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Spain launching vaccination certificate; Iceland sequences all its COVID cases; 10 positive at Australian Open

A look at how COVID-19 is impacting life around the world.

Spain Spain is planning to launch a vaccination certificate in order to bolster its beleaguered tourism industry. Reyes Maroto, the country’s tourism minister, said the government’s responsibility was not just “resistance” to the virus but also the country’s recovery and maintaining its competitiveness in the tourism sector. Maroto said he hopes to accelerate Spain’s vaccination program as a starting point for tourism to commence in the country by the summer, and plans to work with the European Commission on a common vaccination certificate to ensure safe travel among member countries. Back in October we reported that Spain had become the...


Taking to the Streets

Pro-democracy protests were loud in Moscow in 2011, but slowly got quieter

It was Monday, December 5, 2011—a grey, warm afternoon, and a thin cover of snow started...


How folklórico took over Texas

High schools compete in the dancing style and the best dancers find themselves recruited like all-star football players.

It’s as much a religion in Texas as cheerleading and has the attention to detail of...


King Yellowman

Meeting the Jamaican dancehall legend

This story first appeared in print in Stranger’s Guide Caribbean. Climbing quiet, verdant hills that lead...


My Father’s Land

The indelible marks of slavery in Jamaica

Where are your monuments, your battles, martyrs? Where is your tribal memory? Sirs, in that grey...


Under God

As Moscow transforms, one corner of the city remains sacred

There are places in Moscow that are directly under God’s protection, places for the sake of...


Desert Pilgrims

The wild characters drawn to Joshua Tree and Death Valley

On a late spring evening, I am walking through Joshua Tree National Park with Ken Layne,...


The Keepers of Flamenco

How a Roma tradition became one of Spain's most famous exports

Flamenco shoes of all colors lined the walls of the Gallardo store like rows of candy....


Pony Boys

Irish horse culture in the inner city

When the upstart Limerick hip-hop duo The Rubberbandits released their hit single “Horse Outside” in late...


Brexit’s Collateral

The stories of people on the Irish border affected by Brexit

Photographs by Lorcan Doherty It has been likened by some commentators to a slow-motion car crash—but...

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Mount St. Helens Eruption

By March, 1980, Mount St. Helens in Washington state in the U.S. Pacific Northwest region hadn’t erupted for over a century. But at the end of that month, hot magma rose to meet with icy meltwater, building up enough pressure to cause an eruption. Scientists were convinced there would be what’s known as a vertical eruption—straight up, causing little danger to residential areas and infrastructure in the mountain’s shadow. But less than two months later, a massive earthquake equivalent to 1,500 atomic bombs, caused the side of the mountain to explode and collapse. More than 1,000 feet of Mount St. Helens disappeared as gas, ash and rocks shot 15 miles up into the air, and a river of slurry began its path of destruction. Fifty-seven people died and hundreds of homes were destroyed in what’s considered the most disastrous volcanic eruption in U.S. history. The photograph shows a 3,000 foot-high plume of steam two years after the 1980 eruption.

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