Bank of England chief warns of further interest rate hikes if firms raise prices – business live
Andrew Bailey appeals to businesses to avoid price rises because higher inflation ‘hurts least well-off in society’
Victoria Scholar, head of investment at interactive investor, has looked at consumer confidence and the wider economy.
Sentiment improved to a one-year high but remains gloomy by historic standards. The personal finance measure however remains low as inflation erodes take home pay and cost-of-living pressures persist.
Economic data, though still weak, has started to show incipient signs of improvement in the UK with house prices, retail sales, confidence and PMI figures picking up off the lows as the mini-budget chaos fades into the rear-view mirror and the Bank of England approaches the end of the rate hiking cycle. Inflation however remains a sticking point, having unexpectedly picked up again in February, going against recent months of improvement since October’s peak.
A small improvement in the overall index score this month masks continuing concerns among consumers about their personal financial situation. This measure best reflects the financial pulse of the nation and it remains weak, with the figure for the coming year down three to -21 and an unchanged score for the past 12 months of -26.
Forecasts that headline inflation will fall this year have proved premature, given Wednesday’s announcement of an unexpected increase. Wages are not keeping up with rising prices and the cost-of-living crisis remains a stark reality for most.Continue reading... 24th March 2023 09:16
A wolverine has been seen outside of its normal range for the first time in 30 years
In Oregon, wolverines are typically located in the Wallowa Mountains in the northeast of the state. But the animal was seen near Portland this week.24th March 2023 09:15
Russia-Ukraine war live: Bakhmut counteroffensive starts soon, says Ukrainian ground forces commander
Defending forces to ‘take advantage’ of Russians’ lost momentum, says Oleksandr Syrskyi
The UK’s Ministry of Defence has issued its daily intelligence briefing on Ukraine, in which it suggests Russia has been training troops in Belarus for both practical and political reasons. It writes:
As of mid-March 2023, Russia had likely redeployed at least 1,000 troops who had been training at the Obuz-Lesnovsky training ground in south-western Belarus.
Although no new rotation of troops has been noted, Russia has highly likely left the tented camp in place, suggesting it is considering continuing the training programme.Continue reading... 24th March 2023 09:11
Chess: Garry Kasparov calls April’s world title match ‘amputated event’
Kasparov says ‘the world championship match should include the strongest player on the planet, and this match [Ian Nepomniachtchi v Ding Liren] doesn’t’
Garry Kasparov, who held the world title from 1985 to 2000 and is regarded as Magnus Carlsen’s rival as the greatest player of all time, said next month’s Ian Nepomniachtchi v Ding Liren world title match “should include the strongest player on the planet, and this match doesn’t … It’s a kind of amputated event … The match between Nepo and Ding is a great show, but it’s not a world championship match.”
Comments on Kasparov’s assertion have been mostly negative, pointing out that the match is actually between the two highest rated players who are ready to participate, which Carlsen is not. There is also a direct recent precedent in the Vishy Anand v Boris Gelfand 2012 world title series, which took place at a time when Carlsen was already the world No 1, but had declined to take part in the qualifiers because he objected to the candidates being played as a knockout rather than an all-play-all.Continue reading... 24th March 2023 09:00
Brokering peace in Ukraine would be good for Xi and China: is he adroit enough to pull it off? | Yu Jie
The war is a test of China’s ability to manage its interests. Putin, Zelenskiy, the EU, the global south: it’s trying to keep them all on side
The Moscow summit between the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, was described as a visit that may change the world order by many international media. Xi’s visit came at a time of great need for isolated Putin, but the rest of the world remains puzzled about precisely how far China will go in supporting Russia in its horrific war in Ukraine.
While China demonstrates a willingness to maintain the status quo in its relationship with its biggest nuclear neighbour, Xi has still not provided a straightforward answer on exactly what kind of support is on offer, beyond deepening bilateral trade ties and elusively worded further coordination in international affairs. Nor is there a clear next step for Beijing’s “peace plan” until a call between Xi and the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, takes place.
Dr Yu Jie is a senior research fellow on China in the Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham HouseContinue reading... 24th March 2023 09:00
The week in wildlife – in pictures
The best of this week’s wildlife photographs, including a rescued sloth, a baby nutria and a patient frogContinue reading... 24th March 2023 09:00
Salah Elmur: ‘I named my exhibition after the man who used to come and collect the bills’
As his London show inspired by water and electricity opens in London, the Sudanese artist talks about the challenges his country faces and his optimism for the future
Since he was a child growing up beside the banks of the Blue Nile in Khartoum, Salah Elmur has been fascinated by water and electricity. “I don’t only mean the water that comes from taps at home, I mean water in the seas and rivers where beautiful women swim, I mean the rain, I mean fishing by fishermen, I mean water in dams and all the water in this planet …
“I even mean the towers of the water and their beauty and their different shapes standing in the middle of the cities here in Sudan, and the lines of the electricity and their stations,” says the 56-year-old artist, whose work based around these two elements forms the core of a joint exhibition that opened in London this month.Continue reading... 24th March 2023 08:45
Humanly Possible by Sarah Bakewell review – the meaning of humanism
An skilful examination of seven centuries of thought that deftly combines philosophy, history and biography
“Man was formed of dust, slime and ashes … conceived from the itch of the flesh, in the … stench of lust, and worse yet, with the stain of sin.” So wrote Pope Innocent III in his 12th-century On the Misery of the Human Condition. In 1452 Giannozzo Manetti answered Innocent point by point in his own On the Dignity of Man. But as early as the 1300s, Italians were enthusiastically quoting Psalm 8: “Man is only a little lower than the angels.” The passion for finding, collecting and imitating ancient Greek and Roman texts had readjusted moral priorities – away from arduous obedience to supposedly God-given rules and towards celebrating and fostering human happiness. Increasingly, morality’s concern was to alleviate suffering, not to justify God for inflicting it.
