U.S. Hits Russian Oligarchs and Companies With New Sanctions

New U.S. sanctions target the Russian oligarch Andrey Guryev, whom the Treasury Department identified as the owner of Witanhurst, said to be the second-biggest residential property in London, after Buckingham Palace. Credit...Leon Neal/Getty Images WASHINGTON — The State Department on Tuesday announced a major new round of sanctions on dozens of Russian companies and individuals to further punish Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine, including oligarchs close to President Vladimir V. Putin and technology institutions with ties to Russia’s military. “As...

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How the C.I.A. Tracked Ayman al-Zawahri, the Leader of Al Qaeda

The U.S. search for Ayman al-Zawahri had spanned decades. His presence on a balcony at a safe house in Kabul presented an opportunity to strike. Ayman al-Zawahri, left, listening to Osama bin Laden during a news conference in Khost, Afghanistan, in 1998. Al-Zawahri became Al Qaeda’s leader after Bin Laden’s death.Credit...Mazhar Ali Khan/Associated Press Aug. 2, 2022Updated 9:52 p.m. ET WASHINGTON — Intelligence officers made a crucial discovery this spring after tracking Ayman al-Zawahri, the leader of Al Qaeda, to Kabul,...

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Your Friday Briefing: Russia Sentences Brittney Griner to 9 Years

Newsletter Morning Briefing: Asia Pacific Edition Also, China’s military tests threaten Taiwan and Australia advances a major climate bill. Aug. 4, 2022 We’re covering Chinese military drills around Taiwan and the sentencing of the American basketball star Brittney Griner. ImageU.S. basketball player Brittney Griner stood in a defendants' cage in Khimki, outside Moscow, on Aug. 4.Credit...Evgenia Novozhenina/Reuters A Russian court sentenced Brittney Griner, the W.N.B.A. star who has been detained in Moscow since February, to nine years in a penal colony...

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Russian Court Sentences Griner to 9 Years in a Penal Colony

Amid the hostility over the war in Ukraine, a court imposed nearly the maximum possible sentence on the American basketball star Brittney Griner, intensifying calls to win her release. Video The American basketball star was sentenced to nine years in a Russian penal colony.CreditCredit...Pool photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev Aug. 4, 2022 A Russian court on Thursday sentenced the American basketball star Brittney Griner to nine years in a penal colony after convicting her on a drug charge, a harsh penalty that...

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Ukrainian First Lady Raises $5.4 Million for New Ambulances

Russian Invasion of UkraineA wounded Ukrainian soldier being transferred from the front lines near Izium, eastern Ukraine, to a hospital in the city of Kramatorsk in June.Credit...Ivor Prickett for The New York Times Aug. 5, 2022 As her husband, President Volodymyr Zelensky, calls on the nations of the world to supply Ukraine with weapons, Olena Zelenska is asking for ambulances. Ms. Zelenska, who has lately become a highly visible advocate for humanitarian causes in her country, has raised more than $5...

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‘Captain Condom’ Turned the Tide in Thailand’s War on AIDS and Overpopulation

The Saturday Profile At a time when most Thais avoided discussing safe sex and family planning, Mechai Viravaidya promoted condom use with spectacle and humor, saving millions of lives. Concerned that Thailand’s population was growing at an unsustainable pace, Mechai Viravaidya began promoting condom usage in the early 1970s, when few were willing to broach the subject.Credit...Lauren DeCicca for The New York Times Aug. 5, 2022 BANGKOK — Mechai Viravaidya twice saw Thailand in desperate trouble — first from a ruinous...

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The Mysterious Dance of the Cricket Embryos

In June, 100 fruit fly scientists gathered on the Greek island of Crete for their biennial meeting. Among them was Cassandra Extavour, a Canadian geneticist at Harvard University. Her lab works with fruit flies to study evolution and development — “evo devo.” Most often, such scientists choose as their “model organism” the species Drosophila melanogaster — a winged workhorse that has served as an insect collaborator on at least a few Nobel Prizes in physiology and medicine. But Dr. Extavour is...

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Three More Grain Ships Have Been Cleared to Leave Ukraine

Russian Invasion of UkraineThe Navi-Star waiting to depart with its cargo of grain at the Port of Odesa in Ukraine last week.Credit...David Goldman/Associated PressAug. 4, 2022 Three ships loaded with grain left Ukrainian ports on Friday, days after the first grain-laden vessel left the country since Russia’s invasion. They are making the journey as part of a hard-won deal to free more than 20 million tons of Ukraine’s desperately needed stores. The ships were granted permission to depart by a joint...

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Coal vs. Wall Street

Newsletter The Morning Republican state officials have found a new way to push back against “woke capitalism”— by punishing companies that distance themselves from fossil fuels. Aug. 5, 2022 Climate change isn’t a partisan issue in many countries. Both right-leaning and left-leaning parties favor policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, even if they fight over the specifics of those policies. This consensus allowed the European Union to cut emissions sharply over the past few decades, as the threat of global warming...

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Spain Limits Air-Conditioning to Save Energy

The country this week became the latest to announce restrictions, in part to promote energy efficiency but also to reduce consumption of Russian gas. A thermometer displayed a temperature of 22.9 degrees Celsius (73 Fahrenheit) at a shopping mall in Madrid on Monday. The government announced that businesses cannot lower air conditioning below 27 Celsius (81 Fahrenheit) during the summer.Credit...Susana Vera/Reuters Aug. 5, 2022 Public buildings in Spain will be cooled to no less than 27 degrees Celsius (81 Fahrenheit) in...

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