• Shelling of Ukraine Nuclear Plant Raising Fears and Outrage

    KYIV, Ukraine — In the early days of the war in Ukraine, Russian troops seized control of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant after a fierce battle that included shrapnel hitting the containment structure of Reactor No. 1. The resulting fire was quickly extinguished, a thick wall prevented a breach, and in the ensuing five months…

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  • Russia’s Economy Contracts Sharply as War and Sanctions Take Hold

    The Russian economy contracted steeply in the second quarter as the economic consequences of its war in Ukraine took hold. The economy shrank 4 percent from April through June compared with a year ago, the Russian statistics agency said on Friday. It is the first quarterly gross domestic product report to fully capture the change…

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  • Russia’s War in Ukraine: Live Updates

    A Ukrainian artillery unit firing from a frontline position near the town of Bakhmut on Wednesday.Credit…David Guttenfelder for The New York Times BAKHMUT, Ukraine — Ukrainian soldiers scurried around the howitzer in a field one recent morning. In a flurry of activity, one man lugged a 106-pound explosive shell from a truck to the gun.…

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  • Serbia’s Leader Rejects ‘Little Putin’ Label Amid Fears of Russian Meddling

    BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbia’s strongman leader, Aleksandar Vucic, is fed up with being reviled as a “little Putin” intent on aggression against his country’s fragile neighbors in the Balkans. For starters, Mr. Vucic noted wryly in an interview in the library of the presidential palace this month, “I am almost two meters tall.” That makes…

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  • All Hooting Aside: Did a Vocal Evolution Give Rise to Language?

    The ubiquity of the vocal lips did not necessarily mean that they affected the sounds their possessors produced. So Dr. Nishimura’s group removed the larynges from three deceased chimpanzees and attached them to simulated lungs; they did the same with six rhesus macaques that had been euthanized for other approved experiments. In all the simulations,…

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  • Latest Russia-Ukraine War News: Live Updates

    Video Satellite images of the Saki air base, on Crimea’s western Black Sea coast, taken before the explosions on Tuesday and afterward, on Wednesday.CreditCredit…Planet Labs With satellite images showing at least eight wrecked warplanes after explosions at a Russian air base in Crimea, President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine said late Wednesday that Moscow’s mounting losses…

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  • Rethinking Joe Manchin – The New York Times

    Manchin’s liberal critics sometimes imagine that they know more about winning a West Virginia election than he does — and that he could keep winning even if behaved like most Democrats. As Ruy Teixeira, another political scientist, wrote, “If only he was not the actually-existing Joe Manchin from the actually-existing conservative state of West Virginia…

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  • Your Thursday Briefing – The New York Times

    Satellite images show damage from Crimea blast Satellite photos taken after a series of explosions on Tuesday at a Russian air base in Crimea appear to show at least three blast craters and at least eight wrecked warplanes, indicating a serious blow to the Russian military contradicting the Kremlin’s account. Russian authorities had previously denied…

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  • U.S. Presses Congo to Slow Oil-and-Gas Push in Rainforests

    KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — Pushing for a reconsideration of plans by the Democratic Republic of Congo to auction parts of its vast rainforests and peatlands, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken announced that American and Congolese officials would form a team to examine proposed oil-and-gas extraction in those areas. The agreement came on…

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  • Crimea Blast Damage Appears Worse Than Russia Claimed: Ukraine War News

    Video Ukraine claimed responsibility for a rare attack on a Russian air base in the occupied Crimean Peninsula.CreditCredit…Reuters ODESA, Ukraine — Damage from a series of explosions at a Russian air base in Crimea appeared to be greater than the Kremlin has described, as officials on the Russia-occupied peninsula on Wednesday declared a state of…

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