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Thousands of protesters continue to demonstrate against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar
Thousands of protesters continue to demonstrate against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar

Welcome to Tuesday, where the global COVID death toll nears 2.5 million, El Chapo's wife is arrested and Facebook and Australia are friends again. Le Monde also explores the impact of Lebanon's diaspora in Africa on a small village near Beirut.

• COVID-19 latest: After two separate studies find that COVID vaccines significantly reduce the risk of infection after just one dose, the UK has announced a roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions. The strain first found in South Africa has been detected in New York, and Kuwait closes its borders amid a spike in cases. Meanwhile the death count in Brazil edges toward 250,000, and the worldwide toll nears 2.5 million dead.

• Myanmar coup protests: G7 countries "firmly condemn" Myanmar military attacks, and the U.S. imposes sanctions on two more military leaders. Facebook has removed the junta's "True News' page. The military threatened violence which led to nationwide strikes yesterday, grinding the country to a halt.

• El Chapo wife arrested: Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, wife of drug kingpin Joaquín ‘El Chapo" Guzmán, who is currently serving a life-sentence, has been arrested in the U.S. for allegedly participating in drug-trafficking operations as well as plotting to help her husband escape prison in Mexico in 2015.

• Canada declares genocide in China: Lawmakers in Canada passed a vote to formally declare China's treatment of its ethnic Muslim Uighur population a genocide.

• Facebook re-friends Australia: Mark Zuckerburg will restore Facebook pages in the coming days after the government offered to make amendments to the proposed laws that would force major tech giants to pay for news content.

• Daft Punk splits: In a new video on YouTube, the legendary French techno music duo has announced it is breaking up after 28 years.

• Scottish woman takes a bite...?: During a brawl with a stranger, a Scottish woman aggressively kisses a man, bites off his tongue and spits it on the ground. Authorities told an Edinburgh Sheriff Court last week there was missing evidence: a seagull had swooped down and ate the tongue.

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Taking A Position: A Call To Regulate Yoga In India

Trained practitioners warn that unregulated yoga can be detrimental to people's health. The government in India, where the ancient practice was invented, knows this very well — yet continues to postpone regulation.

Prime Minister Modi at a mass yoga demonstration in Lucknow, India

Banjot Kaur

NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the observance of the eighth International Yoga Day from Mysuru, in southwestern India, early on the morning of June 21. Together with his colleagues from the Bharatiya Janata Party, he set out to mark the occasion in various parts of the country — reviving an annual ritual that had to take a break for the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yoga is one of the five kinds of alternative Indian medicine listed under India’s AYUSH efforts — standing for "Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and naturopathy, and Homeopathy." Among them, only yoga is yet to be regulated under any Act of Parliament: All other practices are governed by the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM), Act 2020.

Yoga and naturopathy are taught at the undergraduate level in 70 medical colleges across 14 Indian states. The Mangalore University in Karnataka first launched this course in 1989; today, these subjects are also taught at the postgraduate level.

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