7 things you need to know for Friday 25 November

1

Russian strikes deprived Ukraine of water and energy.

  • Details: About two-thirds of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, is without heat and about 50% of households are without electricity, as of today. Fifteen regions have problems with water supply.
  • Why it matters: Temperatures are dropping below freezing in some parts of the country and millions of people are expected to leave their homes for warmth and safety.

2

Police release note left by Virginia Walmart shooter.

  • What happened? A gunman, a 31-year-old security guard at a convenience store he attacked in Chesapeake, fatally shot six people before taking his own life Tuesday, police said.
  • Last: A note left on the gunman’s phone hinted at what was to come. He bought the gun he used the morning of the attack, officials said today.

3

China is fighting one of the largest outbreaks of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • What we know: A record 31,656 infections were reported yesterday. Major cities including Beijing and Guangzhou have ordered residents in some areas to stay at home.
  • Why is this happening? China’s strict “zero covid” strategy means most of its 1.4 billion people have never been exposed to the virus, so they have no natural immunity.

4

Elon Musk said he plans to bring back all banned Twitter accounts.

  • When? The turnaround would begin next week, according to the platform’s new owner. Users are banned for things like violent threats, harassment, abuse, and misinformation.
  • Why it matters: That would be “existentially dangerous,” one expert said, and would help create a “hellscape free-for-all.” But it’s unclear whether Musk has the practical capacity to do so right now.

5

It’s Black Friday, but today will look different than before.

The USA men’s soccer team plays England in the World Cup today.

British Paralympian to become first astronaut with a disability.

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