Sunday, February 28, 2021

Indians are telling their 18 million-strong diaspora to keep out of their affairs

When American author Meena Harris tweeted criticism of the Indian state's clampdown on farmers protesting agricultural reforms, nationalist counter-protesters responded by burning her portrait. Hundreds of Indians barraged her with abuse on Twitter, telling her to stay out of their country's affairs.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/28/asia/indian-diaspora-farmer-protests-intl-hnk/index.html

Florida golfer found drowned after searching for lost ball

A Florida golfer is believed to have drowned after falling into a golf club pond while looking for his lost ball Sunday morning, police say.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/28/us/florida-golfer-pond-drowning-trnd/index.html

The 78th Golden Globes get off to an awkward start amid controversy, while honoring Black stars

The 78th Golden Globe Awards got off to an awkward start, seeking to address controversy regarding the organization behind the ceremony, while experiencing technical glitches amid a pandemic-dictated format.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/28/entertainment/2021-golden-globes-highlights/index.html

Stelter: Fox News host nailed this media flaw at CPAC

CNN's Brian Stelter examines the messages that emerged from this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, and calls on viewers not to get distracted by sidebar stories over real news.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/media/2021/02/28/cpac-republican-media-stelter-rs-vpx.cnn

The specter of Trump's comeback raises a practical question

We're going to have to talk about Donald Trump.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/28/world/meanwhile-in-america-february-26-intl/index.html

Three names mysteriously removed from Khashoggi intelligence report after initial publication

Shortly after the US intelligence community published its long-awaited report on Friday afternoon on the Saudis who were responsible for the death of Jamal Khashoggi, it was taken down without explanation and replaced with another version that removed the names of three men it had initially said were complicit.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/28/politics/jamal-khashoggi-intelligence-report-three-names-removed/index.html

Ex-NBA star Jeremy Lin says he's been called 'coronavirus' on the court

As the number of violent attacks against Asian Americans escalates, former NBA star Jeremy Lin said he has experienced racism while playing basketball.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/sports/2021/02/27/jeremy-lin-coronavirus-racism-while-playing-basketball-nba-snell-nr-vpx.cnn

New York governor faces new allegations that threaten his political future

In the depths of the early Covid-19 crisis last year, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo soared to national prominence as he became a daily fixture on television -- providing a calm, steady recitation of the facts that endeared him to many Americans who were terrified of the deadly new virus ravaging their cities and overwhelming their hospitals.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/28/politics/andrew-cuomo-sexual-harassment-allegations/index.html

'Sad': GOP lawmaker blasts Sen. Josh Hawley's CPAC remarks

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) weighs in on Sen. Josh Hawley's (R-MO) remarks at CPAC, calling him out for using fear and lies to generate enthusiasm as he and other Republicans look toward the 2024 presidential race.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/02/28/josh-hawley-cpac-overturn-election-kinzinger-nr-sot-vpx.cnn

'Biggest trial of my life': Landlord says eviction moratorium has drained her savings

CNN's Natasha Chen looks at how the Covid-19 eviction moratorium has affected small-scale investors and landlords who have unpaid mortgages to face as tenants are unable to pay their rent.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2021/02/27/landlord-eviction-moratorium-coronavirus-pandemic-chen-vpx.cnn

Age, pregnancy, allergies: Is the vaccine right for you?

Vaccines to protect against the coronavirus are finally here. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen breaks down health officials' guidance on the factors that help determine who should get one and who shouldn't.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/health/2020/12/22/covid-19-vaccine-explained-orig.cnn

47 Hong Kong opposition figures charged under national security law

The Hong Kong authorities charged 47 opposition activists with violating the city's national security legislation on Sunday, in the biggest application of the law since it was imposed by Beijing last year.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/28/asia/hong-kong-lawmakers-charged-nsl-intl-hnk/index.html

Saturday, February 27, 2021

How the Czech Republic slipped into a Covid disaster, one misstep at a time



source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/28/europe/czech-republic-coronavirus-disaster-intl/index.html

'SNL' has Dr. Fauci hand out coronavirus vaccines on a game show

As more coronavirus vaccines begin to roll out, it may be difficult to know if you're eligible or not, so "Saturday Night Live" tried to help a few lucky folks on Saturday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/28/media/snl-saturday-night-live-dr-fauci/index.html

Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine gets emergency use authorization in the US

The US Food and Drug Administration authorized Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine Saturday. It is the first single dose Covid-19 vaccine available in the US, and is one that "checks nearly all the boxes."

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/27/health/johnson-johnson-covid-19-vaccine-fda-eua/index.html

See what happened when CPAC organizers asked crowd to wear masks

Organizers at the Conservative Political Action Conference received a strong negative reaction from the crowd when they asked them to wear masks to comply with local Covid-19 ordinances.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/02/26/cpac-masks-covid-19-acosta-lead-vpx.cnn

For Black runners, every stride comes with a fear they can't outrun

Every time Roy Oduor laces up his bright red sneakers for a run in his Kansas neighborhood, he goes through a checklist of precautions.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/27/us/black-runners-ahmaud-arbery-death-wellness-trnd/index.html

Wreckage from TWA Flight 800 to be destroyed years after explosion

The reconstructed wreckage of Trans World Airlines Flight 800, which exploded minutes after taking off from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on July 17, 1996, will be decommissioned and destroyed, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/27/us/twa-flight-800-wreckage-destroyed-trnd/index.html

New Orleans officer killed while intervening in an altercation at a high school basketball game

A New Orleans law enforcement officer was fatally shot intervening in an altercation at a high school basketball game Friday, authorities said.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/27/us/new-orleans-officer-killed-basketball-game/index.html

The new vaccine is a valuable weapon in the battle against Covid-19 and its roll out will be quick, officials say

Officials plan to act quickly after a third vaccine -- from Johnson & Johnson -- is poised to join the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, with 3.9 million doses expected to be available right away, a health official said Friday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/27/health/us-coronavirus-saturday/index.html

A family is trying to get 'orbisculate' into the dictionary to honor their dad who died of Covid-19

You know when you dig into a grapefruit and, suddenly, its juice squirts you in the eye?

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/27/us/orbisculate-meaning-dictionary-trnd/index.html

House passes Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid relief package

The House of Representatives voted early Saturday morning to approve President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package, a major step toward enacting the first legislative priority of the new administration as the devastating fallout from the spread of Covid-19 has left Americans in dire need of further relief.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/26/politics/stimulus-package-covid-relief-house-vote/index.html

Friday, February 26, 2021

Attacks against people of Asian descent are on the rise in NYC. The city is pushing to combat it.

The stabbing of a 36-year-old man on Thursday is the latest in a number of attacks in New York City against people of Asian descent, a surge that has sparked a call for action from advocacy groups.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/27/us/new-york-initiative-anti-asian-attacks/index.html

This Texas restaurant is offering free meals to those in need. Again

A restaurant owner in Texas is offering free meals to people in need, no questions asked.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/27/us/texas-restaurant-free-meals-trnd/index.html

Covid-19 vaccines allegedly stolen, expired and inappropriately administered in Tennessee county, state investigation finds

The health director in Tennessee's largest county resigned Friday after the state health department found that 2,500 Covid-19 vaccine were either wasted or expired and two children were "inappropriately vaccinated" at a county vaccination site.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/26/health/tn-coronavirus-shelby-county-vaccines/index.html

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Federal judge rules eviction moratorium is unconstitutional

A federal judge in Texas on Thursday ruled that the federal moratorium on evictions is unconstitutional, according to court documents.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/25/politics/judge-evictions-moratorium-unconstitutional/index.html

Anti-Asian violence must be charged as a hate crime

Prosecutors need to charge anti-Asian violence as hate crimes. While any violent crime impacts the victim, a crime motivated by hate can impact entire groups of people, be they of a particular race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/25/opinions/hate-crime-anti-asian-violence-wu/index.html

US carries out air strikes in Syria targeting Iranian backed militia structures

The US military struck a site in Syria on Thursday used by two Iranian-backed militia groups following rocket attacks on American forces in the region in the past two weeks, according to a US official.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/25/politics/us-iraq-iran/index.html

More than a dozen slum residents in an Indian city say they thought they were being vaccinated. They were part of clinical trials

The white van arrived in slum areas of Bhopal, a city in central India, blasting a message over the speaker system that seemed too good to refuse: "Come and take the coronavirus vaccine and get 750 rupees ($10)."

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/25/asia/india-vaccine-trials-covid-ethics-intl-dst-hnk/index.html

Senate parliamentarian rules against including minimum wage in Covid relief bill

The Senate parliamentarian has ruled against including the increase in the minimum wage in the Covid relief bill, an aide familiar with the process and two sources with direct knowledge of the situation tell CNN.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/25/politics/minimum-wage-covid-relief-senate-parliamentarian/index.html

Why hasn't Biden given up on Neera Tanden yet?

