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Joe Manchin leads opposition to Bidenas climate bill, backed by support from oil, gas and coal

West Virginia senator objects to bill that would steadily retire the coal industry which continues to provide ample financial support to him

In the tumult of negotiations over the most consequential climate legislation ever proposed in the US, there is growing scrutiny of the fossil fuel industry connections of the man poised to tear down the core of the bill a the West Virginia senator Joe Manchin.

Manchin, a centrist Democrat, has objected to key provisions of a multitrillion-dollar reconciliation bill that would slash planet-heating emissions and help the US, and the world, to avert catastrophic climate breakdown. In a finely balanced Senate, Democrats need all 50 of their senators to vote for the bill, with no Republicans willing to vote for the climate measures.

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Parkland shooter pleads guilty to 17 counts of murder

Defense attorneys turn their focus to saving Nikolas Cruz from a death sentence for 2018 shooting massacre at Florida high school

Nikolas Cruz has pleaded guilty to 17 counts of first-degree murder for the 2018 shooting massacre at a Florida high school.

Cruz, 23, entered his plea after answering a long list of questions from circuit judge Elizabeth Scherer aimed at confirming his mental competency. He was charged with 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder for those wounded in the attack on 14 February, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, located just outside Fort Lauderdale.

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Senate Republicans again poised to block sweeping voting rights bill

Obstructionist effort to stop Freedom to Vote Act likely to increase pressure on Democrats to do away with filibuster

Senate Republicans are again poised to block a sweeping voting rights bill on Wednesday, a move that will significantly escalate pressure on Democrats to do away with the filibuster, a Senate rule that has stymied the most significant priorities in Congress.

The bill, the Freedom to Vote Act, would impose significant new guardrails on the American democratic process and amount to the most significant overhaul of American elections in a generation. It would require every state to automatically register voters at motor vehicle agencies, offer 15 consecutive days of early voting and allow anyone to request a mail-in ballot. It would also set new standards to ensure voters are not wrongfully removed from the voter rolls, protect election officials against partisan interference, and set out clear alternatives people who lack ID to vote can use at the polls.

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White House outlines plan to vaccinate US children once FDA gives approval a live

Climate activists have gathered on Capitol Hill to demand that Democratsa reconciliation package effectively address the climate crisis.

One protester with Greenpeace carried cutouts of Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer and moderate Democratic senator Joe Manchin, portraying Schumer as Manchinas puppet.

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In-N-Out closes in San Francisco over refusal to enforce vaccine mandate

City officials made move on 14 October after the burger chain it wouldnat force staff to check if customers were fully vaccinated

In-N-Out burger has become the first restaurant in San Francisco to be temporarily closed for failing to enforce the cityas vaccine mandate. City officials made the move on 14 October after the burger chain said it wonat force staff to check that customers were fully vaccinated before allowing them to dine inside the restaurant.

Restaurants in San Francisco, as well as a number of US cities including New York and New Orleans, are legally required to make customers show proof of vaccination before dining indoors. Health officials in the city, who have been carrying out checks on restaurants, say they made numerous requests to In-N-Out to enforce these checks but have not seen improvement after weeks of spot checks.

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Pinterest shares soar amid reports of $39bn takeover by PayPal

aaPayPal is reportedly exploring the acquisition of social media company Pinterest, according to Bloomberg News.

PayPal, the financial technology company based in San Jose, California, recently approached Pinterest about a potential deal that would value Pinterest at roughly $39bn, according to Bloomberg. The price is close to its market value on Wednesday. PayPal has a market cap of $304bn.

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Bolsonaro should be charged with crimes against humanity, Covid inquiry finds

Brazilian president savaged for amacabrea and aslovenlya response to pandemic and adeliberate neglecta of indigenous people

Jair Bolsonaro should be charged with crimes against humanity and jailed for his amacabrea reaction to a Covid outbreak that has killed more than 600,000 Brazilians, including a disproportionate number of indigenous citizens, a congressional inquiry has found.

Two of the most dramatic accusations against the Brazilian president a murder and genocide of the countryas indigenous populations a were removed from a previous draft of the report on Tuesday night after talks between opposition senators serving on the inquiry.

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Facebook plans to change its name as part of company rebrand a report

Move could position social media app as one of many products under a parent company

Facebook plans to make a dramatic break with its past by rebranding the company next week, according to a report.

Facebookas founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, is preparing to talk about the name change at a company event next week, but it could be unveiled sooner, reported the Verge, a US tech news website.

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Queen cancels Northern Ireland trip and is told to rest

Buckingham Palace says monarch has areluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for next few daysa

The Queen has cancelled a planned two-day visit to Northern Ireland after advice from her doctors that she should arest for the next few daysa.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: aThe Queen has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days.

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SpaceX could make Elon Musk worldas first trillionaire, says Morgan Stanley

Most of worldas richest personas fortune so far has come from electric car company Tesla

Elon Musk, the worldas richest person, with an estimated $241bn fortune, could become the first trillionaire, an investment bank has predicted.

Analysts at Morgan Stanley forecast that Musk, who has made most of his wealth from the electric car company Tesla, could make much more money from his fledgling space exploration business SpaceX.

