Coronavirus variants have been renamed with letters of the Greek alphabet following criticism of the way they have been labeled up until now. Under a new system revealed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UK variant will now be known as Alpha, the Indian variant as Delta, and the South African variant as Beta. Their scientific names – B.1.1.7, B.1.617.2 and B.1.351 – had been considered too complicated to remember.
France and Germany are “seeking full clarity” on a report claiming that one of Denmark’s intelligence agencies helped the United States spy on several senior European officials, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday. “If the information is true,” Macron said during a statement to the press following a virtual Franco-German summit, these practices are “unacceptable between allies, and even less acceptable between European allies and partners.”
The remains of 215 children, some as young as 3 years old, have been found buried on the site of what was once Canada’s largest Indigenous residential school — one of the institutions that held children taken from families across the nation. From the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 First Nations children were required to attend state-funded Christian schools as part of a program to assimilate them into Canadian society.
China has announced that it will allow couples to have up to three children, after census data showed a steep decline in birth rates. China scrapped its decades-old one-child policy in 2016, replacing it with a two-child limit which has failed to lead to a sustained upsurge in births. The cost of raising children in cities has deterred many Chinese couples.
Naomi Osaka is walking away from the French Open after a standoff with the sport’s top officials over her refusal to attend news events with reporters. The move came after an unexpected clash with tennis officials. After arriving in Paris she announced she wouldn’t be attending mandatory news conferences at the French Open, citing, “disregard for athletes’ mental health.”