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Morocco’s Rescue Race, Kim Express, “Lucky” NZ Climber

A man walks among debris from destroyed houses in the historic town of Amizmiz, Morocco, in the wake of the earthquake that hit the country on Friday.
Emma Albright, Anne-Sophie Goninet and Michelle Courtois

👋 Khulumkha!*

Welcome to Monday, where rescuers race to find survivors after Friday’s devastating earthquake in Morocco, Kim Jong-un is reportedly on a train to Russia, and a climber in New Zealand escapes unscathed from a dramatic 600-meter fall. Meanwhile, Simonetta Sciandivasci in Italian daily La Stampa pinpoints Gen-Z’s own version of “Big Brother”: location sharing.

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• Rescuers race to find survivors over 48 hours after Morocco quake: Rescuers are racing against time to find survivors in the rubble more than 48 hours after Morocco’s deadliest earthquake in more than six decades struck Friday night, leaving more than 2,100 dead and devastated villages in the High Atlas Mountains. Search teams from Spain and Britain are joining efforts to find survivors of the 6.8 magnitude quake that struck late on Friday night southwest of Marrakech.

• North Korean train carrying leader Kim Jong Un departed for Russia: North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly started his journey to Vladivostok for a summit with Russia's President Vladimir Putin.The armored train that the North Korean leader uses for foreign visits appears to have departed Pyongyang, according to a South Korean media. The meeting is expected to take place as early as Tuesday local time.

• Biden holds highest level talks with China in months: U.S. President Joe Biden said on Sunday that he met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang in India, his highest-level direct talks with the Chinese leadership in months, adding that he did not expect that the country’s economic difficulties would prompt it to invade Taiwan. Biden said that he and Li talked about “stability” and the Southern Hemisphere. He added that the Chinese economy has struggled in part due to the international environment, real estate difficulties and domestic policy. Read more: How Semiconductors Are Fueling The U.S.-China Standoff — With A Taiwan Caveat

• Lula backtracks on Putin arrest safety at Rio G20: Brazil’s leader has withdrawn his assurance that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not be arrested if he attends next year’s G20 summit in Rio de Janeiro, saying it would be up to the judiciary to decide. Putin missed this year’s G20 gathering in New Delhi, India avoiding any risk of criminal detention under an International Criminal Court (ICC) warrant.

• Egypt angry as Ethiopia fills Nile dam reservoir amid water row: Egypt has voiced anger over Ethiopia’s announcement saying it has filled its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Nile, which has been the source of a long-running water dispute with downstream countries. Ethiopia has been in dispute with Egypt and Sudan over the megaproject since its launch in 2011. Egypt relies on the Nile for nearly all its water needs.

• Polls suggest Australia Indigenous Voice referendum will fail: Australia’s referendum on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament looks like it could end in failure after the latest opinion polls showed a further decline in support for the measure just a month before the vote. The Voice would give Indigenous Australians a constitutionally enshrined right to be consulted on laws that affect their communities. They would also be recognized in the constitution for the first time.

• Climber survives huge fall with minor injuries: A climber in New Zealand “miraculously” survived a 600-meter fall (1,968 ft) with only minor injuries after tumbling down the side of a mountain. Police said the man fell from Mount Taranaki on the North Island, and was saved by spring weather which softened the ice and meant he landed in snow.


Chilean daily La Tercera reports on the clashes that marred Sunday’s annual peaceful march held in Santiago to commemorate the victims of General Augusto Pinochet’s regime, as Chile marks today the 50th anniversary of the 1973 coup. The overthrow of democratically-elected President Salvador Allende half a century ago had ushered in 17 years of brutal military rule, with thousands imprisoned, tortured or killed. Leftist President Gabriel Boric joined the march, becoming Chile’s first leader since the end of the dictatorship in 1990 to do so. Read more: From La Marea (in EN via Worldcrunch) 50 Years After Pinochet's Coup, Chile Is Ready To Recover The Disappeared



Serb champion Novak Djokovic won the U.S. Open final in New York, defeating Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in straight sets. This made the 36-year-old the first player in the Open era to win 24 Grand Slam titles (Australian icon Margaret Court also won 24 Slams, but 13 of those pre-dated professionals being admitted to such events). In the women’s final, American athlete Coco Gauff won her first Grand Slam title at the age of 19 after beating Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka.


Location sharing, the latest neurosis of the Gen-Z dating world

At first, Find My iPhone was a nifty feature that would help keep your cell phone safe, writes Simonetta Sciandivasci in Italian daily La Stampa. Now, with new location sharing technology, the app has become a new panopticon of control for Gen-Z couples, with their every move recorded by watchful eyes, nestled away in back pockets.

📱🔍 We are becoming dependent on the apps that tell us where we are and, above all, where others are, with frightening, millimetric precision. "Find My iPhone," the function introduced into our smartphones to make them traceable in case of loss, two years ago became "Find My Friend," to facilitate a new methodology of affection exchange which is becoming more and more popular, especially among adolescents: geolocation.

💑 Before, geolocation was a matter of necessity: it was used exclusively to reach each other. Now, it's about love, flirting, courtship. And a cage. The New York Times wrote that some friendships are put to the test by what is becoming, in fact, a need not to meet but to monitor: a moderated, agreed-upon, consensual form of stalking, but still stalking.

🧒 Of course, there's also the positive side, which is quite complex as well: reassurance, above all. Parents who, in the past, when their children didn't answer the phone, resorted to more serious solutions to survive their anxiety (some: calling the police, news broadcasters, classmates, other parents, the mayor, emergency services, firefighters and so on to ask if they had seen their offspring and, if yes, where, when, with whom, wearing what) — they now have a very valuable ally.

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“It’s over.”

— The Spanish minister of equality, Irene Montero, reacted tersely to Luis Rubiales’ resignation as president of the Spanish soccer federation after weeks of fierce criticism over his non consensual kiss with Spanish player Jennifer Hermoso. Rubiales also resigned from his position as Vice President of UEFA (Union of European Football Associations). Rubiales’ unwanted kiss with Hermoso after the Spanish team’s victory in the Women’s World Cup final on Aug. 20 sparked controversy and condemnation in Spain and around the world. He initially apologized and described the kiss as “mutual” — which Hermoso denied, saying she did not consent and eventually filing a complaint with Spain's high court. Read more about how machismo and sexual aggression are still prevalent in international football.

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