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China they began scrapping their “zero-covid” policy, which struggled to contain the Omicron variant and had become a source of widespread frustration. The state will no longer force people with mild cases to enter government-run quarantine centers. They can now separate at home. He also raised many testing requirements and said that lockdowns should be more targeted. The changes come as the official number of new cases falls. That may be because fewer people are being tested. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the Omicron variant is spreading.
in Indonesia the legislature passed a new criminal code that prohibits sex outside of marriage, making it punishable by a stiff prison sentence. President Joko Widodo has not signed the new code into law, but he has suggested that he will. It applies to foreigners as well as locals. It also makes it illegal for Indians to leave their religion or to persuade anyone to become a non-believer.
Taliban regime in Afghanistan on his first public execution since returning to power last year. A man was shot for murder (by the victim’s father) in front of the stadium crowd in which the government’s minister of justice was present. Judges have recently been ordered to adhere closely to sharia law. Human rights groups fear a return to the mass public executions and floggings of the 1990s.
How Russia hit Ukraine with more missiles, aimed at knocking out critical infrastructure as winter deepens, Ukraine has hit back. Two large explosions were reported at a pair of Russian air bases hundreds of kilometers from the border. The attacks, which damaged aircraft, are believed to have been carried out by Ukrainian drones, but it is not clear why Russia was unable to stop them.
Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, said that the price cap set by the G7 and EU forward Russian oil too high to seriously damage the Russian economy and called for tougher action. The allies have imposed a cap of $60 per barrel, roughly the same as the price paid at least for oil pumped from the Urals.
Latvia media regulator ordered TV Rain, an independent Russian channel operating from Latvia, to shut it down. TV Water was fined for portraying Crimea as part of Russia and was criticized for being overly sympathetic to Russian conscript soldiers. He says he is against the war. Most of their viewers watch it on YouTube anyway, where it continues to work.
Police in Germany they arrested about 25 people who are suspected of planning to carry out an armed coup and replace the government with a council headed by a minority of nobles. Far-right extremism has become a major problem in Germany in recent years.
at Israel The prime minister-designate, Binyamin Netanyahu, received the support of enough parties in the Knesset to form a government. The emerging coalition is likely to include two far-right parties, including one led by Itamar Ben-Gvir, who could new minister of national security.
The Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, arrived Arabia of the Sabbath to meet the heads of the kingdom and a series of bigwigs from around the Arab world. America is concerned that China, which invests heavily in the Gulf, is trying to displace it as the region’s main partner.
Meanwhile, an American federal court dismissed a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and de facto ruler, Muhammad bin Salman, who was accused of ordering the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. He said he enjoyed immunity as head of government, a decision that came as a relief to the American administration.
Sudan The military rulers reached an agreement with anti-democratic leaders to establish a civilian-led government to lead a transition to democracy. A previous power-sharing deal came after a coup in 2019 collapsed following a second putsch last year.
South Africa The president, Cyril Ramaphosa, asked the country’s highest court to review the findings of a panel appointed by Parliament, which alleged sufficient evidence of misconduct to consider his impeachment. . The panel was investigating the origin of at least $580,000 that was hidden in his sofa, and then stolen from him.
Ndambi Guebuza, son Mozambique former president Armando Guebuza was sentenced to 12 years in prison over a $2.2bn debt and corruption scandal.
Pedro Castillo was removed from his position as president Peru by Congress, just hours after he tried to shut down the legislature. The 16-month term of Mr Castillo, a leftist, was marked by chaotic government and corruption. Dina Boluarte, the vice president, was sworn in as president. She referred to her former boss’ attempt to dissolve the Congress as a coup attempt, although the army did not support it. Mr. Castillo was however arrested.
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, vice president of Argentina, found guilty of corruption and sentenced to six years in prison. Ms Fernández denies directing public contracts to a family friend. She called the judges “mafia” and threatened officers to arrest her. It is not likely that she will go to prison; the case may end up in the High Court.
Mexico the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, came a step closer to realizing his pet project when the lower house of Congress approved proposals to reduce the country’s electoral body. Opponents say the changes, which will be approved by the Senate, will weaken democracy.
Raphael Warnock retained his Senate seat in Georgia for the Democrats in a runoff election. His victory means that the party will have a 51-49 advantage in the Senate when Congress meets in January.
In December Britain he is expected to lose the most days to strikes in a month since 1989. The railway workers are walking out for several days; an overtime ban will be in effect during the holiday period. Nurses, postal workers, ambulance drivers and airport workers are among those down. The unrest could spread further, as the cost of living crisis bites and more unions reject inflationary pay deals.
It’s not just Britain that is experiencing an unhappy winter. Employees at the European Central Bank has rejected a pay offer that has fallen well below inflation and is considering business operations. The ECB is at least consistent. They have argued for monetary restraint to keep inflation under control.