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- Are you a homeowner? Refinance rates at 2.34% APR (15yr).on December 1, 2020 at 11:09 pm
- Iranian parliament advances bill to stop UN inspections of nuclear facilitieson December 1, 2020 at 2:19 pm
Iran’s parliament Tuesday advanced a bill that would end U.N. inspections of its nuclear facilities and require the government to boost its uranium enrichment if European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal do not provide relief from oil and banking sanctions.
- Police: Several injured when car hits pedestrians in Germanyon December 1, 2020 at 2:19 pm
German officials say two people have been killed and 15 others seriously injured in the southwestern German city of Trier when a car drove into a pedestrian zone
- World Bank warns of ‘prolonged depression’ in Lebanonon December 1, 2020 at 2:16 pm
The World Bank says Lebanon’s economy faces an “arduous and prolonged depression,” with real GPD projected to plunge by nearly 20% because its politicians refuse to implement reforms
- Belarus opposition to compile ‘book of crimes’on December 1, 2020 at 2:16 pm
Belarus’ opposition will compile a register of law enforcement officers accused of abuses against peaceful demonstrators protesting the reelection of the country’s authoritarian leader
- Biden’s outspoken nominee to run budget office deletes 1,000 tweetsby Martin Pengelly in New York on December 1, 2020 at 2:09 pm
Neera Tanden has criticised senators on TwitterSenate confirmation process faces ‘problematic path’Joe Biden’s nominee for a key economic post has deleted more than a thousand of her own tweets, some of which were critical of senators who now hold her fate in their hands. Related: Trump lawyer: ex-election security chief Krebs should be ‘taken out and shot’ Continue reading…
- Car Plows Into Pedestrians in Germany, Killing at Least 2by Melissa Eddy and Christopher F. Schuetze on December 1, 2020 at 2:08 pm
Police in the southwestern city of Trier have arrested one person and confiscated a vehicle. They are warning people to avoid the city center.
- Coronavirus live news: Pfizer and Moderna file for EU approval of vaccines; Irish urged to be vigilant as lockdown endsby Jessica Murray (now); Alexandra Topping and Helen Sullivan (before) on December 1, 2020 at 2:06 pm
Latest updates: two companies submit applications to European Medicines Agency; Irish warned to minimise socialisingUS may begin vaccinations before ChristmasVietnam reports first community virus in almost three monthsModerna Covid vaccine has 94% efficacy, final results confirmScott Atlas resigns as Trump’s pandemic adviser after controversial tenureSee all our coronavirus coverage 2.06pm GMTBritish prime minister Boris Johnson has appealed to rebellious members of his own party as parliament prepares to vote on tough new Covid restrictions to replace an England-wide lockdown.The month-long stay-at-home order ends at midnight GMT and the Conservative government plans to restore regionalised restrictions, depending on coronavirus rates in different parts of the country. Related: UK coronavirus live: Starmer dismisses PM’s plan as ‘full of holes’ as MPs debate new Covid tiers 1.27pm GMTSweden, whose unorthodox pandemic strategy placed it in the global spotlight, has registered 17,629 new coronavirus cases since Friday.The increase compares with 17,265 new cases recorded during the corresponding period last week. Sweden does not publish updates of Covid-19 statistics on weekends and Mondays. Continue reading…
- UN: Food has run out for nearly 100,000 refugees in Ethiopiaon December 1, 2020 at 1:59 pm
The United Nations says food has now run out for the nearly 100,000 refugees from Eritrea who have been sheltering in camps in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, which has been cut off from the world for nearly a month amid war
- US Covid response in chaos as controversial Trump pandemic adviser Atlas resigns – live updatesby Amanda Holpuch (now) and Martin Belam (earlier) on December 1, 2020 at 1:56 pm
Country sees 28th consecutive day with over 100,000 new coronavirus cases recordedScott Atlas resigns as pandemic adviser after controversial tenureCongress races to avoid government shutdown amid pandemicWisconsin and Arizona certify Joe Biden election victoriesSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 1.56pm GMTAbené Clayton has been in Richmond, California looking at how the pandemic has disrupted violence prevention efforts there.The Bay Area had seen a considerable decline in deadly shootings in the past decade. Gun homicide rates fell in cities across the region, across all racial groups. The city of Richmond saw a 67% drop in gun homicide rates between 2007 and 2017, according to a 2019 Guardian analysis of homicide data. In Oakland there was a 44% decline.Anthony Ramsey was Richmond’s first homicide victim of 2020. Since his death, 17 other people have been killed in the city, just one more than had been killed by this point last year. In neighboring Oakland, 101 people have already been murdered in 2020, 27 more than the total number of homicides in the city in 2019. Most of these killings involved guns, making 2020 a worrying and unprecedented period for gun violence in California’s Bay Area. Related: ‘A father, a brother, a son’: Inside the rise in gun violence in California’s Bay Area 1.47pm GMTA quick snap from Reuters here on foreign relations. The US State Department has accused China of a “flagrant violation” of its obligation to enforce international sanctions on North Korea, and said that Washington would offer rewards of up to $5 million for information about sanctions evasions.Speaking to Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank, Deputy assistant secretary for North Korea State Alex Wong accused China of “seeking to undo” the UN sanctions regime aimed at persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. Continue reading…
- Giant Arecibo radio telescope collapses in Puerto Ricoby Associated Press on December 1, 2020 at 1:56 pm
Observatory had been set to close after damage in AugustScientists and Puerto Ricans mourn loss of historic facilityA huge radio telescope in Puerto Rico that has long played a key role in astronomical discoveries collapsed on Tuesday, officials said. Related: US to shut down famed huge Arecibo space telescope in Puerto Rico jungle Continue reading…
- ‘Under siege’: armed bank robbers launch assault on Brazilian cityby Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro on December 1, 2020 at 1:51 pm
Dozens engage in gun battle, torch vehicles, kidnap workers and blow up bank in CriciúmaBank robbers armed with military-grade weapons have laid siege to a city in southern Brazil, torching vehicles, kidnapping government workers, blowing up a bank and engaging in a two-hour gun battle as the mayor begged residents to stay indoors.Clésio Salvaro, the mayor of Criciúma, told local media he first learned of the “surreal” offensive on social media just after midnight on Tuesday. Continue reading…
- American group detained for accidentally sailing in British Virgin Island waterson December 1, 2020 at 1:48 pm
Four Americans claim they are being held like “hostages” in a British Virgin Islands hotel room after they accidentally sailed into the territory’s waters — breaking rules that prohibit U.S. visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report.
- German police say 2 killed, several injured in Trier when car hits pedestrians; driver arrestedon December 1, 2020 at 1:42 pm
German police say 2 killed, several injured in Trier when car hits pedestrians; driver arrested
- Belgian police arrest 25 men including MEP as sex party breaks curfewby Daniel Boffey in Brussels on December 1, 2020 at 1:40 pm
Gathering took place above a bar in Brussels, which is under a 10pm to 6am Covid lockdownCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA group of 25 men, said to include an MEP who injured himself as he attempted to flee through a window, have been arrested by Belgian police for breaching the coronavirus lockdown after being discovered at a sex party above a bar in Brussels.The illegal gathering, staged on Rue des Pierres just a few yards from a police station and close to the Grand Place in the Belgian capital’s historic city centre, was broken up by police on Friday evening. Continue reading…
- Azerbaijan fully reclaims lands around Nagorno-Karabakhon December 1, 2020 at 1:39 pm
Azerbaijan has completed the return of territory ceded by Armenia under a Russia-brokered peace deal that ended six weeks of fierce fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh
- French inquiry begins into alleged assault on photographer by policeby Kim Willsher on December 1, 2020 at 1:35 pm
Officer allegedly hit Ameer al-Halbi in the face while he was covering Paris protest against security lawFrench investigators have opened an internal inquiry into how a Syrian photographer covering a demonstration in Paris was seriously injured, amid a heated national debate over police violence.Ameer al-Halbi was pictured with blood pouring from his bandaged head on Saturday after a police officer allegedly hit the journalist in the face with a truncheon. Continue reading…
- In dark day for UK retailing, 242-year-old Debenhams to shuton December 1, 2020 at 1:29 pm
The future of around 25,000 retailing jobs in Britain hangs in the balance after two long-established companies failed
- Children who want puberty blockers must understand effects, high court rulesby Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent on December 1, 2020 at 1:29 pm
Bid against NHS trust brought by woman who took hormone blockers at 16 before ‘detransitioning’Children under the age of 16 considering gender reassignment are unlikely to be mature enough to give informed consent to be prescribed puberty-blocking drugs, the high court has ruled.Even in cases involving teenagers under 18 doctors may need to consult the courts for authorisation for medical intervention, three senior judges have ruled in an action brought against the Tavistock and Portman NHS trust, which runs the UK’s main gender identity development service for children. Continue reading…
- Pakistan court resumes appeal hearing in Daniel Pearl murderon December 1, 2020 at 1:18 pm
Pakistan’s top court has resumed the hearing of an appeal from the family of American journalist Daniel Pearl against the acquittal of a British-born Pakistani man convicted over the 2002 beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter
- Criciúma, Brazil, Attacked by Armed Gang, Police Sayby Livia Albeck-Ripka and Elian Peltier on December 1, 2020 at 1:15 pm
An organized gang besieged Criciúma, on the southeastern coast, robbing banks and briefly taking hostages. The police later arrested four suspects and retrieved some stolen cash.
