U.S. Arrests Alex Saab, Deal Maker for Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela
by Julie Turkewitz on October 17, 2021 at 4:52 am
Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman, is accused in the U.S. of siphoning millions from programs intended to help the needy in Venezuela.
Australia Covid live news update: Melbourne lockdown to end from Friday; NSW students prepare for school
by Justine Landis-Hanley (now) and Nino Bucci (earlier) on October 17, 2021 at 4:35 am
Restrictions will ease in Victoria from 11.59pm Thursday despite state reporting 1,838 Covid cases and seven deaths; NSW records 301 infections, 10 deaths, and ACT 33 cases; NSW schools reopen on […]
With Lawmaker’s Killing, U.K. Confronts a New Episode of Terrorism
by Mark Landler, Megan Specia and Stephen Castle on October 17, 2021 at 4:05 am
The police conducted searches and questioned the suspect as Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other leaders paid respects to David Amess, who was fatally stabbed while meeting with constituents.
‘Brutal aggression’: Venezuela halts talks with opposition after envoy extradited to US
by Staff and agencies on October 17, 2021 at 3:31 am
Alex Saab, an ally of president Nicolás Maduro, was extradited to face money laundering charges after a 16-month legal battle Venezuela’s government is halting negotiations with its […]
Tropical wetlands reduce storm impacts and save thousands of lives and $600bn each year, study suggests
by Australian Associated Press on October 17, 2021 at 3:28 am
Results showed wetlands provide natural barriers offering protection against speed and turbulence of extreme storms, Australian researcher saysDownload the free Guardian app; get our morning email […]
Refugees flee violence in Central African Republic - Xinhua
on October 17, 2021 at 3:03 am
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American Missionaries Kidnapped in Haiti, Officials Say
by Maria Abi-Habib on October 17, 2021 at 2:55 am
Up to 17 missionaries and their family members were taken by gangs in the capital of a country where kidnappings have become increasingly common.
Syria Accuses Israel of Assassinating Official Near Golan Heights
by Ronen Bergman on October 17, 2021 at 2:44 am
Midhat Saleh, who oversaw the strategic Golan Heights boundary for Syria, was shot and killed by a sniper, the government said.
National Guard Called Up to Ease Crowding at Minnesota Hospitals
by Lauren McCarthy on October 17, 2021 at 2:39 am
Staffing shortages at long-term care facilities are preventing hospitals from discharging patients and admitting new ones.
Hollywood strike averted after union and producers reach last-minute deal
by Staff and agencies on October 17, 2021 at 2:10 am
Up to 60,000 behind-the-scenes workers had been set to strike from Monday over claims of excessive hours and unliveable wagesAn 11th-hour deal between producers and the union representing 60,000 film […]
Venezuelan President Maduro's close aide extradited to US
on October 17, 2021 at 2:04 am
Venezuela halted talks with the opposition after Alex Saab was flown from Cape Verde to the US.
Thousands rally in Sudan’s capital to demand military rule
by Agence France-Presse on October 17, 2021 at 12:51 am
Protesters say they want the government of prime minister Abdalla Hamdok dismissed and replaced by the militaryThousands of pro-military protesters have rallied in central Khartoum, vowing not to […]
The Chinese film beating Bond and Marvel at the box office
on October 16, 2021 at 11:47 pm
The success of The Battle at Lake Changjin is bad news for Hollywood which wants to grow in China.
Robert Durst: US millionaire hospitalised with Covid after life sentence
on October 16, 2021 at 11:28 pm
Robert Durst was on Thursday convicted of murder and is a suspect in two other deaths.
Robert Durst, Millionaire Convicted of Murder, on Ventilator With Covid
by Charles V. Bagli on October 16, 2021 at 11:19 pm
The 78-year-old millionaire and former real estate mogul was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for the murder of a friend in 2000.
Airlines in Japan and South Korea Try Novel Ideas to Lure Fliers
by John Yoon on October 16, 2021 at 11:17 pm
How about inexpensive passes good for a month of domestic flights? Or popular in-flight meals to on-the-ground customers?
