Thousands sleep in open after Greek refugee camp burns down

MYTILENE, Greece — Authorities on Friday sought to shelter thousands of refugees and migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos after fires destroyed the squalid and overcrowded Moria camp that for years symbolized Europe’s biggest migration policy failings. Soldiers set up new tents on a site near Moria’s blackened remnants. The structures were flown in by military helicopters to forestall protests by Lesbos’ permanent residents angry at their island’s protracted use as a holding center for thousands arriving from nearby …

Libya’s eastern parliament meets after rare protests erupt

Libya’s east-based parliament has convened an emergency meeting to address the eruption of rare protests over dire living conditions across the country’s east By ISABEL DEBRE Associated Press September 11, 2020, 7:51 PM • 4 min read DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Libya’s east-based parliament convened an emergency meeting Friday to address the eruption of rare protests over dire living conditions across the country’s east, rallies that mirror similar recent protests in the west of the divided nation. Hundreds of …

‘This is Crazy.’ A Record 2 Million Acres of California Has Burned This Year With Heat Conditions Predicted to Continue

More than 2 million acres of land have been burned by wildfires in California as of Monday, according to state fire agency Cal Fire, surpassing the all-time record of 1.9 million set in 2018. Cal Fire and climate scientists predict that the number of acres burned this year will continue to grow with upcoming weather conditions, including continued heat and offshore winds. “This is crazy. We haven’t even got into the October and November fire season and we’ve broken the …

Assange’s legal fight to avoid U.S. espionage trial resumes in London

A protester wears a mask of Julian Assange’s face outside Belmarsh prison prior to the extradition hearing of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, on February 24, 2020 in London, England.   Julian Assange resumes his battle in a London court on Monday to avoid extradition to the United States to face criminal charges over the activities of his WikiLeaks website, after months of delay due to the coronavirus lockdown. The U.S. authorities accuse Australian-born Assange, 49, of conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage …

Drugmakers seek to reassure public about coronavirus vaccine with joint pledge on safety

A group of drugmakers competing to bring a coronavirus vaccine to market plan to issue a public statement as soon as next week that says they will not seek government approval until enough data has been collected to ensure the drugs are safe and effective, CNBC confirmed Saturday. An early draft of the joint statement promises to prioritize the safety of vaccinated people, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the plans to issue a statement. Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson …

Police probe alleged violence at Paris station cited in book

The Paris police chief ordered an investigation Thursday after a new book published accounts of alleged violence and racism at a police station by a man who says he “infiltrated” the police force by becoming an officer September 3, 2020, 7:43 PM • 3 min read PARIS — The Paris police chief ordered an investigation Thursday after a new book published accounts of alleged violence and racism at a police station by a man who says he “infiltrated” the police …

New Study Shows How COVID-19 Might Affect Pregnant Women

Pregnant women with COVID-19 are less likely to have symptoms, and may be more likely to give birth early, new research shows. Compared with non-pregnant women of a similar age, researchers found pregnant and recently pregnant women with COVID-19 were less likely to report symptoms of fever and muscle pain (myalgia), but were more likely to need admission to an intensive care unit and need ventilation. The study, published in the BMJ, found a quarter of all babies born to …

Federal health advisors predict four coronavirus vaccine trials backed by U.S. could fail

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld has his arm disinfected by Dr. Chao Wang during a clinical trial for a Coronavirus vaccine at Meridian Clinical Research in Rockville, Maryland on Monday, July 27, 2020. The Coronavirus vaccine was created by the biopharmaceutical company Moderna. Amanda Andrade-Rhoades | The Washington Post | Getty Images A top group advising U.S. health officials predicted Tuesday that four late-stage coronavirus vaccine trials backed by the United States could fail to provide positive results. The National Academies of …

Hitler’s Quest for Power Was Nearly Derailed Multiple Times. But the System Enabled His Rise

Adolf Hitler did not have to come to power. Indeed, during his 13-year quest for leadership of Germany, he almost failed many times. In the end, however, his astonishing success showed how demagoguery could overcome potentially career-ending challenges—and profoundly change history. A determined strongman, not taken seriously by the elites but enabled by a core of passionate supporters, could bend events his way just as his country went into free-fall. Hitler’s seemingly improbable ascent is an object lesson in the …

Beirut blast: ambassador firms as Lebanon’s next PM ahead of Macron visit

Lebanon’s ambassador to Germany could become the crisis-stricken country’s next prime minister after getting the support of senior Sunni politicians. Mustapha Adib was named by four former prime ministers on the eve of binding consultations between the president and parliamentary blocs on their choice for the post. The announcement on Sunday came a day before French president Emmanuel Macron was due to arrive for a two day-visit, during which he is expected to press Lebanese officials to formulate a new …

