Your Thursday Briefing – The New York Occasions

Donald Trump became the first U.S. president to be charged twice last night when the House voted 232-197 to accuse him of instigating a riot last week over the Capitol breakthrough by his loyalists, in which five people, including a policeman who died.

Ten Republicans joined the Democrats in voting for impeachment. During the debate, some allies defended Mr Trump, but most in his party simply argued that a rush for indictments raises constitutional issues. You can read legislative comments here.

Address of the President: As Congress debated its role in last week’s attack, Mr Trump made a statement warning of a nationwide wave of violence related to Joe Biden’s inauguration next week: “Given the reports of further demonstrations, I urge urgently that there must be NO violence, NO violation of the law and NO vandalism of any kind. “

Across the Atlantic: The Capitol uprising and false claims by Republicans of electoral fraud have led populist former allies of Mr Trump, such as French far-right politician Marine Le Pen and Polish President Andrzej Duda, to distance themselves from him.

What’s next: No president has ever been charged twice or in his final days in office, and none have ever been convicted. Our reporters describe the next steps in this process.

China, which has faced the worst coronavirus outbreaks since last summer, has locked up more than 22 million people, twice as many as it hit in Wuhan last January, and tested the government’s ability to fight back the infections.

With an average of 109 new cases per day over the past week, the flare-ups are small compared to the devastation seen elsewhere, but they threaten to undermine China’s success in fighting the virus and revitalizing the economy. The lockdown covers the cities of Shijiazhuang, Xingtai and Langfang, as well as districts in Beijing.

Connected: In another possible setback for China, scientists in Brazil have downgraded the effectiveness of its CoronaVac vaccine to just over 50 percent – well below the 78 percent announced last week. The impact could undermine China’s efforts to make its vaccine available to developing countries.

Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

In other developments:

  • More than 4,400 deaths from the coronavirus were reported in the US on Tuesday, another daily record.

  • Johnson & Johnson expects the results of its one-time coronavirus vaccine study to be released in just two weeks. However, production is behind schedule due to delays in manufacturing.

  • It is “not possible” for Germany to end its lockdown on February 1 as planned, the Minister of Health said on Wednesday: “This virus is still too present for that and the health system is still too strained.”

  • Spain registered nearly 39,000 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, the highest daily number since the pandemic that flooded the country in March.

  • As the eligibility for vaccines increases, states in the United States are striving to meet the rapid demand.

Despite the risk of being jailed on arrival, Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny said yesterday he would fly to Moscow this weekend after months of recovering in Germany from a nerve agent attack believed to have been carried out by the Russian state.

Mr Navalny was poisoned in Siberia in August when he and Western officials said it was an assassination attempt by the Russian government. He fell into a coma and was flown to Berlin for treatment.

The announcement of his return came two days after the Russian prison authorities filed a petition with a court to detain Mr Navalny for violating a previous suspended sentence.

Remarks: “You are doing everything to scare me,” said Navalny in an Instagram post about the Russian authorities. “But I don’t care what you do. Russia is my country, Moscow is my city and I miss it. “

Analysis: “The Kremlin has gone so far in its stake-ups game and has greatly increased expectations that Navalny will be arrested. Conservatives and security officials will not see him as a sign of weakness,” said Tatiana Stanovaya of the Carnegie Moscow Center, said . “They expected that he would not return.”

In the years after the Korean War, refugees like Han Gi-taek arrived up in Haean, a city on the border with North Korea, to start a new life. Stray land mines and the brutal cold made it difficult to cultivate the land, so the government promised the settlers that if they worked it for 10 years they would be allowed to keep the land.

Now, after much back and forth over sensitive legal issues, South Korea is keeping its promise to 160 families. Our correspondent looked at their struggle for the homeland of the city.

Massacre in Ethiopia: At least 80 people were killed Tuesday when unidentified armed men stormed through a village in the Benishangul-Gumuz region on the Sudan border, the latest in a series of ethnically motivated massacres in the area.

Italy: The country started its largest mob trial in decades. Prosecutors in the southern region of Calabria charged 325 defendants with murder, corruption, drug trafficking and other crimes. Regardless, the Italian government is in crisis and has concerns that political collapse could hamper the virus response.

Estonian politics: Prime Minister Yuri Ratas resigned yesterday after his coalition government of centrists and far-right populists was hit by a corruption scandal over state loans to aid pandemics.

“Edge”: For some Scottish fishing companies faced with daunting paperwork that can cause delays in shipping the border, Brexit could be a death penalty.

Snapshot: Upstairs, dozens of armed National Guard troops lined the halls of the U.S. Capitol as legislators rallied for impeachment and some dozed by their rifles. More than 20,000 soldiers are expected to arrive in Washington prior to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Pig portrait: A cave painting believed to be at least 45,500 years old is possibly the oldest figurative art humans have ever found. The picture resembles the warthog, a species that still lives on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, where the painting was discovered.

Lived life: Adolfo Quiñones, who grew up in public housing in Chicago and pioneered street dance in the 1980s, has died at the age of 65. Better known as Shabba-Doo, Mr. Quiñones called street dance an “art form” on the same level as jazz or ballet. “

What we read: This fascinating and very sad article about months of hunting down a mysterious hiker who died in Florida where his emaciated body was discovered in a tent.

Cook: This Thai-inspired soup features ginger-scented chicken and coriander meatballs cooked in a fragrant coconut milk broth. Serve over rice.

Listen: Try something new – radio plays written by award-winning playwrights and performed by Broadway and Hollywood stars.

Eat: A bag of chips as “a way to beat time,” writes The Times’ Sam Anderson. “It brings temporary infinity: a feeling that it will never end. One chip. One chip. One chip. Another chip. “

You have a whole world at your fingertips: At Home offers a comprehensive collection of ideas on what to read, cook, see and do while staying safe at home.

A variety of countries are taking steps to help artists and cultural institutions stay afloat during the pandemic, some more generously than others. Here’s a look at the highlights and failures of efforts by eight countries.


French President Emmanuel Macron was one of the first world leaders to advocate for freelance artists, removing minimum working hours for those who had previously qualified for a special performing artist unemployment scheme. He also took out state insurance for television and film recordings to counter the threat of closure caused by the pandemic. Other countries, including the UK, were quick to copy the move.


In June, the federal government announced a $ 1.2 billion fund to get cultural life going again and help venues modernize their ventilation systems. The Treasury Department intends to provide funding to support the organizers of smaller cultural events and to insure larger events to reduce the risk of cancellation. Austria introduced a similar event insurance in January.

South Africa

Although South African coronavirus efforts to alleviate corruption and mismanagement have been tracked, the government has made small payments to art workers, including freelancers, actors and musicians, in excess of existing unemployment benefits.

Great Britain

In July, the UK government announced a roughly $ 2.1 billion bailout to bail out theaters, comedy clubs and music venues. In December, institutions such as the National Theater and the Royal Shakespeare Company received long-term loans under the package. Even with this help, there have already been around 4,000 layoffs in British museums alone.

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– Natasha

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