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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has forced more than one million refugees to flee the country, according to the UN, while fierce fighting continues in its second week. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is asking for international assistance as Russian troops escalate their offensive by bombing residential areas. Russian strikes hit at least three schools and damaged a cathedral and shops yesterday Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv, according to videos and photos posted on social media, geolocated and verified by CNN. In the port city of Mariupol, according to the mayor, the residents are without electricity and water. Meanwhile, the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Netherlands, said yesterday that it would launch an investigation into war crimes after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Follow CNN’s full coverage of Russia’s attack on Ukraine here.
2. Capitol riots
Former President Donald Trump and a right-wing lawyer were part of a “criminal conspiracy” to overthrow the presidential election in 2020, Parliament’s select committee investigated the Capitol riot on January 6, which is alleged in a lawsuit yesterday. The 61-page archive is part of an attempt to access emails from attorney John Eastman, as the committee says, helped Trump orchestrate the plot. House members have also signaled that they may refer to the Justice Department about Trump, depending on their findings. To date, no top advisers around Trump have been charged with crimes related to the attack on the US capital. But the Justice Department has charged more than 750 people who participated in the pro-Trump riot, which interrupted Congress from its session, which confirmed the election.
The White House has unveiled a new plan to move America to a new phase of the pandemic, in which Covid-19 “does not disrupt our daily lives.” The national Covid-19 contingency plan, which will require additional funding from Congress, focuses on increased spending on Covid-19 treatments, preparation for new variants, and keeping schools and businesses open. In particular, the plan includes a new “Test to Treat” initiative that will allow Americans to be tested for Covid-19 at a pharmacy and receive free antiviral pills “on the spot” if they test positive. The CDC recently announced that nearly 70% of the U.S. population lives in areas where masks are no longer required. Some people in these areas, remains masked by personal preferencessay experts.
In a legal victory for the National Rifle Association, a judge has blocked New York’s justice ministers attempts to dissolve the organization – but has allowed her case against it to proceed. The judge rejected the justice minister’s demand to dissolve the NRA, stating in part that the justice minister’s office had not proved that the alleged mismanagement of the organization’s funds had caused public harm. He also said dissolution of the NRA could affect members’ freedom of speech. In a statement yesterday, NRA President Charles Cotton called the decision a “striking victory” for the organization and its 5 million members. However, New York Justice Minister Letitia James’ case against the NRA will move forward – and James said the decision reaffirmed her office’s right to pursue its claims that “fraud, abuse and greed permeate the NRA and its top management.”
A group of state attorneys announced an investigation into The impact of TikTok on the mental health of young Americans. The study examines the social media platform’s engagement techniques to determine if any of its practices may violate state consumer protection laws, according to state notices. Connecticut Attorney General William Tong cited “ruthless viral challenges” on TikTok as a major source of concern. TikTok said it limits its functions by age, provides tools and resources to parents, and designs its policies with the well-being of young people in mind. This comes after an announcement in November 2021 of a similar multi-state study of Meta platforms, including Facebook and Instagram.
BROWSE FROM BREAKFAST
An NFT of the Ukrainian flag has raised more than $ 6.7 million for the country’s defense
Cryptocurrency donations are pouring in as thousands of users – and celebrities – bid for a share of the digital image.
Burned cargo ship with luxury cars has now sunk
Thousands of vehicles from brands including Porsche, Bentley and Lamborghini are now at the bottom of the sea… yikes.
Amazon is closing all of its physical bookstores
First, Amazon closed the doors to traditional bookstores worldwide. Then it opened its own. Now they are closing them all.
The sportswear brand Fila opens hotel in Shanghai
Luxury hotels are collaboration with popular brands to create the ultimate customer experience.
Western Australia opens its borders after 697 days
One of the world longest border closures end today! Australian citizens will finally be able to visit their friends and loved ones.
That was the blood alcohol level for a JetBlue pilot who was “removed from his duties” yesterday after fails a breathalyzer test before a flight at Buffalo Niagara International Airport. James Clifton, 52, was passing through the security checkpoint when a TSA agent raised concerns that he might have been weakened. The blood alcohol limit for pilots is 0.04 according to the FAA, which means that the pilot’s blood alcohol level was more than four times the legal limit according to the FAA rules. Clifton later admitted to drinking 5-6 drinks “the night before dinner,” according to a police report.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“No matter how far we get, we are reminded that it is not enough.”
–Serena Williams, shouted The New York Times yesterday after the newspaper published an article about her venture fund, but used a picture of her sister, Venus. The Times apologized on Twitter, saying “this was our fault” and confirmed that a correction will be featured in today’s newspaper.
Let’s take a trip!
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