To seasoned Washington observers, it's been clear since last weekend that Neera Tanden's nomination to be the head of the Office of Management and Budget is almost certainly doomed.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/25/politics/neera-tanden-nomination-joe-biden/index.html

Increasing number of unaccompanied children arriving at southern border setting off alarm bells for feds

The growing number of migrant children arriving alone at the US-Mexico border is raising alarm among officials scrambling to find enough space to shelter kids until they're relocated with parents or relatives in the United States.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/25/politics/unaccompanied-children-border/index.html

Student protesters urge state to change Dixie State University's name

State Senate leaders in Utah say a bill to rename Dixie State University will get a debate this session, after a group of students rallied at the Capitol in favor of removing "Dixie" from the school's name.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/25/us/utah-dixie-state-name-bill-trnd/index.html

Airbnb and DoorDash went public at the same time but see very different paths post-pandemic

Airbnb and DoorDash went public the same week in early December and were both met with strong demand from investors. But in their first earnings reports as publicly traded companies on Thursday, the two sharing economy businesses signaled very different possible paths forward after the pandemic ends.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/25/tech/airbnb-doordash-earnings-pandemic/index.html

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

India's groundwater crisis threatens food security for hundreds of millions, study says

Hundreds of millions of people in India face a serious threat to their livelihoods and food security due to overexploitation of vital water supplies, according to the authors of a new study.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/24/asia/india-groundwater-study-intl-hnk-scn/index.html

Australia passes new law requiring Facebook and Google to pay for news

Australia has passed a new law that will force tech companies to pay publishers for news content, setting the stage for potential, similar action in other countries.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/24/media/australia-media-legislation-facebook-intl-hnk/index.html

Pentagon report reveals disturbing details about White supremacists in the ranks

A Pentagon report on extremism obtained by CNN gives disturbing insight into how White supremacists are active in the military and offers recommendations to better identify domestic extremists and prevent them from serving.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/24/politics/pentagon-report-white-supremacists/index.html

Baarack, the sheep with over 30kg of wool, gets a haircut

A sheep that was wandering around the Australian bushland for years has received a much-needed trim after he was rescued by an animal sanctuary.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/02/24/barack-sheep-haircut-australia-lon-orig-tp.cnn

Chinese bowl bought for $35 at a yard sale could make half a million

A small floral bowl bought at a yard sale in Connecticut for just $35 has been identified as an exceptionally rare 15th-century Chinese antique.

source https://www.cnn.com/style/article/chinese-bowl-yard-sale-sothebys-auction/index.html

Amazing close-up of Venus captured by NASA Parker Solar Probe

While on a journey to study the sun, NASA's Parker Solar Probe has captured an incredible new view of Venus.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/24/world/venus-parker-solar-probe-image-scn-trnd/index.html

The politics behind the death penalty's demise in Virginia

More than 400 years after the first execution in Virginia -- of Captain George Kendall, accused in 1608 of spying for Spain -- the Old Dominion is on the cusp of becoming the first former Confederate state to abolish the death penalty.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/24/world/meanwhile-in-america-february-24-intl/index.html

FAA met to discuss more frequent engine inspections days before Denver incident

Only days before a dramatic engine failure on a United Airlines flight, federal regulators had met about requiring more frequent inspections of the same type of engine, a source familiar with the matter told CNN.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/24/politics/faa-meeting-engine-inspections/index.html

New Mars image from rover landing site shows the red planet in high definition

The Perseverance rover has had a chance to settle in on Mars since landing last Thursday, so it's doing what every new resident does these days -- sending back photos of its new home.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/24/world/mars-perseverance-landing-panoramic-image-scn-trnd/index.html

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Hong Kong's new loyalty oath requires all lawmakers to love China -- and the Communist Party

What does it mean to be a patriot in modern China? Can someone love the country while opposing the ruling Communist Party?

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/23/asia/hong-kong-patriots-election-intl-hnk/index.html

China detains six people for 'insulting' soldiers killed in India border clash

China has detained at least six people for allegedly defaming four servicemen killed in a bloody border clash with India last June, as state media wages a propaganda campaign hailing the dead troops as martyrs.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/23/asia/china-detain-insult-soldiers-intl-hnk/index.html

What Biden should do about China's atrocities against the Uyghurs

For too long, the world has ignored reports of China's mass detention and forced labor of Muslim Uyghurs and other minorities in the northwest region of Xinjiang. Now, both CNN and the BBC have published deeply reported and horrifying accounts of rape, abuse, and torture detailed by Uyghur women who'd been held in China's internment camps.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/23/opinions/uyghurs-china-biden-atrocities-khan/index.html

A solar panel in space is collecting energy that could one day be beamed to anywhere on Earth

Scientists working for the Pentagon have successfully tested a solar panel the size of a pizza box in space, designed as a prototype for a future system to send electricity from space back to any point on Earth.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/23/americas/space-solar-energy-pentagon-science-scn-intl/index.html

Russia shows off new Covid-19 vaccine factory even as its people hesitate to get the shot

Decades ago, Soviet scientists researched biological weapons at a site in Volginsky, about 70 miles east of Moscow. Now, that site is being used to mass-produce a vaccine aimed at protecting people around the world from the coronavirus.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/23/europe/sputnik-v-vaccine-production/index.html

Inside Russia's new Covid-19 vaccine factory

In a CNN exclusive interview, Matthew Chance takes us inside Russia's new coronavirus vaccine factory, where manufacturers are producing coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/02/23/russia-sputnik-v-coronavirus-vaccine-production-chance-pkg-vpx.cnn

Hundreds of coffins fall into the sea following collapse of an Italian cemetery

A landslide on the Italian coast near Genoa caused the collapse of a cemetery Monday, leading to hundreds of coffins falling into the sea.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/23/world/coffins-fall-into-sea-italy-trnd/index.html

Vehicle crossed center of roadway before crashing: official



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/intl-tiger-woods-0224/

Monday, February 22, 2021

Canada's parliament says China committed genocide against Muslim minorities

Canadian lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a non-binding motion accusing China of committing genocide against its Muslim minorities in the western region of Xinjiang, further straining ties between the two countries.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/22/americas/canada-china-xinjiang-genocide-intl-hnk/index.html

Pence and Trump's relationship is 'amicable,' source says

Former Vice President Mike Pence and former President Donald Trump have spoken twice since the inauguration last month, according to a knowledgeable source, who described the pair's relationship as "amicable."

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/22/politics/trump-pence-relationship/index.html

What America's next pandemic year will look like

It's been nearly a year since the US recorded its first known Covid death, at a long-term care facility in Washington state. In hindsight, we'd learn there had been Covid deaths here earlier in February and that the pandemic was already seeping through the population by the time we began taking drastic measures to slow it.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/22/politics/what-matters-february-22/index.html

Father-to-be dies after device meant for gender reveal party explodes

A 28-year-old man died after a device meant to be used at a gender reveal party exploded, according to New York State Police.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/22/us/gender-reveal-new-york-death-trnd/index.html

Wife of 'El Chapo' faces international drug trafficking charges, federal authorities say

The wife of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera was arrested Monday in Virginia on charges related to her alleged involvement in international drug trafficking, the Justice Department announced.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/22/us/el-chapo-wife-arrest-dulles-airport/index.html

Oath Keeper now says she didn't meet with Secret Service around January 6 rally

Jessica Watkins, a leader in an alleged Oath Keepers conspiracy in the US Capitol insurrection, changed her story Monday about meeting with Secret Service agents in describing her actions on January 6.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/22/politics/oath-keepers-watkins-changed-story/index.html

29-year-old cancer survivor joins historic civilians-only space flight

Hayley Arceneaux, a 29-year-old cancer survivor and physician assistant at St. Jude children's hospital, got an out-of-the-blue question from her employer last month: Would she like to go to space?

