Welcome to Tuesday, where dozens are arrested following anti-government protests in Cuba, troops are called in to quell South African unrest and the Olympic chief makes an embarrassing slip to his Japanese hosts. Le Monde also looks at lessons that coronavirus-stricken Brazil can draw from its 1904 "Vaccine Revolt."
• Cuba arrests dozens after protests: Following the country's biggest public demonstration in decades, dozens of people in Cuba have been arrested for protesting against the Communist government's economic policies and its handling of the pandemic.
• Hospital fire in Iraq kills dozens: At least 58 people were killed, and 67 injured, in a fire at a hospital in the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya that was treating COVID patients. Initial signs indicate the fire was likely caused by an oxygen tank explosion.
• South Africa military deploys soldiers to quell unrest: The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is sending soldiers in the Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal provinces to assist law enforcement after violent protests erupted over the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma that have left at least 30 dead.
• "Living with" COVID-19: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed the lifting of most remaining social distancing restrictions on July 19, while urging people to remain cautious in closed and crowded places. Israel, also facing a major uptick in cases of the Delta variant, has likewise maintained the looser rules following a successful vaccination drive. The government says Israelis need to learn to live with the virus, hoping that widespread vaccination will greatly reduce severe cases of COVID. Meanwhile, after French President Emmanuel Macron announced a series of new rules and warned that the unvaccinated could face more restrictions, hundreds of thousands of people rushed to set up vaccination appointments.
• Former U.S. drug informant arrested in Haiti assassination: One of the Haitian-American men suspected of taking part in the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse last week, had been an informant to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). An acting DEA official had said that the individual was not acting on behalf of the DEA, nor was he an active informant at the time of the assassination.
• Olympics chief calls Japanese people "Chinese": In an attempt to win over the reluctant hosts of the Tokyo 2020 Games, Thomas Bach, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), referred to the people of Japan as "Chinese," before quickly correcting himself. The blunder was not repeated to English-to-Japanese interpreters at the meeting but it triggered a backlash on social media after Japanese media reported on it.
• Seoul bans upbeat songs in gyms to stop sweating and heavy breathing: In South Korea, which is battling a new outbreak of the virus, gyms in Seoul have been told not to play music with a tempo higher than 120 beats per minute in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. According to officials, the restrictions will prevent people from breathing too fast or splashing sweat on each other. K-pop fans of Blackpink might suffer a bit more than followers of BTS.