- Austria set to bow to pressure on Covid risk with ski holiday banby Kate Connolly in Berlin on December 1, 2020 at 1:08 pm
Country has faced calls from European neighbours over spread of virus at its resortsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAustria’s government appears to have bowed to pressure from Germany, France and Italy and will ban skiing holidays over the Christmas break in an attempt to control the coronavirus pandemic, Austrian media is reporting.The decision, expected to be officially announced on Wednesday, follows heated disagreements between Berlin and Vienna. Continue reading…
- Nick Cave accuses BBC of ‘mutilating’ Fairytale of New Yorkby Laura Snapes on December 1, 2020 at 1:04 pm
The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl song, to be played in a censored version on some BBC radio stations, will be ‘stripped of its value’, says CaveNick Cave has accused the BBC of “mutilating” Fairytale of New York, following the broadcaster’s recent decision to play a censored version of the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl’s festive classic on Radio 1.The BBC recently announced that the 1987 hit would still be played in its original form on Radio 2, while 6 Music DJs would be able to choose either version. The inconsistency of the policy has dredged up what is becoming a well-flogged pantomime horse. Continue reading…
- Dutch climate activists take Shell to court over emissionson December 1, 2020 at 1:00 pm
A group of environmental organizations backed by thousands of Dutch citizens is launching a civil case against the energy giant Shell
- The virus that stole Christmas: meet the Santas giving this season a missby Holly Burns on December 1, 2020 at 1:00 pm
They are used to spending Christmas up close and personal, but the criteria for playing Santa – being older and overweight – put them at significant risk of catching coronavirusRandyl Lee Walker starts bleaching his hair and beard every October. Both are dark, so it takes six weeks to reach the snow-white shade he’s going for. When he’s finished the result is nothing short of transformative. Related: Elbow bumps and open windows: UK scientific advisers’ Christmas tips Continue reading…
- Through Positive Eyes: living with HIV and Aids – a photo essayon December 1, 2020 at 1:00 pm
These photographs and stories were produced by people living with HIV, who had been on a five-month workshop that developed their visual approaches and confronted the stigma associated with the illnessThe Banishing Stigma presentations are online, and groups are able to sign up at the Discovery Center websiteThrough Positive Eyes, a travelling exhibition of photos and stories by people living with HIV and Aids and curated by the UCLA Art & Global Health Center, was originally scheduled to open at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center in the summer of 2020. Starting with an intensive 10-day workshop, the training was intended to support a group of HIV-positive people in learning how to share their stories and photographic images to confront the stigma associated with the illness.Due to Covid-19, the expected workshop had to be reconsidered and transformed to a virtual setting. The result was an extended five-month version of the group workshop, augmented by individual sessions, during which the cohort bonded as a collective, considered various aspects of their HIV stories, and developed unique visual approaches and individual photographic voices for the virtual format. Continue reading…
- ‘Well-prepared’ robbers seize Brazilian city, loot bankon December 1, 2020 at 12:42 pm
Dozens of criminals armed with assault rifles invaded a city in southern Brazil overnight and took control of the streets as they launched an assault against a local bank branch
- K-pop stars BTS extend career by two years after military service law changeby Ben Beaumont-Thomas on December 1, 2020 at 12:36 pm
Boyband who scored first Korean-language No 1 single in the US this week can wait until they turn 30 before doing military serviceA change in South Korean law has effectively extended the lifespan of the boyband BTS, currently the world’s most successful pop group.South Korean men must perform compulsory military service once they turn 28, if they haven’t done so already. Two of the members of the group, Jin and Suga, will soon turn 28 – Jin’s birthday is on 4 December – meaning their time with the group was under threat. Continue reading…
- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, family given experimental coronavirus vaccine from China, analyst sayson December 1, 2020 at 12:29 pm
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his family were recently given an experimental coronavirus vaccine from China, a US analyst said on Tuesday.
- Crossrail work to continue after £825m government loanby Gwyn Topham on December 1, 2020 at 12:28 pm
TfL says finance will allow line to open in 2022 amid row over London funding in Covid crisisWork to complete Crossrail will continue after a last-minute £825m loan to London from the government kept the delayed rail line from a “disastrous” mothballing.Transport for London said the new financing would allow work to carry on “at pace” to open the new railway in 2022 – but the political row simmered on between the mayor and ministers over whether the capital was being unfairly treated in the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading…
- EU border chief faces grilling over migrant pushback claimson December 1, 2020 at 12:24 pm
The European Union’s border and coast guard agency chief faces a grilling over allegations that Frontex was involved in illegally preventing migrants or refugees from entering Europe
- British Hiker Goes Missing in the Pyreneesby Derrick Bryson Taylor on December 1, 2020 at 12:23 pm
Esther Dingley, who had written extensively about traveling through Europe for the past six years with her partner, was last seen on Nov. 22.
- Cambodian opposition figures state plan to return from exileon December 1, 2020 at 12:23 pm
Senior executives of the disbanded opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party have announced their plan to return from self-imposed exile to fight criminal charges against them in court
- Tier system necessary to prevent another England lockdown, says Gove – videoon December 1, 2020 at 12:14 pm
Michael Gove insisted the government’s ‘tough but fair’ new tier system was necessary to prevent another England lockdown before the rollout of Covid vaccines. ‘It’s really important we don’t lose that discipline we have now,’ the Cabinet Office minister said.Gove also told Sky News that customers would not need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to go to pubs, restaurants, theatres or sports eventsNo plan for Covid ‘vaccine passports’ in UK, says Michael GoveContinue reading…
- These Are the 10 ‘Most Urgent’ Cases of Threats to Press Freedom Around the World in December 2020by TIME Staff on December 1, 2020 at 12:00 pm
The Committee to Protect Journalists has documented 207 pandemic-related press freedom violations globally.
- UK imported 1m tonnes of soya with deforestation risk in 2019by Tom Levitt on December 1, 2020 at 11:58 am
New analysis finds 40% was brought in without sourcing checks from Brazil, Argentina and ParaguayMore than 1m tonnes of soya used by UK livestock farmers to produce chicken and other food last year could be linked to deforestation, according to a new analysis.Large areas of forest in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay are being cleared to produce soya, which is then exported to the UK to be used by farmers, mainly to feed chickens and dairy cows. Continue reading…
- Australia Sounds the Alarm on China, Then Runs for Shelterby Damien Cave on December 1, 2020 at 11:54 am
When Australia’s leader demanded an apology for a tweet by a Chinese official, his response reflected the insecurities facing many countries in dealing with China.
- French sailor rescued after yacht breaks in half during round-the-world raceby Guardian sport on December 1, 2020 at 11:52 am
Kevin Escoffier forced to abandon ship in Vendée Globe raceHe was found off Cape of Good Hope 11 hours after sending alertThe French sailor Kevin Escoffier, who was forced to abandon ship during the Vendée Globe yacht race, was rescued off the Cape of Good Hope on Tuesday morning 11 hours after sending a distress signal.Escoffier was in third place when he had to exit his leaking vessel and float in a raft as he waited for help, but was only reached at 1am by rival skipper and compatriot Jean Le Cam, who tweeted: “A huge relief. Kevin is well onboard [my yacht] Hubert safe and sound.” Continue reading…
- With a month until split, Brexit trade deal hangs in balanceon December 1, 2020 at 11:19 am
The British government says businesses must make sure they are ready for big changes when the U.K. makes its final Brexit break from the European Union in exactly a month
- Ideas for Giving Tuesdayby David Leonhardt on December 1, 2020 at 11:19 am
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- The Dark, Confusing December Aheadby Derek Thompson on December 1, 2020 at 11:00 am
U.S. COVID-19 statistics are about to look better—even though the reality is almost certainly getting worse.