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Netflix employees join wave of tech activism with walkout over Chappelle controversy

Slew of walkouts by tech workers, unthinkable mere years ago, shows workers anow understand their labor powera, expert says

Employees at Netflix will halt work on Wednesday in a virtual walkout to condemn the streaming platformas handling of complaints against Dave Chappelleas new special.

The action is the latest in a string of highly visible organizing efforts in the tech sector, as workers increasingly take their grievances about company policies and decisions public.

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Your green credentials may be linked to your genes, study says

Identical twins have more similar views on environmental issues than non-identical ones, research finds

Some people are more environmentally conscious than others, and scientists say the reason could be in their genes.

A study has found that identical twins have more similar views on conservation and environmentalism than non-identical twins. The researchers say this suggests there could be a link between peopleas genetic makeup and their support for green policies.

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Egypt detains artist robot Ai-Da before historic pyramid show

Sculpture and its futuristic creator held for 10 days, possibly in fear she is part of spying plot

Sheas been described as aa vision of the futurea who is every bit as good as other abstract artists today, but Ai-Da a the worldas first ultra-realistic robot artist a has hit a snag: Egyptian security forces have detained her before an exhibition at the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Ai-Da is due to open and present her work at the exhibition on Thursday, the first time contemporary art has been allowed next to the pyramid in its 4,500-year history.

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One of Marylandas escaped zebras dies in illegal trap

Authorities have belatedly reported that one of the group of African mammals that bolted from a farm died last month

One of a group of escaped zebras that have spent almost two months running wild through the east Maryland suburbs has died, authorities said, in a blow to thousands who have followed the animalsa bid for freedom.

The fate of the zebras, who bolted from a farm near Upper Marlboro in late August, has captured the attention of people locally and beyond, with a number of Marylanders sharing videos and photos of the animals roaming and grazing on residentsa lawns.

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Netflix CEO says he ascrewed upa over Dave Chappelle memos

Ahead of an employee walkout, Ted Sarandos says his company-wide messages alacked humanitya, but that his stance on the comicas controversial material ahasnat changeda

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos has said that he ascrewed upa over a series of memos sent to staff defending Dave Chappelleas latest comedy special, but that his stance on the performeras material ahasnat changeda .

Sarandosas comments follow much criticism of Chappelleas Netflix special The Closer, deemed by many to be homophobic and transphobic. In keeping with much of the comicas recent output, the one-off features jokes on the genitalia of transgender people, pronouns and the rapper DaBaby a who made controversial comments on HIV/Aids earlier in the year a among other subject matter.

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Dune review a Denis Villeneuveas awe-inspiring epic is a moment of triumph

Villeneuveas take on the sci-fi classic starring TimothA(c)e Chalamet, Oscar Isaac and Zendaya has been given room to breathe, creating a colossal spectacle

If there can ever be a moment of triumph for a director, when the anxiety of influence is vanquished a for a bit, anyway a then Denis Villeneuve might have achieved it. This eerily vast and awe-inspiring epic, a cathedral of interplanetary strangeness, is better than the attempt a generation ago by an acknowledged master.

David Lynchas Dune from 1984 was an interesting, rackety, flawed movie that attempted to cram the entirety of Frank Herbertas classic sci-fi novel into its running time a the result was like Flash Gordon without the laughs. Villeneuve, with his co-writers Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth, has used less than half the book (with a second episode to come) and allowed it room to grow: to breathe and drift through unimaginably vast reaches of fictional galaxies, with images of architecturally enormous spacecraft moving into view, or delicately lowering themselves on to alien landscapes of parched and austere beauty, particularly the ravishingly pure desert landmass of aDunea, the contested planet itself. Star Warsa debt to Dune, and now Duneas debt to Star Wars, has been extensively discussed (amusingly, Dune gives us moving holograms rather like the one in which Princess Leia first begged Obi-Wan Kenobi for help). But this blockpulverising film feels more like TE Lawrenceas imperious version of The Phantom Menace. This is how it ought to have been.

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Too hot to handle: can our bodies withstand global heating?

Extreme heat can kill or cause long-term health problems a but for many unendurable temperatures are the new normal

The impact of extreme heat on the human body is not unlike what happens when a car overheats. Failure starts in one or two systems, and eventually it takes over the whole engine until the car stops.

Thatas according to Mike McGeehin, environmental health epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. aWhen the body can no longer cool itself it immediately impacts the circulatory system. The heart, the kidneys, and the body become more and more heated and eventually our cognitive abilities begin to desert us a and thatas when people begin fainting, eventually going into a coma and dying.a

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An arrest at the George Floyd protests: Mel D Coleas best photograph

aAs soon as I took this shot, I knew it was special a something pretty much all Black people could relate to. This man was arrested for daring to question authority. Iave been arrested for the same thinga

I took this on the first day of the protests in Foley Square, New York, following the murder of George Floyd. Iave witnessed protests before but nothing like this. It was intense, volatile and angry. People were sick and tired a and ready to fight for their rights.

