Good evening and here is another installment of our Daily News From Around the World, highlighting a few of today’s headlines from English-language publications around the globe. As always, the headlines come to us courtesy of Freedom Forum’s “Today’s Front Pages” exhibit:
The Japan Times, Published in Tokyo, Japan
After being postponed for a year, the Tokyo Olympic Games began on Friday with an opening ceremony devoid of spectators save 1,000 officials and VIPs due to the current city-wide state of emergency as a result of rising Covid infections.
The National Stadium was practically empty for the opening ceremony of the Games
The New York Times, Published in New York, NY
The rapid advance of Taliban forces since the beginning of US troop withdrawal has led the US to launch a series of airstrikes in the hopes of slowing the insurgent group that now threatens every provincial capital in Afghanistan, including Kabul. Already more than half the country has been overrun as the Afghan National Army has all but crumbled.
Afghanistan’s National Army has collapsed, with regions being overrun by the Taliban without a fight
The Irish Times, Published in Dublin, Ireland
Ireland’s National Immunization Advisory Committee is set to issue new guidelines on Covid vaccinations for children 12-15 as government Ministers push for prioritizing those with preexisting conditions.
The Wall Street Journal, Published in New York, NY
According to certain economic forecasts, the explosive growth seen in the US over the first half of this year is set to ease next quarter while Europe, Australia, India, and other parts of Asia are forecast to experience a substantial recovery.
The Guardian, Published in London, UK
Britain is set to reopen on August 16 but rising Delta-variant Covid cases are leading many essential workers to self-isolate. This has created concerns that certain sectors of the economy might grind to a halt in what is being referred to as the “pingdemic.”
National Stadium, courtesy of Wikimedia
Afghan National Army, courtesy of Wikimedia