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The planet cannot survive our remorseless pursuit of profit | Owen Jones
Oil companies knew 50 years ago the huge damage they were doing. Their motive to ignore it is the same now as it was then Capitalism is on a collision course with human life and the future of our planet. Each year, air pollution takes more lives than smoking: the last estimate suggests 8.8m deaths across the world, compared with 7m from cigarettes. Related: Oil firms knew decades ago fossil fuels
Trump wax figure pulled from Texas display after visitors attacked it – reports
Statue of ex-president apparently had deep gouges inflicted by museum patrons who clawed and punched it, local report said A wax figure of Donald Trump has been pulled from the display of a wax works exhibit after visitors keep attacking it, local US media have reported. “When it’s a highly political figure, attacks can be a problem,” said Clay Stewart , the regional manager for Ripley Entertainm

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Authorities name all eight victims in Atlanta spa shootings
Names of remaining victims released as more details emerge from family and friends Authorities have named all of the victims of the Atlanta spa shootings, as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris visited in Atlanta to meet with local Asian American leaders and offered support to a grieving community. The Fulton county medical examiner’s office on Friday updated the list of shooting victims with the names o
Chris Christie joins New York Mets’ board of directors under Steve Cohen
Christie, 58, was New Jersey’s governor from 2010 to 2018 Politician was an adviser to US president Donald Trump Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor and adviser to US president Donald Trump, has joined the board of directors of the New York Mets. Related: Will LeBron James turn out to be the Boston Red Sox' unlikely savior? Continue reading...
Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort partially closed by Covid-19 outbreak
Receptionist says club closed until further notice Trump moved to Florida property after leaving White House Donald Trump’s Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago, has been partially closed because of a Covid outbreak. Several people familiar with the situation, including a club member who received a phone call about the closure on Friday, confirmed the partial closure to the Associated Press. Continue read
Nearly $800,000 raised for two elderly Asian people attacked in San Francisco
Video of an injured and crying Xiao Zhen Xie standing on a street corner prompted thousands to share messages and donate The GoFundMe pages for two elderly, Asian victims of assault in San Francisco have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from donors around the world, as the US reels from the Atlanta shootings that killed eight people, including six Asian women. A day after the Atlanta shoot
Hyun Jung Grant: ex-teacher who loved to dance killed in Atlanta spa shootings
Grant died at Gold Spa and one of her two sons said she was ‘one of my best friends and the strongest influence on who we are today’ Hyun Jung Grant, 51, was an elementary school teacher in Korea before coming to the US, according to her son. Grant was identified by the Fulton County medical examiner’s office as one of the victims killed in the Atlanta shootings on Tuesday. Related: Paul Andre Mi
Tiny Oral Roberts stun Ohio State in massive NCAA tournament upset
Oklahoma school becomes ninth No 15 seed to upset a No 2 Florida rallies from deficit to beat Virginia Tech in overtime No 12 Oregon State scores 70-56 upset of No 5 Tennessee Oral Roberts welcomed the madness back to March. The 15th-seeded Golden Eagles pulled off the first major upset of the first NCAA tournament in two years, holding off second-seeded Big Ten power Ohio State 75-72 in overtime
Will a chilly meeting in Anchorage set the tone for US-Chinese relations? | Emma Graham-Harrison
Openings of summits are often dull affairs, but the tense exchanges in Alaska hint at turbulent times ahead In a protracted, unplanned public spat in Anchorage late on Thursday, China and America’s top diplomats traded barbs for over an hour in front of astonished journalists. The openings to diplomatic summits are usually dull and carefully choreographed, a showcase for the world’s cameras befor
Xiaojie Tan: business owner planned to celebrate her 50th birthday with her daughter
Tan, the owner of Youngs Asian Massage in Acworth, had lived ‘the American dream’: raising a family and opening two businesses Xiaojie Tan, 49, owned Youngs Asian Massage in Acworth, on the outskirts of Atlanta, and was killed in the shootings that took place on Tuesday evening. Her daughter, Jami Webb, said that she and her mother were best friends. They soon planned on celebrating Tan’s 50th bi
Julija Stoliarenko's UFC fight with Julia Avila called off after weigh-in collapse
UFC bantamweight collapses twice during Friday weigh-in Bout called off for fighter safety due to weight-cutting issues UFC fans are used to seeing fighters hit the deck, but even they got a shock on Friday when bantamweight Julija Stoliarenko fainted twice as she weighed in, forcing the cancellation of her bout against Julia Avila on Saturday in Las Vegas. Video footage on social media showed th
'Our silence is complicity': Biden and Harris condemn anti-Asian violence during Atlanta visit
President and vice-president address nation reckoning with ‘heinous act’ that killed eight, including six women of Asian descent Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have condemned a “heinous act of violence” during a trip to Atlanta, hoping to console a city and Asian American communities rocked by the attack this week that left eight people dead and one injured. Delivering remarks on Friday evening at E
