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ITF 'does not want to punish a billion people' by suspending China tournaments in Peng Shuai row
The governing body of tennis, the International Tennis Foundation (ITF), has not suspended tournaments in China because it "does not want to punish a billion people," its president said Sunday.
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David Perdue and Brian Kemp's Brutal GOP Brawl Is Good News for Stacey Abrams in Georgia
David Perdue lost his Georgia Senate seat in a runoff against Democrat Jon Ossoff in January.
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar rips LeBron James over ‘childish’ celebration: ‘GOATs don’t dance’
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was no fan of LeBron James’ flamboyant celebration last week when the NBA superstar helped the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Indiana Pacers.
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Brian Cox Says Jeremy Strong's 'Succession' Method Acting 'Worries' Him
"I don't know how popular the way I work is amongst our troupe," Strong admitted to The New Yorker.
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'Succession' Season 3 Episode 8 Recap: Kendall Tries To Get Out From Under Logan's Thumb
"Chiantishire" saw Caroline Colingwood's pre-wedding celebrations become a battleground for the Roy siblings, especially between Kendall and Logan.
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France’s Merkel or Thatcher Moment? Not Quite
Macron’s latest rival wants to become the country’s first female president by beating him at his own game. It will be hard.
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The world could end Covid quicker. Here's how
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Kennedy Center honors creative excellence in the arts at annual gala
Motown founder Berry Gordy, opera star Justino Díaz, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, entertainer Bette Midler and television impresario Lorne Michaels were among those honored this weekend.
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China attacks potential US Olympic diplomatic boycott
China is threatening to take “firm countermeasures" if the U.S. proceeds with a diplomatic boycott of February's Beijing Winter Olympic Games
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Kitten Trapped in Drain for a Week Rescued by Arizona Firefighters
The Phoenix Fire Department took two days to rescue the tiny and defenseless animal from a deep city sewer.
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Scientist behind UK vaccine says next pandemic may be worse
One of the scientists behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is warning that the next pandemic may more contagious and more lethal unless more money is devoted to research and preparations to fight emerging viral threats
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What Does the Crown in 'Fortnite' Chapter 3 Mean?
"Fortnite" Chapter 3 has introduced an overwhelming amount of features and content. One new item that the game does not particularly explain to you is the crown.
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US reluctance to lift sanctions main hurdle to reviving 2015 pact, Iran official says
The reluctance of the United States to lift all sanctions on Iran is the main challenge to reviving a 2015 nuclear pact, a senior Iranian official said on Sunday, as Western powers questioned Tehran's determination to salvage the agreement.
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The U.K. Presses Ahead With Omicron Christmas
With each new Covid variant, will we shut down or soldier on? Britain is testing one approach.
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Which States Have Omicron COVID Variant As Four First Cases Reported in One Day
Laboratory work is ongoing to determine exactly how transmissible and vaccine-resistant the new variant of concern is.
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Here's what pleading the Fifth is and what it means for the January 6 committee
The January 6 committee is facing a new challenge as multiple people it has subpoenaed signal their intentions to invoke Fifth Amendment protections ahead of their testimony.
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Queen's gambit: Meet the real Beth Harmon
László Polgár is an educational psychologist who believes a child can excel at anything if pushed.
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Kathy Griffin Calls Marjorie Taylor Greene a 'Dumb B****' for Comparing COVID to Cancer
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene sparked backlash when she tweeted that the U.S. has "never once shut down" over cancer—prompting Kathy Griffin to weigh in.
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South Africa's President urges people to get vaccinated
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Why Have 'Vanderpump Rules' Stars Raquel Leviss and James Kennedy Split?
The romance is over for "Vanderpump Rules" stars Raquel Leviss and James Kennedy after 5 years together. Here's what we know.
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Carbon trading gets a green light from the U.N., and Brazil hopes to earn billions
Carbon offsets got a big boost from November's U.N. climate summit. New rules could make it easier for companies to pay for carbon-cutting projects in other countries, rather than doing it themselves.
