When the world gets closer.

We help you see farther.

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter.

Kurds flee Kobani, Syria for safety in Turkey.
Kurds flee Kobani, Syria for safety in Turkey.

ISIS ADVANCES INTO KOBANI
ISIS fighters advanced into the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani overnight after a three-week siege and amid intense street fighting with the Kurds, and are now occupying southwestern neighborhoods, Reuters reports. Karwan Zebari, a representative of the Kurdish regional government, told the BBC that the town could fall into ISIS hands unless military aid comes, and he urged Turkey to step up and fight the jihadist group, even as Turkish tanks posted on the border have watched without intervening. In an interview aired yesterday on CNN, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said he wanted a Syrian no-fly zone, a move that would require the U.S.-led coalition to attack the Syrian government forces’ air defenses before intervening.

SPANISH NURSE CONTRACTS EBOLA
A nurse in Spain has tested positive for Ebola after treating two missionaries who later died of the disease at a Madrid hospital. She is the first person to have contracted Ebola outside of Africa. According to Spanish newspaper La Razón, her condition is stable, and her life is not in danger. It is unclear how she contracted the disease, as she is said to have worn protective clothing when she was in contact with the missionaries, but daily El País reports that the clothing was not adapted to this purpose, as it wasn’t fully impermeable and didn’t have its own breathing apparatus.

U.S. President Barack Obama announced yesterday that the government would increase passenger screenings in the United States and Africa, though he repeated his opposition to a travel ban. This came amid more bad news from Uganda, where the government said it was monitoring a group of eight people believed to have contracted Marburg, a virus similar to Ebola, after the death of a patient.

$1.95 BILLION
The Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan is set to be sold to a Chinese insurance firm for $1.95 billion, one of the highest prices ever paid for a hotel. Hilton Worldwide Holdings, the seller, will continue to manage the famous Art Deco landmark for another 100 years.

EU TO LAUNCH AMAZON TAX PROBE
After targeting Apple and Starbucks, the European Commission is set to confront Amazon over its sweetheart tax deal in Luxembourg that allowed the retailer to pay taxes of less than 1% on its European income, the Financial Times reports. The case is “particularly sensitive” for Brussels, as the 2003 deal was reached under the leadership of former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, president-elect of the European Commission.

MICHAEL PHELPS SUSPENDED
Swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history, has been suspended by USA Swimming for the next six months. The American swimming body said Phelps violated its code of conduct when he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding last week.

NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics to three Japanese scientists — Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura — for inventing the blue LED, “a new energy-efficient and environment friendly light source.” Here’s a list of potential laureates for the Chemistry Prize, set to be announced tomorrow.

DON’T FORGET THE LYRICS
An Argentinian tenor thought he could get away with not knowing the lyrics to the Australian anthem, as the two country’s rugby teams prepared to face each other. But as impressive as his vocal performance was, his take on the anthem left the Australian players laughing.

You've reached your monthly limit of free articles.
To read the full article, please subscribe.
Get unlimited access. Support Worldcrunch's unique mission:
  • Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.
  • Stories from the best international journalists.
  • Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries
Already a subscriber? Log in

When the world gets closer, we help you see farther

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter!
FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

Searching For Marianna, A Pregnant Doctor From Mariupol Held Captive By The Russians

We’ve heard about the plight of the soldiers-turned-prisoners from Mariupol. Here are some traces of the disturbing fate of a young female doctor who’s been taken away.

A paper dove reads "Mariupol" at a shelter for displaced children in Uzhhorod, western Ukraine.

Paweł Smoleński

"Wait for me, because I will return…"

Marianna Mamonova wrote these words to her family, among the text messages and short phone calls that are the only remaining fragments used to piece together her recent past. We also have a photo of her, posted on Russian websites, where she looks into the lens, gaunt and exhausted, signed with a number like a concentration camp prisoner.

Stay up-to-date with the latest on the Russia-Ukraine war, with our exclusive international coverage.

Sign up to our free daily newsletter.

Until the Russian-Ukrainian war, Mamonova’s biography was available to anyone who wanted to know. She was born in 1991, studied at the Ternopil Medical University, and later at the Kyiv Military Academy. After completing her studies, she was sent to work in the coastal city of Berdiansk. Her mother says that this is where her daughter's dream came true: She’d always wanted to be a military doctor, and worked in Berdiansk for three years, receiving the rank of officer in the Ukrainian army.

Beginning in 2014, she’d worked stints as a front-line doctor in the Donbas region, and when Russia invaded Ukraine in February she went to war again. This time in Mariupol.

Keep reading...Show less

When the world gets closer, we help you see farther

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter!
You've reached your monthly limit of free articles.
To read the full article, please subscribe.
Get unlimited access. Support Worldcrunch's unique mission:
  • Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.
  • Stories from the best international journalists.
  • Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries
Already a subscriber? Log in
Writing contest - My pandemic story
THE LATEST
FOCUS
TRENDING TOPICS

Central to the tragic absurdity of this war is the question of language. Vladimir Putin has repeated that protecting ethnic Russians and the Russian-speaking populations of Ukraine was a driving motivation for his invasion.

Yet one month on, a quick look at the map shows that many of the worst-hit cities are those where Russian is the predominant language: Kharkiv, Odesa, Kherson.

Watch VideoShow less
MOST READ