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5 things to know before November 11: Covid-19, Capitol riot, Rittenhouse, climate, Ethiopia

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1. Coronavirus

The Biden administration announced a deal with Johnson & Johnson and COVAX, a global Covid-19 vaccination program, to distribute J&J’s Covid-19 vaccine to people in conflict zones and other hard-to-reach environments. The company’s vaccine is preferred for this type of work because it is easier to store and transport and only requires one dose. Meanwhile, states are still grappling with tackling mask mandates. In Texas, a federal judge ruled that the state’s ban on wearing masks in schools violates the American with Disabilities Act. However, a Pennsylvania court has lifted a mask requirement in schools. Governor Tom Wolf has appealed and effectively upheld the mandate. Places in Europe are moving forward with new restrictions, with Berlin banning unvaccinated people from restaurants, bars, gyms and hairdressers next week.

2. Capitol riot

Following a spate of subpoenas against former President Trump’s allies and officials, the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is now interested in gathering information from at least five members of the former vice’s inner circle. President Mike Pence. Among them is Pence’s former national security adviser. Multiple sources told CNN that some Pence employees may be willing to talk to the committee. Trump is still trying to keep classified documents from his presidency out of the commission. A federal judge yesterday rejected a new attempt by Trump to pause the document transfer, saying Trump, as a former president, cannot claim executive privilege — while trying to delay the process — if the current president supports their release.

3. Rittenhouse Trial

Kyle Rittenhouse, the gunman from Illinois who killed two people and injured another in 2020 during the unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, testified in his own defense yesterday at his trial on charges of manslaughter. Rittenhouse, now 18, is charged with five felonies. He got emotional in the stands, saying he had done nothing wrong and used deadly force to defend himself. Rittenhouse, however, admitted that one of the men who approached him was unarmed, but said he was sure the man would take his gun and try to harm him. Rittenhouse’s defense team is expected to call more witnesses today, including a doctor and a Kenosha police officer. The defense also asks for a mistrial, alleging that the plaintiffs are going too far.

4. Climate

The US and China surprised delegates at the COP26 summit yesterday by announcing an agreement to work together to increase their climate ambitions. However, that doesn’t mean their goals are the same. China has not committed to the Global Methane Pledge, which is led by the US and the EU, nor to other major international agreements. China’s climate envoy said the country wants “differentiated” responsibilities, including its own methane reduction plan. A draft of the Glasgow Agreement was also released, and delegates will spend time working out details, especially when it comes to that all-important 1.5 degree Celsius global warming. However, Saudi Arabia is proving to have a hold on fossil fuels and other supplies, and the UK is doing its best to get the Gulf nation on board.

5. Ethiopia

Sixteen women have accused fighters from Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region of gang rape and physical assault, according to a report by Amnesty International. The women, from the neighboring region of Amhara, say fighters affiliated with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front committed widespread sexual assault, raped and assaulted women and expressed ethnic defamation in August. Amnesty also reported that the women were unable to seek medical attention after the attacks because the non-governmental organization providing care has left the region due to security concerns. The TPLF has fought against Ethiopia’s central government in a years-long war in the north of the country, and the lack of humanitarian access to the region has become a central feature of the conflict. All sides have been accused of human rights violations by international observers.


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“What happened in this case is a lynching in the 21st century.”

The Reverend Al Sharpton, who asked for a fair judgment in the trial of the three men accused of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot while jogging in Georgia last year.


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