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A Bride Waving a Flag in Bombed Beirut: Christine Spengler’s Best Photograph | Art and Design

I I spent my childhood in Madrid and went to the Prado every week from the age of seven. I would cry for the works of Goya. His paintings of the Spanish Civil War moved me like nothing else. I never grew up around photography, I grew up around Goya. Even as a child, I was drawn to the dark destinies of the world.Throughout my career, I have covered 13 conflicts, more than many of the famous war photographers of my generation. I have worked in Vietnam and Cambodia, Eritrea and Northern Ireland, Afghanistan and Iran. I have always tried to capture a glimmer of hope in a context of drama and destruction. That has not always been possible.I covered the Lebanese civil war between 1982 and 1984. Shortly after my arrival, I was kidnapped by Al-Mourabitoun, a group of militias, who ac...
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Brussels approves the purchase of 100 million Novavax vaccines

The EC buys vaccines from Novavax. EFE The European Commission (EC) approved this Wednesday a advanced purchase agreement with Novavax to acquire 100 million doses of the vaccine against the coronavirus of that pharmaceutical company, with the option of receiving another 100 million, according to the community Executive itself. According to Brus...
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Direct from Tokyo 2020: champion swimmer Caeleb Dressel celebrated his Olympic medals by strolling in New York

They have called him "the king of Tokyo 2020". Photo: PATRICK B. KRAEMER / EFE / EPA 'Happy' yet 'tired': Swimmer Caeleb Dressel celebrates atop New York's Empire State Building after his #Olympic win https://t.co/oNqI5vREpG pic.twitter.com/Zxem4AsnS4 — Reuters (@Reuters) August 3, 2021 After saying goodbye to Tokyo 2020 with five gold medalsOlympic champion Caeleb Dressel has been out for a walk in New York, along with other members of the US swim team. The Florida native who will turn 25 in mid-August, was yesterday at the top of the famous Empire State, one of the most iconic buildings in the world, along with other fellow Tokyo 2020 medalists. "I've been to New York a couple of times, but I've never really been here ... this is very good,...
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Controversy as Ukraine considers granting hero status to suspected war criminals

A controversial issue has landed in front of politicians in the Ukrainian parliament and is receiving international attention. Seventy-eight Ukrainian lawmakers from all sides of parliament have proposed giving the title 'Hero of Ukraine' to controversial figures such as Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevych.Some Ukrainians see them as war heroes who fought for Ukraine's independence in the 1930s and 1940s. For others, they are anti-Semitic war criminals who participated in the mass killings of up to 100,000 Jews and Poles during World War II in Volinia and eastern Galicia.The proposal also calls on the Ukrainian Parliament and the country's president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, to commemorate the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, UPA, which operates from the 1940s to the 1950s, on its 80th anniversar...
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Is Alexander Lukashenko testing the “mad” theory of foreign policy? | Andrew Wilson

These have been times of great activity for the rebellious state of Belarus.In recent days, an opposition activist, Vitaly Shyshov, was found dead, hanging from a tree in a park in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, in what is now officially a murder case. Shyshov led an NGO that helped Belarusians escape growing repression at home, having fled himself in 2020. Olympic 200-meter sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya narrowly escaped being put on a plane on his way home from Tokyo, and received a humanitarian visa from Poland. And the EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson from Sweden flew to Lithuania to try to do something about the smuggling of migrants organized by the state of Belarus across the border to its neighbor (the Minsk government has been accused of organizing flights from Bagh...
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Health asks pregnant women to get vaccinated before the end of the second trimester of pregnancy

A health service administering the covid vaccine. EP The Public Health Commission has urged to prioritize the vaccination of pregnant women due to their increased risk against Covid-19 and recommends that they have it completed before reaching the period in which complications can be greater from the end of the second trimester of pregnancy. The CEOs of Public Health of the Ministry o...
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After my miscarriages, I didn’t need to talk; needed access to better care | Jennie agg

Taboo is an overused word in the media, isn't it? Miscarriage, in particular, is often described as one of the "last taboos," although I've also seen the label attached to menopause, periods, postpartum depression, finances, pelvic organ prolapse, and male incontinence. . When Carrie Johnson announced last weekend that she was expecting another baby this Christmas following a miscarriage she described as "heartbreaking," the word made headlines again: "Carrie's rainbow baby helps break the miscarriage taboo." . I understand the urge to come up with this kind of language. When I had my first miscarriage, four years ago, it was as if I had entered a cave of white noise. Leaving the pregnancy unit early that day with nothing to show for my three-month pregnancy other than a pair of hos...
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The raid that wiped out Belarus’ last independent media platform

It was May 21, 2021, when the police broke into the editorial office of Belsat TV in the center of Minsk, the capital of Belarus.Following the forced closure of the Tut.by web channel on May 18 and the arrest of more than 500 journalists since August 2020, Belsat TV was the last independent platform left in the country governed by President Alexander Lukashenko.The raid is symptomatic of a broader crackdown on dissent in Belarus since Lukashenko's disputed re-election last August sparked large protests.Headquartered in Ulitsa Ihnacienki, inside an anonymous gray building whose façade was whimsically highlighted by the 'badminton courts' sign, the Belsat TV office consisted of three or four rooms, two large ash-covered tables and empty cigarette packs, and a small television studio."We a...