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/22/tech/spacex-civilian-astronaut-st-judes-inspiration-4-scn/index.html

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Australian Open fans criticized for booing Covid-19 vaccine announcement

Australia's government has condemned the "disgusting" behavior of spectators at the Australian Open tennis tournament Sunday, after sections of the crowd loudly booed a speech praising the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/22/australia/australian-open-vaccine-boo-intl-hnk/index.html

Myanmar military warns protesters could 'suffer loss of life' ahead of planned strike

Myanmar's military junta on Sunday warned anti-coup protesters they will "suffer loss of life" if demonstrations confront security forces, ahead of planned mass protests and a nationwide strike.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/21/asia/myanmar-general-strike-military-warning-intl-hnk/index.html

Britain to challenge China at UN over access to Xinjiang

Britain will on Monday call for the United Nations to be given "urgent and unfettered" access to Xinjiang to investigate reports of abuses in the Chinese region.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/21/uk/xinjiang-uk-un-china-intl-hnk/index.html

Three children and their grandmother died in a Texas fire after trying to stay warm during power outages. Their mom survived

When the power went out at Loan Le's house in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land, Texas, on Monday, she headed over to her daughter's home about five miles away.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/21/us/sugar-land-texas-fire-deaths/index.html

Protests in Haiti as political standoff continues

Large crowds of Haitians took to the streets again on Sunday, as a standoff between President Jovenel Moise and the country's opposition movement stretched into its third week.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/21/americas/haiti-protests-continue-intl/index.html

Beijing's 2008 Olympics were a soft power victory for China, but 2022 may be another story

As the sound of fireworks rang out over Beijing to mark the close of the 2008 Summer Olympics, China's leaders could have been forgiven for breathing a sigh of relief.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/21/asia/beijing-olympics-2008-2022-soft-power-dst-intl-hnk/index.html

WHO panel to recommend 'deeper' study of early Covid-19 clues

The World Health Organization's preliminary report into the origins of the novel coronavirus will recommend more extensive contact tracing of the first known patient with Covid-19 in Wuhan, China, as well as the supply chain of nearly a dozen traders in the Huanan seafood market, which is thought to have played a role in the early spread of Covid-19 in late 2019, according to investigators familiar with the draft report.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/21/china/who-covid-19-origins-intl/index.html

Biden's polling is steadier than Trump's

Poll of the week: A Quinnipiac University poll finds that President Joe Biden's job approval rating stands at 52% to a disapproval rating of 38% among registered voters.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/21/politics/biden-approval-poll-of-the-week/index.html

Novak Djokovic beats Daniil Medvedev in Australian Open final to claim 18th grand slam title

Novak Djokovic put on a masterclass in power and precision to overwhelm Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final and clinch his 18th grand slam title.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/21/tennis/australian-open-final-novak-djokovic-daniil-medvedev-spt-intl/index.html

Russia tells WHO it has detected first case of avian flu strain in humans

Russian authorities say they have detected what is believed to be "human infection with avian influenza H5N8," the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed to CNN.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/21/europe/russia-h5n8-avian-flu-poultry-humans-intl/index.html

Shooting at bowling alley in Pennsylvania leaves one dead, 3 wounded, police say

Police in East Norriton, Pennsylvania, are searching for a suspect who opened fire at a bowling alley Saturday night, leaving one person dead and at least three others wounded.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/21/us/pennsylvania-bowling-alley-shooting/index.html

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Scam artists lurking on dating apps and social media made away with a record haul in 2020

We expect love to have an emotional impact on us, but a new report released by the Federal Trade Commission revealed it's also hurting wallets. A record $304 million was reported lost to romance scams in 2020.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/21/us/losses-to-romance-scams-trnd/index.html

In stimulus push, Biden calls on Republicans to heed their constituents

As Joe Biden presses his case for Republicans to set partisanship aside and support his Covid-19 relief bill in Congress this week, the President reminded Americans of his own history working across the aisle with his visit Saturday evening to his ailing friend Bob Dole.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/21/politics/president-joe-biden-coronavirus-relief/index.html

She's 21 and just became the youngest female to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean

Briton Jasmine Harrison, 21, has become the youngest female to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean after completing a 3,000-mile (4,800-kilometer) journey from Spain to Antigua, according to organizer Atlantic Campaigns.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/20/europe/jasmine-harrison-ocean-row-intl-hnk-scli/index.html

Garland to call Capitol riot 'heinous attack' and tell Senate Judiciary Committee he'll supervise prosecution of White supremacists

Judge Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's nominee for attorney general, calls the January 6 attack on the US Capitol a "heinous attack" in his prepared opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which the Department of Justice released Saturday night ahead of his confirmation hearing on Monday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/20/politics/merrick-garland-attorney-general-confirmation-hearing-opening-statement/index.html

A zoo crocodile in Florida underwent surgery to remove a shoe from her stomach

A Nile crocodile named Anuket had to undergo surgery in Florida recently.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/20/us/crocodile-undergoes-surgery-after-swallowing-a-shoe-trnd/index.html

Why Britain's anti-immigration politicians are opening the doors to thousands of Hong Kongers

Eighteen months ago, Malcolm was at the vanguard of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/20/uk/uk-hong-kong-bno-scheme-intl-gbr-hkr/index.html

An Ohio bomb squad was called to disarm an adorable bag of kittens

Sheriff's deputies in Ohio were called when a suspicious bag was found outside of a church, but what was inside was not what they were expecting.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/20/us/bag-of-kittens-disarmed-by-bomb-squad-trnd/index.html

Alexey Navalny remains in jail after Moscow appeals court confirms prison sentence

Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny will remain behind bars after a Russian court partially rejected his appeal over a two-and-a-half year prison sentence handed down earlier this month.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/20/europe/alexey-navalny-court-trial-appeal-intl/index.html

A raging fire engulfs a hotel in Texas

A Hilton Garden Inn near Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas went up in flames Friday night.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/20/us/texas-killeen-hotel-fire/index.html

Cuomo's explanations don't comfort New York families who lost loved ones in nursing homes to Covid-19

As Ted Minissale watched New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speak for the first time Monday about the heightening controversy around nursing home Covid-19 deaths and claims of a cover-up, all he could think about was his mother.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/20/us/cuomo-nursing-home-covid-deaths-reax/index.html

Bereft of visitors, the Louvre keeps busy with major refit and restorations

As the world's most visited museum awakens, escalators that once carried up to 40,000 pairs of feet a day loop quietly through the empty lobby.

source https://www.cnn.com/style/article/louvre-lockdown-renovations/index.html

A 50-year pen pal friendship that began with a message in a bottle

Robbinroger Beever was 15 years old and walking home along a beach in Liberia, West Africa.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/pen-pal-message-in-a-bottle-friendship/index.html

Friday, February 19, 2021

Boris Johnson's government is 'gaslighting' Britain about the realities of Brexit, critics say

Andy Trust has been exporting fish from Cornwall to continental Europe for 20 years. However, the past seven weeks have given him cause to contemplate shutting down the entire European operation of his fish merchants, Ocean Harvest. "The cost of sending fish into Europe has more than trebled. In an industry that operates on thin profit margins, it could destroy British fishing," he says.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/20/europe/boris-johnson-brexit-deal-aftermath-gbr-intl/index.html

Chinese fighters buzz Taiwan's air defense zone as it appoints new defense minister

Taiwan's air force scrambled on Friday after eight Chinese fighter aircraft flew into the southwestern part of its air defense zone in another display of stepped-up military activity around the democratic island.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/19/asia/taiwan-china-fighter-jets-intl-hnk/index.html

2 people are killed in a military plane crash near Montgomery, Alabama

Two people were killed when a military plane crashed on Friday near the Montgomery Regional Airport in Alabama, according to the facility's executive director Marshall Taggart, Jr.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/19/us/plane-crash-military-montgomery/index.html

By day, Myanmar's protesters are defiant dissenters. By night, they're terrified of being dragged from their beds by the junta



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/myanmar-protest-0220-app-intl/

Body camera video shows a violent arrest that is now a civil rights lawsuit

Body camera video of a violent arrest in Chicago is now key evidence in a new federal civil rights lawsuit filed by the man police are seen slamming to the ground.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/19/us/chicago-body-camera-footage-arrest-lawsuit/index.html

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Taiwan blames 'external forces' for blocking BioNTech vaccine deal. China says it had nothing to do with it

The Chinese government has denied it obstructed Taiwan's coronavirus vaccine purchase from BioNTech, after the island's health minister revealed that its deal with the German drugmaker fell through at the last minute due to possible "political pressure."

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/18/asia/taiwan-biontech-vaccine-deal-intl-hnk/index.html

Traumatized women describe gang rapes and beatings at Chinese government internment camps

CNN's Ivan Watson reports from Hong Kong.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2021/02/18/lead-ivan-watson-dnt-live-jake-tapper.cnn

Hotel apologizes after honeymooners discover people can see into mirrored sauna

An upscale hotel in South Korea has issued an apology for a mistake that may have enabled outsiders to see into their sauna.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/south-korea-hotel-see-through-sauna-apology-intl-hnk/index.html

Allegations of shackled students and gang rape inside China's detention camps

On the first day of her new teaching job at a Chinese government-run detention center in Xinjiang, Qelbinur Sidik said she saw two soldiers carry a young Uyghur woman out of the building on a stretcher.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/18/asia/china-xinjiang-teacher-abuse-allegations-intl-hnk-dst/index.html

US says it is willing to sit down for talks with Iran and other nations on nuclear deal

In an unexpected move, the Biden administration said Thursday that the US is willing to sit down for talks with Tehran and other signatories to the Iran nuclear deal, before either side has taken any tangible action to salvage or return to compliance with the agreement.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/18/politics/us-iran-violations-diplomacy/index.html