The video of his killing came at a specific moment. People were already angry after the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. And in New York, a viral video of a white woman who called the police about a Black birdwatcher had made people even angrier. But when that video appeared, something changed. Black people knew it could have happened to any of us.

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How did The Morning Show become the messiest show on TV?

In its second season, the star-studded Apple TV drama is a chaotic, uneven and ham-fisted yet compulsively watchable rumination on workplace ethics amid the pandemic

Watching The Morning Show, Apple TV+as messy, star-studded morning news drama whose second season premiered this fall, is for me a very vocal experience a the road from concept to execution so bumpy and the choices so chaotic as to provoke several guffaws an episode. The biggest aNOa comes in the beginning of the second seasonas third episode: Daniel Henderson, co-anchor of the fictional Morning Show on the fictional UBA network, is quarantining in Beijing after exposure to a novel coronavirus in January 2020. On-air, he explains the concept of asocial distancinga to the fake-cheery anchor Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon, now sans bad first-season brown wig), who cracks: aWhat? I feel like my familyas been asocial distancinga for a long time.a

I rolled my eyes so hard my head hurt. The Morning Show has, since its release in September 2019, been an intriguing misfire, bolstered and blunted by its interest in recent events. In the first season, its handling of the cascading #MeToo movement at what seemed to be a lightly fictionalized NBC was bumbling, opaque, and perhaps unforgivable a in the season finale, the suicide of the producer Hannah (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), struggling years after she was pressured into sex by the star anchor Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell), was at best mishandled, at worst exploited for shock. But watching a show even attempt to wrestle with the bramble of workplace ethics and cultures of complicity was baseline compelling. As in real life, none of the characters handled those conversations well, but at least they were trying.

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aWorldas most sustainable spirita: the vodka made with CO2 captured from air

Critics call the acarbon-negativea drink a distraction but makers say it points a way forward to tackling the climate crisis

The disastrous consequences of the unfolding climate crisis is enough to drive some people to drink, so making alcohol from planet-heating gases is perhaps a logical next step.

A company in New York City has created what it calls the aworldas most sustainable spirita by making a vodka out of carbon dioxide that has been captured from the air. The 40% proof drink, appropriately called Air vodka, removes a pound of CO2 from the atmosphere for each bottle made, its maker has claimed.

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aThe US has a long reacha: a legal expert on how Successionas Logan Roy could avoid extradition

In the first episode of the new season, Logan flees to Sarajevo a but how realistic is it for white-collar criminals to go on the run?

Succession returned on Sunday night with more of what weave come to expect: affectionate swearing, major business decisions dictated by complex psychosexual dynamics and millionaires treating private helicopters like theyare Uber Xs.

There was one surprising guest star, though: the Bosnian capital a where the media kingpin Logan Roy decides to hide out in a distinctly unglamorous airport hotel. It initially seems like an odd choice to his family, until Shiv points out that Bosnia-Herzegovina has no extradition treaty with the US. While Logan is still in control, his decision to fly there is a silent admission that heas scared he might be running out of options.

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Covid live: Russia to close workplaces; Singapore records highest daily death toll since start of pandemic

Vladimir Putin approves week-long workplace shutdown; Singapore records 18 deaths and 3,862 new cases

Chief executive of the NHS confederation Matthew Taylor has been on Sky News in the UK, and he had a strong message in support of the government taking steps towards aplan Ba and take some action to avert a healthcare crisis over the winter. He said

The question is do we need to act? And I would say the overwhelming evidence is we do need to act, and then the question is, is it better to act early and take measures which donat stop the economy working a but I recognise they are inconvenient a or do we wait, wait for things to get worse, and possibly risk having to take more severe measures.

So, the elements of plan B enable us to carry on with our lives, carry on with the economy, but to do so in a way which produces the risk. And after all, most of the measures in plan B are measures that other countries in Europe are continuing to enact, and they have lower infection rates than we do.

The government said that the criteria for determining whether or not we enacted elements of plan B was the position of the health service, and the health service is facing a perfect storm.

Winter is always tough for the health service for various reasons. We have got thousands of Covid patients in hospital, and it looks like those numbers are rising in line with the rising infection rate. And weave also got the huge pent-up demand thatas built up over the last 18 months.

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Children ages five to 11 will soon be able to get Covid shot, White House says

Country now has ample supplies of the Pfizer shot to vaccinate the roughly 28 million kids who will soon be eligible

Children age five to 11 in the US could soon be able to get a Covid-19 shot at their pediatricianas office, local pharmacy and potentially even their school, the White House said Wednesday as it detailed plans for the authorization of the Pfizer shot for 28 million younger children across the country.

Federal regulators and independent advisers will meet over the next two weeks to weigh the benefits of giving shots to kids, after lengthy studies meant to ensure the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. Independent advisers to the Food and Drug Administration are expected to begin reviewing the evidence on Pfizer vaccines for younger children early next week.

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aHe cared when no one dida: Filipino human rights lawyer Chito GascA3n dies of Covid

GascA3n, who frequently clashed with Rodrigo Duterte over his awar on drugsa, has been hailed as a atrue heroa of democracy

JosA(c) Luis MartAn C GascA3n used a walking stick to carry out his duties as the Philippinesa acourageousa human rights lawyer, a result of living with with diabetes and the wound it left on his right foot.

