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Jan 14 2021

‘Not what we were saying, Joe’: Progressives angry as Biden’s $1.9 TRILLION coronavirus plan offers $1,400 instead of $2k

As details of Joe Biden’s Covid-19 relief proposal were leaked to mainstream media, Americans impacted by months of lockdowns griped about the amount of one-time relief that has become a partisan political football. As part of the $1.9 trillion ‘American Rescue Plan,’ the new administration wants to roll out $1,400 checks to supplement the $600 “stimulus” sent out last month, which “would bring the total to the $2,000 that Biden has called for,” per AP.  The amount has caused some rancor, as Biden is on the record calling for a $2,000 payment – as did the outgoing President Donald Trump, …

Jan 14 2021

USA: News networks building near Capitol boarded up ahead of Inauguration Day

The Hall of States, an office building near the Capitol that houses news networks like AP, Fox and NBC and many Washington offices of the fifty states, was boarded up on Wednesday as security has been tightening in Washington DC ahead of President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. The network logos could also be seen covered with plastic bags. After the US Capitol storming by pro-Trump supporters last week, the FBI has warned of armed protests being planned for Washington ahead of the inauguration. The National Guard is reportedly expected to send 20,000 troops to DC to scale up …

Jan 14 2021

UK: Boots pharmacy offers COVID vaccine in Halifax

People received their COVID-19 vaccine at a Boots pharmacy in Halifax on Thursday, in the British pharmacy chains’s first location to offer the jab. “I advise everybody, get this feeling of security. And let’s all get it done and let’s all get back to normal,” one Halifax resident said after getting her shot. The Boots pharmacy offering the jab is administering the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Boots is reportedly expected to open two extra vaccination sites in Huddersfield and Gloucester in the following weeks, with an option to extend them to additional Boots locations in the future. The UK has been the …

Jan 14 2021

Trump outlines NUCLEAR future with mini-reactors for US military and space programs

In his last days in office, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order whose impact might be felt through 2040 and beyond, directing agencies to work on new kinds of nuclear power for space exploration and military use. The order promoting “Small Modular Reactors for National Defense and Space Exploration” was published on Tuesday. Though it promptly got lost in the media cacophony over the inauguration, impeachment and last week’s unrest at the US Capitol, its contents could have a long-lasting effect on US nuclear policy. Declaring nuclear energy “critical to the national security, energy security, and economic prosperity …

Jan 14 2021

Republicans who voted for Trump impeachment expect ‘someone may try to KILL us,’ buying body armor, says congressman

Peter Meijer (R-Michigan) says he and other Republicans fear for their lives after voting in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump. “Many of us are altering our routines, working to get body armor, which is a reimbursable purchase that we can make,” Meijer told MSNBC in a Thursday interview.  Meijer was one of 10 Republicans to break from their party and join Democrats in voting for Trump’s impeachment, which now faces an uncertain future as the Senate reconvenes on January 19, a day ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration, meaning if it moves forward, the impeachment trial would occur during Biden’s …

Jan 14 2021

Edible faces help soften lockdown blues in Japan

For all those missing their relatives amid the COVID lockdown as well as for those who just want to have fun, human faces printed on top of biscuits, macarons, and traditional Japanese cakes have become a great option for a present. The IINA Stores Inc, based in Iwaki, Fukushima, showed the production process on Thursday. When customers place their order, they can choose the type of dessert and attach a photo of the face they want to be printed on it. The store calls the traditional Japanese cakes they have ‘kao dorayaki,’ which in Japanese means ‘face dorayaki.’ Two small …

Jan 14 2021

He wanted to ‘barbeque and eat me’: Actor & Trump hater Armie Hammer’s ex-girlfriend feeds cannibal fantasy rumors

