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Europe has dodged an energy apocalypse this winter, economists and officials say, thanks to unusually warm weather and efforts to find other sources of natural gas after Russia cut off most of its supply to the continent.
Each January, Americans collectively atone for yet another celebratory season of indulgence. Some proclaim sobriety for “Dry January.” Others use the dawn of a new year to focus on other forms of self-improvement, like taking up meditation or a new skin care routine. But adopting a new fitness plan is the most popular vow.
WASHINGTON — Kevin McCarthy is set to face a case of déjà vu come Tuesday. The political future of the 57-year-old will once again be at stake as Republican lawmakers decide if he should be elected as House speaker.
How Putin’s war and small islands are accelerating the global shift to clean energy, and what to watch for in 2023
The year 2022 was a tough one for the growing number of people living in food insecurity and energy poverty around the world, and the beginning of 2023 is looking bleak.
The executive summary of the House January 6 committee’s report documents how then-President Donald Trump was repeatedly warned by those closest to him—Cabinet members, campaign officials and even family members—that claims he had lost his reelection due to fraud were false. But Trump spread those lies anyway.
What you’re seeing in your feed on Twitter is changing. But how?
Twitter on Thursday suspended the accounts of journalists who cover the social media platform and its new owner Elon Musk, among them reporters working for The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Voice of America and other publications.
The Colorado Springs gay bar shooting suspect’s assertion of being nonbinary has put gender identity and pronouns—and some sensitive questions around them—back in the spotlight.
A proposed measure in Switzerland would have made that country the first to ban medical and scientific experimentation on animals. It failed to pass in February 2022, with only 21 percent of voters in favor. Yet globally, including in the United States, there is concern about whether animal research is ethical.
HONOLULU — Lava is shooting 100 feet to 200 feet (30 to 60 meters) into the air as Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, erupts for the first time in nearly 40 years.
BEIJING — At the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, China set out its “zero-COVID” measures that were harsh, but not out of line with what many other countries were doing to try and contain the virus. While most other nations saw the health and safety regulations as temporary until vaccines were widely available, however, China has stuck steadfastly to its strategy.
FRANKFURT, Germany—Western governments are aiming to cap the price of Russia’s oil exports in an attempt to limit the fossil fuel earnings that support Moscow’s budget, its military and the invasion of Ukraine.
BERLIN—Germany and Poland announced separate takeovers of natural gas companies that had links to Russian energy giant Gazprom on Monday, saying the moves were aimed at securing supply as Europe struggles with an energy crisis tied to the war in Ukraine.
DOHA, Qatar — English soccer’s two most storied teams are suddenly in play.
TACLOBAN—After Typhoon Haiyan’s towering waves flattened scores of Philippine villages, Jeremy Garing spent days helping with recovery from the historic storm that left more than 7,300 people dead or missing and inflicted billions of dollars in damage.
Warnings that leaders like Donald Trump hold a dagger at the throat of democracy have evoked a sense of befuddlement among moderates. How can so many Republicans—voters, once reasonable-sounding officeholders and the new breed of activists who claim to be superpatriots committed to democracy—be acting like willing enablers of democracy’s destruction?
TOP US election security officials say protecting the nation’s voting systems has become increasingly challenging.
ELECTION misinformation is thriving on Rumble, a video sharing platform popular with some conservatives and far-right groups, according to research published Thursday.
It happened at a music festival in Houston, a soccer stadium in England, during a hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, in a Chicago nightclub, and countless other gatherings: Large crowds surge toward exits, onto playing fields or press up against a stage with such force that people are literally squeezed to death.
By Sarah El Deeb, Anastasiia Shvets & Elizaveta Tilna | The Associated Press
Police fired tear gas after violence broke out at an Indonesian soccer match in East Java province when Persebaya Surabaya beat Arema Malang 3-2. Panic and a rush for the exit left at least 125 dead, most of whom were trampled, police said Sunday. Here’s a look at some of the major crowd disasters in recent decades:
LONG before he assembled one of the largest far-right anti-government militia groups in US history, before his Oath Keepers stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, Stewart Rhodes was a promising Yale Law School graduate.
