Welcome to Tuesday, as COVID cases worldwide rise for the first time in seven weeks, a former French president is convicted of corruption and Chile goes back to school thanks in part to its extra efficient vaccine program. Meanwhile, La Stampa visits the northern Italian region of Lombardy, which is living through a grim coronavirus deja vu.
• COVID-19 latest: Global cases are rising for the first time in seven weeks. A new study shows that the P.1 variant first discovered in Brazil can infect people who already recovered from the virus. The Phillipines reports the first cases of the South African variant. Meanwhile, the EU has announced a vaccine passport scheme to reboot summer tourism, while France becomes the first country to endorse a single vaccine dose for people who have already recovered from COVID.
• Myanmar coup: Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in court, her first public appearance, since the coup in Myanmar began last month. Suu Kyi faces two more charges, including causing "fear and alarm."
• Sarkozy convicted: Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been convicted of trying to bribe a judge in 2014 and sentenced to three years in jail for corruption. Sarkozy
• Two Americans extradited over Nissan chief: An American father and son have been extradited to Japan, accused of helping carry out the daring escape of former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, charged with concealing millions of dollars of income from Japanese regulators.
• Nigerian schoolgirls freed: The 279 secondary school students kidnapped and held for ransom on 26 February, have been released.
• Child in Sri Lanka dies in exorcism: Police in Sri Lanka say a nine-year-old girl has been beaten to death with a cane during a ritual to drive an evil spirit away. Two women, including the girl's mother, have been arrested.
• Missing bird reappears after 170 years: A mysterious Indonesian black-browed babbler, from a species believed to be extinct, has been spotted for the first time in 170 years.