Armie Hammer, who has called Trump a “racist” and bizarrely once referred to his rear end as cake, continues to face fallout from allegations of cannibal fantasies as an ex-girlfriend has come forward with a firsthand account. Following Hammer dismissing troubling online messages attributed to him fantasizing about cannibalism with partners “bulls**t claims,” ex-girlfriend Courtney Vucekovich has spoken up to say the messages are not at all surprising. “He said to me he wants to break my rib and barbecue and eat it,” Vucekovich, who dated Hammer over the summer, told Page Six on Thursday. Recent messages posted by the …

Jan 14 2021

USA: National Guard troops fill Capitol to provide security ahead of inauguration week

Around 1,000 armed members of the US National Guard troops were seen on Wednesday and Thursday resting and sleeping on the marble floor of the US Capitol in Washington DC, due to potential threats of violence amid Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in Congress and ahead of the upcoming Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration. The National Guard is expected to send over 21,000 troops from around the US to scale up security on Inauguration Day on January 20, with seven thousands of soldiers reportedly already in DC. Security is on high alert across the country as the FBI has warned about possible …

Jan 14 2021

14 leaders of MS-13 gang indicted on terrorism charges in US, including 3 ‘armed and dangerous’ men still at large

The US has indicted 14 of the leaders of the MS-13 criminal gang on terrorism charges in the most comprehensive action yet against the organization, the US Department of Justice has announced. The indictment, unsealed in New York on Thursday, charges the defendants with conspiracy to support, commit and finance terrorism and narco-terrorism over the past 20 years, including in El Salvador, the US, Mexico and other territories. Among the gang members indicted are Borromeo Enrique Henriquez, 42, known as the “Little Devil of Hollywood,” who is said to be the most “powerful” member of the MS-13 gang’s leadership. The …

Jan 14 2021

Sweat electricity off! See how Singapore researchers bring sustainability to the next level

Sweat was seen performing as a new sustainable source of energy at the National University of Singapore, Thursday. The membrane, or a so-called film, absorbs sweat evaporation of it’s wearer as well as from the air producing electricity. “So basically when the materials absorb the moisture from the sweat, true evaporation process, the material itself turns into electrolytes and with two metallic electrodes placed across the sample, it acts like a battery, therefore it enables to power up our electronic gadgets,” Associate Professor Tan Swee Ching explained. According to reports, the membrane is made of cobalt chloride and ethanolamine, two …

Jan 14 2021

Jared & Ivanka barred Secret Service from using their toilets, forcing them to pay $100K+ to rent nearby bathroom – report

Secret Service personnel assigned to guard the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner were forbidden to use the pair’s 6.5 bathrooms, allegedly forcing them to rent an entire apartment at taxpayer expense. The president’s oldest daughter and her husband reportedly refused to allow their Secret Service detail to use any of the half-dozen bathrooms in their home, located in the upscale DC neighborhood of Kalorama, according to neighbors and law enforcement officials who spoke to the Washington Post on Thursday. This obviously left the protection detail in a bit of a pickle, and the agents reportedly spent …

Jan 14 2021

A woman injured in bullets fired by QSD militia in Hasaka countryside

Related Articles Hasaka, SANA- A woman was injured on Thursday in bullets fired by US-backed QSD militia in al-Hawl refugee camp , east of Hasaka. Sources in the camp told SANA reporter that members of the militia opened fire at a woman in the fifth section of al-Hawl camp , causing the injury of the woman. Al-Hawl camp suffers from bad conditions due to the security chaos and the spread of crimes and weapons. MHD Ibrahim/ Mazen Eyon FORUM

Jan 14 2021

5,196 new Coronavirus cases registered, 41 pass away in Lebanon

Related Articles Beirut, SANA-The Lebanese Health Ministry announced on Thursday that 5,196 new Coronavirus cases were registered during the last 24 hours, increasing the total number of Coronavirus cases since the 21st of last February to 237,132 cases. The Ministry added, in its daily report, that 41 new mortalities were registered, raising the total number of deaths to 1,781 Lebanon entered the first day of a strict lockdown , with the implementation of a curfew which lasts 11 days in light of the outbreak of the Coronavirus in the country during the last week. MHD Ibrahim/ Mazen Eyon FORUM

