Yahoo Finance’s Akiko Fujita covers the latest world view news, including French teachers striking over COVID-19 policies for schools, Denmark offering a fourth COVID vaccine dose to high-risk groups, and a former Syrian officer convicted of crimes against humanity.
AKIKO FUJITA: In our worldview today, a nationwide teacher strike in France has shut down a majority of the country's elementary schools. Those teachers took to the streets Thursday to protest COVID protocols in classes, saying the government's guidance has been inconsistent at best. Teacher's unions complained their members don't feel properly protected against the virus. And they argue the government's changed its guidances without consulting the teachers themselves. The strike comes as French President Emmanuel Macron faces increasing pressure over his handling of the virus ahead of the presidential election in April. France reported a record of more than 350,000 new COVID infections on Wednesday.
Denmark is offering a fourth COVID vaccine shot to high risk groups in an effort to control the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. The country's health minister said the jabs would only be available to the most vulnerable groups, making Denmark the first European nation to roll out the fourth dose. Denmark has seen a surge in some of its virus cases over the last month, but it is set to ease restrictions on Sunday, reopening theaters and museums, among other venues.
And over in Germany, a former Syrian security officer has been convicted of crimes against humanity. Anwar Raslan was sentenced to life in prison in a German court, making him the highest ranking Syrian official to be held accountable for crimes committed during the government's civil war. Raslan was accused of overseeing the abuse of detainees at a jail near Damascus. Prosecutors argued at least 4,000 people were tortured and nearly 60 people killed there. Raslan was arrested in Germany in 2019 after seeking asylum in the country.