To date the rise of “humanism” to the early Renaissance is, strictly speaking, anachronistic; there was no such term until the 19th century. But Humanly Possible traces a lineage, less of theories than of kindred spirits, over seven centuries in Europe. This runs from medieval umanisti (students of humanity), who remained Christian even while resurrecting “the flowering, perfumed, fruitful works of the pagan world spring” (as John of Salisbury called them), to today’s (more secular) self-declared humanists.Continue reading... 24th March 2023 08:30
Trump’s indictment over hush money to a porn star would be poetic justice
Unfortunately, actual justice may prove to be far more elusive
You have to hand it to Stormy Daniels.
After all of Donald Trump’s well-documented malfeasance over the decades – his fake university and failed casino, his Covid denialism, his consorting with dictators, his blatant lies about election fraud, his incitement of a deadly riot – it has taken a hush money payment to a porn actress to create the most imminent threat that he’ll face criminal charges
Margaret Sullivan is a Guardian US columnist writing on media, politics and cultureContinue reading... 24th March 2023 08:10
‘Historic moment’ as El Salvador abortion case fuels hopes for expanded access across Latin America
Human rights court hears seriously ill woman denied procedure as advocates call for change in region with world’s most restrictive abortion laws
Human rights activists in Latin America hope that a historic court hearing over the case of a Salvadoran woman who was denied an abortion despite her high-risk pregnancy could open the way for El Salvador to decriminalize abortions – and set an important precedent across the region.
The inter-American court of human rights (IACHR) this week considered the historic case of the woman, known as Beatriz, who was prohibited from having an abortion in 2013, even though she was seriously ill and the foetus she was carrying would not have survived outside the uterus.Continue reading... 24th March 2023 08:00
Shining a light on a stained glass artist – in pictures
Nathalie Hildegarde Liege is an stained glass artist, artisan and the owner of Couleurlive Limited, and has a studio in the heart of Shrewsbury. Nathalie studied fine art and worked at the Pompidou centre in Paris before deciding to change career to work in glassContinue reading... 24th March 2023 08:00
Yellowjackets season two review – this wonderfully imaginative sequel is even better than last time
Juliette Lewis is sublime, Christina Ricci finds her perfect co-star and you’re constantly kept on your toes with parallel timelines and tons of creepy thrills. What a follow-up!
After the 2021 press tour for the slasher movie Halloween Kills, a video of Jamie Lee Curtis went viral, highlighting just how many times she uttered the word “trauma”. She was speaking about one of the most common problems with “elevated horror” – genuine suspense and terror being sidelined to give room to heavy-handed metaphors for trauma. What truly elevates Yellowjackets above most contemporary horror is that it provides space for the psychological impact of spending 19 months starving while your friends die around you, without forgoing nauseating gore, gruelling tension and acerbic wit.
There was so much to recommend the first season of Yellowjackets, a word-of-mouth hit that switched between the past and the present with two sets of cast members – one playing the younger characters, the other playing their more mature incarnations. It followed the 1996 plane crash of a high school football team, who ended up stranded in the wilderness and doomed to come of age battling the elements (and one another) before rescue. In the present, the survivors face blackmail, addiction, murder and PTSD. Supernatural elements continue to keep things ambiguous; it’s never entirely clear what was created by paranormal forces and what was the result of hallucinatory mushrooms or fractured psyches.Continue reading... 24th March 2023 08:00
‘We are refugees now, even our cat’: a Kherson mother’s UK diary
Olha fled the Ukrainian city a year ago this week and has faced many challenges, including enrolling her children in school
I’m just an ordinary mother. My children went to school and enjoyed after-school clubs. Last February, I was preparing to shoot a short film about Kherson’s streets. A rehearsal was scheduled – but it never took place.
That was the day they bombed airports simultaneously across the country. Public transport stopped running from our city. The frontline ran straight to our city and a week later we found ourselves under occupation. One morning changed our lives, and that of every Ukrainian family, for ever.Continue reading... 24th March 2023 08:00
Daughter of Danish-Bahraini rights activist offers to take his place in prison
Maryam al-Khawaja says she fears her father Abdulhadi’s health is deteriorating and condemns Denmark for inaction
Human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja’s health has suffered so much inside a Bahraini prison that his daughter Maryam has offered to trade places with him. She fears that without urgent action, her father will slowly die behind bars without being able to see his family.