Jan 14 2021

Greece: Students scuffle with police at protest against uni reform bill in Athens

Student protesters were seen clashing with riot police while rallying against the government’s new draft university reform bill in Athens on Thursday. Police tried to disperse the crowd with tear gas before a tense stand-off took place as the students attempted to gather near the parliament building. No one was reportedly injured or arrested. The rally was organised by the students against the centre-right government’s proposals that would install state security divisions on university campuses and also impose limits on how long students can take to complete their degrees. The reforms would see a decades-old ban, which was enacted in …

Jan 14 2021

‘A difficult decision’: Chelsea hero Didier Drogba reveals his marriage is over after video appeared to show him in bed with woman

Premier League legend Didier Drogba has reluctantly announced on social media that his marriage is over, ending his relationship of more than 20 years after a mysterious video of him in bed with another woman surfaced last year. The former Ivory Coast forward was seen bare-chested in bed with a scantily-clad woman last year, causing with supports suggesting that he had told the woman: “She’s positive. She’ll infect me by biting me.” Afrik Foot reported that Drogba’s entourage had claimed that the clip was part of an advert to promote measures against Covid-19, and The Sun said that the 42-year-old’s …

Jan 14 2021

‘Proving my point’: Ben Shapiro argues against Dem cancel culture…liberals respond by blasting Politico for giving him platform

Liberal critics are blasting Politico for daring to give “prime real estate” to conservative Ben Shapiro, who argued Republicans voting against Trump’s impeachment are pushing back against cancel culture. A day after the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time, Politico decided to get the perspective of Shapiro, a decision that now has them in the sights of liberal critics on social media. “Politico sidelining their many talented, well-sourced Capitol Hill reporters to have Ben Shapiro co-author Playbook on the day after a historic impeachment vote was an unfortunate choice to say the least,” …

Jan 14 2021

Ankara Won’t Leave Libya’: LNA Warns Following Turkish Frigate Visit To GNA Port

Donate A Turkish Navy frigate has paid a visit to a Libyan port controlled by the Government of National Accord (GNA), the Libyan National Army (LNA) announced on January 13. In a press briefing, Maj. Gen. Ahmed al-Mesmari, a spokesman for the LNA, said the frigate visited the port of Khoms, 105 km to the east of the GNA-held capital Tripoli, on January 4. The vessel left on the same day. Last week, military observers shared on Twitter rsatellite images showing the Turkish vessel, a G-class frigate, inside Khoms port on January 4. A Turkish naval vessel (suspected G-class frigate) …

Jan 14 2021

‘It should be a wild fight!’ Max Holloway can’t wait to see Conor McGregor at UFC 257, then FIGHT HIM later in the year (VIDEO)

Max Holloway is all set for the main event spotlight at the UFC’s first show of 2021, but it’s the main headlining next weekend at UFC 257 that he’d love to be facing in the future. Holloway takes on rising contender Calvin Kattar at UFC on ABC 1 on Saturday night, but said he’d love to one day get back into the octagon to face a man he took on early in his UFC career, Conor McGregor. “People consider him one of the best in the sport today,” he said. “And I can’t wait. As a competitor, I would love …

Jan 14 2021

‘Home Alone 2’ star Macaulay Culkin joins call to remove Trump cameo from 1992 film

Former child actor Macaulay Culkin has lent his support to fans’ call to replace a cameo in his film ‘Home Alone 2’ by Donald Trump – a mere real estate tycoon at the time – with an adult version of Culkin himself. On Wednesday, the now-grown child actor tweeted his support for “digitally replacing” Trump’s brief appearance in the sequel to his hit ‘Home Alone’ with an image of Culkin himself as a 40-year-old.  While Culkin replied “Sold” to a fan’s suggestion that Trump be replaced with an adult Culkin, he also seemed partial to a fan-created version in which …

Jan 14 2021

Spain: Garbage piles up on Madrid’s streets as roads remain blocked following historic snowfall

