Murdered American woman’s body found in Russia

Russian authorities on Saturday found the body of an American student who disappeared several days ago and arrested a man on suspicion of murder, local media reported.

The body of Catherine Serou, 34, was found in a wooded area near the city of Bor, 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of Moscow, according to reports.

According to news reports, Serou was last seen Tuesday after getting into a car. Her mother, Beccy Serou, of Vicksburg, Mississippi, told NPR that her daughter had texted her saying, “I’m in a car with a stranger. I hope she is not being kidnapped. “

Russia’s Investigative Committee reported in a statement that a woman’s body was found in Bor and that a suspect with a history of serious crimes had been arrested, but did not name or reveal the woman’s cause of death.

Catherine Serou moved from California to Russia in 2019 to study law at a university in Nizhny Novgorot, a major city adjoining Bor, news outlets reported.

Beccy Seroy told NPR her daughter was in a rush to get to a clinic Tuesday and may have hopped into a passing vehicle.

“I think when he saw that the person was not driving to the clinic, but to a forest, he panicked,” said the mother.

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Covid-19: how to explain the epidemic outbreak in Moscow?

CORONAVIRUS – For the second day in a row, the Russian capital and its more than twelve million inhabitants are seeing the Covid-19 epidemic start again. The weak vaccination and the impact of the Delta variant would be to blame.

The Moscow summer does not stop the coronavirus. The city of Moscow recorded this Saturday a record of cases of contamination for the second consecutive day with 9,120 infections in 24 hours, according to government figures, against around 3,000 daily cases two weeks ago. The entire Russian territory has recorded 17,906 new cases and 466 additional deaths in the past 24 hours, a peak since March 13. The Russian capital has deplored 76 new deaths.

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Michoustine again called on Thursday for “intensify the rate of vaccination”, urging Russian regional leaders to ensure that the population receives “all the information on the dangers of the coronavirus, how to protect yourself and where to be vaccinated”.

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Russians’ mistrust of their vaccine

Since December, only 19.4 million Russians – out of a population of 146 million – have received at least one dose of vaccine, according to the Gogov site which aggregates data from regions and media, for lack of official national statistics in Russia. This corresponds to 13% of the population.

A significant proportion of Russians are wary of vaccines developed in their country, despite the communication from the Russian state apparatus which highlights the prowess of “Sputnik V”, a vaccine developed by Russia and available for more than six months. “We are afraid of being sick, but we do not get vaccinated because we are also afraid of the vaccine”, summed up to AFP Inna Soumina, a 52-year-old Muscovite.

A highly contagious variant?

On Thursday, the mayor of Moscow said that “over the last few weeks, we have seen an average increase of 30% in the number of patients in the country”, noting that 30-40 year olds are particularly affected. According to him, nearly 90% of patients were infected with the Delta variant, identified for the first time in India.

In the United Kingdom, the Delta variant spread rapidly, replacing in a few weeks the Alpha variant, which appeared at the end of 2020 in the south-east of England. A new variant potentially responsible for this brutal epidemic acceleration in Russia.

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Putin names top candidates for the Duma election – Medvedev is not among them

The Russian President has presented his top candidates for the parliamentary elections. The long-sponsored former president Medvedev is not one of them. Because that is now considered a problem.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are to head the Kremlin Party’s candidate list in the Duma elections this autumn, according to President Vladimir Putin. In his speech at a party congress on Saturday, however, Putin did not name the party leader of “United Russia”, Dmitri Medvedev, as one of the five desired top candidates. Delegates were due to vote on Putin’s proposals later that day.

Political scientist Tatiana Stanowaja described the fact that the former head of government Medvedev, who is considered Putin’s political foster son, should no longer run as a top candidate, described the political scientist Tatiana Stanowaja as a logical step. Medvedev, who had topped the list in 2011 and 2016, has now become a “toxic figure” and a risk for the party. Putin dismissed Medvedev as head of government at the beginning of last year in view of the severe economic crisis in Russia.

In the past, Putin himself was also the top candidate for “United Russia”. It is customary in the Kremlin Party for prominent politicians to be nominated for the top positions in the list, but then to hand over their seats in parliament to party colleagues after the election.


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June 18, 2021 8:48 PM

Delta variant: Merkel and Macron call for vigilance at the Euro. Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron called on Friday for vigilance in the organization of Euro football matches in the face of the current rise of the highly contagious Delta variant of the new coronavirus. “I think it is important that we continue to be very vigilant (…) and this applies in particular to large demonstrations”, estimated the Chancellor during a press conference before a working dinner in Berlin the French Head of State.

