Hong Kong dog found to have trace levels of coronavirus

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes After a woman in Hong Kong as well as her domestic helper had tested positive for the novel coronavirus (nCoV), known to cause the disease (COVID-19), her pet dog was also found to have levels of the virus on February 28. The dog was tested using oral, nasal and rectal samples with “low levels” of coronavirus detected, according to Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD).

The dog is currently kept in an animal quarantine facility. Further testing will be done to confirm whether the infection was as a result of contamination in its mouth and nose, and if dogs are able to be carriers of the virus.

UAE cycling tour, Switzerland ski marathon canceled amid spread of coronavirus

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes The final two stages of the 2020 United Arab Emirates cycling tour has been canceled after two Italian staff members of one of the participating teams were found to have contracted the novel coronavirus (nCoV) known to cause the disease (COVID-19), announced the UAE Tour on February 28.

According to the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), the decision to abandon the race’s final stages, which was meant to last a total of seven days, was taken to prevent participants from getting infected.

States look to tax streaming media to offset slumping revenue

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 3 minutes Recent trends in consumer spending are revealing a clear preference for digital media over physical products, which is creating a shortfall in state revenue. In response, states are adding sales tax to streaming services like Netflix and Spotify.

Sales of physical products have been in decline for years, with more and more consumers opting for a digital option instead. Recent research, however, indicates that consumers still put a greater value on physical items over digital ones.

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– Why are states now adding a Netflix tax?
– What are the changing trends in consumer purchases?

Scotland to be first country to make women's sanitary products free

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Tuesday, the Scottish Parliament voted to advance legislation that would make women’s sanitary products, including pads and tampons, completely free.

The legislation, called Period Products (Free Provision) Scotland Bill, passed the first round of the legislative process with unanimous approval. 112 legislators approved the bill, while only one abstained. Nobody opposed it.

Who is Michael Bloomberg?

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes Though he was the most recent to enter a still-crowded Democratic field for president, billionaire Michael Bloomberg has quickly created the perception that he is a frontrunner. He has done this with an entirely self-funded campaign that has gained attention for headline-generating strategies like teaming with popular meme aggregators on social media.

Bloomberg’s late entrance into the race kept him from appearing on the ballot in the four early primary states, but he will be on the ballot in states that vote on Super Tuesday, when over one-third of the 2020 delegates are awarded.

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– How did Bloomberg make his fortune?
– What are Bloomberg’s policy proposals?

Trump puts Pence in charge of handling coronavirus outbreak in US

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes United States President Donald Trump has named Vice President Mike Pence as head of government response in handling the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the infection caused by the Wuhan coronavirus (nCoV), outbreak in the country.

The announcement was made after confirmed coronavirus cases in the US soared to 60 on February 26.

“We’re very, very ready for this.” Researchers have been “rapidly developing” a vaccine, Trump said. “Because of all we’ve done, the risk to the American people remains very low.” However, he also warned that “every aspect of our society should be prepared.”

Coronavirus infection rate now higher outside China

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes The deadly novel coronavirus (nCoV) is spreading faster outside of China for the first time, with Austria, Croatia, Greece, Switzerland and Algeria registering their first confirmed cases.

Italy and Iran have recently experienced a spike in new coronavirus infections, becoming the new epicenters of the deadly virus spread outside of China.

Monk, dissident and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Quang Do dies

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes Thich Quang Do, a Buddhist monk in Vietnam who had stood up to the Communist Party for human rights and religious freedom, died on Saturday at the age of 91. He passed away from complications related to diabetes, a heart condition and high blood pressure.

Thich Quang Do spent many years in conflict with the government. He had been under house arrest since 2003 for his role in leading a religious institution known as the Unified Buddhist Church that had been banned by the government for non-adherence to its communist ideology.

Protests on Greek islands over migrant detention centers

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes Early on Tuesday, clashes broke out between police and protesters on the Greek Island of Lesbos as residents set fire to bins and used municipal rubbish trucks to try to block the port area in an attempt to prevent the unloading of machinery that will be used to build new migrant detention centers.

The police fired teargas to disperse crowds with clashes spilling into the streets as residents tried to block access to the construction site. Similar clashes were reported on the island of Chios.

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– What is the current situation on the Greek islands?

The era of space tourism could be ushering in a new age of technological growth

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes With the recent partnership between SpaceX and Space Adventures, a space tourism company, the next decade could see a boom in the number of civilian space flights.

The partnership between the two companies, coupled with the continued advancements at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), looks likely to see the development of new space-related technology, particularly sensors designed for use in space, which will herald a new age in space tourism.

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– Who was the first space tourist?
– What has caused the boom in space sensors?

The US opens new detention center in Texas after outcry

By: Sam Mukwamu

Reading Time: < 1 minute The US Border Patrol is opening a 1,040-person detention center in Texas due to the outcry that has arisen over conditions that children and adults were being detained in for up to 27 days without adequate food, water and sanitation.

The new center, intended to house migrants on a short term basis, features play areas for children, showers and other basic necessities that have not always been available at Border Patrol detention centers.

Cuba sells used cars for first time amid liquidity crisis

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes In efforts to dollarize the retail sector and its economy, Cuba’s government has begun selling used cars in tradable currencies for the first time. About a hundred prospective buyers showed interest in the sales held at a Havana outlet on February 25.

Only 1 in 20 Cubans own a car due to the high cost of purchasing a vehicle, especially in the Carribean nation where the average salary is below US$100 per month.

More fatalities in India as unrest over citizenship law continues

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes At least 13 people, including a police officer, have been killed in riots in New Delhi, which broke out as hundreds of thousands of Indians protest the anti-Muslim citizenship law on February 25 in one of the deadliest communal clashes in the capital in decades.

More than 150 were injured in the two-day protest, both Hindus and Muslims were found with bullet wounds as residents attacked each other with petrol bombs, clubs and rocks.

Sanders campaign fires staffer after tweets surface

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Monday, February 24, a story was published showing that a staffer for the Bernie Sanders’ campaign has been tweeting out inappropriate, insensitive and downright cruel tweets about Sanders’ rivals on Twitter.

After the story came out, the staffer was fired. The ordeal, however, has led to renewed concern that a number of Sanders supporters are engaging in campaign tactics, especially online, that serve to discredit his campaign.

Who is William Barr?

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 5 minutes On March 31, 2020, US Attorney General William Barr is set to testify before the House Judiciary Committee regarding, among other things, his role in reducing the sentence of Roger Stone. Stone is an ally of President Donald Trump, and many believe the Justice Department’s intervention in his sentencing was a result of Trump pressuring Barr, who oversees the department.
Barr has had a long career in law enforcement, stretching back to his days with the Central Intelligence Agency. He was previously attorney general under President George H.W. Bush.

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– What are the responsibilities of an Attorney General?
– What controversial statements has Barr made under the Trump administration?

Belgian carnival again features anti-Semitic floats and costumes

By: Sam Mukwamu

Reading Time: 4 minutes On Sunday, the Belgian city of Aalst held its traditional carnival, which for the second year in a row included stereotypical depictions of Jews. The satirical carnival took place despite calls from Israel’s Foreign Minister to ban the event.

Last year, the yearly Aalst carnival, which pokes fun at ethnic, social and religious groups as well as leaders and politicians, drew criticism from the Belgian and international Jewish community due to the presence of a parade float depicting Orthodox Jews with hooked noses sitting on gold.

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– What controversy have other music festivals around the world faced?

Trump to seek US$2.5 billion in fight against coronavirus

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes United States President Donald Trump has announced that he will be seeking US$2.5 billion from Congress to help fight the coronavirus epidemic. The funds will be used for vaccines, treatment and protective equipment such as masks and gloves.

The request came after the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had tapped into its emergency infectious disease rapid response fund and was seeking to transfer more than US$130 million from other HHS accounts to combat the virus.

Italians urged not to panic-buy as coronavirus cases increase

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes Italian authorities have urged residents not to panic-buy as cases of coronaviruses in the north of the country increased to at least 229. In the city of Milan, local supermarket shelves usually filled with canned goods and pasta are reportedly empty. Protective masks have also run out in pharmacies.

“Rather than dashing to the supermarkets to grab food, perhaps we should spend time looking after the most vulnerable, such as old people, who are particularly at risk,” said Milan’s Mayor Beppe Sala.

What is a brokered convention? Will it happen? Here’s what you need to know

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes Democrats who once said a brokered convention was unlikely now see it as a distinct possibility.

Although the primary season is well underway, the Democratic field is still crowded with candidates and there are no signs that anyone is about to suspend their campaign as Super Tuesday approaches. Some Democrats worry that no contender will win a majority of delegates before the convention in July.

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– What do democrats say?
– What is a brokered convention?

Elizabeth Warren’s reversal renews debate around super PACs in 2020 election

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 4 minutes Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has been taking heat this week for reversing her stance on accepting money from super PACs (short for super political action committees).

The Massachusetts Senator had been one of the few holdouts in this campaign who refused to accept the support of such groups, which are permitted to engage in unlimited political spending.

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– What are super PACs?
– Why did Elizabeth Warren change her stance on super PACs?
– What is Sanders’ Our Revolution?

Weinstein found guilty, sentenced to at least five years in prison

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Monday, February 24, former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was convicted on two counts of sexual misconduct. He was sentenced to at least five years in prison for his crimes.

Weinstein, 67, faced five charges on accusations that he raped two women several decades ago. Based on these charges, he was convicted of third-degree rape and first-degree sexual assault.

He was not convicted on the charge of predatory assault, meaning the jury couldn’t determine without a reasonable doubt whether he committed those acts.

Bloomberg delays town hall to prepare for debate, releases black wealth plan

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes United States Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has reportedly delayed a CNN town hall scheduled for February 24 in order to prepare for the next day’s debate in South Carolina.

According to a spokesperson for the Bloomberg campaign, the debate is seen as a “crucial” point in the Democratic presidential campaign. He is said to be preparing to stop Democratic frontrunner, Bernie Sanders, from opening a substantial delegate lead. Sanders has won the Nevada Democratic caucuses and has built a formidable lead, heading into the third democratic debate of the month in Charleston, South Carolina on February 25.

Half of Americans are staring down the barrel of obesity, predictions indicate

By: Rhett Wilkinson

Reading Time: 2 minutes An influential group of medical scientists have predicted that by 2030, nearly one in two adults will be obese, and nearly one-quarter will be severely obese, said The New York Times.

The group adjusted for present underestimates of weight provided by individuals in surveys spanning the United States. In up to 29 states, the predominance of obesity will surpass 50 percent, with each state having at least 35 percent of citizens who are obese, they projected.

763 confirmed coronavirus cases in South Korea, death toll at 7

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes On February 24, 161 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were confirmed in South Korea. This brings the number to 763 confirmed cases, with the nation now handling the deadly coronavirus outbreak on its highest infectious disease alert.

This alert, also known as ‘red alert,’ entails restricted public activities, including delaying school sessions after the ending of school holidays.

Russia is interfering in election to re-elect Trump, intelligence officials warn. Here is what you need to know

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 5 minutes US intelligence officials told members of Congress that Russia was interfering in the 2020 presidential election in an attempt to get President Trump re-elected, according to reports.

The revelation was first published by The New York Times on February 20, after reporters from the newspaper spoke with five people familiar with the matter.

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– How did the democrats and republicans respond to the published revelations?
– How has Russia responded?

Italy and Iran see spike in coronavirus cases as threat of pandemic looms

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes The global danger posed by the coronavirus continues to strengthen as Europe and the Middle East face an increased threat.

Over the weekend, Italian officials announced that there was a spike in cases with nearly 150 people infected and three dead. Last week, Italy had just five confirmed cases.

The outbreak is centered around the Lombardy region of northern Italy, which includes the popular tourist city of Milan. In Iran, the virus is even more widespread. Six deaths have been reported across 12 provinces.

Bernie Sanders condemns alleged Russian efforts to assist his campaign

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes The campaign of United States presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been briefed about an alleged Russian effort to assist his campaign. Reports of Russia’s assistance in the Vermont Senator’s campaign came a day after the US intelligence community reported that Moscow is taking steps to help President Donald Trump win reelection.

