New top story from Time: Japan Will Start Releasing Fukushima Water Into the Sea in Two Years

TOKYO — Japan’s government decided Tuesday to start releasing treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean in two years — an option fiercely opposed by fishermen, residents and Japan’s neighbors. The decision, long speculated but delayed for years due to safety concerns and protests, came at a meeting of … Continue reading New top story from Time: Japan Will Start Releasing Fukushima Water Into the Sea in Two Years

New top story from Time: Indonesian Muslims Open Ramadan With Vaccines and Socially Distanced Prayers

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Muslims in Indonesia began marking Ramadan with communal prayers Tuesday in a socially distanced contrast to the empty mosques of a year ago when Islam’s holiest month coincided with the start of the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 cases are spiking in the world’s most populous Muslim nation, but vaccines are being administered and … Continue reading New top story from Time: Indonesian Muslims Open Ramadan With Vaccines and Socially Distanced Prayers

New top story from Time: John Boehner on His New Book, the Rise of Donald Trump and the Future of the GOP

John Boehner left office months before the biggest political story of the decade played out: Donald Trump won the Republican presidential nomination, became President, and redefined the Republican Party. Boehner, who announced his resignation in 2015 with such relief that he sang zip-a-dee-doo-dah, watched Trump’s rise from afar, apparently glad to be out of the … Continue reading New top story from Time: John Boehner on His New Book, the Rise of Donald Trump and the Future of the GOP

New top story from Time: Amid Derek Chauvin Trial, Minnesota Grapples With Another Police Killing of an Unarmed Black Man

As the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, charged with the May 2020 murder of George Floyd, entered its eleventh day on Monday, another police killing of a Black man in Minnesota has grabbed the state’s—and the nation’s—attention. Daunte Wright, 20, was shot and killed by a police officer in the city of … Continue reading New top story from Time: Amid Derek Chauvin Trial, Minnesota Grapples With Another Police Killing of an Unarmed Black Man

New top story from Time: Two New Studies Show That the U.K. COVID-19 Virus Variant Is Not Linked to Severe Disease—But Questions Remain

In two studies published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases and in The Lancet Public Health, respectively, scientists provide comforting news about a new strain of the COVID-19 virus that emerged from the U.K. last December. It has since become the dominant virus in the region, accounting for nearly all of the new COVID-19 cases there—and … Continue reading New top story from Time: Two New Studies Show That the U.K. COVID-19 Virus Variant Is Not Linked to Severe Disease—But Questions Remain

New top story from Time: 1 Person Dead in Tennessee School Shooting: Police

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A confrontation in a Tennessee high school that involved police officers responding to a report of a possible armed man, left one person dead and an officer wounded, authorities said. No other persons were killed or wounded, police said, adding the scene had been secured at the Austin-East Magnet High School in … Continue reading New top story from Time: 1 Person Dead in Tennessee School Shooting: Police

New top story from Time: ‘They Want the West to Be Frightened.’ Ukraine’s President on Why Russia Sent Troops to the Border

“They want us to be afraid,” Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of Ukraine, says as his plane starts to descend, bringing him home from a trip to the war zone near his country’s border with Russia. He’s referring to the Russian troops that have massed along that border during the past two weeks, forcing the world … Continue reading New top story from Time: ‘They Want the West to Be Frightened.’ Ukraine’s President on Why Russia Sent Troops to the Border

New top story from Time: Black Women Are Fighting to Be Recognized as Long COVID Patients

It took five years of chronic pain, nausea, fuzzy thoughts and a cruel mixture of fatigue and insomnia for Wilhelmina Jenkins to be diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). But even after she received that diagnosis, in 1988, she faced her fair share of doubters—not because her symptoms didn’t meet the bar for diagnosis, … Continue reading New top story from Time: Black Women Are Fighting to Be Recognized as Long COVID Patients

New top story from Time: Why Joe Biden Holds Out Hope For Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan

This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday. When the White House back in January said it would prefer a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package, 10 Republican Senators sat down and drew up their outline. It was smaller … Continue reading New top story from Time: Why Joe Biden Holds Out Hope For Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan

New top story from Time: Jon Batiste on His Oscar-Nominated Soul Score and Being a ‘Black Pop Star Making Black Pop Masterpieces’

Over the past 12 months, Jon Batiste has scored the smash-hit Pixar movie Soul, won a Golden Globe, been nominated for an Oscar, received Grammy noms for two separate albums, released a third album, led several protests for racial justice, advised the Biden Administration on the role of the arts in America, and arranged and … Continue reading New top story from Time: Jon Batiste on His Oscar-Nominated Soul Score and Being a ‘Black Pop Star Making Black Pop Masterpieces’

