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- This Brilliant Company Is Disrupting a $200 Billion Industryon February 25, 2021 at 3:59 pm
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- Australia politics live: Facebook to restore Australian news from Friday, says Frydenbergby Elias Visontay (now) and Amy Remeikis (earlier) on February 25, 2021 at 7:25 am
AFP warns Scott Morrison about delays in reporting alleged criminal conduct. Follow live updatesMan accused of raping Brittany Higgins returned to Parliament HouseDutton says police told him about rape allegation days before story brokeFollow our global coronavirus live blog 7.16am GMTThe treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has indicated Facebook will restore Australian news to Australian users’ feeds on Friday.Frydenberg told 2GB Radio:I understand you will see some changes from tomorrow, that’s what Facebook have told us. That was a major engineering feat for them to wipe the Facebook platform of Australian news media content but in doing so they also took out charities, NSW Fire and Rescue, 1800 Respect, Bureau of Meteorology, and there was understandable outrage about what Facebook did. But since that time there have been discussions and we’ve reached a solution and a way forward. 6.47am GMTA handful of submissions to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security’s inquiry into extremist movements and radicalism in Australia have been released. Rightwing extremist groups have “exploited” anger at Covid-19 lockdowns to radicalise Australians in wellness and alternative medical circles into adopting white supremacist ideologies, Victoria police warns in its submission. Related: Far right ‘exploiting’ anger at lockdowns to radicalise wellness community, police say Related: How the wellness and influencer crowd serve conspiracies to the masses Continue reading…
- Number of Hong Kong residents moving to Taiwan nearly doubles in 2020by Helen Davidson in Taipei on February 25, 2021 at 7:16 am
Wave of migration comes amid worsening crackdown on freedoms following the introduction of Beijing’s national security lawTaiwan issued nearly twice as many residence permits to Hongkongers in 2020 compared with the previous year, new government data have shown, further evidence of the continued exodus of people from the city that is under a worsening crackdown.Pro-democracy supporters and basic freedoms in Hong Kong have been under pressure since the introduction of a national security law by Beijing in late June. Continue reading…
- Malawi MPs debate bill to liberalise abortion laws as churches opposeby Charles Pensulo in Lilongwe on February 25, 2021 at 7:15 am
Law would widen strict rules in country where thousands suffer complications from unsafe terminationsA bill to liberalise Malawi’s abortion laws will be debated by MPs today in the face of opposition from faith groups.If passed, the termination of pregnancy bill would allow abortions when a woman’s mental or physical health is in danger, in cases of rape and incest, and when there are serious foetal abnormalities. Continue reading…
- Ghanaian LGBTQ+ centre closes after threats and abuseby Emmanuel Akinwotu west Africa correspondent on February 25, 2021 at 7:14 am
Founder says community centre in Accra was closed pre-emptively to protect its staffA community centre for LGBTQ+ people in Ghana has been closed, following a wave of protest against the rights of sexual minorities in the country.In recent weeks government ministers and religious groups had demanded the closure of the centre, intended to be a safe space for LGBTQ+ people to meet and find support. Yet since the opening in January of the centre in the capital, Accra, many people have received death threats and online abuse. Continue reading…
- Coronavirus live news: EU states to debate vaccine passports; Olympic torch audience asked not to cheerby Rachel Hall (now) and Helen Sullivan (earlier) on February 25, 2021 at 7:10 am
EU leaders to debate certificates for people who had Covid jabs; Olympic torch audience asked to applaud rather than cheer passing runners; Israeli researchers took data from 1.2 million people for Pfizer studyTokyo Olympics fans asked to stick to clapping during torch relayPfizer Covid vaccine 94% effective, study of 1.2m people findsCovax delivers first doses in ‘momentous occasion’Frustration grows in Germany over sluggish vaccine rolloutSee all our coronavirus coverage 7.10am GMTUkraine has registered an almost 40% jump in new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, Reuters reports. A total of 8,147 cases were registered on Wednesday, the highest figure since mid-January when the number of new cases stood at 8,199. The country is poised to begin its vaccination programme.The ministry’s data show most of the new cases were registered in the western part of the country and in the capital Kyiv. The country has registered a total of 1,325,841 cases with 25,596 deaths from Covid-19 as of Feb. 25. 7.00am GMTThat’s it from me, Helen Sullivan, for today. In closing, may I present my colleague Matilda Boseley’s TikTok vaccine myth-busting series. Here, she defends AstraZeneca: In defence of AstraZeneca – TikTok myth-busting week continues @GuardianAus pic.twitter.com/MNJ768Iv51 Continue reading…
- Facebook and Instagram ban Myanmar military as first pro-coup rally takes placeby A reporter in Yangon and Agencies on February 25, 2021 at 7:06 am
Junta banned from all Facebook and Instagram pages, including all commercial entities linked to the militaryThe Myanmar military has been banned from Facebook and Instagram with immediate effect, as the first pro-military rally took place in Yangon.In a blog post, Facebook said: “Events since the February 1 coup, including deadly violence, have precipitated a need for this ban,” adding: “We believe the risks of allowing the Tatmadaw (Myanmar army) on Facebook and Instagram are too great.” Continue reading…
- Welsh watchdog criticises lack of action since home-school scurvy deathby Steven Morris on February 25, 2021 at 7:01 am
Children’s commissioner says moves to better regulate home education have been slow and ineffectiveThe Welsh government is failing in its legal duty to protect the rights of home-educated children a decade after a boy who was being taught by his parents slipped under the radar of education and health officials and died of scurvy, an official report has concluded.Eight-year-old Dylan Seabridge lived in a secluded rural community in Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales, where he had not been seen by any agencies or services for seven years. Continue reading…
- Nearly half with cancer symptoms in the UK did not see GP in first wave of pandemicby Denis Campbell Health policy editor on February 25, 2021 at 7:01 am
People avoided seeking medical help during first lockdown because they did not want to burden NHSCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAlmost half of those who had a potential symptom of cancer during the pandemic’s first wave did not see a GP, even when they coughed up blood or developed a lump, a new study shows.People held off seeking medical help because they did not want to waste health professionals’ time, add to the pressure on the NHS or go to hospital in case they caught Covid-19. Continue reading…
- ‘The base is solidly behind him’: Trumpism expected to thrive at CPACby David Smith in Washington on February 25, 2021 at 7:00 am
Lineup at annual gathering features former president’s allies – and Trump himself – suggesting his dominance is undiminished by his election lossRonald Solomon spent five days making the 2,300-mile drive from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Orlando, Florida, where he will sell about 75 different hat designs, 15 types of flag, 10 T-shirt designs and a range of eight face masks.Solomon is the president of the Maga Mall, a retailer of Donald Trump and “Make America great again” merchandise. Undeterred by the former president’s 2020 election defeat and disgrace, he expects to do brisk business when the biggest annual gathering of grassroots conservatives opens on Thursday. Continue reading…
- Coventry family overturns ban on Gaelic wording on gravestoneby Harriet Sherwood on February 25, 2021 at 7:00 am
Church court had objected to loving tribute to Margaret Keane for fear of arousing political ‘passions’A grieving family has won its battle to erect a gravestone with an inscription in Irish after overturning a church court ban issued on the grounds that it might arouse political “passions”.The family of Margaret Keane, a Coventry dinner lady who died aged 73 in 2018, now hope a Celtic cross bearing the words “In ár gcroíthe go deo” – “in our hearts forever” – will be in place on her grave in the grounds of St Giles church in Exhall, near Nuneaton, in time for St Patrick’s Day on 17 March. Continue reading…
- Secretive Israeli nuclear facility undergoes major projecton February 25, 2021 at 6:37 am
A secretive Israeli nuclear facility at the center of the nation’s undeclared atomic weapons program is undergoing what appears to be its biggest construction project in decades
- Illegal gold mine in Indonesia collapses, killing 3 workerson February 25, 2021 at 6:25 am
An illegal gold mine in Indonesia’s Sulawesi island has collapsed on nearly two dozen people working inside, killing three and leaving another five missing
- Helicopters, firefighters battle 2 forest fires in Japanon February 25, 2021 at 6:20 am
A forest fire has broken out in a rural area north of Tokyo near another blaze burning for a fourth day
- Hunting the men who kill women: Mexico’s femicide detectiveby Meaghan Beatley on February 25, 2021 at 6:00 am
Although femicide is a recognised crime in Mexico, when a woman disappears, the authorities are notoriously slow to act. But there is someone who will take on their caseOn the night of 30 October 2019, as many Mexicans were preparing to celebrate the Day of the Dead, the family of Jessica Jaramillo stood in the pouring rain watching two dozen police search a house on the outskirts of Toluca, the capital of Mexico State. At about 9pm, the authorities carried out a dead dog, followed by two live ones and a cat. Then they pulled out a woman’s body.Jessi, a 23-year-old psychology student at a local university, had gone missing a week earlier. On 24 October, she hadn’t appeared at the spot where her parents usually picked her up after class. Within a few minutes, she called her mother to say she was going out, abruptly hung up, then texted to add, “Don’t worry, I’m with Óscar”. Continue reading…
- Claudette Colvin: the woman who refused to give up her bus seat – nine months before Rosa Parksby Oliver Laughland on February 25, 2021 at 6:00 am
It was a spring afternoon in 1955 when a teenager’s spontaneous act of defiance changed US history. Why did it take 40 years for her to get any credit?It was 2 March 1955, and an unusually humid spring day when students at Booker T Washington high school, a segregated school in the heart of the Jim Crow south, had been let off early to make their way home. A group boarded a segregated public bus, which wound through segregated neighbourhoods gradually filling up with passengers.A 15-year-old gifted Black student, with aspirations to become a civil rights attorney, took a window seat near the exit door. She gazed outdoors until the white driver instructed her to give up her seat for a white passenger standing nearby. Continue reading…
- Black-browed babbler found in Borneo 180 years after last sightingby Patrick Barkham on February 25, 2021 at 6:00 am
Exclusive: Stuffed specimen was only proof of bird’s existence until discovery in rainforest last yearIn the 1840s, a mystery bird was caught on an expedition to the East Indies. Charles Lucien Bonaparte, the nephew of Napoleon, described it to science and named it the black-browed babbler (Malacocincla perspicillata).The species was never seen in the wild again, and a stuffed specimen featuring a bright yellow glass eye was the only proof of its existence. But now the black-browed babbler has been rediscovered in the rainforests of Borneo. Continue reading…
- Italian Cliffside Cemetery, and Its Coffins, Carried Away by a Landslideby Emma Bubola on February 25, 2021 at 5:36 am
Scuba divers are working to retrieve coffins from the sea, but many more are buried under the debris of the landslide.
