary of state and first lady warns that the breakdown of a shared truth, and the divisiveness that surely follows, poses a danger to democracy at a moment when China is selling the conceit that autocracy works. Continue reading…
- FBI raid exposes Giuliani and signals widening criminal search, experts sayby Peter Stone in Washington on May 6, 2021 at 6:00 am
High-profile nature of search highlights inquiry’s seriousness and suggests officials may have new Ukraine-related leads to followThe extraordinary FBI raid on Rudy Giuliani’s New York apartment and office has sparked debate about what criminal charges Giuliani may face, and signals a widening criminal investigation into his Ukraine drive to help Trump in 2020 by sullying Joe Biden, former prosecutors say.The high-profile nature of the raid meant it required senior Department of Justice signoff, and underscored the investigation’s seriousness and progress. It also obtained several of Giuliani’s electronic devices and thus may have harvested a rich trove of new evidence and leads for investigators to follow. Continue reading…
- ‘I seek a kind person’: the Guardian ad that saved my Jewish father from the Nazisby Julian Borger on May 6, 2021 at 6:00 am
In 1938, there was a surge of classified ads in this newspaper as parents – including my grandparents – scrambled to get their children out of the Reich. What became of the families?On Wednesday 3 August 1938, a short advertisement appeared on the second page of the Manchester Guardian, under the title “Tuition”.“I seek a kind person who will educate my intelligent Boy, aged 11, Viennese of good family,” the advert said, under the name Borger, giving the address of an apartment on Hintzerstrasse, in Vienna’s third district. Continue reading…
- Analysis: Iron ore is saving Australia’s trade with China. How long can it last?on May 6, 2021 at 5:46 am
Wine and wheat. Lobsters and logs. Beef and barley. If Australia exports it, China has likely put up barriers to entry over the past year, as diplomatic relations between the two countries rapidly deteriorated.
- Israeli President Taps the Opposition Leader Lapid to Form Governmentby Patrick Kingsley on May 6, 2021 at 3:20 am
Yair Lapid has four weeks to cobble together a coalition, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed in his attempt. But the process could end in another election.
- His Ship Vanished in the Arctic 176 Years Ago. DNA Has Offered a Clue.by Bryan Pietsch on May 6, 2021 at 3:03 am
For the first time, researchers have identified the remains of a sailor from the doomed 1845 Franklin expedition of the fabled Northwest Passage.
- Chinese Communist Party leveraging India’s COVID-19 surge to boost its own image, new report claimsby Rich Edson on May 6, 2021 at 2:50 am
The Chinese Communist Party is leveraging India’s COVID-19 surge to advance its long-running campaign to denigrate democracies and boost its image, according to a new report.
- A Jury in Rome Has Convicted Two Young Americans of Slaying a Police Officerby FRANCES D’EMILIO / AP on May 6, 2021 at 2:32 am
The two former schoolmates from the San Francisco area were sentenced to life in prison
- Malian woman Halima Cisse expecting 7 babies gives birth to 9on May 6, 2021 at 1:46 am
A 25-year-old mother who was expecting to give birth to an already jaw-dropping seven babies was shocked to find two more babies tucked in her womb during labo
- ‘No food and no fuel’: Colombia torn by protests and violent crackdownby Joe Parkin Daniels in Bogotá on May 6, 2021 at 1:29 am
23 protesters and one police officer killed after general strike over unpopular tax reform met with heavy-handed responseMass protests were held across Colombia on Wednesday after a night of unrest in the capital city, as street violence continued after more than a week of angry anti-government demonstrations.Twenty-three protesters and one police officer have been killed in the unrest that began with with a general strike over an unpopular tax reform but has grown into an outburst of rage over poverty exacerbated by the pandemic, human rights abuses and the authorities’ heavy-handed response to protests. Continue reading…
- The best route to ending the humanitarian disaster in Yemenon May 6, 2021 at 1:07 am
With tough questions being asked on Capitol Hill and about 80 members of Congress calling for pressure on Saudi Arabia to lift its blockade of Yemen, it cannot be long before the Biden administration will be expected to deliver real results to end a six-year conflict that has caused what the United Nations says is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
- Judith Collins’ comments on Māori health policy are a diversion | Claire Robinsonby Claire Robinson on May 6, 2021 at 12:34 am
National leader’s warning about greater Māori self-governance are designed to deflect from her unpopularity In October I wrote in praise of the Māori party’s Mana Motuhake policy, a 25-year plan to improve Māori outcomes based on Māori asserting their right to exercise tino rangatiratanga – roughly translated as self-management, self-determination and self-governance – over all their domains. I predicted that whether the Māori party made it back into parliament in 2020 or not (it did), this call was only going to get louder.After a speech last Saturday by the National party opposition leader, Judith Collins, this issue has been catapulted to the middle of the political agenda. Collins’ speech drew attention to a report named He Puapua, written by an expert working group charged by the Labour-led coalition cabinet in 2019 to develop a plan and engagement process to realise the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (DRIP), which the John Key-led National coalition government signed up to in 2010. Continue reading…
- 2 Americans Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder of Italian Police Officerby Elisabetta Povoledo on May 6, 2021 at 12:04 am
The two American men were teenagers in July 2019 when an early-morning scuffle with two plainclothes police officers in Rome turned deadly.
