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Guantánamo detainee who was tortured by CIA released to Belize

Al-Qaida courier turned informant Majid Khan to be permanently resettled after being held in US custody for nearly 20 yearsThe US has released Majid Khan, an al-Qaida courier turned informant who was tortured in secret CIA prisons and held in custody for nearly 20 years, marking the first time a “high-value detainee” has been freed from Guantánamo Bay.Khan,...

Shell’s lack of ambition is maddening: it’s time to speed up transition to renewables

Even on the company’s broader metric, the greener stuff came out at only one-third of total expenditureThe chief executive has changed at Shell but the song remains the same. The energy transition will be “balanced” and “we intend to remain disciplined while delivering compelling shareholder returns,” declared Wael Sawan. Translation: the company will...

Sarah Huckabee Sanders to give Republican State of the Union response

Former Trump press secretary turned Arkansas governor to share ‘the GOP’s optimistic vision for the future’ after Biden speechThe White House press secretary turned Arkansas governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders will give the Republican response to Joe Biden’s State of the Union address next week.Announcing the move on Thursday, the House speaker, Kevin McCarthy,...

The Brazilian man who walked into his own funeral has taught us all a vital life lesson | Tim Dowling

If you want to hear your friends say good things about you, faking your own death is definitely not the way to do itIn The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom and Huckleberry Finn, both presumed dead, walk into the middle of their funeral service. The rare chance to hear the sobs of one’s own mourners is, for Tom, “the proudest moment of his life”. This may...

US man cleaning out late grandmother’s apartment shot dead by police

Police in Wyoming, Ohio say officers suspected Joe Frasure Jr, 28, was burglar after responding to a 911 callAn Ohio man was fatally shot by police while cleaning out his dead grandmother’s apartment, family members say.Joe Frasure Jr, 28, was shot on Monday. He died on Tuesday. Continue reading...

Hispanic lawmakers in Connecticut seek official ban on term ‘Latinx’

Five Hispanic Democrats propose banning gender-neutral word arguing it is offensive to state’s Puerto Rican populationA group of Hispanic lawmakers in Connecticut have proposed that the state follow Arkansas and ban the term “Latinx” from official government documents, calling it offensive to Spanish speakers.The word is a gender-neutral alternative...

Biden to discuss police reform with Black lawmakers in wake of Tyre Nichols’ death – latest

President to meet members of Congressional Black CaucusSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by emailAhead of the meeting with president Joe Biden later today, the Congressional Black Caucus released a statement regarding its request to meet Biden following the death of Tyre Nichols who died after being brutally beaten by five Memphis...

The relatability shtick falls flat if you’re too famous | Rebecca Shaw

When celebrities reach a certain level of prominence they can’t keep posting online in the same way. People will disbelieve and then get annoyedI’ve decided that celebrities should hire me. Not to write their TV shows or movies (although yes, that would also be good), but for a more important social media-based role. My job would be to warn them when...

Punxsutawney Phil predicts more winter in Groundhog Day celebration

Members of Phil’s ‘inner circle’ say rotund rodent saw his shadow, meaning six more weeks of winterPunxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog named for the western Pennsylvania town where he lives in a tree stump, predicted six more weeks of winter on Thursday, during an annual Groundhog Day celebration.People gathered at Gobbler’s Knob as members of Phil’s...

Dances with Wolves actor to face judge over alleged sexual abuse

Possible charges against Nathan Chasing Horse, who is believed to be a cult leader, include sex trafficking and sexual assaultA former Dances with Wolves actor who faces at least five felony charges for allegedly sexually abusing Indigenous girls was scheduled to face a judge on Thursday.Possible charges against Nathan Chasing Horse, 46, include sex...

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