- Brittany Higgins Files Police Report on Parliament House Rape Claimby Livia Albeck-Ripka on February 25, 2021 at 5:35 am
Brittany Higgins has filed a formal police report against a former government employee who she said raped her in Australia’s Parliament House in 2019, roiling the government.
- Fading Sri Lankan Hopes for Justice Rest on U.N. Rights Councilby Mujib Mashal on February 25, 2021 at 5:34 am
The government, strongly tied to the military, is blocking inquiries into wartime atrocities, undermining efforts to learn the fates of thousands of missing people.
- AP PHOTOS: Hindu festival draws crowds of bathers to riverson February 25, 2021 at 5:29 am
Millions of people have joined a 45-day Hindu bathing festival in the northern Indian city of Prayagraj, where devotees take a dip at Sangam, the sacred confluence of several rivers. There, they bathe on certain days considered to be auspicious in the belief that they will be cleansed of all sins. Rows and rows of colorful tents, in which the devotees stay, line the sprawling festival site. Millions of Hindus travel every year to the event, called Magh Mela, where pilgrims offer prayers and enter the holy waters where the Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers meet. In Hinduism, this period is called Kalpvas and the devotees who choose to stay for the entire time are known as Kalpvasis. They give up their daily routine and instead camp at the site, living on frugal meals and performing rituals. Virender Kumar Shukla, a Kalpvasi devotee, is attending for the fifth time. He said he hopes by offering prayers to “find a place in heaven” and earn “a better rebirth.” Authorities…
- Hong Kong’s Lesson to Schoolchildren: Love China, No Questions Askedby Vivian Wang on February 25, 2021 at 5:27 am
Through new lesson plans and expensive publishing projects, the government hopes to teach future generations a curated lesson about the city’s past.
- New Zealand’s virus success unleashes runaway housing priceson February 25, 2021 at 5:08 am
New Zealand’s success in battling the coronavirus has unleashed an unanticipated problem: skyrocketing house prices
- Honduras leader warns drug cooperation with US endangeredon February 25, 2021 at 5:03 am
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández is warning that antinarcotics cooperation with the United States could “collapse” if U.S. authorities believe “false testimony” accusing him of cooperating with traffickers
- UN: India coast guard helping Rohingya adrift in Andaman Seaon February 25, 2021 at 5:03 am
The U.N. refugee agency says the Indian coast guard has found a boat carrying Rohingya refugees adrift in the Andaman Sea and is provided them with food, water and medical care
- ‘Unique’ petrified tree up to 20m years old found intact in Lesbosby Helena Smith in Athens on February 25, 2021 at 5:00 am
Discovery of 19.5-metre tree with roots, branches and leaves is unprecedented, say experts First came the tree, all 19.5 metres of it, with roots and branches and leaves. Then, weeks later, the discovery of 150 fossilised logs, one on top of the other, a short distance away.Nikolas Zouros, a professor of geology at the University of the Aegean, couldn’t believe his luck. In 25 years of excavating the petrified forest of Lesbos, he had unearthed nothing like it. Continue reading…
- GameStop shares surge more than 100% as trading frenzy returnsby Reuters on February 25, 2021 at 4:32 am
Investors are puzzled about why the stock favoured by home-based investors soared by 104%, and then 85% after hours GameStop shares more than doubled in afternoon trading on Wednesday, surprising those who thought the video game retailer’s stock price would stabilise after a fierce rally and steep dive that upended Wall Street in January.The shares soared nearly 104% during the session in which trading was halted several times, then jumped another 85% after hours. Continue reading…
- Facebook Bans Myanmar Military Accounts in Aftermath of Coupby Mike Isaac and David E. Sanger on February 25, 2021 at 4:14 am
The move plunges the social network into the post-coup politics of the roiled nation, after years of criticism over how Myanmar’s military had used the site.
- Four charged in Sydney and Canada over alleged extortion attempt of senior Iraqi MPby Agence France-Presse on February 25, 2021 at 4:06 am
Family of politician, who is a dual Australian and Iraqi citizen, allegedly targeted via attacks on a Sydney home and online extortion attempts linked to an address in western CanadaFour people have been charged in Sydney and Canada over alleged attempts to extort $10 million from a senior Iraqi politician, after what was described as a year-long campaign of intimidation.Dual raids were launched at dawn on Wednesday after a string of attacks on a Sydney home and online extortion attempts linked to an address in Canada. Continue reading…
- Yemen Faces the Worst Famine the World Has Seen in Decades, the U.N. Warnsby EDITH M. LEDERER / AP on February 25, 2021 at 4:04 am
Millions are going without food, says the U.N.’s humanitarian chief
- Honduras leader warns drug cooperation with US endangeredon February 25, 2021 at 4:02 am
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández is warning that antinarcotics cooperation with the United States could “collapse” if U.S. authorities believe “false testimony” in U.S. courts accusing him of cooperating with traffickers
- On the Front Lines of Diplomacy, but at the Back of the Line for a Vaccineby Lara Jakes on February 25, 2021 at 3:54 am
State Department officials overseas expressed anger and disappointment that diplomats in Washington were being vaccinated before those in more perilous posts.
- Your Thursday Briefingby Natasha Frost on February 25, 2021 at 3:30 am
A global vaccine-sharing program begins.
