Up First briefing: Morocco earthquake; new COVID boosters; a primer on prenups

Today’s top stories include a deadly earthquake in Morocco, the approval of updated COVID-19 boosters, and insights on prenuptial agreements.

Morocco Earthquake: Friday’s 6.8 magnitude earthquake near Marrakech has resulted in over 2,000 deaths, damaging homes and historic sites.
* Emergency services have experienced complications due to blocked roads and damaging aftershocks.
* Residents fear the ongoing aftershocks, reportedly occupying every available green space to sleep in safety.

COVID-19 Boosters: New versions of Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 boosters, adjusted for the omicron subvariant, are close to receiving FDA approval.
* The University of Arizona’s Dr. Deepta Bhattacharya stresses the importance of getting vaccinated to reduce the risk of severe illness.

Presidential Tour: President Biden wraps up an Asia tour aimed at fostering ties and counteracting China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific region.
* The president unveiled two important proposals at the G20 summit, including an investment in the World Bank and the creation of a shipping and rail corridor.

Soccer Scandal: Luis Rubiales, president of Spain’s soccer federation, resigns following backlash over inappropriate conduct at a Women’s World Cup medal ceremony.
* Rubiales was temporarily suspended by FIFA and faced opposition from the national women’s soccer team.

Prenup Primer: Prenuptial agreements are not just for celebrities but serve as financial safety nets for couples.
* They help ensure fair distribution of finances and protect spouses from marriage-incurred debt.
* According to a 2022 poll, 15% respondents reported they had signed a prenup, a rise from 3% in 2010.

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