- The Nazi Inspiring China’s Communistsby Chang Che on December 1, 2020 at 11:00 am
A decades-old legal argument used by Hitler has found support in Beijing.
- Nigerian pop star Davido: ‘Africans were made fun of. Now everyone wants us’by Emmanuel Akinwotu on December 1, 2020 at 10:55 am
The singer was taking a good-time sound to the world – but after his song Fem became the anthem of the EndSars protesters, he joined them on the streetsThe buoyant, trumpeting chords of Fem, the opening track on Davido’s fourth album, A Better Time, suggest an artist who is vivacious, free of self-doubt, revelling in the limelight. David Adedeji Adeleke, 28, is part of a generation of Afrobeats artists who have blown the African dance-pop genre on to the global stage over the last decade; his songs have become the feelgood soundtrack of Nigeria’s nightlife, and made him one of his continent’s biggest pop stars.Yet “Fem”, meaning “shut up” in pidgin, has taken on a different meaning. Last month, Lagos governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu pleaded with EndSars protesters, who had taken a stand against police brutality. The largest protest movement in Nigeria for decades had erupted, incensed at the abuses by the infamous and since disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars). As the protesters outside the government secretariat in Lagos grew impatient, a DJ at the demonstration suddenly played Fem, already a hit across the country. Scores began belting out his lyrics, drowning out the governor’s futile pleas. In a culture where reverence for authority figures can be brutally enforced, protesters recast the song into a defiant statement. Continue reading…
- On World AIDS Day, South Africa finds hope in new treatmenton December 1, 2020 at 10:54 am
Health officials are hoping that new, long-acting drugs to help prevent HIV infection will be a turning point for the fight against a global health threat that’s been eclipsed by the coronavirus pandemic
- 4 killed, 6 injured in South Korea apartment fireon December 1, 2020 at 10:52 am
Four people have been killed and six others injured in a fire at an apartment building near the South Korean capital
- Cambodian opposition figures state plan to return from exileon December 1, 2020 at 10:43 am
Senior executives of the disbanded opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party have announced their plan to return from self-imposed exile to fight criminal charges against them in court
- Egypt detains photographer after dancer shoot at pyramidby Agence France-Presse in Cairo on December 1, 2020 at 10:37 am
Photographer arrested for disrespect after private shoot of dancer in ancient costumeEgyptian police have detained a photographer for disrespect after he shot images of a dancer in ancient costume at the Pyramid of Djoser outside Cairo, a security source has confirmed.Rumours had circulated on social media that the model, Salma al-Shimi, had been arrested after Monday’s shoot at the Saqqara necropolis, 20 miles south of Cairo, but the source said police detained the photographer on Monday. Continue reading…
- Tens of thousands of farmers swarm India’s capital to protest deregulation ruleson December 1, 2020 at 10:21 am
Tens of thousands of farmers have swarmed India’s capital where they intend to camp out for weeks to protest new agricultural laws that they say could destroy their livelihoods.
- In Nagorno-Karabakh Peace Deal, Putin Applied a Deft New Touchby Anton Troianovski and Carlotta Gall on December 1, 2020 at 10:00 am
The iron-fisted tactics used against Georgia and Ukraine seem to have fallen out of favor, replaced by a more subtle blend of soft power and an implicit military threat.
- How to Pretend You’re in Tokyoby Sebastian Modak on December 1, 2020 at 10:00 am
That Tokyo trip will have to wait for the millions of people who canceled flights and hotel bookings. But there are ways to bring you closer to this sometimes impenetrable, always fascinating, city.
- India’s Leading Documentary Filmmaker Has a Warningby Abhrajyoti Chakraborty on December 1, 2020 at 10:00 am
Anand Patwardhan spent decades tracking the rise of Hindu nationalism. And now, under an increasingly repressive government, he holds his screenings in secret.
- German unemployment dips despite 2nd partial shutdownon December 1, 2020 at 9:55 am
Official data show that Germany’s unemployment rate dipped in November despite a partial shutdown introduced to halt a sharp rise in coronavirus infections
- New ‘BTS Law’ Is Passed in South Korea. An Army of Fans Rejoices.by Choe Sang-Hun on December 1, 2020 at 9:53 am
The oldest member of BTS was saved at the last minute from having to join the military under the country’s conscription system.
- Germany bans far-right, pro-Nazi group; Police raid homeson December 1, 2020 at 9:47 am
Police have raided homes in three German states after the German government banned a far-right group, the interior ministry said
- Tainted rice wine kills 7 at Cambodian funeral ceremonyon December 1, 2020 at 9:24 am
Seven people died and more than 130 others have been hospitalized in Cambodia after drinking rice wine that health authorities believe was adulterated with a toxic substance
- WHO chief: Mexico in ‘bad shape’ with coronavirus pandemicon December 1, 2020 at 9:16 am
The head of the World Health Organization says that “Mexico is in bad shape” with the pandemic and is urging its leaders be serious about the coronavirus and set examples for its citizens
- Sports rorts inquiry accuses government of obstructing its investigationby Paul Karp on December 1, 2020 at 9:04 am
Senate committee investigating grants program says ‘systematic lack of disclosure’ stopped it from doing its jobAn inquiry into the sports rorts scandal has accused the government of “obstruction” after the former minister, Bridget McKenzie, refused to appear and her successor blocked the release of advice about the legality of the $100m program.In an interim report tabled on Tuesday, the Senate select committee rejected current sport minister Richard Colbeck’s public interest immunity claim that stopped Sport Australia from releasing legal advice about McKenzie’s authority to approve grants. Continue reading…
- Bad to the bone: why actors find it so hard to leave their darkest roles behindby Luke Holland on December 1, 2020 at 9:00 am
Even the biggest stars are often defined by their turns as villains. Perhaps they should embrace the evilA quick experiment: Anthony Hopkins is one of history’s most celebrated thesps, a star of stage and screen for more than 60 years. Picture him. What do you see? Is it John Quincy Adams in Amistad? Frederick Treves in The Elephant Man? Or is it Hannibal Lecter, leering through plexiglass, theth-theth-thething into the camera? If you said it’s anything other than that last one, then congratulations. Why not pour yourself a nice glass of chianti to wash down your LIES. Related: The Guide: Staying In – sign up for our home entertainment tips Continue reading…
- China #MeToo case heads to court after 2-year delayon December 1, 2020 at 8:55 am
A high profile case of sexual harassment in China’s #MeToo movement involving a well-known Chinese state TV host will be tried in court Wednesday in Beijing after pending for more than two years
- Pandemic surge affecting Christmas holiday plans across Europeon December 1, 2020 at 8:44 am
As the year comes to an end, many of Europe’s governments are scrambling to avoid stringent lockdowns over the Christmas holidays. CNN’s Melissa Bell reports.
- Thousands flee as activity in Indonesian volcanoes increaseson December 1, 2020 at 8:14 am
Indonesian authorities are closely monitoring several volcanoes after sensors picked up increased activity in recent weeks, prompting the evacuation of thousands of people
- This World Aids Day the global response to HIV stands on a precipice | Winnie Byanyima and Matthew Kavanaghby Winnie Byanyima and Matthew Kavanagh on December 1, 2020 at 7:45 am
Covid-19 has shown the power of innovation and community services in a pandemic. These lessons should be applied to HIVIn a pandemic, when policy falls short, people die. Amid the growing Covid-19 pandemic and the continuing HIV pandemic, this is clearer today than ever before. From rules on access to testing to the distribution of new medical technologies or the use of criminal law in public health, policymaking is fraught. This World Aids Day, the global Aids response stands on a precipice.Actions in the next few years will either tip us towards halting HIV, making deaths and new infections rare, or towards a resurgent virus thriving on social faultlines. Continue reading…
- He Was a Stick, She Was a Leaf; Together They Made Historyby Sabrina Imbler on December 1, 2020 at 7:30 am
A surprise clutch of eggs has solved a century-old leaf insect mystery.
- Fraser Island, a unique Australian ecosystem, is on fire as parts of the country swelter through record heat waveon December 1, 2020 at 7:29 am
Firefighters in Australia are battling a massive bushfire that has been burning out of control for six weeks across the popular tourist spot of Fraser Island, as parts of the country’s east swelter through a record-breaking heat wave following the hottest November on record.
