Report: Rampant Sexual Harassment in Australia’s Parliament

MELBOURNE, Australia — Men strutting down corridors looking women up and down. Women carrying fake binders to block unwanted advances. Forcible touches, kisses, comments about appearance. Fears of speaking out. A sweeping review of the workplace culture in Australia’s Parliament paints a damning picture of widespread sexual harassment, with employees sharing harrowing stories of an… Continue reading Report: Rampant Sexual Harassment in Australia’s Parliament

Dozens of Former Afghan Security Forces Dead or Missing Under Taliban, Report Says

More than 100 former members of the Afghan security forces in four provinces have been killed or disappeared by the Taliban in the first two and a half months of the militants’ rule, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. The deaths are part of a string of assassinations and summary executions, largely… Continue reading Dozens of Former Afghan Security Forces Dead or Missing Under Taliban, Report Says

World Omicron Fight Hindered by Fragmented Response

ROME — In a wrenchingly familiar cycle of tracking first cases, pointing fingers and banning travel, nations worldwide reacted Monday to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in the piecemeal fashion that has defined — and hobbled — the pandemic response all along. As here-we-go-again fear and resignation gripped much of the world, the World… Continue reading World Omicron Fight Hindered by Fragmented Response

Your Tuesday Briefing – The New York Times

We’re covering what to know about Omicron, and a North Korean spy drama. The frantic approach to Omicron is familiar Israel, Morocco, Japan and South Korea closed off foreign travel. European nations shut their borders specifically to travelers from southern Africa. A U.S. governor declared a state of emergency, without cases having been reported in… Continue reading Your Tuesday Briefing – The New York Times

Taliban and 9/11 Families Fight for Billions in Frozen Afghan Funds

WASHINGTON — Nearly 20 years ago, about 150 family members of Sept. 11 victims sought a measure of justice for their losses by suing a list of targets like Al Qaeda and the Taliban. A decade later, a court found the defendants liable by default and ordered them to pay damages now worth about $7… Continue reading Taliban and 9/11 Families Fight for Billions in Frozen Afghan Funds

A ‘Simpsons’ Episode Lampooned Chinese Censorship. In Hong Kong, It Vanished.

HONG KONG — An episode of “The Simpsons” that ridicules Chinese government censorship appears to have been censored on Disney’s newly launched streaming service in Hong Kong, adding to fears about the shrinking space for free expression and criticism in this city. Other episodes of the show are available on Disney+, which made its much-anticipated… Continue reading A ‘Simpsons’ Episode Lampooned Chinese Censorship. In Hong Kong, It Vanished.

As World Shuts Borders to Stop Omicron, Japan Offers a Cautionary Tale

TOKYO — With the emergence of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus late last week, countries across the globe rushed to close their borders to travelers from southern Africa, even in the absence of scientific information about whether such measures were necessary or likely to be effective in stopping the virus’s spread. Japan has… Continue reading As World Shuts Borders to Stop Omicron, Japan Offers a Cautionary Tale

As World Shuts Borders to Stop Omicron, Japan Offers a Cautionary Tale

TOKYO — With the emergence of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus late last week, countries across the globe rushed to close their borders to travelers from southern Africa, even in the absence of scientific information about whether such measures were necessary or likely to be effective in stopping the virus’s spread. Japan has… Continue reading As World Shuts Borders to Stop Omicron, Japan Offers a Cautionary Tale

Climate Change Driving Some Albatrosses to ‘Divorce,’ Study Finds

MELBOURNE, Australia — Albatrosses usually mate for life, making them among the most monogamous creatures on the planet. But climate change may be driving more of the birds to “divorce,” a study published last week by New Zealand’s Royal Society says. The study of 15,500 breeding pairs of black-browed albatrosses on New Island in the… Continue reading Climate Change Driving Some Albatrosses to ‘Divorce,’ Study Finds