The 7 things you need to know for Friday 25 November

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Russian strikes have cut off water and electricity in Ukraine.

  • The details: About two-thirds of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, is without heat and about 50% of houses do not have electricity, from today early. Fifteen regions have problems with water supply.
  • Why it’s important: Temperatures are dipping below freezing in parts of the country, and millions are expected to leave their home in search of warmth and security.

2

Police released a note left by the Virginia Walmart shooter.

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

3

China is battling one of its largest coronavirus outbreaks of the pandemic.

  • What we know: Record 31,656 infections was 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, leaving them with no natural immunity.

4

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

  • When? That would be the turn start next week, according to the platform’s new owner. Users are banned for things like violent threats, harassment, abuse and misinformation.
  • Why is it important: This would be “existentially dangerous,” one expert said, and help create a “free-for-all hell.” But it’s not clear whether Musk has the practical capacity to do this right now.

5

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

The US men’s soccer team faces England at the World Cup today.

A British Paralympian becomes the first astronaut with a disability.

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