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At the same time as a rising variety of Republicans are calling for an orderly transition of energy, President Trump continues to spread baseless claims about election fraud, stoking resistance and unrest amongst his supporters, 1000’s of whom protested the election results in Washington on Saturday.

Greater than every week after Joe Biden was declared the winner within the U.S. presidential election, Mr. Trump continues to dam his successor’s transition, withholding intelligence briefings and important entry to the coronavirus task force and different components of the huge equipment of presidency that Mr. Biden will quickly oversee.

A tweet by the president on Sunday morning appeared to supply some recognition of Mr. Biden’s victory, however Mr. Trump rapidly walked again his assertion, asserting in a separate put up that “WE WILL WIN!” He nonetheless maintains, with out proof, that the election was rigged.

Biden appears to be like forward: With the presidential election primarily within the rearview, Mr. Biden and his crew have begun choreographing the policy steps they may absorb a authorities now not beneath the course of Mr. Trump.

A divided nation: Democrats and Republicans face maybe probably the most up-for-grabs electoral landscape in a generation, with each events’ conventional strongholds more and more beneath siege.

The president versus the media: Echoing comparable considerations to these voiced by Mr. Trump, President Emanuel Macron of France accused the English-language media of “legitimizing” violence and demonstrating a scarcity of shared values.

A deal brokered by Russia has ended weeks of combating between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh, leaving Armenians to pack up their houses as they retreat whereas Azerbaijanis plan a joyful return to long-lost lands.

For Armenians compelled to flee, the result is a tragedy. Many appeared decided to make resettling the realm as tough as attainable, burning properties, destroying infrastructure and disassembling eating places and gasoline stations. In Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, law enforcement officials in balaclavas detained scores of protesters who accused Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan of treason for acceding to the peace deal.

For no less than the following 5 years, practically 2,000 Russian forces will patrol the road between Azerbaijani- and Armenian-controlled areas, in a deal that reasserted Russian influence within the previously Soviet southern Caucasus.

By the numbers: Since Sept. 27, no less than 2,317 Armenian troopers have died within the battle. Azerbaijan has not launched a demise toll.

Quote: “How can I burn this?” mentioned Ashot Khanesyan, a 53-year-old Armenian, referring to the house he had constructed and was about to abandon within the city of Kelbajar. He mentioned his neighbors had urged him to destroy the home however “my conscience gained’t let me.”

Seven months after he battled a severe case of Covid-19, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain introduced on Sunday that he would be quarantining after coming into contact with a lawmaker later discovered to be contaminated.

Mr. Johnson is in any other case conducting enterprise as ordinary, officers mentioned. “He’ll stick with it working from Downing Road, together with on main the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic,” his workplace’s assertion mentioned.

Specialists say it’s nonetheless too early to know the way lengthy immunity to the coronavirus lasts, however reinfection with the virus is regarded as very uncommon for no less than many months after the primary sickness. Mr. Johnson’s workplace mentioned in an announcement that he felt high quality and was displaying no signs.

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

In different developments:

  • Mexico has exceeded a complete of one million coronavirus cases, the eleventh nation to take action.

  • Israel has contracted to buy enough of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine to inoculate 4 million of its 9 million residents. The authorities within the impoverished Gaza Strip introduced greater than 400 new infections on Sunday, the best single-day complete because the pandemic started.

  • To outlive the pandemic, the famed tailors of Savile Row in London have embraced alterations together with digital fittings, ready-to-wear strains and even a brigade of robots.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s occasion gained a landslide in Myanmar’s current elections, establishing 5 extra years through which she’s going to share energy with the army that has dominated the nation for practically 50 years. Above, supporters celebrating in Yangon on Nov. 9.

She stays common at dwelling, but it’s laborious to consider one other human rights hero whose international status has diminished as rapidly. Our reporter checked out her shift from democracy icon to defender of a military accused of genocide.

Belarus: Regardless of months of mass protests, President Aleksandr Lukashenko has been in a position to cling to energy via a combination of harsh police tactics, hole guarantees of reform and the insidious home safety company that makes use of its previous Soviet title, the Ok.G.B.

Snapshot: Above, folks from the Tigray area in Ethiopia ready to register at a United Nations refugee middle in Hamdayet, Sudan, on Saturday. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s two-year feud with the area’s rebellious ruling occasion has exploded into a war that threatens to upend your entire Horn of Africa.

Lives Lived: The architect and inside decorator David Easton, who created English-style palaces for an American aristocracy, full with helicopter touchdown pads and formal English gardens, died last month at 83.

Princess Diana: Since “The Crown” started airing on Netflix in 2016, followers have excitedly anticipated Princess Diana’s character. She arrived over the weekend, within the first episode of the present’s fourth season.

What we’re studying: This Twitter thread. “Someone, someplace made a joke about turning the animated film ‘Ratatouille’ right into a musical,” mentioned Andrea Kannapell, the Briefings editor, “and this collects a few of the wonderful younger expertise developing with songs.”

Donald G. McNeil Jr., one in all our science and well being reporters, has been on the forefront of The Instances’s protection of the coronavirus. He spoke to Times Insider about prospects for a vaccine and the most recent surge in instances within the U.S. and in Europe.

There’s numerous optimism round Pfizer’s announcement final week, which steered its mRNA-based vaccine might be greater than 90 p.c efficient. What ought to we make of this? Is it too quickly to rejoice?

No, I’d say somewhat rejoicing is so as. The F.D.A. has mentioned it will settle for a vaccine that was solely 50 p.c efficient, which is worse than some 12 months’s flu photographs, so everybody’s expectations had been lowered. That is fairly nice. Plus, we had been already fairly certain that mRNA vaccines could be innocent. With one of these vaccine, you’re injecting only a quick stretch of the virus’s genome packed right into a tiny ball of fats with a gentle electrical cost. In distinction, some vaccines use a complete virus that’s killed or weakened and is extra prone to trigger dangerous reactions.

Pfizer really mentioned its vaccine is no less than 90 p.c efficient. We should be cautious: That was its information launch, somewhat than the precise information, which scientists will wish to study. However I’ve learn earlier information releases from Massive Pharma corporations and in contrast them with the info issued later, they usually’ve been trustworthy.

What’s your view on the effectivity of lockdowns?

We have to cease pondering of lockdowns as if they’re an finish in themselves. A very harsh lockdown — through which persons are actually ordered to remain dwelling — pauses transmission lengthy sufficient so that you can launch actual instruments: speedy correct testing, speedy contact tracing, isolation of contaminated folks away from their households, and so forth.

That’s it for this briefing. Wishing you a joyful begin to the week.

— Natasha

To Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the break from the information. You’ll be able to attain the crew at [email protected].

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