- Biden reverses Trump actions on green cards, architecture and ‘anarchist jurisdictions’by Guardian staff and agency on February 25, 2021 at 3:11 am
Move undoes actions that blocked many immigrants from entering the US and sought to cut funding to cities Trump deemed ‘lawless’Joe Biden has formally reversed a series of executive actions taken by Donald Trump, including a proclamation that blocked many green card applicants from entering the United States. Continue reading…
- Oxfam GB released from supervision by watchdog after Haiti scandal reformsby Press Association on February 25, 2021 at 3:11 am
Charity made changes after 2019 earthquake response report found allegations of child sexual misconduct by staff weren’t properly investigatedOxfam will no longer be subject to strict supervision by the charity watchdog following “significant” reforms prompted by a 2019 report into conduct by its staff after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.The Charity Commission for England and Wales found allegations that staff working in disaster zones sexually abused children were not fully disclosed, with the watchdog also citing a “culture of poor behaviour” among Oxfam GB staff sent to help victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Continue reading…
- Who Is El Chapo’s Wife Emma Coronel Aispuro?by ANDRÉS VILLARREAL, CLAUDIA TORRENS and CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN / AP on February 25, 2021 at 3:05 am
The former beauty queen has gone from obscurity to celebrity to arrest
- India’s groundwater crisis threatens food security for hundreds of millions, study sayson February 25, 2021 at 3:01 am
Hundreds of millions of people in India face a serious threat to their livelihoods and food security due to overexploitation of vital water supplies, according to the authors of a new study.
- Turkey’s mobsters step out of shadows and into public sphereby Bethan McKernan in Istanbul on February 25, 2021 at 3:00 am
After decades in hiding, in prison or keeping low profile, players from a bloody period in the country’s history are now seen as ‘folk idols’ by the Turkish rightAt first glance, the photograph of two smartly dressed older Turkish men, posing for the camera in an office filled with flags, could be of any important figures in the country – but it is rare for a picture to say so much about both the past and the future.On the left is Devlet Bahçeli, an ultranationalist political dinosaur who has in the past few years become an influential coalition partner in the government of Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Continue reading…
- UN: India searching for Rohingya adrift without food, wateron February 25, 2021 at 2:36 am
The U.N. refugee agency says the Indian coast guard had answered its plea to look for a boat carrying Rohingya refugees believed to be adrift in the Andaman Sea without food and water for several days
- F.D.A. Analyses Find Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Works Wellby Carl Zimmer, Noah Weiland and Sharon LaFraniere on February 25, 2021 at 2:19 am
F.D.A. studies show the shot strongly protects against severe illness and may reduce spread of the virus. But the drugmaker has fallen short of initial production goals.
- California has passed the 50,000-death mark, the most of any state.by Jill Cowan on February 25, 2021 at 2:13 am
A bleak reminder that the recent progress the state has made against the pandemic may be fragile.
- Baarack the sheep shorn of 35kg fleece after being found roaming in rural Australia – videoon February 25, 2021 at 2:06 am
A rogue sheep found wandering in rural Victoria has been shorn of his heavily overgrown 35kg fleece. Nicknamed Baarack by his rescuers, the merino ram was taken to Edgar’s Mission farm sanctuary, where the fleece was removed to save his life. ‘He was in a bit of a bad way,’ Kyle Behrend of the sanctuary said. ‘He was underweight and, due to all of the wool around his face, he could barely see’ Continue reading…
- The Coronavirus Can Sicken Children in Very Different Ways, New Study Findsby Pam Belluck on February 25, 2021 at 2:02 am
- China did “little” to investigate COVID-19 origins in early months: reportby Paul Best on February 25, 2021 at 1:28 am
China did “little” to investigate the origins of COVID-19 in Wuhan during the first eight months of the pandemic, according to an internal World Health Organization report from August that was reviewed by The Guardian.
- Mammoth woolly: Baarack the overgrown sheep shorn of his 35kg fleeceby Naaman Zhou and Nick Evershed on February 25, 2021 at 1:16 am
Escaped merino ram found on the lam in regional Australia is said to be recovering wellA rogue overgrown sheep found roaming through regional Australia has been shorn of his 35kg fleece – a weight even greater than that of the famous New Zealand sheep Shrek, who was captured in 2005 after six years on the loose.The merino ram, dubbed Baarack by rescuers, was discovered wandering alone with an extraordinarily overgrown wool coat, and was promptly shorn to save his life. Continue reading…
- Pfizer Covid vaccine 94% effective, study of 1.2m people findsby Reuters on February 25, 2021 at 1:13 am
A major study of data from Israel showed Pfizer shot cut symptomatic cases drastically across all age groupsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first major real-world study of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to be independently reviewed shows the shot is highly effective at preventing Covid-19, in a potentially landmark moment for countries desperate to end lockdowns and reopen economies.Until now, most data on coronavirus vaccines has come under controlled conditions in clinical trials, leaving an element of uncertainty about how the results would translate into the real world. Continue reading…
- Sailor survives for 14 hours in Pacific Ocean by clinging to abandoned buoyby Ben Doherty, Pacific editor on February 25, 2021 at 12:34 am
Vidam Perevertilov, a supply ship engineer, fell overboard between New Zealand and the isolated British territory of PitcairnA sailor who fell overboard from a supply ship in the Pacific Ocean at 4am spent more than 14 hours clinging to an old fishing buoy before being rescued.Alone in the middle of the ocean, and without a lifejacket, at dawn he chose to swim towards a black speck on the horizon, a decision that would ultimately save his life. Continue reading…
- Amid Shortfalls, Biden Signs Executive Order to Bolster Critical Supply Chainsby Jim Tankersley and Ana Swanson on February 25, 2021 at 12:29 am
The order is intended to help insulate the economy from future shortages of critical imported components by making the United States less reliant on foreign supplies.
- El Chapo’s wife goes from obscurity to celebrity to arreston February 25, 2021 at 12:21 am
After Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was sent to prison for life, his wife suddenly embraced public life
- Gang clashes result in Ecuador’s deadliest prison riots everon February 25, 2021 at 12:08 am
Ecuador has experienced its deadliest prison riots ever this week after seemingly coordinated fights broke out in facilities in three different cities
- All suspects in Daphne Caruana Galizia murder arrested, says police chiefby Juliette Garside on February 24, 2021 at 11:38 pm
Angelo Gafa says all those who masterminded killing of Maltese journalist now apprehended or chargedEvery person involved in the 2017 murder of the anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has been apprehended, Malta’s national police chief has declared.Commissioner Angelo Gafa was speaking before a court hearing on Wednesday evening at which two new suspects were arraigned. Continue reading…
- The communist who raised me: photographer Ruth Maddison interrogates her father’s Asio fileby Alison Stieven-Taylor on February 24, 2021 at 11:00 pm
Wire taps and surveillance were everyday facts of life for Sam Goldbloom and his family. Now, his daughter reimagines that period of their lives in a major survey exhibitionFrom an early age, Ruth Maddison knew her father, Sam Goldbloom, was being watched. “He used to tell us not to worry about the men sitting in the car in front of the house … we were aware the clicks on the phone meant ‘they’ were listening too,” the award-winning Melbourne-born photographer says.“They” were the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. In the 1940s, Goldbloom’s anti-fascist ideals drew Asio’s attention. He later joined the Communist party before becoming a major player in the World Peace Council. These associations made him a person of interest for more than 30 years. Continue reading…
- Israel Study Says Pfizer Vaccine Is Very Effective in Real-World Useby Isabel Kershner on February 24, 2021 at 10:50 pm
A huge study in Israel found that the vaccine reduced symptomatic cases by 94 percent a week after the second dose, and reduced severe disease by 92 percent.
- Man leaves church and reunites with family after years in sanctuary from deportationby Associated Press in Maplewood, Missouri on February 24, 2021 at 10:44 pm
Alex García from Honduras sought sanctuary in Missouri church in 2017 under threat of removal from US by Trump administrationAfter three and a half years living inside a Missouri church to avoid deportation, a Honduran man has finally stepped outside, following a promise from Joe Biden’s administration to let him be.Alex García, a married father of five, was slated for removal from the US in 2017, the first year of Donald Trump’s administration. Days before he would have been deported, Christ Church United Church of Christ in the St Louis suburb of Maplewood offered sanctuary. Continue reading…
- CIA launches task force to probe invisible attacks on US diplomats and spies as one victim finds some reliefon February 24, 2021 at 10:43 pm
More than three years after former senior US intelligence officer Marc Polymeropoulos suffered a mysterious attack in Moscow that changed his life forever, he finally has a diagnosis: a traumatic brain injury, sleep insomnia, and anxiety.