“I don’t know how much longer my dad has. I spend every day dreading each time the phone rings, as it might be someone calling me to let me know my dad is no longer around,” said Maryam. “I know he has serious health issues and the authorities are using [lack of] access to proper treatment as a method of punishment. I don’t want to wait around for my dad to be released to us in a coffin. I can’t do that.”Continue reading... 24th March 2023 07:30
Authorities raid Beijing offices of US Mintz Group detaining five Chinese staff
Company offering corporate due diligence services says it received no legal notice of a case against it
Chinese authorities have raided the office of a US firm in Beijing, shutting down its operations and detaining five Chinese staff, the company has said.
Mintz Group, which has offices in 18 cities around the world and offers corporate analysis and due diligence services, said it received no legal notice about the reasons for the unannounced raid.Continue reading... 24th March 2023 07:22
Utah's new social media law means children will need approval from parents
The restrictions passed through Utah's Republican-supermajority Legislature reflect how politicians' perceptions of technology companies are changing — and that includes pro-business Republicans.24th March 2023 07:20
Indie supergroup Boygenius: ‘Anything that starts a fire in you is the stuff of life’
Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker are three of the best – and most obsessed-over – songwriters today. Ahead of a debut album together, they explain why they go to group therapy
Earlier this year, the three members of Boygenius – Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus – signed up for a run of group therapy sessions. The year ahead was freighted with the band’s debut album release and extensive touring, and it seemed wise to guard against the dangers that had undone so many other bands before them. “Prophylactic therapy,” as Baker calls it.
As solo artists, Baker (27), Bridgers (28) and Dacus (27) inspire a level of devotion that borders on zealotry – drawing frenzied audiences, spawning memes and tabloid gossip. They are queer-identifying, vocal about issues from abortion to trans rights to colonialism, while their songwriting, which tends to be smart, introspective and somewhat melancholic, has handed each of them the peculiar charge of articulating the feelings of a generation.Continue reading... 24th March 2023 07:00
A shopping guide to the best … pendant necklaces
Whether chunky, dazzling or elegant, pendants make a focal point for any outfit
Evil eye and smiley face pendant, £210, by Crystal Haze from matchesfashion.comContinue reading... 24th March 2023 07:00
More than 1 million demonstrate across France against pension reforms
Building on Thursday's strong turnout, unions swiftly called for new protests and strikes next week when the British king is scheduled to visit Bordeaux on the second day of his trip to France.24th March 2023 06:29
‘Like a war zone’: Congress hears of China’s abuses in Xinjiang ‘re-education camps’
Two women tell of witnessing or experiencing torture and brainwashing, as Republicans and Democrats vow to document ‘genocide’
Two women who say they experienced and escaped Chinese “re-education camps” have provided first-hand testimony to members of the US Congress, giving harrowing detail while imploring Americans not to look away from what the US has declared a continuing genocide of Muslim ethnic minorities.
Testifying before a special House committee at the beginning of Ramadan, Gulbahar Haitiwaji, a Uyghur woman, said that during her nearly three years in internment camps and police stations, prisoners were subjected to 11 hours of “brainwashing education” each day. It included singing patriotic songs and praising the Chinese government before and after meals.Continue reading... 24th March 2023 06:08
Majority of trans adults are happier after transitioning, survey finds
Washington Post and KFF study found 78% of respondents said living as different gender from birth increased satisfaction in life
A large majority of transgender adults say that transitioning has made them more satisfied with their life, according to a new survey.
The survey conducted by the Washington Post and KFF is the largest nongovernmental survey of transgender adults that uses random samplings.Continue reading... 24th March 2023 06:00
TikTok CEO grilled on Capitol Hill
TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew faced tough questions from a House panel Thursday as he sought to convince lawmakers the social media platform is not an arm of the Chinese government that's being used to spy on Americans. Nikole Killion reports on the contentious hearing.24th March 2023 06:00
Three deaths linked to recalled eye drops
Three people have died from a drug-resistant bacteria linked to recalled eye drops. Manuel Bojorquez talks with one man who lost his sight following an infection.24th March 2023 05:27
Wallabies coach Eddie Jones cagey on reported bid to lure NRL star Joseph Suaalii
- Reports Rugby Australia have made $1.6m offer for 2025
- 19-year-old was a schoolboy rugby star before moving to NRL
Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has dodged questions about Joseph Suaalii amid reports Rugby Australia has lured the rugby league star to the 15-man code from 2025 on a $1.6m contract.
An elite rugby talent in his junior years, Suaalii re-signed with the NRL’s Sydney Roosters through to 2024 earlier this month after starring for Samoa during last year’s Rugby League World Cup in England.Continue reading... 24th March 2023 05:19
Southern U.S. braces for storms
A band of severe weather is expected to sweep through portions of the South. The Weather Channel meteorologist Mike Bettes takes a closer look at the forecast.24th March 2023 05:17
US strikes Iran-backed group in Syria after deadly attack on coalition base
A US contractor was killed when a suspected Iranian-made drone struck base in Syria’s north-east
The United States has carried out airstrikes on an Iran-backed group in Syria, after a US contractor was killed when a suspected Iranian-made drone attacked a coalition base in the country’s north-east.
