Your Tuesday Night Briefing – The New York Times

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Good evening. Here is the last Tuesday at the end of the day.

1. European leaders have taken a historic decision to ban imports of Russian oil, but has struggled to get millions of tons of grain out of Ukraine.

As their summit wrapped up today, EU leaders said they would ban around 90% of Russian oil imports by the end of the year. The measure was once seen as impossible, given Europe’s dependence on fuel, but Hungary was exempted in order to gain its approval.

2. Chuck Schumer says he’ll try – again – to push through US gun restrictions.

Schumer, the Senate Majority Leader, said he would try to broker a compromise on new gun laws after the latest pair of mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, bolstering the promise of President Joe Biden in Uvalde on Sunday. A bipartisan group of 10 senators planned to have a Zoom call today to work out a framework for negotiations.

3. Covid death rate for the elderly in the United States soared during the Omicron wave.

Deaths from Covid-19 have historically focused on the elderly, but this winter they have skewed more towards the elderly than at any other time since coronavirus vaccines became widely available.

A high percentage of older people are fully vaccinated, but the immunity granted by vaccines wanes over time and many older people are behind on boosters. At the same time, the highly contagious variant of Omicron is adept at exploiting weakened immunity.

4. A prosecutor chosen by Trump lost his case against a lawyer linked to Clinton.

Michael Sussmann, a cybersecurity attorney with ties to Democrats, was acquitted of a felony charge that he lied to the FBI in 2016. Sussman had shared a tip with a Bureau official about a possible secret connection to a computer server between former President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia. The FBI rejected the tip.

Sussmann, who had worked for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, said he acted on his own behalf. John Durham, a special counsel appointed by Trump, tried to prove that Sussmann was part of broader Democratic efforts to accuse Trump of colluding with Russia, but he had weak evidence.

6. Witnesses said that Russian mercenaries participated in a massacre of civilians in Mali.

In late March, Malian soldiers working with foreign fighters executed hundreds of men in the village of Moura in central Mali. The soldiers were pursuing Islamist militants.

The foreigners, according to diplomats, officials and human rights groups, belonged to the Russian paramilitary group known as Wagner, a shadowy proxy force of the Russian Defense Ministry. The Malian authorities hailed Moura’s attack as a major victory, claiming to have killed 203 fighters, but denied the presence of Wagner agents and made no mention of civilian casualties.

Witnesses and analysts said the death toll in Moura was between 300 and 400, according to their most conservative estimates. Most of the victims, they said, were civilians.

7. Under Trump, America’s climate rankings have plummeted.

The 2022 Environmental Performance Index, which is released every two years by researchers at Yale and Columbia Universities, showed that the United States’ environmental performance had plunged compared to other countries, largely because that the country had mostly halted federal climate regulation during the Trump administration.

Of 180 countries in the report, the United States ranked 101st on climate metrics in the current report, up from 15th in 2020. The report’s balance sheet is sobering: only Denmark and Britain are on a sustainable path to net-zero emissions by 2050.

8. NYC trash can art.

Sto Len holds a special position: artist-in-residence for the New York City Sanitation Department.

During his one-year tenure, as part of the city’s Public Artists in Residence initiative, Len will create art that aims to help New Yorkers reconsider their relationship with their trash and with the approximately 10,000 sanitation workers who transport them.

“I hope I can get people to take a closer look at the things they willfully ignore,” Len said.

Separatelythieves wielding a power saw stole a jeweled gilt tabernacle worth $2 million from a Brooklyn church.

9. You box vacation again, despite inflation, high airfares and crazy gas prices.

Economic difficulties have kept many potential travelers at home or limited their plans, according to a recent survey. But you don’t have to give up on fun summer trips – just try to sign up for cheaper options.

Our Frugal Traveler columnist suggests the Kentucky Bourbon Trail instead of Scotland for a spirits tour, or, instead of an Italian wine tour, America’s first federally recognized wine region in Augusta, Missouri. Rather than heading to Hawaii, where prices have skyrocketed, consider Mexico. or Saint Lucia. Gourmet destinations? Toronto holds a virtual UN of restaurant districts, from Little India to Little Jamaica.

10. And finally, an algorithm against killer asteroids.

By applying powerful cloud computing techniques to asteroid science, cosmologists may soon be able to identify and help deflect large space rocks endangering Earth.

The B612 Foundation (whose name was inspired by the asteroid in “The Little Prince”) was founded by Ed Lu, physicist and former astronaut. His efforts led to an algorithm that sifts through hundreds of thousands of images from existing space telescopes to track asteroids among 68 billion points of cosmic light.

His goal ? Locate the 60% of the approximately 25,000 near-Earth asteroids at least 460 feet in diameter that are currently undetected. Each of these asteroids has the potential to release the energy equivalent of hundreds of millions of tons of TNT upon collision with Earth.

Have a heavenly evening!

Eve Edelheit photos compiled for this briefing.

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