NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 06:43
Good morning! Today Ukrainian President Zelensky is talking to Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel and teachers are demonstrating in Amsterdam against the plans of the school boards.
First the weather: Today it’s cloudy in many places with occasional rain or drizzle. The sun may break through in the north this afternoon. In moderate to fairly strong winds, it will be 9 to 11 degrees.
Are you going on the road? Here you will find an overview of the activities. Check the rail timetable here.
What can you expect today?
Ukrainian President Zelensky talks in Kiev with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel on behalf of the 27 EU leaders. They discuss support for and reconstruction of Ukraine, and the intended EU membership. Teachers demonstrate in Amsterdam against plans of Amsterdam school boards. According to the AOB education union, staff shortages mean that unauthorized persons are increasingly standing in front of the classroom. In the Houtwijk district of The Hague, residents are holding a silent march for the snack bar owner who was stabbed to death last week. Three minors have been arrested on suspicion of involvement. The tour starts at 6:30 pm from the Bokkefort community center. The Red Bull Formula 1 team will present the car in New York from 5:00 pm in which Max Verstappen has to win his third world title. The new Formula 1 season starts on February 23 with three test days in Sakhir in Bahrain.
What did you miss?
The US Department of Defense has been monitoring a balloon with which China would spy on the Americans for days. The US military has considered shooting the device out of the air, but has decided not to do so for the time being due to damage on the ground from falling debris. President Biden has been briefed by the Pentagon.
The balloon dived over American territory a few days ago, at a high altitude. Via the Aleutian Islands, the thing flew over Canada to the western US state of Montana, where the balloon was seen on Wednesday. The Pentagon, which has followed the balloon with a military aircraft, did not want to say last night where the balloon is now.
“It is clear that the intention is to spy with this balloon,” a Defense Ministry spokesman told assembled journalists. Washington doesn’t think the device can collect much sensitive intelligence at this point because it knows exactly where the balloon is. However, the balloon could later fly over a number of important places.
Other news from the night
And then this:
The beech is having a hard time and so more and more beech avenues are disappearing from the landscape. Drought and high temperatures force landowner Robert Croll to cut down his beeches: “And that does something to you”.
Typical beech avenues disappear: ‘100 years ago different climate’
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