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Steve September 23, 2021

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, the controversial Arizona Democrat who threatens to derail President Biden’s legislative agenda, received more than $750,000 in donations from the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. After that, she announced her opposition to a Democratic plan to lower prescription drug costs. Sinema told White House officials that she opposes House and Senate bills that would allow Medicare […]

Steve September 23, 2021

Listen to this episode of The Times: Over the last month, the population of Del Rio, Texas, has jumped by half. The reason: refugees, many of them Haitian, have arrived and set up a tent city under a freeway overpass. They’re hoping for a chance to live in the United States, but the Biden administration […]

Steve September 23, 2021

Authorities on Tuesday identified skeletal remains found nearly 44 years ago at a Mississippi construction site as Clara Birdlong, a woman they believe was a victim of the late Samuel Little, the most prolific killer in U.S. history. In December 1977, hunters found her remains near a highway in Jackson County, the sheriff’s department said. […]

Steve September 23, 2021

Melvin Van Peebles, the influential filmmaker behind “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss Song,” and father of director and actor Mario Van Peebles, has died. He was 89. “Dad knew that Black images matter,” Mario Van Peebles said in a statement from the Criterion Collection. “If a picture is worth a thousand words, what was a movie worth? […]

Steve September 23, 2021

A hearing date is set for next month in a closely watched international legal fight for custody of six-year-old Eitan Baran. A Tel Aviv family court held its first hearing on Thursday in a custody battle over a six-year-old boy, the sole survivor of an Italian cable car disaster, who was taken to Israel by […]

Steve September 23, 2021

UN refugee agency says at least 35,400 Afghan refugees have arrived in Iran, Pakistan and Tajikistan since January 1. Tens of thousands of Afghans in neighbouring countries are thought to be in need of international refugee protections, having sought refuge there after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan last month, the United Nation’s refugee agency […]

Steve September 23, 2021

The US has argued it can both provide booster shots at home while distributing doses abroad amid global disparity. The US has authorised the administration of boosters of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people aged over 65, as well as adults at high risk of severe disease and those in high-exposure jobs. The announcement means […]

Steve September 23, 2021

At the height of the summer, as a number of prominent Republican politicians urged their constituents to take the Covid-19 vaccine, one right-wing media personality refused to fall in line: Charlie Kirk, a pundit in his late twenties who leads the conservative campus-outreach group Turning Point USA. “At Turning Point … we are going to […]

Steve September 23, 2021

When foodies sink their teeth into a slab of cheese from one of the historic dairy farms in Point Reyes, their minds probably run to grass-fed cows ranging free on the lush green oceanside hills of Marin County. Over 5,000 dairy cows and beef cattle roam the Point Reyes National Seashore National Park in full […]

Steve September 23, 2021

In 1981, screenwriter Sonia Chernus reviewed a script acquired by the Malpaso Company, the film production house Clint Eastwood co-founded in 1967. The brutal violence and profanity of the script, titled The Cut-Whore Killings, galled Chernus. “We would have been far better off not to have accepted trash like this piece of inferior work,” she […]

Steve September 23, 2021

There have been reports of divisions among the Taliban leadership, raising questions about the unity within the group which took over the country last month. The public’s doubts about the group’s unity only increased earlier this month, when Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the deputy prime minister, seemed to have disappeared from public view. Then came […]

Steve September 23, 2021

Court in Melbourne rules there is sufficient evidence to send Malka Leifer to trial on October 21. An Australian court has ordered a former principal to stand trial on multiple charges of child sex abuse at a Jewish ultra-Orthodox school where she worked. The ruling on Thursday came after Malka Leifer, a dual Israeli-Australian citizen […]

Steve September 23, 2021

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told world leaders at the United Nations on Wednesday night that humanity has to “grow up” and tackle climate change, saying humans must stop trashing the planet like a teenager on a bender. Johnson is due to host a major United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland in six weeks’ […]