We cover the reopened trip to the United States and the allegations of unfair government tactics in the Russian elections.
U.S. lifts travel ban on vaccinated foreigners
The Biden administration will lift travel restrictions for foreign residents who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus from November.
For over a year, travelers from certain European countries, Iran, India, China, and other countries have been largely barred from entering the United States for unnecessary travel. Many have expressed dissatisfaction with leaving their loved ones, work, and school while vaccinated Americans are allowed to travel more widely.
Travelers are required to present proof of vaccination and a negative Covid test within 3 days of arriving in the United States, as is the requirement in many other countries. The changes announced on Monday apply only to air travel and do not affect border restrictions.
Officials said unvaccinated Americans returning to the country would be subject to stricter requirements, including a negative test the day before the trip and evidence that they had purchased a test to take after landing.
detail: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will also soon issue an order instructing airlines to collect traveler phone numbers and email addresses for the new contact tracing system.
Economic recovery: New York City tourism officials welcomed the news. Prior to the pandemic, New York City visitors from other countries peaked at 13.5 million annually in 2019. This number plummeted to 2.4 million last year.
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Partial results after the vote ended on Sunday night show a significant increase by opposition parties and a potential victory by several candidates backed by imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny. rice field.
By the time the Election Commission revealed the full count on Monday, profits were almost gone, prompting fraudulent allegations.
In Moscow, challengers to the ruling United Russia led several constituencies before the results of online voting were delayed on Monday. A Moscow Municipal official explained the delay by pointing out the “decoding” process, which took “much longer than expected”.
US response: A spokesman for the State Department said the Russian election “was held under conditions that did not encourage free and fair procedures.” He added that the use of government law against “radical” and “undesirable” organizations “prevented Russian citizens from exercising their civil and political rights.”
Rating agency Fitch said this month that the default was “likely.” Another rating agency, Moody’s, said Evergrande was short of cash and time. Shares fell worldwide on Monday as Evergrande and other concerns weighed on investors.
The company took advantage of China’s real estate boom and urbanized a large area of the country, resulting in nearly three-quarters of household wealth tied to housing. Evergrande was the center of economic power that began to rely on the real estate market for supercharged economic growth.
However, Chinese regulators are cracking down on the reckless borrowing habits of real estate developers. In addition, the real estate market is slowing and demand for new apartments is declining.
crisis: Evergrande currently borrows money from lenders, suppliers and foreign investors. It owes homebuyers an unfinished apartment, accumulating over $ 300 billion in unpaid invoices. And it faces creditor proceedings.
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Toronto Film Festival
Founded in 1976, the Toronto International Film Festival has a democratic spirit. Festivals like Cannes are invitation-only, but open to the general public. “It’s just a flood of films-good, bad, and indifferent,” wrote Times film critic Manora Dargis, who attended this year’s Toronto Festival, which ended this weekend.
Highlights included a beautifully animated documentary, “Flee,” about Afghan refugees. “Hold Your Fire”, a phenomenal figure about the American hostage crisis decades ago. Benedict Cumberbatch was a 1920s Montana cowboy in The Power of the Dog and a cat-loving painter in Louis Wayne’s Electrical Life. “Become Cousteau” about an underwater French explorer.
Manora is a favorite film from the festival “The Tsugua Diaries”, shot during the pandemic, and “a deep, life-sustaining friendship and being with others.” “Put a bucket” on “the joy of doing”. “
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