- Saudi Arabia says crown prince had ‘successful’ surgeryon February 24, 2021 at 10:32 pm
Saudi Arabia’s royal court says Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman underwent a “successful surgery” for appendicitis on Wednesday, and left the hospital soon after the operation
- Facing Roadblocks, Vast Global Vaccination Effort Gets Underwayby Ruth Maclean on February 24, 2021 at 10:20 pm
An operation to supply billions of coronavirus vaccine doses to poorer countries has started. But as rich countries buy most of the available supply, stark inequalities remain.
- Over 160 Confederate Symbols Were Removed in 2020, Group Saysby Neil Vigdor and Daniel Victor on February 24, 2021 at 10:07 pm
The Southern Poverty Law Center said more “symbols of hate” were removed from public property last year after the death of George Floyd than in the previous four years combined.
- Nurse in Brazil fights off intruder while recording herself twerking for Instagramon February 24, 2021 at 9:50 pm
Brazilian nurse Angela Goncalves was recording herself busting some moves at her home in Paranagua when a man appeared in the yard behind her, according to Newsflash.
- US report on Khashoggi killing expected to point to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmanon February 24, 2021 at 9:22 pm
The Biden administration is expected to release a declassified U.S. intelligence report on Thursday finding that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
- Mexican prosecutor denies political charges against governoron February 24, 2021 at 9:13 pm
Mexican Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero is denying that corruption accusations against the opposition governor of the border state of Tamaulipas are politically motivated
- Lawyer: French tourist detained in Iran on security chargeson February 24, 2021 at 9:01 pm
The lawyer of a French detainee in Iran says his client has been detained for nine months, the latest in a series of detentions of foreigners in the country at a time of heightened tensions between Iran and the West
- ‘A huge relief’: families welcome priority vaccination for those with learning disabilitiesby Molly Blackall and David Batty on February 24, 2021 at 8:22 pm
Three families react to government’s U-turn to prioritise their loved ones for coronavirus inoculationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOn Wednesday, the government announced that all individuals on the learning disabilities register will be prioritised for a coronavirus vaccine. The move came after an outpouring of public outrage when DJ Jo Whiley revealed that she was invited for a vaccine before her sister Frances, who has a genetic disorder and lives in residential care. Frances Whiley was later hospitalised for the virus, but has since returned home.Three families whose loved ones have a learning disability spoke about what the change means for them. Continue reading…
- Italy orders food delivery services to treat riders betteron February 24, 2021 at 8:21 pm
Italy is going after online food delivery companies for how they treat the cyclists who deliver the food, many of them immigrants
- For Israel’s allies, road to vaccines runs through Jerusalemon February 24, 2021 at 8:05 pm
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has acknowledged sharing coronavirus vaccines with a number of friendly countries that have given favors to Israel in the past
- Israel Gives Vaccine to Far-Off Allies, as Palestinians Waitby Patrick Kingsley on February 24, 2021 at 8:03 pm
The donations will go to nations like the Czech Republic and Honduras that pledged to move diplomats to Jerusalem. Critics say Israel has an obligation to inoculate Palestinians under its occupation.
- Head of McKinsey, Kevin Sneader, Voted Out as Firm Faces Reckoning on Opioid Crisisby Michael Forsythe on February 24, 2021 at 7:42 pm
Partners decided not to keep Kevin Sneader in the top job. Weeks earlier, McKinsey had reached a historic settlement agreement in the U.S. over its advice to drugmakers.
- Putin warns of unnamed foreign efforts to destabilize Russiaon February 24, 2021 at 7:38 pm
President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia’s top counterintelligence agency to redouble its efforts to address what he described as Western attempts to destabilize the country
- Your Thursday Briefingby Jillian Rayfield on February 24, 2021 at 7:27 pm
The global vaccine sharing program kicks off.
- How the Military Behind Myanmar’s Coup Took the Country Offlineby Hannah Beech and Paul Mozur on February 24, 2021 at 7:12 pm
As the military seized power again, the generals moved quickly to take the country offline, criminalize online dissent and block social media.
- A Top Democrat Warns Against a Hasty Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Afghanistanby Eric Schmitt on February 24, 2021 at 7:06 pm
Senator Jack Reed said he favored seeking an extension of the May 1 deadline for withdrawing troops that President Donald Trump and the Taliban negotiated last year.
- Texas’s Disaster Is Over. The Fallout Is Just Beginning.by Elaine Godfrey on February 24, 2021 at 6:32 pm
Will Republican officials in the state pay a price for the recent blackouts?
- Travel Quarantines: Enduring the Mundane, One Day at a Timeby Lauren Sloss on February 24, 2021 at 6:26 pm
Running a half-marathon in your hotel room. Hearing the sea, but not seeing it. Fixating on food. Here’s how some travelers passed the time during their mandatory quarantines.
- Germany urges Iran to accept diplomacy in nuclear disputeon February 24, 2021 at 6:20 pm
Germany’s foreign minister has urged Iran to accept diplomatic overtures coming from the West to preserve the 2015 nuclear accord
- Calls for mandatory Covid jabs conflict with Britons’ right to say noby Sarah Boseley Health editor on February 24, 2021 at 6:17 pm
Analysis: idea is not as simple as it seems, due to the fact vaccination is not mandatory under UK lawCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK government has always said there will be no compulsory Covid vaccination. It is only nervously dipping a toe in the waters of the vaccine passport issue, which could have implications for those who do not have one. But some employers appear prepared to dive straight in. “No jab, no job,” says Charlie Mullins, who runs Pimlico Plumbers. He wants to be able to tell his customers they have nothing to fear from a visit to fix their leaking pipes.Care homes are understandably thinking hard about it too. They have vulnerable people to protect and the families on the outside will be more than anxious to know that an elderly mum or dad is being looked after by somebody who is fully vaccinated. Barchester Healthcare, the second-biggest care home provider in the UK, has spelled it out to its 17,000 staff that if they do not get vaccinated even though they are eligible, there will be no more shifts for them from the end of April, said the chief executive, Dr Pete Calveley. Continue reading…
- Egypt backs call to internationalize Ethiopia dam disputeon February 24, 2021 at 6:14 pm
Egypt says it has endorsed a Sudanese proposal to internationalize their yearslong dispute with Ethiopia over a massive dam Addis Ababa is building on the Blue Nile
- Ghana is first nation in world to receive COVAX vaccineson February 24, 2021 at 6:11 pm
Ghana’s vaccines came from the U.N.-backed COVAX initiative.
- Brazil’s Bolsonaro visits Amazon jungle state hit by floodson February 24, 2021 at 5:46 pm
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is visiting the northern state of Acre, in the Amazon rainforest, where several cities have been hit by floods
- Report: Italy’s mobsters well-poised to exploit pandemic aidon February 24, 2021 at 5:32 pm
Italy’s organized crime investigators say Italy’s organized crime syndicates are well-positioned to exploit pandemic recovery projects worth billions of euros and to gobble up struggling businesses with drug proceeds
- New York Opens Brooklyn and Queens Vaccine Sites For Hard-Hit Areasby Michael Gold on February 24, 2021 at 5:28 pm
- South Africa to spend $712 million on mass vaccination driveon February 24, 2021 at 5:24 pm
South Africa plans to spend $712 million to vaccinate some 67% of its 60 million people to control the country’s COVID-19 battle and get the economy to rebound from its decline of 7.2% last year
- Mexico bid to sell presidential jet stretches into 3rd yearon February 24, 2021 at 5:15 pm
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s quixotic bid to sell off the presidential jet has now stretched into its third year, with no sign of a buyer
- Arrest of Opposition Leader in Georgia Raises Fear of Growing Instabilityby Andrew E. Kramer on February 24, 2021 at 5:00 pm
Lawmakers from parties aligned against the government have vowed to continue a boycott of Parliament until Nika Melia is released from police custody.
- Turkish police nab Iraqi IS suspect, rescue Yazidi girlon February 24, 2021 at 4:59 pm
Turkish police have detained a suspected Iraqi Islamic State group militant and rescued a 7-year-old girl from Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority he had allegedly been holding captive
- Where Are the Iconic COVID-19 Images?by Helen Lewis on February 24, 2021 at 4:57 pm
The scarcity of memorable pandemic photographs reveals something about this crisis.
- After El Chapo’s wife’s arrest, Mexico’s former president tweets jab at current leader: ‘Don’t worry, Emma’by Stephanie Pagones on February 24, 2021 at 4:54 pm
Mexico’s former president took an apparent jab at the country’s current leader following the United States arrest of Emma Coronel Aispuro, the beauty queen wife of notorious drug kingpin “El Chapo,” for allegedly helping her husband run his multibillion-dollar criminal empire.
