Deadly shooting in a Colorado nightclub
At least five people were killed when a man stormed into an L.G.B.T.Q. nightclub in Colorado Springs just before midnight on Saturday and opened fire with a long rifle, the authorities said. Officials praised patrons inside the establishment, Club Q, for quickly subduing the gunman, though at least 25 people were injured in the chaos.
The gunman entered the club wearing body armor and began firing with an AR-15-style rifle, according to law enforcement officials briefed on the shooting. Quickly, someone grabbed a handgun from the shooter and then hit him with it, subduing him, John Suthers, the city’s mayor, said. When the police burst in, the man was still pinning the gunman down, he added.
The city’s police chief, Adrian Vasquez, identified the suspect as Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, and said the authorities were investigating a motive. A person of the same name and age was arrested by sheriff’s deputies last year after a bomb threat outside Colorado Springs. As of late Sunday night, several victims remained in critical condition.
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Ukraine plans evacuations from Kherson and Mykolaiv
The Ukrainian government is preparing to help evacuate residents from the battered cities of Kherson and Mykolaiv, where attacks on electricity and heating infrastructure have raised fears of a coming humanitarian crisis, officials said. At least a dozen Russian shells exploded yesterday at a major nuclear plant in the same region.
For many residents of Kherson, which was recaptured from Russia just over a week ago, the only solution may be to leave as the coldest months of the year approach, the authorities said. Residents of Mykolaiv, a port city about 40 miles to the northwest that is a frequent target of Russian strikes, have also asked to be moved to safer areas, Ukrainian officials said.
Months into the war, the human toll of the last eight months of fighting is coming into focus. More than 8,300 civilians, including 437 children, are believed to have died since the war began, with the true death toll probably far exceeding that, according to Ukraine’s prosecutor general.
Restoration: In the days since Russian forces retreated from Kherson, the Ukrainian government has scrambled to rebuild vital infrastructure. As temperatures begin to plunge, the first traces of power have reappeared in the city.
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A deal is struck at COP27
Diplomats from nearly 200 countries concluded two weeks of climate talks in Egypt yesterday by agreeing to establish a fund that would help poor, vulnerable countries cope with climate disasters. A committee with representatives from 24 countries will work out the finer details of the fund over the next year.
The deal follows more than three decades of calls from developing nations for rich, industrialized nations to provide compensation for the costs of destructive weather events linked to rising temperatures. The U.S. and other wealthy countries had long blocked the idea for fear that they could face unlimited liability in the future, which the new agreement precludes.
While the new climate agreement deals with the damages from global warming, it does far less to address the greenhouse gas emissions that are the root cause of the crisis. To keep warming at relatively safe levels, experts say, all nations must slash their emissions much more rapidly.
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The world’s biggest sports event
Tariq Panja, a reporter at The Times, is currently in Qatar for the World Cup, which is being held in November to avoid the worst of the country’s desert heat. He spoke with The Morning newsletter about what’s to come. Here’s a lightly edited excerpt.
How big is the World Cup, globally?
There’s nothing bigger than this, not even the Olympics. The World Cup is the most-watched event in the world. These 32 teams capture the imagination of supporters even outside their borders.
How has Qatar prepared?
They essentially had to rebuild an entire country in 12 years to host this one-month event. They amassed hundreds of thousands of overseas workers to do this construction. Thousands of those workers have died in Qatar since 2010, according to human rights groups.
The country’s human rights record has been under scrutiny beyond the worker deaths. The World Cup is supposed to be this festival open to everyone. How does that square with a country that would jail you for being gay?
Why did Qatar want to host so badly?
Qatar is a tiny speck in the Gulf desert wanting the world to know it’s here. In 2009, the country spent tens of millions of dollars to try to host the World Cup. Still, the bid seemed like a joke. They were getting questions about the heat, how they could fit the games in a country smaller than Connecticut and whether they would allow alcohol.
When FIFA’s president at the time opened the envelope and Qatar’s name came out, immediately everyone zeroed in on corruption. The investigations that followed forced FIFA to change the way it designated a host and revealed how a country was able to bend the world to its will through force of cash.
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