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In Yemen, conflict and hunger are at the root of a streamlined Ramadan

In Yemen, conflict and hunger are at the root of a streamlined Ramadan

In the years before war and hunger disrupted daily life in Yemen, Mohammed Abdullah Yousef used to sit down after a long day of fasting during Ramadan to a large plate of food. His family dined on meat, falafel, beans, fried savory pastries and the occasional store-bought crème caramel.This year, the Islamic holy month looks different for Mr Yousef, 52, a social studies teacher in the coastal town of Al Mukalla. He, his wife and their five children break their fast with bread, soup and vegetables. Earning the equivalent of $66 a month, he fears his salary sometimes slips out of his hands in less than two weeks, largely to pay grocery bills.“I'm struggling to make ends meet,” Mr. Yousef said in an interview, describing how even before Ramadan he began skipping meals to stretch his me...
FDA issues warning about heart pump linked to deaths

FDA issues warning about heart pump linked to deaths

A troubled heart pump that has now been linked to 49 deaths and dozens of injuries worldwide will be allowed to remain in use, despite the Food and Drug Administration's decision to issue a warning about the risk that it could perforate a wall of the heart.Tiny Impella pumps, about the size of a candy cane, are threaded into blood vessels to take control of the heart's work in patients undergoing complex procedures or life-threatening conditions.The FDA said the device's manufacturer, Abiomed, should have alerted the agency more than two years ago, when the company first posted an update on its website about the perforation risk. Such a notice, the FDA added, would have led to a much broader official warning to hospitals and doctors.The warning is the latest in concerns raised...
King Charles III attends the Easter service

King Charles III attends the Easter service

King Charles III attended an Easter church service at Windsor Castle on Sunday with Queen Camilla, later greeting well-wishers who had flocked to see his first significant public appearance since revealing last month that he had cancer.Charles, 75, continued to work while undergoing treatment, welcoming visitors and holding his weekly meetings with the British prime minister, Rishi Sunak. But he suspended public commitments on the advice of his doctors.Leaving the church after the service ended, Charles shook hands and chatted with people who had gathered outside, telling one: "You're very brave standing out here in the cold."His appearance in familiar surroundings, St George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle, was designed to restore a semblance of normality to a royal fam...
The Run-Up: The Stakes of the 2022 Midterm Elections

The Run-Up: The Stakes of the 2022 Midterm Elections

This transcript was created using speech recognition software. While it has been reviewed by human transcribers, it may contain errors. Please review the episode audio before quoting from this transcript and email [email protected] with any questions.[PHONE INTERNAL RINGING]belindaHello?astead herndonHi, my name’s Astead Herndon. I’m a politics reporter at “The New York Times” and hosting a new politics podcast from “The Times.” I’m looking for Belinda. Is this her?belindaIt is.astead herndonThank you for picking up. We are hoping that you had maybe 5, 10 minutes today for us to ask a few questions about how you’re feeling about politics right now, and then record that. Is that something you think we could do right now?belindaHow long have you been a reporter at “The New York Times?”...
Millions of AT&T passcodes are reset after customer records are lost

Millions of AT&T passcodes are reset after customer records are lost

Telecommunications giant AT&T announced Saturday that it had reset the passcodes of 7.6 million customers after determining that compromised customer data had been “released onto the dark web.”“Our internal teams are working with external cybersecurity experts to analyze the situation,” AT&T said. “As far as we know, the compromised data appears to be from 2019 or earlier and contains no personal financial information or call history.”The company said that "information varied by customer and account," but that it could include a person's full name, email address, postal address, phone number, Social Security, date of birth, AT&T account number, and passcode.In addition to these 7.6 million customers, 65.4 million former account holders were also affected.The company said it will “sepa...
At stake in Istanbul's mayoral race: Turkey's political future

At stake in Istanbul's mayoral race: Turkey's political future

The contest for the city hall presidency in Istanbul, Turkey's largest city and economic dynamo, is in many ways between one man who is on the ballot and another who is not.The first is incumbent Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu, a rising star in the political opposition who won a surprise victory in 2019 and is widely seen as a potential presidential contender.The second is President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who decades ago was mayor of Istanbul and, after Imamoglu's victory, wanted to bring his hometown back under the control of the ruling Justice and Development Party.The outcome will be decided by Sunday's municipal elections, which in many ways will determine Turkey's political future.A victory for Erdogan's party would allow him to reclaim the political and financial clout of ru...
Why do older Americans drink so much?

Why do older Americans drink so much?

The phone woke Doug Nordman at 3 in the morning. A surgeon was calling from a hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado, where Mr. Nordman's father had arrived in the emergency room, incoherent and in pain, and then lost consciousness.Initially, staff thought he was suffering a heart attack, but a CT scan found that part of his small intestine had been perforated. A surgical team repaired the hole, saving his life, but the surgeon had some questions.“Was your father an alcoholic?” he asked. Doctors found Dean Nordman malnourished, with his peritoneal cavity "filled with alcohol."The younger Nordman, a military personal finance author who lives on Oahu, Hawaii, explained that his father, 77, had long been a classic social drinker: a scotch and water with his wife before dinner, which was...
Peter Eotvos, evocative modernist composer and conductor, dies at 80

Peter Eotvos, evocative modernist composer and conductor, dies at 80

“His music may be rigorous, but his gentle, quiet spirit gives his work its inimitable character and pathos,” says American opera director Yuval Sharon, who directed a 2016 production of the opera by Mr. Eotvos from 1998, "Tri Sestri". Vienna, he said in a note. Calling that opera, based on Chekhov's play “Three Sisters,” “undoubtedly one of the greatest works of our time,” Sharon said it was only while working with Eotvos that “he realized how much of his emotional feeling life is invested in work.”For the otherwise reserved Mr. Eotvos, music was the vehicle for expressing that inner life. “In everyday life I'm not a dramatic person at all,” she said in a 2020 documentary about him. “Perhaps this veiled dramatic trait can only come to the surface if it has a job to do.”In the ...
The Republic – The New York Times

The Republic – The New York Times

This transcript was created using speech recognition software. While it has been reviewed by human transcribers, it may contain errors. Please review the episode audio before quoting from this transcript and email [email protected] with any questions.archived recording (joe biden)My fellow Americans, please, if you have a seat. Thank you.I speak to you tonight from sacred ground in America — Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is where America made its declaration of independence to the world more than two centuries ago. It was an idea unique among nations — that in America, we’re all created equal.astead herndonIn early September, Joe Biden kicked off the midterms with a message for the country.archived recording (joe biden)Equality and democracy are the rock upon ...
OpenAI unveils an audio tool that recreates human voices

OpenAI unveils an audio tool that recreates human voices

First, OpenAI offered a tool that allowed people to create digital images simply by describing what they wanted to see. Then, he created similar technology that generated full-motion video like something out of a Hollywood movie.Now it has unveiled technology that can recreate someone's voice.The high-profile AI startup said Friday that a small group of companies was testing a new OpenAI system, Voice Engine, that can recreate a person's voice from a 15-second recording. If you upload a recording of yourself and a paragraph of text, you can read the text using a synthetic voice that sounds like your own.The text does not have to be in your native language. If you speak English, for example, it can recreate your voice in Spanish, French, Chinese or many other languages.OpenAI isn...