A marine biologist is using virtual reality to bring people closer to the ocean

Diving in the oceans, marine biologist Erika Woolsey has seen first-hand how coral reefs and sea life are being damaged by climate change. It has made her determined to find a way for others to share her experience -- including those who can't easily explore the ocean.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/18/world/erika-woolsey-vr-dive-hydrous-immerse-spc-intl/index.html

6 Capitol Police officers suspended, 29 others being investigated for alleged roles in riot

Six US Capitol Police officers have been suspended with pay, and 29 others have been placed under investigation, for their actions in the January 6 riot, a department spokesman said Thursday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/18/politics/capitol-police-officers-suspended/index.html

Beijing faces new abuse claims from Xinjiang

A former teacher and ex-detainee alleges gang rape and torture of women inside China's vast network of detention camps. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/02/18/china-xinjiang-abuse-allegations-watson-pkg-lead-intl-vpx.cnn

'Y'all, I cannot believe this!': Mom films disaster in her Texas home

As millions of Texans are still without water, heat and power, residents continue to struggle in the aftermath of winter storms. CNN's Camila Bernal reports.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/02/18/texas-storm-aftermath-bernal-pkg-lead-vpx.cnn

Keilar responds after Nikki Haley blames media for GOP feud

Nikki Haley, the former UN Ambassador under President Donald Trump, is now blaming the media for the current conflict in the Republican Party. CNN's Brianna Keilar rolls the tape.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/02/18/brianna-keilar-nikki-haley-blames-media-for-gop-turmoil-sot-nr-vpx.cnn

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

American woman accused of killing a UK teenager proposes 'mediation' with his family

Anne Sacoolas -- the woman accused of killing 19-year-old Harry Dunn while she was driving on the wrong side of the road in England -- says she willing to enter into "mediation" with his family, after a court in Virginia ruled against her attempt to have a civil case for wrongful death dismissed.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/17/americas/anne-sacoolas-harry-dunn-mediation-latam-intl/index.html

US attorney's office in Brooklyn and FBI scrutinizing New York's handling of data surrounding Covid nursing home deaths

The US attorney's office in Brooklyn, along with the FBI, is scrutinizing the handling of some of the data surrounding Covid-19 deaths in long term care facilities in New York, according to a law enforcement official.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/17/politics/us-attorneys-fbi-cuomo-covid-nursing-homes/index.html

South Korean volleyball twins Lee Jae-yeong and Lee Da-yeong dropped amid bullying scandal

South Korean volleyball twins Lee Jae-yeong and Lee Da-yeong have been dropped from their national and club sides amid claims of teenage bullying.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/17/sport/south-korea-volleyball-twins-bullying-spt-intl/index.html

Locked up for life at age 15, American man freed 68 years later

Joe Ligon, believed to be the oldest and longest-serving juvenile lifer in the United States, has been released from a Pennsylvania prison after spending nearly seven decades behind bars.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/17/us/oldest-juvenile-lifer-released-trnd/index.html

James 'Whitey' Bulger's former rogue FBI informant handler John Connolly granted conditional medical release from prison

The former rogue FBI informant handler for mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger will be released from a Florida prison on a conditional medical release, a spokesman for the Florida Commission on Offender Review told CNN.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/17/us/connolly-granted-medical-release/index.html

Mount Etna erupts in Italy

Snow-covered Mount Etna erupted on Tuesday, spewing a fountain of lava and ash into the sky.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/02/17/etna-volcano-italy-erupts-lon-orig-ep.cnn

Demi Lovato reveals she had multiple strokes, brain damage after overdose

Demi Lovato is under no obligation to share the deeply personal story of her struggle with mental health and addiction with the public, but the singer is choosing to do it on her own terms in a new four-part YouTube documentary, the trailer for which was released on Wednesday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/17/entertainment/demi-lovato/index.html

Millions are still without power across the US as winter storms continue



source https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/snow-ice-storm-power-outages-updates-02-17-21/index.html

Cold snap throttles energy supply and electric grid



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/intl-texas-weather-02182021/

Stunning images show the aftermath of power outages

CNN's Brianna Keilar speaks with Daniel Cohan, a professor at Rice University, about the power outages in Texas due to the severe winter weather.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/weather/2021/02/17/texas-weather-power-natural-gas-keilar-cohan-nr-vpx.cnn

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

US could be back to normal by Christmas, Biden says



source https://cnn.it/3dlpnty

'Terrified' UN envoy issues warning on Myanmar as protesters face down military



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/intl-myanmar-02-17/

6 takeaways from Joe Biden's CNN town hall

President Joe Biden took part in his first town hall since entering the White House last month, answering questions from CNN's Anderson Cooper (and audience members) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/16/politics/joe-biden-town-hall-takeaways/index.html

How the Maldives became the biggest 2020 tourism success story

In most destinations, being a million tourists short over the previous year would be a huge cause for concern, the result of a horrible natural disaster. But that was before 2020, and before the coronavirus pandemic changed the way we travel forever.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/maldives-tourism-arrivals-coronavirus-intl-hnk/index.html

Covid-19 related attacks against Asian Americans surging

A string of recent Covid-related attacks against Asian Americans has communities on high alert. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/02/16/coronavirus-related-attacks-asian-americans-lah-dnt-lead-vpx.cnn

A majority of Britons aren't satisfied with how Brexit turned out

A majority of Britons are not satisfied with the post-Brexit trade agreement that Boris Johnson secured with the European Union, according to a survey that provides the first detailed insight into the nation's attitude towards the deal since it took effect.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/16/uk/majority-of-brits-not-satisfied-with-brexit-deal-intl-gbr/index.html

Apple tweaks syringe emoji to be less graphic amid vaccine rollout

Apple on Tuesday unveiled a small change to its syringe emoji that removes the drops of blood.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/16/tech/apple-syringe-emoji-redesign/index.html

Biden administration approves arms sale to Egypt despite human rights concerns

The Biden administration on Tuesday announced it had approved a possible $197 million sale of missiles to Egypt, just days after the Egyptian government is said to have detained family members of a US-based Egyptian American human rights activist.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/16/politics/egypt-missile-sale/index.html

See people attempt roof escape after police raid illegal party in UK

Dramatic footage released by police shows officers forcing their way into an illegal nightclub in Birmingham, UK, where about 150 people were partying in the early hours of February 14.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/02/16/roof-escape-illegal-nightclub-birmingham-lon-orig-tp.cnn

Dr. Fauci: I worried about getting Covid-19 in the Trump White House

Dr. Anthony Fauci told Axios that he was concerned about personally contracting Covid-19 while working inside former President Donald Trump's White House.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/health/2021/02/15/fauci-nervous-covid-19-white-house-axios-interview-nr-sot-vpx.cnn

Navarro on Republican party: What party penalizes officials who vote their conscience?

CNN's Alice Stewart and Ana Navarro discuss Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's rebuke of former President Donald Trump's actions on January 6th, despite his vote to acquit the former President of the charge.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/02/16/mcconnell-trump-impeachment-vote-republican-party-stewart-navarro-ctn-vpx.cnn

More than 200 million people are under alerts as a deadly winter storm moves into the Northeast

A winter storm that has pummeled much of the United States will move through the Northeast on Tuesday, leaving a trail of destruction across some states unaccustomed to such harsh weather.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/16/weather/winter-storms-weather-tuesday/index.html

'We made a mistake': New York governor denies covering up Covid-19 deaths

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says all the coronavirus deaths in the nursing homes and in the hospitals "were always fully, publicly and accurately reported" following allegations of a cover-up and calls for impeachment. CNN's Brynn Gingras reports.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/health/2021/02/15/andrew-cuomo-coronavirus-nursing-home-deaths-vpx.cnn

Rare snowfall blankets Texas and Oklahoma causing disruption

Metro areas across Texas and Oklahoma were buried in inches of snow which caused power outages and disrupted travel.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/weather/2021/02/16/texas-oklahoma-snow-winter-storm-uri-orig-jk-llr.cnn

World No. 114 Aslan Karatsev makes history at Australian Open

Aslan Karatsev's historic run continued at the Australian Open on Tuesday as the Russian became the first man in the Open Era to reach the semifinals on his grand slam debut.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/16/tennis/aslan-karatsev-grigor-dimitrov-australian-open-spt-intl/index.html

White violence and Black protests during the 1918 flu have a lesson for today

Adella Bond fired her revolver outside her window into the South Philadelphia air, hoping to attract police as a mob of Irish American people gathered around her home to tell her she wasn't welcome.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/16/health/1918-flu-lessons-philadelphia-race-riots-wellness/index.html

Monday, February 15, 2021

Australian Prime Minister apologizes to former staffer allegedly raped in Parliament office

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison apologized Tuesday to a former government staffer who alleged that she was raped by a colleague in Parliament House two years ago.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/16/australia/australia-canberra-rape-allegations-intl-hnk/index.html

Vincent Jackson, former NFL wide receiver, found dead in hotel room, authorities say

