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In The Eye Of The Hurricane: Spanish museum succeeds with secret operation to exhibit Ukrainian artworks

Against a backdrop of Russian bombardments, border closures and a nail-biting 2,150-mile truck journey across Europe, Spain’s Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum has teamed up with the National Art Museum of Ukraine to secretly bring dozens of 20th century Ukrainian avant-garde artworks to Madrid for a unique exhibition and a show of support for the war-torn country. “In The Eye Of The Hurricane. Modernism in Ukraine 1900-1930s,” opened to the public on November 29, featuring some 70 works mostly from the Kyiv gallery and the country’s theater, music and cinema museum. It will run until next April. The show constitutes the...

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Resourcefulness to watch World Cup is yet another victory over Russia’s cruelty for soccer fans in Irpin

Ukrainian video-game vendor Roman Kryvyi, fresh from a soccer game on a snow-blanketed field in suburban Kyiv, sat up close to a TV in a kebab shop as intermittent city power returned just in time for the World Cup game between Wales and England on November 29. For the 22-year-old soccer buff, there was no question about which side to support in the matchup: He remembers how he was crestfallen — rolling on the floor in despair and on the verge of tears — when Wales ousted his beloved Ukraine in the qualifiers. The grudge hasn’t worn off. “Only...

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Twitter rolls back enforcement of COVID policy meant to combat misinformation about vaccine safety

Twitter will no longer enforce its policy against COVID-19 misinformation, raising concerns among public health experts and social media researchers that the change could have serious consequences if it discourages vaccination and other efforts to combat the still-spreading virus. Eagle-eyed users spotted the change on November 28, noting that a one-sentence update had been made to Twitter’s online rules: “Effective November 23, 2022, Twitter is no longer enforcing the COVID-19 misleading information policy.” By November 29, some Twitter accounts were testing the new boundaries and celebrating the platform’s hands-off approach, which comes after Twitter was purchased by Elon Musk....

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Escaping a war zone: Why asylum seekers from Mexico are setting their sights as far north as Canada

Pedro Meraz said that living in Colima, Mexico, was like living in a war zone, with shootings, burning cars and dismembered bodies being left outside of schools. When his wife Rocio Gonzalez, a 28-year-old lawyer who worked with abused women, began receiving death threats from a cartel and the local authorities ignored her pleas for assistance, they knew they had to leave. “They knew where we lived and what car we drove,” said Meraz, 41, who taught at The University of Colima, near the Pacific Coast and about 300 miles (485 kilometers) west of Mexico City. “Feeling that you...

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Conservative-leaning states make last-ditch effort to keep court from lifting Trump asylum policy

A coalition of conservative-leaning states is making a last-ditch effort to keep in place a Trump-era public health rule that allows many asylum seekers to be turned away at the southern U.S. border. On November 21, the 15 states filed what is known as a motion to intervene — meaning they want to become part of the legal proceedings surrounding the public health rule referred to as Title 42. The rule, first invoked by Trump in 2020, uses emergency public health authority to allow the United States to keep migrants from seeking asylum at the border, based on the...

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Phantom traffic jams: Cars equipped with AI could help local drivers ease rush hour congestion

As millions of people travel the interstates over the holiday season, many will encounter patches of traffic at a standstill for no apparent reason, no construction or accident. Researchers say the problem is you. Human drivers just do not do a good job of navigating dense traffic conditions, but an experiment using artificial intelligence in Nashville recently means help could be on the way. In the experiment, specially equipped cars were able to ease rush hour congestion on Interstate-24, researcher Daniel Work said in late November. In addition to lessening driver frustration, Work said less stop-and-go driving means fuel...

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