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January

26

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12:24 am

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Riots against a 9:00 PM curfew in the Netherlands continued for the third straight day

It's the worst unrest the Netherlands has seen in decades, with over 150 people arrested

Protesters threw rocks, smashed windows, and lit fireworks, prompting authorities to hit them with water cannons and tear gas

On Saturday, the rioters lit a Covid testing center on fire. Bars and restaurants have been shut in the country since October

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January

25

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12:08 am

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A week after Russian authorities detained opposition leader Alexei Navalny, tens of thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets in cities across Russia

Over 3500 people were arrested, which groups said was the large amount in 9 years

Putin is expected to try to stay in power for years, after constitutional changes made last year gave him the right to hold power until 2036

The Russian government has to decide between caving and releasing Navalny, or keeping him in jail and risk inciting further protests

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January

24

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11:44 pm

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A 58-year-old man was stranded for 18 days in Australia after his car broke down

The man was driving on a country road when his car got stuck on a dirt road

He stayed in his car for 3 days, then tried to walk toward civilization after he ran out of water and food

He roamed the area foraging for dam water and mushrooms. A local politician found him 18 days after he went missing, just 2 miles from his car. His health was in relatively good shape

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January

24

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11:31 pm

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Dutch riot police needed to use water cannons and tear gas to disperse protesters in the town of Eindhoven

Protesters ended up smashing windows and looting supermarkets. Elsewhere, they lit a Covid-19 testing facility on fire

Last week, the Dutch parliament passed a 9:00 PM curfew, the country's first since World War 2

Dutch bars and restaurants have been shut since October, and other "non-essential" stores since soon after that

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January

22

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5:21 pm

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Ayatollah Khameinei's twitter and website shared an image that implied a threat to kill President Trump

The picture showed a bomber jet flying over Trump, golfing on the ground below

"Soleimani's murderer and he who ordered it will have to pay," it said, in reference to the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, killed in a US drone strike last year

Twitter banned the original account after 17 hours, but was criticized for allowing this tweet just weeks after it banned President Trump

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January

22

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12:27 am

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A man in Norway won $5000 in a competition a company held to see who could create the craziest video

The competition was put on by a Finnish sunglasses company, called Nopeet. The challenge was to do "insane" stuff for Instagram, while saying "Nopeet made me do it"

The man took a bong rip in a mall, threw up, rode his bike into a river, then peed his pants. The company sent him $5k in cash sealed in a bible

But Norwegian customs seized the money because the man failed to declare it. He's now fighting to get it back

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January

22

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12:20 am

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On China's state-run China Central TV, a host asked ​​”Exactly what fishy businesses were going on?​,” at a US military base

“​I’d like to stress that if the United States truly respects facts, it should open the biological lab at Fort Detrick," a Chinese government spokesperson said

The spokesperson called for a WHO investigation of the US military facility

Public health experts believe the virus was passed from bats to people through an intermediary in a Wuhan market. Some have suggested it leaked from a biochemical lab in the city

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January

20

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11:14 pm

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Since China's initial Covid wave passed, the country has recorded just 1,500 symptomatic cases

In recent weeks, though, the caseload has ticked up and the country has recorded 2 cases of the highly contagious British variant

The government has conducted city-wide tests on millions of people and set up quarantine centers to hold people believed to have been expose to the virus

In Beijing, a 500,000-person section of the city is being subject to mandatory testing after recording 10 cases there since Sunday

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January

20

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11:04 pm

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Alexei Navalny, the Putin critic who was poisoned in August and arrested after his return to Russia this week, released a video showing off Putin's palace

In the video, Navalny says Putin's cronies built him a palace with $1.35B stolen from the Russian state and people

The palace is on the Black Sea. Navalny said, “It has impregnable fences, its own port, its own security, a church, its own permit system, a no-fly zone, and even its own border checkpoint"

The Kremlin refuted the accusations, calling them "pure nonsense" and "absolutely unfounded claims"

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January

19

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11:40 pm

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Sec. of State Pompeo and incoming Sec. of State Blinken have agreed on defining China's treatment of the Uighurs as genocide

The Uighurs are a Muslim minority, located primarily in northwest China. Over 1M have been imprisoned in "reeducation camps"

"I believe this genocide is ongoing, and that we are witnessing the systematic attempt to destroy Uighurs by the Chinese party-state," said Sec. Pompeo

Sec. Blinken described what's happening as "the forcing of men, women and children into concentration camps" to "re-educate them to be adherents to the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party"