Top election security official Shelby Pierson told lawmakers that Russia is helping Trump to win and that the integrity of the election is in doubt.

British media under fresh scrutiny after death of Caroline Flack

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes On Saturday, February 15, English television personality Caroline Flack hung herself in the midst of a personal scandal that had become regular fodder for the British press.

In the week since her suicide, much attention has been given to how British tabloids and paparazzi cover celebrities and the ways in which they often hound the subjects of their stories.

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– Why did Harry and Meghan choose to give up their titles?

Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucuses

By: Rhett Wilkinson

Reading Time: 2 minutes Senator Bernie Sanders won the Nevada Democratic caucuses, marking Sanders’ third popular-vote victory in three primary battles.

“I am delighted to bring you some pretty good news,” said Sanders from a campaign event in San Antonio, Texas. “I think all of you know we won the popular vote in Iowa. We won the New Hampshire primary. And according to three networks and the AP, we have now won the Nevada caucus.”

Michael Bloomberg is set to release female employees from gag orders

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes United States Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, has vowed to release several former female employees from their non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).

The NDAs were signed by employees within Bloomberg’s company, Bloomberg LP from the last three decades. Several of the NDAs were reportedly signed after female employees alleged that discriminatory comments were made by the former New York mayor.

Trump offered pardon if Julian Assange covered up Russian ties to DNC hacking, lawyers claim

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 4 minutes On Wednesday, February 19, it was revealed that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was allegedly offered a pardon by US President Donald Trump to cover up links to Russia.

This according to pre-trial depositions made by Assange’s lawyers in his extradition trial.

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– What is the connection between Trump and Russia?
– What did Assange’s lawyers reveal?

505 Chinese prisoners and guards infected with coronavirus, another doctor dies

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes China has sent a team of investigators to several correctional facilities after a coronavirus outbreak in its prison systems was reported on February 20.

Five prisons in three provinces reported high amounts of coronavirus infections with more than 500 prisoners and guards infected.

“With a heavy heart and sense of responsibility, I am reporting to you that as of February 20, five prisons in Hubei, Shandong and Zhejiang have reported infections among their populations,” said Justice Ministry official, He Ping.

“Work hard, then party harder” says millionaire restaurateur Apurva Padgaonkar

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Millionaire and Mumbai-based restaurateur Apurva Padgaonkar talks about what makes him tick in The Millenial Source’s new segment, Headliners.

The engineer turned entrepreneur who describes himself as a crazy and passionate individual, shares insight into how his mind works as well as provides his advice for millennials wanting to go big.

Boy Scouts of America declares bankruptcy in the wake of sexual abuse scandal

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, the Boys Scouts of America released a press release stating the organization had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This follows years of sexual abuse allegations against the organization, which have resulted in numerous financial payouts to victims and their families.

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have been around since 1910, but in recent years the future of the organization has been in doubt as investigations have revealed a systemic pattern of covering up abuse allegations.

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– How many people have been barred from the BSA?
– What is Chapter 11 bankruptcy?

Trump not to pardon Roger Stone right now

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes A federal judge has sentenced United States President Donald Trump’s political advisor Roger Stone to more than three years in prison and two years of probation on February 20 for seven felony charges, including lying to Congress and threatening a witness in 2016.

Stone was found guilty of obstructing a congressional investigation, making numerous false statements to Congress and witness tampering in November 2019.

Pompeo meets Saudi king in talks focused on Iranian threats, human rights concerns

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes On February 20, the second day of his Saudi Arabia visit, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi Arabia’s King Mohammed bin Salman to discuss mutual safety concerns involving Iran.

This was the first time that the US has formally revisited its concerns regarding Iran after the assassination of Iranian top commander General Qasem Soleimani on January 3 this year.

Jury deliberates on the guilt of alleged rapist Harvey Weinstein

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 4 minutes On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, the jury for the Harvey Weinstein trial began deliberations to determine whether the former Hollywood mogul should be convicted over multiple counts of rape.

The charges against Weinstein relate to two separate women, though over 80 accusations of sexual misconduct have been made against the defendant since 2017.

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– Who are Harvey and Bob Weinstein?
– What are the details of the trial?
– What is the #MeToo movement?

Coronavirus fears rise as South Korean service is identified as a ‘superspreading event’

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes A 61-year-old woman has been identified as a “superspreader” after infecting at least 37 people while attending a service at the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony in Daegu, South Korea on February 10.

The woman reportedly refused to be tested for coronavirus, insisting that she hadn’t traveled abroad.

Authorities have described the service as a “superspreading event”.

2 passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship have died despite coronavirus quarantine

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes Two elderly Japanese citizens who were on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship died on February 20 at the local hospital where they were being treated in the past week for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

“They were sent to medical facilities when they showed symptoms. I believe they received the best possible treatment,” said Health Minister Katsunobu Kato. They were believed to have had underlying diseases prior to contracting the virus.

Harvard professor Charles Lieber arrested for ties to Chinese government – Here is what you need to know

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes On January 28, 2020, US authorities arrested Professor Charles Lieber, a celebrated chemist at Harvard University. Lieber, who is also a pioneer in the field of nanotechnology, has been charged with failing to disclose financial ties to the Chinese government and of lying to US officials.

The US government has concerns about the influence of China’s Thousand Talents Plan, which seeks to recruit experts from around the world to innovate for the country.

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– Who is Charles Lieber?
– What are the details of Lieber’s arrest?

11 dead following shootings at hookah bars in German town

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes A gunman has killed nine people after a shooting at two different hookah lounges in the western German city of Hanau. The suspect fled the scene and was found dead hours later next to another body which has not yet been identified, bringing the total fatalities to eleven – including the shooter.

The first shooting took place at the Midnight shisha bar in the city center, while the second shooting happened at the Arena Bar & Café in the Kesselstadt district. The city of Hanau is located in the state of Hessen, some 25 kilometers (15.53 miles) east of Frankfurt.

Billionaire Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos pledges US$10 billion to combat climate change

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 3 minutes Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest person, has vowed to donate US$10 billion to combat climate change. His donation would be the largest ever given towards addressing the global phenomenon that threatens imminent, catastrophic environmental change.

Bezos has frequently faced criticism for how Amazon operates, both in relation to its employees and its reliance on the oil industry. Earlier this year, hundreds of Amazon employees risked their jobs to protest the company’s climate-related policies.

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– What criticism has Bezos’ previously received for his lack of philanthropy?

Debris found in undelivered 737 Max planes' fuel tanks

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Several Boeing 737 Max jets in storage were found to contain debris inside their fuel tanks. The debris, which may cause damage, was discovered during maintenance checks while the planes were in storage awaiting delivery to airlines.

“While conducting maintenance we discovered Foreign Object Debris (FOD) in undelivered 737 Max airplanes currently in storage. That finding led to a robust internal investigation and immediate corrective actions in our production system,” a Boeing spokesperson told the BBC.

Mike Bloomberg releases plan to regulate cryptocurrencies

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: < 1 minute Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg appeared at the Nevada Democratic debate in Las Vegas on February 19. Prior to the debate, Michael Bloomberg released a plan to regulate cryptocurrencies.

“Cryptocurrencies have become an asset class worth hundreds of billions of dollars, yet regulatory oversight remains fragmented and undeveloped. For all the promises of the blockchain, Bitcoin and initial coin offerings, there’s also plenty of hype, fraud and criminal activity,” Bloomberg states on the final page of his plan.

Bloomberg takes fire in Democratic debate

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Former New York City mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Bloomberg appeared alongside Democratic rivals at the Nevada Democratic debate in Las Vegas on February 19.

The debate was the ninth of this primary cycle and the first that Bloomberg qualified for after the Democratic National Commission (DNC) changed the rules that candidates were required to abide by in order to appear on the debate stage.

Trump commutes sentence of impeached Illinois governor, pardons ex-NYPD commissioner and ‘junk bond king’

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes United States President Donald Trump has granted clemency to 11 white-collar criminals, including former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on February 18.

The president has suggested that Blagojevich’s prosecution is linked to Trump’s longtime opposer, former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey who is a close friend of former US attorney in Illinois Patrick Fitzgerald, whose last name he misstated as “Fitzpatrick” when speaking to reporters on the matter.

Hospital director dies in Wuhan as China designates nurses and doctors who succumb to novel coronavirus as ‘martyrs’

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Liu Zhiming, 51, director of the Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan, has died of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), according to a statement released by local government authorities.

Liu was a neurosurgeon in the hospital located at the epicenter of the virus outbreak. He was in critical condition for a few days before passing away on February 18.

Bloomberg and Buttigieg campaigns highlight the risks of social media in 2020 election

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 3 minutes This last week, Facebook and Instagram were forced to amend and qualify their advertising policies after Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign bought ads with popular meme aggregating accounts. Then, on Sunday, February 16, a supporter of Pete Buttigieg’s presidential run was forced off Twitter when his account was falsely accused of being a sockpuppet account for the campaign.

Both events highlight the risks political campaigns face when engaging with voters through social media.

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– How did Facebook and Instagram respond?

Killing of 7-year-old girl sparks outrage in Mexico City

By: Sam Mukwamu

Reading Time: 3 minutes Residents in Mexico City are outraged over the murder of a 7-year-old girl, further fueling anger over an epidemic of brutal murders of women in the country, including that of a young woman who was stabbed to death and skinned by her partner just days before.

The 7-year-old, a grade-school student named Fatima, was found wrapped in a garbage bag after being abducted by a stranger outside her school on the outskirts of Mexico City on February 11.

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– What is the history of Femicide in Mexico?

Apple revenue to fall as iPhone supply shortages continue due to coronavirus

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes On February 17, tech giant Apple announced that the company would likely see losses in revenue due to an iPhone shortage.

China, which leads the world in overall manufacturing output, is on a partial lockdown due to the spread of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) that is already responsible for the deaths of 2,004 people as of February 18.

Bernie Sanders leads polls, Bloomberg qualifies for first debate

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders leads the field of 2020 democratic presidential candidates with 31% according to a new NPR/PBS/Marist poll, a nine point gain since December.

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg comes in second in the poll with 19% support, up 15 points from December. Bloomberg’s placement in the poll means that he has now met the qualifications necessary to appear on the debate stage in Nevada on February 19.

Lab near Wuhan seafood market alleged to be possible ground zero for coronavirus

Lab near Wuhan seafood market alleged to be possible ground zero for coronavirus

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes New reports from Chinese scientists claim that a lab within 280 meters of the Huanan Seafood Market – where the coronavirus is believed to have originated – may be the possible ground zero for the deadly virus.
Scientists Botao Xiao and Lei Xiao from South China University of Technology in Guangzhou have recently published a paper that reveals the possible source of the coronavirus.

Americans on cruise ship in Japan diagnosed with coronavirus

Americans on cruise ship in Japan diagnosed with coronavirus

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes United States officials have confirmed that 14 Americans on an evacuation flight from a cruise ship, the Diamond Princess, in Japan had contracted the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

During the flight, all passengers were monitored and those who seemed to be showing symptoms or had contracted the virus were isolated in a designated area on the plane.

US defense secretary warns European allies that Huawei 5G involvement puts alliances at risk

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 4 minutes Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on February 15, United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told European allies that building their 5G networks with Chinese technology firm Huawei threatens their alliances with America.

Esper also warned that future intelligence cooperation is at risk if European countries grant Huawei access to their 5G networks. If that were to come to pass, Esper said, the US couldn’t be sure that their communication infrastructure is secure.

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– What has US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said about the situation?
– Which other US ally has also followed the US and banned Huawei from its 5G network?

The EU has changed its Schengen visa, Americans will soon face new requirements

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 4 minutes On February 2, 2020, the European Schengen Area updated its rules for multiple-entry Schengen visas. These visas allow visitors to freely move between the 26 countries within the Schengen Area, an unrestricted zone that consists largely of European Union member states.

For American visitors to the Schengen Area, the changes will have no effect on their ability to travel to Europe. However, beginning in January 2021, US citizens will have to apply for an ETIAS travel authorization.

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– Currently, how many types of multiple-entry Schengen visas exist?
– What will change for Americans on January 1, 2021?

