The Independent5 min read
The Great Friendship Cull: How We Curated Our Friendships Over Lockdown
Pre-pandemic, Rae Radford, 58, hung out with at least eight people from her gym on a regular basis, but now she only hangs out with one close friend. Radford, who lives in Broadstairs, Kent, only met up with her friend Debbie Truelove, regularly in l
The Independent4 min read
Nightmares, Panic Attacks: Belgian Flood Survivors Struggle
Visions of cars being swept away in a raging current keep coming back to trouble Eric Mouqué. His wife, Cindy, gets triggered by the slightest noise. So when her husband turns on the hose to clean a few things, all she can think about are those tumul
The Independent5 min read
'Trying To Survive': Wells Dry Up Amid Oregon Water Woes
Judy and Jim Shanks know the exact date their home’s well went dry — June 24. Since then, their life has been an endless cycle of imposing on relatives for showers and laundry, hauling water to feed a small herd of cattle and desperately waiting for
The Independent5 min read
Biden To Launch Vaccine Push For Millions Of Federal Workers
Hoping to set a model for employers nationwide, President Joe Biden will announce Thursday that millions of federal workers must show proof they’ve received a coronavirus vaccine or submit to regular testing and stringent social distancing, masking a
The Independent4 min read
‘It Should Be The Same As Other Absence’: What To Do If You Need To Step Back From Work For Your Mental Health
When Simone Biles withdrew from the Tokyo Olympic all-round competition on Tuesday, citing mental health concerns, it sparked a conversation about taking time away from work to focus on one’s mental, rather than physical, wellbeing. USA Gymnastics an
The Independent4 min readAmerican Government
Capitol Attack Hearing: 'Kill Him,' Racial Slurs And More
During emotional, tense and sometimes angry testimony, four police officers who defended the Capitol on Jan. 6 vividly recalled the violence they endured while fighting against a mob of Donald Trump s supporters. “I was grabbed, beaten, Tased, all wh
The Independent4 min readInternational Relations
Belarus Opposition Leader Seeks New US, European Sanctions
The leader of Belarus’ embattled opposition hopes the United States and Europe will impose new sanctions on money-making government enterprises that will lead to the collapse of President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime and a peaceful transition that p
The Independent4 min read
Analysis: For Biles, Peace Comes With A Price - The Gold
When you spend the better part of a decade redefining the possible within your sport, the standards change. Good is no longer good enough. Sometimes, great isn't either. Simone Biles received a crash course on it five years ago in Rio de Janeiro. The
The Independent5 min readWorld
Cabinet Split Grows Over China’s Role In UK’s Electric Car Industry
A growing cabinet split has developed over China’s role in the UK electric car supply chain as the government wrestles over how to handle economic ties to the superpower, The Independent can reveal. Senior Conservatives fear the UK is “falling into
The Independent4 min readCrime & Violence
State Lawmakers Work To Strip Old 'Whites Only' Covenants
Fred Ware and his son were researching the history of the home he's owned in the Hartford suburbs since 1950 when they discovered something far uglier than they expected. Tucked in a list of rules on the home's original deed from the developer was a
The Independent5 min read
`OK Not To Be OK': Mental Health Takes Top Role At Olympics
For decades, they were told to shake it off or toughen up — to set aside the doubt, or the demons, and focus on the task at hand: winning. Dominating. Getting it done. For years, Simone Biles was one of the very best at that. Suddenly — to some, shoc
The Independent6 min readAmerican Government
Republican Reactions To The Jan. 6 Committee Hearing Prove Democrats Can’t Afford To Play Nice
At an emotional first hearing for the House select committee to investigate the 6 January attack on the US Capitol, several members made clear they will go full-throttle to gather all the facts about what happened that day and leading up to it, polit
The Independent6 min readAmerican Government
From Simone Biles To The Capitol Police, The American Right Has A Fascistic Obsession With Weakness
If there’s one thing the hardcore American right hates, it’s the admission of personal pain by someone who’s meant to be strong. And on that front, it’s been a bad week. Simone Biles’s decision to stand down from Team USA’s Olympic gymnastics team be
The Independent5 min readInternational Relations
EXPLAINER: US Pays $4B To Afghan Forces; Who Is Watching?
