Bushfire Smoke Is Choking Sydney

James D. Morgan / Getty Images A blanket of hazardous smoke has settled over Sydney, setting off smoke alarms and sending thousands to buy face masks, as thousands of firefighters around New South Wales continue to battle blazes. At least 2.7 million hectares have burned across the state since the 2019 bushfire season began, according […]

Concierge claims self-defense, affair with victim

Closing arguments began Monday in the murder trial of a former concierge who claimed self-defense in the slaying of two Boston physicians found stabbed to death in their penthouse condominium. Bampumim Teixeira, 33, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, armed robbery and kidnapping in the deaths of anesthesiologists Richard Field, 49, and Lina […]

Chrystia Freeland heads to Mexico in effort to finalize new NAFTA revisions

OTTAWA—Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland is to meet American and Mexican officials in Mexico City on Tuesday amid reports a deal to revise the new North American free-trade agreement is close to completion. The federal government revealed Freeland’s itinerary late Monday following a day of furious speculation about the state of the United States-Mexico-Canada trade […]

Japanese island of Mageshima could become an unsinkable US aircraft carrier

Japan’s government announced this week that it’s buying Mageshima Island, an uninhabited outcrop 21 miles (34 kilometers) from the southernmost Japanese main island of Kyushu. The island, most of which is owned by a privately held Tokyo development company, is uninhabited and hosts two intersecting unpaved runways that were abandoned under a previous development project. […]

Your Tuesday Briefing – The New York Times

‘We didn’t know what we were doing’ Thousands of pages of documents detailing the war in Afghanistan released by The Washington Post paint a stark picture of missteps and failures — as well as misleading public statements about how the war was going. After a short-term victory over the Taliban and Al Qaeda in early […]

The carbon footprint of European ships – VoxEurop (English)

The first of its kind, a new study quantifies the volume of European shipping companies’ greenhouse gas emissions. Despite being among the most polluting companies, European fleets are under no obligation to reduce their emissions. In 2018, European maritime transport for both goods and passengers poured around 139 million tons of CO2, the most widespread […]

Trump And Pelosi Shortlisted For Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year

President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have both made the shortlist for Time magazine’s Person of the Year. The political rivals were among several names under consideration, NBC News’ “Today” show reported Monday. Others include Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, American soccer star Megan Rapinoe, Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and the still-anonymous whistleblower […]

Cyberattack downs city computers in site of navy attack

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating a cyberattack on the city of Pensacola, Florida, home to the naval air station where a Saudi flight student killed three sailors and wounded eight others on Friday. A spokeswoman for the city said federal authorities were alerted to the cyberattack as a precaution, in light of […]

2020 election crucial for US to catch up on climate action

Washington (AFP) – A significant expansion of state, city, and business climate action could reduce US greenhouse gas emissions by up to 37 percent by 2030 over 2005 levels even without federal support, according to projections published Monday. But the election of a president who advances a comprehensive national climate strategy could reduce emissions by […]