Pelosi calls for democrats to unite to prevent Trump’s reelection

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes United States Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has urged Democrats to put up a unified front to defeat US President Donald Trump in the upcoming 2020 presidential elections.

In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Pelosi said that it would be unimaginable for Trump to be reelected although current polls suggest that his chances of winning are good.

International Criminal Court says offshore detention centers violate international law, but will not prosecute Australian government

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 5 minutes Responding to evidence from Australian Independent MP Andrew Wilkie, an International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor said that Australia’s offshore detention centers violate international law.

Yet despite finding that conditions in the centers are “cruel, inhuman or degrading”, the ICC will not prosecute the Australian government for human rights abuses.

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– What did the letter say?
– Why won’t the ICC prosecute the Australian government?

Facebook CEO says social media companies need to be government regulated

By: Sam Mukwamu

Reading Time: 2 minutes Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Saturday that social media companies need regulations from governments in order to deal with the increasing amount of harmful content online.

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, Zuckerberg said, “Even if I’m not going to agree with every regulation in the near term, I do think it’s going to be the thing that helps creates trust and better governance of the internet and will benefit everyone, including us over the long term.”

Mainland China records 105 new deaths from novel coronavirus

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes China recorded 105 new deaths due to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on February 16, which brings the total death toll caused by the coronavirus on the mainland to 1,770.

China’s National Health Commission said that there were 2,048 new confirmed cases on February 16, almost all stemming from the epicenter of the outbreak – Hubei province.

A total of 100 coronavirus-infected patients died in Hubei province alone on February 16, while three others were from neighboring Henan province. The other two deaths were recorded in Guangdong province, in close proximity to Hong Kong.

Coronavirus hits the Singaporean economy

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: < 1 minute The South East Asian financial hub of Singapore has been one of the worst-hit countries by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outside of mainland China, recording 72 cases, with five new cases reported on February 15.

The nation has seen a negative effect on its gross domestic product (GDP) forecast for 2020, which has taken the impact of the coronavirus into account, with DBS, the city-state’s largest bank, downgrading the country’s growth rate for 2020 to 0.9% from 1.4% on February 7.

Bloomberg champions women’s rights despite alleged past sexist remarks

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes In his campaign bid, US presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has pledged to “always be a champion” for women in the workplace. “Working with Michael Bloomberg was one of the most empowering experiences that I’ve had,” said former employee, Shari Hyman in a campaign video testimonial made available online on February 16 on Bloomberg’s YouTube channel.

Reports of past racist and sexist remarks emerged when a booklet called “The Portable Bloomberg: The Wit and Wisdom of Michael Bloomberg” – containing alleged past comments and initially given as a gag birthday gift – was reported by Business Insider.

Senate votes to limit Trump’s war powers in Iran

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes On Thursday, February 13, the United States Senate approved a measure that would limit President Donald Trump’s ability to wage war with Iran. In January, Trump ordered the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, which significantly escalated tensions between Iran and the United States.

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– How did the House’s constrain Trump’s war powers?
– Why would the US go to war with Iran?

American woman who disembarked in Cambodia has Coronavirus, Malaysia says

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Malaysian Health Ministry has confirmed that an American woman who was onboard the MS Westerdam cruise ship is infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19). The ship was finally allowed to dock in Cambodia after having been denied entry by at least five other countries.  145 passengers from the cruise ship are reported to have flown to…

China says new coronavirus cases are dropping

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Sunday, February 16, the Chinese government announced that the number of new coronavirus cases had dropped for the third straight day. The total number of cases on the Chinese mainland is now approximately 68,500 according to China’s National Health Commission.

Still, over the past 24 hours, over 2,000 new cases were reported. While this number represents a reduction from the previous several days, the number of new cases highlights the ongoing threat of the virus.

Report confirms encryption company was a long-running CIA front

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 3 minutes On Tuesday, February 11, the Washington Post reported that the United States and Germany had used a Swiss-based encryption company, Crypto AG, as a front to spy on allies and enemies for decades. The Guardian now reports that the Swiss government has ordered an inquiry into the company, which was headquartered in Zug until it closed in 2018.

Though the new report has drawn considerable attention, reports of the company’s ties to the CIA have been around for decades.

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– How was Crypto AG used to spy on allies and enemies?

US and Taliban agree to truce

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Friday, February 14, the US and the Taliban agreed to implement a temporary truce, laying the groundwork for sustained peace. If a formal peace agreement is eventually finalized, American troops could be sent home after 18 years of war.

For now, the agreement only stipulates an end of violence between the US and the Taliban, including Afghan security forces, for one week.

Michael Avenatti found guilty in Nike extortion case

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes High profile attorney Michael Avenatti, who allegedly extorted footwear company Nike for up to US$25 million, was found guilty on February 14 on all three charges filed against him.

Avenatti was found guilty of threatening to make public that Nike had been illicitly paying amateur basketball players. He was also found guilty of betraying his client, Gary Franklin, a youth basketball coach who had initially made the allegations against Nike, by advocating for money for himself and not for his client.

Climate change anxiety is taking a toll on younger generations, psychologists warn

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes The growing consensus that climate change is reaching a point of no return is leading to anxiety in children, psychologists have found. While eco-anxiety is also seen in adults, children who live through a devastating climate crisis are said to be especially susceptible.

In recent years, many teenage activists, including Greta Thunberg, have organized public strikes and protests to urge the world’s governments to take greater action towards addressing climate change.

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– What is eco-anxiety?
– What are the climate predictions for the future?

Coronavirus ‘patient zero’ whereabouts remain unknown

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes The hunt continues for the so-called ‘patient zero’ who reportedly is responsible for spreading the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, to at least four people from Britain, Malaysia and South Korea after attending a business meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in the Southeast Asian city-state of Singapore.
Patient zero presumably passed on the coronavirus to a Malaysian businessman at the conference, who then passed it on to his sister and mother-in-law while visiting family in Malaysia.

California lab discovers coronavirus vaccine in record time

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes Using an algorithm designed at their laboratory, biotechnology company Inovio Pharmaceuticals claims to have discovered a vaccine to combat the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) in only three hours.

“We have an algorithm, which we designed, and we put the DNA sequence into our algorithm and came up with the vaccine in that short amount of time,” said Dr. Trevor Smith, director of research and development at Inovio.

Attorney General Barr denies deferring to Trump on Roger Stone case

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes US Attorney General William Barr has received criticism after his Justice Department sought to reduce the amount of prison time for Roger Stone, a Trump confidant accused of lying to Congress and playing a key role in seeking help from Russian hackers to influence the 2016 election.

In January, Stone was indicted by a grand jury for his role in trying to discredit Trump adversaries during the campaign by using stolen emails. During the trial, federal prosecutors recommended that Stone receive seven to nine years in jail for his crimes.

DOJ steps in to reduce Roger Stone’s sentence, leading to mass exodus of prosecutors – Here's what you need to know

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes On Monday, February 10, 2020, federal prosecutors recommended a nine-year prison sentence for Roger Stone, a close ally of President Donald Trump. The sentence, for obstructing a congressional investigation, was immediately decried by the president as being too severe. Soon after, the Department of Justice (DOJ) stepped in to reduce the sentence.

The four lawyers who prosecuted the case against Stone have all withdrawn from the case in protest of the decision.

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– Who is Roger Stone?
– How did Trump react to the resignations?

Abortion in America: An Interview with Dr. Diana Foster, Director of the Turnaway Study

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 8 minutes As legal battles over abortion in the United States continue to be waged on both the state and federal level, researchers are addressing a seemingly more straightforward question: Is abortion safe? The opposing sides of the abortion divide often debate this question from an ideological point of view, but considerable research has been conducted regarding this matter.

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– What is The Turnaway Study?
– What were the results of the study?
– Who is Dr. Diana Foster?
– What were the main surprises from the findings of the study?

World’s largest mobile tech gathering canceled over coronavirus fears

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes On February 12, Mobile World Congress (MWC) canceled the annual tech event amid fears of the coronavirus outbreak. Prior to the cancelation, dozens of major tech companies had already pulled out of the Barcelona-based event over concerns of the virus’ spread.

Since 1987, the MWC has grown into the largest global exhibition for mobile technology, offering one of the best chances for companies to show off their latest designs.

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– What is the MWC?
– What were GSMA’s previous efforts to adapt to the coronavirus?

Trump budget increases national debt, cuts funding for social programs and EPA

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes On Monday, February 10, 2020, US President Donald Trump’s administration published its proposed $4.8 trillion budget for the 2021 fiscal year. The budget, which has received criticism, makes cuts to many social programs as well as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The submission of the president’s budget is only the first step in an extended process for setting the country’s federal budget. By the time the budget is settled on by Congress and approved by the president, many of the suggested funding cuts or increases in the initial proposal may have been rejected.

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– What’s in Trump’s budget?
– What criticisms has the proposed budget received?

Philippines ends defense agreement with the US

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Tuesday, February 12, Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte announced a formal end to the Visiting Forces Agreement — a defense pact between his country and the US. The pact has been a cornerstone of the Philippine-US security relations since 1999, when it was ratified.

Since taking office in 2016, President Duterte has taken a hard line against US influence in the Philippines. While the country has traditionally been a US ally, Duterte has turned away in an attempt to form closer relations with Beijing.

New method of diagnosing coronavirus cases introduced

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes A new method of diagnosing new coronavirus cases by using computerized tomography (CT) scans to look for infections has been introduced to detect infections in Hubei province, China. Laboratories in China have been searching for a more precise test to locate hidden infections in the body to replace existing test kits that possess limited capabilities.

This new diagnostic procedure could also lead to a spike in the count of the death toll due to the inclusion of previously unaccounted for cases. With new clinical methods, old data will be revised to include previously suspected coronavirus diagnosed deaths.

Cambodia welcomes shunned cruise ship that spent 2 weeks looking to disembark

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Cambodia has agreed to take in a cruise ship known as the MS Westerdam which had been turned away by at least five countries in the past two weeks over fears of novel coronavirus (nCoV) victims aboard. On February 13, all 1,455 passengers, together with 802 crew on the MS Westerdam docked in Sihanoukville, a coastal city in Cambodia.

According to the MS Westerdam’s operator, Holland America, the passengers had been checked for symptoms on a regular basis. In a letter to the passengers, the ship’s captain Vincent Smit said the vessel would be anchored outside Sihanoukville to permit authorities to proceed with health inspections.

Duterte administration intends to shut down the largest broadcaster in The Philippines

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 4 minutes On February 10, the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte signaled its intention to shut down ABS-CBN, the largest broadcaster in the Philippines, by submitting a complaint with the country’s highest court to end its franchise.

Critics have denounced the move as the most severe attack upon press freedom in the country yet. But the government claimed that the organization had violated ownership laws and was engaging in “highly abusive practices.”

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– How did the government respond?
– How did ABS-CBN respond?
– What was the reaction of Filipino media?

Pelosi and Trump battle against viral social media posts

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes Facebook and Twitter have denied a request from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi asking the social media giants to remove a doctored video of herself that was tweeted by President Donald Trump and widely shared among his followers.

The video includes clips from Trump’s State of the Union address interspersed with manipulated footage of Pelosi ripping up his speech.

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– What does the Pelosi video show?
– Which photo did Trump decry as “fake news”?
– What efforts have large corporations taken to contain fake news?

Convicted Jamaican offenders deported from UK

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes The United Kingdom Home Office proceeded with the deportation of convicted offenders to Jamaica on February 10, despite a last-minute court ruling to overturn the decision. All of the deportees were of Jamaican nationality and had been detained for at least 12 months.

The lawyer of some of the offenders claims that a poor mobile signal in the detention centers near Heathrow deterred some of the detainees from receiving legal aid in time.

New mobile app in China helps people detect coronavirus risk

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes China has created and launched a mobile app that allows people to check whether they have been at risk of catching the coronavirus by being in close proximity to infected persons.

The ‘close contact detector’ app was created by China’s National Health Commission (NHC), General Office of the State Council and the China Electronics Technology Group Corporations (CETC), using health and transport data.


Bernie Sanders wins New Hampshire Democratic primary in tight race

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes The polls for the Democratic primary race in New Hampshire closed Tuesday evening. Both the public and the candidates themselves are looking for some clarity on the state of the race following a caucus vote in Iowa last week marred by inconsistencies and confusion.