Elon Musk demonstrates brain-computer tech Neuralink in live pigs

A pig with a Neuralink implant. Screengrab of live demo Elon Musk’s brain-machine interface company, Neuralink, conducted a live demo of its technology on Friday, showing a coin-sized device without wires. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO brought along three pigs, who had varying levels of interest in cooperating. Eventually, the audience was shown real-time neural signals from one of the pigs, which Musk named Gertrude. According to Musk, Gertrude has had the implant for about two months.  The start-up, which …

These Scientists Are Still Studying The World’s Most Controversial Drug, But They Can’t Find Enough People To Take It

BuzzFeed News; John Phillips / Getty Images When Nicholas White decided to launch a clinical trial about hydroxychloroquine, he didn’t know he’d picked the soon-to-be most controversial drug in the world. Early on in the pandemic, his research team set out to see if the malaria medication could prevent coronavirus infections, something test-tube research hinted at. Their goal: to sign up 40,000 healthcare workers. The count, since April: about 100. Months ago, trials like this one were flooded with volunteers …

The Milwaukee Bucks Led the Way as Athletes Took a Stand Over Jacob Blake. Players Decades Ago Helped Win Them the Power to Speak Up

When the Milwaukee Bucks refused to take the court for their scheduled playoff game against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night, in protest of the police shooting of a Black man named Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., they were not alone. On Wednesday and Thursday, not only were NBA playoffs and WNBA games delayed, but athletes from Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer also refused to take to the field; football practices were nixed and hockey games postponed. And …

Video Games May Be Key to Keeping World War II Memory Alive. Here Are 5 WWII Games Worth Playing, According to a Historian

The 75th anniversary of Japan formally surrendering to the U.S. aboard the battleship USS Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945, arrives at a moment when the question of how the war is remembered feels more necessary than ever. Veterans’ stories, books, movies and TV shows have kept memories of the war alive for the last 75 years, but how will those stories be told when there are fewer people around who lived through those era-defining years? Recently, some people in younger …

Germany calls for end to east Mediterranean military drills

Germany has called for an end to military drills in the eastern Mediterranean to defuse tensions and create conditions for NATO allies Greece and Turkey to resolve a dispute over offshore energy exploration rights By SUZAN FRASER and GEIR MOULSON Associated Press August 27, 2020, 8:06 PM • 4 min read ANKARA, Turkey — Germany’s foreign minister on Thursday called for an end to military drills in the eastern Mediterranean to defuse tensions and create conditions for NATO allies Greece …

Hurricane Laura: Louisiana faces 110mph winds as storm moves deeper inland – US politics live

7.39am EDT 07:39 It’s not just the wind and rain and associated flooding that is a life-threatening risk with Hurricane Laura. As the largest storm to hit the Louisiana coast for 164 years, it will also bring with a storm surge that will cause severe flooding that can reach quite far inland. National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham has been on CNN this morning, and in this clip you can see him explaining why it may take another 24 hours …

Rights group urges release of abducted Libyan protesters

Amnesty International is calling for the release of at least six protesters abducted when armed men, apparently allied with Libya’s U.N.-supported government, fired live ammunition to disperse a demonstration in the capital By SAMY MAGDY Associated Press August 26, 2020, 3:26 PM 3 min read CAIRO — Amnesty International on Wednesday urged for the release of at least six protesters abducted when armed men, apparently allied with Libya’s U.N.-supported government, fired live ammunition to disperse a demonstration in the capital. …

Google is investing $100 million in telehealth provider Amwell, which will use Google Cloud

Thomas Kurian, CEO of Alphabet’s Google Cloud, speaks at the Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco on April 9, 2019. Michael Short | Bloomberg | Getty Images Google‘s cloud division is investing $100 million in Amwell, formerly known as American Well, a company that builds technology for virtual doctors’ visits. The company has filed to go public, and Google’s investment will be a concurrent private placement at the IPO price. As part of the partnership, Amwell will move parts of …

Storms Marco and Laura Are Poised To Give The Gulf Coast A Deadly One-Two Punch

science Follow these forecasts from the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service. Posted on August 23, 2020, at 10:53 a.m. ET The Gulf Coast is bracing for a devastating one-two punch, with two major storms, Marco and Laura, forecast to make landfall at hurricane strength in the coming days. It is very unusual for two major storms to hit the same coastal area in rapid succession. Laura and Marco are the earliest L- and M-named storms recorded in …

California wildfires: Trump declares major disaster as state braces for worsening conditions

Donald Trump has issued a major disaster declaration as deteriorating weather conditions threaten to spark new wildfires in California, where firefighters have been battling some of the largest wildfires on record for the past week. Trump’s declaration will release federal assistance for the state, with governor Gavin Newsom saying it declaration will also help people in counties affected by the fires with crisis counselling, housing and other social services.   California is bracing for dry lightning and gusty winds that …