Travel ban in Europe, Hajj, Burkina Faso: your Wednesday briefing


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We cover a possible ban on American travelers to Europe, renewed control over french police and one sloppy painting restoration in Spain.

A draft list of acceptable travelers includes those from China and Vietnam, but visitors from the United States, Russia and Brazil will not be welcome, according to the document seen by The New York Times. A final decision is expected early next week, although EU officials argue that an exception was highly unlikely for the United States.

The ban on American travelers from entering the European Union has significant ramifications and is a blow to President Trump’s handling of the virus. Millions of American tourists visit Europe every summer. Business travel is common, given the huge economic ties between the US and the EU

In other news:

  • Boris Johnson announced that pubs, restaurants, museums and barbershops in England would be allowed to reopen on July 4 and reduce the required social distance between people to around one meter, which triggered warnings from the scientists share on the increased risk of transmission.

  • Facebook, Google, Amazon and others in business have reacted angrily after President Trump suspended new work visas for foreigners at least until the end of the year.

  • The virus is gaining ground in Latin America, and experts fear the worst is yet to come. Inequalities, densely populated cities, weak health systems, and flawed government responses have contributed to the spread.

  • Dr Anthony Fauci, America’s foremost infectious disease expert, told a congressional hearing that the next two weeks will be critical in the nation’s disease control efforts, as he warned of a “worrying increase” in cases.

  • Novak Djokovic, world No. 1 in men’s tennis, is the fourth player to be infected with the coronavirus after staging a series of exhibitions in Croatia and Serbia.

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The restrictions are aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus in the kingdom, which is experiencing one of the largest epidemics in the Middle East. Last year 2.5 million people took part in the pilgrimage. This year, those authorized to perform the hajj must be under 65 years of age and must first be tested for the virus.

The announcement disappointed Muslims around the world, many of whom have saved up for years to travel to Mecca, and will deal a financial blow to the kingdom’s economy.

Here are the latest updates and maps of where the virus has spread.

“I’m choking.”

These are the words Cédric Chouviat uttered seven times as police in Paris tackled him to the ground and put him in a strangulation, according to images analyzed in an internal police report in April, but revealed by French media this week. .

The video of Mr Chouviat, a 42-year-old white delivery boy who died with a broken larynx after the January clash, re-examines the brutal tactics used by police to protest police brutality, especially against blacks, swept through the country.

The four officers involved in the arrest were only questioned about the incident last week and have not been charged with any felony. “We don’t understand why they still haven’t been suspended,” said Sofia Chouviat, Mr. Chouviat’s daughter.

The context: Earlier this month, France’s interior minister said strangulations would be banned and officers would no longer be allowed to press a suspect’s neck. But French police have backed down, and officers will be allowed to use the technique in the field until September.

Case study: In the post-war era, Germany overhauled the police to deal in detail with the shameful legacy of the police under the Nazis and to prevent this from happening again. The country’s experience could offer insight into how to rethink institutions. But clashes between police and young men in Stuttgart on Saturday indicate long-simmering tensions and criticism, with immigrants claiming they are the subject of racial profiling.

Also: Eton College, one of Britain’s most famous boys’ schools, apologized to one of its former black students who said he was told never to return after publishing a book in 1972 detailing abuse at school.

Burkina Faso has fallen into chaos over the past four years, becoming a recruiting ground for international terrorist groups in West Africa. At least 2,000 people have reportedly been killed there over the past 18 months. Above, soldiers protecting refugees at a camp near Dori, in northern Burkina Faso.

Our correspondent and photographer went there and discovered that government forces are now killing as many people as the jihadists. “The government traumatizes the people,” said one shepherd and farmer. “This is what drives people to join armed groups.

Australian judge: A judicial inquiry found that Dyson Heydon, a judge who presided over the nation’s highest court for a decade, harassed at least six women. He denied the charges.

Trade between the United States and China: Stocks on Wall Street followed global markets higher on Tuesday, after President Trump reaffirmed the truce in the US-China trade war and investors focused instead on new signs of economic recovery. .

US Presidential Campaign: An increase in donations helped Joe Biden reduce President Trump’s financial advantage ahead of the November vote. Mr. Biden will hold his first presidential campaign event with Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Bombing in Somalia: Officials said two people were killed in a bombing in Mogadishu on Tuesday at Turkey’s largest military base abroad.

Instantaneous: Art restoration experts in Spain on Tuesday called for stricter regulation of their work after a Baroque-era painting of the Virgin Mary, above, was disfigured by a furniture restorer. The Association of Conservators and Restorers said in a statement that, if the poor restoration is confirmed, “part of our heritage is disappearing because of these disastrous actions”.

French literature: With her vehement and pro-gender views, Virginie Despentes upsets people on the left as well as on the right. After years of outsider, she finally takes over the French literary establishment.

What we read: This Atlantic article on black and racism. “Imani Perry writes beautifully about whole body grief at being a black American,” said Jenna Wortham, editor for The Times Magazine.

Last week Sarah Kliff, a reporter for The Times, noticed something strange. A Dallas medical lab had charged up to $ 2,315 each for coronavirus testing, although a test typically costs $ 100. Sarah called the lab to ask for the price – and the lab quickly lowered it to $ 300.

This is not the first time that something like this has happened. During her years of health care coverage for Vox and now for The Times, Sarah has frequently reported on the arbitrary nature of medical bills, often highlighting extreme examples. Once these examples grab the public’s attention, healthcare providers sometimes cut prices.

Of course, most medical bills are not the subject of journalistic investigations. Which means that medical labs, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and medical practices are often able to charge premium prices to insurance companies and patients, without consequence.

“If you look at just about any other developed country – Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Singapore, the list goes on – the government is setting some version of rate fixing,” Sarah told the The Morning newsletter. “The United States is not doing it.” This is one of the reasons why the cost of health care in the United States is higher than in any other country.

That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.

– Isabelle

Thank you
Melissa Clark wrote the recipe, and Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh provided the rest of the news break. You can reach the team at [email protected]

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