But in the words of his brother, Miguel GascA3n, who confirmed his death on Facebook earlier this month, aof all the battles you fought, we had to lose you to Covid-19a.

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The populist right is regretting its encouragement of Covid conspiracists | Paolo Gerbaudo

Extremists are being pitted against moderate centre-right voters in the next chapter of the culture wars

At the 1992 US Republican convention, the paleoconservative pundit and presidential candidate Pat Buchanan introduced the world to the idea that politics had become a aculture wara between progressives and conservatives. Campaigns for environmentalism, abortion and LGBT rights werenat just about policy, he claimed, but were in fact intended to destroy wider American traditions and identity. aThis war is for the soul of America, a Buchanan said, and called on fellow citizens to atake back our culture, and take back our countrya.

In the ensuing decades, the right closely adopted the strategy proposed by Buchanan. It claimed that, by dint of their alleged control of the media and academia, unpatriotic and elitist progressives were imposing radical changes a like openness to immigration and the demolition of the traditional family a against majority will. The plan worked: culture war tactics were instrumental in the right gaining support among disgruntled workers increasingly suspicious of a centre-left that had little to offer in terms of socio-economic policies.

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Think big on climate: the transformation of society in months has been done before | George Monbiot

The astonishing story of how the US entered the second world war should be on everyoneas minds as Cop26 approaches

Fatalism creeps across our movements like rust. In conversations with scientists and activists, I hear the same words, over and again: aWeare screwed.a Government plans are too little, too late. They are unlikely to prevent the Earthas systems from flipping into new states hostile to humans and many other species.

What we need, to stand a high chance of stabilising our life support systems, is not slow and incremental change but sudden and drastic action. And this is widely considered impossible. Thereas no money; governments are powerless; people wonat tolerate anything more ambitious than the tepid measures they have proposed. Or so we are told. Itas a stark illustration of a general rule: political failure is, at heart, a failure of imagination.

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Ignore the fearmongers: the 1970s are not coming back | Edward Berkowitz

Experts may invoke the specter of stagflation, but donat look for a return of the economic conditions of the 1970s. We have too far to fall

Are the 1970s returning to haunt us this Halloween? Increases in the consumer price index indicate rising inflation, and job growth has not matched expectations. As a result people on the Street have begun to talk about the return of stagflation a rising unemployment and prices a a phenomenon associated with the 1970s.

There appear to be some similarities between now and then. Jimmy Carter, who lived in the White House from 1977 to 1981, presided over a weak economy that turned him into a one-term president who faced a challenge from Edward Kennedy and the liberal wing of his party for the 1980 nomination. Joseph Biden worries that a deteriorating economy might make it impossible for him to pass his legislative agenda and win a second term.

Edward Berkowitz writes on American social welfare policy, recent American history, and American cultural history

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It was inevitable that Squid Game would be aggressively commodified | Arwa Mahdawi

The hit show has attracted global attention a not least from a North Korean propaganda website a for its takedown of capitalism. But the streaming service has wasted no time in commodifying the showas success

Netflix isnat available in North Korea and you can go to prison if youare caught watching South Korean dramas. However, that hasnat stopped mouthpieces for the totalitarian regime from weighing in on Squid Game, the hit South Korean show in which debt-ridden people play childrenas games for the chance to win cash and are killed if they fail. Last week, Arirang Meari, a North Korean propaganda website, opined that Squid Game reflects the asad reality of the beastly South Korean societya, where acorruption and immoral scoundrels are commonplacea. It added that the global hit, which is Netflixas most-popular series yet, illuminates athe reality of living in a world where people are judged only by moneya.

Congratulations to the critics at Arirang Meari for understanding the not-so-subtle message of Squid Game: runaway capitalism is bad. Alas, I am not sure executives at Netflix are particularly bothered. They are far too busy raking in all the cash that Squid Game has made them. As it turns out, a scathing critique of capitalism may help push Netflix into becoming a trillion-dollar company. Squid Game has boosted Netflix stockas market value by $19 bn since it launched in mid-September, according to Bloomberg. It has also created $900m in aimpact valuea, which is a metric Netflix uses to assess the performance of individual shows. The streaming platform is shamelessly trying to squeeze every last penny it can out of the show: itas even selling Squid Game hoodies on its online store.

Arwa Mahdawi is a Guardian columnist

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Texas schools are being told to teach aopposing viewsa of the Holocaust. Why? | Francine Prose

The question of what specific books and topics can and canat be taught is linked to a disturbing new law in Texas

Iave been trying to imagine what Gina Peddy could have been thinking when, on 8 October, she informed a group of Southlake, Texas, elementary school teachers that, if their classroom libraries included books about the Holocaust, students should also be steered toward books with aopposing viewsa.

The executive director for curriculum and instruction for the Carroll Independent school district, Peddy later explained that she was simply helping her staff comply with Texas House Bill 3979. Signed into law on 1 September by Governor Greg Abbott, the ruling prohibits educators from discussing controversial historical, social or political issues. If these subjects do arise, HB 3979 mandates that teachers aexplore such issues from diverse and contending perspectives without giving deference to any one perspectivea.

