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We are a beginner Election year in Germany, a Lockout in italy And an outrage in the UK Against gender violence.
An important election year in Germany
Voters in germany Cast ballot In two regional races on Sunday, kicking off an election year that could change the course of Europe’s largest economy.
Without the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel is doing the groundwork for a major shift of politics. Ms. Merkel will step down after 16 years in power after the new government is sworn in after parliamentary elections in September.
The results of Sunday’s race in the states of Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate may indicate how voters are feeling about the two major parties – the Conservatives and the Greens – and help focus on the replacement of Ms. Merkel We do.
German Media: Julian Reichel, editor of Europe’s largest newspaper and influential force in German politics and society, has taken a leave of absence amid an investigation into allegations by half a dozen female employees. That he abused his position of authority And created hostile work environments.
Italy prepares for extensive lockout
Three-quarters of the Italian population will enter a tight lockdown today in a bid by the government to fight an increase in coronovirus infections. The spread of a more infectious variant was first identified in the United Kingdom, with a slow vaccine rollout combined with a 15 percent increase in Italy last week.
Northern areas, as well as Lazio and Marche in central Italy, and Campania and Puglia in the south, will shut down residents of schools and bars leaving their homes with no work, health, or some other requirements. Supermarkets, pharmacies and some other stores will remain open, but restaurants will remain closed.
More than two million people in the country have been fully vaccinated, due to deliveries from pharmaceutical companies and broadcaster problems in some areas.
Official Comment: Prime Minister Mario Puli said on Friday, “I know that today’s measures will have an impact on children’s education, on the economy, but also on the psychological state of all of us.” “But they are necessary to avoid a worsening situation that will lead to inevitable and even drastic steps.”
In other events:
A national outrage against sexual violence
As darkness enveloped the growing crowd, “Shame on you!” And “how many more!” Some people carried tea lights or signs that read “End Violence Against Women” and “That was only to walk home.”
Police had warned that it would be illegal due to social illegal requirements. Officers showing photos from the incident Violent clashes with women, Widespread outrage and held the mayor of London and the British cabinet minister responsible for policing for an independent investigation into police tactics.
Explanator: Ms. Everard has died Established a social movement In which women are seeking protection from male violence – and demand that the police, government and men collectively bear the burden of ensuring this.
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An Oasis in Epidemic
Taiwan, which so far has only 10 Kovid-19 deaths and fewer than 1,000 cases, has used its success to sell something in short supply: the chance to live without fear of coronovirus. Up, shopping in Taipei on Friday.
The island is attracting Kovid migrants – Largely foreign Taiwanese and dual citizens, including some famous celebrities such as Eddie Huang, Taiwanese-American restorer. The influx of people helped make Taiwan one of the fastest growing economies of the past year, one of the few to expand in all.
What else is going on here
Myanmar: At least 51 people were shot over the weekend, but a nationwide protest movement against Myanmar’s military coup a month and a half ago No signs of wander. The two districts in Yangon were placed under martial law after large demonstrations on Sunday.
Grammer: The first Grammy Awards since the epidemic included Taylor Swift, BTS, Megan Thee Stallion and more. Here are the winners of the 63rd Annual Awards.
US-Afghanistan: The united states is More than 1,000 soldiers in Afghanistan revealed this. Whether or not the undercount completes President Biden’s deliberations until May 1.
US-Mexico Border: President Biden instructed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help in the process Thousands of unborn children Who are filling detention facilities at the border. He has also asked the Mexican government to help ease the migrant boom.
Snapshot: Upstairs, cellist Yo-Yo Ma gave A surprise concert at a vaccination site After taking his second dose of the Kovid-19 vaccine in Massachusetts. He used the 15-minute observation period required to play the role of Bach’s Prelude in “Major Maria” and G Major.
Caligula’s Treasures: a Mosaic prepared in the first century A ceremonial ship commissioned by Emperor Caligula was exhibited in an archaeological museum south of Rome. Lost for decades, it re-emerged several years ago as a Manhattan antiques dealer’s coffee table.
Guide to Happiness: Over three million people took this course with pleasure. What did they learn?
What we are reading: This essay by actor Riz Ahmed, In the guardianBeing typecast as a terrorist – in airports.
Now, a break from the news
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