A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week: growth in emerging markets, Tunisia faces a constitutional crisis (9:53) and dry bars of Ireland (16:03)
Five stories to know for July 29: $1 trillion infrastructure bill, Federal workers, Big Tech, COVID-19, Tunisia
1. A roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure investment bill advanced in the U.S. Senate, passing a key milestone that moves the emerging legislation toward formal debate and possible passage.
2. President Joe Biden is expected to announce that all civilian federal workers will need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or face regular testing, social distancing, mask requirements and travel limits, a source said.
3. Twitter is shutting its reopened offices in the U.S., while other big tech companies are making vaccination mandatory for on-campus employees, as the highly infectious Delta COVID-19 variant drives a resurgence in cases.
4. Australia’s military will help enforce a lockdown in Sydney after the city of 6 million posted a record daily rise in COVID-19 cases and state authorities said the outbreak was likely to get worse.
5. Tunisia’s president said he was addressing the dire economic and COVID-19 situation and probing widespread corruption after invoking emergency powers to seize control of government in a move his foes called a coup.
The president has sacked the prime minister and suspended parliament. It is clear that the country needed a shake-up in its hidebound politics—but is this the right way?
A sprawling trial starting today involving the most senior Catholic-church official ever indicted is sure to cast light on the Vatican’s murky finances. And how climate change is already changing winemaking.
Tunisia competes fiercely with Europe for summer holidays. But it’s still struggling to salvage the tourism season, even as European resorts start to reopen.
#Tunisia on Thursday commemorates the 10th #anniversary since the flight into exile of iron-fisted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, pushed from power in a popular revolt that foreshadowed strife and civil war in the region, known as the #ArabSpring. FRANCE 24’s Chris Moore tells us more.
Tunisia, officially the Republic of Tunisia, is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa, covering 163,610 square kilometres. Its northernmost point, Cape Angela, is also the northernmost point on the African continent.