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Americaas strike wave is a rare a and beautiful a sight to behold | Hamilton Nolan

Labor uprisings are not a spectator sport. They demand not just your attention, but your participation

You may be forgiven for having the strange feeling this week that America has suddenly been seized by a very retro kind of labor revolution. If you donat track these things closely, it may have snuck up on you. Better get your marching shoes. This party is just getting started.

In March, 800 nurses at St Vincent hospital in Massachusetts went on strike. In April, 1,100 coalminers in Alabama went on strike. (Both of those groups are still on strike) In July, Frito-Lay factory workers went on strike; they were followed in August by their union siblings at Nabisco factories, and, this month, by those who work at Kelloggas factories.

Hamilton Nolan is a labor reporter at In These Times

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Introducing World Now

The Los Angeles Times this week launched World Now. Coverage that once appeared on Babylon & Beyond can now be found by following the Middle East and South Asia threads on World Now.

ISRAEL: Trying classic, digital and celebrity diplomacy

The Palestinian plan to ask the United Nations for statehood recognition has preoccupied Israel's leaders and news media for months, making "September" a code word for trouble ahead. Public officials have sounded dire warnings, each with a metaphor describing what...

IRAN: Key cleric calls for more prayer, less Web surfing

An influential Iranian ayatollah is telling his students to spend more time praying and less time clicking through cyberspace. Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi, a conservative Islamic cleric and chairman of the Imam Khomeini Research and Education Institute in Qom, said the Internet is rife with dangers and temptations that lead to family problems.

WEST BANK: U.S. envoys' paper emboldens Abbas to go before U.N.

A paper special U.S. peace envoys David Hale and Dennis Ross presented to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday that was supposed to sway him away from going to the United Nations was what caused Abbas to take a...

SYRIA: Momentum builds as uprising reaches six-month mark [VIDEO]

Protests continued throughout Syrian villages late Wednesday, which marked the eve of the uprising's six-month anniversary. At least eight protesters were reported dead, three each in Hama and Homs, and one in each Aleppo and and Idleb. The uprising stands...

WEST BANK: 18 years after Oslo, Palestinians try a new tack

On Sept. 13, 1993, current Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and current Israeli President Shimon Peres signed at the While House the so-called Oslo Accords, ushering in a new era and hopes of peace in the decades-old Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The...

LIBYA: Seven keys to post-revolution resurgence

Editoras note: This post is from analyst Lahcen Achy with the Carnegie Middle East Center. Neither the Los Angeles Times nor Babylon & Beyond endorses the positions of Carnegie analysts, nor does Carnegie endorse the positions of The Times or...

SYRIA: Activist's death shakes opposition as casualty count jumps

The body of well-known Syrian opposition activist Ghaith Mattar was delivered to his family over the weekend by security forces loyal to the regime of President Bashar Assad. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Mattar was on the run...

EGYPT: Testimony of top general postponed in Mubarak trial

The testimony of Egypt's top general in the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak was postponed Sunday after the military leader said he was too busy with national security matters, including repercussions from a mob attack on the Israeli embassy...

WEST BANK: Palestinians start pro-U.N. bid activities

The Palestinian support group for the United Nations bid to gain statehood recognition announced Saturday a series of activities that would reach a peak when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 23.

SYRIA: Some Syrians decry Arab League chief's visit with Assad

The secretary-general of the Arab League, Nabil Elaraby, visited Syrian President Bashar Assad on Saturday in an effort to end the bloody crackdown on anti-regime protesters that has gripped Syria for months and led to international condemnation.

EGYPT: Thousands in Tahrir Square angry at slow pace of reforms

Thousands of Egyptians returned to Tahrir Square on Friday, calling on the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces to fulfill the demands of the revolution that overthrew former President Hosni Mubarak. It was the first in Tahrir since a sit-in in July and early August that lasted for more than three weeks and made similar demands.

Joe Manchin leads opposition to Bidenas climate bill, backed by support from oil, gas and coal

West Virginia senator objects to bill that would steadily retire the coal industry which continues to provide ample financial support to him

In the tumult of negotiations over the most consequential climate legislation ever proposed in the US, there is growing scrutiny of the fossil fuel industry connections of the man poised to tear down the core of the bill a the West Virginia senator Joe Manchin.

Manchin, a centrist Democrat, has objected to key provisions of a multitrillion-dollar reconciliation bill that would slash planet-heating emissions and help the US, and the world, to avert catastrophic climate breakdown. In a finely balanced Senate, Democrats need all 50 of their senators to vote for the bill, with no Republicans willing to vote for the climate measures.

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Parkland shooter pleads guilty to 17 counts of murder

Defense attorneys turn their focus to saving Nikolas Cruz from a death sentence for 2018 shooting massacre at Florida high school

Nikolas Cruz has pleaded guilty to 17 counts of first-degree murder for the 2018 shooting massacre at a Florida high school.

Cruz, 23, entered his plea after answering a long list of questions from circuit judge Elizabeth Scherer aimed at confirming his mental competency. He was charged with 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder for those wounded in the attack on 14 February, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, located just outside Fort Lauderdale.

