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The United States ranks last in the Group of 7 countries on Thursday for the percentage of its population that has received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, just behind Japan. Some 62.16% of Japanese were at least partially vaccinated, compared to 61.94% of Americans. Canada leads the standings.

President Biden last week ordered vaccination warrants covering around 100 million people, including federal employees, health workers and many other private sector workers. Republican governors have reacted angrily to the mandates, declaring them “terrifying” – even though many GOP states have some of the most stringent vaccination requirements for children.

Agencies that needed vaccines before Biden’s outbreak are seeing early success. Since the Pentagon announced last month that active-duty military personnel should be vaccinated, for example, the percentage of military personnel who have received at least one injection has increased from 76% to 83%.

Twenty years after September 11, the United States still grapples with the consequences of brutal interrogations carried out in the name of national security. These devious techniques, which studies have found to be unsuccessful or even counterproductive, have long been abandoned in the country – but their legacy is complex and multifaceted.

The choice to resort to government sanctioned torture remains a stain on the country’s reputation, undermining its authority to deal with repression elsewhere. Even today, some former Bush administration officials traveling to Europe risk being questioned by investigators invoking the United Nations Convention against Torture.

The use of torture complicates efforts to bring to justice men accused of instigating the September 11 attacks. In nearly a decade of court proceedings, the attacks were rarely mentioned. Instead, the defense lawyers succeeded in bringing the CIA to justice because they systematically sought to exclude evidence against the men as a product of torture.

Today: After his first meeting with President Biden in June, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, reminded reporters that the Guantánamo Bay prison remains open and that the CIA has carried out torture in secret foreign prisons. “Are these human rights? ” He asked.

First person: Mohamedou Ould Slahi was detained at Guantanamo in 2003, where he was subjected to physical and psychological torture. Most distressing of all, he said, were the attempts to threaten him into making a false confession. “I remember telling them, ‘This is unfair. It’s not fair, ”he recalled. The interrogator, he said, replied, “I am not seeking justice. I am trying to prevent planes from hitting buildings in my country.


During a visit to Hungary on Sunday, Pope Francis urged Catholic bishops to embrace diversity and send a message to Viktor Orban, the country’s anti-migrant far-right leader, that God is not a man strong that silences the enemies and that the religious roots, while being vital for a country, also allow it to open up and to extend “its arms towards everyone”.

The Hungarian leader posted photos of his 40-minute meeting with Francis on Facebook, writing that he had asked the Pope “not to let Christian Hungary perish”. Orban has presented himself as a defender of Christian Europe and intensified his relations with traditionalists in the Church ahead of the elections scheduled for April.

In Francis’ public remarks, he appeared to warn against the amalgamation of religion and politics. “The difference is not between who is religious or not, but ultimately between the true God and the god of ‘self’,” he said. “As the God who reigns quietly on the cross is distant from the false god whom we want to reign with power in order to silence our enemies. “

Details: The seven-hour visit was Francis’s first international trip since undergoing major surgery this summer. He opened a four-day visit to neighboring Slovakia.

Emma Raducanu, an 18-year-old Briton with a radiant smile, stepped out of the shadows to claim a straight-set victory in the US Open final on Saturday, captivating the British public.

Actor Stephen Fry was among many to celebrate his victory, saying on Twitter: Hope. A brief flicker of light in a dark world.

Nino Castelnuovo, the Italian actor who gained greater fame with the French New Wave musical “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”, has died at the age of 84.

In an interview in 1999, Castelnuovo spoke nostalgically about the golden age of Italian cinema, in which he made his debut: “We have lost sight of how talented we Italians are,” he said. he declared. “We are a country of wonderful people. Wonderful in the sense that without our imagination we cannot live. We’re not very good realists, which makes us very imaginative people.

The Met Gala is back. The exclusive black tie extravaganza – and the fashion event of the year – takes place tonight, kicking off the Costume Institute’s hit annual show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. This year’s theme: “American Independence”.

Why is this important? “This is reality TV at its most glamorous, the All-Star Game of Entrances,” Vanessa Friedman, The Times’ chief fashion critic, writes in this explainer. “And let’s be honest with ourselves: we could all enjoy some live entertainment after last year.”

For more on American style, read this essay by novelist Torrey Peters, along with the work of 10 photographers who have traveled across the United States in search of the country’s common fashion language.

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