- Intel report: Afghan women’s rights at risk with US withdrawlon May 5, 2021 at 11:05 pm
Progress on women’s rights in Afghanistan could be at risk with the withdrawal of US and international troops, even if the Taliban doesn’t fully take power, according to a newly declassified US intelligence report. CNN’s Alex Marquardt reports.
- N.Y.’s governor outlines new seating rules for vaccinated baseball fans, and says Broadway will start to reopen Sept. 14.by Daniel E. Slotnik and Michael Paulson on May 5, 2021 at 10:51 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said that fully vaccinated people will be able to sit in areas of Yankee Stadium or Citi Field without social distancing, and that people who get a shot at a game will get a free ticket.
- How a Pandemic Contributed to a Decline in Maternal Healthcareby Rick Gladstone on May 5, 2021 at 10:44 pm
The number of people requiring emergency food aid hit a five-year high in 2020 — at least 155 million — while the risk of maternal and newborn deaths surged.
- Pfizer Vaccine Is Highly Effective Against Variants, Studies Findby Emily Anthes on May 5, 2021 at 10:30 pm
Two studies showed the vaccine to be more than 95 percent effective at protecting against severe disease or death from the variants first identified in South Africa and the U.K.
- Some hospitals don’t have enough oxygen to keep patients alive. Here’s why.by Richard Pérez-Peña on May 5, 2021 at 10:26 pm
- Google backtracks on office returns and will allow employees to work remotelyon May 5, 2021 at 10:11 pm
Google is expanding its options for when, where and how often employees return to the office.
- The Trump Decision Turned Content Moderation Into Shark Weekby Kaitlyn Tiffany on May 5, 2021 at 9:49 pm
This is new, and this is bizarre.
- CureVac Covid Vaccine Could Bring Hope to the Unvaccinated Worldby Carl Zimmer on May 5, 2021 at 9:11 pm
The German company CureVac hopes its RNA vaccine will rival those made by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech. It could be ready next month.
- My father works for the company that sells weapons used in my partner’s homeland | Izzy Brownby Izzy Brown, as told to Zelda Grimshaw on May 5, 2021 at 9:00 pm
I had never imagined how horribly the company my father works for was entangled with the story of my West Papuan partner They make great trucks. That’s what my father says whenever I ask him: “What do they make? Who do they sell them to?” “Only to the good guys,” is his standard answer, and the topic changes quickly. But what he calls “trucks”, most people call “tanks”. And I am always led to wonder, “What kind of ‘good guy’ drives a tank?”My father works for Thales, one of the richest weapons corporations in the world. Before heading up security for Thales he worked for Asio, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. Continue reading…
- Your Thursday Briefingby Melina Delkic on May 5, 2021 at 8:57 pm
The vaccine divide.
- Nick Clegg Steers Facebook’s Trump Decisionby Adam Satariano and Cecilia Kang on May 5, 2021 at 8:42 pm
Nick Clegg, a former deputy prime minister, has shaped the company’s handling of Donald Trump at every turn.
- Israel Stampede: Mount Heron Is a “Place Without law”by Patrick Kingsley and Isabel Kershner on May 5, 2021 at 8:02 pm
Years of negligence preceded the stampede that killed 45 people. But patchwork religious oversight and the state’s reluctance to intervene sank efforts to bring order to the site.