- Jabra Elite 85t review: AirPods Pro-beating noise cancelling Bluetooth earbudsby Samuel Gibbs Consumer technology editor on December 1, 2020 at 7:00 am
Winning combo of great sound, noise cancelling, dual connection, long battery, small case and fitJabra is back with its fourth-generation Bluetooth true wireless earbuds, the Elite 85t, with improved fit, better sound and active noise cancelling to rival Apple’s AirPods Pro.The Elite 85t cost £219.99 and top the range that includes its predecessors the £170 Elite 75t and £140 Elite 65t. Continue reading…
- Rights group asks Sri Lanka to probe deadly prison unreston December 1, 2020 at 6:24 am
An international human rights group is asking Sri Lanka to conduct an impartial investigation into prison unrest and the use of live ammunition by guards that resulted in the death of eight inmates and injuries to 59 others
- Coronavirus robs biblical Bethlehem of Christmas cheeron December 1, 2020 at 6:13 am
The coronavirus has cast a pall over Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, all but shutting down the biblical town revered as Jesus’ birthplace at the height of the normally cheery holiday season
- AP PHOTOS: Animal attacks taking their toll in Kashmiron December 1, 2020 at 6:09 am
Amid the long-raging deadly strife in Indian-controlled Kashmir, another conflict is silently taking its toll on the Himalayan region’s residents: the conflict between man and wild animals. According to official data, at least 67 people have been killed and 940 others injured in the past five years in attacks by wild animals in the famed Kashmir Valley, a vast collection of alpine forests, connected wetlands and waterways known as much for its idyllic vistas as for its decades-long armed conflict between Indian troops and rebels. The Himalayan black bear is at the heart of this trouble. Experts say over 80% of the deaths and maulings are due to attacks by black bears. In August, a black bear pounced on Manzoor Ahmad Dar at his vegetable farm. He is still recovering from a serious head injury. Last year, Showkat Ahmed Khatana, a 50-year-old nomad, was killed while trying to save his younger brother from a black bear attack near their home in the Harwan area in the outskirts of…
- ‘Moving mountains’: How Pakistan’s ‘invisible’ women won workers’ rightsby Zofeen Ebrahim in Karachi on December 1, 2020 at 6:00 am
Home workers in Sindh province are celebrating new social security benefits, after being denied lockdown fundingShamim Bano has been an invisible worker for 40 years. Working 12-hour days from home as a “cropper” in the port city of Karachi, she cuts the loose threads off clothing and makes samosas to sell at schools.Bano is paid about 25 Pakistani rupees (£0.10) a day. It’s a precarious existence for Pakistan’s home-based workers, without access to social security benefits or pensions. Most of these informal workers are women. Continue reading…
- The mystery of the Gatwick droneby Samira Shackle on December 1, 2020 at 6:00 am
A drone sighting caused the airport to close for two days in 2018, but despite a lengthy police investigation, no culprit was ever found. So what exactly did people see in the Sussex sky?Soon after 9pm on Wednesday 19 December 2018, an airport security officer who had just finished his shift at Gatwick airport was standing at a bus stop on site, waiting to go home, when he saw something strange. He immediately called the Gatwick control centre and reported what he had seen: two drones. One was hovering above a vehicle inside the airport complex, and the other was flying alongside the nearby perimeter fence. The message was relayed to senior management. Unauthorised drone activity is considered a danger to aircraft and passengers because of the risk of collision. Within minutes, Gatwick’s only runway had been closed and all flights were suspended.Over the next half hour, 20 police and airport security vehicles drove around the airport, lights flashing and sirens blaring, with the intention of scaring whoever was operating the drones. It didn’t work. By 9.30pm, six more sightings had been logged by the Gatwick control centre, five of them from police officers. Inside the airport, thousands of passengers waited to set off on their Christmas holidays. In the sky above, planes circled, waiting to land. Some were at the end of long journeys, and more than a dozen aircraft were soon dangerously low on fuel. Continue reading…
- Photo reveals Australian soldier drinking beer out of dead Taliban fighter’s prosthetic legby Rory Callinan on December 1, 2020 at 5:57 am
Exclusive: Image obtained by Guardian Australia shows limb being used to down drinks in a special forces bar in AfghanistanSenior Australian special forces soldiers drank beer out of the prosthetic leg of a dead Taliban soldier at an unauthorised bar in Afghanistan – with a photograph of the act being revealed for the first time by Guardian Australia.A number of photographs obtained by the Guardian show one senior soldier – who is still serving – sculling from the leg in an unofficial bar known as the Fat Lady’s Arms, which was set up inside Australia’s special forces base in Tarin Kowt, the capital of Uruzgan province, in 2009. Continue reading…
- As Iran Mourns Nuclear Scientist, Officials Vow to Find His Killersby Isabella Kwai on December 1, 2020 at 5:48 am
“We chase the criminals to the end,” the Iranian defense minister said at the funeral of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
- NATO Needs to Adapt Quickly to Stay Relevant for 2030, Report Urgesby Steven Erlanger on December 1, 2020 at 5:47 am
After France’s president said NATO was suffering “brain death,” the alliance sought advice on how to stay vibrant as it faces new challenges from Russia and China.
- Melania Trump swaps horror for tradition with lighter approach to Christmas decorby Helen Sullivan on December 1, 2020 at 5:41 am
Outgoing first lady unveils ‘America the beautiful’ theme in White House, breaking with previous years that featured blood red trees and bare branchesApart from the odd nod to a funerary urn, first lady Melania Trump broke with tradition this year with her White House Christmas decorations, opting for fairly normal green trees with red and gold ornaments instead of the blood-red foliage or Shining-esque ghost-white branches of previous years.This year’s theme, unveiled on Monday, was “America the beautiful”, inspired, she said, by Americans’ shared appreciation “for our traditions, values and history”. Continue reading…
- Kylie Moore-Gilbert thanks supporters after Iran prison release: ‘My freedom is your victory’by Ben Doherty on December 1, 2020 at 5:39 am
British-Australian academic was held on espionage charges for more than 800 daysFreed academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert has paid tribute to her family, friends and colleagues who campaigned for her release while she was held in Iranian prisons for more than two years.After 804 days in prison on espionage charges widely dismissed as baseless, Moore-Gilbert was released last week in a complex and dramatic prisoner swap for three convicted Iranian bombers in prison in Thailand. Continue reading…
- ‘Covid created an opportunity’: Lisbon to turn tourist flats into homesby Ashifa Kassam on December 1, 2020 at 5:00 am
Initiative offers landlords the option of renting their properties to the city for a minimum of five yearsFor centuries, the maze of narrow, cobbled streets that make up Lisbon’s Alfama neighbourhood has told the story of the city’s past. But in recent years, as trendy cafes and tourist flats proliferated, the historic quarter began telling a worrying tale of the city’s future.A rapid transformation had rippled across the city centre as Airbnb-style tourist rentals swelled to a third of the properties. As locals found themselves priced out and communities began hollowing out, many began grumbling about the aftershocks of terramotourism – a tourism earthquake. Continue reading…
- ‘Trump Is Better’: In Asia, Pro-Democracy Forces Worry About Bidenby Hannah Beech on December 1, 2020 at 4:42 am
The president-elect’s aim of returning normalcy to foreign policy has spooked human rights defenders in Asia, who see President Trump as someone who confronted dictators.
- Intelligence and security experts skeptical of claims that Iranian nuclear scientist was targeted in ‘remote control’ assassinationon December 1, 2020 at 3:16 am
Days after the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the country’s state media painted an elaborate picture of the killing that makes it sound like something straight out of a second-rate spy movie.
- Your Tuesday Briefingby Melina Delkic and Dani Blum on December 1, 2020 at 3:10 am
Tens of thousands of farmers blocked New Delhi roads.
- Your Tuesday Briefingby Natasha Frost on December 1, 2020 at 3:10 am
The dark winter ahead for the U.S.
- How Youth Climate Activists Are Empowering Campaigners From Countries Suffering Most From Global Warmingby Abhishyant Kidangoor on December 1, 2020 at 3:07 am
The Mock COP26 climate summit is giving a platform to marginalized voices as organizers work to diversify a movement that has focused on activists from developed nations like Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion
- The Lost Days That Made Bergamo a Coronavirus Tragedyby Jason Horowitz and Fabio Bucciarelli on December 1, 2020 at 2:44 am
The northern Italian province became one of the deadliest killing fields for the virus in the Western world. But a Times investigation found that faulty guidance and bureaucratic delays rendered the toll far worse than it had to be.