Apparently, it's the next big thing. What is the metaverse?
on October 16, 2021 at 11:09 pm
What does it mean, and what have Facebook and Fortnite got to do with it?
How a massacre of Algerians in Paris was covered up
on October 16, 2021 at 11:08 pm
French police killed up to 300 people in 1961, throwing some of them into the River Seine to drown them.
Pigs at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport help to keep skies safe
on October 16, 2021 at 11:02 pm
A team of 20 at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport is part of a range of measures being used to reduce bird-strikes.
Gordon Brown urges emergency Covid vaccine airlift to Africa
by Michael Savage on October 16, 2021 at 11:02 pm
Former UK prime minister says operation could be under way within days if world leaders signed offCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 100,000 lives can be […]
David Amess updates, as they happened: suspect named as Ali Harbi Ali
by Nadeem Badshah (now) and Jane Clinton (earlier) on October 16, 2021 at 10:55 pm
Reports of suspect’s name come as police confirm he is being held under Terrorism ActSources confirm suspect’s nameSuspect detained under Terrorism ActPatel says MPs ‘cannot be […]
Trend watch: How to wear oversized shirts
by Jo Jones and Helen Seamons on October 16, 2021 at 10:45 pm
Filed under ‘forever favourites’, the classic shirt has upsized and moved on from the confines of the neat workwear uniform shirt favoured by city workersAn oversized shirt is the neutral […]
Female Spanish thriller writer Carmen Mola revealed to be three men
by Emma Graham-Harrison and Sam Jones on October 16, 2021 at 10:37 pm
Trio step out from behind pseudonym marketed as ‘Spain’s Elena Ferrante’ to accept €1m prizeA million euro literary prize has lured three Spanish men out of anonymity, to […]
The Batman trailer reveals Robert Pattinson’s dark take on superhero
by Associated Press in Los Angeles on October 16, 2021 at 9:53 pm
Footage teases bleak and violent vision for Dark Knight’s latest instalment, due for release on 4 March Warner Bros has unveiled its trailer for The Batman, which features Robert […]
Macron condemns 'unforgivable' 1961 massacre of Algerians in Paris
on October 16, 2021 at 9:51 pm
The 1961 Paris massacre was denied or concealed by French governments for decades.
Norway to investigate tactics of unarmed police officers after five die in bow-and-arrow attack
by Michael Lee on October 16, 2021 at 9:35 pm
Norway on Saturday announced it will hold an independent investigation into the actions of police and security agencies following a bow-and-arrow attack that killed five people
In Venezuela, a Rum Maker Offers Gangsters a Life Outside of Crime
on October 16, 2021 at 9:23 pm
In the process, the family running the company, Ron Santa Teresa, has gone from bankruptcy to exporting an award-winning vintage rum.
After Iraqi Election, a Shiite Leader Emerges as an Unlikely U.S. Ally
by Jane Arraf on October 16, 2021 at 9:19 pm
The U.S. once threatened to kill Muqtada al-Sadr as his militia battled occupying forces. Now, the powerful cleric is helping Washington by keeping Iran at bay.
What we know so far
on October 16, 2021 at 9:17 pm
What happened, what we know about the suspect, who the MP was, and what witnesses saw.
Coal-state Democrat set to scupper Biden clean energy plans
by Emma Graham-Harrison on October 16, 2021 at 9:00 pm
White House forced to rewrite domestic bill as it makes late bid to secure backing for international dealPresident Joe Biden is likely to abandon a clean energy programme that was the centrepiece of […]
Sudan: Protesters demand military coup as crisis deepens
on October 16, 2021 at 8:53 pm
The protests come as tensions rise between civilian and military rulers.
Commons Speaker: We must end the hatred aimed at our MPs
by Toby Helm, Michael Savage and James Tapper on October 16, 2021 at 8:41 pm
Lindsay Hoyle calls for a ‘conversation … kinder and based on respect’ as politicians reveal scale of violent threatsMy friend David Amess connected with everyone. We must not hide […]
China's Scripted Homicides Become a Popular Pastime
by Azi Paybarah and Isabelle Niu on October 16, 2021 at 8:40 pm
“Scripted homicide” clubs have opened around the country as young people look for ways to escape and connect. Naturally, the government has questions.