- WATCH: British Royal Marines testing jetpacks that can reach speeds of 80 mphby Frank Miles on May 5, 2021 at 8:01 pm
Without the benefit of stunt wires, green screen and CGI, the British Royal Marines recently experimented with a jetpack that can reach speeds of 80 mph and climb to 12,000 feet.
- Joe Biden: Republicans are in the midst of a ‘mini-revolution’ – videoon May 5, 2021 at 7:55 pm
The president said he has never seen internal party conflict like the one Republicans are experiencing at the moment and was in a ‘mini-revolution’.Earlier on Wednesday Biden said: ‘I don’t understand the Republicans’ in regards to House Republicans’ efforts to oust Liz Cheney from her leadership role over her criticism of Donald TrumpUS politics: latest updatesContinue reading…
- Peloton recalls all treadmills after a child’s death and 70 injurieson May 5, 2021 at 7:40 pm
Peloton recalled its Tread+ and Tread treadmills Wednesday, and the company admitted it was wrong to fight the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s request that it do so.
- Who Is Yair Lapid, Israel’s Would-Be Prime Minister?by Isabel Kershner on May 5, 2021 at 7:36 pm
Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the former television host and centrist opposition leader as a lightweight. Now Mr. Lapid has a chance to oust him.
- The Problem Is Facebookby Helen Lewis on May 5, 2021 at 6:04 pm
Facebook’s “Supreme Court” might have upheld Donald Trump’s suspension, but that doesn’t make it a real court.
- Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid tasked with forming a governmentby Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem on May 5, 2021 at 5:42 pm
President Reuven Rivlin chooses another candidate to build a government after Benjamin Netanyahu fails to meet deadline Israel’s president has tasked the head of the opposition, Yair Lapid, with forming a government after Benjamin Netanyahu failed to do so, leaving the country’s longest-serving leader facing a fresh challenge to his historic hold on power.Netanyahu’s rightwing Likud party won the most seats in a March election and was given 28 days to build a majority coalition government. But that deadline passed on Tuesday, allowing Reuven Rivlin to choose another candidate. Continue reading…
- Cicadas Have an Existential Problemby Ed Yong on May 5, 2021 at 5:38 pm
The bacteria that live inside the insects can’t keep themselves together.
- Ban Him Foreverby Paul Rosenzweig on May 5, 2021 at 5:17 pm
To send the right message, Donald Trump’s removal from Facebook must be permanent.
- Indian Official at G7 Talks in London Self-Isolates Over Covid Exposure Fearsby Megan Specia on May 5, 2021 at 4:49 pm
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India’s foreign minister, is in London for meetings before a June summit of leaders from the world’s top industrial powers.
- Iran releases chilling fake video showing US Capitol blow up after attackon May 5, 2021 at 4:30 pm
Iran has reportedly released a chilling propaganda video depicting a fake attack by its Republican Guard blowing up the US Capitol.
- Andrea Valdez Joining The Atlantic’s Senior Leadership Team as SVP of Audience Strategyon May 5, 2021 at 4:16 pm
Valdez is the founding editor in chief of The 19th, and will join The Atlantic later this month.
- Biden’s new flexible vaccination strategy could help underserved communities, experts say.by Marie Fazio, Ron DePasquale, Sharon LaFraniere, Noah Weiland and Amy Schoenfeld Walker on May 5, 2021 at 4:11 pm
- How the Space Fantasy Became Banalby Megan Garber on May 5, 2021 at 3:41 pm
The final frontier, as a setting, has long channeled giddy dreams of human communion. A new group of cultural works explores the opposite possibility.
- Macron Laid a Wreath at Napoleon’s Tomb, and Stepped Into a National Debateby Roger Cohen on May 5, 2021 at 3:40 pm
President Emmanuel Macron laid a wreath at the emperor’s tomb on the 200th anniversary of his death, stepping into a national debate over the legacy of Napoleon.