- Europe Keeps Schools Open, not Restaurants, Unlike U.S. citiesby Norimitsu Onishi, Constant Méheut and Antonella Francini on December 1, 2020 at 2:25 am
Many European nations have managed to flatten the coronavirus surge while keeping schools open, reducing academic and economic disruption.
- French Lawmakers Will Rewrite a Proposed Bill on Filming Police After Major Protestsby Associated Press on December 1, 2020 at 1:34 am
The move comes after tens of thousands of protesters marched Saturday in Paris and across the country to reject the draft law.
- UK bars, cinemas may require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to visitby Bradford Betz on December 1, 2020 at 1:33 am
Nadhim Zahawi, the U.K.’s vaccine minister, said on Monday that bars, cinemas, and sports venues may compel people to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination before entering.
- Vaccines Are Coming, but Pandemic Experts Expect a ‘Horrible’ Winterby Donald G. McNeil Jr. on December 1, 2020 at 12:37 am
With vaccines and a new administration, the pandemic will be tamed. But experts say the coming months “are going to be just horrible.”
- Why School Districts Are Bringing Back Younger Children Firstby Eliza Shapiro and Kate Taylor on December 1, 2020 at 12:31 am
New York City became the highest-profile example when Mayor de Blasio said elementary schools would reopen starting Dec. 7.
- BTS’s ‘Life Goes On’ Did the Impossibleby Lenika Cruz on December 1, 2020 at 12:22 am
The Grammy-nominated pop septet’s newest single became the first Korean song to top the Billboard Hot 100—with virtually no radio play.
- ‘Assume that you were exposed’: Officials warn of the fallout from Thanksgiving travel.by Ethan Hauser, James Gorman, Melina Delkic and Michael Gold on November 30, 2020 at 11:07 pm
- Brazil Amazon Deforestation Hits 12-Year High Under Bolsonaroby Reuters on November 30, 2020 at 11:01 pm
In 2020, destruction of the world’s largest rainforest rose 9.5 percent from a year earlier to about 4,280 square miles. That’s a little smaller than Connecticut.
- Berry-Flavored H.I.V. Medication Is Ready for Babiesby Donald G. McNeil Jr. on November 30, 2020 at 11:01 pm
For the 80,000 children who die of H.I.V. each year, drugs are often bitter or hard to swallow. Dolutegravir will soon come in a tasty dissolving tablet.
- Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Todayby Jonathan Wolfe on November 30, 2020 at 10:36 pm
Lower case numbers around Thanksgiving may be misleading.
- Did Thanksgiving Spread Covid-19? Here’s Why You Can’t Tell Yet.by Sabrina Tavernise on November 30, 2020 at 10:30 pm
Four experts agreed that there will be an upward bump in cases linked to the holiday, but they had different estimates for when it would emerge.
- False election claims ‘misleading the president’, says Georgia secretary of state – videoon November 30, 2020 at 10:19 pm
Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, pushed back at groups ‘exploiting the emotions of many Trump supporters’ and misleading Donald Trump himself.A vote recount was requested within two business days of certification in Georgia, where the margin was less than 0.5 percentage points in favour of Joe Biden. The Trump campaign has also demanded an audit of the voter signatures that accompanied mail-in ballotsThe latest in US politics – follow liveContinue reading…
- Gasser Abdel-Razek, Egyptian Human Rights Activist, Is Jailedby Vivian Yee on November 30, 2020 at 10:13 pm
Before his recent arrest, Gasser Abdel-Razek had no illusions about the risks in being a leading rights advocate under the increasingly repressive el-Sisi regime.
- ‘No time for complacency’: WHO chief urges caution over festive season – videoon November 30, 2020 at 10:13 pm
Spending time with friends and family at Christmas is ‘not worth putting them or yourself at risk’, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, has said.He advised people to consider not travelling during the next few months, and urged ‘extreme caution’ despite last week seeing the first decline in newly reported cases globally since September, saying these gains could easily be lost Continue reading…
- France’s Major Literary Juries Award Prizes in a Year of Scandalby Norimitsu Onishi and Constant Méheut on November 30, 2020 at 9:54 pm
Seven years ago, the judges behind France’s second-biggest literary prize honored a pedophile writer, Gabriel Matzneff. Now, they have turned to a little-known female writer from a small publisher.
- China took weeks to diagnose new Covid cases and underreported numbers, leaked documents showon November 30, 2020 at 9:44 pm
An unprecedented leak of internal Chinese documents reveals how the country mishandled the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. The documents – from Hubei province, the site of the world’s first known outbreak – show China announced misleading numbers of new cases and deaths, was hampered by an average three-week delay in diagnosing new cases, and experienced a huge spike in influenza in the epicenter province in early December.
- The Atlantic Daily: Americans Are Playing Safety Hopscotchby Caroline Mimbs Nyce on November 30, 2020 at 9:41 pm
When it comes to the pandemic, people are still not on the same page.
- Food delivery apps are booming, while their workers often struggle.by Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura on November 30, 2020 at 8:44 pm
- Labour will abstain from vote on Covid tiers, says Keir Starmer – videoon November 30, 2020 at 8:36 pm
Keir Starmer has said Labour will abstain from the the Covid tier vote as the government scrambled to contain a Tory rebellion by unveiling a multimillion-pound fund for pubs.Starmer has decided to break with the government in a vote on Covid restrictions for the first time, but will not vote against the restrictions adding that this would ‘not be in the interest of the country’.Tuesday’s Commons vote on the tiers system is due to replace lockdown rules from Wednesday and put 99% of the country into tiers 2 and 3. The vote is still expected to passLabour to abstain in vote on Covid tiers as Tories threaten to rebelContinue reading…
- 4 Officers in France Are Charged Over Beating of a Black Music Producerby Aurelien Breeden on November 30, 2020 at 8:07 pm
Opposition to a provision that restricts circulating images of on-duty police officers had ballooned over the past week, sending tens of thousands of protesters into streets around France.
- China Is Poised to Bring Home Moon Samples in Its Most Ambitious Lunar Mission Yetby Jeffrey Kluger on November 30, 2020 at 7:55 pm
First lunar samples in 44 years
- Angry Farmers Choke India’s Capital in Giant Demonstrationsby Jeffrey Gettleman, Karan Deep Singh and Hari Kumar on November 30, 2020 at 7:50 pm
Tens of thousands have arrived in tractors and trailers, many traveling hundreds of miles, to block roads into New Delhi and protest recently passed pro-market agricultural policies.
- French lawmakers to rewrite proposed bill banning use of police images after outrageon November 30, 2020 at 7:12 pm
Lawmakers from French President Emmanuel Macron’s party will rewrite the most criticized article of a proposed security law, involving a measure aimed at banning the publication of images of police officers with intent to cause them harm.
- Does Climate Change Violate Children’s Human Rights? A European Court May Soon Decideby Ciara Nugent on November 30, 2020 at 6:57 pm
The summer of 2017 was hugely stressful for Sofia and André Oliveira, then aged 12 and 9. From their home in Lisbon, they watched a season of record wildfires and severe heat waves tear through Portugal, killing 120 people. For the children, it was already clear that the extreme heat –which scientists linked to climate…
- Killing of Iranian nuclear scientist has region, world leaders on edge over potential retaliation from Iranby Hollie McKay on November 30, 2020 at 6:56 pm
Iran has vowed to retaliate against Israel over a scientist’s killing, raising tensions across the Middle East
- Why a 41-Year-Old Record About Fascism Matters Nowby David A. Graham on November 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm
Elvis Costello’s 1979 album, Armed Forces, has been reissued at a moment when it feels more frighteningly vital and relevant than ever.
- For Princess Mako of Japan, Official Wedding May Be Distant Prospectby Ben Dooley on November 30, 2020 at 6:24 pm
Crown Prince Akishino said he approved of his daughter’s marriage to a commoner but noted that the public may be opposed, dimming prospects for an official ceremony.
- Australia Condemns Lurid Tweet by Chinese Official as ‘Disgusting Slur’by Livia Albeck-Ripka and Austin Ramzy on November 30, 2020 at 4:58 pm
The post, with a doctored photograph showing an Australian soldier with a knife to the throat of an Afghan child, sent relations between the two countries to a new low.
- New Zealand Announces Charges in Deadly White Island Volcano Eruptionby Natasha Frost on November 30, 2020 at 4:51 pm
Government agencies and individuals were among those charged over the roles in the 2019 disaster, which killed 22 people.
- Yet another Italian village is selling $1 houseson November 30, 2020 at 2:57 pm
You wait a while for a house that’s practically given away to you, and then three come along at once.
