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How Celebrity Cases Like the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Trial Have Shaped the National Conversation About Abuse

May 20, 2022

As a defamation trial between actor Johnny Depp and his ex-wife actor Amber Heard continues in Fairfax, Va., the headline-making case is raising awareness of domestic violence, as the two accuse one another of abuse. It’s too soon to tell where the trial will fit in the history of the subject, but experts who study domestic violence say the lawsuit has the potential to help shape the national and global conversation about abuse—just as a number of high-profile incidents have done before. ...read more

Ukrainian soldiers surrendering from Mariupol considered prisoners of war: Red Cross

May 20, 2022

The fate of hundreds of Ukrainian fighters who surrendered after holding out against punishing attacks on Mariupol‘s steel factory hung in the balance Thursday, amid international fears that the Russians may take reprisals against the prisoners. The International Committee of the Red Cross gathered personal information from hundreds of the soldiers – name, date of birth, closest relative – and registered them as prisoners of war, as part of its role in ensuring the humane treatment of PO ...read more

Finland and Sweden officially apply for Nato membership

May 20, 2022

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg receives official letters of application to join Nato from Finland and Sweden. Credit: NATO. Understand the impact of the Ukraine conflict from a cross-sector perspective with the Global Data Executive Briefing: Ukraine Conflict Finland and Sweden have formally applied to join the Nato alliance, a decision driven by increasing security concerns following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The ambassadors of the two countries to the alliance offic ...read more

U.S. CDC panel recommends COVID-19 booster shots for kids aged 5-11

May 20, 2022

An advisory panel to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday voted to recommend COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for children ages 5 to 11, at least five months after completing their primary vaccination course. The advisers considered data from the CDC that showed protection from two doses starts to wane over time, and that boosters in older age groups improved efficacy against severe COVID and hospitalizations. The Food and Drug Administration authorized booster d ...read more

All female TV presenters in Afghanistan given 'non-negotiable' order to cover faces on air

May 20, 2022

All female television presenters in Afghanistan have been ordered by the Taliban to cover their faces while on air - as at least one host hit out at the move, saying it was "erasing" women. The "final and non-negotiable" order came from the virtue and vice ministry as well as the information and culture ministry, according to a tweet by the TOLOnews channel, which is the country's biggest media outlet. The instruction was sent to the Moby Group, which owns TOLOnews and a number of other TV and ...read more

U.S. Leisure Travel Is Back at Pre-Pandemic Levels for the First Time

May 20, 2022

US consumers are spending less on products and more on experiences — a trend that could ease supply snags and inflationary pressures, and help the travel industry this summer. For the first time since COVID halted movement around the world, leisure travel has returned to 2019 levels, according to a report released by the Mastercard Economics Institute. People are feeling more comfortable heading off to far flung adventures, despite a surge in cases and average airfares jumping 18% globally s ...read more

Slovenia to procure 45 Boxer 8×8 vehicles

May 20, 2022

In picture, a Boxer configured for Australian Land 400 Phase 2. Credit: Graham Robson-Parker/ commons.wikimedia.org. Nato member Slovenia is set to procure 45 Boxer 8×8 vehicles as part of its efforts to modernise its armed forces. The Government of Slovenia, through the European procurement organisation OCCAR, signed a contract with manufacturer ARTEC to procure the vehicles in four variants. The deal values approximately €281.5m. The Boxer vehicle is a highly protected 8×8 system an ...read more

'Well, well, well' Ukrainian troops in stitches as Russians leave behind blow-up sex doll

May 20, 2022

Ukrainian soldiers find Russian sex doll after invaders move on Sign up for our news briefing, including a daily special Russia-Ukraine edition Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info The clip was uploaded on YouTube by a channel called ‘Voices for Ukraine’ in early May and withi ...read more

Canada will help rebuild Ukraine’s health system battered by war: Duclos

May 20, 2022

Canada’s federal health minister has pledged to rouse support from his international colleagues for rebuilding the besieged health-care system in Ukraine, where facilities and ambulances have come under attack during the Russian invasion. “I know not just Canadians but everyone around the world are shocked and distressed about the devastating impact the invasion is having on Ukraine’s vital health-care workers, health infrastructure, and access to medical supplies,” Health Minister Jea ...read more

Three Factors Drive Rightwing Violence. We Can’t Solve the Problem Without Addressing All of Them

May 20, 2022

By some counts, the horrific attack at a Buffalo supermarket was the second terrorist attack, and the 202nd mass shooting, that happened in the United States this year. Given Americans’ easy access to weapons, growing political divisions, racism, and rates of mental illness, there will almost certainly be more. So understanding why this is happening is critical. In the aftermath of a bloodbath, it is hard to have a nuanced discussion. As has been shown by many scholars, in recent years, our ...read more