Your Thursday Briefing
Harmful wildfires in Greece
Fires across the northern elements of Evia, Greece’s second-largest island, have destroyed greater than 120,000 acres of pine forest, razed properties and displaced a whole bunch of individuals. Greater than 20 international locations have supplied help in battling the blazes, and the Greek prime minister has declared them “a pure catastrophe of unprecedented dimensions.”
A record-breaking warmth wave that has touched temperatures of as much as 46 levels Celsius, or 115 levels Fahrenheit, has additionally set off wildfires in Sweden, Finland and Norway, in one more episode of utmost climate introduced on by the man-made local weather change that scientists have now concluded is irreversible.
Elsewhere in Europe, floods that used to return as soon as in a millennium in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands have killed no less than 196 folks. Some locations in Italy reached greater than 118 levels Fahrenheit this week, whereas elements of the nation have been variously scorched by fireplace, battered by hailstorms or inundated by floods.
Excessive climate: Dozens of individuals have been rescued and others have been lacking after floods tore by way of Turkey, submerging roadways and chopping off entry to giant areas.
Associated: The warmth wave that sizzled the Pacific Northwest seems to have been a lot deadlier than official estimates, in response to a Instances evaluation. Throughout one sweltering week in late June, about 600 extra folks died in Oregon and Washington than would have been typical.
Hospitals within the state are overwhelmed with coronavirus sufferers, with some resorting to overflow tents outside. Greater than 10,000 Texans have been hospitalized this week, and no less than 53 hospitals have been at most capability of their intensive care items.
By the numbers: About one in 5 U.S. hospitals with intensive care items, or 583 complete hospitals, lately reported that no less than 95 % of their I.C.U. beds have been full.
In different developments:
Questions over Trump golf course funding
Donald Trump could also be compelled to clarify how he funded the acquisition of two golf programs in Scotland, opening a path to a attainable investigation.
The Scottish authorities had resisted stress to demand monetary particulars from Trump by way of an “unexplained wealth order,” a strong authorized instrument often deployed in opposition to main figures in organized crime or drug trafficking. However on Wednesday, a Scottish choose dominated that Avaaz, an internet marketing campaign group, needs to be given the correct to problem the federal government’s rejection of requires such a transfer.
Although it stays removed from clear that such an investigation will ever come up on this case, Wednesday’s courtroom determination is nonetheless a setback for the previous president, whose monetary and tax dealings are underneath investigation within the U.S.
Quotable: “When you don’t assume there may be cheap suspicion over these purchases, then I don’t assume you’ve been paying consideration,” mentioned Nick Flynn, authorized director of Avaaz. “It’s the collective duty of Scottish ministers to behave on this.”
Election fraud: Byung Pak, a former U.S. legal professional in Atlanta, advised congressional investigators that he had resigned abruptly in January after a warning from Justice Division officers that Trump meant to fireside him for refusing to say that widespread voter fraud had been present in Georgia.
New ruling: Trump’s accounting agency should give Congress his tax and different monetary data from his time within the White Home, a choose dominated yesterday.
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Different Massive Tales
Fourteen years in the past, a mom organized a gender-nonconforming summer time camp the place youngsters have been free to precise themselves. A photographer caught up with a number of the children a decade later, as they entered maturity.
Elias, above, spent 4 summers at Camp I Am. “Again then, I used to be two totally different Eliases: Faculty/Outdoor Elias and Gown-Up Elias,” he mentioned. “At camp, I might be Gown-Up Elias the entire time.”
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The Edinburgh Fringe, writ small
Earlier than the pandemic, the Edinburgh Fringe, which opened on Friday and runs by way of Aug. 30, was surpassed by solely the Olympics and the soccer World Cup by way of viewers dimension. However some locals had known as for a smaller pageant — a want granted by the pandemic.
In 2019, when it was final held, the Fringe offered greater than three million tickets for 3,841 exhibits at 323 venues. This yr will see fewer than 850 exhibits offered, of which a 3rd are on-line, after a $1.4 million authorities bailout to cowl prices for the canceled occasion in 2020.
The Fringe is constructed on the precept of open entry for performers, that means any acts that pay a registration price can current a present, Malcolm Jack writes — “a free-spirited various to the intellectual Edinburgh Worldwide Competition.”
Although slimmer, this yr’s program is usually strange: stand-up comics; a choral drama about migration staged on an out-of-town seashore; and an academic strolling tour, led by pelvic physiotherapist, titled, “Viva Your Vulva.”
Learn extra about this yr’s uncommon Fringe Competition.