We cover reopened trips to the United States and allegations of unfair government tactics in Russian elections.
US to lift travel restrictions on vaccinated foreigners
The Biden administration will lift travel restrictions from November for foreign residents fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
For more than a year, travelers from some European countries, Iran, India, China and other countries have largely been barred from entering the United States for non-essential travel. Many have expressed frustration at being separated from loved ones, work and school as vaccinated Americans have been allowed to travel more widely.
Travelers will be required to show proof of vaccination as well as a negative Covid test within three days of arriving in the United States, as is required by many other countries. The changes announced on Monday apply only to air travel and do not affect restrictions along the land border.
Officials said unvaccinated Americans returning to the country will face more stringent requirements, including a negative test a day before travel and proof that they have purchased a test to take after landing.
Details: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will also soon issue an order directing airlines to collect phone numbers and email addresses of travelers for a new contact tracing system.
Economic recovery : Tourism officials in New York welcomed the news. Before the pandemic, visitors to New York City from other countries peaked at 13.5 million per year in 2019. The figure plunged last year to 2.4 million.
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In other developments:
Partial results released after the polls closed on Sunday evening showed significant gains for opposition parties as well as potential victories for several candidates backed by jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
By the time the electoral commission revealed a full tally on Monday, the gains had largely disappeared, prompting allegations of fraud.
In Moscow, challengers of the ruling United Russia party led in several constituencies before the results of the online vote were released, with a delay, on Monday. A Moscow city government official explained the delay, pointing to a “decoding” process that took “considerably longer than expected”.
Response from the United States: A spokesperson for the State Department said the Russian elections “were held under conditions unfavorable to free and fair procedures.” He added that the government’s use of laws against “extremist” and “undesirable” organizations “prevented the Russian people from exercising their civil and political rights.”
Rating agency Fitch said this month that a default “looks likely.” Moody’s, another rating agency, said Evergrande was strapped for money and time. Stocks crashed globally on Monday as Evergrande and other concerns weighed on investors.
The company capitalized on China’s real estate boom that urbanized large swathes of the country and left nearly three-quarters of household wealth tied up in housing. Evergrande was the center of power in an economy that relied on the real estate market for supercharged economic growth.
But regulators in China are cracking down on the reckless borrowing habits of real estate developers. And the real estate market is slowing, with less demand for new apartments.
Crisis: Evergrande now owes money to foreign lenders, suppliers and investors. He owes unfinished apartments to homebuyers and has racked up over $ 300 billion in unpaid bills. And he faces lawsuits against creditors.
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Toronto Film Festival
Founded in 1976, the Toronto International Film Festival has a democratic spirit. It is intended for the general public, while festivals like Cannes are by invitation only. “It’s just a flood of movies – good, bad and indifferent,” writes Manohla Dargis, a Times film critic who attended this year’s Toronto film festival, which ended this weekend.
Highlights include “Flee,” a beautifully animated documentary about an Afghan refugee; “Hold Your Fire,” a dropper about a decades-old American hostage crisis; Benedict Cumberbatch as a 1920s Montana cowboy in “The Power of the Dog” and as a painter fan of cats in “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain”; and “Becoming Cousteau”, about the French submarine explorer.
Manohla “cried loudly” over her favorite festival film, “The Tsugua Diaries”, which was filmed during the pandemic and talked a lot about it, as well as “the deep and vital friendship and pleasures of being with d ‘other people . “
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