In Iowa, Pete Buttigieg, a former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a leader of the progressive movement, won the most support. Both candidates, including others like Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren, came to New Hampshire hoping to win and gain momentum going into the other states.

Switzerland votes to criminalize homophobia

By: Sam Mukwamu

Reading Time: 2 minutes Swiss voters have supported a referendum to make it illegal to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation.

In Sunday’s vote, voters were 63.1% in favor to 36.9% against expanding the anti-discrimination law to cover sexual orientation. Of Switzerland’s 26 cantons (states), only three — Appenzell-Innerrhoden, Schwyz and Uri — had majorities vote against it.

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– How will homophobic comments be treated under the new law in Switzerland?
– Which associations supported the referendum?
– How have the people reacted to the amendment?

South Africa wants to free up stalled arms sales to Saudi, UAE

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes South Africa is looking to free up more than $1 billion in weapons sales that have come to a standstill, by changing a document at the center of an export row, a senior arms control official told Reuters.

Buyers include Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. For months local defense firms have petitioned the government to alter a provision in the export document.

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– How is South Africa looking to free up its money from weapon sales?
– What alteration in the export document are defence firms asking the government to consider?
– How does exports to North Africa and Persian Gulf affects local defence companies?

UK ramps up response to coronavirus as death toll tops 1,000

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes China has reported another surge in cases of the coronavirus over the past few days, which has put the death toll at over 1,000 people. According to the Hubei Provincial Health Committee, 974 of those deaths occurred in Hubei province, the epicenter of the virus.

In response to the situation, the United Kingdom (UK) has started to implement new measures to fight back against the virus amid fears that the global spread is ramping up.

Over 100 US troops suffer brain injuries from Iran attack

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes There has reportedly been a 50% increase in traumatic brain injury (TBI) diagnosed in US soldiers caused by the missile attack by Iran on a base located in Iraq in January. According to the United States Armed Forces, 109 service members experienced mild TBI.

No soldiers were killed or immediately suffered injuries during the attack and of the 109 diagnosed with TBI, 76 of them have reportedly returned to duty.

England tackles climate change by planting more trees in urban areas

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes In efforts to fight climate change, more trees will be planted in urban areas throughout England by 2021. A number of projects in the United Kingdom’s Urban Tree Challenge Fund (UTCF) are set to take off in the coming months, with each scheme taking a piece of the £10 million (US$12.9 million) pot.

Projects are focused on Manchester, Cornwall, London and North East England.

Life during coronavirus

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 5 minutes Since Chinese public health officials first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) on December 31 that the coronavirus was infecting people in Wuhan, over 37,000 have caught the virus and more than 800 are dead, according to China’s National Health Commission and other authorities.

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– What are the steps taken by the Chinese government to contain the virus?
– How has the epidemic affected everyday life in China?
– Who was the whistleblower?

Botswana auctions off elephant hunting licenses

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes Botswana auctioned off six hunting licenses on Friday. Each license allows hunters to kill 60 elephants in “controlled areas”. The auction is the first to be allowed in the country since President Mokgweetsi Masisi lifted a five-year ban on trophy hunting last year.

The auction was conducted by a local firm, Auction It Botswana, from the premises of the Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism in the capital Gaborone.

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– Why did the Botswana government auction off hunting licenses?
– How have conservationists reacted to it?
– Why have Elephants migrated to Botswana?

New record of coronavirus casualties, tightened control of wildlife trade

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes A total of 97 people died from the coronavirus on February 9, the highest number of casualties recorded in a day. Across China, 40,171 individuals are infected and 187,518 are under medical observation. According to the Chinese government, as many as 3,281 patients are cured and have been discharged from hospital as of February 9.

On February 10, millions of people commuted to work after the extended Lunar New Year holiday – which was initially only until January 31 – comes to an end.

Death threats against Gayle King after Kobe Bryant remarks

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Journalist Gayle King has reportedly received death threats due to remarks she made against the late basketball player Kobe Bryant on a CBS interview with retired US Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) star Lisa Leslie on February 5.

According to close friend media executive Oprah Winfrey, King has received is traveling with security due to concerns over her safety.

Left-wing nationalist party surges in Irish elections

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes According to exit polling reports, Sinn Féin, a left-wing nationalist party, surged in popularity during Irish national elections on Saturday, February 8. The elections, which were held to elect representatives in the Dáil Éireann, or Lower House of the Irish Parliament, will be setting the tone of the government for the next several years.

When the polls closed, the results were too close to call.

An individual junket brings in AUD$2 billion for Australian Crown Casino

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes An individual who works as a middleman for a company that connects wealthy gamblers to casinos, claims that they are responsible for almost AUD$2 billion flowing through the Crown Melbourne casino.

The individual (officially known in the industry as a “junket”, the name for both the company and the middleman working for the company) works closely with the Australian casino group, Crown Resorts, and receives a commission for steering big spenders towards casinos under the Crown umbrella.

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– What is a junket?
– How has Coronavirus affected the casino business?

American dies of Coronavirus in the virus’ first non-Chinese death

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Wuhan coronavirus has claimed the life of the first person outside of the Chinese community. A 60-year-old American who had contracted the virus died in the Chinese province of Hubei on February 6.

“We can confirm a 60-year old U.S. citizen diagnosed with coronavirus died at Jinyintian Hospital in Wuhan, China on February 6. We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss. Out of respect for the family’s privacy, we have no further comment,” the US embassy in China said.

Rogue Thai soldier kills at least 21 in mass shooting

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Saturday, February 8, a Thai soldier based in Nakhon Ratchasima, a city a few hours northeast of Bangkok, killed his commanding officer, stole semiautomatic weapons, and drove to a local mall, killing at least 21.

Some 33 other people were wounded. The gunman went on a rampage at the mall, eventually taking 16 hostages. Throughout the evening and into the night, Thai security forces evacuated and sealed off the mall and surrounding area.

Ryanair forced to pull ads claiming it has ‘lowest CO2 emissions’

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 3 minutes On Wednesday, February 5, the United Kingdom’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that Ireland-based airline Ryanair must pull “misleading” ads. Those ads claim that Ryanair flights produce the lowest carbon dioxide (CO2) emission of any European airline. An investigation by the ASA determined that those claims were not substantiated.

CO2 is one of the main greenhouse gases and is a contributor to global climate change.

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– What were the claims made by Ryanair’s ads?
– What was the ASA’s take on Ryanair’s ads?
– How is the aviation industry hoping to reduce greenhouse emissions?

Antarctica breaks record for hottest temperature ever recorded

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Antarctica, Earth’s southernmost continent known for its perpetually cold temperatures, hit nearly 65 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday. The temperature was recorded at the Esperanza research base on the northern tip of the continent.

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), it is the highest temperature scientists have ever recorded on the continent.

Video arcade massacre leaves nine dead in Mexico

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Nine people were murdered and two more injured in a shooting at a video arcade in the Mexican state of Michoacan at around 3 pm on February 3.

According to the attorney general’s office, four shooters reportedly walked into the video arcade in the city of Uruapan and fired at the patrons with military-grade weapons. Authorities found 65 ballistic shells belonging to a 9mm caliber gun.

Founder of neo-nazi site ‘The Daily Stormer’ announces he is cutting staff due to lack of funding

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 4 minutes Andrew Anglin, the founder of the far-right, white supremacist website, The Daily Stormer, said he was cutting staff because the site’s readers had failed to donate. This follows years of efforts by opponents to have the site removed because of its antisemitism and racism.

Publications like The Daily Stormer and figures like Anglin experienced a rapid growth in popularity that coincided with President Donald Trump’s successful candidacy.

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– What is happening to The Daily Stormer?
– Who is Andrew Anglin?
– What is deplatforming?

61 Japanese cruise ship passengers diagnosed with coronavirus

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes A total of 61 people aboard Carnival Japan’s Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for the coronavirus (2019-nCoV), after a passenger, who disembarked six days earlier also tested positive on February 1. The ship is on a two-week quarantine in Yokohama, Japan with 3,700 passengers aboard after 10 people were discovered having contracted the coronavirus on February 3.

According to Japan’s Health Minister, Katsunobu Kato, 21 of the 41 new cases are all Japanese nationals. The remaining consist of eight Americans, five Australians, five Canadians, and one each from Argentina and Britain.

Heavy rain extinguishes third of blazes in NSW, Australia

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Sudden downpour across the east coast of Australia has provided much-needed relief to the regions which have been affected by bushfires. According to officials, the heavy rain has extinguished at least a third of the fires in the area.

In New South Wales (NSW), 20 of about 60 fires were extinguished in the state on February 6. Victoria recorded 21 active fires which are also at its lowest levels.

Chinese doctor who warned of coming health emergency dies of coronavirus

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Friday, February 7, Dr. Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old ophthalmologist, died at Wuhan Central Hospital.

The hospital’s social media account said that the doctor was “unfortunately infected during the fight against the pneumonia epidemic of the new coronavirus infection” and that they “deeply regret and mourn” his passing.

President Trump State of the Union address

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, President Donald Trump gave the annual State of the Union address in front of a joint session of Congress. The televised speech was used to tout the accomplishments of his administration and highlight special guests.

The State of the Union is customarily an opportunity for the president to lay out his agenda for the year. However, this year’s address was given in the shadow of Trump’s impeachment and was met with considerable criticism.

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– What did Trump say at his State of the Union address?
– Why was Trump’s speech heavily criticized by the Democrats?
– What is the history of the State of the Union address?

Taiwan pushes to be included in the WHO as coronavirus spreads

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 3 minutes As the spread of the coronavirus increasingly isolates China, Taiwan is seeking inclusion in the World Health Organization (WHO), the agency focused on issues of international health. Taiwan’s exclusion from the WHO has long been a source of frustration for the island state, but the growing pandemic has heightened the issue.

Taiwan recently received high-profile support for inclusion in the WHO from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. However, deeply divisive political and economic factors involving China’s claim of control over Taiwan make the issue difficult to resolve.

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– Why does Taiwan want to be part of the WHO?
– Why is Taiwan not in the WHO?
– Which countries have supported Taiwan’s bid to be included in the WHO?

President Trump acquitted in impeachment trial while Senator Romney votes against him

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Wednesday, February 5, President Donald Trump became the third president in US history to be acquitted in an impeachment trial. Trump had been facing two articles of impeachment, but the US Senate’s vote concluded he was not guilty of either charge – largely along party lines.

The one exception was Senator Mitt Romney, a member of Trump’s Republican Party, who claims that the president had abused his power.

Cathay Pacific employees to take unpaid leave as airline cuts back on flights

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific has requested its 27,000 employees to take three weeks of unpaid leave between March 1 and the end of June.

According to a statement released on February 5, it appealed to all of its employees – from frontline employees to managers – to take the unpaid time off due to a “significant” lack of flights caused by the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Pelosi rips a copy of Trump’s State of the Union Address

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi ripped up a copy of President Donald Trump’s speech during his State of the Union Address (SOTU) on February 4. As the president wrapped up his address, Pelosi was seen tearing the copy behind him at the televised event.

After the event, Pelosi told reporters that she felt it “was the courteous thing to do considering the alternative.” She also labeled Trump’s speech as a “manifesto of mistruths.”

Scientists set out to explore the darkest parts of the ocean

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes The dark ocean or “midnight zone” is considered to be one of the least understood parts of Planet Earth. In fact, the deepest parts of our oceans are home to some of the largest and most bizarre creatures humans have ever seen.

This week, a team of researchers from the United Kingdom are preparing to embark on a mission to take a dive into those waters to study the animals that call it home and to look for signs of climate change.

Prague mayor goes to war with Airbnb

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 5 minutes Speaking to The Observer on February 1, Zdeněk Hřib, the Mayor of Prague, said he was pushing plans that would ban property owners in the Czech capital from leasing out entire flats on sites like Airbnb to tourists unless it was their own home and they were only temporarily not occupying it.

The proposals limiting rentals to single rooms in accommodation where the owner also resides comes after the mayor criticized Airbnb for pricing Prague residents out of the local housing market.