Five US service members and one other US contractor were wounded in the attack on the coalition base on Thursday, the Pentagon said. Two of the wounded service members were treated on site, while three others and the injured contractor were transported to medical facilities in Iraq.Continue reading... 24th March 2023 05:17
A team of vets, four ‘kumki’ and one tranquilliser dart: the plan to capture Kerala’s marauding elephant
Known as ‘Rice Tusker’ for his insatiable hunger, the 30-year-old pachyderm has been terrorising the Indian region for years
The trail of destruction left by an elephant in Kerala could finally come to an end on Sunday as a crack team of experts plan to capture him.
The team of 71 vets, forest officers and field workers have identified a specific spot among the wooded hills in Idukki district where Arikompan – which means the Rice Tusker, because of his love for rice – comes every couple of days to cool off in water.Continue reading... 24th March 2023 05:05
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TikTok CEO grilled on Capitol Hill; Cherry blossoms mark the beginning of spring24th March 2023 05:05
Senate ethics panel admonishes Lindsey Graham over campaign solicitations
The ethics panel found that the South Carolina Republican improperly solicited contributions from inside a federal building.24th March 2023 05:02
Ed Sheeran: Eyes Closed review – the most unradical of reinventions
Teaming with Taylor Swift’s recent producer, Aaron Dessner of the National, Sheeran strips things back – but only a little, and the chorus of this new single is as insistent as ever
Earlier this week, on a day when the former prime minister of the UK faced the House of Commons privileges committee in a hearing that could theoretically end his political career, one tabloid newspaper decided that the biggest story of the day was that Ed Sheeran no longer takes drugs (an admission he’d made during a lengthy interview with the US Rolling Stone magazine). That perhaps tells you something about said paper’s political allegiances and news values, but it also tells you something about Ed Sheeran: 12 years after his album + catapulted him into the mainstream consciousness in no uncertain terms – it ended up in the UK’s bestselling albums of the year chart for eight years in a row – he’s still an exceptionally big deal, big enough that a tabloid newspaper can just about get away with filleting a few quotes from a magazine feature and sticking them on the front page as a distraction tactic.
Times have changed, so have tastes – sweeping away a lot of the Sheeran-alikes that did good business in the wake of his initial success – but the definite article’s popularity seems almost impregnable. Carping voices, of which there are many whenever Sheeran’s name is mentioned, might point to the fact that his last album, =, didn’t sell as well in the US as its predecessors, but such things are very relative indeed: it went straight to No 1 there, sold 1.3m copies in 2021 alone and spawned five platinum or multi-platinum singles. Faced with failures that profitable, even the aforementioned carping voices might be forced to admit that Sheeran clearly has something the public want: a knack of writing songs that get under millions of skins, an innate understanding of mass taste, a formula for success.Continue reading... 24th March 2023 05:00
West Virginia town still rebuilding 7 years after devastating flood
White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia, has hosted 28 U.S. presidents and British royalty, thanks in part to its famous Greenbrier resort. But a 1,000-year flood in 2016 killed 13 people and nearly wiped the town off the map. Scott MacFarlane takes a look at how the town is recovering seven years later.24th March 2023 04:53
Kids to require parental consent to access social media apps under new Utah law
Utah becomes the first state to enact a law attempting to limit teens' access to social media sites.24th March 2023 04:52
Southwest flight forced to land when pilot becomes ill after takeoff
A Southwest pilot fell ill shortly after takeoff during a flight from Las Vegas to Columbus, Ohio. An off-duty pilot from another airline was able to help assist the co-pilot, who landed the plane safely back in Las Vegas. Adriana Diaz has the story.24th March 2023 04:49
"CBS Evening News" headlines for Thursday, March 23, 2023
Here's a look at the top stories making headlines on the "CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell."24th March 2023 04:40
Cherry blossoms mark the beginning of spring
The cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., are at peak bloom at the beginning of spring. "CBS Evening News" anchor and managing editor Norah O'Donnell takes a look at the iconic flowering trees.24th March 2023 04:40
Activision fails to increase representation of women and non-binary people as it faces 2025 goal
Activision Blizzard failed to increase its representation of women and non-binary people in December, according to a diversity report it released Thursday.24th March 2023 04:13
Florida fire captain loses sight in one eye after using recalled eye drops
The CDC is investigating a nationwide outbreak of the antibiotic-resistant bacteria — Pseudomonas aeruginosa — which has infected 68 people in 16 states.24th March 2023 04:05
Hong Kong department store removes artwork with hidden ‘political content’
Patrick Amadon, whose work flashed up names from pro-democracy protests, says it had to be taken down ‘to be a completed piece’
A Hong Kong department store took down a digital artwork that contained hidden references to jailed free-speech defenders, in an incident the artist says is evidence the of erosion of free speech by Chinese authorities.
Patrick Amadon’s No Rioters was put on display on a billboard at the huge Sogo Causeway Bay store as the city was promoting itself as a cultural hub following years of pandemic travel restrictions. Art Basel Hong Kong, a prominent art fair in Asia, began this week, alongside other art events.Continue reading... 24th March 2023 04:04
Trafficked: the closed door – part 2 | podcast
Julia, a Ukrainian woman who escaped modern slavery in the UK, tells the journalist Annie Kelly about the years she was shipped between brothels
After seven months in the UK, Julia has not been able to pay off her debts to the traffickers or send any money to her daughter.