Madrid has not yet managed to fully recover from the effects of the Filonema storm, which hit the country last week and brought the largest snowfall to the Spanish capital in 50 years. Waste containers full of rubbish and rubbish bags accumulating around them were filmed in the city on Thursday, while snow, ice, and fallen continuing to block access to the streets for garbage trucks. “Garbage collection is very complicated because the neighbours aren’t empathic and they’re taking down all of it, it’s obvious that a snowplow can’t enter this street, so garbage trucks can’t enter either, they’re very …

Jan 14 2021

Switzerland: Libyan committee gathers for talks in Geneva

The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum’s (LPDF) Advisory Committee convened at Geneva’s Palais des Nations on Thursday. Delegates were seen arriving at the Palais des Nations. Talks will go on until January 16. The meeting with the 18 member LPDF committee, consisting of all the social diversities in Libya, was held to iron out issues relating to the selection mechanism for a United Executive Authority that would be elected in the proposed election date during December 2021. FORUM

Jan 14 2021

UAE’s first high-speed sky pod network showcased in Sharjah

A high-speed sky pod network was showcased at Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park on Thursday. The suspended track system was designed by the Belarusian Unitsky String Technologies, and brought to life in collaboration with the UAE’s Roads and Transport Authority and in partnership with the Skywatch Greentech. “I want to underline specifically that when we talk about the safety of the string transport, it’s much higher than the one of cars or trains. Why? Because when you look at the line of the string transport you will see that there are no arrows no crossroads, so pods go one …

Jan 14 2021

12hr Covid curfews announced for all of France for at least 15 days, PM says pressure on hospitals is ‘high’

The entirety of France will be placed under a 6pm-6am curfew for at least 15 days from Saturday in a bid to ease the pressure of Covid-19 on the country’s health system, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Thursday. The 12-hour curfews are currently already in place for 25 of mainland France’s 95 administrative areas – known as departements – but they will now be extended to the rest of the country, which is currently under an 8pm curfew. “While the resumption of the epidemic was concentrated at the end of December in certain departments, viral circulation now concerns the …

Jan 14 2021

Turkey Claims Its Forces Foiled Suicide Attack On Northern Syria Hospital, Activists Tell Another Story

Donate Meet the former US-supported FSA, now Turkish-backed FSA, who are committing the same war crimes in Syria they’ve been for years. Local authorities in the southern Turkish province of Gaziantep announced on January 13 that Turkish-backed forces in the northern Syrian town of Jarabulus had foiled a suicide attack. In a statement, the province’s authorities claimed the suicide attack was set to target a hospital in Jarabulus, which is located in northern Aleppo. Two suspects were inspected upon attempting to enter the hospital. A suicide belt with 1,5 kg of TNT explosives and shrapnel was found with one of …

Jan 14 2021

Twitter RESTORES account of Sputnik-V, Russia’s coronavirus vaccine after restricting it without explanation

Sputnik-V, the Russian-developed coronavirus vaccine, was back on Twitter after getting locked out of its official account on Thursday, with no reasoning offered. Twitter says the account had shown ‘unusual activity.’ The account, @sputnikvaccine, showed up as “temporarily restricted” for a brief period on Thursday afternoon, due to “some unusual activity.” Users could click on a warning to see the posts, the most recent of which was more than five hours ago. “We are looking into the reasons for this,” the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which sponsored the vaccine and runs its marketing efforts, posted on Telegram.  RDIF noted that …

Jan 14 2021

‘Massively undervalued’: Businessman who smashed record to pay whopping $5.2MN for sports card claims it was a ‘tremendous deal’

A venture capitalist who spent a staggering $5.2 million on an ancient rookie picture of a 1950s baseball player has hinted at the spiraling sports card market by claiming the deal was a bargain, leaving fans stunned at the price. Businessman and actor Rob Gough, who runs the Dope cannabis and cannabidiol empire, spent almost twice as much on the card of bygone baseball star Mickey Mantle as the artefact had sold for in 2018. NFL Super Bowl champion Evan Mathis flogged the card for $2.88 million back then, and the vast outlay by Gough represents a huge leap from the …