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– What was Airbnb’s response?
– How many people used Airbnb during their visit to the Czech capital?


PETA Super Bowl ad draws criticism

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), stoked controversy over an ad they said was banned from airing during Super Bowl LIV on Sunday, February 2, 2020. The ad has been criticized as trivializing the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement by using imagery that intentionally evokes the protests of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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– What was PETA’s #EndSpeciesism campaign?
– What was the backlash to the ad?
– What is PETA’s history of controversy?

Qatar university cancels Lebanese pop band appearance featuring gay frontman

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes A scheduled event at the Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) that was supposed to feature Lebanese pop band, Mashrou’ Leila, was canceled due to a massive online anti-LGBTQIA backlash, which caused safety concerns for its attendees.

The band’s lead singer, Hamed Sinno who is openly gay, had planned to participate in a talk on ‘Media Revolutions in the Middle East’ at the university’s campus in Doha on February 4.

UN secretary-general laments increased global conflict

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Tuesday, February 4, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres lamented increased global conflict and the current state of the world, stating that “winds of madness” are sweeping the globe. The remarks came during a speech outlining his priorities for the new year.

Guterres’ main goal for 2020 is to “break the vicious circles of suffering and conflict and to push for a strong surge of diplomacy for peace.”

Tanzania mourns victims of church stampede

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes At least 20 people have been killed and more than a dozen others were injured in a stampede which occurred during a church service at a stadium in a Tanzanian town called Moshi, on February 1.

Hundreds of worshippers attended the Saturday evening service which was led by popular preacher, Boniface Mwamposa.

Abortion in America: The legal history

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 8 minutes Over four decades after a landmark Supreme Court case legalized abortion in the United States, the controversial topic is likely to be a central issue in the 2020 presidential election. This hotly contested issue is partially at the core of a major political divide in the US

With multiple states passing restrictions on abortions and one case heading for the Supreme Court, many are wondering if Roe v. Wade could be overturned, and what that would mean for legal abortion in the country.

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– What is the The Roe v. Wade case?
– How does the public in the US view abortion?
– What is the Trump Administration’s stance on abortion?
– What legal case is the Supreme Court set to hear this year that some believe could overturn the original Roe v. Wade ruling?

Dead and injured koalas found in blue gum plantation

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Conservation Regulator with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) in the Australian state of Victoria, said it was investigating a cleared blue gum plantation near the coastal town of Portland, where many Koalas were found dead or injured.

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– Who was responsible for the death of numerous Koalas in Portland?
– How did Helen Oakley’s actions alert the authorities about the incident?
– What were the initial findings from the investigation?

Why has the Irish border become an issue in Brexit?

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes On Friday, January 31, 2020, the United Kingdom officially left the European Union after over three years of uncertainty and political upheaval. However, many unanswered questions remain, perhaps the biggest related to the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Throughout the Brexit negotiations, the Irish border has been a roadblock to consensus.

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– What were the main issues in Theresa May’s Brexit proposal?
– How was Brois Johnson’s Brexit deal more comprehensive than the one presented by May?
– What is the Good Friday Agreement?

UK police rampage London attacker Sudesh Amman’s home

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Police in the United Kingdom have gained access to the London hostel where the Streatham attacker Sudesh Amman had been living. The 20-year-old Amman was shot dead by the police on Streatham High Road after he stabbed three people in a terror attack on February 2. According to Scotland Yard, officers have blocked the hostel in Streatham, South London.

Amman had attacked two men and a woman with a machete, but reportedly did not cause any life-threatening injuries to them. Amman had reportedly been seen carrying a machete and wearing silver canisters on his chest in south London on February 2. He had randomly stabbed three people before being chased by undercover police. He was then later shot by the police officers.

UK in no hurry to rush into post-Brexit EU trade deal

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes On January 31, 2020, the United Kingdom left the European Union bloc after several years of negotiations, pushbacks and controversy.

With many long-standing agreements no longer valid, it is now up to UK leaders to negotiate new deals on a variety of issues – including trade. However, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been adamant that any future deals wouldn’t be agreed to lightly. Addressing business leaders and international diplomats in London on Monday, February 3, Johnson insisted that “[the UK] want[s] a free trade agreement,” but not at any cost. “I see no need to bind ourselves to an agreement with the EU,” Johnson added.

New gas field discovered in UAE

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes On January 3, a new natural gas field was discovered between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, holding 80 trillion standard cubic feet of gas. According to authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the discovery was made at the new Jebel Ali field, allowing the UAE into being more self-sufficient with regard to gas. This is the second time the UAE has found gas fields in the span of a week.

Uncertainty causes delays as Iowa caucus kicks off Democratic primaries for president

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 4 minutes On Monday, February 3, 2020, Iowa was the site of the first nominating caucus for the 2020 presidential campaign. After two rounds of caucusing, technological issues have caused uncertainty over which candidates have enough supporters to earn delegates for the next round in Iowa’s complicated nomination process.

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– How was the Iowa caucus supposed to work?
– Why were the results from Iowa’s caucus delayed?
– What is Iowa’s role as the first caucus state?
– What happens next in the primaries?

Nike’s Vaporfly won’t be banned but new regulations will be implemented

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Nike’s Vaporfly line of running shoes will not be banned following an investigation into whether the shoes provide runners with an unfair advantage in competitions.

Nevertheless, World Athletics is introducing stricter regulations for how high technology running shoes are used in professional sports.

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– What is the new regulation introduced by the World Athletics concerning high technology running shoes?
– Does Nike’s Vaporfly give athletes unfair advantage?
– Are innovations in shoe technology threatening the integrity of sports?

USFK imposes self-quarantine for troops returning from China

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes In light of the continuing spread of the coronavirus, the United States Forces Korea (USFK) stated on Sunday that, following the US Health and Human Services’ announcement of a US public health emergency, it has instituted a 14-day self-quarantine policy for US service members returning from China on or after January 19.

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– What is the US’ self-quarantine policy?
– Why did the WHO declare the coronavirus as a global emergency?
– How has the coronavirus affected South Korea?

Thai doctors claim to have found effective treatment for Wuhan coronavirus

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes Doctors in Thailand say they have successfully treated one Wuhan coronavirus patient with a cocktail of antiviral drugs, according to a briefing on February 2, from the country’s Ministry of Health.

Dr. Kriangsak Atipornwanich, a medical doctor at Rajavithi Hospital in Bangkok, combined the anti-flu drug oseltamivir with lopinavir and ritonavir – antivirals used to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Bezos adds nearly US$8 million to his net worth in just one day

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos reportedly amassed US$7.9 million in just one day on January 31. Amazon’s stocks surged to more than 7% and closed above US$2,000 compared to January 30’s close at US$1,870.

Bezos owns more than 57.5 million Amazon shares that he has the power to sell – which is about 12% of the company.

Malaysia to investigate AirAsia bribery charges

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Malaysia’s securities regulator has announced that it will launch a probe into two Malaysian budget airlines, AirAsia and its subsidiary, AirAsia X, on whether they had broken securities laws.

The announcement came after prosecutors in the United Kingdom accused airline executives from AirAsia and AirAsia X of bribery charges for aircraft purchase agreements made with Airbus.

The Supreme Court Permits "Public Charge" Immigration Law to Stand

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 3 minutes On Monday, January 27, 2020, The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to allow a controversial Trump administration immigration law to go into effect. The law, commonly referred to as the “Public Charge” rule, would bar immigrants from entering the country if they appear likely to require any form of government assistance.

As with other Trump immigration policies, this policy has fierce critics who believe it should not stand. Historians have pointed to similarities between this law and the law that prevented hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees from escaping Europe prior to the holocaust.

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– What is the Public Charge rule?
– What is the history of the Public Charge law?

Coronavirus outbreak doesn’t compare to 2009 H1N1 virus (yet)

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes In early 2009, a new strain of the flu called H1N1, also known as swine flu, emerged in North America.

It quickly spread around the world. According to the US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it accounted for somewhere between 151,700 and 575,400 deaths worldwide within its first year of circulation.

Newly named countries condemn US visa ban

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes On January 31, US President Donald Trump announced that his administration would be expanding its immigration ban to include six more countries — Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar.

While citizens of those countries will still be able to visit the United States as tourists, they won’t be able to obtain visas leading to US citizenship.

NASA preparing for mission to bring Mars samples back to earth

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 3 minutes The next decade will be an active one for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which is currently seeking a director to lead their Mars Sample Return (MSR) program. The purpose of the program is to devise a method for bringing materials back from Mars so they can be studied by scientists on Earth.

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– What is the main mission of the MSR program?
– How many NASA funded rovers are currently on Mars?
– How much has been learned about Mars through the four rovers?

Malaysia donates medical gloves, masks to China as supplies run low

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Malaysia has pledged 18 million medical gloves to be sent to Wuhan, China in efforts to fight the spread of the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) epidemic. As the world’s largest producer and supplier of medical gloves, Malaysia exports approximately 180 billion worldwide.

According to Malaysia’s Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok, rubber glove manufacturers in Malaysia have pledged to donate the 18 million pieces to be sent to Wuhan. “The medical gloves, both natural rubber and nitrile, will be sent to China in batches with the first shipment already on its way to Wuhan,” Kok said on January 31. Two Malaysian rubber manufacturing companies, Top Glove and Supermax, are said to have already distributed 2.3 million pieces of gloves to Wuhan.

Trump administration expands travel ban to include 6 more countries

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Friday, January 31, the Trump Administration added 6 more countries to its list of places who face restricted travel access to the United States.

The new additions are mostly African nations, but also include Middle Eastern and Asian countries. Specifically, officials said immigrants from Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania would be affected.

Kashmiris use VPN apps to circumvent blocked social media sites

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes Indian authorities restored limited internet access in Kashmir on January 25, nearly six months after the region was originally taken offline.

This marks the longest internet blockade on record for a democracy. However, the majority of social media sites remain blocked for the seven million residents of the region, many of whom have taken to using VPN apps to gain access to them.

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– Why were Internet services suspended in Kashmir?
– What are the effects of living internet-less on local Kashmiris?
– How did the lack of internet lead to loss of jobs?

Trump's defense team concludes opening arguments. What’s next?

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes President Donald Trump’s defense team wrapped up their opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial on Tuesday. Their argument, spooled out over three days, is that Trump was justified in his actions and that impeachment is nothing more than partisan retribution from political rivals.

These arguments come at a time when new evidence related to the Ukrainian scandal has been surfacing from various sources.

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– Who are the members of Trump’s defense team?
– What were the arguments of Trump’s defense team?
– What will happen next in the impeachment trial?

Coronavirus infection rate overtakes 2003 SARS epidemic, WHO declares global emergency

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Wuhan coronavirus also known as 2019-nCoV has affected nearly 10,000 people, with 213 dead, as of January 30. There are 9,692 confirmed cases with a death toll of 213, including 43 new fatalities, surpassing the 8,098 people worldwide who were affected by the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in its 2003 outbreak.

More than 50 million people are placed under virtual quarantine, mostly in the Hubei province where the virus originated. No deaths have been confirmed outside of China so far.

As fears of coronavirus spread, so do reports of racism

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reports of racism against Chinese individuals and those who might be mistaken as Chinese are surfacing as global fear of the coronavirus continues to rise.

From South Korea to France, reports of racism are contributing to a climate of fear and distrust around the response to the virus.

Suspected Coronavirus case on cruise ship ruled a false alarm

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes A ship in Italy with more than 6,000 tourists and 1,000 crew members was quarantined on January 30 over a suspected case of the deadly Coronavirus.

The ship, the Costa Smeralda, has been allowed to leave the port city of Civitavecchia, situated near Rome, after the woman suspected of having the virus was cleared by the local medical team.

J&J denies it had knowledge that its products caused cancer

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Chief Executive of Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Alex Gorsky, was in a New Jersey court on January 27 over allegations that the company’s baby powder causes cancer.

Lawyers for four individuals who claim to have developed cancer from using the company’s products in their infancy questioned Gorsky over the timing of the sale of his company stock.

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– Will J&J develop a coronavirus vaccine?
– What was J&J’s response to the numerous lawsuits?

