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When he begins his presidency this week, Joe Biden will inherit a set of crises, amongst them the coronavirus pandemic, financial turmoil, racial strife and the aftermath of the assault on the Capitol. To start tackling them, Mr. Biden’s workforce has developed dozens of executive directives that he can difficulty on his personal authority quickly after Wednesday’s inauguration.

He can even start reversing a few of President Trump’s most hotly disputed insurance policies, together with rescinding the journey ban on a number of predominantly Muslim international locations; rejoining the Paris local weather change accord; ordering businesses to determine reunite youngsters separated from their households after crossing the southern border; and lengthening pandemic-related limits on evictions and scholar mortgage funds.

Potential violence: In lots of states, military vehicles and police barricades lined the streets near government buildings, and officers braced for the doable inflow of pro-Trump protesters forward of the inauguration on Wednesday.

Kamala Harris: The incoming vice chairman will formally resign her Senate seat in the present day forward of being sworn in on Wednesday. As Ms. Harris ascends to this barrier-breaking function, thousands and thousands of Individuals will see a more expansive version of the American family staring again at them.

The Russian opposition chief, who had been recovering in Germany since a near-deadly poisoning in August, was arrested on Sunday night at passport control at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow. The police additionally detained a few of his supporters who had turned out to greet him on the airport.

Russia’s penitentiary service, which has stated that Mr. Navalny was needed for violating the phrases of a previous suspended sentence, launched a press release saying that he had been detained pending a courtroom listening to.

Minutes earlier than he was taken into custody, Mr. Navalny gave an impromptu assertion to journalists in a transit space on the airport terminal. “I’m not afraid,” he stated. “I do know that I’m proper. I do know all of the prison instances towards me are fabricated.”

Influence: Mr. Navalny’s arrest might set off protests and a world backlash. He has accused the Kremlin of making an attempt to homicide him in YouTube movies considered greater than 40 million occasions.


Riot police in Amsterdam on Sunday dispersed thousands of people, some throwing fireworks and stones, in protest towards the Dutch authorities and its coronavirus measures. Round 100 have been arrested, in keeping with native media.

Unmasked and standing shut collectively, the protesters gathered on a central sq. lined with landmarks, together with the Van Gogh Museum and the American Consulate, and waved placards that learn “Dictatorship,” “Freedom” and “We’re the Netherlands.”

Like most of Europe, the Netherlands is on lockdown, at the least till Feb. 9. Infections stay excessive however the price has slightly dropped, with 34 coronavirus instances per 100,000 inhabitants.

Evaluation: Very similar to the Trump loyalists who stormed the USA Capitol, the Dutch protesters consider their political system must be uprooted. “These individuals reside in their very own fact, with their very own information and personal actuality,” stated Hans Nijenhuis, the editor of the nation’s largest newspaper. “As we’ve got seen within the States, we will’t simply ignore their discontent.”

Listed below are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

In different developments:

The British director’s acclaimed documentary collection, “Up,” has chronicled the lives of its topics each seven years since 1964, inspiring worldwide copycats and even an episode of “The Simpsons.” However Apted’s demise this month at 79 has left the 11 remaining contributors pondering the fate of a project that has spanned virtually their whole lives.

Lead producer Claire Lewis, herself “70-ish,” might inherit the route of the collection, with the assent of the forged and crew. “We’re going to want an ambulance, if we ever did it once more, to take us throughout,” she stated. “I feel we’ll simply should say we’ll wait and see.”

Merkel’s potential successor: Armin Laschet was chosen as the next leader of Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union get together, forward of fall elections that may resolve who succeeds her as chancellor.

Uganda election: Amid accusations of vote rigging, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was re-elected on Saturday as leader of the East African nation. Will probably be his sixth five-year time period in workplace.

Luxurious watch market: For the primary time, China is the world’s largest importer of Swiss watches.

Phil Spector: The extremely influential rock ’n’ roll producer died from complications of Covid-19 on Saturday on the age of 81. Since 2009, he had been serving a jail sentence for the homicide of a nightclub hostess he had taken to his residence after an evening of consuming in 2003.

Pixar’s “Soul”: In Denmark, the casting of a white actor to voice the Black hero of the animated movie has fueled a debate about structural racism, and fanned anger about stereotyping and prejudice in European-language voice-overs.

What we’re studying: This Mainichi article on a “rent-a-person who does nothing” in Tokyo. “It’s a reminder {that a} presence, generally, is all that’s wanted,” writes Carole Landry, from the Briefings workforce.

Prepare dinner: Spiking this unfussy, old school butterscotch pudding with a bit bourbon or Scotch isn’t strictly conventional, but it surely does add a pop of taste.

Watch: With Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration swiftly approaching, listed below are six great movies about real and fictional presidents.

Learn: One in all our 12 recently released book suggestions — amongst them, a spirited novel about lexicography, a historical past of the Himalayas and a “genre-defying catalog of issues that not exist,” as our critic places it.

In Shanghai, Keith stated, workplace buildings and house compounds are, as soon as once more, checking smartphone location monitoring codes to make sure that residents haven’t traveled to scorching spots. If somebody has traveled to a dangerous space, that particular person should instantly report back to the authorities and enter a home- or government-supervised quarantine.

“Obligatory instant quarantine ordered by the federal government, in complete isolation, of each symptomatic or asymptomatic particular person, plus all of their shut contacts” has been China’s secret to containing the coronavirus, Keith stated. “In some instances, they determine 800 shut contacts per particular person, so their definition of an in depth contact shouldn’t be very shut in any respect.”

With the U.S. and Europe within the throes of one other brutal surge, there was a substantial amount of nationalistic sentiment in China selling the nation’s method to the virus. “There are particular worries concerning the newest outbreaks,” Keith stated. “However I’ve discovered a quiet confidence amongst many individuals that China has crushed this drawback earlier than and might accomplish that once more.”


Thanks for beginning your week with me. See you subsequent time.

— Natasha


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To Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the break from the information. You possibly can attain Natasha and the workforce at [email protected].

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