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Senate Republicans again poised to block sweeping voting rights bill

Obstructionist effort to stop Freedom to Vote Act likely to increase pressure on Democrats to do away with filibuster

Senate Republicans are again poised to block a sweeping voting rights bill on Wednesday, a move that will significantly escalate pressure on Democrats to do away with the filibuster, a Senate rule that has stymied the most significant priorities in Congress.

The bill, the Freedom to Vote Act, would impose significant new guardrails on the American democratic process and amount to the most significant overhaul of American elections in a generation. It would require every state to automatically register voters at motor vehicle agencies, offer 15 consecutive days of early voting and allow anyone to request a mail-in ballot. It would also set new standards to ensure voters are not wrongfully removed from the voter rolls, protect election officials against partisan interference, and set out clear alternatives people who lack ID to vote can use at the polls.

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White House outlines plan to vaccinate US children once FDA gives approval a live

Climate activists have gathered on Capitol Hill to demand that Democratsa reconciliation package effectively address the climate crisis.

One protester with Greenpeace carried cutouts of Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer and moderate Democratic senator Joe Manchin, portraying Schumer as Manchinas puppet.

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In-N-Out closes in San Francisco over refusal to enforce vaccine mandate

City officials made move on 14 October after the burger chain it wouldnat force staff to check if customers were fully vaccinated

In-N-Out burger has become the first restaurant in San Francisco to be temporarily closed for failing to enforce the cityas vaccine mandate. City officials made the move on 14 October after the burger chain said it wonat force staff to check that customers were fully vaccinated before allowing them to dine inside the restaurant.

Restaurants in San Francisco, as well as a number of US cities including New York and New Orleans, are legally required to make customers show proof of vaccination before dining indoors. Health officials in the city, who have been carrying out checks on restaurants, say they made numerous requests to In-N-Out to enforce these checks but have not seen improvement after weeks of spot checks.

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Pinterest shares soar amid reports of $39bn takeover by PayPal

aaPayPal is reportedly exploring the acquisition of social media company Pinterest, according to Bloomberg News.

PayPal, the financial technology company based in San Jose, California, recently approached Pinterest about a potential deal that would value Pinterest at roughly $39bn, according to Bloomberg. The price is close to its market value on Wednesday. PayPal has a market cap of $304bn.

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Bolsonaro should be charged with crimes against humanity, Covid inquiry finds

Brazilian president savaged for amacabrea and aslovenlya response to pandemic and adeliberate neglecta of indigenous people

Jair Bolsonaro should be charged with crimes against humanity and jailed for his amacabrea reaction to a Covid outbreak that has killed more than 600,000 Brazilians, including a disproportionate number of indigenous citizens, a congressional inquiry has found.

Two of the most dramatic accusations against the Brazilian president a murder and genocide of the countryas indigenous populations a were removed from a previous draft of the report on Tuesday night after talks between opposition senators serving on the inquiry.

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Facebook plans to change its name as part of company rebrand a report

Move could position social media app as one of many products under a parent company

Facebook plans to make a dramatic break with its past by rebranding the company next week, according to a report.

Facebookas founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, is preparing to talk about the name change at a company event next week, but it could be unveiled sooner, reported the Verge, a US tech news website.

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Queen cancels Northern Ireland trip and is told to rest

Buckingham Palace says monarch has areluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for next few daysa

The Queen has cancelled a planned two-day visit to Northern Ireland after advice from her doctors that she should arest for the next few daysa.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: aThe Queen has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days.

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SpaceX could make Elon Musk worldas first trillionaire, says Morgan Stanley

Most of worldas richest personas fortune so far has come from electric car company Tesla

Elon Musk, the worldas richest person, with an estimated $241bn fortune, could become the first trillionaire, an investment bank has predicted.

Analysts at Morgan Stanley forecast that Musk, who has made most of his wealth from the electric car company Tesla, could make much more money from his fledgling space exploration business SpaceX.

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Netflix employees join wave of tech activism with walkout over Chappelle controversy

Slew of walkouts by tech workers, unthinkable mere years ago, shows workers anow understand their labor powera, expert says

Employees at Netflix will halt work on Wednesday in a virtual walkout to condemn the streaming platformas handling of complaints against Dave Chappelleas new special.

The action is the latest in a string of highly visible organizing efforts in the tech sector, as workers increasingly take their grievances about company policies and decisions public.

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Your green credentials may be linked to your genes, study says

Identical twins have more similar views on environmental issues than non-identical ones, research finds

Some people are more environmentally conscious than others, and scientists say the reason could be in their genes.

A study has found that identical twins have more similar views on conservation and environmentalism than non-identical twins. The researchers say this suggests there could be a link between peopleas genetic makeup and their support for green policies.

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Egypt detains artist robot Ai-Da before historic pyramid show

Sculpture and its futuristic creator held for 10 days, possibly in fear she is part of spying plot

Sheas been described as aa vision of the futurea who is every bit as good as other abstract artists today, but Ai-Da a the worldas first ultra-realistic robot artist a has hit a snag: Egyptian security forces have detained her before an exhibition at the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Ai-Da is due to open and present her work at the exhibition on Thursday, the first time contemporary art has been allowed next to the pyramid in its 4,500-year history.