June 18, 2021 8:21 PM

Vaccines: Palestinian Authority cancels deal with Israel. Palestinian Authority on Friday canceled deal with Israel to transfer one million doses of coronavirus vaccine, saying it was refusing to receive doses “In the process of being obsolete”. “After the examination by the technical teams of the Ministry of Health of the first batch of Pfizer vaccines received this evening from Israel […] it was discovered that it did not conform to the characteristics provided for in the agreement ”government spokesman Ibrahim Melhem said at a press conference hours after the Hebrew state announced an agreement. “The government refuses to receive vaccines about to be expired”, he added.

June 18, 2021 8:13 PM

In France, the pressure continues to decrease in hospitals. The pressure continued to decrease on Friday in hospitals, which have fewer than 11,000 hospitalized Covid-19 patients, according to figures from Public Health France. There are now 10,738 patients with Covid-19 hospitalized, against 11,114 the day before, according to data from Public Health France. Only 171 new people have been hospitalized in the past 24 hours with a diagnosis of Covid-19.

June 18, 2021 7:57 PM

A total of 65 positive Covid cases detected at the Copa America in Brazil. A total of 65 people have tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of the Copa America on June 13 in Brazil, the medical commission of the football tournament which is held until July 10 in Brazil announced on Friday. She specified that 5,458 PCR tests were carried out, of which 5,393 were negative and 65 positive, of which 46 were among the staff of the teams, the organization and the refereeing body and 19 among the players.

June 18, 2021 6:48 PM

WHO concerned about the spread of the virus in Africa. The trajectory of Covid cases in Africa is “Very, very disturbing”, estimated Friday the head of emergency situations at the World Health Organization, Dr. Michael Ryan, with the spread of more contagious variants and a dangerously low vaccination rate. According to data collected by the WHO, there were 116,500 new infections in Africa during the week ended June 13, 25,500 more than the previous week. If for the moment, the continent represents only a little more than 5% of the new cases recorded in the world last week and for 2.2% of the deaths, in some countries the infections have doubled and climbed by more than 50 % in other.

Jun 18, 2021 3:54 PM

Vaccines: Israel will transfer a million doses to the Palestinians before expiration. Israel will provide the Palestinian Authority with one million doses of vaccine against the expiring coronavirus, according to an agreement between the two parties announced Friday by the Jewish state. Occupied West Bank-based Palestinian Authority confirmed delivery “in the coming days” of a million doses, without mentioning an agreement with the Hebrew state. “Israel has signed an agreement with the Palestinian Authority and will provide approximately one million doses of Pfizer vaccine that is about to expire and will receive in return the doses that the Pfizer company was to send to the Palestinian Authority.”the prime minister’s office and the Israeli defense and health ministries said in a joint statement.

June 18, 2021 3:40 PM

The number of deaths has fallen since early May in France, according to INSEE. The average number of deaths observed every day in France, all causes combined, has been declining since the beginning of May, after a peak in January and then stagnation since mid-March, INSEE indicates in its weekly death toll on Friday. during the Covid-19 epidemic. While 2,150 deaths were recorded daily on average in January, then 2,040 in February and just under 1,900 in March and April, this number fell to 1,740 deaths per day on average during the first half of May. , then to just over 1,600 over the period from May 16 to June 7 – latest figures available – according to the National Institute of Statistical Studies.

June 18, 2021 3:26 PM

Austria offers one million doses of vaccines to the Balkans. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on Friday that he wanted to offer one million doses of vaccine against the coronavirus to the countries of the Balkans, at the end of a conference with the leaders of this region. “We will deliver a million doses of vaccines from Austria to the Western Balkans from August and by the end of the year”Sebastian Kurz told reporters. He thus received in Vienna leaders of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia and Serbia. The head of the Austrian government did not reveal the distribution of deliveries between countries and a spokesman for the chancellery said that these donations would mainly consist of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

June 18, 2021 2:51 PM

A Belgian judge forced AstraZeneca to deliver 50 million doses, less than the number demanded by the EU. To end the conflict between the pharmaceutical company and the European Union, a Belgian judge has ruled: AstraZeneca will have to deliver 50 million doses of its anti-Covid vaccine to the 27 countries of the EU, in three stages by the end September, under penalty of financial penalties. The judgment was welcomed by both parties. The EU, which received only 30 of the 120 million doses promised in the first quarter, initially demanded that the additional 90 million be paid to it by June 30, under penalty of penalties.