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: Myanmar junta sentences deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi to prison
Suu Kyi's decades-long push for democracy has made her a Nobel laureate, and a persistent thorn in the side of Myanmar's military overlords. Now she's facing decades in prison.
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Vegetarian? More like planetarian — how tiny tweaks to your dinner can help save the planet
Going "planetarian" is a flexible strategy created by Maggy Keet, founder of the online community Planetarian Life, as a way to help ease people into a more plant-rich diet.
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What is the cheapest trip to Disney World? How to save without sacrificing the magic
From choosing where to stay to what to skip, there are lots of ways to save without sacrificing what counts on a trip to Walt Disney World.      
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Why the Supreme Court may look to China as it reconsiders Roe v. Wade
Conservatives often dismiss arguments about global standards. So why did Chief Justice John Roberts recently reference China and North Korea?      
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Inside the growing alliance between anti-vaccine activists and pro-Trump Republicans
As the U.S. heads into midterm elections next year, the political right and the anti-vaccine movement are drawing ever-closer together — potentially at the cost of thousands of American lives.
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D.C.-area forecast: Surging into the 60s today, but a chance of snow by Wednesday
It’s a roller coaster week for Washington weather.
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Cuomo brothers canceled – here's how they turned mourners' grief into rage
It was the moment that turned grief into rage in May 2020. Seeing the Cuomo brothers joking around on CNN with a gigantic cotton swab.
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Progressive policies that permit rising crime must be stopped – voters in these cities say, 'Enough!'
The crime wave sweeping our country has nothing to do with COVID-19, as White House spokesperson Jen Psaki suggested, but everything to do with progressive Democrats throttling law enforcement.
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The ICC case against Duterte’s drug war is on hold. That could hurt the court’s authority.
A new book on backlash politics explains what this means for international justice.
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A Glimmer of Justice in Death Penalty States
The halting of executions and the guilty verdicts in the Ahmaud Arbery case have given us the slightest bit of hope for change.
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We Are Not Going to Run Out of Hypocrisy Anytime Soon
Yet another school shooting, the Supreme Court argument over Roe and much else in American life gives us pause.
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Why Humans Aren’t the Worst (Despite, Well, Everything Happening in the World)
The historian Rutger Bregman makes a case for the “collective brilliance” of humanity.
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Opioids Feel Like Love. That’s Why They’re Deadly in Tough Times.
America can’t arrest its way out of a problem caused by the fundamental human need to connect.
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'Your Days are F--king Numbered': Threats Rained Down on Election Officials
In this daily series, Newsweek explores the steps that led to the January 6 Capitol Riot.
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Robert Saleh left Jets unprepared for Eagles’ quarterback switch
On this day, the rookie mistake belonged to the fiery rookie head coach.