Former NFL wide receiver Vincent Jackson was found dead Monday in a hotel room in Brandon, Florida, officials said.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/15/us/nfl-vincent-jackson-dead-hotel-spt/index.html

Vladimir Putin considers conversation with Elon Musk on Clubhouse

CNN's Paul R. La Monica discusses why Elon Musk invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to have a conversation on his new favorite social media app: Clubhouse.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2021/02/15/elon-musk-vladimir-putin-clubhouse-qmb.cnnbusiness

Republican lawmaker shunned by his family over vote to convict Trump

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger's own family has shunned him in a handwritten letter over his vote to impeach former President Trump for incitement.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/02/16/kinzinger-family-shuns-letter-trump-vote-impeachment-vpx.cnn

Frozen wind turbines contribute to rolling power blackouts across Texas

Some of the warmest places in Texas, where rolling power outages are occurring across the chilly state, are inside cars and trucks parked in the driveway of a home without electricity.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/15/us/power-outages-texas-monday/index.html

Fallout from Trump's acquittal exposes deepening rift within GOP

Donald Trump's acquittal in the Senate's impeachment trial -- and the backlash now facing Republicans who voted to convict him -- have exposed the deepening rift within the GOP over whether to continue to fully embrace the former President or seek to move past his divisive brand of politics.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/15/politics/republican-party-trump-midterms/index.html

NASA's Perseverance rover will land on Mars this week. Here's what to expect

Perseverance, NASA's most sophisticated rover to date, is expected to land on the surface of Mars on Thursday, February 18, around 3:55 p.m. ET.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/15/world/mars-landing-nasa-perseverance-guide-scn/index.html

Watch new footage taken from Mars' orbit

Beijing shared footage of China's Tianwen-1 probe orbiting Mars after the spacecraft successfully entered the red planet's orbit seven months following its launch.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/02/12/china-tianwen-1-mars-orbit-spacecraft-ctw-intl-ldn-vpx.cnn

Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy is splitting dangerously along partisan lines

The ability to at least contain the coronavirus in America to the point that it is manageable as soon as possible will come down in large part to Americans' willingness to get vaccinated. The good news is that more and more Americans say they are willing to do so.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/15/politics/covid-vaccine-hesitant-partisan-split/index.html

Two die in separate Colorado avalanches on Valentine's Day

Two people died in separate avalanches in Colorado on Sunday, the latest in a series of deadly avalanches that have already claimed the lives of 17 others across seven states this year.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/15/us/colorado-snowboard-avalanche-death-trnd/index.html

12-year-old trial participant shares his experience with vaccine

Duke University is testing Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine on 2,000 children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old. CNN's Pamela Brown speaks with trial participant Caleb Chung and his father Dr. Richard Chung about the 12-year-old's experience.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/health/2021/02/15/pfizer-coronavirus-vaccine-trial-kids-duke-caleb-richard-chung-intv-nr-vpx.cnn

Jeff Flake reacts to potential ambassador post for Biden administration

Former Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake told CNN's Pamela Brown that he has been in touch with the Biden administration when asked about recent reporting that the administration is considering him for an ambassador post.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/02/15/jeff-flake-biden-foreign-policy-bipartisan-sot-brown-vpx.cnn

Sunday, February 14, 2021

WHO Wuhan mission finds possible signs of wider original outbreak in 2019



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/intl-covid-02152021/

NYPD charges 21-year-old man in connection with four subway stabbings that left 2 dead

The suspect charged in connection with the four subway stabbings that left two people dead over the weekend has been identified as a 21-year-old man who was living in a Brooklyn homeless shelter, according to the New York Police Department.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/14/us/nypd-subway-stabbings-suspect/index.html

Archaeologists discover ancient beer factory in Egypt

Archaeologists have discovered a massive 5,000-year-old brewery in the ancient Egyptian city of Abydos, according to Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/14/middleeast/egypt-beer-factory-intl-hnk-scli-scn/index.html

When the Dalai Lama dies, his reincarnation will be a religious crisis. Here's what could happen

A decade ago, the Dalai Lama set himself a significant deadline.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/14/asia/dalai-lama-china-death-reincarnation-dst-intl-hnk/index.html

WHO Wuhan mission finds possible signs of wider original outbreak in 2019

Investigators from the World Health Organization (WHO) looking into the origins of coronavirus in China have discovered signs the outbreak was much wider in Wuhan in December 2019 than previously thought, and are urgently seeking access to hundreds of thousands of blood samples from the city that China has not so far let them examine.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/14/health/who-mission-china-intl/index.html

They love each other but Covid has torn them apart

When Riëtte Badenhorst got home from her cancer surgery in South Africa, all her fiancé Steve Mann could do was comfort her on the phone, all the way from the UK. Riëtte wishes he had been with her.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/couples-torn-apart-by-covid/index.html

What if Trump hadn't had Twitter

It has only been a month since Trump was booted from Twitter and other social media platforms, but already the nasty slogans have slowed and the vicious attacks have waned.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/13/opinions/trump-impeachment-alternate-reality-big-lie-zelizer/index.html

'SNL' takes on Trump's impeachment acquittal

The Senate acquitted former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial Saturday, and "Saturday Night Live" made sure to lampoon the day's proceedings using their own Tucker Carlson.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/14/media/snl-saturday-night-live/index.html

How to rekindle the flame that the pandemic extinguished

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but how can you miss your love if they never go away?

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/14/health/valentines-day-rekindle-love-wellness/index.html

Saturday, February 13, 2021

500 vehicles in flames after fuel tanker explodes on Afghanistan-Iran border

More than 500 vehicles burst into flames at the Afghanistan-Iranian border Saturday afternoon after a fuel truck there exploded, provincial officials told Afghanistan's TOLO News.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/13/middleeast/car-fire-afghanistan-iran-intl-hnk/index.html

NYPD deploys 500 officers to patrol subways after four stabbings in less than 24 hours

The New York City Police Department is deploying an additional 500 officers to patrol the city's subway system after four stabbings in less than 24 hours that left two people dead.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/13/us/nypd-officers-deployed-subway-stabbings/index.html

White House deputy press secretary resigns after threatening reporter

White House deputy press secretary TJ Ducklo, who threatened a reporter who asked about his relationship with another reporter, has resigned.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/13/media/tj-ducklo-resigns/index.html

Chris Harrison steps aside ' from 'The Bachelor' after controversial interview

"Bachelor" host Chris Harrison said Saturday he is "stepping aside" from the show "for a period of time" after defending a frontrunner on the current season who came under scrutiny for social media photos from her past.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/13/entertainment/chris-harrison-the-bachelor-interview-trnd/index.html

Mitch McConnell: No question Trump is responsible for provoking riot

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that there was no question that former President Donald Trump was "practically and morally responsible" for provoking the January 6 US Capitol insurrection despite the Senate voting to acquit Trump for inciting the riot.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/02/13/mitch-mcconnell-trump-responsible-for-riot-impeachment-acquittal-sot-vpx.cnn

NY Gov. Cuomo accused of covering up nursing home Covid-19 deaths

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's top aide says the administration delayed the release of data on Covid-19 deaths of long-term care facility residents because of concerns about a potential federal investigation, a transcript of a call between the aide and state lawmakers shows.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/02/12/andrew-cuomo-accused-covering-up-nursing-homes-covid-deaths-jones-pkg-vpx.cnn

The UK economy shrank by nearly 10% in 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has effectively wiped out all growth in the United Kingdom over the last 7 years, returning the economy close to the size it was in 2013.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2021/02/12/uk-economy-gdp-record-fall.cnnbusiness

Video shows massive winter car pile up

At least six people were killed and several were injured in a massive pile up caused by icy weather conditions on Interstate 35W in Fort Worth, Texas.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/weather/2021/02/11/texas-pile-up-fort-worth-interstate-crash-orig-mg.cnn

'Insultingly misleading': CNN fact-checker on Trump lawyer's claim

CNN's Daniel Dale fact-checks several claims made by former President Donald Trump's defense attorneys during his second impeachment trial.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/02/13/trump-impeachment-lawyers-fact-check-dale-sot-vpx-ac360.cnn

President of Tokyo Olympics announces resignation after sexist remarks

Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori said he will resign due to the fallout after sexist remarks he made at a meeting were leaked to the public.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/sports/2021/02/12/tokyo-olympics-president-resignation-sexist-remarks-intl-ldn-vpx.cnn

Another defensive meltdown sees Liverpool slip to third straight Premier League defeat

Liverpool's defense of its Premier League title is rapidly evaporating after yet another calamitous defensive performance condemned Jurgen Klopp's side to a third consecutive defeat.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/13/football/liverpool-leicester-jurgen-klopp-spt-intl/index.html

McConnell tells colleagues he will vote to acquit Trump



source https://cnn.it/3tYJwvs

Friday, February 12, 2021

Incest accusation in prominent family prompts French national reckoning with child abuse

It all started with damning allegations from book excerpts published in France's prestigious Le Monde newspaper as the new year began.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/13/europe/france-la-familia-grande-incest-reckoning-intl/index.html

The latest on the coronavirus pandemic and vaccines



source https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-pandemic-vaccine-updates-02-13-21/index.html

Village at center of India glacier collapse warned of impending disaster for decades. No one listened.

