WHO warns of rise in Covid cases across Europe for third consecutive week as restrictions are eased

A Covid patient breathes oxygen through a mask at the sub-intensive care unit of the Casalpalocco hospital, south of Rome, on October 13, 2021. Alberto Pizzoli | AFP | Getty Images Covid-19 cases in Europe have increased for the third consecutive week, World Health Organization officials said at a briefing Wednesday, urging caution as temperatures … Read more

Koch network spends big to lobby against Biden agenda while supporting other Democratic plans

The political network backed by billionaire Charles Koch spent a record amount of money directly lobbying Congress, with a focus on opposing crucial elements of President Joe Biden’s agenda while supporting some bills backed by Democratic lawmakers. Americans for Prosperity, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, supported by the libertarian-leaning Koch, spent $350,000 between July and September … Read more

Bomb threat leads to lockdown at Navy facility that includes Walter Reed hospital

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is seen shortly after the White House announced that President Donald Trump will be helicoptering to the hospital and “will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days” after testing positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S., October 2, 2020. … Read more

UK doctors call for urgent return of Covid restrictions as experts monitor new mutation

Firefighter Dan Joslin wearing a face shield helps prone a Covid-19 patient as he works alongside critical care nurses in the Intensive Care Unit at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, southern England. ADRIAN DENNIS | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — U.K. medical professionals have issued an urgent plea to the British government to reimpose … Read more

FBI at home of Russian oligarch and ex-Manafort associate Oleg Deripaska

Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska speaks to media in front of the office of Gorkovsky Automobile Plant (GAZ) in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia April 16, 2019. Maxim Shemetov | Reuters FBI agents are conducting “law enforcement activity” at the home of Russian energy tycoon Oleg Deripaska, a spokesman for the agency told NBC News on Tuesday. Multiple … Read more

Robotexts are flooding our phones, and the FCC is looking at ways to stop them

Federal Communication Commission Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill December 05, 2019 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images The Federal Communications Commission will soon look at a proposal to block robotexts, the agency announced Monday. … Read more

Nord Stream 2: The Russian pipeline that everybody’s talking about

GP – View of the Pipeline Inspection Gauge receiving station, the Nord Stream 2 part of the landfall area in Lubmin on Germanys Baltic Sea coast. JOHN MACDOUGALL | AFP | Getty Images Lubmin, GERMANY – Remote, quiet but energy-rich: the coastal area of Lubmin in north Germany hosts the world’s most controversial gas pipeline. … Read more

Americans among more than 350 passengers who departed Kabul on evacuation flight Sunday

The ninth evacuation flight from Afghanistan since August 31 is carrying 353 evacuees, including faculty, staff, and students from the American University of Afghanistan, as well as citizens from Afghanistan, the United States, the Netherlands, Denmark and Australia, among others, according to the official. The official did not say how many Americans were on board. … Read more

Op-ed: Why the U.S.-China duo is the most significant, and potentially the most perilous, bilateral relationship in human history

The U.S. and China represent the most significant – and potentially most perilous – bilateral relationship in human history.  Given that reality, neither side is managing their rising tensions with adequate skill or durable strategy. That’s the way Stephen Heintz of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund put it in a conversation with me a couple of … Read more