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In a First, Taliban Delegation Is Heading to Europe

Talks with the US are on the agenda

(Newser) - A Taliban delegation will travel to Norway for talks with the Norwegian government and representatives from several allied countries, including the US, per the AP . The Norwegian Foreign Ministry said Friday that it has invited representatives of the Taliban to Oslo from Sunday to Tuesday to hold talks covering humanitarian...

US Hits a Staggering New COVID Milestone

On Monday, nation reported more than 1M new cases, a new daily record worldwide, by a lot

(Newser) - Congress is right now grappling with a surge in COVID cases, driven in part by what Bloomberg calls a "tsunami" of the fast-spreading omicron variant. Yet it's becoming increasingly clear the struggle that US lawmakers are facing is simply a microcosm of the larger picture within the US—...

US Records 'Stunning' Population Stat

Nation added fewer than 400K people, sees lowest growth rate in history

(Newser) - US population growth dipped to its lowest rate since the nation’s founding during the first year of the pandemic as the coronavirus curtailed immigration, delayed pregnancies, and killed hundreds of thousands of US residents, according to figures released Tuesday. The United States grew by only 0.1%, with an...

Blame for World's Plastic 'Deluge' Lands Squarely on US

We're the biggest contributor to the waste problem, per new NAS analysis commissioned by Congress

(Newser) - There's a "deluge" of plastic mucking up the Earth's oceans, with the United States serving as the biggest contributor to it. That's according to a new National Academy of Sciences report ordered by Congress that's imploring the US to come up with a plan to...

Japan Does a 180 on Controversial Omicron Policy

And more on what omicron means around the globe

(Newser) - Update: Just one day after announcing a recommendation that quickly became quite controversial, Japan is changing its tune. The country's transport ministry on Thursday said it was retracting its request that airlines stop taking reservations for people coming in to Japan until the new year, the AP reports. Our ...

What Brings Meaning to Life? Depends Who's Weighing In

Faith is a most popular response in the US, but nowhere else

(Newser) - Try not to underappreciate your family this Thanksgiving. According to Pew Research Center , family is the No. 1 source of meaning among 18,850 adults in 17 advanced economies, who were asked between February and May to rank 17 possible sources of meaning in their lives. Family was the top...

Many in US May Glimpse Northern Lights This Weekend

Thanks to solar flare, aurora borealis may be visible in northern parts of the country, if all factors align

(Newser) - The bad news: A solar flare is about to slam into the Earth. The good news: Parts of the US may get quite the sky show because of it. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a level G3 (i.e., strong) "geomagnetic...

'X' Marks US Passport in a Big First
'X' Marks
US Passport
in a Big First

'X' Marks US Passport in a Big First

United States has issued one with 'X' gender designation instead of 'male' or 'female'

(Newser) - The US has issued its first passport with an "X" gender designation—a milestone in the recognition of the rights of people who don't identify as male or female—and expects to be able to offer the option more broadly next year, the State Department said Wednesday. The...

This Rare STD Can Make Genitals 'Rot Away'

UK doctors warn of nasty donovanosis, which remains rare in developing countries

(Newser) - Doctors in the UK are warning about a rising number of cases of a sexually transmitted disease that can cause genitals to "rot away." Donovanosis, caused by the bacterium Klebsiella granulomatis and spread through unprotected sex or other skin-to-skin contact, doesn't eat the skin but is often...

Harrowing Message Reported During Americans' Kidnapping in Haiti

'Pray for us!' said WhatsApp message during abduction of 17 missionaries in Haiti

(Newser) - US officials are working with Haitian authorities to secure the release of 12 adults and five children with a US-based missionary group who were abducted over the weekend by a gang notorious for killings, kidnappings, and extortion. The group was snatched by the 400 Mawozo gang, which controls the Croix-des-Bouquets...

Foreign Travelers, Welcome Back to the US—If Vaxxed

Starting Nov. 8, travel rules for fully vaccinated from abroad will ease

(Newser) - The White House is lifting travel restrictions on Nov. 8 for fully vaccinated individuals arriving in the US by air or over land borders. Foreign nationals will be able to travel to the US if they show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of...