When contractors came to her Himalayan forest to cut down thousands of trees, Gaura Devi rallied the women of her village and marched into the woods.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/12/asia/india-glacier-raini-village-chipko-intl-hnk/index.html

US-led sanctions on Venezuela 'devastating' to human rights, says UN report

A United Nations Special Rapporteur has issued a scathing report on the international pressure campaign on Venezuela, calling on the United States, United Kingdom and European Union to lift "devastating" economic sanctions.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/12/world/us-venezuela-sanctions-alina-douhan-intl/index.html

New details reveal Trump refused to call off rioters in explosive phone call

In an expletive-laced phone call with House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy while the Capitol was under attack, then-President Donald Trump said the rioters cared more about the election results than McCarthy did.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/12/politics/trump-mccarthy-shouting-match-details/index.html

'How gullible do you think we are?' Manager rebukes defense

Lead impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) says convicting former President Trump will set a precedent and forbid any future presidential incitement to violent insurrection under the impeachment clauses.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/02/12/raskin-impeachment-argument-question-answer-trump-vpx.cnn

Hear the story behind the tweet that Trump's lawyer used to defend him

Former President Trump's attorneys cited a tweet he sent on the day of the Capitol riot, calling for protesters to "stay peaceful." CNN's Pamela Brown reports that Trump's aides had to convince him to send that tweet.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/02/12/trump-tweet-stay-peaceful-impeachment-trial-vpx.cnn

This may be the most fearsome US Navy weapon in the Pacific

Born of the Cold War and launched with enough firepower to destroy well over a dozen Soviet cities in a single salvo, the USS Ohio, the largest submarine the United States Navy has ever put to sea, has been stripped of its nuclear missiles.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/11/asia/uss-ohio-submarine-navy-pacific-weapon-intl-hnk-ml/index.html

Must-watch videos of the week



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/videos-of-the-week/

Anchor reacts to montage Trump's lawyer played at trial

CNN's Jake Tapper, Dana Bash and Abby Phillip discusses Trump's attorney Michael van der Veen presenting a montage of Democrats and celebrities at President Trump's second impeachment trial.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/02/12/michael-van-der-veen-trump-impeachment-trial-vpx.cnn

Hear Press Secretary Psaki's comments on suspended deputy

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced that one of her deputies, TJ Ducklo, had been suspended for one week without pay after a Vanity Fair story revealed Ducklo had threatened a reporter who was working on a story about his romantic relationship with another reporter.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/media/2021/02/12/tj-ducklo-white-house-suspended-psaki-sot-vpx.cnn

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Controversial art dealer's daughter will return over 100 antiquities to Cambodia

When art dealer Douglas Latchford was charged with wire fraud, smuggling and conspiracy, US prosecutors not only alleged that he had trafficked stolen Cambodian antiquities -- he had "built a career" on it.

source https://www.cnn.com/style/article/cambodia-khmer-artifacts-douglas-latchford/index.html

3 GOP senators talk strategy with Trump's team

A trio of Republican senators allied with former President Donald Trump met with his defense team Thursday evening, in the middle of an impeachment trial in which they will vote on whether to convict Trump and potentially bar him from holding public office again.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/11/politics/gop-senators-trump-impeachment-lawyers/index.html

Netanyahu's wait for a call from Biden raises questions about US priorities

The White House insists President Joe Biden will "soon" speak with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but the wait, which has now stretched beyond three weeks, is raising questions about whether there is a motive behind the delay.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/11/politics/biden-netanyahu-phone-call/index.html

Why the arrest of one of Asia's most-wanted fugitives may fail to impact the region's war on drugs

The recent arrest of Tse Chi Lop, the alleged leader of the Sam Gor drug syndicate and one of the world's most-wanted suspected criminals, is a remarkable victory for the coalition of governments and police forces that pursued him.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/11/opinions/tse-chi-lop-arrest-aftermath-intl-hnk/index.html

Study shows New York subways have a pollution problem

In the Big Apple, even mass transit can be a pollution risk.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/11/us/subway-pollution-report/index.html

This may be the most fearsome US Navy weapon in the Pacific

Born of the Cold War and launched with enough firepower to destroy well over a dozen Soviet cities in a single salvo, the USS Ohio, the largest submarine the United States Navy has ever put to sea, has been stripped of its nuclear missiles.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/11/asia/uss-ohio-submarine-navy-pacific-weapon-intl-hnk-ml/index.html

Canada's vaccine rollout stalls, confining seniors to their homes for months to come

Like most Canadian seniors, David and Carol Green have been patient and even good humored about the pandemic waves that have kept them house-bound for nearly a year.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/11/world/canada-vaccine-rollout-failure/index.html

Get ready for Trump's defense

House Democrats rested their case against of President Donald Trump. House impeachment managers dedicated the third day of Trump's second impeachment trial to showing how the former President cultivated his supporters, drew them to Washington and then dispatched them to the Capitol.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/11/politics/what-matters-february-11/index.html

Chick Corea, jazz legend and renowned pianist, dead at 79

Renowned jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea has died, according to a statement on the musician's website. He was 79.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/11/entertainment/chick-corea-dead/index.html

Stonehenge may be a rebuilt stone circle from Wales, new research suggests

Five thousand years after Stonehenge was built, archaeologists have finally pinpointed exactly where the bluestones that form part of the imposing UK monument came from and how they were unearthed.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/11/europe/stonehenge-wales-stone-circle-scn/index.html

Love for Britney Spears is late in coming, but powerful

Britney Spears has been the subject of cruel jokes in the past, but times have changed.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/11/entertainment/britney-spears-documentary-plc/index.html

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

More US state leadersloosening Covid-19 restrictions. Experts warned it may be too soon

More state leaders have announced they're loosening Covid-19 restrictions, even as experts warn the US is still not in the clear -- especially as variants spread across the country.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/11/health/us-coronavirus-thursday/index.html

MIT graduate student is a 'person of interest' in murder of Yale graduate student

New Haven police are looking for an MIT graduate student as a "person of interest" in their investigation into the murder of a Yale graduate student this past Saturday, though police say he's not currently a suspect.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/11/us/mit-graduate-person-of-interest-yale-student-murder/index.html

New details on Capitol's day of terror are devastating indictment of Trump

Impeachment prosecutors took senators on a wrenching journey inside the horror of the US Capitol insurrection, making a devastating case that Donald Trump had plotted, incited and celebrated a vile crime against the United States.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/11/politics/donald-trump-impeachment/index.html

Ten years ago I watched as protesters toppled Egypt's brutal regime. Now their hopes of a new era of freedom lie in tatters

"They're going room to room, we have to get out."

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/11/middleeast/arab-spring-egypt-memories-10-years-on-hala-gorani-intl/index.html

Indonesia plane crash had engine thrust imbalance, preliminary report finds

The Indonesian passenger jet that crashed last month, killing 62 people, had an imbalance in engine thrust that eventually led the plane into a sharp roll and then a final dive into the sea, a preliminary report by investigators said on Wednesday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/10/asia/indonesia-crash-preliminary-report-intl-hnk/index.html

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has been banned from Instagram

Instagram on Wednesday took down the account of controversial anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/10/tech/robert-kennedy-jr-instagram-ban/index.html

Biden speaks with Chinese President Xi Jinping for first time as President

President Joe Biden spoke with China's President Xi Jinping late Wednesday, according to a senior administration official, their first call since Biden took office.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/10/politics/biden-xi-call/index.html

Larry Flynt, founder of Hustler magazine, dies at 78

Larry Flynt, the "Hustler" magazine founder and outspoken first amendment activist who built an adult entertainment empire, died Wednesday at his Hollywood Hills home, his nephew, Jimmy Flynt Jr., tells CNN. He was 78.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/10/media/larry-flynt-obituary/index.html

New video helping investigators search for suspects in US Capitol officer's death

Federal authorities have narrowed to a handful the number of suspects in the death of US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, a US official briefed on the probe said Wednesday, raising hopes that investigators can bring charges in the case.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/10/politics/brian-sicknick-investigation/index.html

See full video of how insurrection unfolded

House impeachment manager Stacey Plaskett (D-USVI) shows never-before-seen security footage from the Capitol riot at former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/02/10/security-footage-capitol-riot-plaskett-timeline-impeachment-trial-two-vpx.cnn

Trump advisers say he hasn't shown remorse for the insurrection

Advisers to former President Donald Trump say he still has not expressed remorse for the siege at the US Capitol, which could end up being important for Senate jurors to consider after House impeachment managers on Wednesday released new video of the violent mob's assault on January 6.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/10/politics/donald-trump-mike-pence-impeachment/index.html

