Here’s everything coming to Netflix in August 2022 — and what’s leaving

“Stranger Things” kicked off the summer with a bang, and Netflix is ​​looking to end the season with another blockbuster fan-favorite. “The Sandman” (Aug. 5), based on Neil Gaiman’s iconic comic series, stars Tom Sturridge as Dream, aka Morpheus, aka The Sandman, a cosmic being who controls all dreams who must travel time and space … Read more

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Here’s what’s at stake if Russia doesn’t get a key European gas pipeline back up and running this week

Investors will soon find out whether the world’s largest subsea pipeline, all 759 miles of it sitting under the Baltic Sea, will save Europe from a potentially devastating winter. The so-called Nord Stream 1 pipeline, which normally transmits 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year from Russia to Germany, has been under planned … Read more

Russia pounds Ukraine as Putin holds talks in Tehran

KYIV, Ukraine — Russian missiles struck cities and villages in eastern and southern Ukraine, hitting homes, a school and a community center on Tuesday as Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to Iran to discuss a UN-backed proposal to unblock exports of Ukrainian grain. In Kramatorsk, a city in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk province considered a likely … Read more

Biden’s Saudi Arabia Visit Was Worse Than an Embarrassment

Meetings between leaders of important nations are usually worthwhile even if they yield no immediate results. But there are exceptions. One was Neville Chamberlain’s 1938 Munich meeting with Hitler. Another: President Biden’s sit-down with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman last week. The president’s 24 hours in Jeddah were dominated by photos of his fist … Read more

Lebanon LGBTQ community suffers setback amid wider clampdown

BEIRUT — Nour never felt entirely safe as a queer person in Lebanon. But in the past few years, the 25-year-old pharmacist had started letting his guard down, meeting with friends in LGBTQ-friendly spaces in Beirut and even performing in drag shows. He now opts to stay at home, fearing for his safety more than … Read more

Opinion: The real worry isn’t prolonged inflation — it’s deflation

The most recent headline CPI came in at 9.1% so it might seem odd to think that the risk of disinflation and deflation is rising. But while the CPI is a rearview-looking indicator, many forward-looking indicators are starting to tell a very different story – a story of falling demand and falling prices. The economic … Read more

Putin Wants Germany to Panic Over Whether Nord Stream 1 Will Reopen

Text size Russian natural gas shipments to Europe via the Nord Stream pipeline to Germany stopped Monday because of planned regular maintenance. Krisztian Bocsi / Bloomberg About the author: Margarita M. Balmaceda is a professor at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, an associate at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, … Read more

Ukraine Hits Military Depot in Russian-Controlled City

ODESSA, Ukraine — Ukrainian forces struck an ammunition depot deep inside Russian-occupied territory in the south of the country, as Russia shelled Ukrainian cities in the east in its push to capture the entirety of the Donbas area, Ukrainian officials said. The long-range strikes presage the next phase of the war, with Ukraine aiming to … Read more

Mexico, US presidents to meet amid newly tense relationship

MEXICO CITY – The US-Mexico relationship – a straightforward tradeoff during the Trump administration, with Mexico tamping down on migration and the US not pressing on other issues – has become a wide range of disagreements over trade, foreign policy, energy and climate change. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is to visit Washington on Tuesday … Read more

Large Chinese Bank Protest Put Down With Violence

HONG KONG — Hundreds of bank customers demonstrating over frozen deposits were attacked by men in plainclothes in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, marking a violent end to one of China’s largest public protests in recent years. Images of the clash, which was widely videotaped, spread quickly enough on Chinese social media to outrun … Read more