Omicron Cases Put New Zealand on Red Alert, Leader Ardern Cancels Wedding

Omicron Cases Put New Zealand on Red Alert, Leader Ardern Cancels Wedding

SYDNEY — New Zealand has moved to the highest level of its Covid-19 restrictions as it seeks to contain an outbreak of the Omicron variant which has also led Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to cancel her wedding plans. Ms Ardern said on Sunday nine cases of Covid-19 in the Nelson Marlborough area of ​​the country’s … Read more

Middle-aged moms: rarely alone, often online and increasingly alone

Middle-aged moms: rarely alone, often online and increasingly alone

Middle age is a busy time. He is also a loner. Work and family demands leave little time to nurture friendships, especially for women. Before the pandemic, conversations about loneliness were often centered on men, with discussions of an “epidemic of loneliness”. But during the lockdown, Gen X women, ages 41 to 57, reported the … Read more

Supreme Court Allows Continued Enforcement of Texas Six-Week Abortion Ban

Supreme Court Allows Continued Enforcement of Texas Six-Week Abortion Ban

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court allowed Texas’ six-week abortion ban to stay indefinitely, issuing an order Thursday blocking litigation against the law while the state’s top court considers a procedural issue related to the application of the measure. The court order was unsigned and, as usual, provided no explanation. The three liberal justices dissented, arguing … Read more

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Family Celebrates the Holidays with a Voting Rights March

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Family Celebrates the Holidays with a Voting Rights March

Nation’s capital marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day with suffrage march led by family of late civil rights leader, as congressional Democrats pledge to advance suffrage legislation despite its expected failure. March leaders are urging people to ask Congress to pass election law changes nationwide instead of celebrations at the federal holiday dedicated to Dr. … Read more

China’s Population Stalls With Births in 2021 the Lowest in Modern History

China’s Population Stalls With Births in 2021 the Lowest in Modern History

The number of newborns in China fell for a fifth straight year to the lowest in modern Chinese history, despite Beijing’s increasing emphasis on encouraging births. Last year’s 10.62 million births, down from 12.02 million in 2020, barely outnumbered the 10.14 million deaths, the National Bureau of Statistics said Monday, suggesting the day may be … Read more

Afghanistan’s Taliban Battle Rebellion by Ethnic Minority Fighters

Afghanistan’s Taliban Battle Rebellion by Ethnic Minority Fighters

KABUL—The Afghan Taliban are battling a rebellion of ethnic minority fighters within their own ranks in the north of the country, a sign that ties are fraying within the alliance built by the Islamist group that took control of the country. country in August. Some Uzbeks who have joined the Taliban, which is dominated by … Read more

Leaking Hull, Hazardous Cargo: Aboard a Stranded Ship No One Would Help

Leaking Hull, Hazardous Cargo: Aboard a Stranded Ship No One Would Help

LIMASSOL, Cyprus—The cargo ship laden with 3,000 tons of flammable sulfur was stranded off the coast of Somalia and taking on water. With “SOS” in the subject line, an Oct. 26 email from the crew of the MV Haj Abdullah said the hull of the 260-foot vessel was cracked and seawater was sloshing over the … Read more