New top story from Time: Blue States Are Failing Their Students by Not Reopening Schools. Here’s How They Got It So Wrong

More than a year into the pandemic, the majority of K-12 students in blue states are still not attending school in person full-time. The failure to resume the normal rhythm of schooling in historically progressive states amounts to the most significant failure of public policy in a generation. What began as needed and understandable caution … Continue reading New top story from Time: Blue States Are Failing Their Students by Not Reopening Schools. Here’s How They Got It So Wrong

New top story from Time: How a Miniature Emancipation Proclamation Helped Recruit Black Soldiers During the Civil War

Picture the Emancipation Proclamation, the Civil War-era executive order that changed the legal status of enslaved African Americans in secessionist states, and you might imagine a large broadside, perhaps nailed to a tree or held aloft by Abraham Lincoln. But one of the earliest editions of this document took the form of a thin, pocket-sized … Continue reading New top story from Time: How a Miniature Emancipation Proclamation Helped Recruit Black Soldiers During the Civil War

New top story from Time: What Rare Images of Black Military Surgeons Reveal About the Civil War Era—and Today

When shots were fired at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, the Civil War began—and so did a new era in American photojournalism. But even though the conflict was the first U.S. war to be systematically photographed, photographs of Black Civil War soldiers, 160 years later, are hard to find. Even harder to find are … Continue reading New top story from Time: What Rare Images of Black Military Surgeons Reveal About the Civil War Era—and Today

New top story from Time: Why We Should Be Spending More on Space Travel

Let’s stipulate one thing: there’s absolutely no reason for us to go to space. It does nothing to feed us, to clothe us, to protect us, to heal us. It’s dangerous and hideously expensive too, a budget-busting luxury that policy makers and administrators have spent decades trying to defend—always unsuccessfully because the fact is, there’s … Continue reading New top story from Time: Why We Should Be Spending More on Space Travel

New top story from Time: Japan’s Prime Minister Leads Celebrations of Hideki Matsuyama’s Historic Masters Win

TOKYO — Led by Japan’s prime minister, the country celebrated golfer Hideki Matsuyama’s victory in the Masters — the first Japanese player to win at Augusta National and pull on the famous green jacket. “It was really wonderful,” Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said with his country struggling to pull off the postponed Tokyo Olympics in … Continue reading New top story from Time: Japan’s Prime Minister Leads Celebrations of Hideki Matsuyama’s Historic Masters Win

New top story from Time: A Top Official Has Admitted That Chinese Vaccines Have Low Effectiveness

BEIJING — In a rare admission of the weakness of Chinese coronavirus vaccines, the country’s top disease control official says their effectiveness is low and the government is considering mixing them to get a boost. Chinese vaccines “don’t have very high protection rates,” said the director of the China Centers for Disease Control, Gao Fu, … Continue reading New top story from Time: A Top Official Has Admitted That Chinese Vaccines Have Low Effectiveness

New top story from Time: Iran Calls Natanz Atomic Site Blackout ‘Nuclear Terrorism’

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran on Sunday described a blackout at its underground Natanz atomic facility an act of “nuclear terrorism,” raising regional tensions as world powers and Tehran continue to negotiate over its tattered nuclear deal. Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, stopped short of directly blaming … Continue reading New top story from Time: Iran Calls Natanz Atomic Site Blackout ‘Nuclear Terrorism’

New top story from Time: Explosive Eruption Rocks Volcano in St. Vincent

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — An explosive eruption rocked La Soufriere volcano on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent on Friday after the government ordered thousands to evacuate their homes nearby. Experts said the first explosion shot an ash column 32,000 feet (10 kilometers) into the sky and that the majority of the ash … Continue reading New top story from Time: Explosive Eruption Rocks Volcano in St. Vincent

New top story from Time: Chloé Zhao Becomes First Woman of Color to Win Top Honor at Directors Guild Association Awards

Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” continued its tour of dominance through awards season Saturday night, when Zhao took top honors at the 73rd annual She is the second woman to earn the honor and the first woman of color to do so. Kathryn Bigelow was the first for “The Hurt Locker.” And it all but solidifies her … Continue reading New top story from Time: Chloé Zhao Becomes First Woman of Color to Win Top Honor at Directors Guild Association Awards

New top story from Time: Honolulu Hotel on Lockdown After an Armed Man Fired Shots Inside a Room

HONOLULU — An armed man barricaded himself inside a hotel room at a resort in Honolulu and fired shots through the door, a police official said. No one was hurt in the gunfire late Saturday at The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Honolulu police Capt. Brian Lynch told news outlets. The resort said in a statement … Continue reading New top story from Time: Honolulu Hotel on Lockdown After an Armed Man Fired Shots Inside a Room