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Nuclear Deal Deadline, ISIS In Africa, Eiffel Tower's Birthday

FINAL MOMENTS FOR NUCLEAR DEAL
Iran and six world powers (United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China) are trying to overcome their remaining differences and agree to a framework deal on Iran’s nuclear program. They are gathered in Lausanne, where their self-imposed deadline will come tonight.

  • There is total uncertainty around the success of the negotiations. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday he was leaving the talks and would return today if there was a realistic chance of a deal, Al Jazeera reports.
  • Voice of America quoted State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf as saying the talks had just a 50-50 chance of success.
  • There are three major obstacles, Le Temps reports: the duration of the framework agreement, the lifting of economic sanctions on Iran, and a mechanism that guarantees the agreement isn’t breached.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of trying to “conquer” the entire Mideast. “The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is very dangerous to humanity, and must be stopped,” he said. “This deal, as it appears to be emerging, bears out all of our fears, and even more than that.”

ON THIS DAY
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The Eiffel Tower opened 126 years ago today. Time for your 57-second shot of history.

AIRSTRIKES IN YEMEN CONTINUE
A Saudi-led coalition carried out airstrikes against the Houthi militia in Yemen Monday night, marking the offensive’s sixth consecutive day. The raid hit targets in the group’s stronghold of Saadah, the capital Sanaa and the city of Yarim, Reuters reports. A renegade Republican Guard military base as well as a weapon storage facility outside Sanaa are believed to have been hit overnight, causing huge blazes and fires.
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The Main COVID Risk Now: Long COVID

Death rates are down, masks are off, but many who have been infected by COVID have still not recovered. Long COVID continues to be hard to diagnose and treatments are still in the developmental stage.

Long COVID feels like a never-ending nightmare for those who suffer from it.

Jessica Berthereau

PARIS — The medical examination took longer than expected in the Parc de Castelnau-le-Lez clinic, near the southern French city of Montpellier. Jocelyne had come to see a specialist for long COVID-19, and exits the appointment slowly with help from her son. The meeting lasted more than an hour, twice as long as planned.

“I’m a fighter, you know, I’ve done a lot of things in my life, I’ve been around the world twice… I’m not saying this to brag, but to tell you my background," says the 40-year-old. "These days, I’m exhausted, I’m not hungry, I no longer drive, I can’t work anymore, I have restless legs syndrome.” She pauses before adding sadly: “I can’t read anymore either.”

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