- Facebook fudge potentially lets Trump live to lie another dayby David Smith in Washington on May 5, 2021 at 3:39 pm
Analysis: Trump will try to have it both ways over the verdict – decrying censorship but also eyeing an eventual returnIt was not so much “Release the Kraken!” as “please tell the Kraken to pace around the room a few more times while we think about it”.Facebook’s oversight board ruled that Donald Trump should remain banned from the platform for incendiary posts on the day of the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol. But it also told the company that its “vague, standardless penalty” should be reviewed within six months. Continue reading…
- Colombia protests: what is driving the deadly unrest? – video reporton May 5, 2021 at 3:14 pm
The UN has condemned the violent repression of protests in Colombia after clashes between police and demonstrators left at least 18 dead and 87 people missing. The demonstrations began with a general strike last Wednesday over an unpopular tax change but quickly escalated when protesters were met by riot police armed with teargas, bean-bag rounds and billy clubs. The now-axed policy would have hiked taxes on individuals and business during a coronavirus pandemic that continues to ravage public health and the economyUN condemns violent repression of Colombia protests after at least 18 dieContinue reading…
- The Gates Divorce Is About More Than a Marriageby Joe Pinsker on May 5, 2021 at 2:56 pm
When the richest of the rich split up, the usual dilemmas are mixed in with the fate of enormous charitable efforts and billion-dollar stock holdings.
- Biden Has the Power to Vaccinate the Worldby Chelsea Clinton on May 5, 2021 at 1:38 pm
He should use it.
- Nepal reports 19 positive Covid tests at Dhaulagiri base campby Rajneesh Bhandari in Kathmandu on May 5, 2021 at 1:37 pm
Decision to allow expeditions to go ahead dealt blow after outbreak on world’s seventh highest mountainCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNepal’s decision to allow people to continue to climb its Himalayan peaks as a vicious Covid-19 wave sweeps the country was dealt a further blow after 19 more climbers tested positive for the virus.Last month it was reported that the pandemic had reached Everest base camp and though officials later denied it, climbers have reported a wave of infections that were being covered up. Continue reading…
- Janet Yellen just proved markets can’t handle the truthon May 5, 2021 at 12:16 pm
When Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen speaks, investors listen. And on Tuesday, they didn’t like what they heard.
- A social science experiment suggests $100 vaccination incentives can pay off.by Lynn Vavreck on May 5, 2021 at 12:16 pm
- The Opportunistsby Mark Greif on May 5, 2021 at 12:00 pm
In Louis Menand’s monumental new study of Cold War culture, success owes less to vision and purpose than to self-promotion.
- The Original Kings of Esportsby Luke Winkie on May 5, 2021 at 11:30 am
Black players pioneered what we now call esports. The industry hasn’t paid them back.
- France threatens to cut Jersey’s electricity over post-Brexit fishing rights – videoon May 5, 2021 at 11:09 am
The French maritime minister, Annick Girardin, warned on Tuesday that France could cut off electricity to the British island of Jersey in a dispute over fishing rights. The warning followed claims from Paris that Jersey was stalling in issuing licences to French boats under the terms of the UK’s post-Brexit trade deal with the EU. ‘The agreement provides for retaliatory measures and these measures of retaliation we are ready to use,’ Girardin told French lawmakers.France threatens to cut off power to Jersey in post-Brexit fishing rowJersey hits back at ‘disproportionate’ French threat to cut electricityContinue reading…
- Exclusive: Workers in Factory That Makes Kate Hudson’s Fabletics Activewear Allege Rampant Sexual and Physical Abuseby Louise Donovan and Refiloe Makhaba Nkune on May 5, 2021 at 11:00 am
The company publicly promotes social justice causes, but a TIME-Fuller Project investigation reveals horrific working conditions in its factory
- What Workism Is Doing to Parentsby Lyman Stone on May 5, 2021 at 11:00 am
Public policy should assist families—but not by helping adults spend more time on the job.
- Burn All the Leggingsby Amanda Mull on May 5, 2021 at 11:00 am
What do you wear to the reopening of society?
- Uganda passes bill criminalising same-sex relationships and sex workby Samuel Okiror in Kampala on May 5, 2021 at 10:52 am
The conservative African country insists it is ‘not yet ready’ for gay rights as campaigners say the flawed legislation sanctions rape The Ugandan parliament has passed a controversial sexual offences bill which further criminalises same-sex relationships and sex work. The laws were passed by MPs this week, reiterating sections of legislation first enforced in the country by British colonial rule. They condemn same-sex couples who perform acts deemed against the “order of nature” to 10 years’ imprisonment. Continue reading…
- The pandemic may have accelerated the American drop in birthrates.by Sabrina Tavernise on May 5, 2021 at 10:32 am
- Why the Other Philip Roth Bio Never Took Offby Randy Boyagoda on May 5, 2021 at 10:30 am
Despite obvious drawbacks, authorized versions of an artist’s life are more compelling.