FBI reportedly investigating Cuomo role in shielding donors from Covid liability
Health executives granted immunity in state budget last spring Health lobby group had donated $2m to New York governor Allegations that the New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, improperly used the power of his office to shield political donors from Covid-19 lawsuits have reportedly become the subject of an FBI investigation. Federal investigators are said to be looking into how a provision granting i
Four more women sue Texans star Deshaun Watson for sexual assault
Four more lawsuits filed against Watson, bringing total to seven Attorney for plaintiffs says five more suits coming ‘in due course’ Houston star quarterback has denied he acted inappropriately Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has been sued by four more women who accuse him of sexual assault and harassments. The lawsuits were filed Thursday night, hours after the NFL said it was investig
G7 moves closer to offering Covid financial support for developing nations
Leading industrial nations support a possible $500bn rise in IMF currency reserves to help poorer states cope with Covid crisis The world’s leading industrial nations have moved a decisive step closer to providing pandemic financial support for developing countries after they backed plans to increase currency reserves provided by the International Monetary Fund . After the US dropped its oppositi
Joe Biden stumbles on steps of Air Force One – video
The US president stumbled while boarding Air Force One on his way to visit to Atlanta, Georgia, to meet with Asian American community leaders. Biden tripped on the steps up to the plane, before recovering and carrying on unaided, turning to salute at the top. The 78-year-old fractured his right foot in November 2020 while playing with his dog Major US politics live Continue reading...
Judge denies request to delay or move Derek Chauvin trial
In a separate ruling, judge said he would allow jury to hear limited evidence from George Floyd’s 2019 arrest A judge on Friday denied a defense request to delay or move the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death, following the announcement a week ago of a record $27m settlement between the city and Floyd’s family , which raised concern about the prospect of
Cuomo accuser recalls toxic workplace culture 'especially for women'
Lindsey Boylan gives first extensive interview to New Yorker Other women have also accused governor of sexual misconduct Lindsey Boylan, the first woman to publicly accuse the New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, of sexual harassment, said the workplace culture in the statehouse was “toxic, especially for women” in her first extensive interview about the alleged harassment. Boylan first accused Cuomo
FBI releases new video in hunt for dangerous suspects from Capitol attack – video
Warning: some viewers may find the following footage distressing The FBI has released new footage of the deadly 6 January US Capitol insurrection as it seeks to identify 10 suspects involved in what the agency says were 'some of the most violent attacks on officers'. Law enforcement are still pursuing more than 100 suspects from the attack, and the 10 suspects highlighted this week are considered
NCAA apologizes to women's players over iniquities with men's tournament
Weight room differences prompt backlash on social media NCAA acknowledges ‘disrespectful’ inequity between events NCAA basketball administrators apologized to the women’s basketball players and coaches after inequities between the men’s and women’s tournament went viral on social media and vowed to do better. Related: Tiny Oral Roberts stun Ohio State in massive NCAA tournament upset Continue rea
FBI releases new Capitol attack footage as it seeks to identify 10 suspects
Agency says suspects highlighted this week were involved in ‘some of the most violent attacks on officers’ The FBI has released new footage of the deadly 6 January US Capitol insurrection as it seeks to identify 10 suspects involved in what the agency says were “some of the most violent attacks on officers”. Law enforcement are still pursuing more than 100 suspects from the attack on Congress, wh
Four more victims named in Atlanta shootings ahead of Biden's visit to city – live
Four previously unnamed victims identified Biden and Harris to meet with Asian American leaders Atlanta’s Asian American community reacts to shootings Police patrols have increased in Asian areas. Not everyone is feeling safer Asian American lawmakers say violence has reached ‘crisis point’ US politics – follow the latest live updates 3.02pm GMT Four previously unnamed victims of Tuesday’s shooti
Atlanta spa shootings spark new push for gun controls
The ease with which the alleged shooter acquired a firearm has generated outrage but also hope for legislative reforms Prominent gun control groups angered by the ease with which the alleged Atlanta spa shooter was able to acquire his weapon are calling on politicians to convert their outrage at the massacre into a renewed push for legislative reforms. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence a
'We need to cry out': Atlanta's Asian American community reacts to shootings
Residents express frustration over shootings and local law enforcement’s response Woojin Kang, a young man of Korean descent, stood on the sidewalk in front of Gold Spa in northeast Atlanta on Thursday afternoon, wearing a black Adidas windbreaker, black shorts and black Nike sneakers, holding a neon yellow sign that read “Asian women’s bodies have been slayed” above the hashtag “#StopAsianHate”.
