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THE CRIMEAN MANDATE
Crimeans voted overwhelmingly yesterday to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. With a turnout of 83%, the measure won support from 96.77% of voters.

  • After the final results were publicized, the Crimean parliament voted as planned to transform the region into an independent state, paving the way for it to enter Russia, Itar-Tass reports. It also nationalized all Ukrainian state assets and made the Russian ruble its official currency. Finally, it announced that the region will shift to Moscow time (which is two hours ahead of Kiev time) at the end of the month. “We're going home. Crimea is going to Russia,” Ria Novosti quoted Crimean Prime Minister Serhiy Aksyonov as saying. According to AFP, Interim Ukrainian President Olexandr Turchynov slammed the vote as “a great farce.”

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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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