7 things you need to know for Friday 25 November


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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