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The UK is set to leave the EU on January 31. Here’s what you should know

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes At 11 p.m. local time on January 31, 2020, nearly three and a half years after the original Brexit referendum was voted on, the United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union. Since the referendum, the UK has been through two general elections and had three different prime ministers.

The UK’s current prime minister, Boris Johnson, made “getting Brexit done” a central promise of his election campaign in the lead up to the Conservative Party’s historic victory in December 2019. While Johnson is now set to deliver on that promise, much remains uncertain about what comes next.

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– What will happen on January 31?
– What will happen to citizens of the UK and EU?
– How did the UK get here?

US protests UK’s decision not to ban Huawei from its 5G networks

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Fifth generation internet, also known as 5G, is set to redefine the ways we use technology in the coming years. As the race for 5G network capabilities heats up, technology companies are doing all they can to get ahead.

Huawei is a Chinese telecommunications company that harbors aspirations to export its 5G network across the globe.

Brexit deal approved by emotional MEPs ahead of UK departure

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Brexit deal has reportedly been backed by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) with 621 to 49 votes, allowing the United Kingdom to leave the European Union on January 31, 2019. In an emotional moment, many of the MEPs came together and sang “Auld Lang Syne” by Robert Burns.

The agreement will be passed to the European Council, which is likely to give its consent on January 30.

Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria kills 41

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes While the threat of coronavirus looms across East Asia, West Africa has been hit with a different virus – the Lassa fever, also known as Lassa hemorrhagic fever (LHF).

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed that from January 1 to 29, a total of 41 people have died from the fever, with 258 cases reported – including five health workers – across 19 states. From January 1 to January 24, 2020, the NCDC recorded 29 deaths and 195 confirmed cases in Nigeria.

Australia to quarantine citizens evacuated from Wuhan on Christmas Island

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Australia will evacuate its citizens from Wuhan, China the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, and quarantine them on Christmas Island, according to a proposal on January 29.

Officials say that at least 600 Australians will be evacuated in a joint-venture rescue plan with New Zealand, giving priority to children and the elderly. New Zealand has about 50 citizens trapped in the virus epicenter in China.

MacKenzie Bezos sells US$400 million of her Amazon shares

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes MacKenzie Bezos, novelist, philanthropist and ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has decreased her stake in American online retail company, Amazon by about US$370 million, according to a US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing on December 31, 2019.

The drop in Bezos’ stake was filed under her ex-husband and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ name. After the sale, MacKenzie Bezos’ stake in the company stands at 19.5 million shares.

Trump’s Mideast peace plan swiftly rejected by Palestinian leaders

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes On January 28, 2020, US President Donald Trump released his administration’s Isreali-Palestinian peace plan at the White House. The deal, unveiled alongside Isreali Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was outright rejected by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who reportedly accuses the United States of bias toward Isreal.

Palestinian leaders reportedly gave little to no input into the negotiations, as official relations between the two countries were cut off after President Trump announced the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in 2017.

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Luanda Leaks investigation details Isabel dos Santos’ embezzlement scandal

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes On Monday, January 27, Portuguese hacker Rui Pinto stepped forward to claim responsibility for revealing millions of files that found Africa’s richest woman, Isabel dos Santos, to have embezzled billions of US dollars.

Pinto’s lawyers have said that the 31-year-old gave a hard drive with the files to the Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF) in 2018.

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– What is Luanda Leaks?
– Who is whistleblower, Rui Pinto?

New video appears to show Trump ordering Lev Parnas to get rid of Ukrainian ambassador

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes A video released over the weekend by lawyers for Giuliani associate Lev Parnas appears to reveal US President Donald Trump ordering the removal of former Ambassador Maria Yovanovitch.

Parnas has previously stated in interviews that Trump directed him to deal with Yovanovitch personally. However, Trump has denied knowing Parnas, a “fixer” and associate of his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

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– What is on the Parnas video?
– What is the The Trump/Parnas connection?

Billie Eilish’s dominant win at tribute-filled Grammy Awards amid some controversy

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes Singer-songwriter, 18-year-old Billie Eilish, took home five Grammys, including Record of the Year and Best New Artist, at the 62nd Grammy Awards ceremony in which Kobe Bryant, the NBA basketball player who died the day before, was memorialized. The pre-telecast ceremony began with a moment of silence for Bryant and late rapper, Nipsey Hussle.

Eilish won Album of the Year for “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” and Record of the Year for “Bad Guy” – the two most dominant categories of the Grammy Awards – on January 27 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Fears over coronavirus outbreak cause shift in markets

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes On January 27, more than 97% of stocks in the STOXX Europe 600 were trading in the red – meaning the stock price closed lower on that day compared to the previous day’s close – with many plunging from record highs. A total of $198 billion (€180 billion) of market capitalization was lost.

The STOXX Europe 600 index experienced its worst one-day fall recorded since August of last year, falling 1.7% to 416.48 on January 27. The French CAC 40 index dropped 1.9%, the German DAX 30 fell 1.9% and London’s FTSE 100 was down by 2.1%.

Assad renews attempts to oust rebels, thousands of civilians flee northwest Syria

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Government-backed troops, aided by Russian airpower, pushed into Idlib province, one of the last rebel-held territories in Syria, on Monday, January 27.

As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces closed in on the territory, many thousands of civilians were forced to evacuate – most of them heading north to reach the border with Turkey.

Lebanese splurging on luxury items after banks imposed cash withdrawal limits – Here is what you need to know

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes More and more Lebanese are converting their cash savings into luxury goods such as gold and jewelry after banks in Lebanon imposed cash withdrawal limits. According to a report by Reuters, many Lebanese fear that more drastic financial restrictions are to come thanks to imposed capital controls.

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– Why do dealers believe that the cap at 2,000 Lebanese pounds per dollar will create a third market?
– What is the weekly limit on dollar withdrawals?
– When is Newly-elected Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni planning to meet the IMF?

Boeing's huge 777-9 airplane takes its first flight towards FAA certification

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 3 minutes The world’s largest plane and longest twin-engine airliner successfully completed a test run on January 25. The plane flew for a total of three hours and 51 minutes, taking off at 10:09 AM in Everett, Washington, where Boeing’s manufacturing facility is located.

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– What is the difference between Boeing’s 777X versus the Airbus 350-1000?
– When does Boeing expect to deliver the first 777X?

China warns coronavirus spreads before symptoms show – 81 dead

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes UPDATE (28 JAN 2020): The death toll from the coronavirus now stands at 106.

As of January 26, the Wuhan coronavirus has killed 81 people and has infected 2,744 people on mainland China.

Most deaths involve elderly people or those with pre-existing respiratory problems. China’s National Health Commission (NHC) reports that 461 people have severe cases of the virus and there are 5,794 suspected cases in mainland China.

Chinese officials now say that people can spread the virus even before symptoms show.

NBA legend Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes On January 26, North American National Basketball Association (NBA) legend Kobe Bryant, 41, lost his life in a helicopter crash in California in the United States. The crash that occurred on a hillside in Calabasas located about 30 miles (48,28 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles killed eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter, Giana.

“The aircraft went down in a remote field off Las Virgenes around 10:00 this morning. Nobody on the ground was hurt. The FAA and NTSB are investigating,” the city of Calabasas tweeted.

Palestinian Authority to withdraw amid Trump’s Mideast peace plan

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Tuesday, January 28, US President Donald Trump is expected to unveil his administration’s peace plan to defuse tensions between Israel and Palestine. Trump has said he plans to release the plan shortly before he meets with Isreali Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main political rival Benny Gantz at a White House event.

Although the specifics of the plan have yet to be released, critics suggest the event might have more to do with politics than attempts at peace, since the Palestinians have presumably not contributed to the plan in any meaningful way.

Taal volcano eruption: Philippines lowers volcano alert level

By: Sam Mukwamu

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (also known as Phivolcs) lowered the alert level at Taal Volcano to 3 on Sunday, two weeks after the volcano erupted on January 12.

The government agency lowered the alert level, which ranges from 1 to 5, to 3 following a decline in volcanic activity.

US evacuates diplomats in Wuhan as coronavirus death toll rises

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes The US government is evacuating their diplomats and other consulate personnel in Wuhan, China, amid the growing threat of the coronavirus.

Around three dozen diplomats and their families are set to be evacuated from the city. Other countries, such as South Korea and the United Kingdom, are reportedly closing their embassies and evacuating personnel as well.

Wuhan, a city in central China, is at the center of the fight against the virus after the first case was detected there earlier this month.

Violence in Myanmar days after ICJ ruling to protect Rohingya

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes At least two people were killed and seven others injured after troops in Myanmar opened fire on civilians in a Rohingya village in Buthidaung, Rakhine State. Among the victims were two women, one of whom was pregnant.

Rakhine State, situated in the far southwest of the country, has been at the center of a bloody campaign waged by the Myanmar military against the area’s Rohingya population.

New evidence suggests Ledell Lee, executed in 2017, was innocent

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes More than two years after Ledell Lee was executed in Arkansas following a murder conviction, new evidence suggests he may have been innocent. Lee had maintained during the trial and following his subsequent murder conviction that he was innocent and supporters, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), fought but ultimately failed to prevent his execution.

Lee’s case was taken up by the Innocence Project, a group seeking to exonerate the wrongly convicted.

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– What was Ledell Lee accused of?
– What is the new evidence?
– What is the Innocence Project?

House Managers Conclude Three-Day Opening Arguments in Senate Impeachment Trial

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Friday, January 24, was the last of three days for the House managers to present their opening arguments against President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial.

The prosecution has been pushing back against the notion that acquittal is a foregone conclusion, and has laid out a detailed account of Trump’s alleged crimes.

Released texts suggest former Ukrainian ambassador was being stalked by associates of Rudy Giuliani

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes On January 15, the United States House Intelligence Committee released a range of documents relating to Lev Parnas, an associate of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. Among the documents were text messages suggesting the former ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, was being stalked.

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– Who is Lev Parnas?
– What did the texts say?
– What was Hyde’s response to the text messages?
– How does this relate to the impeachment of Donald Trump?

Iraqis take to the streets calling for US ouster

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Friday, January 25, tens of thousands of Iraqis protested against the continued US presence in the country.

The protest took place in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, within proximity of the US embassy. It was organized by popular Iraqi Shia cleric, politician and militia leader, Muqtada al-Sadr, who called for a “million-man march” to end US operations in the country.

UN call for aid as billions of locusts attack east Africa

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes The United Nations (UN) has called for international assistance to fight the worst invasion of desert locusts sweeping through east Africa.

Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are all struggling with the unprecedented numbers in vegetation devouring insects. According to the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), international aid is necessary to “avert any threats to food security, livelihoods, malnutrition”.

Bezos’ Phone Hacked by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Report Claims

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 3 minutes On Wednesday, January 22, it was reported that the phone of Jeff Bezos — the CEO of Amazon, owner of the Washington Post, and the world’s richest man — had been hacked by Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia.

The United Nations has called for an investigation into the matter.

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– How was Bezos’ phone hacked?
– What information was exposed in the hack?

Zimbabwe doctors to end strike after billionaire’s offer to pay salaries

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Zimbabwean telecoms billionaire Strive Masiyiwa has offered to pay doctors on strike in the country in order to get them to return to work.

Masiyiwa plans to set up a US$6.25 million (100 million Zimbabwean dollars) fund to financially support up to 2,000 doctors, by providing each doctor a subsistence allowance of about US$300 a month to help pay for transport and living costs.

Coronavirus death toll rises to 26, 20 million people on lockdown in China

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the new coronavirus, together with Huanggang and Ezhou – all located in Hubei province – are currently on lockdown, as 830 people have reportedly been infected with the virus, the last count so far recorded on the morning of January 24 Hong Kong Time (HKT).

A number of 26 people have died from the coronavirus, with 24 deaths taking place in Hubei province, one in Hebei province, which is the first death outside the epicenter, and one more in Heilongjiang – the second outside the epicenter.

Doomsday Clock moves closer to midnight

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Doomsday Clock was moved 20 seconds closer to midnight on Thursday, January 23, signifying the world getting closer to global disaster. As it stands, the clock is only 100 seconds to midnight.