- Homeroom: I’m Concerned About Wokeness at My Child’s Schoolby Abby Freireich on May 5, 2021 at 10:00 am
Most of the teachers and parents I talk with just want school to be school.
- Don’t Fall for the D.C. Retrocession ‘Okey-Doke’by Chris Myers Asch on May 5, 2021 at 10:00 am
Retrocession is being used to derail what Washingtonians actually want: statehood.
- While rich countries come back to life, the virus is ravaging poorer nations.by Benjamin Mueller on May 5, 2021 at 9:49 am
- Blinken and G7 Allies Turn Their Focus to ‘Democratic Values’by Michael Crowley on May 5, 2021 at 9:48 am
A growing global competition with China and Russia looms over a gathering of foreign ministers in London.
- French reporter kidnapped by jihadist rebels in north Malion May 5, 2021 at 9:33 am
The chief of Reporters Without Borders says that French journalist Olivier Dubois was kidnapped April 8 while working in Mali’s northern city of Gao.
- The world’s vaccine crisis is an ominous sign for the fight against climate change.by Somini Sengupta on May 5, 2021 at 9:29 am
- German Police Arrest Man With Right-Wing Links Over Death Threatsby Christopher F. Schuetze on May 5, 2021 at 8:55 am
The suspect is accused of sending menacing letters to well-known progressives, including a lawyer, a politician and a comedian.
- Netanyahu Fails to Form New Israeli Government, Prolonging Deadlockby Isabel Kershner on May 5, 2021 at 8:45 am
The prime minister’s opponents may now get a chance to oust him from power. But it is too soon to write off Benjamin Netanyahu, a political survivor.
- Germany bans Muslim group over alleged terror donationson May 5, 2021 at 8:39 am
The German government on Wednesday banned a Muslim organization that it accused of supporting “terrorism globally with its donations.”
- They Were Promised a Socialist Paradise, and Ended Up in ‘Hell’by Choe Sang-Hun on May 5, 2021 at 8:22 am
Lee Tae-kyung has campaigned tirelessly in South Korea to share the story of the 93,000 people who migrated from Japan to North Korea from 1959 to 1984 and were forced to stay.
- The Indian Government Is Facing Calls for a National Lockdownby ASHOK SHARMA / AP on May 5, 2021 at 6:32 am
Rahul Gandhi of the opposition Congress party said a lockdown was now “the only option”
- Japanese town spends Covid funds on 13-metre squid statue – videoon May 5, 2021 at 5:10 am
The Japanese coastal town of Noto is facing criticism after a giant squid statue was installed using emergency funding intended for coronavirus measures. Crafting the pink-and-white creature with flared tentacles came at a cost of ¥25m (£164,000), with the 13-metre-long statue installed as part of a tourism drive to help the area’s virus hit economyJapanese town spends Covid funds on huge squid statueContinue reading…
- The Party Whose Success Is a Problemby Helen Lewis on May 5, 2021 at 5:00 am
The Scottish National Party has no viable opposition—so it has created one from within.
- Your Wednesday Briefingby Natasha Frost on May 5, 2021 at 4:54 am
An unequal global recovery.
- Philippines FM who told China to ‘Get the F— OUT’ apologizesby Edmund DeMarche on May 5, 2021 at 3:57 am
Teodoro Loscin, the Philippine foreign minister who took to Twitter to tell China to ‘GET THE F— OUT’ amid tension over the South China Sea, apologized on Tuesday to his Chinese counterpart after appearing to irk his own president.
- Years of Unheeded Warnings. Then the Subway Crash Mexico City Had Feared.by Maria Abi-Habib, Oscar Lopez, Natalie Kitroeff and Mike Ives on May 5, 2021 at 3:48 am
Mexico City’s subway system has been plagued with problems for years. On Monday, an overpass collapsed, and a train plunged some 50 feet, killing at least 24 people and setting off a political firestorm.
