Paris Teenager’s New Gig: Would-Be Queen of Italy. A Nation Shrugs.
by Jason Horowitz on 2021-05-10 in Royal Families, Italy
The son of Italy’s last king has tapped his teen granddaughter to eventually lead the House of Savoy, pretenders to Italy’s defunct throne. “Totally illegitimate,” says a rival clan.
Your Monday Briefing
by Natasha Frost on 2021-05-10
Rising vaccination rates in Europe.
Vaccinations Rise in the E.U. After a Long, Slow Start
by Bryan Pietsch and Austin Ramzy on 2021-05-10 in internal-essential, European Union, BioNTech SE, Pfizer Inc, Vaccination and Immunization, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Europe
The increase underscores the global disparities in vaccination efforts.
Fauci Says Indoor Mask Guidance Should Ease With Vaccinations
by Abby Goodnough on 2021-05-10 in internal-essential, Fauci, Anthony S, Gottlieb, Scott (1972- ), Zients, Jeffrey D, Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns, Vaccination and Immunization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States, State of the Union (TV Program), This Week (TV Program)
The comments from President Biden’s chief medical adviser came just two days after the C.D.C. belatedly highlighted the danger of airborne transmission.
‘Why Do We Deserve to Die?’ Kabul’s Hazaras Bury Their Daughters.
by Adam Nossiter on 2021-05-09 in Afghanistan, Terrorism, Hazaras (Ethnic Group), Women and Girls, Funerals and Memorials, Afghanistan War (2001- ), Taliban, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Kabul (Afghanistan), Education (K-12), Minorities
A bomb attack that killed scores of schoolgirls, members of a long-persecuted minority, offered still more evidence that Afghanistan may be on the verge of unraveling.
Cirque du Soleil’s Return Could Be Its Most Challenging Feat Yet
by Dan Bilefsky on 2021-05-09 in Cirque du Soleil, Acrobats and Acrobatics, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Circuses, Las Vegas (Nev), Montreal (Quebec), Theater
After shuttering dozens of shows and shedding most of its work force, the vaunted Canadian circus faces an uphill struggle to bounce back.
U.S. and Iran Want to Restore the Nuclear Deal. They Disagree Deeply on What That Means.
by Steven Erlanger and David E. Sanger on 2021-05-09 in Iran, Nuclear Weapons, Arms Control and Limitation and Disarmament, United States International Relations, United States Politics and Government, Embargoes and Sanctions, Biden, Joseph R Jr, Trump, Donald J, Blinken, Antony J, Khamenei, Ali, Rouhani, Hassan, Zarif, Mohammad Javad, Israel, Vienna (Austria)
After five weeks of diplomatic shadow boxing, it is clear that the old agreement no longer works for Tehran or Washington, except as a steppingstone.
Your Monday Briefing
by Amelia Nierenberg and Whet Moser on 2021-05-09 in Afghanistan, India, Iran, United States, Poonawalla, Adar (1981- ), Serum Institute of India, Taliban, Politics and Government, United States International Relations, Peace Process, Nuclear Weapons, Vaccination and Immunization, Afghanistan War (2001- ), Mucormycosis, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Nuclear Tests
A vaccine crisis in India.
India’s Covid Patients Suffer a Fungal Threat: Mucormycosis
by Mujib Mashal on 2021-05-09 in internal-essential, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Mucormycosis, India
The condition, known as mucormycosis, seems to be infecting some Covid patients with weakened immune systems and underlying conditions, particularly diabetes.
Israeli Court Delays Expulsion of Palestinian Families in East Jerusalem
by Patrick Kingsley on 2021-05-09 in Israeli Settlements, Politics and Government, Palestinians, Land Use Policies, Evictions, East Jerusalem, Israel, Jerusalem (Israel)
The threat to evict six families from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah had become a rallying cry for Palestinians.
Bombing Outside Afghan School Kills at Least 50, With Girls as Targets
by Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Najim Rahim on 2021-05-09 in Afghanistan, Kabul (Afghanistan), Terrorism, Women and Girls, School Shootings and Armed Attacks, Civilian Casualties, Hazaras (Ethnic Group), Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Taliban, United States Defense and Military Forces
The attack, which came at the end of a particularly violent week, underlined growing concerns about the American troop withdrawal.
Turkey’s Second Major Wave Recedes Amid a Faltering Lockdown
by The New York Times on 2021-05-09 in internal-essential, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Erdogan, Recep Tayyip, Istanbul (Turkey)
The government ordered nonessential workers to stay home starting on April 29, but many of the country’s workers are exempt.
Ukraine’s Burial Mounds Offer Meaning in a Heap of History
by Maria Varenikova and Andrew E. Kramer on 2021-05-09 in Monuments and Memorials (Structures), Scythians (Ancient Civilization), Funerals and Memorials, Archaeology and Anthropology, Dnipro (Ukraine), Kyiv (Ukraine), Ukraine
The Scythians, marijuana-smoking nomadic warriors of ancient Ukraine, built thousands of burial mounds that are at risk today. A preservation group finds resonance in them for a country at war.