Sir David Amess killing: Security for politicians is a global dilemma
on October 16, 2021 at 7:20 pm
Why the need to be a people's representative and the need for personal safety are in constant conflict.
Argentinian judge indicts Franco-era Spanish minister on homicide charges
by Reuters on October 16, 2021 at 7:14 pm
Rodolfo Martín Villa, interior minister between 1976 and 1979, ‘played a key role in the repressive structures of the dictatorship’An Argentinian judge investigating cases that […]
British Lawmaker's Killing Highlights Terrorism Challenge in U.K.
on October 16, 2021 at 6:55 pm
The fatal stabbing of David Amess by a suspected extremist shows the difficulties facing the government in preventing lone-wolf attacks.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: British-Iranian aid worker loses court appeal in Iran
on October 16, 2021 at 6:19 pm
Her family has told the BBC that they fear she could be returned to jail at any time.
Treasury leak reveals rift between Johnson and Sunak over costs of zero-carbon economy
by Toby Helm & Fiona Harvey on October 16, 2021 at 6:12 pm
With weeks to go before the Cop26 climate summit, documents show PM being warned about the risks of damage to the UK from green investmentConfidential documents leaked to the Observer reveal an […]
Yukon Territory Imposes Vaccine Mandate Amid Rise in Cases
by Vjosa Isai on October 16, 2021 at 6:09 pm
Health care workers and others in the Yukon must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 30. The territory is also starting a vaccination passport program.
‘Explosion of ideas’: how Māori concepts are being incorporated into New Zealand law
by Pete McKenzie in Wellington on October 16, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Inclusion of Māori legal customs could profoundly alter the way law is applied in areas as diverse as defamation and trust law When English settlers first arrived in New Zealand, they brought […]
David Amess, Conservative Lawmaker in U.K., Is Fatally Stabbed
by Megan Specia, Mark Landler and Stephen Castle on October 16, 2021 at 5:51 pm
David Amess, a Conservative member of Parliament, was holding a meeting in his constituency at the time. He is the second politician killed in an attack in just over five years.
Catholic Church in Sicily Bans Godparents For Now
by Jason Horowitz on October 16, 2021 at 5:41 pm
Part of the Catholic church in Sicily has imposed a three-year prohibition on naming godparents, arguing that the tradition has become merely a way to fortify family ties — and mob ties, too.
How 3 Strangers a World Away Came to the Rescue of a Badly Burned Afghan Girl
by Helene Cooper on October 16, 2021 at 5:18 pm
The story of 8-year-old Asma, injured by a U.S. tear-gas canister, echoes the heartbreak and heroism of the 20-year American misadventure in Afghanistan.
Penelope Lively: ‘I was a traumatised teenager’
by Rachel Cooke on October 16, 2021 at 5:00 pm
The Booker-winning author on starting late as a writer, her clear recall of growing up in Cairo, and the TV programme that kept her going during lockdownPenelope Lively, the author of many novels and […]
Figures of Babylon: oldest drawing of a ghost found in British Museum vault
by Dalya Alberge on October 16, 2021 at 5:00 pm
A 3,500-year-old image tablet of a ‘miserable male ghost’ gives up its secretIts outlines are faint, only discernible at an angle, but the world’s oldest drawing of a ghost has been […]
Mixing and Matching Covid Vaccines Is Examined by F.D.A. Panel
by Noah Weiland, Carl Zimmer and Sharon LaFraniere on October 16, 2021 at 4:44 pm
The agency’s expert advisers discussed the data on the approach, which is limited.
Islamic State Bombing Kills at Least 65 People in Southern Afghanistan
on October 16, 2021 at 4:11 pm
The killings in Kandahar, the Taliban’s historic stronghold, follow a spate of Islamic State attacks on the country’s religious minority sect.
Nigeria's Criminal Gangs Steal Munitions and Extort the Government
on October 16, 2021 at 4:00 pm
In the forests of northwest Nigeria, loosely organized criminal gangs that raised funds kidnapping schoolchildren are now flush with arms and operating beyond the reach of an increasingly fragile […]
Australian police make record $104m heroin seizure
on October 16, 2021 at 3:48 pm
The 450kg-haul was concealed in a shipment of ceramic tiles sent to Melbourne from Malaysia.