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One of Marylandas escaped zebras dies in illegal trap

Authorities have belatedly reported that one of the group of African mammals that bolted from a farm died last month

One of a group of escaped zebras that have spent almost two months running wild through the east Maryland suburbs has died, authorities said, in a blow to thousands who have followed the animalsa bid for freedom.

The fate of the zebras, who bolted from a farm near Upper Marlboro in late August, has captured the attention of people locally and beyond, with a number of Marylanders sharing videos and photos of the animals roaming and grazing on residentsa lawns.

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Netflix CEO says he ascrewed upa over Dave Chappelle memos

Ahead of an employee walkout, Ted Sarandos says his company-wide messages alacked humanitya, but that his stance on the comicas controversial material ahasnat changeda

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos has said that he ascrewed upa over a series of memos sent to staff defending Dave Chappelleas latest comedy special, but that his stance on the performeras material ahasnat changeda .

Sarandosas comments follow much criticism of Chappelleas Netflix special The Closer, deemed by many to be homophobic and transphobic. In keeping with much of the comicas recent output, the one-off features jokes on the genitalia of transgender people, pronouns and the rapper DaBaby a who made controversial comments on HIV/Aids earlier in the year a among other subject matter.

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Dune review a Denis Villeneuveas awe-inspiring epic is a moment of triumph

Villeneuveas take on the sci-fi classic starring TimothA(c)e Chalamet, Oscar Isaac and Zendaya has been given room to breathe, creating a colossal spectacle

If there can ever be a moment of triumph for a director, when the anxiety of influence is vanquished a for a bit, anyway a then Denis Villeneuve might have achieved it. This eerily vast and awe-inspiring epic, a cathedral of interplanetary strangeness, is better than the attempt a generation ago by an acknowledged master.

David Lynchas Dune from 1984 was an interesting, rackety, flawed movie that attempted to cram the entirety of Frank Herbertas classic sci-fi novel into its running time a the result was like Flash Gordon without the laughs. Villeneuve, with his co-writers Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth, has used less than half the book (with a second episode to come) and allowed it room to grow: to breathe and drift through unimaginably vast reaches of fictional galaxies, with images of architecturally enormous spacecraft moving into view, or delicately lowering themselves on to alien landscapes of parched and austere beauty, particularly the ravishingly pure desert landmass of aDunea, the contested planet itself. Star Warsa debt to Dune, and now Duneas debt to Star Wars, has been extensively discussed (amusingly, Dune gives us moving holograms rather like the one in which Princess Leia first begged Obi-Wan Kenobi for help). But this blockpulverising film feels more like TE Lawrenceas imperious version of The Phantom Menace. This is how it ought to have been.

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Too hot to handle: can our bodies withstand global heating?

Extreme heat can kill or cause long-term health problems a but for many unendurable temperatures are the new normal

The impact of extreme heat on the human body is not unlike what happens when a car overheats. Failure starts in one or two systems, and eventually it takes over the whole engine until the car stops.

Thatas according to Mike McGeehin, environmental health epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. aWhen the body can no longer cool itself it immediately impacts the circulatory system. The heart, the kidneys, and the body become more and more heated and eventually our cognitive abilities begin to desert us a and thatas when people begin fainting, eventually going into a coma and dying.a

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Introducing World Now

The Los Angeles Times this week launched World Now. Coverage that once appeared on Babylon & Beyond can now be found by following the Middle East and South Asia threads on World Now.

ISRAEL: Trying classic, digital and celebrity diplomacy

The Palestinian plan to ask the United Nations for statehood recognition has preoccupied Israel's leaders and news media for months, making "September" a code word for trouble ahead. Public officials have sounded dire warnings, each with a metaphor describing what...

IRAN: Key cleric calls for more prayer, less Web surfing

An influential Iranian ayatollah is telling his students to spend more time praying and less time clicking through cyberspace. Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi, a conservative Islamic cleric and chairman of the Imam Khomeini Research and Education Institute in Qom, said the Internet is rife with dangers and temptations that lead to family problems.

WEST BANK: U.S. envoys' paper emboldens Abbas to go before U.N.

A paper special U.S. peace envoys David Hale and Dennis Ross presented to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday that was supposed to sway him away from going to the United Nations was what caused Abbas to take a...

SYRIA: Momentum builds as uprising reaches six-month mark [VIDEO]

Protests continued throughout Syrian villages late Wednesday, which marked the eve of the uprising's six-month anniversary. At least eight protesters were reported dead, three each in Hama and Homs, and one in each Aleppo and and Idleb. The uprising stands...

WEST BANK: 18 years after Oslo, Palestinians try a new tack

On Sept. 13, 1993, current Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and current Israeli President Shimon Peres signed at the While House the so-called Oslo Accords, ushering in a new era and hopes of peace in the decades-old Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The...

