News Wrap: Ukraine hosts food security summit in Kyiv

In our news wrap Saturday, European leaders arrived in Ukraine for a food security summit as the country’s power grid slowly comes back online, heavy rains caused deadly landslides across the Italian island of Ischia, China eased some COVID lockdown measures in Xinjiang after protests, early voting began in Georgia's run-off election for U.S. Senate, and singer-actress Irene Cara has died at 63.

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  • John Yang:

    Good evening. We begin tonight in Ukraine where six million people remain in the cold and the dark. Ukraine's National Energy Company says power across the country is coming back online slowly. Water, heat, and electricity were knocked out earlier this week by Russian military strikes on key infrastructure sites as winter fast approaches.

    Today, several European leaders arrived in key for a summit on food security. It commemorates the 90-year anniversary of the devastating FAMA that killed millions at the direction of Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin. Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, urge leaders not to let history repeat itself.

  • Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukrainian President (through translator):

    Our nation remembers the horrible silence of 1932 to 1933. Now, we must do everything possible to save as many people and to restore as many elements as possible of global food security. We need to rid Russia of the weapon called hunger.

  • John Yang:

    In today's other headlines, torrential rains caused devastating landslides this morning across an island off the coast of Naples, Italy. Cars and buses were washed into the sea. One person is confirmed dead, as many as 12 are missing as emergency responders comb through muddy debris. Rescue efforts continue as upwards of 100 people have been reported stranded.

    Chinese officials in Xinjiang have eased some of the strict zero-COVID lockdown measures in the region's capital. Many residents haven't been able to leave their home since August. Video online that got past Chinese censorship shows massive protests in the streets. Many people shouting, open up. The anger behind the demonstrations was fueled in part by an apartment fire on Thursday night that killed 10 people. Some question whether zero-COVID restrictions created too many obstacles for firefighters to battle the blade and save lives.

    Back here at home in Georgia, early voting began today in the runoff election to decide the final Senate race of 2022. It will go on for the next week. Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican Challenger Herschel Walker, are in a last sprint to turn out voters ahead of the December 6th runoff. At stake is whether the Democrats can win a 51-seat Senate majority.

    And a passing of note. Irene Cara, the actress and singer, has died. Her hits included the title songs for '80s movies, "Flashdance" and "Fame," a two-time Grammy and Oscar winner. She played Coco Hernandez in the 1980 musical "Fame," which was about New York's high school for the performing arts.

  • Irene Cara, American Singer:

    I catch the moon in my hand. Don't you know who I am? Remember my name Fame. I'm going to live forever. I'm going to learn how to fly. I feel it coming together people will see me and cry. I'm going to make it to heaven light up the skies like a flame. I'm going to live forever baby, remember my name.

  • John Yang:

    Her publicist said Cara died at her home in Florida. She was 63 years old. Still to come on "PBS News Weekend," as more animals face the threat of extension. How do we choose which was once to save? And how food waste and farmer's field, grocery store on our home homes are hurting the planet.

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