Lebanon Observes Day of Mourning After Deadly Sectarian Clashes
by Asmaa al-Omar and Vivian Yee on October 16, 2021 at 3:31 pm
The death toll rose to seven a day after gun battles between Christian and Shiite Muslim militias erupted amid tensions over an investigation into the port explosion last year.
Deadly Clashes in Beirut Escalate Fears Over Lebanon’s Dysfunction
by Ben Hubbard and Marc Santora on October 16, 2021 at 3:29 pm
The fighting further traumatized the small Mediterranean country, a patchwork of sects that has tumbled into an abyss of devastating political and economic crises.
Macron Commemorates 1961 Paris Police Killing of Algerian Protesters
by Constant Méheut on October 16, 2021 at 3:23 pm
President Emmanuel Macron of France is the country’s first head of state to attend an event marking the deaths, which officials ignored for decades.
Pete Buttigieg hits back at Fox News host’s criticism of his paternity leave
by Jessica Glenza on October 16, 2021 at 2:46 pm
The US transportation secretary and his husband recently adopted newborn twins and praised ‘an administration that’s actually pro-family’US transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg, […]
Girl drowns after her life jacket traps her in capsized boat
on October 16, 2021 at 2:44 pm
It was the rare occasion where a life jacket wasn’t going to save your life, according to an investigation.
Canadian pastor defiant as judge orders him to parrot 'medical experts' from pulpit: 'I will not obey'
by Jon Brown on October 16, 2021 at 2:42 pm
The Polish-Canadian pastor who has been jailed for holding church services in Calgary, Alberta, said he will refuse to obey a court order requiring him to publicly echo the opinions of medical […]
Covid: Russia's daily deaths pass 1,000 for first time
on October 16, 2021 at 2:34 pm
Infections continue to soar as the Kremlin struggles to persuade people to get vaccinated.
Myanmar army general Min Aung Hlaing excluded from leaders' summit
on October 16, 2021 at 2:15 pm
South East Asian countries decide not to invite the military coup leader to their meeting.
Covid ‘vaxathon’: over 2.5% of New Zealanders get jabbed in one day
by Associated Press in Wellington on October 16, 2021 at 2:15 pm
Celebrities encourage turnout as response surpasses Jacinda Ardern’s call to administer 100,000 shotsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNew Zealand’s […]
Dormice favoured by Italian mafia seized in drugs raid
on October 16, 2021 at 2:11 pm
Italian police search a cannabis farm and seize a stash of 235 frozen dormice - a mafia delicacy.
Beirut, a City Where Everyone Gets By, Revisits Sectarian Violence
by Ben Hubbard and Hwaida Saad on October 16, 2021 at 2:09 pm
Lebanon’s capital thrives on its religious diversity, but sectarian tensions and memories of civil war lurk just beneath the surface.
‘My life in the mafia’s shadow’: Italy’s most hunted author, Roberto Saviano
by Lorenzo Tondo on October 16, 2021 at 2:00 pm
Since 2006, the acclaimed writer has lived in fear for his life, following publication of his exposé on the criminal gangs. The Observer takes a trip back to Naples with him and his mindersOn […]
Sir David Amess killing casts shadow over Leigh-on-Sea constituency
on October 16, 2021 at 1:37 pm
Constituents in Leigh-on-Sea mourn Sir David Amess as they try to make sense of what happened.
US officials set stage for vaccination campaign for younger children
by Jessica Glenza and agencies on October 16, 2021 at 1:34 pm
US makes plans to approve vaccines for children five to 11Vaccinating children will reduce virus spread to adults – officialsUS health officials are setting the stage for a national Covid-19 […]
Quebec Language Debate Spurs Eerie Sense of Déjà-Vu
by Dan Bilefsky on October 16, 2021 at 1:30 pm
For a Montreal-based Times correspondent, proposed language legislation brings back memories of the 1970s.