- Row over ‘repugnant’ tweet by Chinese official showing fake graphic photo of Australian soldieron November 30, 2020 at 2:52 pm
Australia’s prime minister said Monday that a Chinese official’s tweet showing a fake image of an Australian soldier appearing to slit a child’s throat was “truly repugnant” and merits an apology.
- Brazen Killings Expose Iran’s Vulnerabilities as It Struggles to Respondby David D. Kirkpatrick, Ronen Bergman and Farnaz Fassihi on November 30, 2020 at 2:41 pm
After suffering a string of audacious attacks, Tehran faces an agonizing choice: embracing hard-liner demands for swift retaliation or trying to make a fresh start with the Biden administration.
- The lockdown is exposing the gender gap in British sports.by Anna Schaverien on November 30, 2020 at 1:47 pm
- There Aren’t Serious-Enough Consequences for Those Trying to Break American Democracyby Quinta Jurecic on November 30, 2020 at 1:16 pm
What the president and his lawyers have been attempting to do deserves punishment that will likely never come.
- New Zealand officials file 13 charges over volcano eruption that killed 22on November 30, 2020 at 12:56 pm
New Zealand authorities filed safety violation charges on Monday against 10 organizations and three individuals after a volcanic eruption at White Island last year killed 22 people.
- Iranian official accuses Israel of using ‘electronic devices’ to remotely kill nuclear scientiston November 30, 2020 at 12:24 pm
A top Iranian security official on Monday accused Israel of using “electronic devices” to remotely kill a scientist who founded the Islamic Republic’s military nuclear program in the 2000s.
- Teachers face a steepening toll during the pandemic.by Natasha Singer on November 30, 2020 at 12:12 pm
- Sorry to Burst Your Quarantine Bubbleby Rachel Gutman on November 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Pod means something different to everyone, and that’s a problem.
- The Mastermind Behind Biden’s No-Drama Approach to Trumpby Edward-Isaac Dovere on November 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Only one top Biden adviser isn’t joining him in the White House—but she’ll still stay close.
- Is Iran likely to retaliate over assassination of top nuclear scientist?by Peter Beaumont on November 30, 2020 at 11:29 am
Analysis: Despite calls to attack Israel, Iran may decide that avoiding conflict is wisestThe assassination of the top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in a suspected Israeli operation raises questions over what, if anything, Iran may do to retaliate. Continue reading…
- The Path of Virus Deathsby David Leonhardt on November 30, 2020 at 11:29 am
And what else you need to know today.
- Trump Makes a Bad Situation Worse in Afghanistanby Jim Golby on November 30, 2020 at 11:15 am
The departing president neither embraced nor fully repudiated America’s mission.
- The Trump You’ve Yet to Meetby Timothy Noah on November 30, 2020 at 11:00 am
Just because we know bad things about the 45th president, don’t assume that there’s nothing bad left to find out.
- ‘Because She’s a Girl’: Lockdown Exposes Gender Gap in U.K. Sportsby Anna Schaverien on November 30, 2020 at 10:11 am
Inequalities are especially pronounced in English youth soccer, where only a handful of clubs have kept training open for future female professionals, while boys at the same level play on.
- Five factors that helped US democracy resist Trump’s election onslaughtby Tom McCarthy on November 30, 2020 at 10:00 am
Trump’s trashing of norms has been harmful but decentralization, turnout, transparency, the courts and the media played a key roleIt is not clear yet whether US democracy “survived” the 2020 presidential election unscathed. Continue reading…
- Afghan Leader Digs In on Peace Talks Despite Progress, Officials Sayby Thomas Gibbons-Neff on November 30, 2020 at 8:47 am
President Ashraf Ghani is holding up a tentative agreement on the talks’ framework, some officials say. His aides say no agreement was near.
- Hong Kong’s Courts, Still Independent, Face New Threats From Chinaby Austin Ramzy on November 30, 2020 at 8:00 am
The judiciary is crucial to the city’s status as a global hub for trade and finance. But the Chinese Communist Party has been gaining more authority over it.
- Obama didn’t deliver for Africa – can Biden prove that black lives matter everywhere? | Vava Tampaby Vava Tampa on November 30, 2020 at 7:45 am
There is reason to hope the president-elect will pivot from long-standing US policy of backing continent’s strongman leadersHow different is the Biden-Harris administration’s Africa policy going to be from Donald Trump’s, or even Barack Obama’s? Many African people, as well as the continent’s strongman leaders, are now gingerly asking – is Biden going to be Obama 2.0, or Trump-lite?For the sake of black lives mattering everywhere in these turbulent times, I hope Biden will chart a bold new course, diametrically away from not only Trump but also Obama’s Africa policy. Continue reading…
- Barefoot in thorns: Gaza through the eyes of a Palestinian photographerby Jehad al-Saftawi on November 30, 2020 at 7:15 am
My Gaza by Jehad al-Saftawi is a personal account of peoples’ suffering as they go about their lives under Israeli blockadeWorking as a journalist in Gaza, says Palestinian photographer Jehad al-Saftawi, is like walking barefoot in a field of thorns. “You must always watch where you step. Each neighbourhood is composed of its own intimate social network, and travelling through them with a camera makes you a significant suspicion.“You’re caught between the two sides of the conflict: the rulers of Gaza limit what you can photograph and write about, imprisoning and torturing those who disobey. At the same time, the Israeli army sees you as a potential threat that must be eliminated, as has been the fate of many Palestinian journalists.” Continue reading…
- The rubber duck revolution – in pictureson November 30, 2020 at 7:00 am
Ducks have become a symbol of Thailand’s pro-democracy protests in Bangkok after demonstrators used them as shields against police water cannon and teargas Continue reading…
- Silent victims: the hidden Romanian women exploited in the UK sex tradeby Annie Kelly and Hazel Thompson on November 30, 2020 at 7:00 am
Sex traffickers can make profits of over £1m a year per brothel – and Covid lockdowns have only made it easier for them to operateThree weeks ago, police entered a brothel in south-east England after receiving intelligence about criminal activity there. Inside, they found eight Romanian women wearing face shields and masks, and laminated Covid-19 health and safety sheets on the wall. An industrial-size bottle of hand sanitiser stood by the front door.“On the surface, this did not look like a place where criminality and sexual exploitation was taking place,” says Cristina Huddleston, a trafficking victim support specialist who joined the raid that evening. Continue reading…
- Coronavirus, Tigray, France: Your Monday Briefingby Natasha Frost on November 30, 2020 at 6:37 am
Here’s what you need to know.
- North Korea tightening borders to build ‘wall of defense’ against COVID-19on November 30, 2020 at 1:20 am
North Korea has tightened its borders to build a “wall of defense” against the COVID-19 pandemic, state media said Sunday.
- ‘I Have Never Seen So Many Toadstools.’ A Bumper Crop of Mushrooms in Ukraine.by Maria Varenikova and Andrew E. Kramer on November 30, 2020 at 1:12 am
Hunting for mushrooms deep in the forest is the ideal socially distanced pastime.
- Should Isolation Periods Be Shorter for People With Covid-19?by Apoorva Mandavilli on November 30, 2020 at 12:37 am
Patients are usually most infectious two days before symptoms begin and for five days after, a new analysis finds.
- British hospitals could get first coronavirus vaccine doses next weekby Frank Miles on November 29, 2020 at 10:46 pm
Britain said Sunday it has secured 2 million more doses of a promising coronavirus vaccine as it gears up to launch within days the country’s most ambitious inoculation program in decades.
- Your Monday Briefingby Carole Landry on November 29, 2020 at 8:22 pm
East Asia adjusts its response to the latest coronavirus outbreak.
- British Airways investigating reports stewardess is offering sexual services between flightsby Bradford Betz on November 29, 2020 at 8:15 pm
British Airways is investigating reports that one of its Heathrow-based stewardesses is selling sex – and her undergarments – during and in between flights.
- Singapore mother had COVID-19, gave birth to boy with antibodiesby Peter Aitken on November 29, 2020 at 7:21 pm
Cases of antibodies in infants have been studied in China, with most cases showing a rapid decline in antibody presence after birth.
- Spanish police make huge drug haul after high-speed boat chaseby Robert Gearty on November 29, 2020 at 7:11 pm
Police in Spain seized two tons of drugs after a wild hours-long high speed chase in the Mediterranean Sea.
- Pennsylvania: Images of the Keystone Stateby Alan Taylor on November 29, 2020 at 6:25 pm
A few glimpses of the landscape of Pennsylvania, and some of the animals and people calling it home
- Offices of Diego Maradona’s Doctor Raided Over His Deathby Daniel Politi and Isabella Kwai on November 29, 2020 at 6:24 pm
The authorities searched the home and offices of the soccer hero’s doctor as part of an investigation into the circumstances of his death last week.
