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All of the things you need to know now from the editors of TIME




‘This Is Not a Kumbaya Moment.’ After Biden-Putin Summit, Tensions Remain

Joe Biden arrived at the highest-stakes meeting of his young presidency with gifts. The American President gave Vladimir Putin a crystal figure of an American bison and—should Putin want to copy Biden’s signature look—a pair of aviator sunglasses. But the niceties largely stopped there. The two leaders didn’t share a meal. There were no walks in the woods around the stately, lakeside Geneva mansion where they met. After it was all over, they held separate press conferences.


Russian State Media Threw Shade at Biden’s ‘Childish’ Tie

As U.S. President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin met for their first, much anticipated summit in Geneva, Switzerland Wednesday, Russian state media put aside the many issues between the two leaders to talk about the real power dynamics on display: the leaders' choice of ties.


Column: We Must Help the Afghan Interpreters Who Helped Us

The Army Ranger Creed reads: I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy. I lived by these words. That includes the day a suicide bomber hit and killed four men in my patrol in Asadabad, Afghanistan: Sergeant Major Kevin J. Griffin, Major Thomas E. Kennedy, Major Walter D. Gray, and USAID Foreign Service Officer Mr. Ragaei Abdelfattah. I think about them every day. The blast knocked me out.


Column: Juneteenth Honors Black Americans Who Created Their Freedom

If you ask Black people born and raised on the island, Juneteenth marks the day Black soldiers in blue uniforms came with their guns to Galveston. That is the story they have told for generations, about the moment some of their ancestors knew freedom had finally arrived in Texas, the westernmost Confederate breakaway state.


Review: No One Should Take a Bullet for The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

Like mirrored sunglasses and beer koozies, the brainless summer entertainment is a warm-weather staple. But the act of not thinking is its own act of consciousness. We all have only a finite amount of time to waste, not just through a summer but throughout our lifetimes. Do you really want to fritter away your hard-earned time-wasting currency on The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard? The Hitman’s Bodyguard, directed by Patrick Hughes and starring Samuel L.


How Biden Wrangled Europe’s Backing Ahead of His Meeting With Putin

The facade of unity President Joe Biden built with European allies ahead of his Wednesday summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin required some hard-headed diplomatic wrangling. In closed-door meetings during the NATO summit and E.U.


The Delta Variant Could Soon Become the Dominant COVID-19 Strain. Here’s What You Need to Know

The COVID-19 pandemic is increasingly becoming an arms race among the emerging variants of the virus, and at the moment, there’s no question which one is winning: the Delta variant—formally known as B.1.617.2—one of four strains to have emerged originally in India. It was just last month that the World Health Organization labeled Delta a “variant of concern”—joining with the Alpha strain, which emerged in the U.K.


I Went to the Westminster Dog Show and All I Got Was This Lousy Positive View of Humanity

There is only one thing I know for sure about the Westminster Dog Show: there’s almost zero chance that I would have ever attended the event if not for the virus that upended the world. I’ve certainly never been anti-dog, but I’ve also never really been a dog person. I didn’t grow up around them, and only ever took a minor interest in those I happened upon.


Miguel Patricio, CEO of Kraft Heinz, Says the End of the Ketchup Shortage Is in Sight

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Even Vaccinated People Are Nervous About Going Back to ‘Normal.’ Here’s How to Cope

Claudia Campos, 34, wanted there to be no doubt about why she continues to wear a face mask at the Florida car rental company where she works. She decided to screen-print a mask that telegraphs her thoughts.


Gas Build Up in Nuclear Reactor Near Hong Kong Sparks Concern

The French utility that partly owns a nuclear power plant near Hong Kong is seeking more information on a gas buildup in a reactor, even as its Chinese partner insists the facility is operating safely. Electricite de France SA, which has a 30% stake in the Taishan nuclear plant in South China, has called for an extraordinary board meeting with majority owner China General Nuclear Power Corp., or CGN, to discuss the increased concentration of inert gases at the Unit 1 reactor in Guangdong.


Facing a Stalled Agenda in Washington, Democrats Talk Up American Rescue Plan

This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday. Hillary LaSever-Ceja, was getting ready to buy a new home in Tempe, Ariz., when her $4,200 stimulus check made its way from Washington to her bank account. The money Biden had delivered as part of his American Rescue Plan covered the closing costs that she had planned on just rolling into her mortgage.


TikTok Is Collecting Your Biometric Data, Including ‘Faceprints.' Here’s What It Could Do With It

Recently, TikTok made a change to its U.S. privacy policy, allowing the company to "automatically" collect new types of biometric data, including what it describes as "faceprints" and "voiceprints." TikTok's unclear intent, the permanence of the biometric data and potential future uses for it have caused concern among experts who say users' security and privacy could be at risk.


Surge in Shipping Costs Globally Could Cause Price Hikes From Coffee to Toys

(Bloomberg) — The skyrocketing price of shipping goods across the globe may hit your pocketbook sooner than you think — from that cup of coffee you get each morning to the toys you were thinking of buying your kids. Transporting a 40-foot steel container of cargo by sea from Shanghai to Rotterdam now costs a record $10,522, a whopping 547% higher than the seasonal average over the last five years, according to Drewry Shipping.


Some Patients Are Reporting Long COVID Recoveries—But Experts Still Don’t Fully Understand Why

A few months ago, Lana Lynch had resigned herself to never getting better. Months after testing positive for COVID-19, she still felt fatigued, still got daily headaches, still had to carefully regulate how much she exerted herself each day. She was coming to terms with her new normal—until she didn’t have to. After receiving her second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in May, Lynch, a 32-year-old from Texas, noticed that she wasn’t quite so tired anymore.


Israel’s Parliament Approves New Coalition, Ending Netanyahu’s Rule

(JERUSALEM) — Israel's parliament approved a new coalition government on Sunday that sent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu into the opposition after a record 12 years in office and a political crisis that sparked four elections in two years. Naftali Bennett, the head of a small ultranationalist party, was sworn in as prime minister after a narrow 60-59 vote in parliament.


Can We Rein in the Power of the Presidency After Trump?

There are at least 81 million or so Americans who would like to forget all about Donald Trump and his presidency. Late-night television host Stephen Colbert has stopped saying his name altogether, referring to him simply as "the former president." But the ongoing stream of criminal charges arising from the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol have made it all but impossible to forget Trump and the violence he inspired that day with his lies about winning the election.


The Letter in Which Lincoln Debated the Morality of Slavery With Himself

Abraham Lincoln wrote countless private notes for his eyes only—scribbled words to capture ideas and insights about the myriad problems and issues he faced. Never expecting anyone else to read them, he left them undated, untitled, unsigned. Engaging with these notes is like entering a world most history buffs do not know exists.


In Europe, Joe Biden Tries to Reset Relationships After Trump

Former President Donald Trump often used his appearances at international summits to unload insults, badger world leaders and exert his dominance over America’s traditional allies. Now, Joe Biden is using his first major foreign trip as President to prove things will be a little different under his leadership.


Netanyahu’s Greatest Achievement Was Convincing Israel He Alone Transformed the State

There was a time when Benjamin Netanyahu knew how to exit the stage. On election night in 1999, after losing to Ehud Barak, Netanyahu congratulated the winner and called on his Likud supporters for calm and unity. He then resigned as the leader of Likud, and shortly afterwards, told the Israeli Knesset he was resigning as a lawmaker too. A T.V.