They Beat Back the Virus (Again and Again and Again)
by Mike Ives, Tiffany May and Makiko Inoue on 2020-11-27 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), China, Hong Kong, Japan, Far East, South and Southeast Asia and Pacific Areas
Hard-to-trace clusters, along with pandemic fatigue, have forced officials in Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan to keep recalibrating their responses.
A Black Friday Like no Other
by Claire Moses on 2020-11-27
And what else you need to know today.
He Once Trafficked in Rare Birds. Now, He Tells How It’s Done.
by Denise Hruby on 2020-11-27 in Wildlife Trade and Poaching, Endangered and Extinct Species, Birds, Breeding of Animals, Parrots, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, Brazil, Portugal, Austria, Johann Zillinger
After a chance encounter in Brazil, Johann Zillinger became one of the world’s most prolific wildlife smugglers. Three decades and two prison stints later, he says he has gone straight.
Six U.S. Oil Executives Are Convicted of Corruption in Venezuela
by The Associated Press on 2020-11-27 in Citgo Petroleum Corp, Prisons and Prisoners, Decisions and Verdicts, Maduro, Nicolas, Venezuela, Houston (Tex)
The so-called Citgo 6, who had been lured to Venezuela three years ago for a business meeting, were immediately sentenced to prison.
Diego Maradona, Lying in State, Is Mourned as a Man of the People
by Daniel Politi and Manuela Andreoni on 2020-11-27 in Maradona, Diego, Castro, Fidel, Chavez, Hugo, Da Silva, Luiz Inacio Lula, Argentina, Latin America, Venezuela, Funerals and Memorials, Soccer, Politics and Government
Known for siding with leftist leaders and causes, the soccer legend’s life, and his politics, never strayed far from his impoverished roots, and his fans loved him for it.
Her Antenna Is Tuned to the Quietest Voices
by Motoko Rich on 2020-11-27 in Writing and Writers, Books and Literature, Content Type: Personal Profile, Yu Miri (1968- ), Tokyo Ueno Station (Book), Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (2011), National Book Awards, Fukushima (Japan), Tokyo (Japan)
Yu Miri won a National Book Award for “Tokyo Ueno Station,” a novel whose main character is the ghost of a homeless construction worker.
Jailed, Exiled and Silenced: Smothering East Africa’s Political Opposition
by Abdi Latif Dahir on 2020-11-27 in Burundi, Tanzania, Djibouti, Africa, Ethiopia, Tigray (Ethiopia), Ahmed, Abiy, Ssentamu, Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine), Elections, Uganda, Museveni, Yoweri, Ismail Omar Guelleh
In several countries, entrenched leaders are taking advantage of coronavirus restrictions and a world distracted by the pandemic to clamp down hard on prominent political opponents.
‘The Crown’ Stokes an Uproar Over Fact vs. Entertainment
by Mark Landler on 2020-11-27 in The Crown (TV Program), Royal Families, Charles, Prince of Wales, Diana, Princess of Wales, Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, Thatcher, Margaret H, Great Britain
Dramatic liberties in the latest season of the Netflix series, covering the turbulent 1980s, are annoying Britons who wrote of that period, even among those who disparage the royals.
A Job for Life, or Not? A Class Divide Deepens in Japan
by Makiko Inoue and Ben Dooley on 2020-11-27 in Labor and Jobs, Wages and Salaries, Suits and Litigation (Civil), Women and Girls, Hiring and Promotion, Japan
Two court rulings threaten to further entrench distinctions in Japan between “regular” workers and the growing ranks of nonregular employees, many of whom are women.
Loose Screws Help Defector Give Korean Guards the Slip
by Choe Sang-Hun on 2020-11-27 in Korean Demilitarized Zone, Defectors (Political), Sensors, North Korea, South Korea, Defense and Military Forces
South Korea said its sensors had malfunctioned, allowing a North Korean to defect undetected, in the military’s most embarrassing border security breach in years.
Coronavirus Strands Millions of Migrants
by Julie Turkewitz and Isayen Herrera on 2020-11-27 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Refugees and Displaced Persons, Venezuela, Colombia, Economic Conditions and Trends, Immigration and Emigration
Millions of people have been displaced by the pandemic. Jessika and her 6-year-old, Sebastián, are among the many who have yet to find a home.
Diego Maradona Is Mourned in Argentina
by Daniel Politi on 2020-11-27 in Maradona, Diego, Argentina, Soccer
For many Argentines, Diego Maradona, who died on Wednesday, was no mere soccer superstar. “I feel like a member of my family just died,” said one.