- Protesters launch fireworks at police in Paris – videoon November 29, 2020 at 6:09 pm
French security forces fire teargas at protesters marching against police violence in Paris on Saturday after masked activists launched fireworks at their lines, put up barricades and threw stones.Thousands rallied across France after video of police beating a black music producer fanned anger about a draft law that is seen as curbing the right of journalists to report on police brutalityFrench police caught on CCTV beating black music producer in his Paris studio – videoContinue reading…
- Plan to Hold Corporations Liable for Violations Abroad Fails in Switzerlandby Noele Illien on November 29, 2020 at 5:23 pm
The proposal would have exposed multinational companies to greater scrutiny over human rights and environmental abuses.
- Iran plans ‘calculated’ response after nuclear scientist killed as newspaper calls for revenge on Israeli cityby Danielle Wallace on November 29, 2020 at 4:43 pm
Iran is plotting a “calculated and decisive” response to the recent killing of its top nuclear scientist, according to a top adviser to the country’s supreme leader, as the nation’s hardline newspaper published a piece calling for an attack with “heavy human casualties” against the Israeli city of Haifa.
- Leadership of U.N. Human Rights Body Becomes Proxy Battle for World Powersby Nick Cumming-Bruce on November 29, 2020 at 3:43 pm
A fight over the council’s presidency is seen by some as an effort by China, Russia and Saudi Arabia to put a more compliant state in control ahead of greater involvement by the Biden administration.
- As hiking surges during the coronavirus pandemic, so does the risk of injury.by Gillian R. Brassil on November 29, 2020 at 2:18 pm
- Theaters are fighting to keep ‘A Christmas Carol’ on stage during the pandemic.by Michael Paulson on November 29, 2020 at 2:16 pm
- With Art Basel canceled, Miami looks inward — and the show goes on.by Brett Sokol on November 29, 2020 at 2:11 pm
- Unable to meet in person, some A.A. members ‘thank Zoom for their very survival.’by Matt Richtel on November 29, 2020 at 2:11 pm
- Australian city has hottest November night on record as wildfires rageby Lucia Suarez Sang on November 29, 2020 at 1:24 pm
Overnight temperatures in Australia’s biggest city were the hottest ever, with officials fearing that sweltering November heat could fuel dozens of existing wildfires.
- Afghan officials say at least 34 killed in separate suicide bombingson November 29, 2020 at 1:08 pm
At least 34 people were killed on Sunday in two separate suicide bombings in Afghanistan that targeted a military base and a provincial chief, officials said.
- Against Heavenby Kemi Alabi on November 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm
A poem for Sunday
- The ‘Great Man’ Theory of American Foodby Madeline Leung Coleman on November 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm
The prolific cookbook author James Beard helped shape the nation’s culinary identity—for better and for worse.
- Dominic Raab warns UK at risk of third wave of coronavirus – videoon November 29, 2020 at 12:44 pm
The UK is at risk of a third wave of Covid-19 in the new year if the right balance is not struck on restrictions, Dominic Raab has told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show. The foreign secretary also refused to rule out the prospect of a third nationwide lockdown next year. The Commons will vote on Tuesday on whether to approve the three-tier system replacing the national lockdownEngland at risk of third Covid wave in new year, says RaabContinue reading…
- Working in the NHS, it doesn’t feel like any end to Covid is in sightby Anonymous on November 29, 2020 at 12:04 pm
The news about a vaccine doesn’t feel real to stressed and exhausted hospital staff, says a consultantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt turns out that a pandemic really is a marathon, not a sprint to a finish line. I guess that was obvious really.It’s not all bad. We are no longer dealing with an unknown threat that we are having to discover as we go along. The disease is known, its presentation recognised, its complications understood. Continue reading…
- Is American Healing Even Possible?by Adam Harris on November 29, 2020 at 12:00 pm
In an extended interview, the Reverend William J. Barber II explains why healing the soul of the nation will take more than returning to “normal.”
- Hillbilly Elegy Doesn’t Reflect the Appalachia I Knowby Cassie Chambers Armstrong on November 29, 2020 at 11:30 am
The movie and book don’t show the positive side of the area, because that wouldn’t serve the story’s purposes.
- Progressives Can’t Repeat the Mistakes of 2008by Luke Savage on November 29, 2020 at 11:00 am
For the left to be effective in a post-Trump Washington, it must avoid the culture of deference that set in after Obama’s victory.
- ‘He understands Washington’: Joe Scarborough finds echoes of Truman in Bidenby David Smith in Washington on November 29, 2020 at 9:00 am
The Morning Joe host, author of a new book on Harry S Truman, sees parallels in the two presidents’ efforts to rebuildJoe Scarborough had been discussing Joe Biden’s cabinet, Donald Trump’s delusions and America’s battered claim to be the indispensable nation when the conversation took an unexpected turn.“I knew yesterday morning it was Mika’s and my anniversary and she said nothing and about five o’clock in the afternoon I walked in and I said, ‘Is today a special day for you?’” Scarborough shared with his TV guests last Wednesday. “She goes, ‘Yeah, I guess, whatever.’” Continue reading…
- Ethiopia Claims Victory in Tigray Conflict After Shelling Restive Region’s Capitalby Simon Marks on November 29, 2020 at 8:02 am
After heavy artillery strikes on Saturday, the federal government claimed the city of Mekelle was now under its control, but there was no way to independently confirm the assertion.
- Biden bids to placate the left as he builds centrist transition teamby Daniel Strauss in Washington on November 29, 2020 at 8:00 am
The president-elect has brought in a mix of experience and diversity – but more telling is who Biden hasn’t appointedSo far, Joe Biden has avoided one of the biggest potential pitfalls of the transition process that will end with him moving into the White House: infuriating the left wing of the Democratic party. Related: Here’s something to give thanks for this Thanksgiving: our democracy survived | Art Cullen Continue reading…
- What you need to know if you’re getting tested for Covid-19 before seeing familyby Lauren Aratani on November 29, 2020 at 7:45 am
With the holidays season in full swing testing negative for coronavirus does not necessarily mean you’re in the clear Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIf you’re getting tested for Covid-19 before gathering with family and friends during the holidays season, even if your result was negative, you may not actually be in the clear.Given that a negative Covid-19 test has become a ticket to skipping quarantine when traveling across many state lines, it is easy to believe that a negative test means you are risk-free of carrying the virus. Continue reading…
- U.S. coronavirus cases pass 4 million for the month of November, doubling the record set in October.by Tariro Mzezewa and Sarah Cahalan on November 29, 2020 at 6:36 am
- Daily Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. rise back toward the record level set in April.by Campbell Robertson, Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio, Joseph Goldstein and Mitch Smith on November 29, 2020 at 5:46 am
- Pennsylvania supreme court throws out Republican bid to reject 2.5m mail-in votesby Staff and agencies on November 29, 2020 at 3:09 am
Judge says plaintiff ‘failed to allege that even a single mail-in ballot was fraudulently cast or counted’Pennsylvania’s highest court has thrown out a lower court’s order that was preventing the state from certifying dozens of contests from the 3 November election.In the latest Republican lawsuit attempting to thwart president-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the battleground state, the state supreme court unanimously threw out the three-day-old order, saying the underlying lawsuit was filed months after the law allowed for challenges to Pennsylvania’s year-old mail-in voting law. Continue reading…
- French protesters decry bill outlawing use of police imageson November 29, 2020 at 2:26 am
Tens of thousands of critics of a proposed security law that would restrict the filming of police officers protested across France on Saturday.
- Woman freed in Iran hostage swap originally arrested for dating Israeli: reporton November 29, 2020 at 1:39 am
A British-Australian professor who spent 804 days in some of Iran’s most notorious jails was originally arrested for dating an Israeli, according to a report.
- Ethiopia declares victory as military takes Tigray capitalon November 28, 2020 at 9:53 pm
Ethiopia’s military has gained “full control” of the capital of the defiant Tigray region, the army announced Saturday, and the prime minister said the taking of Mekele marked the “completion” of an offensive that started nearly four weeks ago.
- Protests Over Security Bill in France Draw Tens of Thousandsby Constant Méheut on November 28, 2020 at 6:35 pm
Demonstrators accused the government of drifting toward repressive policies with a measure that would restrict the sharing images of police officers and strengthen government surveillance tools.
