Jean Daniel
1920–2020

Preeminent French journalist and intellectual dies at 99

His cameos in history included a trip to Cuba in 1963, where he extended to Fidel Castro a tentative overture from President John F. Kennedy — days before Kennedy was killed.
A Chinese tourist sits outside a glass igloo Jan. 31 at the Aurora Village campground in Teriberka, on Russia’s Arctic coast. Chinese visitors account for nearly 30 percent of Russia’s total tourism. (Lev Fedoseyev/Tass/Getty Images)
A Chinese tourist sits outside a glass igloo Jan. 31 at the Aurora Village campground in Teriberka, on Russia’s Arctic coast. Chinese visitors account for nearly 30 percent of Russia’s total tourism. (Lev Fedoseyev/Tass/Getty Images)

Russia’s Arctic winter is now missing its biggest fans: Chinese tourists

The land of the Northern Lights, and the rest of Russia, is off-limits to Chinese visitors under the Kremlin’s super-strict coronavirus precautions.

Pompeo, Taliban announce plan to sign peace deal at the end of the month

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the deal would be signed provided that a week-long reduction in violence across the country holds.

American accused of killing his wife and hiding her body found dead in Brazilian jail

Police said they believe Sean Karl Grebinger, 48, committed suicide.
The “nationwide inflection point” in the epidemic has not yet arrived, China’s leaders say.
The ventures include four luxury residential projects and an office tower, all branded with the Trump name under licensing deals.
Meanwhile, South Korean officials traced many new infections to a church in Daegu, and the revelation of hundreds more cases undercut Beijing’s effort to show progress.
Health authorities connected more than half of South Korea’s known coronavirus cases to the church.
Containment still possible, but window ‘is narrowing,’ says WHO chief
Extradition of ‘El Menchito’ comes after pressure from the Trump administration
The country’s wider health system is breaking down, leading to the sacrifice of some to save others.
The hospitals are monitoring hundreds of people for potential infection after a sudden spike in cases.
Chinese health officials confirmed that the pneumonialike coronavirus came from wild animals sold at a market in Wuhan, the city of 11 million people and capital of the Hubei province in China.
The vote follows the disqualification of thousands of candidates, including pro-reform politicians.
A total of eight front-line health workers have died, while as many as 3,000 have been infected.
One big obstacle for those seeking paperwork: Many records in India are poorly maintained and not digitized.
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