- ‘Our Lives Don’t Matter.’ India’s Female Community Health Workers Say the Government Is Failing to Protect Them From COVID-19by Nilanjana Bhowmick / New Delhi on May 5, 2021 at 2:30 am
Female community health workers are risking their lives at the frontlines of India’s COVID-19 crisis
- US report: Taliban will likely curtail Afghan women’s rightson May 5, 2021 at 1:35 am
U.S. intelligence agencies are warning that any gains in women’s rights in Afghanistan made in the last two decades will be at risk after U.S. troops withdraw later this year.
- Sea World penguin plush toy blamed for killing Australian boy in ‘severe’ accidentby Bradford Betz on May 5, 2021 at 12:43 am
A six-year-old Australian boy has died after a freak accident involving a plush penguin toy at his home, according to his family.
- North Korean defector runs for election in Britain, seeks to make political historyon May 5, 2021 at 12:09 am
Sixteen years after she was left for dead outside a North Korean prison camp, Jihyun Park hopes to make political history this week when she runs for election in Britain.
- Overpass collapse on Mexico City metro kills at least 24on May 5, 2021 at 12:04 am
The death toll from the collapse of an overpass on the Mexico City metro rose to 24 Tuesday as crews untangled train carriages from the steel and concrete wreckage that fell onto a roadway.
- The Most Important Thing Rich Countries Can Do to Help India Fight COVID-19by Dr. Monica Gandhi on May 5, 2021 at 12:03 am
The Biden Administration is debating whether COVID-19 vaccine patents should be temporarily waived, given the devastating humanitarian crisis unfolding in India from the virus. There are two key factors that should drive the Biden team to agree to do so: first, there is strong precedent on waiving patents in the context of public health emergencies;…
- Global Vaccine Crisis Sends Ominous Signal for Fighting Climate Changeby Somini Sengupta on May 4, 2021 at 11:31 pm
The gap between rich and poor countries on vaccinations highlights the failure of richer nations to see it in their self-interest to urgently help poorer ones fight a shared crisis.
- Your Wednesday Briefingby Melina Delkic on May 4, 2021 at 9:01 pm
Pfizer reaps big profits from the vaccine.
- After Mexico City train collapse, families search for the missingby Oscar Lopez and Livia Albeck-Ripka on May 4, 2021 at 7:32 pm
At least 15 of the crash victims had yet to be identified, as family members frantically scoured hospitals and social media for news of the missing.
- US turns over base to Afghan forces in volatile Helmand Province, withdrawal up to 6% complete: militaryby Peter Aitken on May 4, 2021 at 7:06 pm
The U.S. military has completed the first facility turnover to Afghanistan forces in the country, marking a significant step in President Biden’s promised withdrawal.
- Mexico City’s Mayor Caught in Political Fallout After Train Crashby Maria Abi-Habib and Oscar Lopez on May 4, 2021 at 6:53 pm
Mexico City’s mayor and one of her predecessors, both of whom are eyeing the nation’s highest office, were the subject of public anger after the train crash.
- South African driver a study in calm as he comes under gunfire: videoon May 4, 2021 at 6:49 pm
The driver of a van carrying cash in South Africa displayed iron calm as he and a passenger came under heavy gunfire, according to a dramatic viral video.
- Why Are There Oxygen Shortages for Covid Patients Around the World?by Richard Pérez-Peña on May 4, 2021 at 5:33 pm
The global need for oxygen has spiked far beyond the available supply at hospitals, especially in India — another example of how unprepared the world was to face the Covid-19 pandemic.
- As UK nears zero Covid deaths, there’s good reason for optimismby Ian Sample Science editor on May 4, 2021 at 4:54 pm
Analysis: the vaccine strategy and staggered easing of restrictions have worked well. The next step is crucialCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe handling of the coronavirus crisis in the UK has provided few moments to celebrate, but the day we reach zero deaths from the disease will clearly be one to toast. That day may not be far off. On Tuesday, the UK reported four Covid deaths within 28 days of a positive test. On Monday it was only one. Months of painful lockdown, in the face of more transmissible variants, and the rapid rollout of effective vaccines, have proven their worth. We have good reason to feel optimistic for the months ahead.No one will have forgotten the brutal winter. In January alone, the UK reported nearly 32,000 Covid deaths, an appalling tally directly linked to locking down too late. In April, the death toll fell to 753. This month, scientists advising the government expect deaths to fall further. It is worth remembering that it’s been more than nine months since the UK last reported zero Covid deaths. We may see more in May, though people will continue to die of Covid, and the numbers might well rise again when restrictions are lifted on indoor mixing. Continue reading…
- Why the First Black Woman to Be a History Professor in the U.K. Sees Her New Book African Europeans as a ‘Call to Arms’by Suyin Haynes on May 4, 2021 at 3:48 pm
“We are completely immersed in the legacies of the past,” says historian Olivette Otele
- Marriage Records in England and Wales Will Now Include Mothers’ Namesby Isabella Kwai on May 4, 2021 at 3:18 pm
Previously, there was space only for the fathers’ details. The change comes as the British government moves the system online.
