Your Friday Brief – The New York Times

In a campaign to beat Ukraine’s civilians by cutting off electricity and running water, Russia this week subjected the country to a wave of devastating missile strikes and took all of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants offline for the first time. Engineers and emergency crews worked hard to restore services in the dark, snow and freezing rain yesterday.

All over the country, people were dealing with deprivation. Surgeons wore flashlights to work in the dark and pulled miners from the depths of the earth with hand winches. Residents of high-rise buildings, shops and restaurants used generators or candles to keep their businesses running, where elevators stopped moving loaded buckets and water bottles upstairs.

Millions of people were left without electricity last night as continued rocket attacks caused mounting casualties. Ukrainian authorities said at least 10 people were killed on Wednesday. After each holiday, repairs become more difficult, power outages last longer, and the danger to the population has increased.

Holidays: After the explosion on the Kerch Strait bridge connecting the occupied Crimea peninsula with Russia on October 8, the Russian army fired about 600 missiles at important infrastructure facilities of Ukraine.

Related: The parent company of Russia’s tech giant Yandex wants to cut ties with the country to protect its fledgling business from the fallout from the war, a potential setback to Russia’s efforts to develop domestic substitutes for Western goods and services cut off by sanctions.


As China’s strict Covid rules stretch into their third year, there are signs of growing discontent in the country. The rare displays of defiance are a test of Xi Jinping’s leadership and highlight the urgent political question of how he can lead China out of the Covid era.

Thousands of factory workers in central China have clashed with riot police officers over a dispute over delayed pay and lax Covid isolation protocols. In Guangzhou, protesters left locked buildings to confront medical workers and loot food supplies. Many Chinese online were outraged after the death of a 4-month-old girl, whose father said access to medical treatment for her was delayed due to Covid restrictions.

Signs of frustration and desperation with quarantines, quarantines and mass testing disrupting daily life are increasingly apparent. The furor, combined with the Covid outbreak, which has caused cases to reach record highs across the country, portends a bleak winter ahead.

Context: Earlier this month, officials said they would adjust Covid restrictions to limit the disruption’s impact on the economy and government resources. A recent spike in cases has called that promise into question, with many officials resorting to familiar heavy-handed measures to try to stop the spread of the virus.

By the numbers: The country reported 31,444 cases on Wednesday, surpassing the record set in April, Reuters reported. Cases are up an average of 314 percent from two weeks ago.


As late as the summer, American officials were still hoping to revive the Iran nuclear deal. Those days now seem a long way off: Last week, Iran told international inspectors it planned to start producing near-bomb nuclear fuel deep inside the mountain. It also intends to dramatically expand nuclear fuel production.

The announcements came after weeks of violence in which Iranian forces have shot or arrested anti-government protesters and supplied Russia with drones for its war in Ukraine. Some intelligence agencies suspect that Russia may be in talks to build missiles for its depleted arsenal.

A new era of direct confrontation with Iran has emerged. President Biden’s hopes of re-entering the nuclear deal have all but died. National security meetings are now about disrupting Iran’s nuclear plans, supporting protesters and how to cut off the country’s arms supply chain to Russia, officials said.

Quote: At the White House, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said last month that “there is no diplomacy at this time regarding the Iran deal.” “We’re at a dead end right now and we’re not paying attention.”

Legends tell of an anechoic chamber driving visitors crazy in an old Minneapolis recording studio. Can Katie Weaver, a writer for The New York Times magazine, survive in the quietest place in the world, and perhaps break the record for the longest stay within its walls?

“The rustling of my paper while taking notes was very loud,” he writes. “But always, when my movements stopped, the silence of the chamber returned like a flood wiping away a footprint in the sand.”

What happened to the Germans in the World Cup? Germany dominated the first half but lost ground against Japan in the second half and the senior players were quick to point out their failure.

Multiple layers of USA vs. England: The relationship between the USMNT and England is deepening, making Friday’s match between the two sides a testing ground for the Americans.

Cristiano Ronaldo set another record: The Portugal captain became the first man to score in five World Cups when he slotted home a penalty in his side’s dramatic victory over Ghana.

After being on the brink of extinction, the ancient language is experiencing a resurgence on the Isle of Man, thanks to a 53-pupil primary school and some passionate parents, Megan Specia reports from the island.

“It was kind of on the fringes but we’ve brought it back to life,” said Julie Matthews, head teacher at Bunscoill Ghaelgagh. His students’ efforts prompted UNESCO to reclassify the Manx language from an “extinct” language to a “reviving” language. All over the island, people are trying to incorporate it into their daily lives, with many adults taking Manx lessons and Manx language groups performing in pubs.

For centuries, Manx – part of the family of Celtic languages ‚Äč‚Äčlike Irish and Scottish Gaelic – was the way people on the island communicated. But in the 19th century, English overtook it, and in the Isle of Man, a self-governing crown dependency of England, many taught their children to speak only English.

“Manx survival in the 21st century is testament to the island’s sense of itself as a separate place, with its own identity and political autonomy,” Megan writes.