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Showing posts from December, 2020

25 Days That Changed the World: How Covid-19 Slipped China’s Grasp

Beijing acted against the coronavirus with stunning force, as its official narratives recount. But not before a political logjam had allowed a local outbreak to kindle a global pandemic. World By Unknown Author from NYT World

Argentina Legalizes Abortion, a Milestone in a Conservative Region

The Senate vote on Wednesday was a major victory for Latin America’s growing feminist movement, and its ripple effects are likely to be widespread. World By Daniel Politi and Ernesto Londoño from NYT World

The coronavirus pandemic is “not necessarily the big one,” senior W.H.O. official says.

World By Anna Schaverien from NYT World

Strong Earthquake Strikes Central Croatia

At least seven people were reported killed and dozens injured. The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4, was the second in the area in 24 hours and tremors were reported across the Balkans. World By Marc Santora and Joe Orovic from NYT World

A congressman-elect from Louisiana died from Covid-19 complications.

World By Bryan Pietsch from NYT World

A Far-Right Terrorism Suspect With a Refugee Disguise: The Tale of Franco A.

A German officer is facing trial on terrorism charges. At a volatile time for Western democracy, his story mirrors the story of Germany itself. World By Katrin Bennhold from NYT World

Chinese Citizen Journalist Sentenced to 4 Years for Covid Reporting

Zhang Zhan, a former lawyer, is the first known person to be tried for challenging the Chinese government’s narrative about the coronavirus pandemic. World By Vivian Wang from NYT World

A Beloved World War II Photo Comes to Life in a Virtual Reunion

Martin Adler, now 96, was looking for German troops in 1944 when he almost shot three Italian children. His daughter’s internet appeal brought them all together again this month. World By Elisabetta Povoledo from NYT World

As Virus Resurges in Africa, Doctors Fear the Worst Is Yet to Come

The coronavirus killed far fewer people in Africa than in Europe and the Americas, leading to a widespread perception that it was a disease of the West. Now, a tide of new cases on the continent is raising alarms. World By Sheri Fink from NYT World

George Blake, British Spy Who Betrayed the West, Dies at 98

He was caught spilling secrets to the Soviets in 1961 and imprisoned. Five years later, he escaped and fled to Moscow, where he was hailed as a hero. World By Robert D. McFadden from NYT World

Brexit Deal Done, Britain Now Scrambles to See How It Will Work

Britain is finally departing from the European Union, but its formal exit is only the beginning of a high-stakes experiment to unstitch commercial relations across an integrated continent. World By Benjamin Mueller from NYT World

An Irish boy writes to Pfizer requesting a vaccination for Santa, and receives a reply from its C.E.O.

World By Jenny Gross from NYT World

More nations close their doors to Britain as alarm grows over virus variant.

World By The New York Times from NYT World

Family of U.S. Student Jailed for Quarantine Violation Pleads for Her Release

“She’s pretty hysterical right now,” said the grandmother of the 18-year-old student, Skylar Mack, who broke quarantine in the Cayman Islands. World By John Eligon and Jenny Gross from NYT World

Mexico Misled Citizens About the Severity of Coronavirus in its Capital

The federal government had data that should have prompted an immediate lockdown in early December. Instead, it kept the city open for another two weeks. World By Natalie Kitroeff from NYT World

She Called Police Over a Neo-Nazi Threat. But the Neo-Nazis Were Inside the Police.

Death threats linked to police computers and the discovery of far-right chat groups in police departments across Germany have fed concerns about far-right infiltration. World By Katrin Bennhold from NYT World

More nations close their doors to Britain; Calls increase for the United States to follow suit.