- Grim Image of India Prompts Debate Over China’s Swaggering Propagandaby Chris Buckley on May 4, 2021 at 2:29 pm
An official social media post contrasting Beijing’s successes with its neighbor’s coronavirus woes drew a backlash from some, who called it callous.
- Far-Right French Leader Marine Le Pen Acquitted Over ISIS Tweetsby Aurelien Breeden on May 4, 2021 at 2:15 pm
Ms. Le Pen, head of the National Rally, posted graphic pictures in 2015 to protest comparisons between the terrorist group and her party.
- New York City wants to bring more park to Park Avenue.by John Surico on May 4, 2021 at 1:13 pm
- Mexico City metro overpass collapse – in pictureson May 4, 2021 at 8:52 am
An elevated section of the Mexico City metro collapsed and sent a subway car plunging toward a busy boulevard on Monday night, killing at least 20 people and injuring about 70, city officials saidMexico City overpass collapsesContinue reading…
- Swiss embassy employee in Tehran dies in fall from building: reportby Edmund DeMarche on May 4, 2021 at 8:09 am
The second-highest ranked employee at the Swiss embassy in Tehran died Tuesday after a fall from the building where she lived, according to a report.
- Mexico City metro overpass carrying train carriages collapses – videoon May 4, 2021 at 7:03 am
A rescue operation was under way after a Mexico City metro overpass partially collapsed on Monday night. More than a dozen people died in the incident and about 70 were injured, civil protection authorities in Mexico said.Videos on Mexican television and social media showed train cars hanging in mid-air as sirens blared nearby after the overpass fell on to cars on a road below. Emergency medical crews and firefighters were at the scene of the accident combing through wreckage looking for survivorsAt least 13 dead as Mexico City metro overpass collapsesContinue reading…
- Mexico City Metro Overpass Collapses Onto Road, Killing 15 and Injuring Scoreson May 4, 2021 at 6:11 am
The accident happened on the metro’s Line 12, construction of which has been plagued by complaints
- Mexico City metro collapse: 23 dead, dozens injured, rescue crews search through debrisby Edmund DeMarche on May 4, 2021 at 5:32 am
Rescue teams in Mexico City late Monday responded to the collapse of a metro overpass, killing at least 13 and injuring dozens more, according to authorities.
- ‘Horrible’ Weeks Forecast for India as the COVID Catastrophe Worsensby ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL / AP on May 4, 2021 at 5:26 am
Infections and deaths are mounting with alarming speed, with an expert warning that the coming weeks will be “horrible”
- India COVID19: Virus catastrophe worsens, ‘horrible’ weeks aheadon May 4, 2021 at 4:43 am
COVID-19 infections and deaths are mounting with alarming speed in India with no end in sight to the crisis and a top expert warning that the coming weeks in the country of nearly 1.4 billion people will be “horrible.”
- Germany busts international child porn site used by 400,000on May 3, 2021 at 10:41 pm
German prosecutors announced Monday they have busted one of the world’s biggest international darknet platforms for child pornography, used by more than 400,000 registered members.
- Germany cancels Oktoberfest for 2nd year over virus fearson May 3, 2021 at 9:58 pm
Bavarian officials on Monday canceled Oktoberfest festivities for the second year in a row due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, saying there are too many risks in hosting the celebrations — which bring in visitors from around the world — during a global pandemic.
