U.S. Orders Partial Evacuation of Embassy in Iraq Amid Tensions With Iran
(BAGHDAD) — The U.S. on Wednesday ordered all nonessential government staff to leave Iraq, and Germany and the Netherlands both suspended their military assistance programs in the country in the latest sign of tensions sweeping the Persian Gulf region over still-unspecified threats that the Trump administration says are linked to Iran.
Recent days have seen allegations of sabotage targeting oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, a drone attack by Yemen’s Iranian-allied Houthi rebels, and the dispatch of U.S. warships and bombers to the region.
At the root of this appears to be President Donald Trump’s decision a year ago to pull the U.S. from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, embarking on a maximalist sanctions campaign against Tehran. In response, Iran’s supreme leader issued a veiled threat Tuesday, saying it wouldn’t be difficult for the Islamic Republic to enrich uranium to weapons-grade levels.
New York's Met museum to shun Sackler family donations
New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art said on Wednesday that it will shun gifts from the US Sackler family, made rich by the production of opioids.
纽约市大都会艺术博物馆周三表示，将不会接受来自美国 Sackler 家族的礼物，该家族因鸦片类药物的生产而致富。
The billionaire family owns Purdue Pharma, a company that manufactures opioids like OxyContin - linked to the deaths of thousands of Americans.
The company has denied allegations that they downplayed concerns about abuse and addiction to encourage wider use.
The Met's move follows a wave of similar decisions by other galleries.
Trump grants full pardon to former media baron Conrad Black
U.S. President Donald Trump has signed a full pardon for former media mogul Conrad Black, who was convicted in 2007 of fraud and obstruction of justice.
美国总统唐纳德·特朗普已经签署了对前媒体大亨 Conrad Black 的完全赦免，Conrad Black 于2007年被判犯有欺诈和妨碍司法罪。
Black, 74, spent almost three and a half years in a Florida prison before being released and deported back to Canada. He had originally been sentenced to 78 months in jail, but had his sentence reduced after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down several of his initial convictions.
A statement from the White House on Wednesday said Black has made "tremendous contributions to business, as well as to political and historical thought."
Mexico City declares environmental crisis
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) — Authorities declared an environmental emergency on Tuesday for metropolitan Mexico City, one of the world’s most populous megalopolises, as smoke from nearby wildfires pushed pollution to levels deemed potentially harmful to human health.
Environmental authorities advised residents to avoid outdoor activities and exercise and remain indoors with windows and doors shut. It called for especially sensitive groups, including infants, the elderly and sick, to stay at home.
The local government said later that the circulation of vehicles would be restricted for most of Wednesday.
Russia joins in global gene-editing bonanza
Russia is embracing gene-editing. A 111-billion-rouble (US$1.7-billion) federal programme aims to create 10 new varieties of gene-edited crops and animals by 2020 — and another 20 by 2027.
Alexey Kochetov, director of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Institute of Cytology and Genetics in Novosibirsk, welcomed the research programme, noting that genetics in Russia has been “chronically underfinanced” for decades. Funding for science plummeted in the 1990s following the break-up of the Soviet Union, and Russia still lags behind other major powers: in 2017, it spent 1.11% of its gross domestic product on research, compared with 2.13% in China and 2.79% in the United States.
位于新西伯利亚的俄罗斯科学院细胞学与遗传学研究所(RAS)西伯利亚分所所长阿列克谢•科切托夫(Alexey Kochetov)对该研究项目表示欢迎，他指出，俄罗斯的遗传学研究几十年来一直"长期资金不足"。 20世纪90年代苏联解体后，俄罗斯的科研经费大幅减少，仍落后于其他大国: 2017年，俄罗斯将国内生产总值(gdp)的1.11% 用于科研，而中国和美国的这一比例分别为2.13% 和2.79% 。
But some researchers doubt that the goals can be met on time, and worry that the initiative does not address the other issues they face, such as excessive bureaucracy.