Dangerous English Channel route kills 27 migrants
At least 27 migrants died on Nov. 24 while trying to cross the deadly English Channel from France to Britain. French Interior Minister Gérald Darmain said in a press conference that 31 bodies were recovered but his ministry told French media later that the death toll stood at 27 people. While migrant crossings are an element of post-Brexit tensions, both French and British officials pinned the blame on human traffickers.
Fashion pathbreaker Virgil Abloh dies
Virgil Abloh, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton men’s wear and the founder of Off-White, died on Sunday in Chicago after a two-year battle with a rare cancer called cardiac angiosarcoma. The creative – widely regarded as someone who broke the fashion mold – was 41.
A new COVID-19 variant detected in South Africa
A new variant of COVID-19, which public health officials are calling Omicron, was first reported to the World Health Organization by South Africa on Nov. 24. The new wave of infections has sent several countries scrambling to contain the spread. On Sunday, 13 people who arrived in Amsterdam on two flights from South Africa tested positive for the Omicron variant. Vaccine manufacturers like Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna said they will receive data on vaccines’ resistance to the new variant in the next few days.
Broadway lyricist Stephen Sondheim dies
Famed lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who wrote for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), and Sweeney Todd (1979) among other Broadway productions, died Nov. 26 at his Connecticut home from an unconfirmed cause. He was 91.
Ahmaud Arbery’s killers convicted of murder
The three men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia last year were convicted of murder on Nov. 24. All three – two of whom are father and son – still face federal hate crime charges, and will receive a life sentence in prison, potentially without parole. Twenty-five-year-old Arbery’s murder was seen as yet another example of violent racism in 2020 that was already underscored by the Black Lives Matter movement.