- Joe Biden: time for corporations and richest Americans to ‘start paying their fair share’ – videoon May 3, 2021 at 6:46 pm
The US president, Joe Biden, has said it is time for corporations and the richest Americans to ‘start paying their fair share’ as he pitched his $4tn infrastructure and welfare plans at an event in Virginia.Speaking at a community college in Norfolk, Biden made the case for increasing taxes on the wealthiest in the US to fund his $1.8tn American families plan and $2tn infrastructure plan. The packages would provide funds for childcare, invest in free universal pre-schooling and rebuild America’s transport and public housing.’I think it’s about time we started giving tax breaks and tax benefits to working class families and middle class families, instead of just the very wealthy,’ Biden said.Biden calls on richest Americans to ‘start paying their fair share’ of taxes – liveContinue reading…
- Billie Eilish in new Vogue shoot: ‘I’m not letting myself be owned anymore’on May 3, 2021 at 2:22 pm
Musician Billie Eilish says she is taking back her power by speaking out against systemic abuse, body positivity and the unrealistic expectations placed on young women.
- World’s highest infinity pool has opened in Dubaion May 3, 2021 at 1:57 pm
There are few feelings as liberating as swimming in the open air, below blue skies that stretch all the way to horizon — and now in Dubai you can do it nearly 1,000 feet above sea level.
- Social media is a lifeline for desperate Indians. And a threat for Modion May 2, 2021 at 12:37 am
On most days, Network Capital, a business networking group with over 67,000 members on Facebook, focuses on providing its community with information on job vacancies, higher education, and careers.
- Inside Miley Cyrus’ exuberant Los Angeles home — designed by her motheron April 29, 2021 at 2:37 pm
When it came time for Miley Cyrus to decorate the 6,800-square-foot Los Angeles home she bought last year, the singer looked to one of the people who knows her best: Her mother and manager, Tish Cyrus.
- This Gen-Z trend making the internet wholesome againon April 29, 2021 at 10:59 am
They say the devil finds work for idle hands, but after a year of intermittent lockdowns and social starvation, the hobbies many of us have chosen to busy ourselves with are surprisingly wholesome. Lately, there has been a deluge of crafting content on TikTok, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram, as crocheting and knitting shed the senior stereotype and emerge as fashion’s newest fad among Gen Z.
- Are we ready for our smart home devices to become truly “smart”?on April 28, 2021 at 8:05 am
For decades, the smart home has been a mainstay in pop culture, from Disney’s 1999 flick “Smart House,” in which an artificially intelligent home takes on the personality of a domineering mother, to the retro high-tech home of “The Jetsons.” The 1960s cartoon offered a view of domestic life a century later, from a grooming room that combs your hair and brushes your teeth, to the ever-attentive and overworked Rosie, the robot maid.
- She fell in love with a man from the other side of the worldon April 27, 2021 at 4:37 am
It was a summer’s day in Byron Bay, Australia in early 2003. The sun was shining and Gianna Mazzeo, who’d been basking in its rays for most of the day, decided to freshen up with a swim.
- Oscar nominee Glenn Close is on a mission to end the stigma surrounding mental illnesson April 22, 2021 at 11:23 pm
Glenn Close is up for an Oscar this Sunday for her role in the film “Hillbilly Elegy.”
- Where you can sunbathe nude around the worldon April 22, 2021 at 2:44 pm
For true aficionados of nude relaxation, there are no parts of the body “where the sun don’t shine.”
- From supersized to a more natural look: The evolution of breast implantson April 22, 2021 at 11:46 am
Breast implants are more popular than ever. They remain one of the most sought-after cosmetic surgeries in many countries from the United States and Brazil to the UK and China. They’re the subject of reality shows and tabloid spreads, a recurrent topic of celebrity culture and a perennial punch line.
- Huge superyacht squeezes down narrow Dutch canalson April 22, 2021 at 10:15 am
It’s not every day you see a gigantic superyacht weaving through the narrow canals of the Netherlands.
- A student harnessed the power of beets to make healing from surgery safer — and more equitableon April 17, 2021 at 6:03 am
Dasia Taylor didn’t expect to become a nationally recognized scientist at 17 years old.
- This Boston Marathon bombing survivor is on a mission to give fellow amputees the prosthetic legs insurance won’t coveron April 15, 2021 at 1:12 am
Eight years ago, on April 15, 2013, Heather Abbott set out on an annual tradition with friends in Boston. They attended a Red Sox game and then decided to walk over to watch the Boston Marathon.