U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings Has Died of Health Complications at the Age of 68

Associated Press (BALTIMORE) — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital due to complications from longstanding health challenges, his congressional office said. He was 68. A sharecropper’s son, Cummings became the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee that investigated President Donald Trump, and was a formidable orator who passionately advocated for the poor in his district that encompassed a large portion of Baltimore. As chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Cummings led multiple investigations into Trump’s governmental dealings. The investigations angered the president, who criticized the congressman’s district in 2019 as a … Continue reading U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings Has Died of Health Complications at the Age of 68

High Anxiety in Brussels: Will Brexit Deal Be Clinched?

RAF CASERT and JILL LAWLESS / AP BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his 27 counterparts from across the European Union were converging on Brussels on Thursday for a summit they hope will finally lay to rest the acrimony and frustration of a three-year divorce fight. Yet even before dawn, Johnson already had to deal with a serious setback when his Northern Irish government allies said they would not back his compromise proposals. The prime minister needs all the support he can get to push any deal past a deeply divided parliament. It only added to the … Continue reading High Anxiety in Brussels: Will Brexit Deal Be Clinched?

U.S. Delegation to Seek a Cease-Fire With Turkey and the Kurds

ZEKE MILLER and ROBERT BURNS / AP WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior U.S. delegation faces the herculean task of pressuring Turkey to accept a cease-fire in Northern Syria, hours after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. has no stake in defending Kurdish fighters who died by the thousands as America’s partners against Islamic State extremists. Vice President Mike Pence, heading a U.S. delegation that includes Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien, is set to arrive in Turkey Thursday afternoon, a day after Trump dismissed the very crisis he sent his aides on an … Continue reading U.S. Delegation to Seek a Cease-Fire With Turkey and the Kurds

Chaos Returns to Hong Kong’s Legislature as Pro-Democracy Lawmakers Disrupt Leader’s Q&A Session

TIME Staff Hong Kong’s new legislative season continued its disastrous start Thursday after the city’s top official was prevented from carrying out a question-and-answer session on her policies for the coming year. Several pro-democracy lawmakers were ejected from the proceedings for unruly conduct and the session, which had to be suspended twice, eventually broke up in disarray. The chaotic scenes were a repeat of yesterday’s fiasco, when Chief Executive Carrie Lam was unable to give her annual policy address in the chamber and was instead forced to flee, under a torrent of abuse, to deliver the speech by video two … Continue reading Chaos Returns to Hong Kong’s Legislature as Pro-Democracy Lawmakers Disrupt Leader’s Q&A Session

Syrian Forces Enter a Key Border Town, Thwarting Turkish Plans

ELENA BECATOROS and BASSEM MROUE / AP CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Syrian forces on Wednesday night rolled into the strategic border town of Kobani, blocking one path for the Turkish military to establish a “safe zone” free of Syrian Kurdish fighters along the frontier as part of its week-old offensive. The seizure of Kobani by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad also pointed to a dramatic shift in northeastern Syria: The town was where the United States military and Kurdish fighters first united to defeat the Islamic State group four years ago and holds powerful symbolism for Syrian Kurds … Continue reading Syrian Forces Enter a Key Border Town, Thwarting Turkish Plans

These Are the Most Popular Netflix Shows and Movies—According to Netflix

Mahita Gajanan Netflix has earned a reputation for a couple of things: first, releasing a seemingly endless scroll of series and movies, and second, rarely sharing how many people watch said entertainment. Over the last few years, Netflix has selectively shared some viewership details, offering limited peeks into the way its internal system works. These revelations, sometimes offered via social media and sometimes in the company’s quarterly earnings reports, have prompted some criticism. For one thing, Netflix does not employ an outside agency to track its viewership. For another, the numbers are often provided in what feels like a vacuum, … Continue reading These Are the Most Popular Netflix Shows and Movies—According to Netflix

Opioid Settlement Talks Broaden Ahead of First Federal Trial

MARK GILLISPIE and GEOFF MULVIHILL / AP CLEVELAND (AP) — Efforts to settle thousands of lawsuits related to the nation’s opioid epidemic intensified Wednesday ahead of the scheduled start of arguments in the first federal trial over the crisis. A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press that three major drug distributors plus two manufacturers were working on the outlines of a settlement. It would include $22 billion in cash over time plus up to $15 billion worth of overdose antidotes and treatment drugs, with distribution of those drugs valued at another $14 billion — a calculation … Continue reading Opioid Settlement Talks Broaden Ahead of First Federal Trial