Friday, January 21, 2022

News Wrap: Ukrainian President Involves Russia In Plot To Overthrow Government

William Brangham:

Akhmetov called the claim that he was financing a coup d’etat an absolute lie. Russia also denied any role.

Ukrainian troops are preparing for trouble at the border, where the Russian military is building up its forces. Moscow insists it has no intention of invading Ukraine.

Russian search teams found one survivor in a coal mine in Siberia. It’s the day after the deadly methane explosion. The death toll is expected to drop to 51. The brigades resumed searches today, but officials said it was unlikely to find other survivors. The families of the victims gathered at the mine, demanding an answer to the question of what caused the disaster.

China condemns a US Congressional delegation for visiting Taiwan today, when tensions have peaked in decades. President Tsai Ing-wen has greeted four Democrats and one House Republican who confirmed America’s support for the island. Beijing said the visit challenged China’s long-standing claims to Taiwan.

Online shopping giant Amazon faced protests and scattered strikes this Black Friday. Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion have blocked warehouses in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. They called for better working conditions and environmentally friendly business practices.

Here at home on Black Friday stores opened earlier, but in many places the crowds were smaller than in previous years. Analysts cited online shopping, inflation concerns and supply chain disruptions. However, people lined up early from San Diego to New York.

Some said it was quieter than usual here, but finding the right things was more difficult.

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