The latest on the global pandemic
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Pope Francis will travel to Hungary's capital in September where he will participate in the closing Mass of a multiday, international Catholic gathering, according to the cardinal of Hungary's Roman Catholic Church. The Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest Peter Erdo told Hungarian news agency MTI on Monday that Francis was originally scheduled to appear at the 2020 International Eucharistic Congress, an annual gathering of Catholic clergy and laypeople, but it was canceled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Francis will instead visit on the final day of the eight-day 52nd Congress in Budapest on Sept. 12, he said.
Phil Mickelson has fallen outside the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in 28 years. In the new rankings released Monday, Mickelson was ranked No. 101, ending his record streak at 1,425 weeks. Additionally, Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, who was ranked No. 1 early in June 2020, fell out of the top 10, replaced by Bryson DeChambeau, winner of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday.
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Tom Holland stars as a combat medic who suffers psychologically after returning from tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. In their first directorial project since “Avengers: Endgame,” the Russos employ their blockbuster aesthetic on a stylized and self-indulgent American crime drama. It's a good time to break out some Preston Sturges.
Top Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday urged the Internal Revenue Service to extend this year's tax filing deadline until July 15. "We want to remind the IRS that many Americans continue to face the same health and economic challenges that necessitated an extension last year," wrote the chairmen of the House's Ways and Means Committee and the Oversight Subcommittee, referring to the filing delay in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Some countries should have listened more carefully when the World Health Organisation declared a global health emergency in January 2020, Mike Ryan, the WHO's top emergency expert, said on Monday. The WHO declared a public health emergency of international concern, its "highest level of alarm", on Jan. 30 and described the coronavirus as a "pandemic" for the first time on March 11.
"In terms of spectators there will be a decision towards the end of March, at least regarding international spectators," IOC spokesman Mark Adams told a virtual news conference. Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto has said she wants a decision on whether to let in overseas spectators before the start of the torch relay on March 25.
Italy's coronavirus death toll passed the 100,000 mark on Monday and Prime Minister Mario Draghi warned that the situation was worsening again with a jump in hospitalisations. Italy is the seventh country in the world to reach the bleak milestone, following the United States, Brazil, Mexico, India, Russia and Britain. The health ministry said 318 new deaths from the disease had been recorded in the past 24 hours bringing the total tally since the epidemic hit the country 13 months ago to 100,103.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed his admiration for the Queen and the unifying role she plays in Britain and beyond on Monday, trying to steer clear of accusations of racism made by Meghan Markle against the royal family. Markle, the wife of Prince Harry, accused the royal family of raising concerns about how dark their son's skin might be and pushing her to the brink of suicide in a tell-all television interview that sent shockwaves through the monarchy. Prime ministers rarely comment on royal matters and on Monday, after a blizzard of coverage of the interview, Johnson said he would not be drawn on the racism accusations, speaking only of his admiration of Queen Elizabeth.