Melting Glaciers Have Exposed Frozen Relics of World War I
by Jacey Fortin on 2021-05-09 in World War I (1914-18), Alps Mountains, Defense and Military Forces, Glaciers, Global Warming, Archaeology and Anthropology
Artifacts from the White War — a battle between Italian and Austro-Hungarian troops that took place in the forbidding heights of the Alps — are on their way to a museum.
U.S. states are turning down hundreds of thousands of doses as demand plummets.
by Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio on 2021-05-09 in internal-essential
Village Caught in Czech-Russia Spy Case Just Wants Things to Stop Blowing Up
by Andrew Higgins on 2021-05-09 in Czech Republic, Russia, Vlachovice-Vrbetice (Czech Republic), Arms Trade, Bombs and Explosives, Sabotage (Crime), Defense and Military Forces, GRU (Russia), Espionage and Intelligence Services, Cold War Era, Politics and Government, International Relations
Was a huge blast at a Czech weapons depot sabotage by Russian spies? The villagers where it happened aren’t sure, but they do know they only want to watch James Bond films, not live inside one.
China’s Rocket Debris Landed Near Maldives: Here’s What to Know
by Steven Lee Myers and Kenneth Chang on 2021-05-09 in China, Rocket Science and Propulsion, Accidents and Safety, Space and Astronomy, Space Stations, Aerospace Corp, Earth, Tianwen-1 (Mars Mission), Indian Ocean
Most of the debris burned up on re-entry Sunday morning, China said. The head of NASA accused it of “failing to meet responsible standards.”
Scotland Election Results Complicate Hopes for Independence Referendum
by Mark Landler on 2021-05-08 in Scotland, Elections, Secession and Independence Movements, Scottish National Party, Sturgeon, Nicola, Legislatures and Parliaments, Johnson, Boris, Politics and Government
The Scottish National Party fell short of an outright majority, though pro-independence parties appeared to retain control of Scotland’s Parliament.
Of Brexit and Boris: What’s Driving the Call for Scottish Independence
by Stephen Castle on 2021-05-08 in Referendums, Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit), Secession and Independence Movements, Scottish National Party, Sturgeon, Nicola, Johnson, Boris, Scotland
Scots voted to remain in the E.U., and they resent being dictated to by England. And they just plain don’t like Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Puerto Rico Lifts Some Restrictions as Cases Plunge
by Daniel E. Slotnik and Lauren Hard on 2021-05-08 in internal-essential, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Puerto Rico
Strict measures in early April and rising vaccinations have helped lower the U.S. territory’s new daily cases by more than 60 percent over the past two weeks.
Where Ukrainians Are Preparing for All-Out War With Russia
by Anton Troianovski on 2021-05-08 in Russia, Crimea (Ukraine), Ukraine, Water, Shortages, Canals, Levees and Dams, International Relations, Putin, Vladimir V, Defense and Military Forces, Politics and Government
A dried-up canal running from Ukraine into Russian-occupied Crimea is emerging as one of Europe’s main flash points.
U.K. Conservatives Win Hartlepool Parliament Seat
by Mark Landler and Stephen Castle on 2021-05-08 in Politics and Government, Elections, Voting and Voters, Legislatures and Parliaments, Conservative Party (Great Britain), Hartlepool (England), England, Johnson, Boris
His pillars of “getting Brexit done” and “leveling up” struggling areas in northern England and the Midlands have fueled a separatist drive in Scotland.
These Neanderthals Weren’t Cannibals, So Who Ate Them? Stone Age Hyenas.
by Elisabetta Povoledo on 2021-05-08 in Neanderthal Man, Hyenas, Archaeology and Anthropology, Paleontology, Fossils, Caves and Caverns, Skull (Body Part), Research, Italy
An archaeological excavation south of Rome uncovered fossil remains of nine Neanderthals, along with the bones of hyenas, elephants and rhinoceroses.
Cleric Lifts Iraq’s Faltering Vaccination Effort, but Perilous Summer Awaits
by Jane Arraf on 2021-05-08 in Vaccination and Immunization, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), China National Pharmaceutical Group Corp (Sinopharm), Sadr, Moktada Al-, Iraq
The popular cleric Moktada al-Sadr got a coronavirus vaccine, persuading many of his followers to do the same. Yet millions of Iraqis remain unconvinced.
Germany Is Seeing Virus Cases Go Down and Vaccinations Go Up
by Melissa Eddy on 2021-05-08 in Vaccination and Immunization, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Travel and Vacations, AstraZeneca PLC, Pfizer Inc, Germany, Great Britain
The country appears to be breaking a tough third wave of the virus, and one of its tools is the AstraZeneca vaccine, which it spent months questioning.