What Are Political ‘Surgeries’ in Britain?
by Stephen Castle on October 16, 2021 at 1:23 pm
The person-to-person meetings with voters give Britons unusually good access to their political representatives. But questions are being asked about whether the tradition can continue.
Some Sell Children as Afghanistan Sinks Into Destitution
on October 16, 2021 at 12:31 pm
Poverty in Afghanistan is worsening fast after the Taliban seized power and most foreign aid ended. Already, 95% of Afghans aren’t getting enough to eat, the U.N. warns.
Kenya child killer escapes prison, gets beaten to death by mob
on October 16, 2021 at 12:11 pm
Police in Kenya say a man who had confessed to killing a dozen children and escaped from detention this week has been killed by a mob.
Myanmar's Military Junta Denied a Seat at Asean Summit
on October 16, 2021 at 12:02 pm
The regional bloc’s decision effectively sidelines Myanmar’s bid for international legitimacy and increases pressure on the country to cooperate with its neighbors to resolve its […]
Eco-friendly, lab-grown coffee is on the way, but it comes with a catch
by Nadra Nittle on October 16, 2021 at 10:00 am
Beanless brews can cut deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions dramatically – but what will happen to workers in traditional coffee-growing regions? Heiko Rischer isn’t quite sure how […]
The Taliban Is Just as Bad as It Always Was
by Yasmeen Serhan on October 16, 2021 at 10:00 am
As international attention subsides, the group is reverting to its old tactics.
Squid Game: The rise of Korean drama addiction
on October 16, 2021 at 9:53 am
Finished Squid Game? Here's a quick lowdown on other K-dramas for new converts.
British Museums Face Covid’s Long-Term Effects
by Alex Marshall on October 16, 2021 at 7:55 am
Months of closures during the pandemic have caused financial havoc for art venues, and many expect to be strapped for years. At the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the virus’s impact is […]
New Zealand Attempts a Record-Setting ‘Vaxathon’
by Natasha Frost on October 16, 2021 at 7:39 am
The country took a different approach to encouraging vaccinations on Saturday, with barbecues, a telethon and the chance to get jabbed in the business-class seat of a Boeing 787.
Pablo Escobar: Colombia sterilises drug lord's hippos
on October 16, 2021 at 6:40 am
Scientists are concerned about the impact of the rogue non-native herd near Escobar's former ranch.
Indonesia river cleanup leads to 11 students drowning, 10 rescued
by JayLeen Murray on October 16, 2021 at 5:54 am
Eleven students drowned and 10 others were rescued during a school outing for a river cleanup in Indonesia’s West Java Province, officials said Saturday.
Mining for Gold in Australia’s Migrant Past
by Yan Zhuang on October 16, 2021 at 3:17 am
“New Gold Mountain” highlights the complications of belonging for immigrants then and now.
Creating Workforce Solutions: How and Why to Integrate Refugees Into Your Company | The ...
on October 16, 2021 at 2:23 am
Businesses across the country, including many in the manufacturing industry, have committed to hiring and training Afghan refugees, amongst other ...
Blast at Afghan Mosque Kills Dozens as Shiites Are Targeted Again
by Taimoor Shah and Thomas Gibbons-Neff on October 16, 2021 at 2:22 am
It was the second week in a row that attackers had struck a Shiite place of worship during Friday Prayer.
Shipping disruption: Why are so many queuing to get to the US?
on October 16, 2021 at 1:14 am
A surge in demand for toys and sports equipment has contributed to logjams at US ports.
Viewpoint: Why Ethiopia's Tigray region is starving, but no famine declared
on October 16, 2021 at 1:12 am
Despite mass starvation in northern Ethiopia, aid officials are not calling the situation a famine.
Week in pictures: 9 - 15 October 2021
on October 16, 2021 at 12:57 am
A selection of powerful images from all over the globe, taken this week.
Italy's New Law Requires Workers to Get Covid Vaccine or Testing
by Jason Horowitz on October 15, 2021 at 11:58 pm
The rollout went more or less smoothly, with only scattered protests, as the majority of citizens accepted the ‘Green Pass’ as a tolerable sacrifice to stem the Covid pandemic.