She tries to leave the hotel work, applying for other jobs, but is refused because she does not have any documents. She responds to an advert for a job that says no documents are required. It is for a brothel in Slough.Continue reading... 24th March 2023 04:00
First person tried under New York terror laws passed in the wake of 9/11 is sentenced to 18 years
Abdullah el-Faisal believed every word in a speech by Osama bin Laden was "like a gem," and thought images of the coffins of US service members were laughable, New York prosecutors say.24th March 2023 03:49
TikTok CEO got grilled by lawmakers from both parties on whether the Chinese-owned app can protect American privacy
Shou Zi Chew's testimony did not seem to quell many concerns that lawmakers had about its connections to China or the adequacy of its risk mitigation plan.24th March 2023 03:38
House intel panel chairman says ban or sale of TikTok appears inevitable
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner told CBS News a divestiture, ban or something to that effect will need to happen.24th March 2023 03:38
TikTok CEO says China-based ByteDance employees still have access to some U.S. data
TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew told U.S. lawmakers that China-based employees at its parent company ByteDance may still have access to some U.S. data from the app.24th March 2023 03:37
Analysis: Is TikTok's time up? CEO's skewering before Congress raises questions about app's future in the US
Is TikTok's time up?24th March 2023 03:27
Before he represented Trump, defense attorney speculated Stormy Daniels saga was true and payment could be seen as an in-kind campaign contribution
Former President Donald Trump's defense attorney repeatedly speculated as a legal pundit that Trump's alleged affair with Stormy Daniels likely happened and that the $130,000 payment made to Daniels days before the 2016 election could be seen as an in-kind campaign contribution, contradicting his recent legal and public defense of Trump.24th March 2023 03:07
Mother accused of murdering toddler found in Savannah landfill last year pleads not guilty
The mother of a toddler whose body was found in a Savannah landfill last year pleaded not guilty to the charges of murder, among other charges, on Thursday.24th March 2023 02:38
2 moms sue hospitals, claiming poppy seeds led to failed drug tests
The ACLU filed separate lawsuits on behalf of the two New Jersey mothers, who both claim they ate everything bagels the mornings of their failed tests.24th March 2023 02:34
Antisemitic incidents are at an all-time high, the ADL reports
The annual report says instances of harassment, assault and propaganda are all on the rise. It warns public officials and social media stars have helped normalize longstanding antisemitic tropes.24th March 2023 02:24
Utah bans under-18s from using social media unless parents consent
Governor signs law putting restrictions on TikTok, Instagram, Facebook and other platforms, including requiring them not to get minors addicted
The governor of Utah, Spencer Cox, has signed sweeping social media legislation requiring explicit parental permissions for anyone under 18 to use platforms such as TikTok, Instagram and Facebook. He also signed a bill prohibiting social media companies from employing techniques that could cause minors to develop an “addiction” to the platforms.
The former is the first state law in the US prohibiting social media services from allowing access to minors without parental consent. The state’s Republican-controlled legislature passed both bills earlier this month, despite opposition from civil liberties groups.Continue reading... 24th March 2023 02:20
‘City killer’ asteroid to pass harmlessly between Earth and moon
Rare close encounter will occur this weekend, when the space rock will be visible through binoculars and small telescopes
An asteroid big enough to wipe out a city will pass harmlessly between Earth and the moon’s orbit this weekend, missing both, while providing scientists a chance to study the object close up.
Asteroid flybys are common but Nasa said it was rare for one so big to come so close and that events like this occurred only about once a decade. Scientists estimate its size to be somewhere between 40 and 90 metres in diameter.Continue reading... 24th March 2023 02:16
U.S., Canada expand deal to reroute asylum-seekers
The agreement will allow both countries to turn away asylum-seekers who crossed the U.S.-Canada border without legal permission.24th March 2023 02:06
Dentist accused of poisoning wife charged with murder
A Colorado dentist who is accused of poisoning his wife's drinks has been charged with murder. James Craig is accused of killing his wife, Angela, by lacing her protein shakes with arsenic and potassium cyanide.24th March 2023 01:44
US and Canada reach deal that will significantly change how Canada accepts asylum seekers
The US and Canada have struck a deal on changes to a decades-old asylum agreement that would restrict certain migrants from seeking protections in Canada, two Canadian officials told CNN, marking a significant change in how Canada accepts asylum seekers.24th March 2023 01:42
Russia-Ukraine war at a glance: what we know on day 394 of the invasion
Zelenskiy asks EU leaders for more long-range weapons; Medvedev says Moscow’s relations with the west are at an all-time lowContinue reading... 24th March 2023 01:29
Hyundai and Kia recall cars over fire risk
Hyundai and Kia are recalling more than 500,000 vehicles and urging owners to park them outside because of fire risks.24th March 2023 01:24
Denver school shooter's body found
The body of the student who shot two administrators at a Denver high school was found Wednesday night. One victim remains in serious condition while the other has been released from the hospital.24th March 2023 01:23
State Department facing "unprecedented demand" for passports, Blinken says
A record number of passports — 22 million — were issued in 2022. The State Department is "on track to break" that record in 2023.24th March 2023 01:10
TikTok CEO grilled for over five hours on China, drugs and teen mental health
Shou Zi Chew attempts to play down concerns over data and privacy as lawmakers call for ban on Chinese-owned app
The chief executive of TikTok, Shou Zi Chew, was forced to defend his company’s relationship with China, as well as the protections for its youngest users, at a testy congressional hearing on Thursday that came amid a bipartisan push to ban the app entirely in the US over national security concerns.