Jan 14 2021

Rebel Forces Attack On Bangui Repelled By UN And CAR Forces

Donate Click to see full-size image On January 13th, rebels in the Central African Republic launched a coordinated attack on the capital Bangui. They were ultimately pushed back, as announced by the UN Mission in the country. The assault was the first time rebels struck so close to the city since President Faustin Archange Touadera was re-elected on December 27th. “The attackers who came in large numbers to take Bangui have been vigorously pushed back,” Prime Minister Firmin Ngrebada said This vote followed what the authorities in the countries was an attempt at a coup by the rebel forces. “The …

Jan 14 2021

Belarusian authorities seek to give journalists 3-year jail term for alleged role in protests against embattled leader Lukashenko

Two young journalists could be handed prison sentences over accusations that they participated in opposition rallies in Belarus, despite their insistence that they were covering events as reporters for a Western-backed news site. Nadzeya Antonik, an officer of the Frunzenski Court in Minsk, announced on Facebook earlier this week that a criminal case had been filed against Daria Chultsova, a camerawoman from Belsat TV, and Ekaterina Andreeva, one of the network’s presenters. They stand accused of “organizing and preparing actions that grossly violate public order,” charges which carry up to three years incarceration. According to the Warsaw-based channel, which is …

Jan 14 2021

China: Residents stock up on groceries amid lockdown in Shijiazhuang

People waited in line to pick up grocery supplies in Shijiazhuang, on Thursday, as residential communities remain under a lockdown imposed on January 7 with the aim of isolating a new coronavirus outbreak. Residents were seen collecting pre-ordered food from across a fence at a market in the compound of Chang’an District, Thursday. Volunteers in the compound checked food orders as residents from compounds with no coronavirus cases collected their goods from a gated entrance. Shijiazhuang, the capital and largest city of northern China’s Hebei Province, with a population of 11 million, has become a coronavirus hotspot, after confirming 84 …

Jan 14 2021

Israel & United States Unite Efforts In Large-Scale Strikes On Iranian Infrastructure In Syria

Donate To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video DEAR FRIENDS. IF YOU LIKE THIS TYPE OF CONTENT, SUPPORT SOUTHFRONT WORK: PayPal: [email protected], http://southfront.org/donate/ or via: https://www.patreon.com/southfront, BTC: 3Gbs4rjcVUtQd8p3CiFUCxPLZwRqurezRZ, BCH ABC: qpf2cphc5dkuclkqur7lhj2yuqq9pk3hmukle77vhq, ETH: 0x9f4cda013e354b8fc285bf4b9a60460cee7f7ea9 The first two weeks of 2021 have, so far, been marked by an incredible increase in Israeli activity in the skies over Syria. The most intense strike took place on January 13 morning hitting multiple Syrian and Iranian-affiliated targets in the province of Deir Ezzor, including the underground base of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Corps near al-Bukamal. The pro-opposition …

Jan 14 2021

Russian boxing superstar Sergey Kovalev’s Moscow return fight in doubt after ex-champ ‘tests positive for synthetic testosterone’

Former light heavyweight boxing king Sergey Kovalev, who is due to return after more than a year out of the ring later this month, has tested positive for synthetic testosterone, according to leading boxing writer Dan Rafael. Oracular reporter Rafael broke the news to his Twitter following of 236,000 on Thursday afternoon – exactly two weeks before Kovalev was scheduled to face Uzbekistan-born Bektemir Melikuziev at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. Should Rafael’s report prove true, that bout is almost certain not to go ahead and, at 37, Kovalev’s career could even be in doubt. “Sergey Kovalev has tested positive for synthetic testosterone,” …

