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Chemical pollution has passed safe limit for humanity, say scientists
The cocktail of chemical pollution that pervades the planet now threatens the stability of global ecosystems upon which humanity depends, scientists have said.
New York and other north-eastern US states see a rapid fall in Covid cases
New York City and some north-eastern US states appear to be seeing rapid decreases in their numbers of Covid-19 cases in recent days, raising the possibility that the Omicron wave has now already peaked in some parts of America.
China forced 2,500 'fugitives' back from overseas during pandemic, report finds
Chinese authorities captured more than 2,500 "fugitives" from overseas and brought them back to China during the pandemic, under a program using methods ranging from family intimidation to "state-sanctioned kidnapping", according to a new report.
Lost hikers rescued by helicopter from Malibu Creek State Park
Seven hikers who got lost while trudging through a rugged gorge in Malibu Creek State Park on Monday evening were airlifted to safety just after sunset, authorities said.
New campaign aims to stop more encrypted apps
Messaging apps like WhatsApp and Signal already use E2EE, and Meta plans to deploy it in Facebook Messenger, but the No Place to Hide campaign says it makes it harder to detect child abuse.
Picking quarrels': China critics overseas at increasing risk
New report finds Chinese authorities trying to coerce critics thousands of miles from home into returning.
China decides not to sell Olympics tickets to the Chinese public.
China had already barred foreign spectators from attending the Winter Games that begin in Beijing in less than a month. On Monday, it announced that most Chinese people won't be able to attend either.
Opinion: How to avoid going to prison for public corruption in San Francisco - The San Francisco Examiner
Former San Francisco Public Works director Mohammed Nuru speaks at an event in 2018.
Texas hostage taker had criminal and mental health history in UK
A British man who flew to the US, acquired a gun and took hostages at a Texas synagogue had a criminal record and an extensive history of mental health issues, the Guardian understands.
Texas Synagogue Hostage Taker Had 'Mental Health Issues,' Brother in U.K. Says
Texas Synagogue Hostage Rescue
The family of a British man who took four hostages during the standoff at Congregation Beth Israel described him as deeply troubled.