The hearing marked the first ever appearance before US lawmakers by a TikTok chief executive, and a rare public outing for the 4o-year-old Chew, who has remained largely out of the limelight as the social network’s popularity soars. TikTok now boasts tens of millions of US users, but lawmakers have long held concerns over China’s control over the app, which Chew repeatedly tried to assuage throughout the hearing. “Let me state this unequivocally: ByteDance is not an agent of China or any other country,” Chew said in Thursday’s testimony.Continue reading... 24th March 2023 00:58
Harry Kane completes cycle of England hotshots with goals record | Barney Ronay
Forward now sits at the top of a golden seam of main men after goal in Naples – and his mark of 54 goals will be difficult to beat
There was an agreeable note of pantomime when the moment came for Harry Kane. Goalscoring records don’t matter, perhaps, or shouldn’t matter, are just numbers in the book. And yet of course they do matter, not least in international football, with its sense of duty and history and ritual.
And somehow it always seemed likely Kane would get his chance to take that England record in this wonderful mini-epic of a qualifier, with England just about holding on to take a thrilling 2-1 victory.Continue reading... 24th March 2023 00:53
Court rules parents of Michigan school shooter can stand trial
An appeals court ruled that the parents of a shooter who killed four students at a Michigan school can face trial themselves for purchasing the gun used in the killings.24th March 2023 00:40
Gwyneth Paltrow lawsuit: When skiers collide, who is at fault?
The case likely hinges on who the jury believes was the "downhill" skier, per legal experts.24th March 2023 00:38
West Virginia town with unexpected history rebuilding 7 years after flood
The town's iconic resort has served as a safe haven in times of need, even before the 2016 flood.24th March 2023 00:35
Bayern Munich sack Julian Nagelsmann and prepare to appoint Thomas Tuchel
- German giants act swiftly after weekend defeat at Leverkusen
- Former Chelsea manager Tuchel set to take on Manchester City
The former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is in line to take over at Bayern Munich after Julian Nagelsmann was sacked by the Bavarian giants on Thursday night.
Nagelsmann, 35, has lost his job after a poor run of form which culminated in a 2-1 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen last Sunday which cost Bayern top spot in the Bundesliga going into the international break.Continue reading... 24th March 2023 00:31
Mother of Ashli Babbitt meets with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy
She met Thursday with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, in his Capitol office suite — steps away from where her daughter was shot.24th March 2023 00:12
Colorado dentist charged with first-degree murder for allegedly poisoning wife
Craig allegedly poisoned his wife by lacing her pre-workout shakes with arsenic, the arrest affidavit said.24th March 2023 00:03
Bordeaux city hall set on fire amid nationwide protests against French pension changes
Largely peaceful protests are marred by outbreaks of violence as unions claim 3.5 million turned out, while authorities put number at just over 1 million
Emmanuel Macron felt the full force of French anger on Thursday as protesters gathered across the country to demonstrate their opposition to the pension age being raised from 62 to 64.
Unions claimed 3.5 million people turned out across the country, while the authorities suggested the figure was much lower, at just under 1.1 million.Continue reading... 23rd March 2023 23:58
BBC will not resume filming Top Gear series after Flintoff crash investigation
‘Judgment about how best to continue’ with motoring show will come after health and safety review
The BBC has said it will not resume filming the latest series of Top Gear after co-presenter former England cricket captain Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff was injured in a crash last year.
The broadcaster said there will be a health and safety review on the motoring show, which has been running in its current iteration for 21 years.Continue reading... 23rd March 2023 23:56
Lidia Thorpe’s treatment at anti-trans rally ‘disturbing and concerning’, Linda Burney says
Independent senator was pulled to the ground by Australian federal police in front of Parliament House
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The minister for Indigenous Australians, Linda Burney, says an incident in which senator Lidia Thorpe was knocked to the ground, apparently by an Australian federal police officer, while protesting against an anti-trans rights rally was “disturbing and concerning”.
On Thursday Thorpe was pulled to the ground after she rushed towards a lectern at which anti-trans activist Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull was addressing a small crowd of supporters outside Australian Parliament House in Canberra.
Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundupContinue reading... 23rd March 2023 23:44
Key takeaways from TikTok hearing in Congress – and the uncertain road ahead
Lawmakers grilled the social media app’s CEO over its relationship with China and protections for young users
The first appearance in Congress for TikTok’s CEO Shou Zi Chew stretched more than five hours, with contentious questioning targeting the app’s relationship with China and protections for its youngest users.