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People Thirsty to Reverse Their Coronavirus Vaccination Love This Wacky ‘Treatment’
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastA few months ago, a channel popped up in the anti-vaccine recesses of the fringe-friendly social media platform Telegram and began extolling the virtues of the “Niatonin Protocol,” a daily regimen of high doses of niacin, butyric acid, and a few other supplements. (The exact cocktail is situational and ever-shifting.) Through a barrage of anonymous anecdotes and jumbled, supposedly scientific explanations, the group argued this program was a surefire “antidote” for the dangers—some real but rare, others seemingly invented—that they associate with safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.The group has grown rapidly, and several other notable anti-vax channels and sites have picked up and signal-boosted its contents. Recently, another large Telegram channel opened a cross-post promoting the protocol with this note: “Just as the C19 vaccinations were designed to harm, more and more research is being done by scientists looking at treatment and reversal… Keep the faith, stay strong, and stay connected.”Dmitry Kats, the man who developed the Niatonin Protocol as a supposed potential prophylactic against and treatment for COVID-19 itself, told The Daily Beast he didn’t start the primary channel promoting it as a so-called vaccine-reversal regimen, nor the chat room connected to that channel. “I don’t want people to think this is particularly for vaccine injury-related issues,” he explained. “I’m not anti-vax at all… I feel like it’s working brilliantly for many people.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Meet the Hero Cops Who Set the Standard for New York's Finest
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos Getty ImagesWinter 1986Registered Nurse Nina Justiniano placed a stool beside the hospital bed where 28-year-old Police Officer Steven McDonald lay paralyzed below the joining of his neck and head. He had been shot three times by a 15-year-old suspected bicycle thief who had suddenly pulled a gun on an overcast summer afternoon in Central Park five months before. The last bullet had been fired directly into his face, nicking his right eye as he was sprawled on his back. Bullet fragments and bits of bone still impinged on his spine at C2, the second of the seven cervical vertebrae. That is the connection a hangman seeks to break.Steven remained unable to speak or even breathe on his own and the whoosh… whoosh… whoosh of a Bennett 5200 ventilator filled this room on the tenth floor of Bellevue Hospital. The facility’s chief doctor had decided that he would be better off dead.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Why Can't ‘West Side Story’ Just Cast a Puerto Rican Maria?
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos EverettWhen it comes to my identity, I highlight three things about myself above anything else: I’m a woman, I’m Puerto Rican, and I’m a full-fledged theater person. I grew up thinking that everyone, not just my family, ate arroz con gandules (rice and beans) and pernil (pork) at their holiday meals. And I was barely 9 years old when I had my first solo in a Philadelphia community theater production of Annie. This is why when the casting news came out about Steven Spielberg’s film remake of the West Side Story musical I was ecstatic beyond belief, and then incredibly disappointed. Once again, the actress playing the character of Maria is not Puerto Rican, and I can’t understand why.Before you grab your pitchforks (or in the context of this piece, your pocket knives and chains) I know the effort that director Spielberg put into getting this film “right,” as he should have. It’s common knowledge that the folks the first time around got the movie very, very wrong. He canvassed students and professors from the University of Puerto Rico to make sure that Puerto Ricans were represented correctly in the movie, even asking what they would like to see added in. He casted Hispanic actors to portray the characters of that ethnicity in the film, which is already way more than original directors ​​Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins ever did. He also definitely did not want Rita Morena, who is in the remake of the film and the original, forced into wearing brownface this time around. Seriously, that happened. Even Moreno herself, who is Puerto Rican, put her stamp of approval on the film, telling the Chicago Sun Times that Spielberg “corrected all that stuff,“ and that “every Hispanic [character] is actually Hispanic.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Couple found dead on California hiking trail likely tried to save baby, report says
The California couple that died in August on a remote hiking trail in the Sierra National Forest along with their 1-year-old and family dog likely succumbed to the extreme heat, the lack of water and exertion, according to a report.
