Your Monday briefing: the Olympic Games begin

Hello. We cover the start of the Winter Olympics, tensions between Russia and Ukraine and the collapse of the health system in Afghanis...


Hello. We cover the start of the Winter Olympics, tensions between Russia and Ukraine and the collapse of the health system in Afghanistan.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping opened the Beijing Games on Friday with the clear intention of celebrate his country’s increasingly secure global status.

Xi stood defiantly alongside Vladimir Putin, Russia’s leader, in a calculated show of solidarity to show their partnership and project their growing impatience with Western censorship. (President Biden and other Democratic leaders critical of China’s human rights record have stayed home.)

China also chose an athlete with a Uyghur name helping to light the cauldron at the end of the ceremony, a choice that faced criticism with full force.

Covid: Friday, 20 athletes and team officials tested positive at the airport. here is a China case map.

Moscow is not ready to break into Ukraine, but parts of the Russian military seem to be in the final stages of preparationaccording to a Ukrainian military assessment.

Of particular concern is the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia seized from Ukraine in 2014. Over the past two weeks, Russia has deployed an additional 10,000 troops to the region.

Along much of the Ukrainian border, Russia has massed around 130,000 troops, in what analysts describe as a near-classic example of a modern army making final preparations for war. US officials said that was about 70% of the forces Russia would need to invade.

Details: US officials have said a full-scale Russian invasion could kill up to 50,000 civilians and cause a refugee crisis across Europe.


Hospitals and clinics across the country are struggling to hold on amid cash shortages and vast outbreak of malnutrition and disease. According to one estimate, 90% of Afghan health centers will soon close.

Before the fall of the government in August, the health system relied on international aid. It collapsed after the Taliban takeover. Late last month, António Guterres, the UN secretary-general, called on countries to suspend all sanctions that restricted the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Details: The country’s largest hospital nearly closed in October when unpaid staff had to chop down trees to make kitchen fires. The UN predicts that 4.7 million Afghans are at risk of severe malnutrition this year. Children are particularly vulnerable.

Quoteable: “When I try to talk to people about Covid-19 they say we have no food, water or electricity – why should we care about this virus?” said the medical director of the only remaining Covid facility in Kabul.

Europe: Educated Afghan refugees are welcome, but they struggle with their life in exile. Their poorer compatriots are often shunned.

Asia and the Pacific

To the wreckage of Captain Cook’s Famous Ship finally discovered? Researchers in the United States and Australia disagree on whether they found the wreckage of the HMB Endeavor off the coast of Rhode Island. An Australian researcher called her “one of the most important and controversial ships in Australia’s maritime history”.

Saturday profile: Randa Abd Al-Aziz, the first black news anchor in Iraqis part of an effort to reflect the country’s diversity on its television.

Lives Lived: Lata Mangeshkar has captivated generations of Bollywood viewers as the singing voice behind the performances of many actresses. She died Sunday at age 92.

Chaos and rapid gunfire. A woman moaned as she fell. Enter the Russian mercenary warriors, who will save the beleaguered villagers from the jihadists.

Loosely based on a controversial mission of 2019 by Russian military to suppress an insurrection in Mozambique, the Russian film “Graniteis the latest blockbuster that aims to tell the story of Russia in Africa.

While UN investigators blame Russian private military, like the Wagner Group, for having conduct war crimes in Africafilms like “Granite” depict Russia’s role as heroic.

“Hahaha” is how a Mozambican journalist began his commentary on the film. Writing in Carta de Moçambique, a local news site, journalist Marcelo Mosse called the film “a kind of docudrama promoting mercenary activity”. For Mosse and others, the film raises uncomfortable questions about Russia’s role in Africa.

Increasingly, countries turning away from former colonial powers are turning to Russia. After the recent coups in mali and Burkina Fasostreet protesters in both countries waved Russian flags.

This is not the first time that Russian filmmakers have turned to mercenaries in Africa for inspiration. Last year, the film “Tourist” represented the heroism of Russian mercenaries in the Central African Republic with the same blood, blood and clichés. Russian media reported that the film’s production company has ties to Yevgeny Prigozhinan oligarch close to President Vladimir Putin.

What to cook

This weekday ramen includes an egg and a quick, soothing broth flavored with rich seaweed and sweet-salty miso.

What to watch

The worst person in the world», a Norwegian romantic comedy, follows a woman (played by Renate Reinvests) in her thirties trying to figure out who she wants to be.

What to read

In Sheila Heti’s new novel, “pure colorshe considers how love and art can heal.

Now it’s time to play

here is today’s mini crossword.

And here today’s spelling bee.

You can find all our puzzles here.


That’s it for today’s briefing. See you next time. – Amelie

PS Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne 70 years ago on Sunday. “In a country that has gone from the storms of Brexit to the headquarters of the pandemic, she has been an unparalleled anchor of stability,” writes our head of London office in analysis.

The last episode of “The Dailyis about the “zero-Covid” Olympics.

Lynsey Chutel wrote the Arts and Ideas section. You can reach Amelia and the team at briefing@nytimes.com.

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