US Hits 'Tragic,' 'Completely Avoidable' COVID Milestone

More than 700K Americans dead from coronavirus, a number bigger than population of Boston

(Newser) - Hospitals in crisis mode are starting to see some relief as COVID case numbers driven by a summer surge of the delta variant start to decrease, but the US has reached its "latest heartbreaking pandemic milestone" nonetheless: more than 700,000 deaths, a number bigger than the population of...

During Pandemic, This Nation's Economy Takes Top Billing

Switzerland is No. 1 on WIPO's Global Innovation Index for 132 economies around the world

(Newser) - To get through something like a pandemic, countries have had to innovate—especially when it comes to keeping their economies humming. And there are "reasons to be optimistic" on that front, according to one of the editors of the World Intellectual Property Organization's annual Global Innovation Index , which...

These Parts of the US Face the Greatest Climate Risk
These Parts of the US Face
the Greatest Climate Risk
in case you missed it

These Parts of the US Face the Greatest Climate Risk

Multiple counties in Louisiana are looking at a dire situation, while Vermont offers possible refuge

(Newser) - If you've been looking for a reason to move to the Northeast, this might catch your attention. After the recent bleak climate report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which notes a worrisome decade ahead in terms of global warming and its effects on the Earth,...

Taliban Says US Has 'No Proof' bin Laden Is Behind 9/11

Comment raising skepticism about group's pledge to distance itself from al-Qaeda

(Newser) - Now that the Taliban is back in power, its spokesmen have a much larger voice. And in a new interview with NBC News , one of them makes a claim that will likely cause a lot of Americans to do a double take: There's "no proof" Osama bin Laden...

America and COVID, 18-Plus Months Later
US COVID
Numbers Backtrack
to a Troubling
Benchmark
THE RUNDOWN

US COVID Numbers Backtrack to a Troubling Benchmark

New infections, hospitalizations surge in numbers not seen since January, before vaccine push

(Newser) - There's been renewed media focus on Florida as it grapples with COVID, with record-breaking numbers of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. When it comes to hospitalizations, the country as a whole has taken a similar step back. The Washington Post reports that more than 100,000 people are now hospitalized...

8 Months After Vaccine Rollout, a Milestone

CDC says half of all Americans are now vaccinated

(Newser) - Eight months after the coronavirus vaccines got their first big push in the US, a milestone number. The CDC on Friday reported that 165.9 million Americans, or 50% of the nation, have been fully vaccinated, per Reuters . More than 58% of the total population—193,764,457 people, to...

America's Biggest Threat Isn't China or Russia
America's Biggest Threat
Isn't China or Russia
OPINION

America's Biggest Threat Isn't China or Russia

It's America itself, writes Nicholas Kristof, ticking off the way we lag other nations

(Newser) - President Biden likes to exclaim that "America is back," but Nicholas Kristof begs to differ in his latest New York Times column. He ticks off example after example of how the US is lagging other nations in crucial ways. "Greeks have higher high school graduation rates,"...

Birds With Swollen Eyes Are Dropping Dead in 6 States, DC

Wildlife officials are trying to figure out what's afflicting hundreds of birds across US

(Newser) - At the end of May, wildlife managers in the District of Columbia and multiple mid-Atlantic states started fielding reports about hundreds of sick and dying birds, afflicted with eye and nerve issues that couldn't be explained. Now, the mystery illness has spread to the South and Midwest, and scientists...

Europe to Welcome Back US Tourists
Europe to Welcome
Back US Tourists

Europe to Welcome Back US Tourists

Ban on nonessential travel to lift Friday, with conditions set by individual countries

(Newser) - Good news for those planning a summer vacation in Europe: The European Union will add the United States to its safe travel list on Friday, lifting a ban on nonessential travelers that has been in place through much of the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports. Nonessential travel from the UK...

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