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Showing posts from January, 2021

E.U. Makes a Sudden and Embarrassing U-Turn on Vaccines

Already criticized for a slow rollout for its 27 members, Brussels retreated on export controls linked to Ireland and Brexit. World By Steven Erlanger and Matina Stevis-Gridneff from NYT World

When a hospital refrigerator in Seattle broke, nurses gave 1,600 vaccine shots to anyone they could find.

The situation highlights the challenge posed by the two vaccines that have so far been approved in the United States — both need to be kept cold. World By Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs from NYT World

In Afghanistan, Follow the White High-Tops and You’ll Find the Taliban

The sneakers have been worn by Afghan fighters over multiple generations, but they’ve become a gruesome marker of the Taliban’s violent insurgency. World By Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Fahim Abed and Jim Huylebroek from NYT World

C.D.C. officials say most available evidence indicates schools can be safe if precautions are taken on campus and in the community.

World By Roni Caryn Rabin from NYT World

Israel’s Early Vaccine Data Offers Hope

Initial studies show a significant drop in infections and hospitalizations after just one dose, and very few cases after two. Experts caution that the results are preliminary. World By Isabel Kershner from NYT World

In Poor Madrid Neighborhood, Biggest Snowfall in Half Century Deepens Misery

Life in Cañada Real, home to about 8,000 people, is “just as horrendous” as in Bosnian refugee camps, said one humanitarian aid worker who has visited both. World By Raphael Minder from NYT World

For Nicaragua’s Lobstermen, Deadly Dives Are All Too Common

Catching spiny lobsters is a stunningly dangerous pursuit for the mostly Indigenous fishermen along the country’s Caribbean coast, requiring deep plunges with subpar gear. World By Kirk Semple and Lena Mucha from NYT World

Capitol Riot Puts Spotlight on ‘Apocalyptically Minded’ Global Far Right

Leaderless but united by racist ideology that has been supercharged by social media, extremists have built a web of real and online connections that worry officials. World By Katrin Bennhold and Michael Schwirtz from NYT World

Chinese Miners Pulled to Surface 2 Weeks After Underground Explosion

At least 11 miners who were trapped 2,000 feet below ground in the blast have been rescued. Others are still missing. World By Austin Ramzy from NYT World

In Aleksei Navalny Protests, Russia Faces Biggest Dissent in Years

Demonstrations in support of the jailed opposition leader swept the nation, beginning in the Far East, where people braved subzero temperatures, and reaching the capital. Arrests climbed into the thousands. World By Anton Troianovski, Andrew E. Kramer and Andrew Higgins from NYT World

A Year Later, the First Post-Pandemic City

A year ago, Wuhan offered a warning about the coronavirus. Now, it heralds a world where relief at the recovery conceals the emotional aftershocks. World By Gilles Sabrié, Christopher Buckley, Keith Bradsher, Vivian Wang and Amy Qin from NYT World

Egypt Denied an Oxygen Failure Killed Covid Patients. We Found That It Did.

For many Egyptians, a video offered a rare and uncensored view of the coronavirus’s real toll at the peak of Egypt’s second wave of the pandemic. World By Mona El-Naggar and Yousur Al-Hlou from NYT World

Government in Netherlands Resigns After Benefit Scandal

A parliamentary report concluded that tax authorities unfairly targeted poor families over child care benefits. Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his entire cabinet stepped down. World By Thomas Erdbrink from NYT World

A Raven Queen Vanishes, and Britain Checks a Prophecy

One of the resident birds at the Tower of London is feared to have died. Legend says at least six must be kept there, or the nation will fall. World By Alan Cowell from NYT World

Which Americans can get a vaccine now? Here’s a look at the new guidance.

World By Abby Goodnough from NYT World

Much of Pakistan Loses Power in Massive Blackout

The capital, Islamabad, and most major cities were affected in what was one of the biggest power failures to hit the country of 200 million people. World By Salman Masood from NYT World

Indonesian Jetliner Crashes Into the Sea After Takeoff, Carrying 62

The Boeing 737-524, a Sriwijaya Air flight, had taken off from Jakarta. Officials said they believed they found part of the wreckage. World By Hannah Beech and Muktita Suhartono from NYT World

Rumored Trump Trip to Scottish Golf Course Ruled Out of Bounds

Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has shot down a supposed plan for the president to pass the Biden inauguration at his Turnberry links. World By Mark Landler and Maggie Haberman from NYT World

U.K. Judge Blocks Assange’s Extradition to U.S., Citing Mental Health

U.S. officials want the WikiLeaks founder to face charges of violating the Espionage Act. But a judge in London ruled that he was at extreme risk of suicide. World By Elian Peltier and Megan Specia from NYT World

A Continent Where the Dead Are Not Counted

All 54 African countries put together have registered fewer Covid deaths than France. That doesn’t mean people aren’t dying from the virus. World By Ruth Maclean from NYT World

With Concessions and Deals, China’s Leader Tries to Box Out Biden

Xi Jinping has been making trade agreements in Asia and now Europe, hoping to head off the incoming president’s efforts to rally a united front against China. World By Steven Lee Myers from NYT World

How Israel Became a World Leader in Vaccinating Against Covid-19

Badly hit by the coronavirus, Israel has distributed the first of two vaccine doses to more than 10 percent of its population. Prime Minister Netanyahu is leading the charge, bolstering his own battered image along the way. World By Isabel Kershner from NYT World

He Calmed Gaza, Aided Israel’s Arab Ties and Preserved Hopes for Peace

After six years of quiet diplomacy as the U.N.’s Middle East envoy, Nickolay Mladenov leaves his post to a chorus of praise from an unlikely choir. World By David M. Halbfinger from NYT World

Fleeing Lockdown, Americans Are Flocking to Mexico City

Hospitals are at capacity and coronavirus cases are surging, but many foreigners, especially Americans, are heading to the Mexican capital — some intending to stay awhile. World By Oscar Lopez from NYT World