- Husband Must Pay Wife $7,700 for Years of Housework, Chinese Court Rulesby Javier C. Hernández on February 24, 2021 at 4:54 pm
Some in China hailed the divorce court case as a breakthrough, but many noted that full-time nannies are paid far more.
- The Many Cruelties of I Care A Lotby Hannah Giorgis on February 24, 2021 at 4:51 pm
The Netflix neo-noir isn’t just about a merciless scammer; it’s about the broken bureaucracies that enable her abuse.
- See mesmerizing footage of Mount Etna spewing lavaon February 24, 2021 at 4:49 pm
Italy’s Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, has had spurts of activity recently, spewing fountains of lava and ash into the air.
- Ghana receives 600,000 vaccines in first Covax delivery – videoon February 24, 2021 at 4:47 pm
Covax has delivered its first Covid-19 vaccine doses to Ghana as part of a programme to ensure equitable distribution to poorer countries. Anne-Claire Dufay, of Unicef, said it was ‘an historic moment’. Covax aims to distribute enough vaccines over the next six months to inoculate 3% of the population of 145 countries and tens of millions more by the end of the yearVaccine diplomacy: west falling behind in race for influenceCovax delivers first Covid vaccines in ‘momentous occasion’Continue reading…
- Coronavirus Reinfection Will Soon Become Our Realityby Katherine J. Wu on February 24, 2021 at 4:25 pm
The virus can take many paths to reinvading a person’s body. Most of them shouldn’t scare us.
- New World Map Tries to Fix Distorted Views of Earthby Joshua Sokol on February 24, 2021 at 4:12 pm
You’re going to need some double-sided tape.
- Having Won Syria’s War, al-Assad Is Mired in Economic Woesby Ben Hubbard and Hwaida Saad on February 24, 2021 at 3:30 pm
After a decade of war, the biggest threat now to President Bashar al-Assad is an economic crisis. But at a recent meeting, he had no concrete solutions to his country’s extreme distress.
- Her New Life Started With a Robbery on a First Dateby Alia Malek on February 24, 2021 at 3:18 pm
Nine months after she fled Syria, Maisam met Marvin in Germany. Their relationship gave her a surrogate family while she was separated from her own.
- Covax Program Ships First Covid Vaccines to Ghanaby Ruth Maclean on February 24, 2021 at 3:13 pm
The initiative known as Covax plans to deliver some two billion doses worldwide this year, the largest mass inoculation operation in history.
- Where a Vaccination Campaign Faces Skepticism, War and Corruptionby David Zucchino and Najim Rahim on February 24, 2021 at 3:00 pm
A half-million doses arrived this month in Afghanistan, where many insist the virus isn’t real and vaccines aren’t needed. Those who want the vaccine fear that only the well-connected will receive it.
- Ghana Receives World’s First Coronavirus Vaccine Delivery from COVAXby FRANCIS KOKUTSE and CARLEY PETESCH / AP on February 24, 2021 at 2:53 pm
The COVID-19 vaccine delivery marks the beginning of the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history
- Anime Is Booming. So Why Are Animators Living in Poverty?by Ben Dooley and Hikari Hida on February 24, 2021 at 1:27 pm
The workers who make the Japanese shows the world is binge-watching can earn as little as $200 a month. Many wonder how much longer they can endure it.
- In world first, Germany convicts Syrian regime officer of crimes against humanityon February 24, 2021 at 1:26 pm
A German court has convicted a former Syrian regime officer for crimes against humanity, in a first-ever trial of people linked to the government in Damascus.
- Key Biden aide said pandemic was ‘best thing that ever happened to him’, book saysby Martin Pengelly in New York on February 24, 2021 at 12:40 pm
Anita Dunn said privately what aides ‘would never say in public’Cautious campaigning won Covid battle with TrumpUS politics – live coverageA senior adviser to Democrat Joe Biden in his campaign for president believed “Covid is the best thing that ever happened to him”, a new book reports. Related: Ruling on Trump tax records could be costliest defeat of his losing streak Continue reading…
- German Court Convicts Former Syrian Official of Crimes Against Humanityby Ben Hubbard on February 24, 2021 at 12:39 pm
Eyad al-Gharib, a former secret police officer, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison in a case that rights groups have hailed as a landmark.
- Israel’s Beaches Are Littered With Tar After Mysterious Oil Spillby Adam Rasgon on February 24, 2021 at 12:38 pm
The environmental damage is being called one of Israel’s worst ecological disasters in decades. “I feel like I want to cry,” said an official. “It’s everywhere.”
- The pandemic has meant more anxiety and trips to the E.R. for some teens.by Benedict Carey on February 24, 2021 at 12:11 pm
- Afghanistan’s vaccination campaign faces skepticism, war and corruption.by David Zucchino and Najim Rahim on February 24, 2021 at 12:10 pm
- The Mediterranean’s Red Gold Is Running Outby Autumn Spanne on February 24, 2021 at 11:59 am
For centuries, red coral was traded all over the world. Now it’s disappearing.
- No ‘Covid Zero,’ but Normalcyby David Leonhardt on February 24, 2021 at 11:24 am
And what else you need to know today.
- Victorian house rolls through streets of San Francisco to new address – videoon February 24, 2021 at 11:21 am
After 139 years at 807 Franklin Street in San Francisco, a two-storey Victorian house has a new address. The green home with large windows and a brown front door was loaded on to giant dollies and moved to a location six blocks away on Sunday. Onlookers lined the sidewalks to snap photos as the structure rolled – at a top speed of 1mph – to 635 Fulton StreetVictorian house rolls through San Francisco to new address’Like moving a herd of elephants’: San Francisco’s history of houses on wheelsContinue reading…
- Mexican president under fire for defending politician accused of rapeby David Agren in Mexico City on February 24, 2021 at 11:00 am
Amlo again clashes with women’s rights activists as he dismisses complaints against Félix Salgado Macedonio, candidate for governorA growing row over a gubernatorial candidate facing accusations of rape has once again pitted Mexico’s populist president against women’s rights campaigners.Félix Salgado Macedonio has registered to run for governor in southern Guerrero state with the ruling Morena party, despite accusations of sexual violence and rape by five women dating back as far as 1998. Continue reading…
- Trump Thinks He’s Found a New Defenseby David A. Graham on February 24, 2021 at 11:00 am
In his response to an adverse decision by the Supreme Court, the former president previewed an argument he’s likely to keep using.
- Looking for Something New in Russia’s ‘New People’ Partyby Andrew E. Kramer on February 24, 2021 at 10:57 am
Critics see an old trick, a phony opposition group blessed by the Kremlin as an alternative to the movement spawned by Aleksei A. Navalny.
- The ‘Badass Chief of Staff’ of Turkey’s Opposition Faces Years in Jail After Challenging Erdogan’s Power. She’s Not Backing Downby Joseph Hincks / Istanbul on February 24, 2021 at 10:35 am
The fate of Canan Kaftancioglu might show just how close Turkey is to becoming an autocracy
- Two weeks in a hotel room: Air travelers share their quarantine experiences.by Lauren Sloss on February 24, 2021 at 10:05 am
- Deaths Fell in Japan Last Year. How?by Ben Dooley and Hikari Hida on February 24, 2021 at 9:58 am
The decline indicated that methods for fighting the coronavirus have also been effective at curbing other illnesses.
- Disabled Apartment Owners Fear Fire Traps in Aftermath of Grenfell Disasterby Megan Specia on February 24, 2021 at 9:52 am
Years after the Grenfell Tower fire in London killed 72 people, disabled residents of high-rises worry whether they would be able to evacuate if needed. “We’ve been an afterthought,” one activist says.
- Merelize Van Der Merwe faces backlash for posing with heart of giraffe she killedon February 24, 2021 at 9:05 am
A trophy hunter is facing furious backlash for posing with the heart of a giraffe she had just shot – describing the bloody organ as her “perfect” Valentine’s Day present.
