US Disputes Withdrawal Request
Tensions over Ukraine suddenly increased on Wednesday as Western officials accused Russia of lying about whether they will actually start withdrawing troops from the Ukrainian border.
A senior US official, who declined to be identified, told reporters that Moscow had added more than 7,000 fighters – and directly accused Russia of lying, saying there was new evidence that it was mobilized for war.
All sides follow subtle strategies, trying to be firm but not lacking in flexibility. One has appeared in public: a discussion among European, Russian and Ukrainian leaders and officials about whether Ukraine can address the threat by abandoning its ambitions to join NATO.
A senior Ukrainian official said the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has consider holding a referendum that could keep his country out of the alliance, which meets Russia’s primary need.
The first step will allow people to gather individually in groups if they have been fully immunized or have recently recovered from Covid, and it will eliminate the requirement to show proof of vaccination or recovery upon entry. store.
The second step will go into effect on March 4 and remove vaccination or reinstatement regulations for bars, restaurants and hotels. Outdoor events of up to 25,000 people will again be allowed and nightclubs can open with vaccination or rehabilitation rules in place. The third step will take effect on March 20 if hospitalizations remain low enough and it will end most restrictions except for mask requirements.
Elsewhere: Switzerland said most restrictions, apart from those on masks on public transport and in nursing homes, would end on Thursday. Austria says most restrictions will be lifted by March 5.
In other virus news:
London police investigating a royal charity
London Metropolitan Police announced an investigation Allegations that a charity led by Prince Charles offered help with knighthood and British citizenship to a Saudi billionaire in exchange for a sum of money.
Michael Fawcett, once Charles’ closest adviser, is said to have asked billionaire Mahfouz bin Mahfouz to help with his naturalization and knighting application, while Fawcett is also calling on Mahfouz to donate 10 million pounds ($13.5 million).
Police said Wednesday that they have enough evidence to open a formal investigation into whether the institution violated a 1925 law banning the sale of degrees or other royal titles. A spokesman for Charles insisted he was not aware of any arrangements and Mahfouz has denied any wrongdoing.
Analysis: For Queen Elizabeth, the investigation could be more of a headache Prince Andrew’s Recent Settlement. Royal experts say that if Scotland Yard uncovers evidence that Charles knew of a potential fraudster, it would pose a serious risk to the heir to the throne.
Harpreet Chandi, a 32-year-old captain in the British Army, appears to be the first woman of color to complete solo expedition to Antarctica. She’s been traveling for 40 days and usually skis an average of 11 hours a day, but sometimes she keeps it up for almost 20 hours, enduring temperatures down to minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit).
ARTS AND IDEAS
“Necessary or unnecessary, remotely or in person, almost no one I know really enjoy the job at the moment,” wrote Noreen Malone in The Times Magazine. “The main emotion that a job evokes right now is determination to endure: If we can get through the next few months, maybe things will get better. ”
An estimated 25 million Americans will leave their jobs in the second half of 2021; All but certain that this is the highest unemployment rate in the US since the government started tracking those numbers in 2000.
Burnout reaches its peak: In Amazon’s management ranks, exits have reached what is considered a “crisis” level. according to Brad Stone on Bloomberg. Top executives at other companies have quit spend more time with their family.
At some companies, it ends up feeling like the top-paid people run a little scared of their subordinatesand many young professionals want to unite with their peers instead of climbing the ladder.
For them, ambition has changed. “The meaning they once found in work,” Malone writes, “is now found in trying to make the workplace itself better.”
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Yewande Komolafe’s version of eintopfA hearty German stew, is a one-pot meal that explodes with flavor.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/16/briefing/ukraine-troops-prince-charles.html Your Thursday Summary – The New York Times