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In the present day, Congress will maintain a joint session to verify the victory of President-elect Joe Biden. The method is often perfunctory, however this time, the sitting U.S. president is refusing to just accept the end result, and a lot of Republican lawmakers plan to object.

That second loomed because the nation awaited the outcomes of two runoff elections in Georgia that can form the Senate beneath the Biden presidency. Each races have been shut, and President Trump and his marketing campaign have been appearing in ways in which may undermine confidence within the outcomes. Here’s the latest.

Pence’s no: In accordance with individuals briefed on the dialog, Vice President Mike Pence told Mr. Trump on Tuesday that he didn’t imagine he had the facility to dam the certification of Mr. Biden’s victory immediately, regardless of the president’s assertion on the contrary.

Scotland’s no: As rumors circulated that Mr. Trump would possibly attempt to go to the nation when Mr. Biden is inaugurated on Jan. 20, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon mentioned newly imposed virus restrictions would rule out that possibility.

Italy and Greece have shortages of needles. Spain has not educated sufficient nurses. France has managed to vaccinate solely 7,000 individuals or so. Poland’s program was rocked by scandal over superstar inoculations. The Netherlands is starting its marketing campaign 10 days after receiving its doses. Almost each European nation has complained about burdensome paperwork.

Meantime, a extra contagious variant of the coronavirus has put the world on edge, and — regardless of most Europeans having spent months beneath various levels of restrictions — report numbers of virus sufferers are flooding hospitals.

The caseloads put a double burden on the very health care providers tasked with leading vaccination drives, a scenario shared by the U.S.

Britain’s race: Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned on Tuesday that 1.3 million individuals in Britain had been vaccinated and that he hoped that the 13 million most weak, a gaggle together with the aged, may obtain the vaccine by mid-February. However the nation has little time. New figures present that one in 50 people there have been infected, and his authorities mentioned that greater than 60,000 new instances had been recorded in a single day for the primary time.

Listed below are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

In different developments:


That is Temur Akhmedov, who shares a final title together with his dad and mom — and is the main target of Britain’s priciest divorce.

His mom, Tatiana, is attempting to wrest practically $100 million in money and belongings from him, arguing that Temur was instrumental in serving to his father and her ex-husband, Farkhad, shuttle tens of millions into trusts and tax havens to frustrate her efforts to acquire her $615 million divorce settlement.

Tawdry particulars: Allegations of infidelity made by each husband and spouse led to divorce, and Farkhad refused to even ship a lawyer to the 2016 proceedings that created the settlement. However the overseeing choose assessed paperwork purporting to point out {that a} court docket in Moscow had beforehand dissolved the wedding as “solid,” and it has all gone downhill from there.

“Individuals all over the world counted all the way down to the top of 2020 with relish, pegging their hopes on the concept the New 12 months would deliver vaccines and one thing that felt like normalcy. However the coronavirus retains no calendar. It has saved doing what it does: spreading, killing, sowing grief.

“However it’s not simply the conclusion that the vaccines aren’t an instantaneous panacea that has been such a intestine punch. It’s that life continues to be upended in every single place.”

Our Rome bureau chief, Jason Horowitz, reports on the mood in Europe and elsewhere as 2021 will get underway.

French scandal: Olivier Duhamel, 70, a political scientist and media determine, has stop his media and college posts after being accused of committing incest with his teenage stepson decades ago in a e-book by the stepson’s twin sister, Camille Kouchner. The 2 are the kids of Bernard Kouchner, a co-founder of Docs With out Borders, and the late Évelyne Pisier, a author who later married Mr. Duhamel.

Julian Assange: Attorneys for the WikiLeaks founder are to request his momentary launch immediately from the maximum-security Belmarsh jail in London, two days after a London choose ruled against his extradition to the U.S. on expenses of espionage.

Oil costs: OPEC, Russia and different oil producers reached a compromise on Tuesday that pushed costs as much as ranges not seen since February.

Chilly Battle bonus: Imagery from an U.S. spy program directed on the Soviets within the ’60s and ’70s, using what were called Corona satellites, gathered roughly 850,000 photos that have been categorised till the mid-Nineteen Nineties. They’ve been serving to scientists — together with Linda Zall at the C.I.A. — chart local weather change.

Snapshot: Above, a gaggle in a rented igloo in New York Metropolis. Eating places and cafes, restricted to providing out of doors eating, are getting creative during a grim winter.

What we’re studying: This Der Spiegel interview with the BioNTech founders Ozlem Tureci and Ugur Sahin. It has reassuring details about the virus variant (sure, the vaccine will nonetheless be efficient in opposition to it) and insights into the superb lives of this “first couple of prescription drugs.”

Cook dinner: This yam and plantain curry with crispy shallots is an adaptation of asaro, a dish of starchy root greens simmered in a seasoned tomato- and chile-based sauce that’s served throughout the south of Nigeria and different elements of West Africa.

Learn: Himalaya: A Human History,” by Ed Douglas, a journalist and climber, unfolds the story of the world’s highest mountain vary and its equally outsize influence on mankind.

Do: Faux you’re in Cartagena. The Colombian metropolis is so stuffed with magic that it has impressed whole books by Gabriel García Márquez.

Whether or not it’s books or baking, now we have you coated. At Home has ideas on what to learn, cook dinner, watch and do whereas staying secure at dwelling.

David Vecsey, a Occasions copy editor, wrote about the gaffes and blunders that can keep him up at night. Right here’s an excerpt.

It’s a feeling that each copy editor is aware of. You bolt upright out of a deep sleep at 3 a.m., eyes broad open, and also you say to your self, Did I misspell “Kyrgyzstan” final night time? And 9 instances out of 10, you’ll be able to return to sleep comfortably understanding … that you just did.

Copy editors have an virtually photographic reminiscence on the subject of the phrases that move earlier than our eyes. Sadly, the cameras we use are these old style tripods that use flaming magnesium for a flash and take hours, and even days, for the images to develop.

However finally all of it comes again in a rush of readability. You is likely to be pushing your toddler via the park on an excellent sunny break day when instantly you ask your self: Did I say Dallas was the capital of Texas final week? Sure. Sure, you probably did. You fool.

My job, merely talking, is to get issues proper. So there isn’t any worse feeling than the conclusion that you’ve got entered a correctable error into print and {that a} correction will seem a day or two later to proclaim, “Due to an modifying error …”

The Occasions has strict policies on corrections: If it’s improper, even when only for a couple of minutes on-line or in a single version of the print newspaper, it’s imagined to get a correction. It’s this dedication to accuracy that earns the belief of our readers.

Studying via New York Occasions corrections is like taking a guided tour of journalism’s pitfalls. It’s the place you uncover the Ginsberg-Ginsburg Vortex, a black gap that has devoured many a journalist who has confused the names of the poet and the justice.

If there’s one factor I’ve discovered, it’s that you must shake off your errors and transfer on. And sometime, by God, I’ll discover ways to try this.


That’s it for this briefing. See you subsequent time.

— Andrea


Thanks
To Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the break from the information. You possibly can attain the staff at briefing@nytimes.com.

P.S.
• We’re listening to “The Daily.” Our newest episode is Half 2 of a collection on the Senate runoff races in Georgia.
• Right here’s immediately’s Mini Crossword puzzle, and a clue: Rubberneck (4 letters). You can find all our puzzles here.
• An inside Occasions e-mail this week reminded reporters to not use “pressure” as a synonym for “variant.” A virus pressure is lower than 94 % genetically equivalent to a identified virus, as the e-mail defined. The brand new coronavirus variant is greater than 99.99 % equivalent.

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