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We’re protecting a virus warning in Britain, a imprecise election menace from President Trump and Joe Biden’s Russia dilemma.
Johnson braces Britain for extra restrictions
Parts of England may face harsher limitations within the coming weeks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned, as Britain confronts a surge in coronavirus circumstances and hospitalizations linked to a brand new, extra transmissible virus variant.
However with lessons set to restart in lots of main faculties in England at present, Mr. Johnson added that folks ought to “completely” ship their kids to varsities if potential. “Colleges are secure,” he mentioned in a BBC interview.
Britain has the highest number of Covid-19 deaths in Europe.
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Pope Francis criticized individuals who traveled overseas throughout the pandemic, saying they were ignoring those who were suffering. “Didn’t they consider those that stayed at dwelling, to the financial issues of many individuals who’ve been knocked down by the pandemic, to those that are in poor health?” Francis mentioned in a message streamed from the Vatican.
American airports had their busiest day of the pandemic on Saturday, with 1,192,881 passengers passing by way of safety checkpoints, the federal government mentioned. Public well being officers say a post-Christmas spike could not emerge clearly till the second week of January.
Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway announced new rules amid a rising wave of infections, Reuters reported, together with a ban on serving alcohol in eating places and bars and on inviting over guests.
The New Zealand Ministry of Well being mentioned that beginning on Jan. 15, vacationers arriving from Britain and the U.S. shall be required to show that they tested negative for the coronavirus earlier than they departed.
Trump pressured state official to ‘discover’ votes
In an hourlong phone name on Saturday, President Trump pressed Georgia’s high election official to “discover” him sufficient votes to overturn the presidential election and vaguely threatened him with “a criminal offense,” in response to an audio recording of the dialog.
He instructed the state’s Republican secretary of state that he ought to recalculate the vote depend so Mr. Trump, not Joe Biden, would find yourself successful the state’s 16 electoral votes.
Russia is each good friend and foe for Biden
President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming nationwide safety adviser, Jake Sullivan, mentioned the brand new administration would move quickly to renew the last remaining major nuclear arms treaty with Russia.
However renewing the New Begin shall be made extra complicated due to Mr. Biden’s vow to additionally guarantee that Moscow pays for what seems to be the largest-ever hacking of U.S. authorities networks.
In an interview on CNN, Mr. Sullivan additionally mentioned that as quickly as Iran re-entered compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal — which he helped negotiate beneath President Barack Obama — there could be a “follow-on negotiation” over its missile capabilities.
China relations: The current funding settlement between China’s chief, Xi Jinping, and the European Union may additionally complicate Mr. Biden’s efforts to forge a united front with allies in opposition to China’s authoritarian insurance policies and commerce practices.
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France’s literary elite: A yr beneath a harsh highlight
In a nation the place literature stays sacred, Olivier Nora, above, the top of a number one French writer for the previous 20 years, sees himself as a guarantor of what he described as a “social good.”
His publication final January of a e-book by the sufferer of a pedophile author set off a nationwide reckoning over sexism, age and consent. It additionally helped expose what critics of the French publishing business say is an insulated, out-of-touch literary elite lengthy used to working above extraordinary guidelines.
Right here’s what else is going on
Niger bloodbath: One hundred civilians were reported dead in two villages in a area beneath siege by militants. Gunmen had been described as having singled out males and boys in what was mentioned to be a revenge assault, only a week after Niger’s presidential election.
Pakistan assault: Armed males kidnapped and killed at least 11 coal miners within the southwestern a part of the nation, officers mentioned. All the victims had been ethnic Hazaras, a minority Shiite group that has usually been the goal of Sunni extremists.
Assange case: A decide in London plans to rule at present on whether Britain should extradite Julian Assange to the U.S., the place the WikiLeaks founder faces prices of conspiring to hack authorities computer systems and violating the Espionage Act in 2010 and 2011.
Italy mourns: The killing of 42-year-old Agitu Ideo Gudeta, an Ethiopian-born immigrant who raised goats and made cheese in a distant a part of Italy, has resonated throughout the nation. The Italian information media praised her as a mannequin of integration.
Snapshot: Above, Kai Jones leaping off a cliff in Jackson Gap, Wyo. The 14-year-old ski daredevil is already a professional, hovering off mammoth ledges and doing double again flips. He concedes, “I at all times say to myself, ‘How far can I push it and never make my mother scared?’”
In memoriam: Brian Urquhart, a British diplomat who joined the United Nations at its delivery in 1945 and was a chief aide to 5 of its secretaries common whereas directing peacekeeping operations world wide, died on Saturday at his dwelling in Massachusetts. He was 101.
The ultimate frontier: Our Science desk affords a calendar and a guide to 2021’s astronomical events.
What we’re studying: MIT Technology Review’s article on the worst expertise flops of 2020. It’s a easy reminder that extra doesn’t essentially imply higher.
Now, a break from the information
Prepare dinner: This flaming baba au rhum is a day venture with scrumptious, subtle outcomes. Within the video accompanying the recipe, Melissa Clark takes you thru each step of creating and baking the wealthy, ethereal yeast dough, after which setting it on fireplace.
Watch: The BBC tv film “Elizabeth Is Missing” options Glenda Jackson’s first display efficiency since 1992. The famend actress stars as a lady heading off dementia whereas she searches for a misplaced good friend.
Do: For many individuals, 2020 was not a yr for saving cash. Right here’s how you can get a deal with in your funds within the new yr, with a few tricks to help keep your spending down.
We’ll strive that can assist you make these New 12 months’s intentions keep on with our At Home collection of ideas on what to learn, prepare dinner, watch and do whereas staying secure at dwelling.
And now for the Again Story on …
When the pandemic is over
The rollout of vaccines world wide alerts the beginning of a hopeful chapter after almost a yr of lockdowns, restrictions and social distancing. Now that imagining an “after time” appears potential, we requested readers to share the first things they plan to do when the world returns to regular. Listed here are a few of their solutions.
Give a giant hug
“Hug my grandmother actual tight. I visited her as soon as, however I simply waved at her outdoors her room after which she responded by asking who I used to be. I lowered my masks to indicate her my face, and he or she requested me to come back nearer. I mentioned I couldn’t.”
Mika Amador, Manila
See household …
“I need to go to my dwelling nation, Peru, to see my mother and my dad’s ashes. He died in November, and I couldn’t give him a hug goodbye for worry of touring there throughout the pandemic.”
Karina Bekemeier, San Francisco
… and get away from them
“I’m hiring a babysitter and going out dancing.”
Amanda Vaught, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Journey the world
“I’m 85 years previous. When the pandemic started, I used to be 84, and when it ends I’ll in all probability be 86. Two years on the finish of 1’s life are moderately useful. What I’d love to do is fly to Boston and stroll the Freedom Path; drive to Maine and discover a lobster shack; and go to Egypt to sail down the Nile.”
Jo Procter, Chevy Chase, Md.
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