Jan 14 2021

Iran Deployed Advanced ‘Suicide Drones’ In Yemen – Report

Donate Iran has sent advanced “suicide drones” to its allies in Yemen, the Houthis (Ansar Allah), Newsweek reported on January 14. According to the report, the drones, which were identified as “Shahed-136,” were deployed in the northern province of al-Jawf. The province is located right on the border with Saudi Arabia. My latest EXCLUSIVE: Intelligence seen by @Newsweek appears to show that Iran positions “suicide drones” in Yemen amid a rise in Red Sea tensions. The Shahed-136 UAVs appear to be in Al-Jawf, where they have a range of 2000 to 2200 kilometers.https://t.co/aQrh7zvLeK pic.twitter.com/VMvHeC6SxG — 𝕋om 𝕆’ℂonnor (@ShaolinTom) January 14, …

Jan 14 2021

China: Shanghai residents queue for COVID jab as country records first death since May

Shanghai residents queued for their turn to receive doses of a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Shanghai on Thursday, as the country recorded its first death with the virus since May 2020. The vaccination of the general public was given the green light by the Chinese authorities just a few weeks ago at the end of December 2020. The first vaccine to be approved has been developed by the state-owned Sinopharm. A second vaccine, CoronaVac, developed by Sinovac, a Beijing-based biopharmaceutical company has also been given approval, albeit only for emergency use amongst high-risk recipients. According to the …

Jan 14 2021

A tie or a mask? Both! Italian designer showcases his anti-COVID invention in Naples

A tie made to protect its owners from the coronavirus and designed by the Italian brand Ulturale has gained popularity since its sales kicked off last September. Owner of the Ulturale, Vincenzo Ulturale, talked about what inspired him to combine a mask and a tie in one, Naples, Thursday. “I found myself, without a mask, during a pandemic surrounded by other people who wore it. So I used the tie I was wearing to cover my face in this way – it was a seven-fold – and this spontaneous movement led to the idea,” explained Vincenzo. Vattinn’, which in Neapolitan …

Jan 14 2021

Man Who Stormed Capitol, Stole Nancy Pelosi’s Laptop, Found Dead By Alleged Suicide

Donate Click to see full-size image On January 13th, a man who took part in the Capitol building storming allegedly killed himself. The death was reported by his wife, who found his corpse after he had allegedly shot himself in the chest. Christopher Stanton Georgia was already arrested and charged by police in connection with the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th. It was him who allegedly broke into the office of the President of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, published a picture of her desktop and stole the laptop. Authorities have not yet commented on …

Jan 14 2021

Far-Eastern Russian island Sakhalin to introduce mask exemption for those inoculated against Covid-19, regional head reveals

People inoculated against Covid-19 in the Far East’s Sakhalin Region will be given a badge to show they are exempt from wearing a face mask. That’s according to Valery Limarenko, acting governor of the island, located near Japan. Sakhalin, one of Russia’s wealthiest places per capita, is home to a substantial oil and gas industry. On Thursday, Limarenko revealed that the island will soon receive 9,000 doses of Russia’s domestically produced Sputnik V vaccine and will get over 10,000 every month after that. “Everyone who gets vaccinated will receive a special badge,” he said. “[The badge] will give the wearer …

Jan 14 2021

Sabbagh affirms deeply-rooted ties between Syria and Iran

Related Articles Damascus, SANA-Speaker of People’s Assembly, Hammouda Sabbagh, affirmed on Thursday the deeply-rooted relations that connect Syria and Iran, hailing support offered by Iran to Syria  in all domains. Sabbagh, meeting Ambassador of Iran in Damascus, Javad Turk-Abadi, expressed appreciation for the invitation he received to participate in a virtual dialogue seminar to be held by the Iranian Islamic Shura Council next Monday in the framework of support and solidarity with the Palestinian people. He stressed that Syria will continue its support for the Palestinian people until they regain all their legitimate rights. For his part, the Iranian Ambassador …

Jan 14 2021

Iran Allegedly Close To Developing “Key Material For Nuclear Warhead”: WSJ Report

