News Wrap: Russian lawmakers expand restrictions on promoting LGBTQ rights

In our news wrap Thursday, Russian lawmakers approved new restrictions on anything seen as promoting LGBTQ rights, the U.N.'s Human Rights Council condemned Iran’s violent repression of protests as activists say more than 400 people have been killed and thousands arrested, and Ford recalled more than 634,000 Bronco and Escape SUVs because of a risk that cracked fuel injectors can ignite fires.

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  • William Brangham:

    Good evening and happy Thanksgiving. I'm William Brangham. Judy Woodruff is away.

    On the "NewsHour" tonight: hunger in America. Inflation is outpacing wage growth, casting a shadow over many Americans' Thanksgiving, as food banks struggle to meet the need.

  • Then:

    the expanding electorate. Young voters made their presence known in the midterms, potentially changing political calculations for the future.

    And the cultural cost. Ukraine grapples with the loss of priceless artwork stolen by Russian forces during their occupation of Kherson.

  • Alina Dotsenko, Director, Kherson Art Museum (through translator):

    There wasn't even room for an apple to fall. There were 14,000 items in total. How many are left now, I just don't know.

  • William Brangham:

    All of that and more on tonight's "PBS NewsHour."

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  • William Brangham:

    This day of Thanksgiving here at home has been a day of deprivation in Ukraine, where millions are going without warmth or water.

    Kyiv's mayor says 70 percent of the city was without power today, after Russian missiles battered its power grid on Wednesday. This morning, residents in the Ukrainian capital joined long lines to pick up their day's worth of water. But many remained adamant that they will never give in.

  • Vadym Poliakov, Kyiv Resident (through translator):

    The worst feeling we had was during the first days of the war, when there was a danger that our so-called friends, the Russians, would get here. But, as for now, we only have some disruptions. We will get over it.

  • William Brangham:

    In Moscow, the Kremlin laid blame on Ukraine's government for its people's plight, saying the war will end only if Kyiv meets Russia's demands.

    Russian lawmakers today approved new restrictions on anything seen as promoting LGBTQ rights. The additions to existing law will outlaw advertising, books, films and theater productions said to contain what the government calls propaganda. The Kremlin began moving to quash LGBTQ rights in 2013 and then outlawed same-sex marriage in 2020.

    The U.N.'s Human Rights Council has voted to condemn Iran's violent repression of protests and set up an independent investigation. Activists say more than 400 people have been killed and thousands arrested. The unrest began in September, after a young woman, Mahsa Amini, died in police custody.

    In Geneva today, the U.N.'s human rights commissioner called for Iran's leaders to stop the suffering.

    Volker Turk, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: Unnecessary and disproportionate use of force must come to an end. The old methods and the fortress mentality of those who wield power simply don't work. In fact, they only aggravate the situation.

  • William Brangham:

    Iran's representative to the U.N. council denounced today's vote as politically motivated.

    China is reporting its highest daily COVID-19 count since the virus first swamped Wuhan nearly three years ago. In response, lockdowns and mass testing expanded again, despite growing unrest. In Beijing, authorities built a new round of metal barricades around residential areas. People are only allowed out to buy food or seek medical treatment.

    Thousands of teachers walked off the job today in Scotland, demanding better pay in working conditions in the face of soaring inflation. The strike was the first of its kind in four decades. Elsewhere, British workers picketed outside post offices and universities in the biggest coordinated walkouts this year.

    Back in this country, the mass shootings in recent days made this Thanksgiving a day of mourning in some cities. And they prompted a new call for action. It came from President Biden as he visited firefighters and first responders in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where he's spending the holiday. He again urged Congress to act.

    Joe Biden, President of the United States: The idea we still allow semiautomatic weapons to be purchased is sick. It's just sick. It has no, no socially redeeming value, zero, none, not a single solitary rationale for it, except profit for the gun manufacturers.

  • QUESTION:

    Can you do anything about gun laws during the lame-duck, sir?

  • Joe Biden:

    I'm going to try.

  • William Brangham:

    Congress did approve expanding background checks and red flag laws earlier this year, but there's no indication that any new legislation could pass in the final weeks of the current Congress.

    Election results in Alaska are finally in, with Democrats keeping the state's only U.S. House seat and Republicans holding a Senate seat. Democratic Representative Mary Peltola has won a full term after winning a special election last March. And Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski has been reelected. She was the sole Senate Republican voting to convict former President Trump at his impeachment trial last year.

    And Ford is recalling more than 634,000 SUVs worldwide because of a risk that cracked fuel injectors can ignite fires. The recall affects the Bronco Sport and Escape models from 2020 through 2023. For now, though, the automaker is not recommending that owners stop driving the vehicles.

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