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Britain is at a “dangerous turning point,” says Johnson
In an unusually somber tone, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday announced new virus-related restrictions that could apply for the next six months, saying the country had reached a “dangerous turning point” in the pandemic.
“This is the moment we need to act,” said Mr Johnson. He described the new measures as a “stab in time to save nine” – a targeted effort that could prevent further restrictions from blunt violence on the street.
Mr Johnson has been widely blamed for missteps that aggravated the pandemic in the UK, where the death toll is highest in Europe – more than 52,000 as measured by a government number – including delaying a March lockdown order as cases and deaths occurred soaring.
About the corridor: In his first major address since taking office as leader of the opposition Labor Party, Keir Starmer aimed at Mr Johnson’s response to the crisis. He denounced it as “just not up to the task” and said a second national lockdown was a “sign” of government failure. “
In other developments:
China-US feud at the UN General Assembly
The Presidents of the United States and China in their speeches to the Annual General Assembly on Tuesday spoke on coronavirus, global warming, human rights, international cooperation and a number of other topics, underscoring a superpower rivalry that the leaders of the 19th The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has identified a major global risk.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s urge to prioritize religious freedom and property rights has found little favor with US European allies. They cite concerns that doing so could come at the expense of protecting marginalized groups.
Recap: The United Nations is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year against the backdrop of several crises. Because of the pandemic, none of the guides went to New York headquarters to deliver their addresses. The speeches will be given on recorded video.
Decades of climate disasters are now inevitable
The cascading climatic disasters that dominate the headlines and disrupt life – drought in the American West that starts historic forest fires that send smoke to the east coast, or tropical storms that spread across the Atlantic to march destructively into North America – are none Features more of a dystopian future. They are the here and now, deteriorating for the next generation and maybe longer, depending on humanity’s willingness to take action.
The Times spoke to two dozen experts who said decisions made now will mean the difference between a difficult future and something much worse. “It’s like we’ve been smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for decades,” and the world is now feeling the effects, said a climate researcher.
Reset to default: To tackle climate change, experts have to rethink virtually every aspect of daily life, including house building and power grids – and a major change in politics in the United States that has largely ignored climate change.
Political point of view: Liberal activist donors have launched a campaign to pressure Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to turn down advisors with affiliations with fossil fuel companies.
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The prisoners who held up the Afghan peace talks
A young Afghan police officer killed two US Marines in 2011, and although he did not appear to be acting on behalf of the Taliban, the insurgent group requested his release from prison. Official Mohammad Dawood was one of only six prisoners – of 5,000 released by the Afghan government – over whom a bitter disagreement this month nearly derailed peace talks. Above, delegates in Doha, Qatar, on September 12th.
The US, France and Australia have campaigned against the release of the six men who killed their citizens. Our reporters looked at the case of Mr. Dawood, which illustrates the difficult choices involved in trying to make peace in the middle of a bitter war.
The following also happens
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Senate vote on President Trump’s candidate to replace the late Supreme Court Justice seems far from certain after Senator Mitt Romney said he supported moving forward to occupy her seat.
Facebook: The social network said it removed fake pages created in China aimed at influencing the US presidential election for and against Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.
National trust: Nearly 100 properties managed by the UK’s prestigious conservation society have direct links to slavery and colonialism, a report said.
Euthanasia: As governments around the world consider allowing the end of life to alleviate suffering, the Vatican reiterated its opposition to assisted suicide, which it describes as “inherently evil” “in any situation or under any circumstances.”
Snapshot: Upstairs, rescuers in Tasmania are working to bring a pilot whale back to safety. More than 450 of the whales are somehow stranded on a beach in the Australian state. Whale beaches are not uncommon in Tasmania, but this one is among the worst. It is believed that most of the whales died.
Lived life: Betty Bushman, one of the first female baseball athletes whose brief tenure in 1964 was a ploy to attract more women to the Kansas City Athletics, died this month at the age of 89.
What we hear: That Radiolab episode about falling. “For someone who is afraid of falling, an hour of listening to big falls – including Niagara Falls, myths about cats, and love – makes the world a little less frightening,” writes Remy Tumin, of the briefing team.
Now a break from the news
Cook: This spinach and potato cake “feels like a great, cozy hug,” writes our columnist Yotam Ottolenghi. “And that’s exactly what we all need now.”
Read: If you want to learn more about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court Justice who died on Friday, these books are the building blocks.
Observe: Now streamed on Netflix, the sitcom “Derry Girls” follows a teenage boy and her four fun friends in Northern Ireland in the 1990s. “All of his characters, even smaller ones like the priest, are presented finely and credibly,” writes our reviewer.
Stay active, entertained and fed up with our collection of home ideas for what to read, cook, see and do.
And now for the background story about …
The faces of climate migration
By 2070, the part of our planet that is a barely habitable hot zone could rise from 1 percent to 19 percent and displace large numbers of people. In the United States alone, at least 13 million people are forecast to have relocated by 1300 due to climate change.
Photojournalist Meridith Kohut documents humanitarian issues. For a series on global human migration in the New York Times Magazine, she captured families and workers who face this reality. In this edited Times Insider interview, she talked about the assignment.
How different was it to photograph this story in Latin America after it was first photographed in Latin America?
I have reported on humanitarian crises internationally for over a decade, and this year I worked in my home country for the first time. You think America is more isolated from the devastation of climate change, but the past year has shown me that that’s just not true.
When you look through your photos, some of them have some kind of sweetness. What was your approach?
The story is data-driven and Abrahm Lustgarten I had already finished writing it before I started working on the photos. My job was to humanize the data – to tell the stories of the people who live with the data. My approach has been to try to document the emotional toll suffered by the people who lose their homes, the seniors who spend their days surviving the heat, and hopefully do so in a way that affects the hearts of ours Readers touches and inspires them to take measures to reduce CO2 emissions and curb climate change.
What challenges did you face in view of the weather that made your work easier or more difficult?
My cameras got completely dirty. We were right on the fire line in several fires and it was raining ashes. It was very hot and the thick smoke made it difficult to breathe at times and burned my eyes and throat.
I drove into Hurricane Laura at dawn, a few hours after it landed. The hotel the New York Times booked for me was destroyed, so I slept in my truck for days. My editor felt very bad about it, but after over a decade in Venezuela, I’m used to challenging the field conditions. “Oh my god, you had to sleep in your truck!” She said. “Are you kidding?” I replied, “I was in a Walmart parking lot! It was so nice! “
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