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Scholz Elected by Parliament to Become German Chancellor
Olaf Scholz was elected chancellor by Germany’s parliament, clearing the way for the Social Democrat to take charge of tackling a brutal Covid-19 outbreak and a raft of geopolitical challenges including the standoff over Ukraine. He will be sworn in later on Wednesday, ending Angela Merkel’s 16-year tenure and becoming the country’s ninth chancellor since…
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China Says Diplomatic Boycott ‘Seriously Violates’ Political Neutrality of Olympics
The U.S. is attempting to interfere with the Beijing Games “out of ideological prejudice and based on lies and rumors," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said.
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Tokyo Set to Begin Recognizing Same-Sex Partnerships
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called for caution on the issue ahead of the election, even though a poll found that 57% of respondents approved of same-sex marriage
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What Actually Worries U.S. Doctors About Omicron
The latest COVID-19 variant, Omicron, is raising new fears—among policymakers, parents, educators, business owners and, well, just about everyone. And for good reason, as initial reports suggest that it is significantly more transmissible than prior variants. But for those of us engaged in clinical care and public health—we’re an emergency physician and trauma surgeon—there’s a…
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Samsung to Replace Co-CEOs, Reorganize Consumer Business
Samsung Electronics Co. is combining two of its three business divisions and appointing new leaders to replace its three co-chief executive officers in its biggest management shakeup since 2017. The reorganization, decided under the oversight of de-facto leader and Samsung heir Jay Y. Lee, will see the consumer and mobile divisions merged into a newly…
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Christmas Gifts That Actually Fight Climate Change
If you’re stuck on what to buy as Christmas gifts this year, a Swiss start-up has a suggestion: some carbon dioxide. Climeworks AG owns the world’s largest direct-air carbon capture facility, in Iceland, where dozens of machines suck in air and filter out the CO2, so it can be stored permanently underground and prevented from…
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Biden-Putin Square Off as Tension Grows on Ukraine Border
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Russia’s Vladimir Putin squared off Tuesday over the massive buildup of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border, the U.S. president eager to use his video call with Putin to serve notice that Moscow will face economy-jarring sanctions if it invades neighboring Ukraine. Just hours before the call got…
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What to Know About Digital World, the Company Funding Trump’s New Social Media Platform ‘TRUTH Social’
Former President Donald Trump’s new media company, Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), announced Saturday that it has secured $1 billion in funding from a “diverse group” of institutional investors ahead of going public via a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC)—a shell company set up for the sole purpose of raising money to acquire another…
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Crypto CEOs Head to Congress to Fight Looming Regulations. Here’s What to Expect
As debates about cryptocurrency regulation continue to be waged around the world, six key executives will attempt to defend the rapidly growing field before Congress on Wednesday. 
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Wins TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year Reader Poll
Former president Donald Trump came in second place; Russian lawyer Alexei Navalny came in third place.
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These Are the Most Mispronounced Words of 2021
The list identifies the words that proved most challenging for newsreaders and people on television to pronounce this year
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American Airlines CEO Doug Parker Joins a Wave of Airline CEOs Retiring Amid Pandemic Struggles
(DALLAS) — American Airlines CEO Doug Parker will retire in March and be replaced by its current president, Robert Isom, as the airline seeks to rebuild after massive losses caused by the pandemic. Parker, 60, has led Texas-based American since late 2013, when he engineered a merger with smaller US Airways. He will remain as…
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3 Myths About Pearl Harbor, According to a Military Historian
Tuesday marks the 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, killing some 2,400 American servicemen and leading the U.S. to enter World War II. And 80 years later, myths and misunderstandings persist about what President Franklin Roosevelt called “a day that will live in infamy.” “The attack on Pearl…
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America’s Foster Care System Is a Dangerous Place for Trans Teens. Now They’re Fighting for Change
Benjerman Xander entered foster care in Oregon as a 10-year-old in 2013. Ben had always felt wrong in his body, he tells TIME, but around the time he entered care, he began going through puberty, and the feelings got much more intense. “It just felt really off—like my body was doing something it shouldn’t have,”…
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How World Leaders’ Reactions to Pearl Harbor Changed the Course of World War II
Within half an hour of the bombs falling on Hawaii, the phone rang in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s study. When the navy secretary came on the line, his voice was quavering: “Mr. President, it looks as if the Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor.” At first, all Roosevelt could say was “No.” He then turned to…
