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Here are the main stories of the week and a look ahead.

2. Novak Djokovic won’t play Australian Open after judging panel confirmed the government’s decision to revoke the unvaccinated tennis star’s visa.

3. Police rescued a rabbi and several hostages on Saturday evening who had been held by a man at a synagogue in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for 11 hours.

Police say a hostage rescue team entered Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, and the suspect died. Authorities declined to identify the man or say how he died. They did not say if any weapons were recovered, but the man claimed to have weapons and explosives.

The clash began Saturday morning as the synagogue live-streamed a Shabbat service on Facebook. A man could be heard screaming, prompting listeners to call the police.


4. With their push for suffrage nearing stalemate, Democrats face a costly struggle to overcome voting restrictions enacted by Republicans across the country.

Democrats’ best chance to counter new state laws was lost after Senator Kyrsten Sinema, a key Democrat, declared her opposition to President Biden’s efforts to lift the filibuster to pass both bills. party vote access law.

Ahead of the midterm elections, Democrats and activists now say they are resigned to having to organize to circumvent new voting restrictions by spending tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars more on programs. voter registration and voter turnout — funds that might otherwise have disappeared to promote Democratic candidates.

The full voting rights bill, the Free Suffrage Act, is likely to fail the Senate this week. Democrats must soon decide whether to compromise or keep pushing.

5. Talks last week to defuse the crisis between Russia and Ukraine produced no breakthrough. Russia may be considering more drastic measures.

As the Biden administration and NATO ponder how the next few months might unfold, they are increasingly wary of President Vladimir Putin’s options that would go beyond deploying his troops beyond the Ukrainian border.

Putin wants commitments that NATO will never expand again. Russian officials have hinted that if their security concerns are not resolved, they could place nuclear weapons in sensitive locations – possibly near the US coast – potentially sparking a confrontation with echoes of the Cuban Missile Crisis from 1962.

This could all be bluster and a way to remind President Biden that if he wants to focus America’s attention on competition and relations with China, Putin is still capable of causing huge disruption.

6. An underwater volcano erupted near Tonga, trigger a chain of tsunami warnings in the South Pacific and on the West Coast of the United States

The volcano’s eruption was spectacular, sending plumes of gas and ash thousands of meters into the atmosphere. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand said there were significant signs of damage to the island nation.

US officials have urged residents of coastal areas of California, Alaska and Hawaii to stay away from the coastline and move to higher ground. The warnings were lifted late last night.

8. If you’ve spent any time on Twitter, this image might be familiar to you.

The photo appears roughly every year (it did again recently) but without attribution, allowing avid readers to imagine their own origin story. It turns out it was the personal library of Dr. Richard Macksey, professor of humanities at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Book collector, polyglot and scholar of comparative literature, Maccksey died in 2019.

“My dad loved nothing better than to share his love of books and literature with others,” Maccksey’s son said. “He would love his library to live through this photo.”

Also from the world of books, the personal Americana collection of William Reese, a leading rare book dealer who died in 2018, will be auctioned at Christie’s. The value of the collection is estimated between 12 and 18 million dollars.


9. It’s mid-January, and your briefing writer still sticks to her New Year’s resolution: skip the melted cheese. These recipes complicate the task.

Shaminder Dulai compiled photos for this briefing.

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