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Migrants freezing to death on Belarus-Poland border

The BBC finds stranded migrants facing sub-zero temperatures amid a row between Poland and Belarus.

Africa's week in pictures: 17-23 September 2021

A selection of the best photos from the African continent and beyond.

Vast area of Scottish Highlands to be rewilded in ambitious 30-year project

Affric Highlands initiative to restore nature will involve tree planting, restoring peat bogs and connecting wildlife habitats

A large swathe of the Scottish Highlands stretching between the west coast and Loch Ness is to be rewilded as part of a 30-year project to restore nature.

The Affric Highlands initiative aims to increase connected habitats and species diversity over an area of 200,000 hectares (500,000 acres), incorporating Kintail mountain range, and glens Cannich, Moriston and Shiel. Plans include planting trees, enhancing river corridors, restoring peat bogs and creating nature-friendly farming practices.

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Gira Sarabhai, Designer Who Helped Shape Modern India, Dies at 97

The youngest daughter of an influential family of industrialists, she trained with Frank Lloyd Wright before returning to India and founding design institutions.

Secret Hearing Focuses on Hidden Microphones at Guantánamo Prison

Hearings resumed in the destroyer Cole bombing case after a 600-day delay caused by the pandemic.

Ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont detained in Sardinia

The lawyer for Carles Puigdemont says the former Catalan leader has been detained in Sardinia, Italy


Restaurants set to be banned from withholding staff tips

The government is set to make it illegal for hospitality bosses to withhold tips from their workers.

Residents of Troubled Supertall Tower Seek $125 Million in Damages

The condo board at 432 Park Avenue is suing the developers for construction and design defects that have led to floods, faulty elevators, and electrical explosions.

Treasury's Janet Yellen Is Being Tested by Debt Limit Fight

The Treasury secretary must wade into a standoff between Democrats and Republicans over raising the debt limit.

China Evergrande Bond Payment Remains Uncertain

The payment, on China Evergrande’s dollar-denominated bonds, was due Thursday. By the end of the business day in New York, the company had still not said publicly whether it had made the payment or planned to.

Delta urges airlines to create a national ‘no fly’ list of problematic passengers.

The carrier informed flight attendants about its request ahead of a House hearing on increased unruliness on flights.


Spyware ‘found on phones of five French cabinet members’

Mediapart claims indicate that devices were targeted by NSO’s Pegasus spyware

Traces of Pegasus spyware were found on the mobile phones of at least five current French cabinet ministers, the investigative website Mediapart has reported, citing multiple anonymous sources and a confidential intelligence dossier.

The allegation comes two months after the Pegasus Project, a media consortium that included the Guardian, revealed that the phone numbers of top French officials, including French president Emmanuel Macron and most of his 20-strong cabinet, appeared in a leaked database at the heart of the investigative project.

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Furious French defence contractor to seek compensation over Aukus deal

Head of Naval Group attacks Australia’s ‘political’ decision to cancel €56bn contract with his firm

Australia has signed up to an empty promise by agreeing to a US nuclear powered submarine deal for which there is no clear delivery date or technology transfer agreement, the furious head of the French defence contractor Naval Group has warned.

Pierre Eric Pommellet also said his firm will be seeking compensation for Australia’s cancellation of a €56bn (£48bn) contract for 12 new Attack-class submarines, which he described as a purely political decision which came without warning.

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Diplomacy and defence in the wake of Aukus – with Lenore Taylor

Last week, Australia entered into a new defence pact with the United States and the United Kingdom. The pact, dubbed Aukus, will see Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines from the US and the UK, effectively ending a $90bn contract Australia had previously signed with France. Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher speak to Gabrielle Jackson about the immediate fallout from Australia’s new partnership and the ramifications of the Aukus alliance

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‘Eco-feminist’ shocks French politics in bid for Greens’ presidency

Sandrine Rousseau says people want politicians to be braver when it comes to tackling the climate crisis

Her radical “punk ecology” has won support among activists on the left and been attacked by the far right as dangerous to the French nation. But Sandrine Rousseau, a figurehead of the #MeToo movement against sexual violence and a self-described “eco-feminist,” has shocked the political class by reaching the final round of the Greens’ primary race to choose a presidential candidate.

Now, with a chance of running for president , Rousseau is warning France risks a descent into hatred and racism unless equality and the environment take priority in April’s election race.

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Tell us: how will you be affected by France’s new vaccine passport rules?

From 30 September, people aged 12-17 visiting France from the UK must present a vaccine passport to access most public places in the country

From 30 September, people aged 12-17 visiting France from the UK must present a “passe sanitaire” (vaccine passport) to access most public places in the country. Previously, this was only required for people aged 18 years and older.

The UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) does not recommend that most 12 to 15-year-olds get vaccinated and, for the time being, is only backing offering a first dose to 16 and 17-year-olds. This may pose practical problems for many UK-based parents, whose only option would seem to be paying for PCR tests.

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Book Bestsellers 2021

Strictly's Rose Ayling-Ellis rehearsing without hearing music

Rose Ayling-Ellis and her dance partner Giovanni Pernice prepare for their first live performance.

