Turkish op in Afrin leaves ‘grim tally’ of children killed, ‘fleeing families’ in Syria – UNICEF

The number of children killed in Syria has risen dramatically over the past two weeks, according to UNICEF’s envoy in the country, who said youngsters have been hardest hit. “The grim tally of children killed in Syria in the past two weeks has increased daily as violence escalates in several areas across the country,” Fran […]

2017 car sales beat expectations, but 2018 looks grim

DETROIT — Most major automakers on Wednesday reported lower December U.S. sales and were forecasting weaker overall sales in 2018. But investors bid up shares in the sector on a bet that high-margin pickup trucks and SUVs will pull Detroit’s automakers through any downturn. The December numbers were above analyst expectations, lifting the shares of […]

Lost In Space: Grim SciFi RPG Deep Sky Derelicts Pulls No Punches

I knew we were in trouble when we encountered those renegade bots. Having just explored and cleared out a giant, derelict spacecraft, our energy reserves were running dangerously low. Our team had been pushing its luck, using up more energy than we should have, so I ordered my units to make a beeline for the […]

‘Mr. Robot’ Review: ‘Frederick and Tanya’ is a Grim Portrait of the Fallout

(We’re going to kickstart our weekly discussion of USA’s Mr. Robot season 3 by answering one simple question: who had the biggest mental breakdown in this week’s episode?) Sobering reminders of reality go hand-in-hand with Mr. Robot, and “Frederick and Tanya” is no exception. The episode has the thankless job of dealing with the aftermath of the Dark Army’s […]


Questions about Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election and any ties to the Trump campaign are looming over the president’s upcoming trip to Asia and threatening to thwart his administration’s message, foreign policy watchers in the region say. The Trump administration has been planning the trip for months in hopes of progress on key policy […]

White House insiders paint a grim picture of Trump’s increasingly volatile behavior

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque Some White House insiders and close associates of President Donald Trump have expressed concern about Trump’s behavior of late. Ongoing feuds with members of his own party have isolated Trump as he struggles to implement his agenda. Trump’s public fights on social media have only grown more intense including with members of his […]

Brimstone review: Grim, gruesome and not for the faint-hearted

For a long two-anda-half hours, Dutch writer/director Martin Koolhoven heaps unimaginable forms of misery on Dakota Fanning’s unfortunate young homesteader. This beautifully shot indie Western is split into four Biblical chapters which tell, using a jumbled timeline, of a life torn apart by murder, incest and religious zealotry. In the opening act, Revelation, Fanning’s Liz […]

Akram Khan’s Giselle review: Unremittingly grim staging

Akram Khan is a talented choreographer, so what on earth is behind his version of Giselle, one of the most dearly loved works in the classical repertory?  The only the word appropriate here is “marketing”. The new version of the story is unremittingly grim, the lighting dim and the characters repetitive and dull, all designed […]

‘Hostiles’ Review: Christian Bale Leads a Weary and Grim Western From Scott Cooper [TIFF]

“The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted.” So begins the epigraph of Scott Cooper’s Hostiles, a Western that explores America’s then-undeveloped territories as a fertile ground for nihilism, despair and self-reflection. Gone is the frontier myth of endless possibility and opportunity, replaced by a plot that […]

US government’s grim climate summary draft gets unofficially published

Enlarge (credit: NASA) In 1990, during the presidency of the first George Bush, Congress passed the Global Change Research Act. Along with reorganizing government-funded climate research, the Act stipulates that, every four years, the federal agencies involved provide an update on the state of climate science. It has been four years, and the next report’s […]