Also today, the White House confirmed that it’s looking into requiring COVID vaccinations for foreign travelers entering the U.S. And Amazon delayed its return-to-office date for corporate and tech employees until January.
The CDC’s newly announced eviction moratorium is already facing a legal challenge. The Alabama Association of Realtors went back to federal court last night, asking for an injunction that would let evictions resume. The judge ordered the Biden administration to respond by tomorrow morning.
A windblown fire in Northern California consumed a gold rush town overnight. The Dixie Fire, largest in the state, torched block after block of Greenville. Buildings that had stood for more than a century burned, but no one was killed. Two other towns were threatened today and thousands of people were under evacuation orders.
In Greece, firefighters carried out evacuations just north of Athens today, ahead of a wildfire fueled by record heat. Meanwhile, in Southern Greece, crews battled a fire that threatened the site of ancient Olympia, birthplace of the Olympics. And, in Turkey, firefighters contained a fire that threatened a power plant.
Iran now has a new president, Ebrahim Raisi, cementing hard-liners’ control of the government. Raisi was sworn in today before Parliament. He called for U.S. sanctions to end, but he insisted Tehran will not stop trying to project its power.