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‘The Forever Prisoner’ Reveals When America ‘Forever’ Lost Its Moral Standing in the World
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos Department of DefenseDoes Alex Gibney sleep? In the past two years alone, the tireless documentarian has directed four feature-length films (The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, Citizen K, Crazy, Not Insane and Totally Under Control), two two-part, four-hour cable docuseries (Agents of Chaos and The Crime of the Century), and one episode of a non-fiction series (The Innocence Files)—not to mention produced a handful of other likeminded efforts. On top of that enormous slate, he now delivers The Forever Prisoner, an inquiry into the tale of Abu Zubaydah, a Saudi Arabian who’s been detained by the U.S. since March 2002 (and imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay since 2003), making him one of the longest-serving captives in the War on Terror. More notable still, during his initial imprisonment, Zubaydah was subjected to repeated bouts of newly-devised “enhanced interrogation techniques” (EIT)—i.e. “torture”—which to Gibney marks him a symbol of America’s betrayal of its bedrock values.Despite that thesis, however, it’s difficult to get a good read on precisely the point being made by The Forever Prisoner (Dec. 6, HBO), since most of its core contentions are common knowledge and/or generally accepted as fact, and its primary position—that Zubaydah’s indefinite detainment is a fundamental and disgraceful wrong—turns out to be merely a footnote to its larger portrait. As usual, Gibney constructs his film with propulsive efficiency, providing succinct contextual background regarding the War on Terror, and a collection of talking-head commentators, textual evidence, and archival footage (as well as narration from himself) to forward his claims. What’s absent in his latest, however, is a compelling bombshell, or a more fully fleshed-out argument, to invest viewers in this trip back to the ugly early days of our post-9/11 history. From the outset, Gibney declares Zubaydah’s detention by the CIA “the origin story of America’s failure of intelligence, and our retreat from the ideals we claim to be fighting for.” Zubaydah was caught in Pakistan in March 2002 and immediately spirited away to one of the U.S.’s original black sites, which in this instance was little more than a house in the rural jungles of Thailand. There, he was treated for multiple gunshot wounds he’d suffered during the skirmish that led to his capture. Afterwards, he wound up on the receiving end of interrogation procedures created, on the orders of the CIA, by James Mitchell, a military psychologist who had previously developed and run the government’s SERE school (for Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape), which trained soldiers to endure extreme coercion tactics. According to Gibney’s doc, SERE was a response to America’s scarring Korean War experiences, during which time torture, and fears of enemy “brainwashing,” were so great that they invaded the national consciousness, such as via films like The Manchurian Candidate.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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GOP Women Are Leaning Into Mudslinging and Total Villainy
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/Getty“We are not the fringe,” Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene said a few days ago. “We are the base of the party.”She was defending her alliance of rightwing congressional racists—with a tacit emphasis on Lauren Boebert, who in recent weeks has gotten criticism for being just slightly more overtly racist and Islamaphobic than usual—from those who have labeled them an aberration within the GOP conference. And on this issue, Greene, like some real-life manifestation of the Worst Person You Know Just Made a Great Point meme, is right. She and Boebert spew racist talking points and stoke white terror like it’s their jobs, mostly because it is. The GOP “big tent” has a come-one-come-all policy for white racists, white supremacists, and white nationalists from every walk of life. Boebert and Greene are just faithfully representing a voting base that overwhelmingly thinks America’s most pressing problem is that white status-loss leaves white people vulnerable to being treated like Black people.Just as it’s a mistake to regard Boebert and Greene as outliers in their party, it’s also wrong to overlook the ways in which they carry on a long tradition of white women doing the work of white supremacy. It used to be that white ladies fuelled, defended and maintained white power from the political margins—diligently but quietly, mostly out of the limelight as a consequence of limited political opportunity due to misogynist convention. But powerful white racist politicians like George Wallace, Strom Thurmond, Jesse Helms, and Ronald Reagan could not have ensured the durability of institutionalized white power without the countless white women who eagerly and continuously helped perpetuate racial discrimination and oppression through whatever grassroots means were available to them. Those “constant gardeners” of white power, as historian Elizabeth McRae has labeled them, “performed myriad duties to uphold white over black: censoring textbooks, denying marriage certificates, deciding on the racial identity of their neighbors, celebrating school choice, canvassing communities for votes, and lobbying elected officials.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The New Paris Hotel Where You Can Sleep Under the Stars
Jerome GallandEven in a city filled with so many remarkable stone buildings that they become individually unremarkable, the edifice of the old Louvre post office stands out. Perhaps it is because it positively gleams after a restoration, but there is something so unforgettably imposing about its arcaded facade. Even more remarkable, though, is that this building now has a glassed-in rooftop which is part of one of Paris’s newest luxury hotels and the latest selection for our series The New Room with a View, Madame Rêve. It’s a terrace offering a 360 view of Paris skyline, perhaps making it the city’s best new rendez-vous spot.The hotel has 82 rooms, starting at €500 a night, spread out over the top couple of floors of the building. Some look out on the leafy internal gardens, another sign of how greened-up buildings are very much on trend for Paris these days. But many look out over the city—from the nearby bulky St. Eustache to the Eiffel Tower in the distance. A number of the rooms have terraces, not just mere balconies like most Haussmann-era buildings. The hotel is located around the corner from the Jardin du Palais Royal and near the buzzy new art museum from billionaire François Pinault, the Bourse du Commerce.After a day walking all around Paris in late October, I arrived back at the hotel, and took the journey I came to love from its historicist lobby up the elevator to the modern hotel. Walking inside my room, I was ready to pass out. But, when I laid down in bed I realized that above me was a skylight window and, surprise, I could see a couple of stars. The idea of sleeping under the stars in Paris felt extremely romantic even if I was actually alone. This spectacular view is possible because of the angled windows in the room constituting an entire wall. (My first jaded thought upon seeing it was to wonder if the light would wake me up in the morning, but there are blackout shades.) The rooms themselves are modern but warm. They are decorated in light woods with golden-yellow furniture and accents, and love-it-or-hate-it pink mosaic bathrooms.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Charlie Cox Confirmed as the MCU's Daredevil — But Is He In 'Spider-Man: No Way Home?'
