Wednesday, October 27, 2021

News wrap: UN condemns Libya’s treatment of migrants wanting to go to Europe

Judy Woodruff:

The UN Human Rights Council also today accused the Libyan government of possible crimes against humanity. It cited violence against migrants and civilians embroiled in a war between rival regimes and militias.

Back in this country, the Biden administration reversed a Trump era ban on abortion referrals by family planning clinics receiving federal funding. The ban had prompted a mass exodus from the program by providers affiliated with Planned Parenthood. The policy is now the same as it was in the Obama years.

Two Americans are winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in medicine for work that could eventually lead to new non-opioid painkillers. David Julius and Ardem Patpoutian found success working independently of each other years ago. Their work shows how receptors in the skin respond to heat and pressure.

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The broader market fell on Wall Street today as tech stocks fell. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed near 34000, down 323 points, or 1 per cent. The Nasdaq fell 311 points. That is, 2 percent. The S&P 500 slipped more than 1 percent to 56. At the same time, oil prices have closed near $ 78 per barrel. This is the highest since 2014.

And Captain Kirk of “Star Trek” is finally going to space for real. William Shatner, now 90, will be a passenger next week on a Blue Origin capsule owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. The space travel company invited him on a flight that would last 10 minutes before returning to Earth. Two other passengers will pay customers.

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