UNITED NATIONS—After two years of virtual and hybrid summits, the world’s leaders are reconvening on the river’s edge in New York this week at the UN General Assembly, an exercise in multilateralism born from the hope for lasting peace that followed World War II.
Speaking from a wood-paneled operation room, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued another stern warning to the West on Wednesday after his country’s military suffered a series of embarrassing setbacks in Ukraine.
By Cora Lewis | The Associated Press
HOT FUTURE: If you thought this summer’s heat waves were bad, a new study has some disturbing news about dangerous heat in the future
What is listeria? A microbiologist explains the bacterium behind recent deadly food poisoning outbreaks
China is warning it will respond forcefully if US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi proceeds with a visit to Taiwan, the self-governing island democracy it claims as its own territory.
By Nabil Nasr, Rochester Institute of Technology / The Conversation
TOKYO—The assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has unearthed long-suspected, little-talked-of links between him and a religious group that started in South Korea but has spread its influence around the world.
By Hillel Italie | The Associated Press
By Zeina Karam & David Rising | The Associated Press
By Krishan Francis & Elaine Kurtenbach | The Associated Press
By Jamey Keaten & Yuras Karmanau | The Associated Press
As a public figure, Johnny Depp faced a high bar to win his libel lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard. According to seven unanimous jurors, he cleared it.
CHINA’S Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting the South Pacific with a 20-person delegation this week in a display of Beijing’s growing military and diplomatic presence in the region.
A quest for significance gone horribly wrong: How mass shooters pervert a universal desire to make a difference in the world
By Arie Kruglanski | University of Maryland
THE frequency and duration of droughts will continue to increase due to human-caused climate change, with water scarcity already affecting billions of people across the world, the United Nations warned in a report Wednesday.
Trees aren’t a climate change cure-all: Two new studies on the life and death of trees in a warming world show why
By William R.L. Anderegg, University of Utah | The Conversation
THE invasion of Ukraine means that fewer Russian tanks and other military hardware will rumble through Moscow’s Red Square today, when the country marks its victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. The patriotic fervor associated with the sacred holiday, however, could be as strong as ever.
What is Paxlovid and how will it help the fight against coronavirus? An infectious diseases physician answers questions on the COVID-19 pill
By Thalia Beaty | The Associated Press
MERCURIAL billionaire Elon Musk now says he wants to buy Twitter outright, taking it private to restore its commitment to what he terms “free speech.” But his offer, which seemed to fall flat with investors on Thursday, raises as many questions as it answers.
Yes, Putin and Russia are fascist: A political scientist shows how they meet the textbook definition
WHEN Vladimir Putin unleashed an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the Ukrainian media, public and policy-makers almost unanimously began calling the Russian president and the state he leads “rashyst.” The term is a hybrid of a derogatory moniker for Russia—“rasha”—and “fascist.”
Alopecia is an autoimmune disorder that affects millions of people around the world. But to many women — and to Black women, in particular — it is much more. It’s about beauty and race, about culture and about the uncertainty that the disorder creates around people’s perception of themselves.
By Jamey Keaten | The Associated Press
By Joseph Torigian | American University
Even as gunfire sounded in Ukraine’s capital, natural gas kept flowing normally Friday through the major pipelines from Russia to Europe. But the invasion and accompanying sanctions are casting a shadow over longstanding energy ties, both for the coming weeks and longer term.
By Mallika Sen | The Associated Press
THE rollout of new 5G wireless service in the US failed to have the much-dreaded result of crippling air travel, although it began in rocky fashion, with international airlines canceling some flights to the US and spotty problems showing up on domestic flights.
From delta to omicron, here’s how scientists know which coronavirus variants are circulating in the US
Inflation, work force participation and real wages: 3 key indicators for monitoring the economy in 2022
By Veronika Dolar, SUNY Old Westbury; Marlon Williams, University of Dayton; & Melanie G. Long, The College of Wooster