Kevin Feige has confirmed that if the character Daredevil was to return to the MCU, it would be played by Charlie Cox. Fans now want to see him in "Spider-Man."
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Omicron Threatens to Deal Spain a Knockout Blow
LA CORUNA, Spain—Spain is one huge sunny terrace, a seaside hotel with a load of historic buildings and unparalleled museums. The country of a thousand selfies raising a beer to the blue sky. The same can be said of France. Before the pandemic, they were the two most visited destinations in the world. That said, tourism involves crowds, long journeys, large hospitality spaces, and generally everything that increases the chances of contagion in the event of a pandemic.Now, the industry has collapsed and generates barely half of what it did a few years ago. And, as if that were not enough, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has just advised against travel to most EU states, due to the spread of the new, ultra-mutated Omicron variant, seven cases of which have been identified in Spain so far. For the moment, Spain, with very low levels of contagion and roughly 80 percent of its population vaccinated, is still in the clear.Mediterranean Europe dared to dream of a summer of recovery for 2021, and although the figures have improved, they’re nowhere near what they were in 2019. Spain, France, Italy, Greece, and Portugal are anxiously awaiting the resurrection of international tourism. In many cases, including in Spain, the extreme dependence on tourism has made it virtually the only hope of economic recovery post-pandemic.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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When Charlie Chaplin Was Expelled from the U.S.—For Decades
United Artists/Getty ImagesIn late November of 1952, Oona O’Neill Chaplin, then a 27-year-old mother of four, flew from Europe to Los Angeles for a week-long visit to the house she and her husband had until recently called home. It wasn’t a pleasure trip. Oona was in town to wrap up their life in America and to recover her family’s fortune, the money her famous husband—Charlie Chaplin—had buried in the backyard.According to a neighbor who recounted a conversation he had with Oona over a decade later, she took the recovered cash, went to a bank to convert the pile into thousand-dollar bills, and then sewed them into her mink coat, following her husband’s instructions. Ten days after her arrival, she slung her now very valuable mink over her arm, said a teary goodbye to her home country, and boarded a plane back to Europe.“While the veracity of this particular story, like so many tales about the Chaplins, could be questioned, there is no doubt that Oona was a key figure in saving her husband’s assets and that had she not been up to the task, the bulk of the Chaplin fortune might have been lost,” Jane Scovell writes in the biography Oona: Living in Shadows.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Listeria Contamination Fears Lead to Over 200,000 Pounds of Pork Recalled
Alexander & Hornung voluntarily recalled approximately 234,391 pounds of fully cooked ham and pepperoni products.
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Islamophobia and anti-Semitism controversies dominate Congress. Diplomacy, not so much.
Lawmakers and advocates still pressing for a two-state solution in the Middle East are wincing as political weaponization of the conflict becomes the norm.
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