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In Congress, Republicans shrug at warnings of democracy in peril

Republicans who have boasted of their intention to carry guns everywhere from bringing weaponry to the floor. Democrats regard their Republican colleagues with suspicion, believing that some of them collaborated with the rioters on Jan. 6. Sen. Christopher S. Murphy concedes that political rhetoric in the nation’s capital can sometimes stray into hysteria, but when […]

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How severe is the western drought? See for yourself

Across the region, reservoir levels are near record lows and mountain snowpack, which slowly releases water in the spring and summer, is largely depleted. An intense drought is gripping the American West. Extreme conditions are more widespread than at any point in at least 20 years, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the government’s official […]

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UN approves Costa Rica’s Grynspan to head UNCTAD

Economist Rebecca Grynspan is the first woman and Central American to lead the UN agency promoting trade and development. The UN General Assembly on June 12 approved the nomination of Costa Rican economist Rebecca Grynspan to head the UN agency promoting trade and development, the first woman and Central American to lead the Geneva-based organisation. […]

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Pulitzer Prizes to be announced after delay caused by virus

The Pulitzer Prizes in journalism are considered the field’s most prestigious honour in the United States. The Pulitzer Prizes in journalism and the arts will be announced on Friday, recognising the best work in a year in which people isolated themselves because of a deadly pandemic and took to the streets over racial injustice. There […]