The move was largely in response to two key indicators – climate change and the threat of nuclear war. This is especially in the context of degradation to the “international political infrastructure” – meaning the world’s leaders are failing to work together to solve these issues in a meaningful way.

US imposes visa restrictions on ‘birth tourism’

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Trump administration will impose new visa restrictions aimed at making it harder for women to travel to give birth in the US so that their children receive automatic US citizenship, a practice known as “birth tourism.” The rules were published Thursday in the Federal Register and take effect Friday.

Under the new rule, consular officials will have the authority to deny a temporary unless the applicant can prove they must come to the US to give birth for medical reasons and they have the money to pay for it, not just because they want their child to receive US citizenship.

Clinical trials on promising new all-cancer cure likely to begin this year

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes Recent advancements in an immune cell cancer treatment made by a Cardiff University team has found a new part of our immune system that can be used to treat all cancers.The study is still in its preliminary stages and has yet to be tested on people.

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– How does the immune cell treatment differ from chemotherapy or radiation therapy treatments?
– Is the new immune cell therapy really a one-size-fits-all cancer cure?

Protests on Greek islands amid refugee crisis

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes Thousands of protestors took to the streets on the Greek islands of Lesbos, Chios and Samos in response to the country’s ongoing refugee situation. The protests come as migrant numbers on the islands continue to rise.

At Moria, the largest migrant center on Lesbos, some 19,000 asylum seekers are being housed. Its official capacity is only 3,000 people. Some of the refugee camps on these islands suffer extreme overcrowding, several holding approximately ten times the recommended number.

US proposes limitation on emotional support animals for flights

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes A US federal proposal will limit the types of animals registered as emotional support animals on commercial airlines. An emotional support animal is a type of assistance animal that alleviates a symptom or effect of an individual’s disability. It is not a pet and is generally not restricted by species. It differs from a service animal.

The US Department of Transportation is to permit airlines to control and tighten regulations regarding what can be classified as emotional support animals on planes.

South Korean transgender soldier to take legal action over dismissal

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes South Korea’s first transgender soldier will reportedly be suing the country’s military over her dismissal from the army. The 22-year-old Byun Hui-soo was enlisted in the South Korean army as a man, but underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2019.

“I will continue to fight until the day I can remain to serve in the army. I’ll challenge the decision until the end, to the Supreme Court,” she said during an emotional appearance in front of the media. Byun was a staff sergeant and was stationed in Gyeonggi Province north of Seoul, the nation’s capital.

Study reveals YouTube promotes climate misinformation and major companies are funding it

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 4 minutes A study published on Jan. 16 from the activist group Avaaz revealed that YouTube is “actively promoting” climate disinformation on its platform, which some of the biggest companies and environmental groups in the world are funding by advertising on the videos.

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– What did the study find?
– Which companies are involved and what was their response?
– What was YouTube’s response?

Puerto Rico emergency director fired after residents discover warehouse full of Hurricane Maria supplies

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 4 minutes Puerto Rico’s emergency manager, Carlos Acevedo, was fired on Saturday after a warehouse full of donated relief supplies was discovered.

The emergency aid is believed to be from when Hurricane Maria hit the island two years ago, according to Puerto Rico’s governor, Wanda Vázquez. The heads of Puerto Rico’s housing and family departments were fired the next day, on Jan. 19.

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– What was discovered in the warehouse?
– Who were the officials responsible?
– How did the Trump Administration respond to the discovery amid residents’ frustrations over lack of aid from US?

How leaked documents show Isabel dos Santos stole her fortune

By: Sam Mukwamu

Reading Time: 3 minutes Leaked documents on Sunday allege that Isabel dos Santos, Africa’s richest woman and daughter of Angola’s former president, built her wealth through corruption and by exploiting her country. 

The files were initially obtained by the Paris-based anti-corruption charity Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF), which shared them with the New York-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which then publicly released the documents.

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– How is Angola removing dos Santos influence?

Senate looking to limit press access during the Trump impeachment trial

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes The impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump began Tuesday in the Senate. Journalists are pushing back against proposed rules that would limit press access.

Here is a look on previous impeachments to understand the role the press can play in the procedures.

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– What is the new limit on access and electronic devices?
– What has been the reaction to the rules?
– What are the historical precedents for Trump’s impeachment trial?


Who is key Trump lawyer Ken Starr?

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes Just days before the impeachment trial of United States President Donald Trump was set to begin, former special counsel Ken Starr was added to the president’s defense team.

The New York Times reported that Starr’s role will be to argue that the impeachment of Trump was done without sufficient legal grounds. It is a reversal of roles for Starr, whose previous role in the impeachment of a president was prosecutorial.

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– What was the Whitewater scandal?
– What was the Starr Report?
– What is Starr’s defense of Trump?

Instagram is hiding the number of likes on posts partially because of a ‘Black Mirror’ episode

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes A recent decision to get rid of public “likes” on Instagram was influenced by a popular episode of the Netflix series, “Black Mirror.” Instagram’s CEO, Adam Mosseri, revealed this fact in an interview with The New York Times published last week.

This decision, which is still in a testing phase, has been met by resistance from the photo app’s loyal users. Other social media companies have similarly faced dissent when attempting to make changes to their platform.

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– How was the changes influenced by Black Mirror?
– What has been the backlash to the change

Amtrak expects 2020 to be first profitable year in the company’s history

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes For the first time in its 50-year history, Amtrak, the largest passenger railroad service in North America, is set to make a profit. That is according to company projections for 2020, as reported by the company’s board chairman.

Despite these optimistic projections, Amtrak has started the year with a pair of bad public relations stories.

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– What is Amtrak’s fiscal growth?
– What was Amtrak’s decades of instability?

Senate sets rules for President Trump’s impeachment trial; Republicans block all 11 Democratic amendments

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 3 minutes The United States Senate began the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on Tuesday with a 13-hour session that set rules for the trial. The Republican-led Senate blocked much of the Democrats’ agenda for the trial, including allowing additional evidence and testimony.

The highly partisan atmosphere around the trial has left many to assume Trump’s acquittal is unlikely. However, each side will have three days to present their case that the president abused his power and obstructed justice.

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– What were McConnell’s original rules for the trial?
– What news rules are now set?
– What will be missing from the trial?

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New FDA study questions the safety of sunscreen

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes Until recently, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has allowed sunscreen makers to sell their products under the assumption that the active ingredients they use are generally recognized as safe and effective (GRASE).

However, new FDA tests have reportedly found that six common active ingredients used in sunscreens are absorbed into the body and that these chemicals can remain in the body for “extended periods of time.” The study evaluated absorption of the active ingredients avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, homosalate, octisalate and octinoxate.

Boeing 737 Max grounded until mid-2020

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes The world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, Boeing, is not expecting its 737 Max planes to return to service until at least June or July 2020. “We are informing our customers and suppliers that we are currently estimating that the ungrounding of the 737 Max will begin during mid-2020.

This updated estimate is informed by our experience to date with the certification process. It is subject to our ongoing attempts to address known schedule risks and further developments that may arise in connection with the certification process,” Boeing said in a statement on January 21.

Spain announces climate emergency, outlines plan to reduce carbon emissions

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Tuesday, January 21, Spain’s coalition government announced plans to drastically reduce its carbon emissions in response to the “national climate emergency.”

The declaration, approved by the cabinet, says the center-left socialist government will have 100 days to submit the plan to parliament for approval. The announcement coincides with the annual World Economic Forum (WEF), where global leaders are putting emphasis on government responses to climate change.

British PM on post-Brexit immigration system and zero-carbon sources

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes The United Kingdom’s post-Brexit immigration system will reportedly focus on immigrants’ skills instead of their country of origin.

According to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the country’s immigration system will become fairer as it would be treating people equally regardless of where they come from.

Papuans on trial in Indonesia ordered to remove traditional garb

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes On January 20, two ethnic Papuan activists who are on trial in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta were reportedly ordered to remove their traditional penis gourds, as the court refused to proceed unless the activists wore pants.

A brief standoff occurred for several hours between the Papuans and the court before the two men begrudgingly slid into trousers to proceed with the hearing. This is the second time that the Papuan’s traditional garb has caused delays in court hearings.

China confirms coronavirus spreads by human-to-human transmission

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Monday, January 20, Chinese authorities confirmed that a new coronavirus strain is spreading through human-to-human transmission. Officials are concerned over the sharp increase in the number of confirmed cases.

Over 200 people have been diagnosed with the virus so far, officials say. Health experts believe the virus likely originated from human contact with an unidentified animal species at a market in Wuhan, a city in central China.

Almost 400 injured in Lebanon protests as clashes continue

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Police in Lebanon have fired water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas on Sunday, January 19 in an attempt to disperse large crowds of protesters in the country’s capital Beirut, on the second day of street demonstrations.

At least 377 people were injured in the clashes with more than 120 others requiring hospital treatment, according to the Lebanese Red Cross (LRC) and the Lebanese Civil Defense (LCD). Parliament guards also reportedly set fire to protesters’ tents in Martyrs’ Square in downtown Beirut.

Inmates tunnel escape from Paraguayan prison near Brazil border

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes At least 75 inmates – many of them said to be members of a notorious Brazilian gang known as the First Command of the Capital, or Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC) – reportedly escaped from a Paraguayan prison in the border city with Brazil, Pedro Juan Caballero, on January 19.

It is believed the prisoners are still roaming freely within Paraguayan territory and may return to Brazil, where authorities from both countries are waiting to arrest them.

Brazil’s Justice Minister Sergio Moro tweeted in Portuguese on January 19: “We are also available to assist Paraguay in the recapture of these criminals. Paraguay has been a great partner in the fight against crime.”

World Economic Forum founder says both Trump and Thunberg’s voices welcome

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Tuesday, January 21, the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) is set to open in Davos, Switzerland. The event, created in 1971, brings together the world’s policymakers, activists and leaders to help “shape global, regional and industry agendas.” This year’s event will have a strong focus on technological change and debates surrounding climate change.

Both US President Donald Trump and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg will speak at the forum on Tuesday, each with competing goals. Trump, a skeptic of changes to industry culture in response to global warming, is likely to extol his brand of ‘America First’ economic policy at the event.

By contrast, Thunberg, Time Magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year – a title she has gained for her climate activism – will likely offer a rebuke of Trump’s vision. Thunberg views climate change as an existential threat to human beings and the natural environment.

Environmental protests in Germany over planned Tesla car plant

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Saturday, January 18, around 250 German protesters spoke out in Berlin against American car manufacturer Tesla’s plans to build a Tesla Gigafactory, claiming that the construction of the plant will consume enormous amounts of water and endanger surrounding wildlife. The US automotive and energy company had announced plans in November to construct its first European car factory in Gruenheide near the Berlin Brandenburg International Airport located southeast of Berlin.

Environmental protests in Germany have previously halted construction plans such as the Rhenish-Westphalian Power Plant’s (RWE) lignite mining at the Hambach Forest near Cologne in November 2019, where over 1,000 environmental activists broke through police lines and blocked train tracks at three major coal mines.

Global leaders meet in Berlin in bid to end Libyan war

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes Rival camps in the Second Libyan Civil War met on Sunday, January 19 in Berlin, Germany, discussing the possibility of ending the conflict. Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the elected government, and Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), were joined by the United States, Russia, Turkey, France and Italy at the talks.

The LNA is reportedly the main aggressor, with Haftar’s forces storming into the capital, Tripoli, in an attempt to overthrow the government in April 2019.

Ever since Libya’s longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi was ousted and killed during a NATO-backed uprising in 2011, the country has faced an ongoing leadership crisis. Gaddafi was deemed by many as a dictator whose administration reportedly violated human rights and backed global terrorism. However, while ruling the country for 42 years, Gaddafi also often managed to keep internal factions in check.

Amazon’s ‘world domination’ continues as it undercuts local businesses in India and reportedly pays zero federal taxes

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was greeted by angry protestors accusing him of “crushing” Indian e-commerce and retail trade during his visit to India on Jan. 15.

Infuriated small store owners demonstrated in the streets to protest Amazon’s deep discounting, which has driven many local small businesses to bankruptcy.

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– What investigation has India’s antitrust investigator initiated against Amazon?
– How has Amazon paid the least amount of tax among the Silicon Valley Six?

