U.S. Threat to Squeeze Russia’s Economy Is a Tactic With a Mixed Record

LONDON — When Russian soldiers crossed into Ukraine and seized Crimea in 2014, the Obama administration responded with a slate of economic penalties that ultimately imposed sanctions on hundreds of Russian officials and businesses and restricted investments and trade in the nation’s crucial finance, oil and military sectors. Now, with Russian troops massing on Ukraine’s …

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The World Is Unprepared for the Next Pandemic, Report Says

Nearly two years into the Covid-19 pandemic, the world remains “dangerously unprepared” for the next major outbreak, according to a new report. The 2021 Global Health Security Index, released on Wednesday, ranks 195 countries according to their capacity to respond to epidemics and pandemics. The inaugural version of the index, published just months before the …

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Frank Williams, Dominant Formula One Manager, Is Dead at 79

His mother eventually sent him to a Roman Catholic boarding school in Scotland, where he found his love for cars and speed, especially after getting a ride in a friend’s Jaguar. Though he excelled at languages — he spoke several fluently, including Italian — and passed his university entrance exams, he skipped college to go …

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The F.D.A. authorizes AstraZeneca drug to protect people with immune problems.

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday authorized the first drug for widespread use in preventing Covid in Americans with weakened immune systems who have not been adequately protected by vaccines. The antibody treatment, which was developed by AstraZeneca and will be sold under the brand name Evusheld, is engineered to be “long-acting,” meaning the …

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Four Takeaways From the 8th Day of Ghislaine Maxwell’s Trial

The jury in Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial heard from four government witnesses on Wednesday, including one of Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime pilots and the ex-boyfriend of one of Mr. Epstein’s accusers. One more woman who alleges Ms. Maxwell groomed her for abuse by Mr. Epstein is expected to testify before the government rests its case this …

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Greg Tate, Influential Critic of Black Culture, Dies at 64

His omnivorous nature emerged early on. His family moved to Washington when he was 13, and among their new friends was the playwright and poet Thulani Davis. In an interview, she remembered Greg coming to her apartment to listen to records and grilling her about music, art and literature. He read Amiri Baraka and Rolling …

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Barcelona dumped out of Champions League group stage

The Catalan club gave itself too much to do in the final group stage match, needing to better Benfica‘s result against Dynamo Kiev in the other Group E game. While the Portuguese side strolled to a 2-0 win, Barcelona looked second-best to a dominant Bayern Munich that had already qualified for the next round. Barcelona …

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Mark Meadows sues House January 6 committee

Meadows is asking a federal court to block enforcement of both the subpoena the committee issued him as well as the subpoena it issued to Verizon for his phone records, according to the complaint filed Wednesday. The lawsuit comes after the committee signaled it would pursue a criminal contempt referral against Meadows because of his …

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