Good morning. It features booster shots in France, sharp accusations of Peng Shuai in China, and Madrasa in Pakistan, who has educated many Taliban leaders.
French rush for boosters
Thousands rushed to book a coronavirus booster shot on Thursday after the French government immediately said that health passes would no longer be valid without them.
With a surge in new cases and an increase in hospitalizations, the government has targeted all adults for booster shots starting this weekend. Health Minister Olivier Véran said he had more than 400,000 vaccination appointments on Wednesday.
“There are no blockades, curfs, store closures, or travel bans,” Veran said, while the current waves are “stronger and longer” than the summer waves.
Instead, Veran said, “We are choosing to reconcile freedom and responsibility” by focusing on vaccination and measuring social distance.
number: About 70% of the population is fully vaccinated. However, the number of new daily cases has skyrocketed to about 30,000 in the last few days.
child: European Union drug regulators have approved a Pfizer vaccine for infants. For many, protection does not come immediately. In France, the surge closed 4,100 to 8,500 school classes last week.
Here are the latest pandemic updates and maps.
Before Peng Shuai was accused, Zhang Gaoli was best known as a modest technocrat. He avoided scandals and controversies when he quietly promoted to top leadership. One of his few profiles in the Chinese media described Zhang (75) as “strict and unobtrusive reticence.”
Currently, Peng’s claim has made Zhang a symbol of a political system that values secrecy and control. Her accusations raise questions about how far the party’s elite carry their declared ideals of clean life integrity into their tightly guarded homes.
Background: Early in Xi Jinping’s term as a Chinese leader, a ridiculous report of officials’ sexual misconduct that occasionally surfaced in state media, intended to signal that he is serious about purifying the party. Disclosure. Currently, Xi’s priority seems to be dodging scandals. References to Peng’s account have been almost wiped out of the internet in China.
Taliban’s alma mater
Many graduates of Darul Ulom Haqqania madrasa, one of Pakistan’s largest and oldest seminaries, now dominate Afghanistan.
Madrasa managers near the border with Afghanistan argue that the school has changed and the Taliban should be given the opportunity to show that they have crossed the bloody road.
However, the critics call it the University of Jihad and accuse it of helping to spread violence throughout the region for decades. They are also worried that the militant madrassa, potentially bolded by the Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan, could fuel Pakistan’s radicalism.
Wide range: The Haqqani Network, the Taliban’s military division responsible for hostage capture, suicide bombings, and targeted assassinations, is named after Madrasa and maintains its ties there.
Prominent graduates: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Higher Education, Minister of Justice, and Deputy Minister of Interior, who has led much of Tullivan’s military efforts and holds a $ 5 million bounty from the US Government.
the latest news
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As Russia moved its troops along its border with Ukraine, raising the risk of aggression, the Biden administration was ambiguous about when and how it would come to defend Ukraine.
Poland’s far-right ruling party has benefited from a hard-line stance towards immigrants at the Belarusian border.
Sweden has elected the leader of the Social Democratic Party, Magdalena Anderson, as the first female prime minister. Her term took less than a day.
An explosion outside Mogadishu’s school killed at least eight people. This is the latest in a series of attacks during Somalia’s tense election period.
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What else is happening
Off-duty police officers in Newark, NJ, were charged with reckless vehicle murder after prosecutors said they had fatally beaten a pedestrian and brought the body back to the trunk of a car.
Due to climate change, Smithsonian buildings are extremely vulnerable to floods. The basement of the National Museum of American History houses nearly two million irreplaceable relics.
Texas has refused to protect the bodies of Native Americans buried in the controversial tourist destination of Alamo.
With a last-minute change in the nomination process, Kanye West and Taylor Swift have become Grammy candidates for this year’s album.
If the accordion breaks in Mexico City, take it to Francisco Luis Ramirez. In his business for over 50 years, he has played countless instruments that are loved in the country.
A set of Turner Prizes?
Established in 1984, the annual British Visual Arts Awards were used to celebrate a lively individual artist. But for the past three years, there have been no winners.
In 2019, the artist surprised the judges and shared the award. During the coronavirus pandemic, the award organizers distributed the funds. This year, the judges will select the winner from a list of five aggregate candidates. The works of each group are related to social activities as well as art.
The nominations of these groups highlight the challenges of today’s Turner Prize. Is its role to capture the zeitgeist or to reward excellence?
Some people celebrated this move as an anti-capitalist decision. Others ridiculed it as a kowtow to the creator of actionable social justice. “Everything that has these views is working. Perhaps real, but where is the bloody art?” Said a long-time critic of the award.
These crispy shrimp cakes are like tartar sauce, but served with a more spicy, chili flaky herb mayonnaise.
What to see
Our critics call the Japanese movie Drive My Car, based on Haruki Murakami’s short story, about sadness, love and art a “quiet masterpiece.”
What to wear
If you want to look “rich”, check out the puffer fish round jacket designed by Kanye West for the gap.
Time to play now
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And this is today’s spelling bee.
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That’s all for today’s briefing. See you. — Amelia
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