Chew’s appearance comes at a pivotal time for TikTok, which is facing bipartisan fire after experiencing a meteoric rise in popularity in recent years. The company is owned by Chinese firm ByteDance, raising concerns about China’s influence over the app – criticisms Chew repeatedly tried to resist throughout the hearing.Continue reading... 23rd March 2023 23:39
Disney World raising minimum wage to $18 an hour by year-end
Labor pact will hike the pay of thousands of costumed performers, theatrical workers and other employees at the theme park.23rd March 2023 23:36
Clowns converge on Orlando for funny business
The World Clown Association is bringing together all types of clowns for its 40th annual convention.23rd March 2023 23:35
House fails to override Biden veto of resolution to overturn investment rule
The House of Representatives on Thursday failed to override President Joe Biden's veto of a measure to overturn a controversial investment rule in a victory for the White House.23rd March 2023 23:19
Missing Washington mother and daughter found dead, police say
On Wednesday, Vancouver Police discovered what they believe to be the bodies of 27-year-old Meshay Melendez and her 7-year-old daughter Layla Stewart.23rd March 2023 23:12
Inside Taiwan: Standing Up to China review – a gripping analysis of potential nuclear Armageddon
This documentary showcases Taiwanese citizens paying to train at private military camps, national service surging and the island stockpiling weapons. Will China really spark war?
The knife-maker of Kinmen island, Wu Tseng-dong, has an unusual business model. When he was a boy, in the 1950s, he witnessed explosive shells – launched from the Chinese mainland two miles away – falling on his birthplace. As he explains: “479,000 rounds were fired in 44 days. We lived in fear.” Little did Wu Tseng-dong know then, but the People’s Liberation Army was supplying him with the raw material for his future livelihood: today he makes knives from those shells to sell to tourists from the mainland.
Reporter Jane Corbin’s gripping analysis of rising tensions between the People’s Republic of China (capital: Beijing; leader: Xi Jinping; population: 1.4 billion) and the Republic of China (capital: Taipei; current leader: Tsai Ing-wen; population: 23 million) examines the possibility of history not just repeating itself, but of tensions escalating so far as to cause the return to geopolitical discourse of that quaint old term, nuclear Armageddon. In this scenario, Beijing bombards not just the little island of Kinmen (slightly bigger than Bute), but Taiwan itself (roughly the size of Switzerland), in order to reunify China. But it thereby embroils the US, provoking a worldwide conflict that would, so far as I understand it, depress global economic growth predictions even more than the coronavirus pandemic.Continue reading... 23rd March 2023 23:00
Families of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira decry ‘shameful’ trial delays
Poor internet and logistical problems frustrate hearing into killing of British journalist and Brazilian Indigenous expert
Activists and lawyers representing the families of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira have voiced frustration and anger after the preliminary court hearings of three of their alleged murderers had to be suspended because of poor internet and logistical problems at the high-security prisons where the defendants are being held.
Three of the suspected killers of the British journalist and Brazilian Indigenous specialist were scheduled to give evidence from behind bars this week during partly online hearings that are expected to pave the way for a jury trial, possibly in the second half of this year.Continue reading... 23rd March 2023 22:49
Utah governor signs bill requiring teens to get parental approval to join social media sites
The governor of Utah signed a controversial bill on Thursday that will require minors to obtain the consent of a guardian before joining social media platforms, marking the most aggressive step yet by state or federal lawmakers to protect kids online.23rd March 2023 22:27
Hyundai and Kia recall 571,000 vehicles due to fire risk, urge owners to park outside
Hyundai and Kia are telling the owners of more than 571,000 SUVs and minivans in the U.S. to park them outdoors because the tow hitch harnesses can catch fire while they are parked or being driven.23rd March 2023 22:26
N.J. deli stock fraud defendant behind bars as feds reveal he renounced U.S. citizenship
Three men, including Peter Coker Jr. and his dad, are accused of pumping up the stock price of a New Jersey deli-owning company once valued at $100 million.23rd March 2023 22:19
This week on "Sunday Morning" (March 26)
A look at the features for this week's broadcast of the #1 Sunday morning news program, hosted by Jane Pauley.23rd March 2023 22:18
Flesh-eating bacteria could increase with climate change
While the bacteria is common in subtropical regions, there has been an increase of infections from Vibrio vulnificus in more northern locations, like the Delaware Bay.23rd March 2023 22:07
Biden's approval slips to 38%, near the lowest of his presidency, new poll says
President Joe Biden's approval rating in a new poll fell to 38%, just two points above his all-time low in office.23rd March 2023 22:01
Georgia governor signs bill banning most gender-affirming care for trans children
The state will ban most gender-affirming surgeries and hormone replacement therapies for transgender people under 18 with a new bill signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp.23rd March 2023 21:59
Top Arizona court declines most of Kari Lake's appeal
The Arizona Supreme Court has declined much of Republican Kari Lake's appeal over her loss in the governor's race.23rd March 2023 21:51
Premier League player on bail amid rape allegations investigated for third offence
- Player questioned again in February over new allegation
- Bail was recently extended until July
The Premier League footballer currently on bail amid two allegations of rape is being investigated for a third alleged sexual offence.
