US and Germany step up pipeline warnings to Russia

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Die US and Germany have increased warnings to Russia that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will not open if Moscow invades Ukraine, as efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis continue.

The multibillion-dollar pipeline, which would more than double the supply of Russian natural gas to Germany, has been completed but it requires testing and regulatory approval.

“If Russia invades Ukraine, one way or another Nord Stream 2 will not move forward,” said Victoria Nuland, the US undersecretary of state for political affairs. “I think the statements coming out of Berlin even today are very, very strong.”

The former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been spotted dining out on multiple occasions in New York despite testing positive for Covid.

The ex-Alaska governor, who is unvaccinated, was seen eating outdoors in the upper east side restaurant Elio’s on Wednesday after a positive test, according to photos published by Mediaite. Palin, who confirmed her positive test on Monday, was also seen dining outdoors on Tuesday night at Campagnola, Volgens Gothamist. CDC guidelines state that people with Covid-19 should isolate for a minimum of five days to avoid infecting others.

Three recent killings in Los Angeles have highlighted the way gun violence affects Black women and girls and the lack of coverage their stories receive.

Aan 8 Januarie, officials found the body of Tioni Theus, 16, on the 110 freeway. She had been shot. Twee weke later, aan 23 Januarie, sisters Breahna Stines, 20, and Marneysha Hamilton, 25, were among four people shot dead at Stines’ birthday party in Inglewood.

Neither case received much attention beyond local media. Authorities this week announced a $110,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in Theus’s case, an intervention that her family and Black Los Angeles residents had been calling for weeks.

The average American produces climate emissions 585 times higher than someone from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, analysis by the Center for Global Development (CGD) gevind het. Die navorsing, which underlines the “vast energy inequality” between rich and poor nasies, was prompted after the “climate hypocrisy” of rich countries at Cop26 caught the attention of Euan Ritchie, a policy analyst at CGD Europe.

Disney’s 60th animated feature film, Encanto, came out as the Omicron variant emerged, denting its box office success. But two months on, the animated movie, which is soundtracked by Lin-Manuel Miranda and is partly about the challenge of living up to family expectations, is having a cultural moment. The movie has particularly resonated with Latinx audiences, with the producer, Yvett Merino, sê: “I heard how hard my parents worked to give us a better life. You hold that in you … I think that’s really part of what hits, what is connecting with people.”

What with the pandemic and shipping crisis, many people have become resigned to occasional delays in getting their mail. Few expect to wait 51 jare, wel, as Genovefa Klonovska, a Lithuanian woman in her 60s, did. The letter, from a penpal in Poland she can no longer remember, was one of several to fall out of a ventilation shaft in an old post office over the summer. “It’s so good that the letter was inconsequential. The loss was not life-changing,” said Klonovska. “What if they delivered a lost letter from a suitor to his love, and their wedding never happened?”

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