Wednesday Briefing – The New York Times


Lawmakers in Israel will hold outصمد A vote of confidence Sunday on a new coalition government, likely to end the prime minister’s 12-year term Benjamin Netanyahu.

would pave the way for his possible replacement, Naftali Bennett, a former businessman and settler leader who opposes a Palestinian state and says he believes Israel should annex much of the occupied West Bank. He was leading an ideology Diverse alliance Which ranges from the far left to the extreme right and includes an independent Arab party.

But the coalition’s fragility and slim majority – if no one quits, it will take 61 of Parliament’s 120 seats – has many question whether the alliance will last until the vote, let alone its full four-year term. Bennett agreed to cede the prime minister’s office in 2023 to Yair Lapid, a former centrist television presenter.

analyzing: Although it appears that a peaceful democratic transition will occur in Israel, nothing is certain – especially since Netanyahu accuses his rival of a “deep state” plot, Our reporter writes.

Global law enforcement officials yesterday She revealed a three-year process They said they used hacked devices to intercept more than 20 million messages from crime syndicates, and revealed activities such as a plan to ship cocaine from Ecuador to Belgium in cans of tuna. At least 800 people were arrested in more than a dozen countries.

The FBI has worked with police agencies in countries such as Sweden and the Netherlands to sell more than 12,000 hacked devices to crime syndicates in more than 100 countries. The phones had a hidden function that sent encrypted messages and pictures, and law enforcement officials could view them. Users have trusted the security of the devices so much that they often put their plans in plain language, rather than in code.

Swedish authorities said police had arrested 155 people on suspicion of serious crimes and prevented 10 people from being killed. The operation also targeted Italian organized crime groups and international drug trafficking organizations, and hundreds of other people were arrested in Europe.

More crime news: The wife of a Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo is She will plead guilty to charges of aiding her husband He runs his own multi-billion dollar empire, as well as helping him escape a high-security Mexican prison, according to a person familiar with the case.

Coronavirus vaccines may be available In the fall for babies in the United States up to 6 months of age. Pfizer and Moderna are testing their vaccine in children younger than 12 and expect results for children ages 5-11 by September.

Children are less likely than adults to develop severe illness after contracting the coronavirus, although doctors continue to see rare cases pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndromeIt is a condition linked to the coronavirus and can affect various organs, including the heart.

The United States would not be the first country to allow a vaccine to be given to young children. China agreed Sinovac vaccine for children They are not yet three years old, according to the head of the company. The approval has not been officially announced.

details: Based on data from a previous study that evaluated safety, Pfizer will give two 10-mcg doses — one-third of the dose given to adolescents and adults — for children 5 to 11 years old, and two 3-mcg doses to children 6 months to 5 years old. Years.

A fight broke out in the French city of Trappes after a high school teacher said Islamists had captured the city, a sight. The mayor stood strong.

The fight boils down to one angry question running through the culture wars spreading across France: Can Islam be compatible with the principles of the French Republic? Read this article in French.

The epidemic may be on the wane, but Paris still has a curfew, which is quite unusual in the City of Light, writes our correspondent Matthew Fetterman, who is there to cover the French Open. This is Slightly edited excerpt.

It happens every night, yet it feels weird every time. Across Paris, as the 9pm curfew approaches, there are chairs and tables in bars and cafés that usually stay open until the small clocks pile up and stock up. The city closes quickly shut the window.

At Roland Garros, where the French Open takes place one game every night for the first time, ominous announcements begin around 8:30 p.m.

“The gates will be closed in 15 minutes,” says a pre-recorded voice in French and then English. Stalls selling champagne flutes, crepes and chocolates start filling them up. This is followed by a warning for 10 minutes, then for five minutes, and then finally, “Ladies and gentlemen, the gates are now closed.”

The pandemic began turning cities into ghost towns nearly a year and a half ago. There is something particularly strange about seeing this nighttime routine in the so-called City of Light. This is a place famous for its 3am jazz, where the lost generation argued all night about the meaning of life in the smoke-filled bars on the Left Bank.

But the curfew is no joke. If you somehow forgot to eat and you don’t have much in the fridge at home, you’re in luck. All kitchens, grocery stores and ice cream parlors are abnormally closed. And steaks should not be eaten late at night.

That’s it for today’s briefing. have a great day. – Natasha

Note: Our Tokyo bureau chief, Motoko Rich, spoke with BBC World Service and NewstalkZB In New Zealand about the restrictions athletes face ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

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