TODAY ON THE NEW YORK TIMES
– Covid deaths slowly increase even as infections grow. After two years, the percentages change, while many now have some form of immunity. For two years, the coronavirus killed Americans at a brutal and predictable rate: infections were on the rise, and deaths soared after a few weeks. But this model seems to have changed. Three months after the outbreak of the ultra-contagious Omicron variant, people are dying of COVIDs at a rate close to the lowest of the entire pandemic. Because so many Americans have been vaccinated or infected, the number of people with immune systems totally unprepared for Vitus has dropped significantly.
– Weeks of war leave Moscow near the starting point. After Russia focused on eastern Ukraine, Biden government officials said the next four to six weeks would determine the course of the war. Now they have passed and the picture is clear: Russia will end up with more territory but neither side will have complete control of the region, while the weary Russian armed forces face an adversary equipped with increasingly sophisticated weapons.
– Israel’s government collapses, forcing a fifth election in 3 years. The ruling coalition in Israel will dissolve parliament before the end of the month and a fifth election will have to be held in three years. The decision brought the country to paralysis and offered a political opportunity to Netanyahu, the former right-wing prime minister who left power a year ago and whose Likud party leads the polls.
– The embrace of the “little league” of baseball in Uvalde. Baseball unites the citizen in joy, pain and normality. It was a month of sadness in Uvalde: 21 funerals in 17 days, and it seemed that the organizers also wanted to cancel a major baseball youth league event, whose team had six players killed in the massacre. But they thought about it, maybe baseball was just what they needed. One of the organizers said: “You don’t want to use the word ‘fun’, but you want to see the kids happy again. Baseball has always united us. There is still a deep sense of sadness, but also a principle of normality ”. And so, after 21 seconds of silence, the first game began, the kids started running and throwing the ball, putting aside their pain for a few hours. With a large photograph of the boys with their coach and three small close-up photos relating to the event.
– Violent weekend across the country. Title of a night photograph of cops looking for possible perpetrators, with this caption: A deadly shooting in Harlem was one of many that took a terrible toll from New York to Los Angeles.
– A US law jeopardizes the global supply of batteries. The most important element of the batteries used for electric cars and other technical developments is lithium which is mined especially in China, in the region inhabited by the Uighurs, a Muslim minority that has always been persecuted by the Chinese government and also forced by the authorities to work. in conditions of forced labor. A new US law, which will take effect in the next few days, prohibits the use of products from that region unless there is evidence that forced labor has not been used.
– A death in Palestine. A New York Times investigation has tracked down the bullet that killed a Palestinian / American journalist.
– Protesting for peace in Libya. Young people who have grown up in constant conflicts say they are fed up with violence: “We want to experience life, not death.”
– Unraveling the secret of a city. Oak Ridge in Tennessee was built in 1942 to develop the first atomic bomb. Less well known is the contribution made by black workers.
– Difficult time for Pence. The former vice-president seems interested in running for president, but not in discussing on January 6.
– In Europe, less vibrant tattoos. The European Union has banned certain pigments needed for tattoos, deeming them dangerous to humans.
– Three dogs, 2,000 kilometers. Scientists have tracked the path of a dog named EWD 1355 and his two sisters on a terrifying journey across Africa.
– The aperitif time is back. Downtown is even less crowded than before the pandemic, but many bars say after-work patrons are on the rise.
– European travel in chaos. As the summer season approaches, the travel industry fails to answer demand, especially in Europe where passengers face long lines, flight cancellations and delays.