June 18, 2021 2:37 PM

The Delta variant accounts for almost 90% of new cases in Moscow. According to Sergei Sobyanin, mayor of the city, this explains the virulence of the current epidemic wave. “According to the latest data we have obtained, 89.3% of patients are infected with a coronavirus which has mutated, says Delta, the Indian variant. And it’s more aggressive, spreads faster“, He affirmed on the antenna of the television channel Pervi Kanal.

Jun 18, 2021 12:17 PM

In Spain, the mask will no longer be compulsory outdoors from June 26. After several deadly waves, the country’s health situation has improved markedly, making it possible to reduce health measures. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Friday during a trip to Barcelona that “this weekend will be the last with masks outdoors“. He also specifies that this measure will be formally adopted on Thursday during an extraordinary council of ministers.

Jun 18, 2021 11:21 am

Israel will provide the Palestinian Authority with one million vaccines. Champion of vaccination, the Hebrew state will transfer doses of Pfizer which are about to expire, after an agreement signed between the two parties and announced on Friday. “Israel has signed an agreement with the Palestinian Authority and will supply approximately one million doses of the expired Pfizer vaccine and will receive in return the doses that the Pfizer company was to send to the Palestinian Authority.The Prime Minister’s office and the Israeli defense and health ministries said in a joint statement.

Jun 18, 2021 10:17 AM

In Tokyo, the vaccination of members of the organization of the Olympics begins. Thousands of Olympic volunteers and officials began to be vaccinated on Friday in Tokyo, just over a month before the start of the Games. While the controversy continues over the organization of the competition in the midst of a pandemic, Japanese organizers are now in the home stretch before the opening ceremony scheduled for July 23. They have just further reduced the number of foreign participants accepted in the country for the Games to 53,000, not counting around 15,500 athletes. This figure is well below the 177,000 people initially planned.

Jun 18, 2021 9:34 am

Cluster at the American Embassy in Kabul. The United States Embassy in Kabul has ordered strict containment of its staff after the appearance of a «important» focus of Covid-19 cases, in full withdrawal of American soldiers from Afghanistan. According to an internal memo, 114 diplomatic mission employees contracted the novel coronavirus and “Are placed in solitary confinement”, while one person died and “Several others were the subject of a medical evacuation”.

June 18, 2021 9:22 a.m.

Moscow is closing its fan-zone. The city of Moscow announced Friday to close its Euro football fan-zone and to ban any entertainment event bringing together more than 1,000 people due to the recent surge in Covid-19 cases. “We are stopping mass entertainment events for a while, and we must also shut down the dance halls and the fan zone for a while” at the Luzhniki Olympic complex, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on his website. The Russian capital recorded 9,056 new cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours, a record since the start of the epidemic, and Russia, with 17,262 contaminations, is the highest since February 1, according to statistics released on Friday.

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10,000 cases in 24 hours in the UK. British health authorities on Thursday recorded 11,007 new cases of coronavirus contamination in 24 hours, exceeding 10,000 for the first time since the end of February against the backdrop of a surge of the Delta variant initially detected in India. The country in Europe most bereaved by the pandemic with 127,945 dead, the United Kingdom saw its health situation improve markedly in the spring thanks to a long confinement and a very effective vaccination campaign. But the feeling of victory in the face of the virus is clouded by the sudden degradation observed in recent times. This trend, marked by a 33.7% jump in contamination in one week, forced the British government on Monday to postpone the total lifting of health restrictions by four weeks.


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  • When Biden and Putin meet for their summit in Switzerland, the image contrast between the presidents could hardly be greater.
  • The American once described Putin as a “killer”, while in Russia Biden is ridiculed as “sleepy Joe”. His predecessor Trump has already miscalculated.

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The two men are united by their gigantic abundance of power, they also have in common that they can order atomic strikes – and both like ice cream. The appearance of the presidents, who meet on Wednesday at Villa La Grange on Lake Geneva, could hardly be more different.

Here the American Joe Biden (78), who occasionally reminds of the proverbial nice grandfather with his habitus. There his Russian opponent Vladimir Putin, who is ten years his junior and who portrays himself as a tough macho, gladly with a bare upper body.

At their summit, both want to try to avert an escalation of the confrontation between the two largest nuclear powers.

Biden is Putin’s fifth US president

Biden was sworn in less than 150 days ago; Putin has been in power for more than 21 years. The new president in the White House is now the fifth US president to meet with Putin – the first was Bill Clinton in November 1999.