Donate Click to see full-size image Iran is allegedly assembling a “key material for nuclear warhead production”, the Wall Street Journal reported. Tehran reportedly starting work on an assembly line to manufacture a key material used at the core of nuclear warheads, the United Nations atomic agency said in a confidential report. The confidential report was provided to member states, but the Wall Street Journal allegedly got access to it. Iran tells agency it sees a 3 step process. 4-5 months to install equipment for step one: UF6 gas into UF4 powder. Step two, UF4 into uranium metal, timing unknown. …

Jan 14 2021

‘We are not at war’: Row rages over controversial plan to replace Russian national anthem with folk-based military song ‘Katyusha’

A row has broken out over the replacement of Russia’s banned national anthem at major sporting events, with the commission of athletes receiving a mixed response to patriotic song ‘Katyusha’, which was popular during World War II. Commission members have officially brought the idea to the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), triggering a range of reactions from prominent athletes and public figures, some of whom adamantly oppose the replacement. Famed Russian fencer Sofya Velikaya, who was among those to vote for the song, said that ‘Katyusha’ could inspire the athletes to perform at their peak at the Olympic Games. “This is …

Jan 14 2021

UK bans all arrivals from Portugal and South America after discovery of Brazil Covid-19 variant

The UK will ban all travel from South America and Portugal from 4am GMT on Friday after the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant in Brazil, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Thursday. UK-bound travellers from Argentina, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela who do not live in the UK will be banned from entering the country. “This measure does not apply to British and Irish Nationals and third country nationals with residence rights – but passengers returning from these destinations must self-isolate for 10 days along with their households,” …

Jan 14 2021

Paris police investigating alleged ‘black supremacist’ bomb-maker who blew up flat, injuring himself & 1 other

French police have launched an investigation after an alleged “black supremacist” blew up an apartment while making homemade explosives, injuring himself and another person in a Parisian suburb. The 37-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday after an explosion and fire at an address in the Saint-Leu-la-Foret area northwest of the French capital, which injured the two occupants, a man and a woman. “An investigation has been underway since Wednesday morning into the heads of criminal associations and the unauthorized manufacture of explosive devices,” a spokesperson for the Pontoise prosecutor’s office said on Thursday. The male suspect, who has convictions for …

Jan 14 2021

1 dead, 7 injured in explosion at automotive plant in Tianjin, China (VIDEOS)

An explosion at an automotive parts plant in Tianjin, northern China has killed one person and injured at least seven others, according to local authorities. The blast struck shortly after midday local time at the workshop of Tianjin Jc Auto Parts Corp, near the city’s airport. Emergency rescue teams were dispatched to the scene, with fire officials saying that no one had been found trapped in the factory. An investigation into the cause of the explosion will be launched. Seven people who sustained injuries were taken to hospital for treatment, the Bureau of Emergency Management of Tianjin told reporters, though …

Jan 14 2021

Instability In Daraa: Five Killed In Tribal Clashes (Videos)

Donate Late on January 13, heavy clashes broke out between fighters from al-Zoubi and Kiwan tribes in the town of Tafas in northern Daraa countryside. The conflict was reportedly provoked by an old dispute between the two local tribes. The clashes began when Kiwan tribesmen killed Osama Qassim al-Zoubi in front of his house in Tafas. Fighter from al-Zoubi tribe responded by killing Alaa Suliman al-Audat form the Kiwan tribe. Local sources in Daraa said al-Audat is a former member of ISIS, who joined the reconciliation process and moved into Tafas a while ago. The clashes in Tafas last until …

Jan 14 2021

‘Who’s Dennis Rodman?’ NBA legend back in the headlines as his ‘unreal’ football star daughter, Trinity, makes history in US draft

Football fans in the US have jokingly asked who ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman is after his 18-year-old daughter, Trinity, became the youngest player ever to have been chosen in a National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) draft. USA women’s national team under-20s forward Rodman was snapped up by the Washington Spirit, who used the second pick in the annual draft to sign the hotly-tipped prospect and scorer of two goals in a match against Mexico last March. That helped the national side qualify for the World Cup, and 5ft 10in Rodman had been due to play for the Spirit before the …

