Thailand Backs Same-Sex Unions, a Rare Move in Asia

BANGKOK — In a country that has long been a rare bastion in Asia for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, Thailand said on Wednesday that it had approved a draft bill that would give same-sex unions many of the same benefits as those of heterosexual marriages. The bill, approved by the cabinet, avoids the […]

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Spotify cancels the term ‘urban’ in UK amid Black Lives Matter movement

Spotify UK is exiling the term “urban.” The music-industry label that has long been used to designate many black artists, from R&B to hip-hop, in record company departments and Grammy categories will no longer be used by the streaming service in the UK. “Moving forward, we won’t be using the word ‘urban’ in the UK […]

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Gridlock over the gridiron: The long struggle between Congress and the Washington Redskins

There’s a long and messy history between Congress and the Washington Redskins. This goes back decades. The Redskins started to look for a new stadium site back in the early 1990s. The team was on the outer orbit of its glory years, seizing three Super Bowl titles in 1983, 1988 and 1992. But there was […]

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China’s Leash on Hong Kong Tightens, Choking a Broadcaster

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s public broadcaster has long been a rare example of a government-funded news organization operating on Chinese soil that fearlessly attempts to hold officials accountable. The broadcaster, Radio Television Hong Kong, dug into security footage last year to show how the police failed to respond when a mob attacked protesters in […]

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Virus, Floyd death merge in brutal blow to Black well-being

Doctors have known it for a long time, well before the resounding cries of “Black Lives Matter”: Black people suffer disproportionately. They face countless challenges to good health, among them food, transportation and income. The stress of living with racism has very real, physical effects. And they are especially prone to diabetes, hypertension and other […]

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White Sox can ‘wreak havoc’ but staying healthy will be challenge, Dallas Keuchel says

AP Photos The coronvirus looms as the biggest threat, but a short training camp after a long layoff poses considerable hazards to baseball’s abbreviated season, White Sox veteran left-hander Dallas Keuchel said. The coronvirus looms as the biggest threat, but a short training camp after a long layoff poses considerable hazards to baseball’s abbreviated season, […]

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When a Farewell Season Was Wiped Out, the Outfield Became a Diner

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The long goodbye to McCoy Stadium began in August 2018, when the Class AAA Pawtucket Red Sox of the International League announced the franchise would be moving 50 minutes up Route 146 to Worcester, Mass., starting with the 2021 season. The news added even more weight to the team’s 2020 season, which […]

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‘Sex & The City’ Hunk Jason Lewis Looks Unrecognizable With Quarantine Mustache

Samantha Jones couldn’t get enough of Jerry ‘Smith’ Jerrod’s long golden hair on ‘Sex & The City.’ Nearly two decades later and the fictional model’s actor, Jason Lewis, is rocking a very long mustache! Jerry “Smith” Jerrod joined the A-list ranking of TV boyfriends with his floppy blonde hair and chiseled abs on Sex & The […]

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The rise and fall of Syria’s first lady: Why the US is going after Asma Assad?

The U.S. government has long imposed sanctions on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has presided over more than nine years of a civil war that has claimed the lives of an estimated half a million people. But for the first time ever, on June 17 his British wife Asma was targeted with economic restrictions of her own. “We anticipate […]

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Virginia Dems draft proposal to downgrade assault on police to misdemeanor

Virginia Democrats are proposing a long list of criminal justice reforms in response to the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, but while some of them – such as banning chokeholds – are aimed at protecting citizens, at least one measure could reduce protection for officers. According to a document shared by multiple local […]

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As China Strengthens Grip on Hong Kong, Taiwan Sees a Threat

TAIPEI, Taiwan — China’s leader, Xi Jinping, has long tried to convince Taiwan that unification was a historical inevitability, alternately enticing the democratic island with economic incentives while bluntly warning that any move toward formal independence would be answered with military force. Now, the incentives are gone and the warnings seem more ominous following Mr. […]

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Houston Hospitals Deleted and Changed Charts That Track ICU Capacity

In the middle of a long peak in coronavirus cases in Houston—with a record-breaking 2,017 suspected COVID-19-related hospitalizations in Harris County as of Monday—the Texas Medical Center deleted charts tracking ICU capacity from its website for three days, only to bring them back with a friendlier look and lighter on the info residents need to […]

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United Nations Fights Donor Fatigue for Syrian Civilians and Refugees

