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From Nepal to Saudi Arabia, reporting how a dead man came back

I had been living in Katmandu, Nepal’s capital, for only a few weeks — still adjusting to the predawn bell-ringing, the dusty film over everything, the dozing street dogs and post-earthquake scaffolding — when a short headline buried in an English-language newspaper caught my eye: “Dead Man Comes Back to Kathmandu.” My partner and I […]

Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to Supreme Court by GOP senators

The Senate on Monday confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court in the most partisan confirmation vote for a justice in modern American history, securing a 6-3 conservative majority widely expected to expand gun rights and permit new restrictions on abortion. No Democratic senator supported Barrett’s confirmation — the first time since the […]

Chileans approve rewriting of constitution in landslide vote

Chileans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to rewrite the country’s current constitution, which dates from the military dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet four decades ago. With 99% of ballots counted, 78% of voters favored drafting a new national charter, while 22% rejected the initiative, according to official results. The margin of victory exceeded projections in polls that […]

Column: 2020 political ads: The good, bad and deceptive

The 2020 campaign is on track to break records: not only in votes cast, but also in money spent and television commercials aired. More than 5 million campaign ads have appeared on screens already, over twice as many as in 2016. Spending on television and digital advertising is nearly $8 billion. In Pennsylvania, Florida, North […]

Pence’s Indiana hometown built by very different Republican

The welcome sign on State Road 46 promises “Unexpected” and “Unforgettable.” It stands above an outsize tribute to NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, with 10 full lines listing the accomplishments of the hometown racing hero nicknamed “Smoke.” A smaller metal plate was added after the 2016 election. “Hometown of Michael R. Pence,” reads the three-line tribute. […]

Masks could save over 100,000 lives in the U.S., study says

If Americans would stop complaining about face masks and wear them when they leave their homes, they could save well over 100,000 lives — and perhaps more than half a million — through the end of February, according to a study published Friday in Nature Medicine. The researchers considered five scenarios for how the COVID-19 […]

How Facebook censorship helps suppress dissent in Vietnam

For months, Bui Van Thuan, a chemistry teacher turned crusading blogger in Vietnam, published one scathing Facebook post after another on a land dispute between villagers and the communist government. In a country with no independent media, Facebook provides the only platform where Vietnamese can read about contentious topics such as Dong Tam, a village […]

Q&A: What is the Commission on Presidential Debates?

The closing weeks of the 2020 presidential election have been shot through by controversy over when and how the two main candidates will meet and debate. Right in the middle of that controversy is the Commission on Presidential Debates, a little-known nonprofit that has managed the matchups for decades. The second and final bout between […]

A campaign got health experts to declare racist policing a crisis

In the weeks after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer, dozens of city councils, mayors and governors approved resolutions condemning police violence and calling racism a public health crisis. One of the most strongly worded statements, passed unanimously by the Goleta, Calif., City Council, proclaimed that “Black people in America continue to […]