Ledecky and Sjostrom extend their reigns in world championships

Katie Ledecky won a record-breaking fifth straight 800m world title on Friday, just over an hour after Sarah Sjostrom surged to her fourth consecutive victory in the women’s 50m butterfly. Local hero Kristof Milak sparked delirium in the Duna Arena in Budapest when he grabbed the gold medal in the 100m butterfly, his second of … Read more

US Supreme Court strikes down right to abortion

Anti-abortion activists celebrate outside the US Supreme Court after it struck down the right to abortion The US Supreme Court on Friday struck down the right to abortion in a seismic ruling that shreds half a century of constitutional protections on one of America’s most divisive issues. The conservative-dominated court overturned the landmark 1973 “Roe … Read more

US passes first major gun bill in decades

Firearms control groups have hailed action on gun control in the US Congress — but voiced dismay at the Supreme Court US lawmakers broke a decades-long stalemate on firearms control Friday, passing the first major safety regulations in almost 30 years, less than 24 hours after the Supreme Court bolstered the right to bear arms. … Read more

US Supreme Court strikes down constitutional right to abortion

Anti-abortion demonstrators gather outside the US Supreme Court The US Supreme Court on Friday ended the right to abortion in a seismic ruling that shreds half a century of constitutional protections on one of the most divisive and bitterly fought issues in American political life. The conservative-dominated court overturned the landmark 1973 “Roe v Wade” … Read more

Ukraine forces to retreat from battleground city: governor

Ukraine says their troops will ‘hold on as long as necessary’ Ukrainian forces will retreat from Severodonetsk in the face of a brutal Russian offensive that is reducing the battleground eastern city to rubble, a senior Ukrainian official said Friday. The news came shortly after the European Union made a strong show of support for … Read more

Kerley shines, Richardson stumbles at US athletics World Championship trials

Sha’Carri Richardson, seen here in 2020, failed to make it out of the first round of the women’s 100m at the US trials for the 2022 athletics World Championships Sha’Carri Richardson crashed out of the 100m heats at the US athletics World Championship trials on Thursday as Olympic silver medalist Fred Kerley made a statement … Read more

Forever young: Many cold-blooded creatures don’t age, studies show

A picture taken on June 3, 2022 shows a unique albinos Galapagos giant tortoise baby, born on May 1, next to its mother at the Tropicarium of Servion, western Switzerland Scientists have discovered the secret to eternal youth: be born a turtle. Two studies published in the journal Science on Thursday revealed scant evidence of … Read more

Freedom and fear: the foundations of America’s deadly gun culture

Model rifles displayed at the National Rifle Association annual meeting in Houston on May 27, 2022 It was 1776, the American colonies had just declared their independence from England, and as war raged the founding fathers were deep in debate: should Americans have the right to own firearms as individuals, or just as members of … Read more

Five COVID Numbers That No Longer Make Any Sense

The past two and a half years have been a global crash course in infection prevention. They’ve also been a crash course in basic math: Since the arrival of this coronavirus, people have been asked to count the meters and feet that separate one nose from the next; they’ve tabulated the days that distance them … Read more

Trump’s bid to ‘corrupt’ Justice Department under spotlight

US President Donald Trump considered installing a loyalist at the top of the Justice Department after the resignation of his attorney general Bill Barr (left) Lawmakers investigating last year’s attack on the US Capitol were set Thursday to lay out Donald Trump’s efforts to turn the Justice Department into his “own personal” law firm in … Read more