NEWS DIGEST 20.11.2021: Europe, US and Asian news this morning

Good morning. Today’s news comes from NewsNow World News.

Rotterdam’s mayor has condemned “an orgy of violence” at protests against COVID-19 restrictions in the Dutch port city, in which seven people were hurt and more than 20 arrested. An emergency directive was issued in the city shutting down public transport and ordering people to go home. “Unfortunately, around seven people were injured, including on the side of the police.” Authorities said they had arrested more than 20 people, with more expected. No spectators are allowed at sporting events, and people are only allowed four visitors to their homes. Last weekend, 15 people were arrested after similar protests broke out in the Dutch city Leeuwarden – Rotterdam: Injuries and arrests during ‘orgy of violence’ at COVID-19 riots that saw police open fire (Sky News – World)

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BEIJING – Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai has been staying in her own home “freely” and will make a public appearance “soon”, Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin, a prominent state-media journalist, said on Saturday. Former doubles world number one Peng has not been seen or heard from publicly since she said on Chinese social media on Nov. 2 that former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli coerced her into sex and they later had an on-off consensual relationship. Neither Zhang nor the Chinese government has commented on her allegation. Peng’s social media post was quickly deleted and the topic has been blocked from discussion on China’s heavily censored internet. Amid growing concern about her whereabouts, the Women’s Tennis Association has threatened to pull tournaments out of China and the men’s ATP has demanded clarity from the Chinese authorities – China tennis player Peng Shuai will reappear in public ‘soon’ after social media post claiming she was coerced into sex (The New York Post)

NEW YORK, Nov 20 – The United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday endorsed booster doses of Pfizer/BioNTech’s and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines for all US adults. “CDC continues to encourage the 47 million adults who are not yet vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves, their families, loved ones and communities,” Xinhua news agency reported the CDC said in a statement. This recommendation makes it clear that every adult should or may get a booster six months after finishing the first two doses, unlike the previous one only suggesting boosters to people aged 65 year and older, and to certain adults at high risk of infection or of severe disease. Earlier Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration authorised boosters of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for everyone aged 18 years and over. A total of 33,454,832 people, or 17.1 percent of the fully vaccinated group, have received booster shots, according to CDC data – BERNAMA – US CDC authorises COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all adults (Bernama.com World)

WSJ slams Indian PM U-turn on farm laws following massive protests by farmers. Prominent US daily the Wall Street Journal has slammed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s U-turn on farm laws following the massive protests by farmers. In an article, the paper wrote that the move is a face-saving measure clearly motivated by the concern that angry farmers will endanger Modi’s Bharati Janata Party in elections next year in states such as Uttar Pradesh. The paper reports that despite Modi’s withdrawal of laws, the protesting farmers show no signs of relenting, and plans are underway for marches in state capitals and toward Parliament on 26th of this month. The main farmer union Samyukt Kisan Morcha says it is closely watching the repeal process and opposition leader Rahul Gandhi called the decision a victory against injustice – WSJ slams Indian PM U-turn on farm laws following massive protests by farmers (Radio Pakistan)

Colonel Ahmad Hajian said that the Flotilla 412 Marine Corps seized the vessel in an integrated operation while the vessel had a crew of 11 onboard. 150,000 liters of bootleg diesel fuel was detected from the vessel, according to the commander who added that the crew was submitted to the Judiciary for further proceedings. He also warned that as a measure to support Iran’s economy, the flotilla would fight against any fuel smuggling – Foreign vessel carrying bootleg fuel seized in Persian Gulf (Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA)

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