African Experts Welcome Biden Vaccine Pledge, With Caveats

Here’s what you need to know:ImageClosing arguments in R. Kelly’s trial in New York will resume on Thursday.Credit…Pool photo by E. Jason WambsgansR. Kelly was a predator who destroyed the lives of the people around him and capitalized on his fame to prey on underage girls and boys and on women, a federal prosector said … Read more

Merkel Campaigns for Laschet Days Before Germans Vote

Merkel Campaigns for Laschet Days Before Germans Vote – The New York Times Press “Enter” to skip to content STRALSUND, Germany — Only days before Germans cast their ballots for a new Parliament and with it a new government and leader, Chancellor Angela Merkel was on the campaign trail this week — further proof that … Read more

In Sicily Slums, a 113-Year Wait for Housing May Be Over

“If they do it,” Ms. Cambria said of the government’s plan, “I hope they will give you a house first,” she told her daughter-in-law Salvatrice Mangano, whose daughter has asthma. “No, you should go first,” Ms. Mangano, 39, told her. “You have been waiting all your life.” So have many others, including Provvidenza Fucile, 82, … Read more

U.S.O.P.C. to Require Covid Vaccine for Winter Olympics

Olympians from the United States who competed at the Tokyo Games this summer were encouraged, but not required, to be vaccinated against Covid-19. More than 80 percent of them ultimately got their shots. But that option will not be available for athletes aiming to make the next round of Games. On Wednesday, the United States … Read more

Germany is ending salary subsidies for unvaccinated workers who are quarantined.

Germany is ending salary subsidies for unvaccinated workers who are quarantined. – The New York Times Press “Enter” to skip to content In a move that may help boost the country’s flagging vaccination campaign, German health authorities announced on Wednesday that the country’s state governments will no longer pay for unvaccinated people to quarantine, ending … Read more

U.N. Live Updates: Covid and Climate Crisis Divide Nations as Assembly Resumes

Here’s what you need to know: ImageAbdulla Shahid, the General Assembly president, left, and the United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, at the gathering on Wednesday.Credit…Justin Lane/EPA, via Shutterstock After a day of somber warnings and fiery denunciations that illustrated a world divided, the United Nations General Assembly reconvened on Wednesday with the Covid-19 pandemic, … Read more

France, Striving for Global Power, Still Struggles to Get It

It highlights the challenge in his 21st-century update on Gaullism: cultivating a unified Europe that can stand as peer to the U.S. or China. This was supposed to bring France, as informal leader, a vehicle for its ambitions and, for all Europe, escape from American dominance. “France’s ask is a big one: It wants these … Read more

Brazil’s Health Minister Tests Positive for Covid at U.N.

Brazil’s Health Minister Tests Positive for Covid at U.N. – The New York Times Press “Enter” to skip to content Brazil’s health minister announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday in New York, where he was attending the United Nations General Assembly along with the country’s defiantly unvaccinated president, Jair Bolsonaro. … Read more

High Covid Hospitalizations Have Delayed Elective Surgeries

Because of her condition, she chokes easily and has a hard time breathing. “I just cry all the time because of my situation,” she said. Compounding the physical discomfort is her frustration that so many people in her state won’t get vaccinated against Covid, and they are getting sick and taking up hospital beds. Only … Read more