R. Alexander Acosta, the labor secretary, defended his handling of a sex crimes case against the financier Jeffrey Epstein over a decade ago.
John Cassidy writes on Boris Johnson’s failure to stand up for Kim Darroch, the now former British Ambassador to Washington, after a series of characteristically vituperative attacks by Trump, and the response by Conservative Members of Parliament.
Former UK premier John Major has said he would challenge in court any move to force through a “no-deal” Brexit by suspending parliament. Major warned it could drag Queen Elizabeth II into a “constitutional controversy.”
Early modern humans had made their way as far north as Greece 210,000 years ago, earlier than previously thought.
A Manhattan pastor is suing the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies after her name was placed on a surveillance list of 59 immigrant rights activists and journalists who went to Mexico last winter. The existence of the database was first reported by NBC San Diego in March. [ more › ]
In the House oversight committee, Yazmin Juárez, whose 21-month old baby daughter died in Ice custody, delivered searing testimony before Congress on Wednesday afternoon. ‘We came to the United States where I hoped to build a better safer life for us,’ said Juárez. ‘Instead I watched my baby girl die slowly and painfully just a few months before her second birthday’
An archive of artefacts from Stalin’s brutal reign should stand as evidence against Putin’s vision of a ‘heroic’ Soviet past
• Irina Sherbakova was a founding member of the human rights organisation Memorial
Great expectations characterised 1989. In Russia, the rock band Kino sang “We are waiting for changes!” In huge public rallies on the streets of Moscow, millions demanded freedom and democracy. The Gorbachev era brought about a frenzy of change, and people witnessed incredible events on a weekly basis: they snatched up newspapers, hung on every word broadcast on TV, and with every passing day they felt more alive and free.
Sam Knight writes on how Brexit helped bring on the demise of British Steel, which underwent liquidation and is now courting bids for ownership, and how a No Deal exit might impact British industry.