LIBYA: Seven keys to post-revolution resurgence

Editoras note: This post is from analyst Lahcen Achy with the Carnegie Middle East Center. Neither the Los Angeles Times nor Babylon & Beyond endorses the positions of Carnegie analysts, nor does Carnegie endorse the positions of The Times or...

SYRIA: Activist's death shakes opposition as casualty count jumps

The body of well-known Syrian opposition activist Ghaith Mattar was delivered to his family over the weekend by security forces loyal to the regime of President Bashar Assad. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Mattar was on the run...

EGYPT: Testimony of top general postponed in Mubarak trial

The testimony of Egypt's top general in the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak was postponed Sunday after the military leader said he was too busy with national security matters, including repercussions from a mob attack on the Israeli embassy...

WEST BANK: Palestinians start pro-U.N. bid activities

The Palestinian support group for the United Nations bid to gain statehood recognition announced Saturday a series of activities that would reach a peak when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 23.

SYRIA: Some Syrians decry Arab League chief's visit with Assad

The secretary-general of the Arab League, Nabil Elaraby, visited Syrian President Bashar Assad on Saturday in an effort to end the bloody crackdown on anti-regime protesters that has gripped Syria for months and led to international condemnation.

EGYPT: Thousands in Tahrir Square angry at slow pace of reforms

Thousands of Egyptians returned to Tahrir Square on Friday, calling on the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces to fulfill the demands of the revolution that overthrew former President Hosni Mubarak. It was the first in Tahrir since a sit-in in July and early August that lasted for more than three weeks and made similar demands.

Gates Foundation to spend $120 million to help developing nations access new Covid drug

The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation will donate $120 million towards the distribution of the oral COVID-19 drug molnupiravir across the developing world.

PIERS MORGAN:A How dare White House blame Americans for wanting goods in stores

The liberal-dominated mainstream media once again refuses to treat President Biden in the same brutally critical way it treated President Trump.

Morgan Stanley predicts Elon Musk will become a trillionaire with exponential growth of SpaceX

Financial experts are predicting that Elon Musk will become a a trillionaire with the exponential growth of SpaceX after he surpassed Jeff Bezos as the richest man in the world.

UK's Covid cases spike by another 15% in a week to brink of 50,000

The Department of Health's daily update showed there were 49,139 positive tests across the country in the last 24 hours, up by 15 per cent on the previous week.

Paris Hilton details horrific abuse at care centers as teen at Capitol Hill press conference

Reality star Paris Hilton detailed the horrific abuse she experienced while living at congregate care facilities as a teen during a press conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

GPs complain they have no 'capacity' to play major role in accelerating Covid booster vaccine drive

Professor Martin Marshall, chair of the Royal College of GPs, said doctors were too overworked to help with the booster drive. He added that many were having to prioritise clearing a backlog of patients.

Nigel Farage uses another pro-Irish Republican message in Cameo birthday greeting

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage has been tricked into wishing 'Gerard from Brighton' and team leader of Tiocfaidh A!r lA!, a happy birthday. The phrase, which is Irish, means 'our day will come' in English.

You'll Never Walk Alone is this year's most popular funeral song

Research from Co-op Funeralcare found has revealed the top ten most popular funeral songs, as well as more unusual choices such as Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead and Cardi B's WAP.

Smart motorway riddled with glitches: TWO THIRDS of M62 message signs are broken

On a stretch of the M62 in Manchester, a staggering 24 of the 36 roadside message screens are broken while two overhead gantry signs stopped working for a month. Insiders branded it 'dire'.

Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to killing 17 in high school massacre

Nikolas Cruz has pleaded guilty to killing 14 students and three staff dead in a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland in 2018 - the deadliest attack ever at a US high school.A A

The Vikings beat Christopher Columbus to the Americas by 471 years, study claimsA

The chopping of wood at L'Anse aux Meadows, in Newfoundland, Canada was dated to 1021 AD using a radiocarbon signal in trees from a solar storm, experts from the University of Groningen said.

Zimbabwean health assistant told shocked colleague 'I want to have a chocolate baby with you'

Farai Hombarume (pictured), 53, from Thornaby, Teesside, was considered a sex pest by female colleagues at a psychiatric unit, who dreaded his sexualised 'banter' at work.

Raiders stroll off with restaurant's tables and chairs [Video]

Two thieves were caught on camera nonchalantly making off with a Greek restaurant's furniture in Roath, Cardiff after the chairs were put outside while the establishment was being cleaned.

Priti Patel orders urgent update from police to discover how widespread 'spiking epidemic' is

Home Secretary Priti Patel has demanded an update from police investigating the scale of the so-called 'spiking epidemic' after reports of incidents in Nottingham, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Sajid Javid reveals No10 has bought 'game-changing' anti-viral made by pharmaceutical giant Merck

The Health Secretary said the UK bought 480,000 antiviral molnupiravir pills made by US pharmaceutical company Merck and 250,000 Pf073 courses from Belgian firm Pfizer.

Beverly Hills shooting: Man shot in leg at restaurant near Rodeo Drive in would-be robbery

A man was shot in the leg outside the posh Beverly Hills Italian restaurant Via Alloro on Tuesday night after his attacker tried to rob him, according to police. The victim is stable.

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