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Nurses protesting in front of the Argentinian Congress during yesterday’s International Nurses’ Day. The pandemic continues to hit Argentina hard, with 24,475 new cases and 496 deaths reported on Tuesday.
Nurses protesting in front of the Argentinian Congress during yesterday’s International Nurses’ Day. The pandemic continues to hit Argentina hard, with 24,475 new cases and 496 deaths reported on Tuesday.

Welcome to Thursday, where Israeli troops are massing at the Gaza border, Elon Musk undermines Bitcoin and a New Zealand politician performs a protest Hakka dance in Parliament. We also have a warning from Latin America about the environmental risks of trading with China.

• Israel gathers troops along Gaza border amid rocket fire and air strikes: Israeli troops massed along the Palestinian enclave of Gaza this morning, while Hamas continued to launch scores of rockets at Israel. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a civil war on Wednesday night as street clashes led to several attempted lynchings by mobs on both sides of the conflict. Meanwhile foreign leaders urged deescalation, as the overall death toll neared 100.

• China accused of jailing Uyghur religious leaders: A new report made by a Uyghur rights group accuses China of having jailed or detained at least 630 imams and other Muslim religious figures since 2014 in its repression in the Xinjiang region. The report also shows that 18 clerics had died in detention or shortly after release.

• Trump critic Liz Cheney ousted by Republicans: House Republicans voted on to evict top lawmaker Liz Cheney from a party leadership post after she spoke out against former President Donald Trump.

• Mixing COVID vaccines increases side effects: A study shows that chills, headaches and muscle pain were more common when different vaccines doses were mixed.

• Tesla suspends use of Bitcoin over climate concerns: Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced in a tweet that the company will stop accepting Bitcoin payments due to climate change issues, provoking a 10% decrease for the cryptocurrency.

• Italy to appoint first female spy chief: Former ambassador Elisabeth Belloni becomes the first woman to lead Italy's Department of Information Security, overseeing the country's foreign and domestic intelligence services.

• Indigenous leader removed from NZ Parliament after hakka dance: Maori party co-leader Rawiri Waititi was removed from New Zealand's parliament after denouncing racist rhetoric from the opposition and performing a hakka dance.

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Newspapers around the world have been devoting ample coverage to the outbreak of deadly violence in the Middle East. In its Thursday edition, Turkish daily Sabah focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict's toll on children, including at least 10 killed since the latest outbreak of attacks.

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Swahili for "swearing-in ceremony." On Wednesday, Ugandan's President Yoweri Museveni was sworn in to his sixth-term, making him one of Africa's longest-serving leaders.

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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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