US lifts travel ban on unvaccinated visitors
Foreign travelers who provide proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 can enter the US from November, easing tensions with Europe and reopening the country to thousands of people, including many separated from their families during the pandemic.
Visitors to the US must show proof of vaccination before departure and a negative coronavirus test within three days of arrival. Unvaccinated Americans traveling home from abroad will be subject to stricter testing requirements, and unvaccinated foreigners will be broadly barred from visiting the US, even if they come from countries that were previously unrelated. with travel restrictions to America.
The end of the 18-month travel ban from 33 countries, including members of the EU, China, Iran, South Africa, Brazil and India, could help curb the struggling US tourism industry, which suffered $500 billion in travel losses. rejuvenate spending in 2020.
Details: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will issue an order instructing airlines to collect travelers’ phone numbers and email addresses for a new contact tracing system.
A harsh new reality for Afghan girls
Afghanistan’s new government has made it clear that it plans to severely restrict education for girls and women, despite the Taliban’s claims that education will eventually resume.
When schools reopened for grades seven through 12 on Saturday, only male students were told to register for their studies and girls stayed at home. Boys and girls in the first to sixth form go to school, with the students in the higher three classes being segregated by gender.
Men will no longer be allowed to teach girls or women, further exacerbating the already serious teacher shortage. This, coupled with restrictions on teacher salaries and the cessation of international aid, could have “immediate and serious” results for education in Afghanistan, a UNESCO report warned.
Backstory: When the Taliban was in charge from 1996 to 2001, women and girls were banned from school. After the US-led invasion overthrew Taliban rule, female students attended schools and universities. By 2018, the female literacy rate in Afghanistan had reached 30 percent.
Macron’s call for ‘European sovereignty’
For Emmanuel Macron, the French president, a debacle over a lost submarine deal with Australia suggests that the NATO alliance has been weakened by lack of trust, Roger Cohen, our Paris bureau chief, writes in this news analysis.
After France recalled the French ambassadors from Australia and the US, France was able to withdraw from NATO’s integrated military command structure. But foreign ministry officials have disregarded the possibility, even though its existence suggests the extent to which France feels humiliated. It won’t soon forget what it sees as an American slap in the face.
In response, France wants ‘European strategic autonomy’ and ‘European sovereignty’, Macron’s favorite expressions, to become a reality. But in Europe, the insult has largely been met with a resounding silence, although Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, told CNN that “one of our member states has been treated in a way that is not acceptable”.
More news from France: In his bid to resolve some of France’s most painful colonial legacies, Macron yesterday asked for “forgiveness” on behalf of his country for abandoning the Algerian Arabs who fought for France in the Algerian War of Independence.
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“The doctors are trying to convince you that you don’t love your child because you want an abortion,” said a woman who had to move to another region to terminate her pregnancy. “It felt like I was doing something clandestine.” In five of Spain’s 17 regions, no public hospital offers abortions.
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Your guide to culture this fall
Navigate the art world through the new season with help from Times reviewers and writers.
Theater: In London’s West End, the adaptations of “Frozen” and “Back to the Future: The Musical” are sure to please fans of the original films. And here are our picks for this season’s shows on Broadway and beyond.
pop and jazz: Expect the reunion of disco legends Abba, an intergenerational collaboration between Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett and the arrival of a bevy of vibrant newcomers. Here are 66 albums, concerts and festivals to look forward to – and five songs to listen to in the meantime.
Classical music: Theater director Wajdi Mouawad makes his debut at the Paris Opera with George Enescu’s ‘Oedipe’. New York highlights include pianist Daniil Trifonov at Carnegie Hall and Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” at the Metropolitan Opera, the first work by a black composer.
Movie: Search for potential blockbusters (“Dune”, “No Time to Die”), hopeful art-houses (“Spencer”, “Flee”) and more in this list of over 125 upcoming movies.
Television: Fall programming is seriously making a comeback after last year’s pandemic. Be here 31 shows to watch, including reboots, serial killers and star-studded dramas.
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