New York City exotic dancing clubs sue state over pandemic closures
Strip clubs ask court to declare it a violation of constitution to keep establishments closed while letting other places open up A group of New York City exotic dancing clubs sued New York state Thursday, saying it’s not fair that they’re being kept closed when everything from axe-throwing venues to bars with live music and casinos can open up. The lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court claimed
'We are in pain': Asian American lawmaker Grace Meng makes powerful speech – video
The Asian American lawmaker Grace Meng called out the violence and discrimination against her community at a hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday. 'Our community is bleeding. We are in pain. And for the last year, we’ve been screaming out for help,' she said. She told a panel the rising tide of anti-Asian bigotry was fuelled in part by rhetoric from Donald Trump and his allies, who have referred t
Digested week: I'm taking tentative, post-vaccine first steps in a changed New York | Emma Brockes
A first trip to a restaurant is bliss. But reopening has brought new tensions too It’s a weird time in the life of the pandemic as the vaccinated, half-vaccinated and yet to be vaccinated venture out and tentatively try to co-mingle. I’m half done, shortly to be full, on the basis of which, in a moment of rashness, I promised to take my children to a water park in New Jersey on spring break. Too
China has detained my young children. I don't know if I'll ever see them again | Mihriban Kader
I am a Uighur who was forced to flee Xinjiang five years ago, leaving four of my children who are now in an ‘orphan camp’ When I left my children five years ago, I did it in a rush. I didn’t have time to grab any mementoes, any toys. All I took was a single family photo. At the time, my husband and I felt we had no choice. As Uighurs in Xinjiang, the Chinese authorities had been harassing us cons
Why forcing Covid-19 vaccines on Māori could turn people away altogether
In a colonial context of Maori’s distrust of authority, the government must do more to put their minds at ease The New Zealand government is under pressure to improve its engagement with Māori communities as the nationwide rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine gets underway. The government has just bought enough of the Pfizer vaccine to vaccinate the entire adult population, but research shows about on
No love lost between US and China at first major talks | First Thing
The two countries clashed over human rights, democracy and power at their first summit of the Biden administration. Plus, lawmakers said anti-Asian hate was at ‘crisis point’ Good morning. The US and China butted heads in extraordinary scenes at their first high-level talks of the Biden era, which took place in Alaska yesterday. The secretary of state, Antony Blinken, took aim at China’s human ri
Biden and Harris head to Georgia to meet community leaders after Atlanta shooting – live updates
President and vice president will also visit the CDC while in Georgia Asian American lawmakers say violence has reached ‘crisis point’ US and China publicly rebuke each other in first major talks of Biden era House passes bill that would give Dreamers a path to citizenship Podcast: Why Medicare for All is a political headache Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 11.33am GM
Liberals want to blame rightwing 'misinformation' for our problems. Get real | Thomas Frank
In progressive circles these days, there is a palpable horror of the uncurated world, of thought-spaces flourishing outside the consensus One day in March 2015, I sat in a theater in New York City and took careful notes as a series of personages led by Hillary Clinton and Melinda Gates described the dazzling sunburst of liberation that was coming our way thanks to entrepreneurs, foundations and S
Women are harmed everyday by invisible men | Rebecca Solnit
When men harm women, we obscure their role. Instead, we blame women for the injustice that happens to them The alleged murderer of eight people, six of whom were Asian American women, reportedly said that he was trying to “eliminate temptation”. It’s as if he thought others were responsible for his inner life, as though the horrific act of taking others’ lives rather than learning some form of se

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