British Conservative politician's stabbing death declared a 'terrorist incident'
by Louis Casiano on October 15, 2021 at 11:29 pm
The fatal stabbing of a British lawmaker on Friday is being declared a terrorist incident and will be investigated as such with a potential link to Islamic extremism, authorities said.
Meghan Markle's donation a 'lifesaver' for community kitchen users
on October 15, 2021 at 11:01 pm
Money donated by the Duchess of Sussex has been spent on feeding Nottingham's most vulnerable.
Ros Atkins on… China-Taiwan tensions
on October 15, 2021 at 11:01 pm
Ros Atkins examines why tensions between China and Taiwan have increased over recent weeks.
Life at 50C: Fleeing Sahara's shifting sands
on October 15, 2021 at 11:00 pm
Rising temperatures and desertification are forcing many Mauritanians to leave their ancestral homes.
by David Leonhardt on October 15, 2021 at 10:00 pm
When an F.D.A. panel meets today about J. & J. booster shots, there will be an elephant in the room.
China launches 3 astronauts on 6-month space station mission
on October 15, 2021 at 9:15 pm
China on Saturday sent three astronauts to its space station for a record-setting six-month stay as the country moves toward completing the new orbiting outpost
Suspect Confesses in Bow-and-Arrow Rampage in Norway
by Cora Engelbrecht and Henrik Pryser Libell on October 15, 2021 at 8:57 pm
Espen Anderson Brathen has been charged with murder in the deaths of five people after the authorities say he went on a killing spree armed with a hunting bow.
Protests Over Italy's Covid 'Green Pass' Draw Only Scattered Crowds
by Jason Horowitz, Emma Bubola, Gaia Pianigiani and Elisabetta Povoledo on October 15, 2021 at 8:41 pm
While there were scattered protests across Italy on Friday, many in the country appeared to accept the measure as necessary.
A Year Later, a Schoolteacher’s Beheading Still Haunts France
by Roger Cohen on October 15, 2021 at 8:13 pm
The killing of Samuel Paty by an 18-year-old Chechen refugee intensified debate over security and immigration, and prompted intense scrutiny of the French secular model.
Pandemic-stricken Thailand, aiming to revive tourism, reopens the cave a soccer team was trapped in.
by Richard C. Paddock and Muktita Suhartono on October 15, 2021 at 7:54 pm
'David Amess was my best friend': Essex town in grief
on October 15, 2021 at 7:08 pm
Residents choke back tears on the streets of Leigh-on Sea as they remember their compassionate MP.
Abu Musab al-Barnawi, Leader of ISWAP, Has Died, Nigerian Army Says
by Ruth Maclean and Ismail Alfa on October 15, 2021 at 6:58 pm
A top military commander said that Abu Musab al-Barnawi, a kingpin of an extremist organization known as the Islamic State West Africa Province, had died.
Sir David Amess: Fun, friendly and always outspoken
on October 15, 2021 at 6:29 pm
The Tory MP was a backbencher of the old school who fought for the causes he cared about.
Australian residents stranded overseas will be allowed to return to New South Wales.
by Yan Zhuang on October 15, 2021 at 5:15 pm
Indian man sentenced to life after killing wife with cobra
on October 15, 2021 at 4:53 pm
A man in India convicted of murdering his wife with a cobra has been sentenced to life in prison.
How the Nobel Peace Prize Laid Bare the Schism in Russia’s Opposition
by Anton Troianovski on October 15, 2021 at 4:14 pm
Dmitri A. Muratov, a new laureate, engages with the Kremlin, while Aleksei A. Navalny, the most high-profile Putin critic, resists all compromise. The Kremlin capitalizes on the fault line.
Push to Improve Sex Ed in Australia Comes From 10,000 Miles Away
by Isabella Kwai on October 15, 2021 at 4:10 pm
A grad student in London hoped to collect a few testimonies from teenage sexual assault victims for a petition to teach consent in schools. She got thousands.
‘Two-edged sword’: Nigeria blocks phone networks to stop crime
by Chinedu Asadu on October 15, 2021 at 3:47 pm
To keep bandits from coordinating attacks that have killed thousands, the Nigerian government has cut off mobile networks in select states. Although authorities say the network blackout reduces the […]