Military Crackdown in Myanmar Escalates With Killing of Protesters

Military Crackdown in Myanmar Escalates With Killing of Protesters A man who had been shot in the leg on Sunday was carried away for treatment in Mandalay, Myanmar, where doctors confirmed three fatalities in a day of violence by security forces.The New York Times At least 18 people were killed during protests, according to the United Nations, with security forces opening fire on crowds. Feb. 28, 2021 Military forces in Myanmar opened fire on crowds of peaceful demonstrators in several cities on Sunday, killing at least 18 people, the United Nations said, in a violent escalation of the junta’s efforts to suppress weeks of mass protests against its month-old coup. Videos and photographs captured images of bodies in the street

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The Ugly Divorce Between Britain and Brussels Is Just Getting Started

As trade disputes pile up, the blame game evident in the early months of the split suits domestic political needs on both sides. LONDON — Few people on either side of the English Channel believed that Britain’s exit from the European Union would go off without a hitch. So when horror stories surfaced about rotting shellfish, empty delivery trucks and eye-popping customs fees, many reacted less with shock than grim resignation. But Britain and the European Union have also fallen out politically and diplomatically, with a speed and bitterness that has surprised even pessimists about the relationship. While these strains are less tangible to Britons than having to pay extra costs for imported coffee from Italy, they could have an

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African-American Sacrifice in the Killing Fields of France

They fought and died as heroes for their country in World War I, only for segregation to persist. SÉCHAULT, France — The modest granite monument at the entrance to Séchault, a village in eastern France, commemorates the sacrifice of the United States 369th Infantry Regiment, African-Americans who came from Harlem to fight in the last months of World War I. A single word in brackets, “Colored,” alludes to the official name of the New York National Guard unit from which the soldiers were drawn. They were the Black warriors of the segregated American armed forces. Denied a send-off parade in New York before shipping out in 1917, assigned to the French Army because their own countrymen refused to fight alongside

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In Confronting Saudi Arabia, Biden Tiptoes With a Close Ally

The U.S. has accused Saudi Arabia’s crown prince of ordering the killing of the dissident Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi but is wary of causing a break with an important Arab partner. BEIRUT, Lebanon — President Biden and his administration speak less of calculated interests in dealing with the rest of the world and more of letting values like democracy and human rights guide the way. But in the administration’s handling of the public release of an intelligence assessment last week concluding that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia had approved the operation that killed the dissident Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, American strategic interests prevailed. The United States sought some accountability for the crime, imposing sanctions on a former

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T.I. and Tiny Accused of Sexual Assault; Lawyer Seeks Investigation

The Atlanta superstar rapper and his wife have denied allegations that they drugged and sexually assaulted women, and their lawyer called it a “shakedown.” Weeks after accusations of sexual abuse and assault against the rapper T.I. and his wife, Tameka Harris, started circulating on social media, a lawyer has approached law enforcement authorities in two states seeking criminal inquiries, on behalf of 11 people who said they were victimized by the couple or members of their entourage. Four women have accused the celebrity pair of drugging and sexually assaulting them, including two instances of rape that were said to have occurred in Georgia and California, according to the letters sent on Feb. 19 by the lawyer, Tyrone A. Blackburn, to

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Cuomo Investigation: Governor Attacked Over His ‘Independent Review’ of Sex Harassment Claims

Democratic leaders in Albany questioned the impartiality of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s choice to lead the inquiry, while others called for his immediate resignation. Hours after a second woman came forward to accuse Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of sexually harassing her, a torrent of New York politicians from Mr. Cuomo’s own Democratic Party demanded an independent investigation into the matter. Many of those elected officials — including the leaders of the State Senate and Assembly — seemed skeptical of Mr. Cuomo’s decision to appoint his own independent investigator, a former federal judge with close ties to one of Mr. Cuomo’s loyalists, to look into the matter. “I believe the Attorney General should make an appointment to ensure that it is a

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Olympians Enter a Risky New Event: Vaccine Line Jumping

Some nations are prioritizing Olympians for vaccinations. Others say athletes will wait their turn. The choices could determine if the Tokyo Games are a sporting spectacle, or a super-spreader event. In the ongoing calculus of how to distribute limited supplies of the coronavirus vaccine, the broad global consensus often starts with a few groups: doctors and nurses, the ill and the aging, frontline workers and teachers. At no point, typically, would elite athletes — a nation’s finest synchronized swimmers and high divers, its fastest sprinters and racewalkers, its top gymnasts and badminton players — factor into the early discussion. And yet, that is precisely the debate happening around the world in the final months before this summer’s Tokyo Olympics. It

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More Protesters Are Killed in Myanmar as Crackdown Escalates

At least three people died after the police opened fire in the southern city of Dawei, and a fourth was killed in Yangon. At least four people were shot and killed during protests in Myanmar on Sunday, as the military began what appeared to be its toughest crackdown yet on the daily demonstrations against its month-old coup. As large protests took place across the country, the security forces seemed to be taking a more aggressive approach, resorting more quickly to gunfire and moving in to arrest groups of demonstrators before their marches could begin. In the southern city of Dawei, the police opened fire on a crowd of hundreds, witnesses said. At least three people were killed and more than

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The City Where Cars Are Not Welcome

HEIDELBERG, Germany — Eckart Würzner, a mayor on a mission to make his city emission free, is not terribly impressed by promises from General Motors, Ford and other big automakers to swear off fossil fuels. Not that Mr. Würzner, the mayor of Heidelberg, is against electric cars. The postcard-perfect city, in southern Germany, gives residents who buy a battery-powered vehicle a bonus of up to 1,000 euros, or $1,200. They get another €1,000 if they install a charging station. But electric cars are low on the list of tools that Mr. Würzner is using to try to cut Heidelberg’s impact on the climate, an effort that has given the city, home to Germany’s oldest university and an 800-year-old castle ruin,

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Seniors Seeking Vaccines Have a Problem: They Can’t Use the Internet

Older adults living alone often lack access or an understanding of technology, and many are unsure how to sign up for an appointment. Annette Carlin feels trapped. Before the pandemic, Ms. Carlin, who is 84, loved to go on walks in Novato, Calif., with her grandchildren and dance at the senior center. Since March, though, she has been stuck indoors. She has been eager to sign up for a vaccine and begin returning to normal life. But booking an appointment has been a technological nightmare. Ms. Carlin cannot afford to buy a computer, and would not know how to navigate the internet in search of a shot even if she could. While members of her family might be able to

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