Jan 14 2021

Mexico: Farmers find unique pre-Hispanic female sculpture in Veracruz

Farmers from Hidalgo Amajac, in the state of Veracruz, found a pre-Hispanic female sculpture on January 1, as footage filmed on Wednesday shows. The piece, almost two metres (6.5 feet) high and belonging to the Huasteca culture, could be the representation of a young woman of the upper class rather than a deity, according to archaeologists. “It is within the post-classical period, from the years 1400 or 1500 after Christ, which correspond to the Huasteca culture, and this is possibly a royal woman,” explained Cesar Cabrera Cruz, owner of the land and one of the discoverers of the sculpture. Sculpted …

Jan 14 2021

Lebanon: Beirut streets deserted as strict lockdown imposed to curb COVID infections

Shops were closed and streets seen deserted in Beirut on Thursday after the Lebanese government imposed a strict lockdown aimed at curbing the high rates of COVID-19 infection, which recently reached record levels. The Lebanese capital’s famous seaside promenade and shopping streets, normally bustling with life, were seen empty. The country’s Supreme Defence Council announced further measures on Monday, to curb the spread of the virus, including curfews from Thursday morning, January 14, until Monday morning, January 25, with exceptions granted to workers of health and other essential services sectors. The measures also included reducing air travel and preventing entry …

Jan 14 2021

‘Correction of the day’: CNN says congressman fled office with CROWBAR amid Capitol riot, clarifies it was actually an energy bar

CNN has corrected an article about the Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol last week, after dramatically claiming Rep. Ted Lieu fled his office with a “crowbar” during the incident. He had actually grabbed an energy bar. In the correction, CNN admitted that a “previous version of this story misstated” that the Democratic congressman had “grabbed a crowbar before leaving his office.”  “He grabbed a ProBar energy bar,” it then clarified. The correction, of course, drastically changed the tone of the sentence, with most readers having previously assumed that Lieu happened to have a crowbar at hand – and …

Jan 14 2021

Belgium: Brussels police station set on fire amid protest over death of Black man

A Brussels police station was set on fire Wednesday night during a protest condemning the death of a 23-year-old black man Ibrahima B under police custody in the Belgian capital over the weekend. A police station in the Schaerbeek municipality was seen on fire during the civic unrest of Wednesday night. Several arrests were reported by local media. According to the Belgian police, Ibrahima B was arrested last Saturday for flouting curfew rules, and died about an hour after his arrest ‘due to the consequences of a heart attack.’ The prosecutor’s office has now launched an investigation. FORUM

Jan 14 2021

Joaquin Buckley chasing ‘Knockout of the Year’ finish to thrill Kanye West against Alessio Di Chirico on UFC Fight Island (VIDEO)

Joaquin Buckley, the man who scored the UFC’s ‘Knockout of the Year’ for 2020 in a finish that inspired Kanye West to make music, says he hopes to lock up the award for 2021 at the very first UFC show of the year, UFC on ABC 1. American Buckley, who finished Impa Kasanganay with a devastating spinning back-kick KO last year, is targeting a similarly spectacular finish when he takes on tough Italian Di Chirico at UFC on ABC 1 on Saturday night in Abu Dhabi. Buckley met with reporters during media day on Yas Island, and the rising star …

Jan 14 2021

Delta puts pro-Trump customers who yelled at Mitt Romney & Lindsey Graham on NO-FLY list

Customers who were recently caught on tape heckling Republican Senators Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) are now banned from flying with Delta Airlines, says its CEO. Delta CEO Ed Bastian announced the ban on Thursday alongside other security measures being put in place following the storming of the US Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump last week.  Both Romney and Graham were the target of pro-Trump supporters at airports in recent viral videos, where they were confronted for not supporting overturning the presidential victory of Joe Biden. Also on rt.com WATCH: Trump supporters berate Mitt Romney, brand …