Snowden takes oath in Russia, collects passport, lawyer says

Comment on this story Comment Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor who leaked information about US surveillance programs, swore an oath of allegiance to Russia and has collected his Russian passport, his lawyer told state media on Friday. “Edward received a Russian passport yesterday and took the oath in accordance with the law,” … Read more

Biden sees economy avoiding recession, but risks remain

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden assured Americans on Friday that the US economy is chugging along in the holiday season, but the very strength of a new jobs report showed that high inflation remains a recession threat. At the White House, the president signed an emergency bill to avert a rail strike that he … Read more

What to Know About the Balenciaga Ad Scandal

Photo-Illustration: by The Cut; Photos: Balenciaga Earlier this month, Balenciaga dropped its holiday ad campaign, featuring children holding teddy bears in bondage harnesses and costumes. (The BDSM accessories were also on the runway at Balenciaga’s show at Paris Fashion Week.) The backlash against the images has been swift, with the hashtag #cancelBalenciaga trending across Twitter … Read more

‘I was doing what I had to do’

Jim Parsons as Michael and Ben Aldridge as Kit Spoiler alert. (Photo: Linda Kallerus/Focus Features/Courtesy Everett Collection) Earlier this year, the Universal-backed Bros hoped to go where no major studio comedy had gone before by becoming the first LGBTQ rom-com starring two out gay actors — Billy Eichner and Luke Macfarlane — to top the … Read more

Up to 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers killed since Russian invasion, says Kyiv Ukraine

Up to 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since Russia invaded in February, according to Kyiv’s presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak, far below estimates of Ukrainian casualties from western leaders. At certain points in the war, Ukraine said that between 100 and 200 of its forces were dying each day on the battlefield, making Podolyak’s estimate … Read more

Zero-Covid: five charts that show how restrictions are throttling the Chinese economy | China

Protests against pandemic restrictions in China could unleash a new wave of volatility into a global economy already racked by inflation, energy shocks and the war in Ukraine. The government’s continued reliance on lockdowns, quarantine orders and mass testing to limit the spread of the virus has provoked the biggest protest movement in decades. But … Read more

Oregon’s hospitals are struggling, with weeks to go in the respiratory illness season

Across the state, a health care system that has largely risen to the challenge of managing more than 100 young children hospitalized with respiratory syncytial virus is facing a new stress test: a sharp increase in adult patients with the flu and COVID-19. There could be some relief on the horizon soon. Epidemiologists hope that … Read more

Court halts Mar-a-Lago special master review

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous federal appeals court on Thursday ended an independent review of documents seized from former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate, removing a hurdle the Justice Department said had delayed its criminal investigation into the retention of top-secret government information. The decision by the three-judge panel represents a significant win for federal … Read more

IMF head warns of ‘exceptional’ uncertainty as zero-Covid hits China’s economy

The head of the IMF has warned Asia’s leaders and central bankers to brace for “exceptional” uncertainty as China’s zero-Covid policy hurts its economy and inflationary pressures from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine hit the region. China, the world’s second-biggest economy, is forecast to grow at its slowest pace in about three decades as Beijing tries … Read more