It has emerged that the player, whose bail was recently extended until July, was interviewed by the Metropolitan police last month. “In February 2023, the man was interviewed under caution for a sexual offence alleged to have taken place in Barnet in February 2022,” a statement from the force read. “This relates to a third victim and was reported to police in July 2022.” An investigation is understood to be ongoing.Continue reading... 23rd March 2023 21:45
North Carolina approves Medicaid expansion, reversing its long opposition
The Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature has given final approval to a Medicaid expansion agreement.23rd March 2023 21:25
NPR cancels 4 podcasts amid major layoffs
NPR moved this week to cut 10 percent of its staff and stop production of a handful of podcasts, including Invisibilia, Louder Than a Riot and Rough Translation.23rd March 2023 21:23
South Carolina's comptroller quits after a $3.5 billion accounting error
Republican Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom's decision to leave the post he has held for 20 years came after scrutiny of his performance following the blunder in a year-end financial report.23rd March 2023 21:01
Short seller accuses Jack Dorsey's Block of fraud
Shares of the payment company, formerly known as Square, plunged after Hindenburg Research accused it of facilitating crimes.23rd March 2023 20:58
Scores arrested on Israeli day of protest as parliament passes judicial changes
At least 75 people held across country on ‘day of disruption’ as Knesset approves law designed to protect Netanyahu
Israel’s two-month-old protest movement took to the streets for a “day of disruption” as the parliament passed the first part of the hardline government’s controversial judicial changes into law.
The legislation, designed to protect the position of the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was approved early on Thursday, after a heated all-night debate, by 61 votes to 47 – the minimum majority required.Continue reading... 23rd March 2023 20:41
What happened to Vice? Why is Amazon downsizing? And should the US ban TikTok
On this week's "Nightcap" with CNN's Jon Sarlin, Semafor's Max Tani explains what's going very wrong at Vice. Fight for the Future's Evan Greer says the US should not ban TikTok. And "Winner Sells All" author Jason Del Rey explains Amazon's recent hiccups. To get the day's business headlines sent directly to your inbox, sign up for the Nightcap newsletter.23rd March 2023 20:20
In defense of fan fiction, and ignoring the 'pretensions of polish'
Fan fiction may not command the same respect as other literary pursuits, but it's a rich mode of expression, says one author who mounts a passionate case for the style.23rd March 2023 20:15
Sanofi, Regeneron shares pop more than 6% after data shows asthma drug Dupixent may also treat COPD
Sanofi and Regeneron unveiled data on their jointly developed drug for a difficult-to-treat chronic lung disorder that analysts say "exceeded expectations."23rd March 2023 20:14
'Blanket insurance' of bank deposits is not being discussed, Yellen tells senators
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has not discussed or considered any plans to guarantee all bank deposits following the Silicon Valley Bank collapse, she said.23rd March 2023 19:45
Police and pizza but no perp walk as New York waits for Trump indictment
A week that began with a bang fizzled out as grand jury unlikely to deliver verdict in hush money payment case until next week
Over the weekend Donald Trump set off an international maelstrom of media attention when he announced he would be “arrested on Tuesday”.
Like so many of Trump’s certain proclamations, it proved to be throughly wrong, and the grand jury weighing whether to charge Trump over payments to an adult film star is now unlikely to deliver its verdict until next week.Continue reading... 23rd March 2023 19:27
Partygate: Johnson should reject any finding that he broke rules, say allies
Former PM should refuse to accept outcome if privileges committee rules he knowingly misled MPs, say supporters
Boris Johnson should refuse to accept the outcome of the privileges committee investigation if it concludes that he intentionally misled the Commons over the Partygate scandal, his allies have said.
Some of the former prime minister’s supporters believe he should reject the cross-party group’s findings if they decide, based on written evidence and a fractious three-and-a-half-hour evidence session on Wednesday, that he broke strict parliamentary rules.Continue reading... 23rd March 2023 19:27
Starbucks shareholders to vote on proposals for labor probe, succession planning
New Starbucks CEO Laxman Narasimhan will lead the company's shareholder meeting just days after his transition to the role.23rd March 2023 19:15
Russian accused of smuggling military tech escapes house arrest in Italy
Artem Uss broke electronic tag and went on run a day after court agreed to hand him over to US authorities
A Russian national accused of smuggling military technology has escaped house arrest a day after an Italian court agreed to hand him over to US authorities.
Italian authorities said Artem Uss, who was detained at Milan’s Malpensa airport on an international arrest warrant last October, broke his court-ordered electronic bracelet and left his house in Cascina Vione di Basiglio in the province of Milan.Continue reading... 23rd March 2023 19:13
Remembering Frank Griswold, an Episcopal bishop who championed gay rights
Griswold, who died March 5, presided over the ordination of the church's first openly gay bishop. That was one of the issues which nearly caused a schism in the church. Originally broadcast in 2006.23rd March 2023 19:13
NYC drag queen Linda Simpson reflects on the scene that set the stage for RuPaul
Linda Simpson performed in and chronicled the drag scene in the '80s and '90s, taking some 5,000 photos of performers. She calls Tennessee's anti-drag legislation "ridiculous."23rd March 2023 19:13
Nevada approves $333 million natural gas plant as historic drought pressures state's power grid
The natural gas-fired turbines are designed to address peak electricity demand during hot summer months and prolonged wildfire seasons.23rd March 2023 19:09