World By Dan Levin, Marc Santora, Aurelien Breeden, Tiffany May, Juliana Kim and Raphael Minder from NYT World

Boris Johnson Tightens U.K. Lockdown, Citing Fast-Spreading Version of Virus

The variant is up to 70 percent more transmissible than earlier versions, officials said, though some scientists are skeptical. People in southeast England, including London, were told to stay at home. World By Mark Landler and Stephen Castle from NYT World

A Riveting ISIS Story, Told in a Times Podcast, Falls Apart

A Canadian’s gruesome account as an Islamic State executioner in Syria, which was the subject of the “Caliphate” podcast by The New York Times, was fabricated, officials say. A Times review found no corroboration of his claim to have committed atrocities. World By Mark Mazzetti, Ian Austen, Graham Bowley and Malachy Browne from NYT World

‘A Social Species’: How Kangaroos Communicate With People

Researchers say that kangaroos are the first wild animals to exhibit interspecies communication that is more commonly seen in animals that have evolved alongside humans. World By Yan Zhuang from NYT World

Man Is Jailed After Taking Jet Ski Across Irish Sea to See Girlfriend

Defying the Isle of Man’s coronavirus restrictions, a 28-year-old traveled from Scotland to the island on Friday. Days after he arrived, he was sentenced to jail for four weeks. World By Jenny Gross from NYT World

In Sweden, Infections and Calls for a Lockdown Are Rising

The country has been keeping restaurants and bars open, trying not to let the pandemic disrupt life. But the second wave is forcing the authorities to reconsider their approach. World By Thomas Erdbrink and Christina Anderson from NYT World

Fashion Mogul Peter Nygard Indicted on Sex-Trafficking Charges

Mr. Nygard was arrested in Canada at the request of U.S. authorities. A federal indictment in New York City accused him of recruiting dozens of women and teenage girls for sex. World By Benjamin Weiser, Kim Barker, Catherine Porter and Grace Ashford from NYT World

Trump delays a plan to fast track vaccines for White House staff members.

World By Annie Karni and Maggie Haberman from NYT World

Treasure Washes Up on Venezuela’s Shore, Bringing Gold and Hope to a Village

Venezuela’s economic meltdown had pummeled a proud fishing village. Then jewelry started mysteriously surfacing on its beach, easing the pain of an economic crisis. World By Anatoly Kurmanaev, Isayen Herrera and Adriana Loureiro Fernandez from NYT World

Ellen DeGeneres says she has tested positive for the coronavirus.

World By Amy Harmon and Karen Zraick from NYT World

He broke out of quarantine for 8 seconds, and it cost him a $3,550 fine.

World By Livia Albeck-Ripka from NYT World

The U.K. says people with severe allergies should not take the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine while two reactions are under investigation.

World By Benjamin Mueller from NYT World

Lockdown Gardening in Britain Leads to Archaeological Discoveries

The finds this year, including a cache of gold coins from the reign of Henry VIII, come as Britain considers expanding the law to protect a broader range of artifacts from its centuries-old history. World By Jenny Gross from NYT World

Roald Dahl’s Family Apologizes for His Anti-Semitism

The author, who died in 1990, made several disparaging comments about Jews during his lifetime. “Those prejudiced remarks are incomprehensible to us,” the family said in a statement online. World By Isabella Kwai from NYT World

Giuliani has tested positive for the coronavirus, Trump says.

World By Maggie Haberman from NYT World

Trump Orders All American Troops Out of Somalia

While the number of forces — about 700 — is small, it is a continuation of President Trump’s efforts to withdraw the United States from what he has described as endless wars. World By Helene Cooper from NYT World

U.N. Reclassifies Cannabis as a Less Dangerous Drug

A United Nations commission voted to remove marijuana for medical use from a list of the most risky narcotics, such as heroin. World By Isabella Kwai from NYT World

U.K. Approves Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine, a First in the West

The emergency approval, ahead of the United States and the European Union, clears the way for Britain to begin mass inoculations. “Help is on its way,” one official said. World By Benjamin Mueller from NYT World

New ‘BTS Law’ Is Passed in South Korea. An Army of Fans Rejoices.

The oldest member of BTS was saved at the last minute from having to join the military under the country’s conscription system. World By Choe Sang-Hun from NYT World

For Japanese Princess, Fairy-Tale Wedding May Be Distant Prospect

Crown Prince Akishino said he approved of his daughter’s marriage to a commoner but noted that the public may be opposed, dimming prospects for an official ceremony. World By Ben Dooley from NYT World