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A Bangladeshi laundry worker during a nationwide strike by the Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami.
A Bangladeshi laundry worker during a nationwide strike by the Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami.

SCOTLAND SAYS “NO” TO INDEPENDENCE
Scotland voted to stay in the United Kingdom with 55.3% of voters rejecting independence. The results from all 32 council areas show the "No" side won with 2,001,926 votes to the 1,617,989 "Yes" votes. The independence campaign did score four big successes, though, winning 53% in the largest city of Glasgow, 54% in West Dunbartonshire, 57% in Dundee and 51% in North Lanarkshire. Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond spoke shortly before 6 a.m. local time, when he acknowledged the result but called for more power to be given to the Scottish Parliament. Prime Minister David Cameron spoke this morning from London, saying that he wanted "to pay tribute to Yes Scotland for a well-fought campaign and to say to all those who did vote for independence: ‘We hear you.’" Watch The Guardian"s live coverage here, and see the BBC's analysis of how the "No" side won here.

FRANCE STRIKES ISIS IN IRAQ
France launched its first airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq this morning, Le Monde reports. The move comes one day after President François Hollande announced at a press conference that France would join the U.S. in carrying out airstrikes in Iraq, but not in Syria. U.S. President Barack Obama, meanwhile, hailed the Senate’s decision to back its $500 million plan to arm and train “moderate” Syrian rebels, but The Washington Post reports about a widening rift between Obama and military leaders over whether to deploy troops on the ground to fight ISIS. The president has made clear he doesn’t support a ground war.

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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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