‘Vesper’ looks for hope in a world that’s bio-engineered nature out of existence : NPR

Raffiella Chapman stars as Vesper, a 13-year-old bio-hacker. Courtesy of IFC Films hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of IFC Films Raffiella Chapman stars as Vesper, a 13-year-old bio-hacker. Courtesy of IFC Films Hollywood apocalypses come in all shapes and sizes – zombified, post-nuclear, plague-ridden – so it says something that the European eco-fable Vesper can … Read more

Biden and Xi need to resume Taiwan talks, think tank says  

A meeting between Biden and Xi at the upcoming G-20 Summit in November is on the cards, and that would be a good opportunity for the US and China to start reengaging with each other, an analyst said. Mandel Ngan | afp | Getty Images The United States and China need to reopen dialogue over … Read more

UNs High-Level Meeting of World Leaders Falls Short of Gender Empowerment — Global Issues

by Thalif Deen (united nations) Friday, September 30, 2022 Inter Press Service UNITED NATIONS, Sep 30 (IPS) – When the UN’s high-level meeting of world leaders concluded last week, the head count seemed lopsided: 190 speakers, including 76 Heads of State, 50 Heads of Government, 4 Vice-Presidents, 5 Deputy Prime Ministers, 48 ​​Ministers and 7 … Read more

FDA approves first ALS drug in 5 years after pleas from patients

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday overcame doubts from agency scientists and approved a fiercely debated drug for ALS, a move that heartened patients and advocates who pushed for the medication but concerns raised among some experts about whether treatments for direct conditions receive sufficient scrutiny. “It’s a huge deal,” said Sunny Brous, 35, … Read more

At least 19 dead after blast in Kabul hits education centre

A suicide bomber struck an education center in a Shia area of ​​the Afghan capital on Friday, killing 19 people and wounding 27, a Taliban-appointed spokesman for the Kabul police chief said. The explosion inside the center in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood of Kabul — populated mostly by members of Afghanistan’s minority Shia community — took … Read more

Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng to meet OBR chief after week of turmoil – UK politics live | Politics

Key events filters BETA Key events (two)Liz Truss (4) The “detail” of the growth plan made it impossible for an independent watchdog to assess it before the government published it, a minister has suggested. Asked by BBC Breakfast why the OBR was not given the opportunity to make an assessment of the plan, Treasury minister … Read more

Iran targets celebrities, media over Mahsa Amini protests

PARIS: Iran stepped up pressure on celebrities and journalists Thursday over the wave of women-led protests sparked by outrage over the death of Mahsa Aminiafter she was arrested by the Islamic republic’s morality police. Filmmakers, athletes, musicians and actors have backed the demonstrations, and many saw it a signal when the national football team remained … Read more

Australian police seek to protect customers after Optus hack | Cybersecurity

Authorities say perpetrator of one of the country’s biggest cyberattacks used ‘obfuscation techniques’ to hide identity. Australian police have announced an operation to safeguard the personal information of thousands of telecom customers following one of the biggest cyberattacks and data breaches in the country’s history. Australian Federal Police (AFP) assistant commissioner for cyber command Justine … Read more

Ukraine Russia war – latest: Russian missile strike kills 23 as Putin to give annexation speech

Audio reveals Vladimir Putin to annex four Russian-held areas of Ukraine on Friday A Russian missile strike on a humanitarian convoy in Ukraine has killed 23 people, officials said as Vladimir Putin prepared to make a major speech on annexation plans. Nearly 30 more were wounded in the attack on the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia, … Read more