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January

19

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1:16 am

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Putin critic Alexei Navalny, who returned to Moscow from Germany where he was undergoing treatment from an August poisoning, was jailed for 30 days

Navalny responded with a call for mass protests: "There’s nothing these thieves in their bunkers fear more than people on the streets"

The 30-day detention will last until a Russian court holds a parole review, which could sentence him to years in prison

Western countries, including the US, condemned the arrest, prompting a Russian spokesman to advise Washington to “Deal with the problems in your own country"

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January

19

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1:11 am

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The restaurant ONA (Origine Non Animale), in the western French city of Ares, became the first French vegan restaurant to receive the coveted dining award

At launch, the restaurant struggled to get funding, turning to a special "green bank" and crowdfunding

Many French chefs scoff at new-age vegan cuisine, preferring the traditional offerings

France trails only Japan in 3 Michelin star restaurants, arguably the highest award a restaurant can receive

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January

26

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2:19 am

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A Korean report reveals that the forthcoming Apple Watch Series 7 will include a blood sugar measurement

The Apple Watch originally served as a device that would add convenience to the notification process but has evolved into a more health-oriented device

The watch will measure blood sugar levels via an optical sensor. 10% of Americans have diabetes and an estimated tens of millions more have undiagnosed cases

The Series 6 watch starts at $399 in Apple Stores. Apple has not yet announced the price of the Series 7 device

January

26

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2:02 am

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Dr. Anthony Fauci recently told Matthew McConaughey on his podcast that he merely "lives on a government salary." What Fauci didn't mentioned is that his is the highest salary in the entire federal government

In 2019, the last year for which federal salaries are available, Fauci raked in over $417,000. President Trump, on the other hand, earned $400,000 (all of which he donated)

Vice President Pence must've had an inferiority complex around Dr. Fauci since he pulled in a mere $235,000

The federal government pays 4 million employees and the controversial Coronavirus taskforce leader sat at the top of last year's ranking

January

26

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1:46 am

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In 2016, President Obama announced that Harriet Tubman would one day replace Andrew Jackson's on the $20 bill

The Trump Administration slowed down the plan, but Biden's press secretary Jen Psaki announced yesterday that they will accelerate the process to change the bill

Trump's Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced in 2019 that the Harriet Tubman $20 bill was on track to be printed by 2028 with the Treasury's new high-speed printers

The Biden Administration has not shared specifics on its expedited timeline for the change but plans to make this announcement in the coming months

January

26

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1:22 am

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A live-action Harry Potter series could be in the works that would revive the story of the book series with over 500 million copies sold worldwide

Hollywood Reporter broke a story yesterday saying that such a series is in extremely early development at HBO Max

The New York Post reached out to HBO Max which gave the incredibly vague answer of "no Harry Potter series is currently in development"

It's not clear if Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, or any of the big-name Harry Potter actors would be involved or what part of the Harry Potter story would be explored (if any!)

January

26

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1:02 am

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President Biden has boosted his goal of 1M shots a day to 1.5M shots

He also said his hope is that anyone who wants a shot will be able to get one by the spring

Biden is asking Congress for $400B to fund an expanded vaccination drive, including with more vaccination sites and improved logistics

"We are in this for a while," he said, but said he believes by summer we should be well on our way to heading toward herd immunity"

January

26

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12:53 am

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2 separate research groups have identified a mutation to the coronavirus found in California

They think the mutation makes the strain more contagious, and believe it may have accelerated the virus's spread across the state

California has recorded more cases than any other state, and southern California has faced a case surge in recent months

Yesterday, the state relaxed its nearly state-wide stay at home order, allowing people to resume dining outside and other non-essential activities

January

26

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12:48 am

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Moderna announced it is developing a Covid booster shot to combat the South African strain of the coronavirus

Moderna has said that its vaccine is effective against the strain, but potentially less-so than it is against the primary coronavirus strain, especially in older people

Studies showed that the immune response to the South African variant was relatively weak, meaning people may need a booster shot for protection against it

Moderna's CEO said it is doing this "out of an abundance of caution." The timeline on the booster is not yet clear

January

26

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12:44 am

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Asked yesterday whether Americans should consider wearing two masks, Fauci suggested they should

“If you have a physical covering with one layer, you put another layer on, it just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective,” Dr. Fauci said

The CDC recommends that people wear a mask with "two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric"

New cases are falling, with average daily cases at their lowest level since early December. About 80k fewer people are contracting Covid daily than in early Jan

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