Chilling new security footage shows Pence and family rushed to safety

House impeachment managers show never-before-seen security footage from the Capitol riot at former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/02/10/security-footage-pence-exit-capitol-riot-impeachment-trial-two-vpx.cnn

Watch heroic officer save Mitt Romney

New surveillance video shows Capitol police officer Eugene Goodman directing Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) away from rioters.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/02/10/mitt-romney-eugene-goodman-tapper-impeachment-trial-two-vpx.cnn

Uber lost $6.8 billion in 2020 -- and that's actually good news

Uber lost a staggering $6.8 billion last year -- and that's actually good news.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/10/tech/uber-earnings/index.html

US and South Korea nearing agreement on cost sharing for American troops

Washington and Seoul are narrowing in on a new cost-sharing agreement for US forces in South Korea and could be just weeks away from striking a deal, according to five sources familiar with the discussions.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/10/politics/us-south-korea-cost-sharing-troops/index.html

'Storm the Capitol!': Rioters react to Trump speech

Impeachment manager Madeleine Dean (D-PA) explains how former President Donald Trump's speech, prior to the January 6 riot, fueled his supporters to storm the US Capitol.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/02/10/rioters-react-trump-speech-election-impeachment-trial-two-vpx.cnn

As search for avalanche survivors continues, details emerge of terrifying moments before disaster struck

Deep in the Himalayan mountains, Tuskar Singh Rana watched in disbelief as the avalanche roared his way. The deadly mixture of ice, rock and water approached at a furious pace from miles away, consuming nearly everything in its path.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/10/asia/india-uttarakhand-glacier-intl-hnk/index.html

Late-night hosts react to day one of Trump's second impeachment trial

Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, James Corden and Jimmy Kimmel react to day one of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/media/2021/02/10/stephen-colbert-trump-second-impeachment-trial-begins-late-night-reacts-orig.cnn

Two men cried in the Senate Tuesday. One of them made a devastating case against Trump

The first day of the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump was a perfect microcosm of the country's partisan divide and what's at stake in a post-Trump America. On one side are dedicated lawmakers trying to cobble a broken nation back together, taking their roles seriously and clearly acting with heavy hearts in the wake of a violent insurrection. On the other are those who believe these hearings are not in their party's interests, and are willing, again, to put party over country while they demand that a fractured democracy move on without tending to its wounds.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/09/opinions/trump-impeachment-two-men-cried-filipovic/index.html

How a hit TV show exposed the failure to learn the lessons of the past on Covid-19

A man lies alone in a hospital bed, frightened and cut off from most of his family and friends, while the outside world grapples with the growing threat of an unfamiliar virus. As he lies stricken, he is cared for by doctors and nurses dressed head to toe in PPE. Eventually he begs for his mother to make him better and asks her through tears if everyone who has contracted this disease has died.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/10/europe/hiv-aids-coronavirus-parallels-its-a-sin-intl/index.html

Michigan state Senate leader apologizes for calling Capitol riot a hoax

Michigan state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey apologized Tuesday for calling the US Capitol riot a hoax and espousing several conspiracy theories implicating political leadership in a video recorded and posted to YouTube.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/09/politics/capitol-riot-hoax-michigan-state-senate-leader-apologize/index.html

Coast Guard rescues 3 Cubans from deserted island where they lived off coconuts for 33 days

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three Cuban nationals from a deserted Bahaman island, where they had been living off coconuts for 33 days, the agency announced.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/deserted-island-rescue-coconuts-33-days/index.html

Trump lawyer presses for former President's full-time Mar-a-Lago residency

Attorneys for former President Donald Trump were defending him not only on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday in his second impeachment trial, but also in Palm Beach, Florida, at a town council meeting.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/09/politics/mar-a-lago-court-trump-residency/index.html

About 1 in 10 Americans have gotten at least their first Covid-19 shot. But supply challenges remain

About one in 10 Americans -- nearly 32.9 million people --- have so far received at least a first dose of the two-part Covid-19 vaccines, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows, and about 9.8 million people have been fully vaccinated.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/10/health/us-coronavirus-wednesday/index.html

Americans' perceived risk of Covid-19 is lower than any time since October, poll finds

Americans' perception of risk from the coronavirus is the lowest it has been since October, a new poll has found.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/10/health/risk-of-covid-19-public-perception-poll-wellness/index.html

Texas authorities search for tanker truck after heartbreaking 911 calls from people claiming to be inside

Texas authorities are searching for a white tanker truck after disturbing 911 calls in which people pleaded for help in Spanish and claimed they were inside the vehicle, CNN affiliate KABB reported.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/10/us/texas-truck-immigrants-911-call/index.html

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Explosives are missing from the nation's largest Marine Corps base and an investigation is underway

Explosives are missing from the nation's largest US Marine Corps base, according to military officials who said Tuesday an investigation is underway.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/09/us/california-missing-explosives-marine-corps-base/index.html

Twitter is stuck between a rock and a hard place in India

India's efforts to crack down on dissent have left Twitter with an impossible balancing act: protecting the speech of its users, or risking its employees and business in one of the company's most vital markets.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/09/tech/twitter-india-government-farmer-protests/index.html

Biden's pick for attorney general has confirmation hearing set for February 22

President Joe Biden's nominee for attorney general, Judge Merrick Garland, is scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 22 and 23 for his confirmation hearing.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/09/politics/merrick-garland-attorney-general-confirmation-hearing/index.html

New 'future city' to rise in southwest China

A new "future city" is set to spring up in southwest China, featuring an urban design intended to combine industry and technology with the pastoral beauty of the countryside.

source https://www.cnn.com/style/article/chengdu-future-city-design-competition-masterplan/index.html

Monday, February 8, 2021

The 3 defenses of Donald Trump

Former President Donald Trump's lawyers have explained how will they defend him in his second impeachment trial against the charge that he incited the violent insurrection at the Capitol on January 6.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/08/opinions/trump-impeachment-defense-arguments-milgram/index.html

Rise in attacks on elderly Asian Americans in Bay Area prompts new special response unit

Several unprovoked attacks on elderly Asian Americans, including at least three in the Bay Area captured in disturbing videos in recent days, have raised concerns about anti-Asian bias related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/08/us/asian-american-attacks-bay-area/index.html

Reinventing Sri Lanka: As the country reopens to international travelers, the tourism industry ponders its future

A year ago, Dinesh Perera and his friends owned and operated the only two LGBTQ-friendly accommodations in Colombo: Mahasen by Foozoo and Mahasen Terrace by Foozoo. Both hotels sat opposite each other on Mahasen Mawatha, a quiet road in a residential neighborhood in Colombo.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/sri-lanka-tourism-crisis-solutions/index.html

A trio of House GOP women could alter the outcome of the 2022 election

A trio of Republican women in the US House of Representatives dominated the political headlines last week, and their stories will undoubtedly impact the GOP's chances of retaking the House in 2022. Indeed, Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Claudia Tenney of New York each illustrate the political topography of the midterm electoral battlefield.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/08/opinions/cheney-greene-tenney-gop-2022-bond/index.html

Jeffrey Epstein's US Virgin Island properties may be sold to help pay victims' fund

Representatives of Jeffrey Epstein's estate are looking to sell his US Virgin Island properties to fund the Epstein Victims' Compensation Program, which paused all payouts last week, according to an attorney for the estate.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/08/us/jeffrey-epstein-estate-properties-for-sale/index.html

Someone tried to poison a Florida city by hacking into the water treatment system, sheriff says

A hacker gained access into the water treatment system of Oldsmar, Florida, on Friday and tried to increase the levels of sodium hydroxide -- commonly referred to as lye -- in the city's water, officials said, putting thousands at risk of being poisoned.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/08/us/oldsmar-florida-hack-water-poison/index.html

Georgia secretary of state's office launches investigation into Trump's phone call

The office of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger confirmed to CNN on Monday that it has started an investigation into former President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the state's election results, including a phone call the former President made to Raffensperger.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/08/politics/georgia-secretary-of-state-trump-investigation/index.html

Grandfather sentenced in 2019 death of granddaughter from cruise ship window

The man who pleaded guilty in the death of his 18-month-old granddaughter aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in 2019 was sentenced Monday to three years of probation, according to a statement from the Puerto Rican government.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/08/us/cruise-ship-death-grandfather-sentenced/index.html

At least 14 people died in avalanches last week, the deadliest week of US avalanches on record

Andy Jessen was the mayor pro tempore of Eagle, Colorado. Sarah Moughamian, a lover of all things outdoors, spent all the free time she had in the Utah snow. Army Ranger Matthew Nyman survived a helicopter crash in Iraq that crushed his foot but he learned to climb again, most recently on Alaska's Bear Mountain.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/08/us/avalanche-deaths-deadliest-week-trnd/index.html