- Philippines offers to trade nurses to UK, Germany for access to vaccinesby Brie Stimson on February 24, 2021 at 8:21 am
The Philippines said this week it is willing to send more nurses to work in the United Kingdom and Germany if those countries send extra coronavirus vaccine doses, underscoring the struggles of some countries in getting enough vaccines.
- Court orders husband to pay wife for years of housework: reportby Edmund DeMarche on February 24, 2021 at 7:59 am
A divorce court in Beijing ruled that housework “constitutes intangible property value,” and ordered a man to pay his wife $7,700 for five years of unpaid labor, according to a report.
- ‘Shot at by both sides’: Families flee as Taliban battles for territory in Kandaharby Charlie Faulkner in Kandahar on February 24, 2021 at 7:15 am
Villages in southern Afghanistan have become frontline of conflict as peace talks stall and uncertainty surrounds US withdrawalThe people who lived in Spairwan village spent two days huddled in their homes, besieged by fighting, before the Taliban came and told them all to leave the area. Qayoom and his family were among 10,000 families pushed out of their homes as government and Taliban forces battled for territory in southern Afghanistan last month.Qayoom found his new home was to be a couple of large sheets propped up over cold, bare earth, a shelter among many others in a camp for internally displaced people (IDP) on the outskirts of Kandahar city. But the shelter barely checks the icy blasts of bitter winter winds. Continue reading…
- Art, unlocked: Italy’s museums quietly reopen – in pictureson February 24, 2021 at 7:00 am
After Italy’s government loosened Covid-19 restrictions in much of the country – including Lazio, the region that contains Rome and Vatican City – newly reopened museums are offering local visitors the opportunity to enjoy artworks undisturbed by the usual crowds of international tourists Continue reading…
- Your Wednesday Briefingby Natasha Frost on February 24, 2021 at 6:36 am
Syria’s economy in distress.
- Yazidis have been forgotten during Covid. They need justice, jobs and a return home | Nadia Muradby Nadia Murad on February 24, 2021 at 6:30 am
Survivors of Islamic State brutality are pushed further into the margins as the pandemic causes the world to turn inwardStaring at the same four walls day after day, unable to find work, reunite with relatives, or send your children to school. The Covid pandemic has rendered this bleak picture a reality for many people across the globe. Yet for many who have survived or are living through conflict, these hardships are hardly novel.For the Yazidi ethnic minority in Iraq, Islamic State’s 2014 genocide created adversity long before the pandemic ever did. For more than six years, hundreds of thousands of Yazidis have been in camps for internally displaced people (IDP) staring at the same four walls of their tents. They are unable to find work because Isis razed their farms and businesses. They cannot reunite with relatives still in Isis captivity or attend the burials of family members whose bodies remain in mass graves. Continue reading…
- Sri Lanka at ‘tipping point’ with risk of return to past atrocities, activists warnby Karen McVeigh on February 24, 2021 at 6:00 am
Civil rights groups say situation ‘getting worse on a daily basis’ as UN human rights chief expresses alarm over deepening impunitySri Lanka could descend swiftly back into violence and human rights abuses unless decisive international action is taken, the UN high commissioner for human rights and civil rights groups warned.In a speech to the human rights council on Wednesday, Michelle Bachelet is expected to issue a stark warning that the Sri Lankan government has “closed the door” on ending impunity for past abuses and is facing a return to state repression of civil society and a militarisation of public institutions. Continue reading…
- Four key questions on a Covid certification scheme in Englandby Aubrey Allegretti on February 24, 2021 at 6:00 am
The government is reviewing the options on proof of vaccination or testing statusNHS Covid app could be used to prove status and access venues in EnglandCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe idea of vaccine certificates has gained traction in England, as the government weighs their potential usefulness in reopening sectors of society against concerns about privacy and discrimination.As ministers prepare to launch a review into whether to introduce the documents, here are the key questions to be answered. Continue reading…
- Aung San Suu Kyi tattoos flourish among Myanmar’s resistanceby A reporter in Yangon on February 24, 2021 at 4:19 am
Studios report surge in requests for tattoos of the deposed civilian leader – and some are using their profits to support protesters In the last three weeks, Ye, 37, has inked more images of Aung San Suu Kyi than throughout his 19 years of tattooing.“We love and respect her because she has sacrificed so much for us,” he says, showing a photo of his latest artwork – a lifelike rendering of the deposed Myanmar leader, complete with jasmine flowers, on a woman’s back. Continue reading…
- The science behind England’s Covid exit plan – podcastby Presented by Rachel Humphreys with Nicola Davis produced by Alex Atack, Rhi Storer and Nicholas Alexander; executive producers Nicole Jackson and Phil Maynard on February 24, 2021 at 3:00 am
Nicola Davis runs through the science behind the government’s decision to begin lifting lockdown restrictions, a four-stage plan that starts with the reopening of schools and could see the return of nightclubs on 21 JuneOn Monday Boris Johnson announced a four-stage plan for England, paving the way for schools to welcome pupils, sports fans to fill stadiums once again and nightclubs to reopen their doors. There is a five-week gap between each phase of the plan, intended to allow four weeks for data to emerge about the impact of the changes, plus a week’s notice for the next stage of easing to be introduced. The Guardian science correspondent Nicola Davis talks to Rachel Humphreys about the science behind the government’s decision to begin easing out of lockdown. Some, including Johnson’s own backbenchers, have criticised the pace of reopening as too slow. But, Nicola says, experts on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), whose analysis was published alongside the plan, have stressed the need for caution. ‘Decisions about changes to restrictions are best made based on epidemiological data rather than based on predetermined dates,’ they advise. Continue reading…
- Biden and Trudeau Renew the Ties Put to the Test by Trumpby Michael Crowley on February 24, 2021 at 1:06 am
“The United States has no closer friend than Canada,” President Biden told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Mr. Biden’s first virtual meeting with a foreign leader.
- North Korea and Iran teaming up again as US weighs Iran nuclear dealby Eric Shawn on February 24, 2021 at 12:29 am
A leaked report on North Korean sanctions by a UN Security Council committee reportedly states that Kim Jong Un’s regime and Tehran are working together… again, to develop long range ballistic missiles. Some experts say those missiles could hit the American mainland.
- UK moves to lift coronavirus lockdownsby Benjamin Hall on February 24, 2021 at 12:24 am
For two long months, the UK has been in total lockdown – schools, hospitality, and non-essential shops shut – with people advised to stay at home.
- Ecuador Prison Riots Kill Over 60 Inmatesby José María León Cabrera and Anatoly Kurmanaev on February 23, 2021 at 11:35 pm
More than 60 prisoners were killed in gruesome violence, some of it videotaped and posted online, that the authorities tied to the drug trade.
- A Simple Rule of Thumb for Knowing When the Pandemic Is Overby Alexis C. Madrigal on February 23, 2021 at 10:59 pm
At some point—maybe even soon—the emergency phase of the pandemic will end. But what, exactly, is that magic threshold?
- The Weekly Planet: The Great Climate Bill of 2021 Is Being Shaped Nowby Robinson Meyer on February 23, 2021 at 10:21 pm
The game before the game has started.
- Migrants in Mexico Face Confusion at Borderby Zolan Kanno-Youngs on February 23, 2021 at 9:27 pm
President Biden is trying to untangle an interlocking web of Trump-era border restrictions, leading for now to disparate treatment of migrants and rampant confusion.
- Italy Mourns an Ambassador and His Bodyguard, Killed in Congoby Gaia Pianigiani on February 23, 2021 at 9:08 pm
The killings sparked deep emotions and outrage in Italy, which has been under strain from both the pandemic and political turmoil.
- Politicians in Lebanon jump the vaccine line, touching off a scandal.by Ben Hubbard on February 23, 2021 at 8:50 pm
Sixteen lawmakers received vaccine shots inside the Parliament in violation of rules aimed to keep the process fair in a country known for corruption.
- Your Wednesday Briefingby Melina Delkic on February 23, 2021 at 8:48 pm
The pandemic’s toll on women in Japan.
- Russia’s Putin, Belarus’ Lukashenko spark backlash for skiing, riding snowmobiles during mass protestsby Amy Kellogg on February 23, 2021 at 8:40 pm
From Minsk to Moscow, there has been an extended season of discontent, so the images of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarussian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko shushing down ski slopes and riding snowmobiles in the mountains around Sochi evoked some strong reaction.
