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KARZAI HAD SECRET MEETINGS WITH THE TALIBAN
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has held covert negotiations with Taliban officials, aimed at forging a peace agreement without the participation of Western allies, The New York Times reports. The discovery of these meetings seems to explain Karzai’s recent combative behavior toward the U.S., the Times reports, citing his refusal to sign a security agreement that he himself had negotiated with Washington, his releasing Taliban members from prison, and his claims that the United States is guilty of war crimes.

HOLLANDE RETREATS ON FAMILY LAW REFORM
After some 100,000 protesters took to the streets of Paris and Lyon over the weekend, French government officials are saying they won’t, as previously planned, present legislation this year calling for family law reform to reflect “diversity” such as gay marriage, which is now legal in France. Many protesters wrongly believed the reform would mean that gay couples would be eligible for state-financed fertility services. President Francois Hollande, the most unpopular French president in modern history, is believed to be backtracking for the moment to mitigate further animosity toward his administration. Read more from France 24.

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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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