Live Updates: Russia Pounds Eastern Ukraine and Takes Dozens of Towns
by The New York Times on 2022-04-22
After Russia scaled back its publicly stated ambitions in Ukraine, a senior Russian military commander said that Moscow wanted complete control of all eastern and southern Ukraine. It was unclear if his comments reflected an official shift in Kremlin policy.
Dug In on Front Lines, Ukrainians Aim to Repel Russian Onslaught
by Michael Schwirtz on 2022-04-22 in Russian Invasion of Ukraine (2022), Putin, Vladimir V, Moscow (Russia), Ukraine
After near-annihilation, and a marriage proposal, a Ukrainian unit has become a group of hardened veterans, dug in and determined.
Hackers Claim to Target Russian Institutions in Barrage of Cyberattacks and Leaks
by Kate Conger and David E. Sanger on 2022-04-22 in Cyberwarfare and Defense, Cyberattacks and Hackers, Distributed Denial of Secrets, Russian Invasion of Ukraine (2022), War and Armed Conflicts, GRU (Russia), Russia, Ukraine, Defense and Military Forces, Espionage and Intelligence Services
While the authenticity of leaked data could not be verified, the effort appears to be part of a campaign by hackers opposed to the Kremlin.
Mwai Kibaki, Former President of Kenya, Dies at 90
by Abdi Latif Dahir on 2022-04-22 in Kibaki, Mwai, Deaths (Obituaries), Kenya, Politics and Government, Corruption (Institutional), Constitutions
He came to power promising to root out corruption and improve government transparency. But his tenure was blighted by widespread graft and a violent upheaval.
Who Will France’s Muslims Choose for President?
by Norimitsu Onishi and Aida Alami on 2022-04-22 in France, Elections, Muslims and Islam, Religion-State Relations, Le Pen, Marine, Macron, Emmanuel (1977- ), Melenchon, Jean-Luc
In Sunday’s decisive runoff election, they have a distasteful choice between Macron and Le Pen. They won’t necessarily back Macron.
Climate Rallies Planned for White House and Across U.S.
by Lisa Friedman on 2022-04-22 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Demonstrations, Protests and Riots, Youth, Oil (Petroleum) and Gasoline, Politics and Government, Alternative and Renewable Energy, Center for American Progress, Democratic Party, Sunrise Movement
‘Fight for Our Future’ rallies are planned Saturday for Washington, Atlanta, Phoenix and elsewhere as supporters say time is running out for ambitious climate action.
Afghanistan Mosque Explosion Kills 33
by Christina Goldbaum and Najim Rahim on 2022-04-22 in Taliban, Terrorism, Islamic State Khorasan, Sufism (Religion), Kunduz (Afghanistan), Afghanistan
The blast in Kunduz Province, in the north, was the latest in a series of attacks reminiscent of the past two decades of war.
Brief Bouts of Unrest Erupt After Jerusalem Friday Prayers
by The New York Times on 2022-04-22
The Aqsa Mosque compound, known to Jews as Temple Mount, was once again the scene of clashes as tens of thousands of Muslims gathered to worship. But the violence ended quickly.
One Ukrainian War Casualty: The World’s Largest Airplane
by Jeffrey Gettleman on 2022-04-22 in Airlines and Airplanes, Aviation Accidents, Safety and Disasters, Politics and Government, Freight (Cargo), Pilots, Antonov Co, Russian Invasion of Ukraine (2022), Russia, Ukraine, War and Armed Conflicts
Mriya, the world’s largest aircraft, was destroyed in a pivotal battle at the start of the war. It was a beloved symbol for all of Ukraine but perhaps no one misses it more than its first pilot.
L.A. County Says Masks Are Still Required on Public Transportation
by Thomas Fuller on 2022-04-22 in Masks, Transit Systems, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Los Angeles County (Calif)
The move is a departure from California’s mask rules, which were relaxed this week after a federal judge struck down a nationwide mask mandate on public transit.
Aliou Cissé Has Senegal Ready to Shine in World Cup
by Elian Peltier and Mady Camara on 2022-04-22 in Cisse, Aliou, Soccer, Senegal, Coaches and Managers, World Cup (Soccer), World Cup 2022 (Soccer), Dakar (Senegal), Content Type: Personal Profile
Aliou Cissé, one of the best of a new generation of African coaches, has reinvented Senegal’s national team and given the country a new sense of patriotism. His next goal: the World Cup.
Kangaroos in India? Experts See Evidence of a Smuggling Trade
by Mike Ives and Sameer Yasir on 2022-04-22 in Kangaroos, Smuggling, India, Wildlife Trade and Poaching, Animal Abuse, Rights and Welfare, West Bengal (India), Endangered and Extinct Species
The animals are the latest exotic fauna to be smuggled into the country, possibly to be used as pets. Draft legislation would close loopholes in the roaring wildlife trade.
by David Leonhardt on 2022-04-22 in internal-storyline-no, Masks, Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns, Disease Rates, Heating, Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC), Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Protective Clothing and Gear
What might a more effective mask mandate look like?