The U.S. and NATO have promised to pay $4 billion a year until 2024 to finance Afghanista ’s military and security forces, which are struggling to contain an advancing Taliban Already, the U.S. has spent nearly $89 billion over the past 20 years to
The Independent5 min read
We Must Learn To Live With Covid – But The Government Is Giving The Public Little Confidence To Do So
Sajid Javid, the health secretary, had a bad weekend, issuing a grovelling apology after failing to realise that his Twitter message urging people not to “cower” from Covid-19 could cause offence. The verb “cower” leads to the noun “coward”, which is
The Independent6 min read
Residents Fight To Preserve Historic Black Church In LA
On a recent Sunday, about 10 people sat outside the steps of the boarded-up First Baptist Church of Venice a century-old congregation that, to many, remains a symbol of the thriving Black population that once existed in the seaside town of Los Angel
The Independent4 min read
Volunteers Pitch In To Fight Russia's Raging Forest Fires
The little domed tents of the volunteer firefighters in the clearing of a Siberian forest can be hard to see — even from only a few steps away — because of the choking smoke. Their shovels and saws seem to be tiny tools against the vast blaze, like t
The Independent4 min read
How Anti-vaxxers Triggered Another, Deadlier Covid Wave In The US
Forget about a second wave, this is more like the fourth wave. As the United States reels from yet another spike in Covid cases, putting pressure on health officials and hospitals and leaving the president practically begging people to get vaccinated
The Independent13 min readTechnology & Engineering
10 Best Wireless Headphones 2021: Lose Yourself In The Music With A Top-rated Pair Of Noise-cancelling Cans
You can’t go far without seeing someone with tiny wireless earbuds peeping out of their ears as they walk along. They are often, though not always, Apple AirPods: tiny and gleaming white. But maybe, although you’ve admired the freedom that no wires
The Independent5 min read
Pingdemic: These Are Your Legal Rights If You’ve Been Told To Self-isolate By The NHS Covid App
Despite the remaining lockdown restrictions having been lifted in England on Monday as the final stage of the Prime Minister's “roadmap to freedom”, an increasing number of people are being told to self-isolate by the NHS Covid app as the number of c
The Independent6 min readAmerican Government
If Republicans Won’t Cooperate With The January 6 Commission, Arrests Could Be Made
Nearly seven months after a violent mob attempted to block Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s electoral college win, a select committee of seven Democrats and two Republicans convened what will be the first of many hearings that committee
The Independent6 min read
What Is Happening In Tunisia And Why It Matters For The Region
​​Tunisia has often been heralded as the sole success of the so-called 2011 Arab Spring but on Sunday President Kais Saied plunged the country into its deepest political crisis in a decade by firing the country’s prime minister, defence and justi
The Independent5 min read
Covid Tried To Stop The Tokyo Olympics – But Sport Has Already Triumphed
Is it uplifting? Is it depressing? Who even knows anymore? The sight of Adam Peaty winning gold and punching the water in celebration is most certainly uplifting. But the same sight from another angle, showing arguably Great Britain’s finest ever spo
The Independent4 min read
Pandemic Olympics Endured Heat, And Now A Typhoon's En Route
First, the sun. Now: the wind and the rain. The Tokyo Olympics delayed by the pandemic and opened under oppressive heat, is due for another hit of nature’s power: a typhoon arriving Tuesday morning that is forecast to disrupt at least some parts of
The Independent5 min read
Former Nevada ‘Sundown Town’ Stands By Siren Amid Reckoning
A red siren perched atop a small town’s volunteer fire department sounds every night at 6 p.m., sending a piercing noise echoing through the ranches and towns of northern Nevada’s Carson Valley including Dresslerville — a community governed by the Wa
The Independent5 min read
Warming Rivers In US West Killing Fish, Imperiling Industry
Baby salmon are dying by the thousands in one California river, and an entire run of endangered salmon could be wiped out in another. Fishermen who make their living off adult salmon, once they enter the Pacific Ocean are sounding the alarm as blist
The Independent5 min readAmerican Government
'We Have To Get It Right,' Dem Vows As Jan. 6 Probe Begins
The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Bennie Thompson, didn’t realize the severity of the Jan. 6 insurrection until his wife called him. He was inside the Capitol, sitting in the upper gallery of the House, hoping for what he called
The Independent5 min read
Mandatory Vaccines For Students To Attend Lectures ‘Hugely Discriminatory’, Universities Union Says
Proposals for mandatory Covid vaccinations for university students have triggered a sharp backlash, with one union saying they would be “hugely discriminatory”, while Labour branded the idea a “barrier to learning”. Downing Street did not rule out a
The Independent4 min read
Business Travel Stirs, But Many Road Warriors Stay Grounded
Of the 2 million people clogging airport security lines and gate areas again each day, one crowd is still largely missing: business travelers. Their absence is noteworthy because they are a key source of revenue and profit, underpinning a record-brea
The Independent4 min read
Without The Crowd's Roar, Tokyo Olympians Search For Spirit
The beloved American gymnast Sam Mikulak flipped off the parallel bars, stuck the landing and blew a kiss toward the camera. Those watching the men’s Olympics gymnastic competition on television back home knew they’d seen magic. “Beautiful!” the bro
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