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Prince Andrew has been completely removed from official royal life after the Queen stripped him of his military affiliations and royal patronage amid an ongoing sexual assault case.

This dramatic move is intended to distance the monarchy from the Duke of York, and means he will no longer use His Royal Highness’s style in any official capacity.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Thursday: “With and with the consent of the Queen, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronage have been returned to the Queen. The Duke of York will continue to perform no public duties and advocate this cause as a private citizen.”

Virginia Joffrey, 38, says she was forced to have sex with the Duke at the age of 17 by her partners Jeffrey Epstein and Jessalyn Maxwell, and has filed a civil lawsuit against Andrew. He denies these allegations.

  • How will the civil case affect the monarchy? Norman Baker, a commentator on royal affairs, said the royal family “could not escape the enormous damage” the case would cause.

  • This move came hours later More than 150 veterans wrote to the Queen describing Andrew’s position as “indefensible” and asking her to remove his honorary military roles.

Sinema Rubber Repair and Manchin Scupper

For months, Kirsten Senema and fellow centrist Democrat Joe Manchin have advocated the disruption, which is a major obstacle to voting rights reform. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/Rex/Shutterstock

Senators Kirsten Senema and Joe Manchin thwarted Joe Biden’s efforts to push voting rights legislation through Congress.

The president reportedly held final talks with centrist Democrats Thursday night after Cinema of Arizona said it would not support any changes to disruption rules. West Virginia’s Manchin praised Cinema and issued his own statement emphasizing that he would not do so either.

The Cinema and Mansion rebellion comes at a time of deep concern for democracy in the United States. Republican lawmakers in 19 states have enacted 34 new laws imposing new limits on voting.

  • Why didn’t Sinema support the rule change? The senator said she “will not support separate actions that exacerbate the underlying disease of division that afflicts our country.”

  • why does it matter? Since Republicans don’t support voting rights projects or change disruption rules, Democrats can’t advance unless Cinema and Mansion vote with them.

Supreme Court bans vaccine or workplace testing rules in Biden

Joe Biden in Delaware last year
Joe Biden in Delaware last year. The United States leads the world in the daily average number of new infections reported. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

The Supreme Court has barred the Biden administration from imposing a requirement on unvaccinated employees at large companies to test weekly and wear a mask at work.

The court’s conservative majority opposed the rule, but allowed the imposition of a vaccine mandate for most US health care workers. The authorization applies to health care providers receiving federal Medicare or Medicaid funding, which could affect 76,000 health care facilities and home health care providers.

More than 80 million people may be affected by a vaccine rule or Occupational Safety and Health Administration testing for companies with at least 100 employees.

  • what did the . do super top argue the court? The conservative majority ruled that the administration had overstepped its authority in trying to enforce the requirement.

  • …and the opposition liberals? The three justices argued that it was the court that overstepped the bounds of the health experts’ decisions.

In other news…

Novak Djokovic
Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, defender of men’s tennis champion Novak Djokovic, has revoked his visa ahead of the 2022 Australian Open. Photo: Kelly Devina/The Associated Press
  • Novak Djokovic’s Australian visa canceled again Just days before the start of the Australian Open. The move by Australia’s immigration minister is likely to mean Djokovic is deported and unable to play in the tournament.

  • The House Select Committee has subpoenaed Twitter, Meta, Alphabet, and Reddit for records related to the Capitol attack. Congressman Penny Thompson said previous requests for cooperation had been ignored.

  • The Republican Party indicated its intention to withdraw from the US presidential debates, After allegations that it was biased against her. The New York Times first reported that the Republican National Committee sent a letter to the Presidential Debates Committee on Thursday.

  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Faces renewed calls for his resignation After other allegations from the parties On the eve of Prince Philip’s socially distanced funeral. At the time, outdoor gatherings were limited to six people or two families.

Today’s stats: Created Covid 20 Asia’s ‘epidemic billionaires’

Vendor in front of the Chinese character fu (good luck) on Lunar New Year.
Salesman in front of the Chinese character fu (Good luck) in the Lunar New Year. There were more than 200 new billionaires in the Asia Pacific region. Photo: Teh Eng Koon/AFP/Getty

The pandemic has exacerbated the stark division of wealth in Asia: While 140 million people have fallen into poverty after losing their livelihoods, Covid has created 20 new “pandemic billionaires”, according to a report by Oxfam. The new billionaires have benefited from the international response to the crisis, by selling medicines, equipment, and medical services.

Don’t miss this: Big Thief on why recording is like sex

big thief
“We don’t allow ourselves to be a rock star cliché – you’re on stage and people are screaming – but this is where you can get lost in yourself” Photography: Josh Goleman

Big Thief is an exception to the rule: Whatever makes them work “could be a dip for any other band,” writes Marissa R. Moss. Front head Adrian Lineker and guitarist Back Mick are divorced, guitarist Max Ollerczyk lives in a different country, and members of the group have separate musical side projects. The “chemistry” of these elements is “what makes Big Thief Big Thief in the first place,” Meek tells in this piece what makes a band tick, the pain and why the recording feels like sex.

One last thing: French bakers agonize over supermarket baguettes

Baguettes in a bakery in Paris, France.
Baguettes in a bakery in Paris, France. Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images

French bakers accused a large supermarket chain of offering underinflationary prices for baguettes of “demagoguery”. Leclerc Group pledged Tuesday to cut its profit margins to reduce the cost of its signature baguette at 29 euro cents (24 pence), prompting bakers, farmers and millers to accuse it of “starting a value-destroying campaign”.

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