Tag: Politics and Government

World Leaders Gather in Jerusalem 75 Years After Holocaust: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImageJewish families arriving in freight trains at Auschwitz, the concentration camp where the Nazis exterminated Jews during World War II.Credit…Sovfoto/UIG, via Getty Images Leaders from around the world descend on Jerusalem. Jerusalem is being swarmed by Western presidents, premiers and potentates, all descending on the Holy City to recall […]

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The Moderates’ Impeachment Moment

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher After nearly 12 hours of vicious debate, the Senate voted early Wednesday to adopt the rules that will govern the rest of the impeachment trial. But in a Republican-controlled chamber, why weren’t they the rules that Senator […]

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Impeachment Live Stream: Highlights and Takeaways

Here’s what you need to know: Video A debate is under way in the Senate over the ground rules the majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, has proposed for President Trump’s trial.CreditCredit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times The Senate’s historic trial of President Trump begins in earnest with a bitter fight. The Senate convened shortly after 1 […]

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Chinese City Uses Facial Recognition to Shame Pajama Wearers

BEIJING — When officials in an eastern Chinese city were told to root out “uncivilized behavior,” they were given a powerful tool to carry out their mission: facial recognition software. Among their top targets? People wearing pajamas in public. On Monday, the urban management department of Suzhou, a city of six million people in Anhui […]

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Ex-President of Interpol Is Sent to Prison for Bribery in China

BEIJING — A former senior Chinese police official who also served as president of Interpol was sentenced on Tuesday to 13 and a half years in prison for bribery, in a case that his wife has denounced as stemming from a political vendetta. When the official, Meng Hongwei, was elected president of Interpol, the French-based […]

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Is Singapore Cracking Down on Fake News or on Real Opposition?

SINGAPORE — When the ruling People’s Action Party (P.A.P.) passed a new law against “fake news” last year, it claimed to want to protect both free speech and national security. Falsehoods, the government said, “have been weaponized, to attack the infrastructure of fact, destroy trust and attack societies.” Since the law came into force in […]

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Africa’s Richest Woman Is Barred From Her Bank and Under Investigation

Isabel dos Santos, Africa’s richest woman and the daughter of Angola’s former president, is under scrutiny by her bank and the Angolan government after a leak of more than 700,000 documents showed how she exploited the country’s wealth to enrich herself. EuroBic, a Lisbon-based arm of a bank where Ms. dos Santos is the biggest […]

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Putin Outlines Political Overhaul, Including Possible Post for Himself

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia submitted constitutional amendments on Monday that empower a previously toothless advisory council as a powerful policy arbiter, setting up what could be a future role for himself as Russia’s long-term paramount leader. Short on vital details, the proposed changes shed little light on Mr. Putin’s exact plans […]

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Union Leader Emerges as the Public Face of French Strike

PARIS — The reckoning for France’s longest-ever transport strike is not yet in, even as the action itself is losing steam. On Monday, the national rail company said traffic was “near normal” on much of its network, although the strike is not officially over. But when the winners and losers are tallied, one man previously […]

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India Targets Jeff Bezos Over Amazon and Washington Post

MUMBAI, India — Jeff Bezos’ ownership of The Washington Post has complicated business for his much bigger company, Amazon, in Trump-era Washington. Now the same thing could be happening in New Delhi under India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, who has increasingly sought to rein in both the international news media and foreign technology companies. Last […]

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International Powers Call for Cease-Fire in Libya’s Long Civil War

BERLIN — Russia, Turkey and a dozen other international powers with competing interests in oil-rich Libya called Sunday for a cease-fire and an arms embargo, committing to end their own interference on the ground to give Libyans space for a political reconciliation. Sunday’s gathering, hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, offered a small glimmer […]

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Virginia Gun Rally: What to Watch For

RICHMOND, Va. — The capital of Virginia is bracing for the arrival on Monday of busloads of demonstrators from across the state and around the nation who are angry over a series of gun-control measures making their way through the state Legislature. Along with mainstream gun-rights activists, the event is also expected to attract white […]

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Banning Facial Recognition Isn’t Enough

Communities across the United States are starting to ban facial recognition technologies. In May of last year, San Francisco banned facial recognition; the neighboring city of Oakland soon followed, as did Somerville and Brookline in Massachusetts (a statewide ban may follow). In December, San Diego suspended a facial recognition program in advance of a new […]

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In Germany, a Jewish Millennial Argues That the Past Isn’t Past

ESSEN, Germany — Growing up in the 1990s in Berlin, the writer Max Czollek remembers, he and classmates occasionally unearthed human bones when they were playing outside their school. Years later, he learned that the site had been used as a deportation center during the Holocaust. “This was a place where Nazis gathered Jews and […]

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Venezuela Opposition Leader Defies Travel Ban to Woo Support Abroad

MARACAIBO, Venezuela — Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, defied a travel ban and crossed into Colombia on Sunday to round up greater international support for regime change in Venezuela. Mr. Guaidó, who is recognized by the United States and more than 50 countries as Venezuela’s president, and his fellow opposition members are facing increased repression, […]

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Toll in Attack on Yemen Military Base Rises to at Least 76

AL MUKALLA, Yemen — The death toll in a drone and missile attack on a government military training base in central Yemen rose to at least 76 on Sunday, representing an escalation bound to complicate international efforts to end the country’s prolonged war. The attack targeted soldiers gathered Saturday near a mosque in the central […]

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How U.S. Firms Helped Africa’s Richest Woman Exploit Her Country’s Wealth

LISBON — It was the party to be seen at during the Cannes Film Festival, where being seen was the whole point. A Swiss jewelry company had rented out the opulent Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, drawing celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Campbell and Antonio Banderas. The theme: “Love on the Rocks.” Posing for photos at the […]

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With Brexit Looming, Experts Worry Women May Be Hit Hardest

“The E.U. has been a very positive actor in the development of gender equality policies in the U.K.” — Roberta Guerrina, a professor and researcher at Bristol University If all goes to plan, on Jan. 31, at exactly 11 p.m. (midnight in Brussels), after almost four years of bitterly divisive negotiations, three failed withdrawal plans […]

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