- As the pandemic took hold, suicide rose among Japanese women.by Motoko Rich and Hikari Hida on February 23, 2021 at 8:37 pm
- Capitol mob ‘came prepared for war’, US Senate hears testimony – videoon February 23, 2021 at 8:30 pm
The former Capitol police chief, Steven Sund, said during a joint hearing on security failures that the insurrectionists during the 6 January attack ‘came prepared for war’.Senators investigating the attack on the US Capitol last month heard testimony on training and equipping the Capitol police as the former police chief of that department and other security officials testified publicly for the first time Tuesday.US politics: latest updatesContinue reading…
- Celebs including A-Rod and Ciara are getting into SPACs. What could go wrong?on February 23, 2021 at 8:12 pm
SPAC mania has entered the celebrity phase. Colin Kaepernick, Shaquille O’Neal, Larry Kudlow and pop star Ciara are all lending their star power to the blank-check boom.
- 4 reasons Tesla’s stock is tumblingon February 23, 2021 at 8:09 pm
Tesla, the hottest stock in the market for more than a year, has sunk into bear market territory.
- Former WeWork CEO in talks to get nearly $500 million in SoftBank settlementon February 23, 2021 at 7:29 pm
Adam Neumann, the disgraced former CEO and cofounder of WeWork, may soon have a massive payday as part of a possible settlement with SoftBank, the company’s largest investor, but the amount under discussion is far less than the golden parachute originally offered.
- Nepal’s Supreme Court Rules Dissolved Parliament Must Be Reinstatedby Bhadra Sharma on February 23, 2021 at 7:18 pm
The decision was a blow to the country’s prime minister, who dissolved the legislature after a protracted internal dispute within his ruling Nepal Communist Party.
- A Conversation with Filmmaker Adam Curtis on Power, Technology and How Ideas Get Into People’s Headsby Billy Perrigo on February 23, 2021 at 6:51 pm
The BBC filmmaker’s new documentary ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’ offers an “emotional history” of the postwar world
- Hillary Clinton is co-writing a political thrilleron February 23, 2021 at 5:23 pm
Hillary Clinton is working on a book with Canadian mystery novelist Louise Penny, set in the aftermath of US political chaos.
- Queen’s award honors young ‘agent for change’on February 23, 2021 at 5:07 pm
Emerging British fashion designer Priya Ahluwalia, whose work is setting a new standard for ethical fashion design, has won the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.
- The pandemic is receding in the worst hot spots globally, but will the downward trend last?by Allison McCann, Lauren Leatherby and Josh Holder on February 23, 2021 at 4:38 pm
- Oprah-backed Oatly just made a move to go publicon February 23, 2021 at 4:37 pm
Oatly, the popular oat milk maker backed by Oprah, is making plans to go public.
- No One Has Seen a Mars Landing Quite Like Thisby Marina Koren on February 23, 2021 at 4:24 pm
NASA engineers have captured a rover’s swift descent to the surface of the red planet.
- Indian Court Grants Bail to Disha Ravi, Activist Arrested Over Farmers’ Protestsby Sameer Yasir on February 23, 2021 at 4:13 pm
Disha Ravi, an activist associated with Greta Thunberg, was charged after sharing a protest manual with farmers who were demonstrating against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.
- Mount Etna: footage captures volcano erupting at night, illuminating sky – videoon February 23, 2021 at 3:29 pm
Spectacular eruptions of red lava from Mount Etna, on the Italian island of Sicily, continued overnight from Monday into Tuesday, illuminating the night sky. The volcano’s lava fountains soared to 1,500 metres, according to the Etna Observatory at Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and VolcanologyMount Etna illuminates night sky with 1,500-metre lava fountainContinue reading…
- The Awful Intimacy of Allen v. Farrowby Sophie Gilbert on February 23, 2021 at 3:25 pm
A new docuseries about the molestation allegation against Woody Allen is determinedly focused on making its case, sometimes at the expense of nuance.
- Future Vaccines Depend on Test Subjects in Short Supply: Monkeysby Sui-Lee Wee and Bryan Tarnowski on February 23, 2021 at 3:12 pm
The pandemic has highlighted the United States’ dependence on China for research animals, reviving calls for a “strategic monkey reserve.”
- How to Reopen Schoolsby David Leonhardt on February 23, 2021 at 2:16 pm
And what else you need to know today.
- China Plans Overhaul of Hong Kong’s Electionsby Keith Bradsher, Vivian Wang and Austin Ramzy on February 23, 2021 at 1:05 pm
The central government is likely to bypass local officials, just as it did with last year’s national security law.
- Champions League, forced to shift venues, blurs notions of home and away.by Victor Mather on February 23, 2021 at 12:02 pm
- The Ultimate Symbol of America’s Diminished Soft Powerby Yasmeen Serhan on February 23, 2021 at 12:00 pm
The Trump administration’s partisan takeover of the United States’ international broadcasters failed. What’s to prevent a future administration from trying again?
- Homeroom: How to Teach Your Kid to Love Readingby Abby Freireich on February 23, 2021 at 11:00 am
One of my daughters can’t bear to put her book down. The other only wants to play dress-up.
- How Plagues Shape the Landscapeby Yuval Ben-Ami on February 23, 2021 at 10:00 am
From cholera to AIDS, epidemics have given rise to landmarks around the world, be they sculptures, churches or feats of engineering. In this dire moment, their histories resonate.
- Memorials to the pandemic give hope, and a place to mourn.by James Imam and Alex Marshall on February 23, 2021 at 9:47 am
- State lawmakers defy governors in a Covid-era battle for power.by Trip Gabriel on February 23, 2021 at 9:47 am
- Ruling on Trump tax records could be costliest defeat of his losing streakby David Smith in Washington on February 23, 2021 at 7:00 am
The US supreme court has rejected an attempt to block a subpoena from New York where the ex-president’s business affairs are under investigationDonald Trump used to promise his supporters that they would be winning so much, they would get sick and tired of winning. But the former US president is now on a seemingly endless losing streak. Continue reading…
- Angry Youths Rattle Spain in Support of Jailed Catalan Rapper Pablo Haselby JOSEPH WILSON and HERNÁN MUÑOZ / AP on February 23, 2021 at 2:19 am
Hasel’s imprisonment on a nine-month sentence has set off a powder keg of pent-up rage
- Learning From the New Deal—For the Next Recoveryby James Fallows on February 23, 2021 at 2:10 am
A few days ago, I was talking with the mayor of a medium-sized “red state” city about how his community…
- The Atlantic Daily: Texas Failed in 3 Big Waysby Caroline Mimbs Nyce on February 23, 2021 at 12:30 am
The power is back on in most of Texas, but millions of residents still woke up without access to safe drinking water. How did things in the Lone Star State get so bad?
- How Australia May Have Just Saved Journalism From Big Techby Robert Whitehead on February 22, 2021 at 10:29 pm
Facebook’s Australian news ban represents a significant victory in the fight for the survival of a free press, writes Robert Whitehead
- America’s half a million Covid deaths a stark reminder of challenges for Bidenby Lauren Gambino on February 22, 2021 at 9:42 pm
Analysis: the president has ambitious plans to halt a public health crisis his predecessor wrongly claimed would simply disappearExactly one year after the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed in the United States, Joe Biden was sworn in as president, inheriting the worst public health disaster since the flu pandemic of 1918. In the days that followed, Biden pledged a “full-scale, wartime” effort to combat the virus, even as he braced a disease-weary nation for its darkest chapter yet.“Things are going to continue to get worse before they get better,” Biden said at the time, offering a dire forecast. The national death toll, he warned, could exceed half a million by the end of February. Continue reading…
- Dogs are mysteriously turning blue and pink in Russian cityon February 22, 2021 at 9:32 pm
Packs of dogs in eastern Russia are inexplicably turning up pink and blue.
- Baseball Stadiums, Theme Parks, Cathedrals: See the World’s Makeshift COVID-19 Vaccination Hubsby Maïa Booker and Alex Fitzpatrick on February 22, 2021 at 9:25 pm
From baseball stadiums and hockey rinks to cathedrals and bars
- Iran cuts back on IAEA access to nuclear sitesby Benjamin Hall on February 22, 2021 at 8:57 pm
It emerged this week that the Biden administration was already in talks with Iran – national security adviser Jake Sullivan confirmed that Blinken was in contact with Tehran about American hostages, with the Iranian foreign ministry confirming that contact had been via the Swiss embassy.