As Europe Approves New Tech Laws, the U.S. Falls Further Behind
by Cecilia Kang on 2022-04-22 in Law and Legislation, Computers and the Internet, Antitrust Laws and Competition Issues, Privacy, States (US), Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, Social Media, Mobile Applications, Amazon.com Inc, Apple Inc, Facebook Inc, Google Inc, Meta Platforms Inc, Microsoft Corp, Klobuchar, Amy, Senate, House of Representatives
Federal privacy bills, security legislation and antitrust laws to address the power of the tech giants have all failed to advance in Congress, despite hand wringing and shows of bipartisan support.
E.U. Takes Aim at Social Media’s Harms With Landmark New Law
by Adam Satariano on 2022-04-22 in Data-Mining and Database Marketing, Computers and the Internet, Antitrust Laws and Competition Issues, Social Media, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, Freedom of Speech and Expression, Rumors and Misinformation, Europe, Amazon.com Inc, European Union, Facebook Inc, Google Inc, Meta Platforms Inc, YouTube.com
The Digital Services Act would force Meta, Google and others to combat misinformation and restrict certain online ads. How European officials will wield it remains to be seen.
Calls to Give Heavy Weapons to Ukraine Divide Germany’s Government
by Erika Solomon on 2022-04-22 in Germany, Politics and Government, Russian Invasion of Ukraine (2022), Russia, Ukraine, Defense and Military Forces, Free Democratic Party (Germany), Social Democratic Party (Germany), Scholz, Olaf (1958- ), Arms Trade, Foreign Aid
Weeks after Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced a paradigm shift in military strategy, his government is struggling to balance domestic politics, how to help Ukraine and anxiety over provoking Russia.
1922: Sight of Women Smoking A Cigar Shocks Paris
by The International Herald Tribune on 2022-04-22
Two women who shared a Havana cigar in a Parisian restaurant reportedly caused a stir.
New Zealand Deal May Put Japan Closer to Intelligence Alliance
by Pete McKenzie on 2022-04-22 in Classified Information and State Secrets, International Relations, Espionage and Intelligence Services, Ardern, Jacinda, Kishida, Fumio, New Zealand, Japan
The two countries announced a goal of “seamless” sharing of classified information as China moves to expand its influence in the Asia-Pacific region.
Gazan Militants and Israeli Air Force Exchange Fire
by Patrick Kingsley on 2022-04-22 in Israel, Palestinians, Defense and Military Forces, Jerusalem (Israel), Temple Mount (Jerusalem), Al Aqsa Mosque (Jerusalem), Jews and Judaism, Muslims and Islam, Mosques, Demonstrations, Protests and Riots, Hamas, Gaza Strip, Terrorism, War and Armed Conflicts
The flare-up followed a rise in tensions over holy places in Jerusalem and a deadly wave of Arab attacks in Israel, answered by a lethal Israeli crackdown in the occupied West Bank.
As Marine Le Pen Moves Closer to French Presidency, Putin Ties Persist
by Roger Cohen on 2022-04-22 in Le Pen, Marine, Putin, Vladimir V, France, Russia, Campaign Finance, Elections, Politics and Government, National Rally (France), Macron, Emmanuel (1977- ), Nationalism (Theory and Philosophy), Right-Wing Extremism and Alt-Right, Banking and Financial Institutions, Defense and Military Forces, Russian Invasion of Ukraine (2022), Ukraine, European Union, Europe, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, International Relations, United States International Relations
As elections approach Sunday, the far-right candidate is linked to the Russian president by a web of financial ties and a history of support that has hardly dimmed despite the war in Ukraine.
President Moon Exchanges Farewell Letters With Kim Jong-un
by Choe Sang-Hun on 2022-04-22 in North Korea, Kim Jong-un, Moon Jae-in, Politics and Government, Letters, International Relations, Nuclear Tests, South Korea
President Moon Jae-in, who is barred from seeking re-election after his five-year term, and the North’s leader had warm parting words amid a diplomatic stalemate.
Your Friday Briefing
by Natasha Frost on 2022-04-22
Putin prematurely claims victory in Mariupol.
When Will the Tourists Be Back?
by Natasha Frost on 2022-04-22 in Travel and Vacations, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Airlines and Airplanes
An industry weathering a long winter looks warily ahead.
South Korea’s Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling on Gay Sex
by Choe Sang-Hun on 2022-04-22 in South Korea, Homosexuality and Bisexuality, Defense and Military Forces, Decisions and Verdicts, Discrimination
The court said that the military should not punish consensual sex acts that had taken place in a nonmilitary setting.
This Spanish Village Has More Booksellers Than School Pupils
by Raphael Minder on 2022-04-22 in Books and Literature, Book Trade and Publishing, Spanish Language, Restoration and Renovation, Uruena (Spain)
Urueña, in northwestern Spain, has fought depopulation by reinventing itself as a literary hub. The full-time population is still just 100, but there are 11 shops selling books.