His successor, George W. Bush, developed a surprisingly warm relationship with Putin. “He is a man who is very committed to his country and the best interests of his country,” said Bush after a summit meeting in 2001. “I looked the man in the eye. I found him very straightforward and trustworthy, and we did had a very good conversation. I was able to get an impression of his soul. “

Obama denounced Russia as a “regional power”

The relationship became much cooler after Bush’s successor Barack Obama took office. Putin has never forgotten that the president of the last remaining superpower dismissed proud Russia as a “regional power” in 2014.

After Obama came the wild years under Donald Trump. “I like Putin, he likes me,” Trump said last year. The Kremlin chief praised Trump as a colorful personality.

The joint press conference in Helsinki almost three years ago, at which Trump questioned the findings of his own intelligence services on Russian interference in US elections, is still memorable today.

The performance couldn’t have gone better for Putin. This is probably one of the reasons why the US side prefers to forego a joint press meeting this time. Russia’s state media are celebrating this as Putin’s first victory on points.

Biden’s early distrust of Putin

Interference in US elections and many other issues are said to be the subject of Biden’s summit with Putin. Biden has been a professional politician since he entered the US Senate in 1973, when Putin had not even started his career as a KGB officer.

Even in the early years of Putin’s presidency, Biden was skeptical. As chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Senate, he said after Bush’s warm words about the Russian: “I don’t trust Putin.”

In an interview three months ago, Biden then denied Putin even having a soul – and he agreed to the statement that the Kremlin chief was a “killer”. The US news site “Politico” recently wrote: “Biden didn’t like Putin before that was cool.”

The presidents and the private

The fact that opposites attract does not seem to apply in this case. The contrast is also evident when it comes to the family. Putin has been officially single since separating from his wife Ludmila in 2013. The ex-chief of the secret service hardly talks about family and other private matters, at most he lets it be known that nobody should worry about his or her well-being.

Biden, on the other hand, keeps telling openly about his family history, which has also been marked by severe blows of fate. When performing with First Lady Jill Biden, he is the charmer.

The broadcaster CNN reported that Biden also had a strict telephone rule: when the grandchildren call, he always answers. Biden even knows what his favorite type of ice cream is (chocolate chip). Putin is also considered an ice cream lover – Russian ice cream is so popular that China’s head of state and party leader Xi Jinping regularly receives presents from the Russian.

The “Sleepy Joe” and “Putin’s Puppy”

Russia’s state media prefer to show Biden with slips of the tongue or stumbling, and they adopt Trump’s characterization of his democratic adversary as “sleepy Joe”.

The Kremlin propagandist Dmitri Kisselev says that Biden tries to be energetic in a clumsy way, but rather arouses pity. Everyone just wanted to wish him good health. “The Russian President, on the other hand, behaves as honestly as possible, speaks clearly and distinctly. A contrast!”

Kisselev could underestimate Biden – as Trump did in the election campaign. The Republican has not survived his defeat against Biden to this day. Shortly before the summit in Geneva, Trump spoke to supporters by e-mail, scoffing: “Good luck to Biden in dealing with President Putin – do not fall asleep during the meeting and please give him my warmest greetings! “

Hard to expect that Biden will comply. Even before the election, he had announced a tougher course against Putin – and called Trump a “Putin’s puppy”. (jwo / dpa)
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Before his summit with Vladimir Putin, the former US President Donald Trump gave his successor Joe Biden greetings for the Kremlin chief in a mocking message.


Biden & Putin in Geneva: ambassadors agreed to return

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Putin doesn’t want a “new Cold War,” says Biden

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US President Biden meets with Kremlin chief Putin in Geneva. Expectations for the meeting are subdued. It is in itself a big step that it takes place, said EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber.

Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden met in Geneva for the first time since the inauguration of the US president. After the deliberations, Putin first appeared in front of the press, then Biden became clear. All developments in the live ticker.

Dhe summit between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva has come to an end. Biden was the first to leave the Villa La Grange above Lake Geneva. He got into his limo and put his thumb up. A press conference was planned for Biden in a nearby hotel. A good 20 minutes later, Putin left the villa on foot and made his way to a press conference in a tent set up for this purpose. As planned, Putin then appeared before the press first, then Biden. Both presidents wanted to return to their homeland on Wednesday.

Russia and the US are sending their ambassadors back to their posts in the other country, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He had agreed on this with Biden, Putin said in his press conference. The aim is to reduce the tensions in the mutual relationship. Putin said the tone of the meeting with Biden was constructive.

