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We’re masking the beginning of a pivotal election 12 months in Germany, a lockdown in Italy and an outcry in Britain in opposition to gender violence.

Voters in Germany cast ballots on Sunday in two regional races, kicking off an election 12 months that might change the course of Europe’s largest financial system.

Germany is laying the groundwork for a serious shift towards politics with out Chancellor Angela Merkel. After 16 years in energy, Ms. Merkel will step down when a brand new authorities is sworn in following parliamentary elections in September.

The outcomes of the races on Sunday, within the states of Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate, might point out how voters are feeling in regards to the two main events — the conservatives and the Greens — and assist focus the competition for Ms. Merkel’s alternative.

German media: Julian Reichelt, the editor in chief of Bild, Europe’s largest newspaper and an influential power in German politics and society, has taken a go away of absence throughout an investigation into accusations by half a dozen feminine staff that he abused his position of authority and created a hostile work surroundings.


Three-quarters of the Italian inhabitants will enter a strict lockdown at present, in a bid by the federal government to combat an increase in coronavirus infections. The unfold of a extra contagious variant first recognized in the UK, mixed with a sluggish vaccine rollout, led to a 15 p.c improve in circumstances in Italy final week.

Northern areas, in addition to Lazio and Marche in central Italy, and Campania and Puglia within the south, will shut faculties and bar residents from leaving their properties aside from work, well being or sure different requirements. Supermarkets, pharmacies and some different shops will keep open, however eating places will probably be shut.

Fewer than two million folks within the nation have been totally vaccinated, due to late deliveries from pharmaceutical corporations and logistical issues in some areas.

Official remarks: “I’m conscious that at present’s measures will have an effect on youngsters’s training, on the financial system but in addition on the psychological state of us all,” Prime Minister Mario Draghi mentioned on Friday. “However they’re essential to keep away from a worsening that may make inevitable much more stringent measures.”

Listed below are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

In different developments:


1000’s of individuals gathered in south London on Saturday for a vigil in tribute to Sarah Everard, the 33-year-old marketing executive whose killing has touched off a nationwide reckoning over violence in opposition to girls in Britain.

As darkness fell, a rising crowd chanted “Disgrace on you!” and “What number of extra!” Some held tea lights or indicators that learn “Finish Violence In opposition to Girls” and “She Was Solely Strolling Dwelling.”

The police had warned that the vigil could be illegal due to social distancing necessities. Pictures from the occasion confirmed officers clashing violently with women, prompting widespread outcry and a name from the mayor of London and the British cupboard minister accountable for policing for an impartial inquiry into the police’s techniques.

Explainer: Ms. Everard’s loss of life has set off a social movement through which girls are demanding security from male violence — and demanding that the police, the federal government and males collectively be those to bear the burden of making certain it.

Taiwan, which has had simply 10 Covid-19 deaths and fewer than 1,000 circumstances, has used its success to promote one thing briefly provide: an opportunity to reside with out worry of the coronavirus. Above, buying in Taipei on Friday.

The island is drawing Covid migrants — largely abroad Taiwanese and twin nationals, together with some well-known figures like Eddie Huang, the Taiwanese-American restaurateur. The inflow of individuals helped make Taiwan one in all final 12 months’s fastest-growing economies, one of many few to broaden in any respect.

Myanmar: At the very least 51 folks had been fatally shot over the weekend, however the nationwide protest motion in opposition to Myanmar’s navy coup a month and a half in the past exhibits no sign of waning. Two districts in Yangon had been positioned beneath martial legislation after massive demonstrations on Sunday.

Grammys: The primary Grammy Awards because the pandemic featured Taylor Swift, BTS, Megan Thee Stallion and extra. Here are the winners of the 63rd annual awards.

U.S.-Afghanistan: The US has 1,000 more troops in Afghanistan than it previously disclosed. The undercount complicates President Biden’s deliberations on whether or not to hold out an entire withdrawal by Could 1.

U.S.-Mexico border: President Biden directed the Federal Emergency Administration Company to assist course of thousands of unaccompanied children who’re filling detention services on the border. He has additionally requested the Mexican authorities to assist ease the surge of migrants.

Snapshot: Above, the cellist Yo-Yo Ma gave a surprise concert at a vaccination site in Massachusetts after receiving his second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. He used the required 15-minute remark interval after receiving his shot to play “Ave Maria” and Bach’s Prelude in G Main.

Caligula’s treasures: A mosaic crafted in the first century for a ceremonial ship commissioned by the Emperor Caligula went on show at an archaeological museum south of Rome. Misplaced for many years, it re-emerged a number of years in the past as a Manhattan antiques seller’s espresso desk.

Information to happiness: Greater than three million folks took this course on happiness. What did they learn?

What we’re studying: This essay by the actor Riz Ahmed, in The Guardian, on being typecast as a terrorist — in airports.

The Occasions’s workplace is on a number of flooring of a constructing that stretches from fortieth to forty first Streets on Eighth Avenue close to Occasions Sq.. It’s not usually the quietest place on this planet — what do you count on, when your nearest neighbor is the Port Authority Bus Terminal? — however it’s our not-quiet place. It has an electrical energy to it, a frisson, a way of neighborhood and a way of goal. It looks like one thing larger than itself.

I like our busy newsroom, with its ergonomic desks, its glass-walled assembly rooms, its whiteboards scribbled with unusual notations, its folks bustling up and down stairways, its random items of unique furnishings no one is aware of find out how to use, its structure that snarls up your sense of route as you attempt to discover a colleague from one other division.

I miss all of that. Principally, I miss the folks I work with. I’ve skilled them as disembodied squares on my display for thus lengthy now that I’ve forgotten what it’s wish to be with them in actual life. They’re sensible, considerate, irreverent, pleasant, troublesome, good, subversive, stunning. I miss our surprising conversations within the elevators.

I miss making lunch dates within the cafeteria. I miss the buoyancy that comes if you work aspect by aspect with folks you’re keen on and respect. I miss the workplace.

I hope we’ll all be again there quickly.


That’s it for this briefing. Tomorrow we will probably be rolling out our redesigned morning publication. We hope you take pleasure in our new look!

— Natasha


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