Delta Announces ‘Quarantine Free’ Flights from Atlanta to Rome.
by Marc Santora on 2020-11-27 in internal-essential
England, Covid-19, Tigray: Your Friday Briefing
by Natasha Frost on 2020-11-27
Here’s what you need to know.
Australian Military Moves to Dismiss Soldiers After Killings in Afghanistan
by Yan Zhuang on 2020-11-27 in Australia, Afghanistan, Civilian Casualties, Defense and Military Forces, Ethics and Official Misconduct
A scathing report revealed that members of the special forces had waged a campaign to cover up unlawful killings of Afghan civilians.
England’s Lockdown Will Lift, but Many Pub Doors Will Stay Closed
by Stephen Castle on 2020-11-27 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Quarantines, Conservative Party (Great Britain), Johnson, Boris, England, Liverpool (England), Manchester (England)
Some Conservative lawmakers are calling Boris Johnson’s plans to continue restricting most of England’s bars and restaurants “authoritarian.”
Escaping the Virus, Almost
by Livia Albeck-Ripka on 2020-11-27 in Australia, Melbourne (Australia), Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns, New South Wales (Australia)
How a planned two-week trip to Sydney from Melbourne stretched into a five-month drive across Australia dictated by lockdowns and coronavirus restrictions.
U.N. Panel: Digital Technology in Policing Can Reinforce Racial Bias
by Nick Cumming-Bruce on 2020-11-27 in Artificial Intelligence, Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings, Police, Surveillance of Citizens by Government, Racial Profiling, United Nations, Refugees and Displaced Persons
The use of artificial intelligence and facial recognition programs may lead communities to lose trust in law enforcement, human rights experts say.
Venezuela Raids Food Charity, Interrupting Meals for Children
by Anatoly Kurmanaev on 2020-11-27 in Venezuela, Feed the Solidarity (charity), Maduro, Nicolas, Food Aid, International Relations, Embargoes and Sanctions, Humanitarian Aid, Nonprofit Organizations, Roman Catholic Church, Save the Children, United Nations, Biden, Jill Tracy Jacobs, Biden, Joseph R Jr
The charity, Feed the Solidarity, often provides the only meals children receive each day. The government accuses it of subversion, with no evidence.
Turkey Jails Hundreds for Life Over 2016 Coup Attempt
by Carlotta Gall on 2020-11-26 in Turkey, Politics and Government, Coups D’Etat and Attempted Coups D’Etat, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip, Decisions and Verdicts, Sentences (Criminal)
Those accused of being ringleaders were among the many sentenced in one of the most important mass trials relating to the plot.
Paolo Gabriele, Pope’s Butler in ‘Vatileaks’ Scandal, Dies at 54
by Gaia Pianigiani on 2020-11-26 in Deaths (Obituaries), Classified Information and State Secrets, Corruption (Institutional), Roman Catholic Church, Benedict XVI, Nuzzi, Gianluigi, Vatican City, Gabriele, Paolo
He admitted to stealing files and giving them to a journalist as a way to expose Vatican corruption and protect his boss, Benedict XVI.
Video Shows Police in Paris Beating a Black Music Producer
by Aurelien Breeden on 2020-11-26 in Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings, Black Lives Matter Movement, Black People, Video Recordings, Downloads and Streaming, Demonstrations, Protests and Riots, George Floyd Protests (2020), Paris (France), France, Macron, Emmanuel (1977- )
Footage from security cameras and bystanders suggested the officers had lied about the beating, bolstering critics of a new bill that would restrict circulating videos of security forces.
E.U. Border Agency Accused of Covering Up Migrant Pushback in Greece
by Matina Stevis-Gridneff on 2020-11-26 in Middle East and Africa Migrant Crisis, Immigration and Emigration, Frontex, Illegal Immigration, European Union, Europe, Greece, Refugees and Displaced Persons, Asylum, Right of
Frontex is under fire for letting Greece illegally repel migrants as the agency expands to play a more central role at the bloc’s external borders.
Wedding Rings Lost in Shipwreck Will Be Returned to Migrant Couple
by Isabella Kwai on 2020-11-26 in Immigration and Emigration, Rescues, Mediterranean Sea
The owners of the two rings, which were found in a backpack in the Mediterranean, survived the capsizing of their vessel as they crossed from Libya to Europe.
Halima Aden Quits Fashion, For Now
by Danya Issawi on 2020-11-26 in Muslim Veiling, Halima Aden, Discrimination, Muslims and Islam, your-feed-selfcare, your-feed-fashion
The well-known model shared via Instagram that she’s taking a break to set some boundaries in the industry.