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Tunisia’s president Kais Saied fired the county’s prime minister and suspended parliament on Sunday, sparking a crisis for the young democracy. Critics say Saied, who has taken over power, was staging a coup, as troops surrounded Tunisia’s parliament building, blocking entry for the speaker.
The move follows nationwide protests over the government’s mishandling of its pandemic response, leading to a spike in COVID-19 cases, along with ongoing economic troubles in the North African country, where the Arab uprising began more than a decade ago. Saied’s decision, which was celebrated in the streets by demonstrations, prompted warnings and concern from overseas allies.
Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of France over the weekend, protesting measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. Despite the fury, France's parliament on Monday passed a law that will require virus passes for people to patron restaurants or travel domestically. The new law also mandates that health care workers get vaccinated. Italians, and others elsewhere in Europe, joined the French in protesting their respective governments’ newly announced restrictions, designed in an effort to halt the fourth wave of the pandemic.
China accused the US of "demonizing" Beijing, as top officials from the two countries met on Monday in frank high-level talks. According to an official summary of the meeting between China’s Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng and US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, China blamed the US for a stalemate in bilateral relations, while the US raised concerns over human rights and other issues. Sherman is the highest-ranking US official to visit China since the Biden administration took office.
Since US President Joe Biden announced the unconditional withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan back in April, the Taliban has been taking over districts across the country. The Taliban has yet to reach major cities, such as the capital Kabul, but how much longer can the Afghan security forces hold the group back?
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A surprising fossil find! 🌟
A husband and wife team in the UK has discovered a well-preserved group of Jurassic starfish in a limestone quarry in the Cotswolds. It's the largest such find in Britain. The discovery includes three new species and an entire ecosystem of echinoderms.
China's President Xi Jinping has made a surprise visit this week to the contested, autonomous region of Tibet. And, in the tumultuous days since the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, some members of the Haitian diaspora are looking to play a role in shaping Haiti's future. Also, since US President Joe Biden announced the unconditional withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, the Taliban has continued to take over district after district. How much longer can the Afghan security forces hold the group back from taking over major cities like Kabul? And, on the 10th anniversary of the death of Amy Winehouse, host Marco Werman reflects on the British soul singer’s myriad talents.
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