Russia withdrew its ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, about three months ago. Biden had previously described Putin as a “killer”. The US ambassador to Russia, John Sullivan, left Moscow almost two months ago. Russia had suggested that he return to Washington for consultations.

According to Biden, Putin does not want a new Cold War with the United States. “I think the last thing he wants now is a cold war,” said Biden. He said to Putin: “This is not a kumbaya moment, as we used to say in the United States in the 1960s.” It is not about “hugging” and “loving” each other. But it is in nobody’s interest if both countries find themselves in a situation “in which we are in a new Cold War”. Putin continues to worry about the US.

“There were no threats,” Biden said of his meeting. It’s not about trust. “This is about self-interest.”

In his own words, Biden warned Putin against interference by Russia in US elections at the summit meeting. The US would “not tolerate” a violation of its “democratic sovereignty” and a “destabilization” of its elections, said Biden. At the same time, he emphasized that the tone of the conversation with Putin was “good” and “positive”.

Putin defended the imprisonment of the Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny. The opposition member deliberately ignored Russian laws. “This man knew that he was breaking the law.”

After his hospital stay in Germany, the 45-year-old published videos on the Internet and did not meet the reporting requirements. “He did what he wanted.” He was ready to be arrested. Putin did not mention the name of his opponent or the attack on the opposition activist detained in the prison camp. Biden had spoken to Putin about Navalny during his meeting, as the Kremlin chief confirmed.

Joe Biden (l) and Vladimir Putin talk during their meeting in the “Villa la Grange”

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Mario Fernandes, injured in the spine during Russia-Finland at the Euro, taken to hospital

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“Waiting for miracles” – Biden meets Putin in Geneva – world

The conflicts between the USA and Russia have come to a head. The Geneva summit could de-escalate, but both sides are dampening expectations.

On Wednesday, the world will look spellbound to Geneva: US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet there for the first time. While Biden’s Airforce One landed in Geneva on Tuesday afternoon, Putin will not arrive until Wednesday.

Ex-President Trump tried to score points with Putin with his pro-Russia policy at the Helsinki summit in 2018. No US president had humiliated himself more pitifully in front of a tyrant, criticized US politicians.

With Joe Biden, Putin is likely to face a different wind in Geneva. Because the relationship between the two great powers has long been – and even more so since Biden took office – reached a low point.

“Killer”, sanctions and Navalny

After Biden called Putin a “killer” in an interview in March, Moscow called its ambassador to the United States back. Putin’s spokesman said that there had never been such a statement by a US president. Apparently, Biden does not want to improve relations with Russia.

Various Russian hacker attacks on US infrastructures, authorities and NGOs recently made headlines. Putin reacted to the US sanctions by imposing entry bans on high-ranking US government officials and expelled ten US diplomats. In May Moscow officially classified the US as an “unfriendly state”.

Another point of contention for years has been the alleged Russian interference in the US presidential election. When it comes to human rights, Biden is likely to focus primarily on the Navalny case. Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny was the victim of a poison attack in August. After treatment in Germany, he returned to Russia, but was sentenced to camp imprisonment there. Putin has classified his regional support network and his anti-corruption foundation as “extremist” and banned them with immediate effect.

“Central Event”

In addition to geopolitical conflicts such as the Syrian war or in eastern Ukraine, both countries accuse each other of violating international agreements. Trump, for example, announced an important agreement, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which regulates the disarmament of medium-range nuclear missiles.

For its part, Russia canceled the Open Skies security agreement on international observation flights a few days ago. The US withdrew from the multilateral treaty last year.

Can the meeting, like the Gorbachev-Reagan summit in Geneva in 1985, bring the two warring superpowers closer together and de-escalate them? The Russian newspaper “Nezavisimaya Gazeta”, which is close to the Kremlin, described the meeting as a “central event in world politics”.

Will disarmament come about?

Arms control in particular is the focus with the aim of preventing tensions from degenerating into war. Russia currently has an estimated 1,570 deployable nuclear warheads and the US 1,750.

“It would be desirable to define a roadmap for bilateral relations with an emphasis on arms control. May there just be no war,” writes the “Nezavisimaya Gazeta”.

Meanwhile, both sides are dampening the high expectations. The Moscow magazine “Russia in Global Politics” summed it up like this: “Everyone is waiting for a miracle.” At least Putin and Biden seem to understand that tensions should not increase any further. Yuri Ushakov, Putin’s foreign policy spokesman, described the situation as “almost critical”. You have to do something. The meeting is a first step. And US Secretary of State Antony Blinken: It is important to talk to each other despite differences.

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