good morning. We cover booster shots in France, Peng Shuai stabbing allegations in China and the Pakistani madrassa that educated many Taliban leaders.
French rush for boosters
Thousands rushed to register meetings for corona virus booster displays on Thursday, without which the French government said health passes would not be valid soon.
Amid an increase in new cases and an increasing number of hospitals, the government has made all adults eligible for booster shots starting this weekend. Health Minister Olivier Véran said on Wednesday that 400,000 vaccination appointments had been registered.
The current wave will be “stronger and longer” than it was in the summer, but “no locks, no curfew orders, no shop closures, no travel restrictions,” Warren said.
Instead, by focusing on vaccines and community outreach activities, Warren said, “we choose to adjust to freedom and responsibility.”
Numbers: 70 percent of the population is fully vaccinated. But over the past few days the number of new daily cases has risen to about 30,000.
Children: The European Union’s drug regulator has approved the Pfizer vaccine for young children. For many, security will not come soon: in France, the uprising led to the closure of 8,500 school classes, up from 4,100 last week.
Here are the latest updates and maps of the epidemic.
Among other developments:
Prior to Peng Shuai’s accusation, Zhang Cowley was known as a lesser-known technologist. As he quietly ascended to the top leadership, he avoided corruption and controversy. One of his few profiles in the Chinese media described Zhang, 75, as “tough, less important, quieter.”
Now, Peng’s accusation has turned Zhang into a symbol of a political system that bestows secrecy and control. His indictment raises questions about how far their declared ideals of the party elite’s clean-living integrity carry into their heavily guarded homes.
Background: At the beginning of Xi Jinping’s tenure as Chinese leader, there were occasional clear statements in the state media about the sexual abuse of officials, revelations aimed at indicating that he was serious about purging the party. Now, Xi’s priority seems to be to prevent corruption. References to Peng’s account were almost wiped out on the Internet within China.
Alma Matter of the Taliban
Many alumni of the Darul Uloom Haqqania Madrasa, one of the largest and oldest seminaries in Pakistan, now rule Afghanistan.
Madrasa officials, who live near the border with Afghanistan, argue that the school has changed and that the Taliban should be given a chance to show that they have gone beyond their bloody ways.
But its critics call it the University of Jihad and accuse it of helping to sow violence across the region for decades. They also worry that extremist madrassas, encouraged by the Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan, could provoke extremism in Pakistan.
Wide range: The Haqqani Network – the Taliban’s military unit responsible for hostages, suicide attacks and targeted killings – is named after the madrassa and maintains contacts there.
Notable alumni: The Secretary of State, Minister of Higher Education, Minister of Justice, and the caretaker Interior Minister are leading the Taliban’s military effort and carrying a $ 5 million bounty on his head from the US government.
The boat, which capsized in the English Channel, killed at least 27 migrants, the French Interior Minister said, adding that it was “like a pool you explode in your garden”.
As Russia moves troops along its border with Ukraine, raising fears of an invasion, it remains unclear when and how the Biden administration will come to Ukraine’s defense.
Poland’s far-right ruling party has benefited from its tough stance on migrants on the Belarusian border.
Sweden elects Magdalena Anderson, leader of the Social Democratic Party, as its first female Prime Minister. Her term lasted less than a day.
During a tense election in Somalia, at least eight people were killed in a bomb blast outside a school in Mogadishu.
Upon receipt of this newsletter, people across the United States will be ready to celebrate. Here are some holiday news.
What else is going on
He has been charged with reckless vehicle homicide following prosecutors claiming that a police officer on duty in Newark, NJ, assaulted a pedestrian and then took the body home in the trunk of his car.
Due to climate change, Smithsonian buildings are highly vulnerable to flooding. Nearly two million irreplaceable artefacts are housed in the basement of the National Museum of American History.
Texas has rejected efforts to preserve Native American remains buried under the controversial tourist destination of Alamo.
In a last-minute shift to the nomination process, Kanye West and Taylor Swift became Grammy contenders for this year’s album.
A morning reading
If your accordion breaks in Mexico City, take it to Francisco Luis Ramirez. He has been playing the country’s favorite musical instruments in the business for over 50 years.
Packages for the Turner Prize?
The annual British Performing Arts Award, established in 1984, was used to celebrate a passionate solo artist. But for the past three years, there has not been a winner.
In 2019, the artists surprised the judges and shared the prize. During corona virus outbreaks, gift organizers distributed funds. This year, the judges will draw a winner from a short list of five groups, each of whose work is related to social activity as well as art.
The recommendation of these joint committees underscores the issue of the Turner Prize today: whether its role is to capture the jihadist, or to better understand it?
Some hailed the move as an anti-capitalist decision. Others mocked it as an homage to the creators of social justice. “Having these scenes is good and good, maybe real – but where’s the bloody art?” Said one longtime critic of the prize.
These crispy shrimp cakes are served with an herbal, chili-flavored mayonnaise, similar to a tartar sauce, but spicy.
What to see
Our reviewer calls it “Drive My Car”, a Japanese film about grief, love and art based on the short story by Haruki Murakami, which is a “quiet masterpiece”.
What to wear
If you’re trying to “look rich”, take a look at the round jacket designed for the Kanye West Cape.
Now is the time to play
Here’s today’s mini crossword and a clue: Unlocked (four characters).
Here is today’s spelling bee.
All our puzzles can be found here.
That’s it for today’s presentation. See you next time. – Amelia
PS Genevieve Co, editor of the Times Food, spoke to The Splendid Table about Thanksgiving. Listen to the full chapter here.
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