President Biden isetting outa series of measures to get more Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 amid a surge of the fast-spreading Delta variant. All federal government workers will be required to be vaccinated. Businesses with more than 100 staff will have to be vaccinated or tested weekly. Mr. Biden expressed frustration that the 80 million Americans still unvaccinated, saying they were overcrowding hospitals.
The Biden administration has filed a civil suit against the state of Texas over its near total ban on abortion. The U.S. attorney general said the legislation violated Supreme Court precedent and illegallyinterfered withfederal interests. It encourages individuals to bring legal action against anyone deemed to have helped women get abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.
Washington hashailedthe first civilian charter flight from Afghanistan since the U.S. military's withdrawalasa positive first step. Qatar airways flew more than 100 foreign nationals to Doha. The U.S national security council said the Taliban have been flexible and professional over the departure.
The Presidents of Russia and Belarus have agreed to deepen economic integration. Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko said they will create a unified oil and gas market and harmonize their monetary policy. Mr. Lukashenko said Russia and Belarus will like a bulldozer,clearing the path forfuture unions in the post-Soviet space.
Some 800 people have had to be evacuated because of a forest fire that's near the southern Spanish resort of Estepona.
The German footballer Jerome Boateng has been convicted of assaulting his former partner and ordered to pay 2.1 million dollars in damages. He punched the mother of his two daughters during an argument three years ago.