BRUSSELS — As ​the long Syrian war drags into its 10th year, conditions for Syrian civilians ​are ​deteriorating​ quickly, with rapid inflation and the coronavirus pandemic adding to their​ travails​. ​On Tuesday, donors met virtually in Brussels at a conference hosted by the European Union and United Nations to try to find the money to […]

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Confederate flag losing prominence 155 years after Civil War

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Long a symbol of pride to some and hatred to others, the Confederate battle flag is losing its place of official prominence 155 years after rebellious Southern states lost a war to perpetuate slavery. Mississippi’s Republican-controlled Legislature voted Sunday to remove the Civil War emblem from the state flag, a move that […]

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Abortion Rises as a Pivotal Issue for At-Risk Senate Republicans

It did not take Sara Gideon long to leverage Monday’s Supreme Court ruling on abortion in her race against Senator Susan Collins. When Ms. Collins, a Maine Republican, cast a decisive vote to confirm Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, she did so on the premise that he would uphold precedent to preserve […]

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Supreme Court Elevates Abortion in Senate Campaigns

It did not take Sara Gideon long to leverage Monday’s Supreme Court ruling on abortion in her race against Senator Susan Collins. When Ms. Collins, a Maine Republican, cast a decisive vote to confirm Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, she did so on the premise that he would uphold precedent to preserve […]

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A Singing Xi Jinping Look-Alike Battles the Censors in China

The long stares and startled whispers — Is that him? — begin as soon as Liu Keqing, an imposing Chinese baritone, enters any room in China. With a square face, closely cropped black hair and a portly figure, Mr. Liu bears a striking resemblance to Xi Jinping, China’s top leader. Mr. Liu, who has spent […]

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Dustin Johnson claims victory at Travelers Championship

Dustin Johnson won the Travelers Championship on Sunday to end a long drought and extend his career-long season victory streak to 13. Johnson closed with a 3-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Kevin Streelman at fan-free TPC River Highlands. Johnson last won in Mexico City in March 2019. “I’m definitely proud of myself for […]

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In Seizing Control, China Sidelines Its Allies in Hong Kong

BEIJING — China’s Communist Party has long pursued its agenda in Hong Kong by working through loyalists among the city’s top officials, lawmakers and tycoons. That behind-the-scenes approach was a key feature in preserving considerable autonomy for the territory. Now, as the party prepares to grab more power in Hong Kong after months of sometimes […]

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‘It is Long Past Time’: House Votes to Grant Statehood to D.C.

new video loaded: ‘It is Long Past Time’: House Votes to Grant Statehood to D.C. transcript Back bars 0:00/1:27 –1:27 transcript ‘It is Long Past Time’: House Votes to Grant Statehood to D.C. The House voted to grant statehood to Washington, D.C., the first time a chamber of Congress has approved establishing the nation’s capital […]

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To Save Black Lives, and the Soul of Our Nation, Congress Must Act Boldly

For too long, Black people in America have been burdened with the unjust responsibility of keeping ourselves safe from police. We have been raised by elders and have been taught to pass along to future generations the understanding that every day, we must prepare how to navigate and even survive in a world where there […]

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Tattoo artist sees bump in desire to erase hateful skin art

A Vermont tattoo artist who has long offered free removal or covering of hateful skin art like swastikas, SS lightning bolts or the words “white power” says he’s seen an uptick in business recently following George Floyd’s death. Alexander Lawrence, who runs Mountainside Tattoo from a storefront in the village of Bellows Falls, Vermont, says […]

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Road Tripping While Black: Readers Respond

The road trip has long been considered part of the great American experience, but the feeling of freedom often associated with getting in a car and seeing the country hasn’t always been extended to African-American travelers, who often worry about discrimination and racism while traveling. After publishing a story on the concerns and anxieties many […]

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How Dylan Strome’s puppy helped him appreciate a whirlwind pandemic experience

Dylan Strome adopted Wrigley, his golden retriever, not long before coronavirus abruptly stopped the NHL season. | @wrigleystrome/Instagram While Strome moved from house to house while quarantining in Mississauga, Ontario, his dog — Wrigley — provided a welcome and affectionate distraction. When Blackhawks center Dylan Strome adopted a golden retriever puppy during the All-Star break, he […]

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Qualified Immunity Protection for Police Emerges as Flash Point Amid Protests

WASHINGTON — Long before the death of George Floyd set off a nationwide uproar over police brutality, before protests erupted in 2014 over the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., a 50-year-old man named Wayne Jones took a night stroll through the streets of Martinsburg, W.Va. A police officer saw Mr. Jones walking illegally […]

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