'QAnon Shaman' rioter will eat organic food, while most prisons have reputation for serving unhealthy food

As trays with bologna sandwiches and canned fruit are being served to millions of people in America's prisons and jails, US Capitol rioter and so-called "QAnon Shaman" Jacob Chansley is only eating organic food while he awaits trial.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/08/us/prison-meals-qanon-shaman-organic-food/index.html

America confronts Trump's destructive legacy



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/intl-impeachment-0208/

Highlights and lowlights of the Super Bowl TV show



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/intl-superbowl-0208/

Martian moon Phobos could tell us what Mars was like in the past

Mars has long been a point of fascination for scientists as they try to uncover the planet's past and determine if it ever supported life.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/08/world/mars-moon-phobos-mission-scn/index.html

Williams sisters make dream start to Australian Open

The Williams sisters rolled back the years on Monday as both stormed to straight-set victories in the Australian Open first round.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/08/tennis/serena-venus-williams-australian-open-2021-spt-intl/index.html

Sunday, February 7, 2021

China arrests Australian TV host on suspicion of spying

An Australian employee of China's state broadcaster CGTN has been arrested on suspicion of "illegally supplying state secrets overseas," Canberra said Monday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/07/media/china-australia-cheng-lei-cgtn-intl-hnk/index.html

After weeks of drama and setbacks, the Australian Open kicks off

Thousands of tennis fans descended on Melbourne Park to watch stars including Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams kick off the Australian Open on Monday, after a three-week postponement and high drama over the quarantine of players.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/07/tennis/australian-open-coronavirus-sport-intl-hnk/index.html

Super Bowl 2021: TV coverage highlights and lowlights from a big game in a strange year

As advertisers considered the delicate balancing act this year's Super Bowl required -- striking just the right tone amid a period of stark cultural and political divides and public-health unease -- many blue-chip brands opted to sit this one out.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/07/entertainment/super-bowl-2021-tv-coverage-highlights/index.html

Millions who likely voted for Trump want him barred from future office

It is common that many politicians grow more popular once they leave office. That has not been the case for former President Donald Trump.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/07/politics/polls-trump-impeachment-future-office/index.html

Heartbreak and anger as China discourages travel for Lunar New Year

Normally at this time of year, hundreds of millions of Chinese people would be packing highways, trains and planes on homebound trips to celebrate the Lunar New Year with their family.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/china-lny-travel-new-dst-intl-hnk/index.html

South Africa pauses AstraZeneca vaccine rollout after study shows it offers less protection against variant

South African health officials said Sunday they're pausing the country's rollout of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine after a study showed it offered reduced protection from the Covid-19 variant first identified there.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/07/health/south-africa-astrazeneca-vaccine-study/index.html

Facebook vowed to crack down on Covid-19 vaccine misinformation but misleading posts remain easy to find

Nearly two months into the largest vaccine rollout in US history, Instagram continued to prominently feature anti-vaccination accounts in its search results, while Facebook groups railing against vaccines remained easy to find.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/07/tech/facebook-instagram-covid-vaccine/index.html

Britain is under lockdown. But one year into the Covid crisis, many are unable to keep to the rules

Anna says she did not want to break the UK's Covid-19 lockdown rules.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/07/uk/lockdown-breakers-covid-economy-gbr-intl/index.html

Pope appoints first woman Under-Secretary with right to vote in Synod of Bishops

Pope Francis has for the first time appointed a female Under-Secretary to the Synod of Bishops, the Vatican announced Saturday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/07/europe/pope-synod-appointment-intl-scli/index.html

Friday, February 5, 2021

Myanmar blocks Twitter and Instagram

Myanmar further expanded its internet crackdown, ordering a block of Twitter and Instagram days after the country's military seized power in a coup.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/05/tech/myanmar-blocks-twitter-instagram/index.html

Biden administration to remove Houthis from terrorist list, reversing Trump's decision

The State Department has informed Congress of its intent to reverse the Trump administration's eleventh-hour decision to designate Yemen's Houthi rebels as a foreign terrorist organization, a State Department official said Friday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/05/politics/us-houthis-terrorist-list/index.html

An invisible, odorless gas is pitting Texas against the Biden administration

Deep in the heart of Texas, above an oil patch about the size of Kansas, a little team in a small plane is trying to reveal a big problem.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/05/us/climate-crisis-texas-methane-emissions-weir-wxc/index.html

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Amanda Gorman's journey to the inauguration and the Super Bowl

In 2014, Amanda Gorman was a budding young poet in Los Angeles.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/04/us/amanda-gorman-super-bowl-poetry-writegirl-cnnheroes/index.html

Wisconsin teachers put on administrative leave after asking students how they would 'punish' slaves

Teachers at a Wisconsin middle school have been placed on administrative leave after an unapproved lesson about slavery upset families.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/04/us/wisconsin-racially-insensitive-lesson-slavery-trnd/index.html

Asians in Hollywood more visible than ever

If it seems like you are seeing more projects involving Asian performers and storytellers, you are not wrong.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/04/entertainment/asians-hollywood-diversity-plc/index.html

US House strips Marjorie Taylor Greene from committee assignments



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/intl-us-pols-0204/

A 30,000-member Facebook group is helping Hong Kong navigate quarantine

I woke to the sound of my fiancée muttering "f*@!" under her breath on Christmas Eve.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/hong-kong-quarantine-facebook-group-intl-hnk-dst/index.html

'Stop f---ing selling!!!' Redditors go ballistic over GameStop's sinking share price

Reddit favorite GameStop isn't looking so hot this week and some of the stock's biggest backers are freaking out.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/04/investing/gamestop-wallstreetbets-reddit/index.html

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene defends herself on the House floor

CNN's John King and Nia-Malika Henderson discuss Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's (R-GA) remarks on the House floor in which she expressed regret for spreading false and damaging conspiracy theories. The remarks came ahead of a House vote on whether to strip Greene of her committee assignments.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/02/04/marjorie-taylor-greene-school-shootings-9-11-q-anon-henderson-king-ip-vpx.cnn

Anti-vaxxers used 'Stop the Steal' to advance conspiracy theories

As the Trump faithful gathered around the Capitol on January 6, two conspiracy theories peddling in government mistrust converged: The fraudulent belief that the election was stolen, and the dangerous narrative that Covid-19 vaccinations are wildly unsafe.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/04/politics/anti-vaxxers-stop-the-steal-invs/index.html

'This war has to end': Watch Biden's Yemen announcement

President Joe Biden announced that the US is ending all support for offensive operations in Yemen, including arms sales, in an effort to end the war and humanitarian crisis.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/02/04/joe-biden-foreign-policy-yemen-saudi-arabia-sot-vpx.cnn

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Myanmar cuts Facebook access as military tightens grip following coup



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/intl-myanmar-020421/

Prisoners in Massachusetts are getting their Covid-19 vaccines -- and reduced sentences

Prisoners in Massachusetts have a special incentive to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/03/us/massachusetts-prisoner-vaccine-trnd/index.html

Parler's CEO has been terminated by its board

Parler CEO John Matze has been terminated by the board of the embattled social media company, according to Parler investor and right-wing commentator Dan Bongino.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/03/tech/parler-ceo-terminated/index.html

New Homeland Security secretary reacts to tapes of family separations

In a CNN exclusive interview, Ana Cabrera speaks with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas about children being separated from their parents at the border.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/02/04/ana-cabrera-alejandro-mayorkas-intv-children-sot-tsr-vpx.cnn

'He lost my vote': Trump supporter on lawmaker's impeachment vote

CNN's Kyung Lah speaks with Trump supporters in Washington state who say they feel betrayed after Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) voted yes on the articles of impeachment of President Donald Trump.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/02/03/donald-trump-supporters-dan-newhouse-impeachment-vote-lah-pgk-vpx-lead.cnn

Netflix is doubling down on Asia with K-dramas and mobile-only deals. But China remains elusive

Netflix has amassed some 200 million subscribers and cemented its status as the king of streaming video. Now it's looking to run up the score with a big push into Asia, its fastest-growing region.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/03/media/netflix-asia-expansion-intl-hnk/index.html

Nuclear-powered rocket could get astronauts to Mars faster

By 2035, NASA wants to land humans on Mars. But reaching the red planet, on average around 140 million miles away, will be a mammoth feat.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/03/world/nuclear-powered-rocket-scn-spc-intl/index.html

World's first face and hands transplant gives New Jersey man a second chance at life

It's been more than two years since Joe Dimeo could smile.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/03/us/face-and-double-hand-transplant/index.html

US defense chief orders all military to pause and review handling of extremism in ranks

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has ordered a staggered pause of operations across the entire US military so commanders can have "needed discussions" with service members about the issue of extremism over the next 60 days, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby announced on Wednesday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/03/politics/pentagon-stand-down-domestic-extremism-military/index.html