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Israel, masks, triple crown: your weekend briefing


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Here are the top stories of the week and a look ahead.

1. The worst violence between Israelis and Palestinians in seven years are on the rise.

On Saturday, Israel destroyed a skyscraper in Gaza that housed the offices of major media outlets such as The Associated Press and Al Jazeera. Hamas militants in Gaza fired more rockets at Tel Aviv, and protests broke out again in the occupied West Bank.

Officials in the Gaza Strip said at least 170 people were killed in Israeli air strikes, 40 of them children, and about 1,000 have been injured since Monday. In Israel, hostilities killed 12 civilians.

2. Washington’s answer The growing conflict is fueling tension among Democrats.

While the Biden administration views violence as a highly sensitive diplomatic challenge involving a longtime ally, progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez view it as a searing issue of racial justice that is deeply intertwined with US politics It has been linked for decades to land conflict in the Middle East with causes such as police brutality and conditions for migrants on the southern border.

3. Everyone agrees that global supply of coronavirus vaccines needs to expand rapidly. But no one can agree on how to do it.

Only 0.3 percent of vaccine doses administered worldwide were given in the 29 poorest countries. Several solutions have emerged: vaccine manufacturers increase production; Foregoing patent protection to allow more manufacturers to copy existing vaccines; and wealthy countries donate and export more of their stocks. All of this carries risks – and there is no consensus. Above a vaccination station in Johannesburg.

As vaccines flow in rich countries, these graphs show how the pandemic has split in two, with no deaths in some cities and thousands of deaths in others. In Brazil, Covid-19 appears to be killing babies and young children at an unusually high rate.

5. Dozens of black people have died in police custody after holding back, spraying pepper or shocking with stun gun. However, her death has been attributed to genes.

A Times investigation found at least 47 cases in the past 25 years of sickle cell traits cited as a cause or major factor in death of blacks in custody. There have been 15 such deaths since 2015. The sickle cell trait provisions, implemented by one in 13 blacks, have raised enough doubts for officials to avert criminal or civil sanctions, The Times noted.

Lindani Myeni, a South African rugby player and father, died in Honolulu in April after being shot by police outside a suburban home. In the United States, this police shooting of a black man who had been called a burglar suspect made no national news, but in South Africa it has become a celebre. Above, a repatriation service for Myeni in Johannesburg.


6. The colonial pipeline has been resumed full operations on Saturday, eight days after being shut down by a ransomware attack.

It will be days before gas stations in the Southeast, like Washington, DC above, return to normal operations. Nearly 2,000 outlets ran out of fuel after a wave of panic buying and it will take time to replenish stocks. However, the prices at the pump have stabilized.

Authorities have linked the ransomware attack to Darkside, a criminal hacking group based in Eastern Europe and possibly Russia. Colonial tacitly paid the blackmailers nearly $ 5 million in Bitcoin to restore the stolen data. This episode shows how far government and the private sector must go to prevent and manage cyberattacks.


7. Rombauer won the Preakness, Termination of a controversial Triple Crown offer from Medina Spirit that failed a drug test after the Kentucky Derby.

8. “It’s not that I’m stronger now. I am aware of my strength. “

Paulina Porizkova, the supermodel and widow of Ric Ocasek, front man of the cars, was abruptly cut from his will shortly before his death. They lived together during a mutual divorce. Now she is in litigation with his estate.

We talked to her about grief, flirted with Aaron Sorkin (her new boyfriend), escaped communism, and learned about American culture by landing on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue.


9. It’s a nice weekend here in New York. and it’s time to go outside.

If you go into the garden, there is a good chance you will encounter poison ivy. Yeah, it’s irritating. But poison ivy also has some unnoticed superpowers, writes our gardening expert. Here’s how to deal with it.

Perhaps you will take a leisurely route. Two years ago, beverage expert Rebekah Peppler made a bold statement that angered the Internet: the Aperol spritz is not good. Peppler is back with another spritz, this time with a nod to north-central Italy (and one that is likely to cause less outrage).


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