'The Guilty' dials up Jake Gyllenhaal as a 911 operator on a very bad day

If you like Jake Gyllenhaal up close and sweaty, do we have a movie for you.

Kelly Clarkson releases new Christmas single in September because why not

Kelly Clarkson doesn't need a pesky calendar to tell her to get into the Christmas spirit.

Notting Hill director Roger Michell dies aged 65

The filmmaker was also known for movies including Venus and My Cousin Rachel.

Strictly Come Dancing: Pro dancer Gorka Márquez plays down vaccine speculation

Professional Gorka Márquez responds to reports that some pro dancers are refusing to be vaccinated.

'Tiger King 2' is coming to Netflix

Get ready all you cool cats and kittens, Netflix has announced "Tiger King 2" is coming coming to the streaming service.

'Dear Evan Hansen' and its Broadway pedigree get lost in translation

Despite its Broadway credentials, "Dear Evan Hansen" hits screens faced with an inherent tension: Can its songs and cast, led by Ben Platt reprising his Tony-winning role, overcome the uncomfortable premise and problematic protagonist? The answer is not completely, despite tweaks seemingly made specifically to try softening those edges.

Matthew McConaughey 'measuring' Texas gubernatorial run

Matthew McConaughey is still considering a run for political office.


Where to Watch the Films of Melvin Van Peebles

A new Blu-ray box set collects the feature films and shorts of the director, who died this week at 89.

The ‘Dream Tablet’ Nears the End of a Long Journey Home

The ancient artifact, which contains a portion of the Gilgamesh epic, is going back to Iraq after having been stolen from a museum there some 30 years ago.

Finding Redemption and Rebirth on the Road to Broadway

The “Pass Over” playwright’s bold decision to alter her play’s ending was essential, she said, to convey the message that “we as a people need to heal.”

8 New Books We Recommend This Week

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

Rihanna on Her Latest Lingerie Collection and Becoming a Billionaire

The most recent Savage x Fenty show, which will be broadcast on Friday, isn’t all she has been up to.

In Rashid Johnson’s Mosaics, Broken Lives Pieced Together

In new exhibitions at the Metropolitan Opera and David Kordansky Gallery, the artist offers a story of recovery — personal and collective — after a “blunt force trauma.”

Review: 'Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror' Divides and Conquers

“Mind/Mirror,” a monumental retrospective at the Whitney Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, reveals an artist’s protean talent, changing perspectives and resiliency over six decades.


Jimmy Greaves, English Soccer Star, Is Dead at 81

He was the first player to lead scoring in England’s top league for three straight seasons, but he may be best known for one game he missed: the 1966 World Cup final.

The weird and wonderful outfits of fans at the Ryder Cup

Former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy throws a foam slice of cheese into a crowd of fans while 2019 Open champion Shane Lowry walks around with one on his head.

With Playoff Positions on the Line, Old Rivalries Get New Life

The Red Sox are battling the Yankees for a wild-card spot as the Giants try to hold off the Dodgers for a division title. It should be an interesting 10 days.

Rudy Riska, the Heisman Trophy’s Guiding Light, Dies at 85

For over 40 years he oversaw the awarding of the prestigious trophy to the nation’s top college football player and helped winners on their “magic carpet ride” in New York.

Blue Jays' Robbie Ray Pushed Toward Greatness by Randy Johnson

Robbie Ray’s path from walks leader to Cy Young Award favorite has been eerily similar to Randy Johnson’s. It was Johnson who helped push Ray toward greatness.


Boosters for Moderna and J.&J. Recipients Not Up for Debate at C.D.C. Panel

The panel was not asked to judge whether people who received the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines should receive Pfizer-BioNTech boosters.

Biden Administration Makes First Major Move to Regulate Greenhouse Gases

The Environmental Protection Agency issued a regulation on Thursday that will sharply reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons, which are widely used in air-conditioning and refrigeration.

Earliest definitive evidence of people in Americas

Scientists have found evidence that humans reached the Americas earlier than previously thought.

Ancient Footprints Push Back Date of Human Arrival in the Americas

Human footprints found in New Mexico are at least 23,000 years old, a study reported, suggesting that people may have arrived long before the Ice Age’s glaciers melted.

Quotation of the Day: Pressure Grows on U.S. Companies to Share Covid Vaccine Technology.

Quotation of the Day for September 23, 2021.


Spying concerns fuel the market for more secure tech

Revelations about spyware have spurred interest in more secure phones and software.

DoorDash's Andy Fang on international expansion and lasting post-pandemic delivery behaviors

DoorDash co-founder and CEO Andy Fang on international expansion and post-pandemic delivery behaviors that extend to grocery, alcohol, flowers and so much more.

Facebook exec will testify at Senate hearing after report finds Instagram harms teen mental health

Facebook agreed to send Antigone Davis, global head of safety, to testify before the Senate Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection on Sept. 30.

FTC Chair Lina Khan outlines new vision for antitrust enforcement, consumer protection

Khan has been among the leading voices for more vigorous antitrust enforcement, sparking a movement with her 2017 article, "Amazon's Antitrust Paradox."

It’s Possible to Be Too Rich

For Big Tech companies, having endless money can hold them and us back.