Saturday, March 6, 2021

ASIA

Your Friday Briefing

Europe’s painful virus restrictions seem to be workingNew coronavirus case rates are falling for the first time in months across Europe after new restrictions...

Trump’s E.P.A. Chief Plans 2 Foreign Trips Before Leaving Office

WASHINGTON — Andrew Wheeler, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, plans to squeeze in two taxpayer-funded trips abroad — to Taiwan next month...

Millionaire Preacher Skips Bail in South Africa, Fueling an International Row

“Our coming to Malawi, hence, is a tactical withdrawal from the Republic of South Africa solely meant to preserve our lives,” he said. His...

New York City to Close Public Schools Again as Virus Cases Rise

New York City’s entire public school system will shut on Thursday, signaling that a second wave of the coronavirus has arrived as the city...

Air Travel Was Gaining Momentum. Now What?

Confidence about the course of the coronavirus pandemic has helped put passengers back on planes in recent months, and Thanksgiving week is shaping up...

Are Streamed Plays Theater or TV? Unions Settle a Dispute

Two major entertainment industry unions have settled an internecine dispute over streaming theater, reaching an agreement that should make it easier for professional theaters...

Mnuchin to End Key Fed Emergency Programs, Limiting Biden

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he does not plan to extend several key emergency lending programs beyond the end of the year...

They Championed Venezuela’s Revolution. They Are Now Its Latest Victims.

GÜIRIA, Venezuela — The host of a popular radio show, “The People’s Combat,” had always diligently praised Venezuela’s governing Socialist Party, even as millions...

W.H.O. Rejects Antiviral Drug Remdesivir as a Covid Treatment

The World Health Organization on Thursday recommended against using the antiviral remdesivir, a drug that had generated intense interest as a treatment for Covid-19.An...

Opinion | San Francisco’s School Plan Could Offer Other Districts Hope

SAN FRANCISCO — When the coronavirus came here in March, local leaders seemed to do things right. They issued the nation’s first shelter in...

AFRICA

Senegal Erupts in Protests, With a Rape Charge Only the Spark

DAKAR, Senegal — The most widespread demonstrations in Senegal in years continued for the third day on Friday, an expression of anger at the...

Biden Secretly Limits Counterterrorism Drone Strikes Away From War Zones

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has quietly imposed temporary limits on counterterrorism drone strikes and commando raids outside conventional battlefield zones like Afghanistan and...

U.S. Urges Ethiopia to End Hostilities in Tigray

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on Tuesday pressed the leader od Ethiopia to end hostilities in the northern Tigray region, citing...

Hundreds of Girls Abducted From Nigerian School Are Freed, Official Says

Hundreds of girls who were abducted last week from their boarding school in Nigeria by a group of armed men have been released, a...