- Ethiopia Says Its Military Now Controls the Tigray Capitalby CARA ANNA / AP on November 28, 2020 at 5:08 pm
Tigray TV earlier Saturday reported that the city was being “heavily bombarded”
- Iran’s Supreme Leader Vows Revenge Over Slain Scientistby AMIR VAHDAT and JON GAMBRELL / AP on November 28, 2020 at 4:18 pm
The Islamic Republic has blamed Israel for a slaying that has raised fears of reignited tensions across the Middle East
- U.K. Appoints Vaccines Minister to Oversee COVID-19 Inoculationsby JILL LAWLESS / AP on November 28, 2020 at 3:20 pm
The U.K. government has agreed to purchase up to 355 million doses of vaccine from seven different producers
- American Museums Are Going Through an Identity Crisisby Shirley Li on November 28, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Cultural institutions have faced hard questions about racial inclusivity for decades. This year, they might finally provide some answers.
- Biden Could Expand Abortion Access, Even Without the Senateby Greer Donley on November 28, 2020 at 11:30 am
The path lies not in legislation but through the deregulation of mifepristone—the only drug the FDA has approved to safely and effectively terminate an early pregnancy.
- Is it worth carrying on as a guinea pig, if a vaccine has already been found? Francis Beckettby Francis Beckett on November 28, 2020 at 7:00 am
I am 75 and taking part in the Novavax trial but the success of the Oxford jab has given me a dilemmaMy third appointment with researchers this week, as a participant in Covid-19 vaccine trials, was overshadowed by the news that the Oxford vaccine will probably be available to older folk like me in the early part of next year – maybe as early as January or February.The vaccine I am trialling – the Novavax one – will have test results in January, and probably be available in the summer. So what happens to us guinea pigs when the Oxford vaccine is available, I wanted to know. As a reasonably healthy 75-year-old, I’m likely to be – in the doctor’s words – “at the back of the front of the queue” for it. I have signed up to be in the Novavax study for a year. But if I have the Oxford vaccine, do I cease to be any use? Continue reading…
- How California prisoners raised $30K for a high school student in needon November 27, 2020 at 10:34 pm
It’s hard to imagine two more different places than an elite private school and California’s Soledad State Prison, which houses the state’s largest concentration of men sentenced to life behind bars. But for the past seven years, the two worlds have collided in an unusual way: through a book club.
- Iran’s Foreign Minister Suggests Israel Behind Killing of Nuclear Scientistby John Gambrell / Associated Press on November 27, 2020 at 4:05 pm
Javad Zarif said the apparent assassination has “serious indications of [an] Israeli role.”
- The Books Briefing: How to Tell the Story of a Familyby Kate Cray on November 27, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Feuding brothers, possessive aunts, and honest discussions: Your weekly guide to the best in books
- A Fantasy-Football League Unafraid to Commit to the Bitby Julie Beck on November 27, 2020 at 3:00 pm
“We have a flag that we fly. We have a portable flagpole.”
- A Horror Movie Where Wealth Is the Demonby David Sims on November 27, 2020 at 2:00 pm
The Nest is a brilliantly cast thriller and one of the year’s best films.
- Dry Ice Is Hotter Than Everby Charles Fishman on November 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Solid carbon dioxide has long been essential to manufacturing, food processing, and high-school theater. Now it’s a key part of the race to get America vaccinated.
- The Damage Will Lastby Uri Friedman on November 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm
The precedents Trump has set, the doubts he has sown, and the claims he has made will linger.
- Photography Has Gotten Climate Change Wrong from the Startby Kim Beil on November 27, 2020 at 11:30 am
Smoggy-looking daguerreotypes in 19th-century London foreshadowed today’s muted smartphone photos of California fires.
- America Failed at COVID-19, but the Economy’s Okay. Why?by Annie Lowrey on November 27, 2020 at 11:00 am
The U.S. entered the coronavirus recession with a few structural advantages. Its success may not last for long.
- More emissions means higher prices: More food brands want you to know their climate impacton November 27, 2020 at 9:01 am
Food labels already indicate how good or bad a product is for you. But good or bad for the planet? That’s often much less clear. Now a growing number of brands are labeling their products to show their climate impact.
- Families of Six American Oil Executives Convicted in Venezuela Cry Foulby SCOTT SMITH / AP on November 27, 2020 at 5:25 am
The so-called Citgo 6 were lured to Venezuela three years ago for a business meeting and arrested on corruption charges
- Runestones open gateway to ancient Viking civilizationon November 26, 2020 at 1:18 pm
Drive north of the Swedish capital for about half an hour and you’ll reach the lakeside district of Vallentuna, a pleasant community with cobblestone churches, picnic areas and playgrounds.
- Britain’s final Brexit choice could prolong the worst recession in 300 yearson November 25, 2020 at 3:57 pm
The UK economy is suffering its worst recession in more than 300 years and failing to secure a new trade deal with the European Union will make its recovery even longer and more arduous, according to the country’s independent fiscal watchdog.
- The one item of clothing in every genius’ closeton November 25, 2020 at 9:28 am
When the disgraced health entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes was indicted on fraud charges for her lab-testing company Theranos last year, much of the media discussion rested not on her alleged corporate recklessness and staggering abuses of trust, but on her sartorial choices: black jackets, black slacks, and — most importantly — black turtlenecks.
- Inside Singapore’s legal red-light districton November 25, 2020 at 12:36 am
“Ok, now we’re about to walk past a corner selling sex drugs, see if you can spot the different pills.”
- Why Christopher Walken’s Irish accent went so wrongon November 23, 2020 at 5:32 pm
“Welcome to Ireland,” intones Christopher Walken over drone shots of lush green farmland, his unique halting speech patterns — New York via the moon — only occasionally troubled by the mangled specter of a County Mayo lilt.
- Job guarantees and free money: ‘Utopian’ ideas tested in Europeon November 23, 2020 at 1:08 pm
Christine Jardine, a Scottish politician who represents Edinburgh in the UK parliament, was not a fan of universal basic income before the pandemic hit.
- Women in Japan have had period leave for over 70 years. Why the West doesn’t have iton November 21, 2020 at 12:13 am
Sachimi Mochizuki has worked in Japan for two decades, but she’s never taken a day off for her period.
- Secretive Thailand hideaway rumored to be real inspiration for ‘The Beach’on November 17, 2020 at 1:02 am
Michael Doyle started making regular trips to Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand in the mid-1980s, enjoying laid-back life in rustic beach bungalows around the island between stints as a psychiatric nurse in Australia.
- Officer responds to call about a fire at his own home — and his children still insideon November 16, 2020 at 9:57 pm
Imagine being a police officer responding to a call for a family trapped in a burning house fire, then realizing that the house is yours.
- How a Covid-19 vaccine could change travel for goodon November 16, 2020 at 12:12 pm
It was the good news that gave the world hope.
- A restaurant with a coronavirus scare stayed open because of the generosity of a neighboring barbershopon November 14, 2020 at 3:25 pm
A New Jersey restaurant was able to continue operating during the pandemic thanks to the generosity of a nearby barbershop.
- Princess Di’s ‘black sheep’ sweater is backon November 13, 2020 at 5:05 pm
A sweater made famous by Princess Diana has been reissued by the designers, four decades after she sported the bold red knit, which features dozens of white sheep and one black sheep on the front.
- Craft breweries are turning unsold beer into ginon October 23, 2020 at 4:55 am
This was going to be a big year for Japan. With the Summer Olympics due to be hosted in Tokyo, the island nation expected 40 million tourists to grace its shores.
- Germany’s ex-royals want their riches back, but past ties to Hitler stand in the wayon September 26, 2020 at 9:42 am
Perched on a steep hilltop in southern Germany, the striking turrets of Hohenzollern Castle rise in contrast to the rolling countryside that surrounds them. The fortress is the ancestral seat of Germany’s last imperial family. If the country still had a monarchy today, the castle’s owners would be its royal family, led by Georg Friedrich, whose ceremonial title is also his legal surname: Prince of Prussia.
- The young designer behind Gigi Hadid’s ruffled yellow topon September 15, 2020 at 10:43 am
Launching a fashion brand is hard. Launching a fashion brand during a global pandemic is near impossible.
- Meet Nigeria’s most sought-after styliston September 15, 2020 at 10:32 am
Daniel Obasi is a believer in the power of Instagram. The multi-talented creative — who has shot portraits for the New York Times and Billboard, and styled fashion editorials for Vogue Portugal and Dazed — has long used the platform as a way to connect with like-minded talents from the worlds of art and fashion.