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What America Owes Black Veterans of World War II
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 1.2 million black servicemen and women were among the 16 million Americans who answered the call to defend our country and protect democracy abroad. The irony of fighting a war to defend democracy—in segregated ranks—wasn’t lost on them, but they believed in America’s promise. And they believed their…
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The 10 Best Movies of 2021
If 2020 was a long, dark winter for movie lovers—a season of some terrific pictures, sure, but also a long slog of having no choice but to stream everything at home—2021 has been the exuberant, celebratory spring. Not even just your regular, garden-variety spring, but a full-on Stravinsky-style spring, with crocuses bursting from the earth…
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Grief Is Universal. That Doesn’t Make It Less Isolating
Happens every day. Someone is left behind. Someone is left weeping at the grave. Someone’s bed is cold. Someone sets the table for two before remembering there is only one. Someone forgets in sleep and on waking reaches for a hand only to close on emptiness. There will be all those firsts without him. The…
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9 Clues That Set Up Kendall’s Big Cliffhanger on Succession
The story contains spoilers for season 3, episode 8 of Succession. Is Kendall Roy dead? In the very last scene of Succession season 3, episode 8, we find Kendall lying on a pool float, face down, a beer in his hand. His two kids, lounging poolside, head into the house and leave their father alone.…
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In a Break From His Record, Donald Trump Skips the Drama to Remember Bob Dole
This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday. There’s a tactic that some teachers find effective: ignoring a student’s bad conduct and instead praising other students’ more appropriate behavior. The theory is that if the student is…
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Israel Tightens Rules on Cyber Exports After String of Scandals
The decision follows a string of scandals involving foreign governments allegedly abusing technology developed by Israeli firms to spy on civilians
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Why Joe Biden Decided on a Diplomatic Boycott of China’s Winter Olympics
No Biden Administration officials will attend China’s Winter Olympics in February, the White House announced Monday, in a rebuke to Beijing over China’s use of forced labor and concentration camps to suppress a Muslim ethnic minority in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang. “U.S. diplomatic or official representations would treat these games as business as…
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All Private Employers in NYC Will Have to Require COVID-19 Vaccination by Dec. 27
NEW YORK — From multinational banks to corner grocery stores, all private employers in New York City will have to require their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the mayor announced Monday, imposing one of the most aggressive vaccine rules in the nation. The move by Mayor Bill de Blasio comes as cases are climbing…
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The 13 Best Scary Christmas Movies to Deck the Halls With Horror
When the weather outside is frightful, sometimes the only solution is to make the mood scarier with a spooky movie. Christmas rom-coms and holiday classics are always delightful, of course, but occasionally you want something with a little more kick. This is where the Christmas horror movie comes in. While it may seem counterintuitive to…
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New for Some DoorDash Deliverers: Full Time Hours and Health Insurance
Starting Monday, DoorDash is offering grocery delivery in 15 minutes or less in the Chelsea neighborhood in New York. But instead of the army of gig workers it typically relies on to fulfill orders, DoorDash is forming a new company — called DashCorps — to employ couriers to handle the deliveries. Unlike DoorDash’s gig workers,…
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The Best Holiday Gifts to Give Teachers This Year
The last few years have been rough, especially for teachers. From learning how to teach remotely to navigating COVID-19 protocols, educators have shouldered the pandemic’s burden often without complaint. To show the teachers and school staff members you know your appreciation, send them a gift for the holidays. This list has you covered whether you…
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Why The Biden Administration Is Relaunching Trump’s Controversial ‘Remain in Mexico’ Immigration Policy
Felicia Rangel-Samponaro says she’s got déjà vu. Just 11 months ago, President Biden suspended the Trump Administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)—also known as “Remain in Mexico,” a set of rules requiring asylum seekers to wait south of the border while their cases are adjudicated in the U.S. On Monday, the controversial policy is officially back…
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Reuniting Families Separated Under Trump Is Expensive. Should the U.S. Government Pay?
Republican pundits and lawmakers have made political hay over news reports indicating that the federal government is engaged in negotiations involving a $450,000 per person payout to those victimized by former President Trump’s family separation policy. President Biden has said directly that he would not support a payout that high. But the story—and the near-half-million…
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