- The Women Who Fought to Defend Their Homes Against ISISby Gayle Tzemach Lemmon on February 22, 2021 at 8:04 pm
When I first asked the American special operations soldiers who among the fighters they worked with I should meet in Syria, one of the first names that always arose was Azeema. She came from Qamishli, a town in northeastern Syria, and was known for her relentless willingness to lead from the front, her swashbuckling manner,…
- Recent Eruptions on Mount Etnaby Alan Taylor on February 22, 2021 at 8:02 pm
Italy’s Mount Etna has erupted four times in the past six days, sending ash into the sky and lava down its slopes.
- What’s the Justice Department Actually For?by David A. Graham on February 22, 2021 at 8:00 pm
A Senate hearing for President Biden’s attorney-general nominee is surfacing some big questions.
- Italian ambassador to Congo killed in attack on UN convoyon February 22, 2021 at 5:53 pm
The Italian ambassador to Congo, an Italian carabinieri police officer and their Congolese driver were killed Monday in an attack on a U.N. convoy in an area that is home to myriad rebel groups, the Foreign Ministry and local people said.
- The Most Likely Timeline for Life to Return to Normalby Joe Pinsker on February 22, 2021 at 5:31 pm
An uncertain spring, an amazing summer, a cautious fall and winter, and then, finally, relief.
- Israel beaches covered in tar after oil spillby Yonat Friling on February 22, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Stormy weather last week carried out the oil and tar to Israel’s beaches. Thousands of volunteers organized by various Israeli environmental nongovernmental organizations joined efforts to clean the beaches and save the animals that were hurt.
- China Is the Myanmar Coup’s ‘Biggest Loser’by Timothy McLaughlin on February 22, 2021 at 3:35 pm
A relationship decades in the making is now in jeopardy.
- Texas Pays the Price of the Culture Warby Adam Serwer on February 22, 2021 at 2:41 pm
Instead of focusing on governance, Republican politicians in the Lone Star State spent their time inflaming grievances.
- Protests swell after Burma junta raises specter of forceon February 22, 2021 at 2:02 pm
The military has threatened a crackdown on protesters even as it already takes action against demonstrations.
- How Facebook’s Australia News Ban Could Hamper Vaccine Rollout to Aboriginal Peopleby Amy Gunia on February 22, 2021 at 1:20 pm
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Facebook has become a primary news source in Aboriginal communities.
- Death Is Nothing to Celebrateby David Wolpe on February 22, 2021 at 12:30 pm
Even after the passing of a figure you revile, it’s best to refrain from dancing on the graves of the dead.
- The Democrats’ Last Chance to Save Democracyby Michael Klarman on February 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Expand the Court now.
- The One Area Where the U.S. COVID-19 Strategy Seems to Be Workingby Olga Khazan on February 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm
By spending lots of money and not worrying about liability, America is beating Europe in the vaccine race.
- We’re Just Rediscovering a 19th-Century Pandemic Strategyby Sarah Zhang on February 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm
The first way to fight a new virus would once have been opening the windows.
- The 5 Trump Amendments to the Constitutionby Jonathan Rauch on February 22, 2021 at 11:30 am
The 45th president profoundly altered our system of government.
- The Government Needs to Find Big Tech a New Business Modelby Zephyr Teachout on February 22, 2021 at 11:00 am
Facebook and Google want to keep playing three roles: essential infrastructure, publisher, and targeted-ad mogul. That’s impossible.
- Burma protest against military coup leaves at least 2 dead, dozens injuredon February 21, 2021 at 9:18 am
At least two people were killed and dozens more injured in Burma on Saturday during protests against a Feb. 1 military coup that led to the detainment of Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s de facto leader.
- Moscow court rejects opposition leader Navalny’s appealon February 20, 2021 at 12:18 pm
A Moscow court on Saturday rejected Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s appeal against his prison sentence, even as the country faced a top European rights court’s order to free the Kremlin’s most prominent foe.
- Famed ‘Charging Bull’ sculptor Arturo Di Modica dead at 80on February 20, 2021 at 10:19 am
Arturo Di Modica — the sculptor of the famed “Charging Bull” statue in Wall Street — died in his home in Italy Friday. He was 80.
- The Louvre is shut but it’s buzzing with activityon February 20, 2021 at 9:28 am
As the world’s most visited museum awakens, escalators that once carried up to 40,000 pairs of feet a day loop quietly through the empty lobby.
- Blackwater founder Erik Prince accused of Libya weapons ban violations in UN reporton February 20, 2021 at 5:34 am
A United Nations report accuses Blackwater founder Erik Prince of assisting in violations of an international arms embargo on Libya, placing the military contractor at risk of U.N. sanctions, according to a diplomat with access to the report.
- ByteDance whistleblower sounds alarm on China’s mass censorshipby Benjamin Hall on February 19, 2021 at 7:48 pm
For many years, there has long been a debate about whether Chinese-owned tech companies are controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and whether they have undue influence over consumers in the U.S. and elsewhere.
- Kamala Harris’s stepdaughter makes surprise runway debut at NYFWon February 18, 2021 at 5:28 pm
Ella Emhoff has made her official runway debut for American label Proenza Schouler at New York Fashion Week.
- The online group making skiing less Whiteon February 18, 2021 at 12:02 pm
In January 2019, Simisola Oke traveled with a friend to Flachau, one of Austria’s busiest ski areas. Following their arrival, they were greeted with many hellos and waves from fellow skiers. Initially, “we just assumed people were being kind and friendly, or maybe they thought we were famous,” Oke recalls.
- Fashion community takes stand against Asian hate crimes in the USon February 17, 2021 at 2:13 pm
Following a wave of anti-Asian hate crimes taking place in the US in recent weeks, prominent figures from across the fashion industry are coming together to voice their concern and condemn the violence.
- Could Covid passports deliver a ‘summer of joy’?on February 13, 2021 at 10:04 am
Like many countries around the world, Denmark is desperate to reopen the parts of its economy frozen by the pandemic.
- I moved from Hong Kong to Barbados during the pandemicon February 10, 2021 at 10:55 am
Just over a month ago, I packed my life in Hong Kong into two suitcases and moved 16,000 kilometers to Barbados.
- ‘Skinniest house’ is on sale for $1.3 millionon February 8, 2021 at 4:56 pm
A house billed as “possibly the skinniest house in London” is up for sale for £950,000 ($1.3 million).
- They met on an airplane to Egypt then fell in loveon February 5, 2021 at 5:15 pm
If everything had gone according to plan, they would probably never have met. But Mafalda Feliciano’s original British Airways flight from Brazil was overbooked, so she was bumped on to another — and then fate played its hand.
- New Zealand tells tourists to stop copying other people’s travel photoson January 27, 2021 at 2:44 pm
New Zealand is really bored of your Instagram posts.
- Photos challenge negative stereotypes of Appalachiaon January 20, 2021 at 11:59 am
In the coal-mining towns of southeastern Ohio, nestled in the Appalachian mountains, photographer Rich-Joseph Facun has worked on a visual study of a region that has been stereotyped for decades. Appalachia has often been viewed one-dimensionally, saddled in associations related to poverty and opioid use, and deemed “Trump Country” during the 2016 election.
- 7-year-old boy goes back into a burning home to save his baby sisteron December 27, 2020 at 3:52 pm
A 7-year-old boy named Eli saved his baby sister’s life when he jumped into her room through a window to rescue her from a fire that destroyed his family’s home.
- Homeless man rushes into animal shelter after it catches fireon December 27, 2020 at 6:14 am
A homeless man risked his life to save several cats and dogs trapped at an Atlanta animal shelter after it caught fire, the facility’s founder said.
- A mailman, two little sisters, and weeks-long games of Tic-tac-toeon December 25, 2020 at 12:30 pm
Adam Finley loves his job as a mail carrier for USPS.
- How German Autobahns changed the worldon December 7, 2020 at 11:27 am
Ah yes, “ze Autobahn”. Few other landmarks represent Germany more than its freeway system. Cologne’s cathedral is distinctively West German, and the TV Tower in Berlin is a GDR feat of engineering, but the Autobahn (literally “car runway”) connects the whole country.