Chinese president visits Myanmar to expand Belt and Road Initiative

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Myanmar on Friday, January 17 for diplomatic meetings looking to expand Beijing’s signature international economic development program, called the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Jinping is expected to sign a deal worth $1.3 billion for a seaport in Rakhine State, located in the far west of Myanmar. Once completed, the port – named the Kyaukphyu Port due to its location in the Kyaukphyu special economic zone (SEZ) – will give the Chinese direct access to the Indian Ocean for trade.

Madrid’s low-emissions zone has dropped pollution to 10-year low, report says

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 2 minutes A low-emissions zone in Spain’s capital appears to have brought about a 10-year low in pollution, despite opposition from the city’s current mayor. The zone, known as Madrid Central, was implemented in 2018 by Madrid’s previous mayor.

However, when the opposition party was voted in the following year, the newly elected mayor attempted to have the new restrictions lifted.

Over 3,500 migrants enter Guatemala with Mexico and US in their sights

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes At least 3,500 Central Americans have entered Guatemala in US-bound caravans from Honduras, heading to Mexico and the United States, according to authorities on January 17. The massive migration is reportedly placing pressure on other regions, with US President Donald Trump’s demands to curb illegal immigration.

The event is likely to be closely monitored by the US government. President Trump has been pressuring Mexico and Central American nations to accept a series of migration pacts that aim to shift the responsibility of dealing with asylum seekers onto them, and away from the United States.

Russia appoints new PM a day after entire government resigns

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Russian economist and politician Mikhail Vladimirovich Mishustin has been elected as the country’s new prime minister, a day after the entire government resigned on January 15.

Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, confirmed Mishustin’s new role on January 16 amid a major political shakeup. Mishustin served as the head of the Russian Federal Taxation Service (FTS), where he led the reformation of the country’s fiscal system.

Africa’s richest woman hints at Angolan presidency

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos dubbed the “petrodollar princess” has suggested that she may seek to become the country’s next president. In a January 16 interview with the BBC in London, Dos Santos declined four times to rule out running for the presidency.

Currently living abroad, she stressed that her life would be at risk if she were to return to Angola. Despite this, Dos Santos did not rule out the possibility of running for president, mentioning that she has a strong sense of patriotism and duty to her country. “To lead is to serve, so I will do whatever my life takes me,” she said.

Dos Santos has also told a Portuguese television channel that “it’s possible” she might run for the presidency in 2022. The announcement marks a dramatic shift for someone who has consistently portrayed herself as an entrepreneur with no interest in politics.

Hong Kong leader says ‘one country, two systems’ may continue beyond 2047 deadline

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Thursday, January 16, Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, said the city’s unique ‘one country, two systems’ status could continue beyond 2047. ‘One country, two systems’ is a legal agreement signed in 1997 between Hong Kong and mainland China.

The system – meant to ensure a smooth transition from colonial rule – is set to expire in 2047. At the time of signing, it was expected that Hong Kong would eventually be reintegrated with the mainland. Under the agreement, Hong Kong is considered a Chinese Special Administrative Region (SAR). Although Hong Kong has its own currency, legislature and courts, it is unable to conduct independent foreign affairs or defense.

Over 100 dead in Kashmir avalanches, many more still buried under snow

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes More than 24 hours of heavy snowfall and rain have triggered a series of avalanches and landslides in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, killing at least 100 people.

“The severe snowfalls and landslides in AJK [Azad Jammu and Kashmir] have caused misery & deaths. I have asked the NDMA [National Disaster Management Authority], the military & all our federal ministers to immediately provide all humanitarian assistance on an emergency footing to the affected people in AJK,” Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted after visiting the region.

US and China sign trade deal, easing tensions

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes After two years of negotiations, the United States and China have signed an agreement, easing tensions in the ongoing trade war. US President Donald Trump said the pact would be “transformative” for the US economy. “Together we are righting the wrongs of the past and delivering a future of economic justice and security for American workers, farmers and families,” Trump said.

According to the deal, the majority of the border taxes remain in place, with most tariff removals likely to be done in phase two which is expected after the US presidential elections in November 2020.

The Democrats held their final debate before the primaries begin – everything you should know about their health care views

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes On Tuesday, six of the 12 remaining United States Democratic candidates for president met on a debate. This was the seventh debate for the Democrats of this election season and the last before the first primary, which will occur in Iowa Feb. 3.

Of the six candidates who qualified to appear on the debate stage, four are considered among the likely candidates to earn the party’s nomination.

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– Who are the six candidates who qualified for the debate?
– Why didn’t Michael Bloomberg make an appearance?

‘The Greatest of All Time’ tournament of ‘Jeopardy!’ crowns a winner, sets ratings records

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes On Tuesday, the quiz show “Jeopardy!” completed a four-night tournament titled “The Greatest of All Time.” The competition involved three of the show’s winningest competitors from its nearly four-decade run on television. The first to win three nights was the winner.

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– Who were the competitors?
– Who was the winner?
– How did ‘Jeopardy!’ set primetime records in the US?

US poised to block more sales to Huawei

By: Sam Mukwamu

Reading Time: 3 minutes The United States government is about to publish a rule to expand its powers to block shipments of foreign-made goods to Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, despite the two countries’ leaders being expected to sign a Phase One trade deal on Wednesday, after an 18-month-long trade war, The Millennial Source reported.

Members of the Trump administration and Congress views Huawei Technologies as a national security threat and placed the company in May on a trade blacklist, restricting sales to Huawei, of US-made goods and some items made abroad containing US technology.

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– What are the current regulations and possible future changes?
– What is US’s network battle with Huawei over 5G?

Russia reshuffles government as Putin eyes prolonged power

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Wednesday, January 15, the Russian government announced a wave of resignations after President Vladimir Putin proposed changes to the constitution that would give more power to the cabinet, parliament and prime minister’s (PM) office. The resignations occurred within hours of a televised national address by Putin that laid out the constitutional changes.

Among those that resigned were PM Dmitry Medvedev, a longtime Putin ally, along with the entire cabinet. Many political analysts suspect Putin is attempting to get around legal obstacles that could impede his ability to retain power after his term ends in 2024.

US Attorney General Barr asks Apple to unlock iPhones of Pensacola shooter (PLUS Apple's defense)

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 3 minutes Following a deadly December shooting in Pensacola, Fla., United States Attorney General William Barr has pressed Apple Inc. to help unlock a pair of iPhones believed to belong to the gunman. In a press conference Monday, Barr stated the shooting, which resulted in four deaths, was determined to be a terrorist attack. The gunman was a Saudi national who was training with the U.S. military.

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– What happened in Pensacola?
– What was the motivation for the shooting?

Pharmaceutical executives to be sentenced for criminal activities related to opioid crisis

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes Eight months after being found guilty of a racketeering conspiracy, five top executives of Insys Therapeutics are set to receive their sentences. The defendants, which include former Insys CEO John Kapoor, were found to have bribed doctors to push the company’s painkiller, Subsys, on patients, even when the drug wasn’t needed.

The case is notable for being the first time a pharmaceutical CEO has been convicted of racketeering related to opioids, according to Bloomberg.

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– What did the executives do?
– What are the details of the conviction and the sentencing?
– What is the U.S. opioid crisis?

60 injured after plane dumps jet fuel over Los Angeles school area

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes It has been reported that 60 people were treated for injuries after a plane had dumped jet fuel near five elementary schools and one high school while returning to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on January 14 for an emergency landing.

The most severely affected school was Park Avenue Elementary in Cudahy – situated 9 miles (30.5 km) east of LAX. A number of 20 children and 11 adults reported minor injuries.

US citizen who once pleaded for President Trump’s assistance dies in Egyptian prison

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes US citizen Mustafa Kassem who was detained in Egypt for over six years has died of heart failure resulting from a hunger strike on January 13. Kassem, the 54-year-old Egyptian-born American from New York, was detained in August 2013 in Cairo while visiting his family. He was reportedly mistakenly arrested during an Islamist protest that resulted in the death of hundreds of people.

The case has brought to light the atrocities of the Egyptian prison system, where many inmates are reportedly held for crimes they claim they did not commit or have not been charged for at all during Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi’s crackdown on dissent.

UN says the world has 10 years to prevent mass extinctions

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes According to the United Nations (UN), humans have only ten years to prevent massive biodiversity loss across the globe. As the effects of climate change become more severe and the Earth’s climate gets warmer, many species are struggling to survive, prompting scientists to warn against the possibility that many of them might die off.

The researchers characterized the losses as a “biological annihilation” that represents a “frightening assault on the foundations of human civilization.” Human overcrowding and overconsumption were blamed for the crisis.

US Defense Secretary walks back contradiction of Trump’s justification for Soleimani assassination

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes On Sunday, United States Secretary of Defense Mike Esper contradicted U.S. President Donald Trump on the motivation for assassinating Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani before walking it back.

The justifications for the assassination remain unclear.

Trump has justified Soleimani’s assassination by saying he posed an imminent threat to Americans and the nation’s embassies. However, Esper denied knowing of any specific threats to American embassies.

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– What is Trump’s justification for the killing of Soleimani?
– How did the defense secretary Esper contradict Trump?

3 days of mourning after 89 soldiers killed in attack on Niger military base

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes The West African nation of Niger has declared three days of national mourning after 89 soldiers were killed in an attack on a military base. The attack took place on Thursday, January 9 when heavily armed militants attacked an army outpost in Chinagodrar near the border of Mali. Niger’s flag will also be flown at half-staff across the country to pay tribute to the troops killed in the raid.

President Mahamadou Issoufou expressed his deepest condolences to the victims’ families and wished those wounded in the attack a speedy recovery.

UN passes resolution limiting Syrian aid after Russia veto threat

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 3 minutes After Russia threatened to use its United Nations Security Council (UNSC) veto, the United Nations (UN) passed a resolution on January 10 that reduces the amount of humanitarian and medical aid given to over 1 million people in northeastern Syria.

Although the UN managed to pass the resolution before the midnight deadline, some UNSC members expressed disappointment with the “watered-down” measure that certain observers fear will cause further ‘humanitarian disaster.’

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– Why did the Security Council vote on the resolution?
– How did the UN members react?

Saudi military trainees expelled from US over child porn and anti-American material

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes United States Attorney General William Barr has confirmed that 21 Saudi military students are being removed from a US training program and are returning home over possession of child pornography and anti-American material, Barr said on January 13.

Of the 21 Saudis now in the process of being removed from the United States, investigators found that 17 had shared social media posts that were either Jihadi or anti-American in nature.

US removes currency manipulator status label from China amid trade progress

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes The United States has agreed to remove China from its internal designation as a currency manipulator ahead of the phase-one signing of a new trade deal between the two countries expected on Wednesday, January 15. While the details of the agreement are still unclear, China has reportedly agreed to crack down on the use of stolen or forced technology transfers to Chinese firms.

Oman names culture minister as successor to Sultan Qaboos

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Oman’s new sultan, former culture minister Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, has vowed to uphold his predecessor’s approach as regional peacemaker after being named as the new ruler of the Gulf Arab country.

Haitham made the vow after being named as the successor to Sultan Qaboos Al Said, the region’s longest-ruling monarch, who died at the age of 79 after a long battle with colon cancer. Since January 10, Oman has been in three days of mourning.

Iran’s only female Olympic medalist defects to the Netherlands

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Iran’s only female Olympic medalist has left the country saying she is displeased with being used as a propaganda tool by its authorities. The taekwondo bronze medallist from the 2016 Rio Olympics, Kimia Alizadeh, announced in an Instagram post that she had moved to Europe.

She claims that while the regime celebrated her international wins and medals, it criticized the choice of sport she had chosen by saying: “The virtue of a woman is not to stretch her legs!”

She said that she no longer wanted to “sit at the table of hypocrisy, lies, injustice, and flattery.”

Major evacuations in the Philippines as Taal Volcano erupts

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Thousands of residents have been evacuating their homes near the Filipino capital, Manila, after the country’s second most active volcano started to erupt on Sunday, January 12.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), at least 6,000 people were already removed from the danger zone by Sunday evening. Officials started moving residents after a 15-km (9-mile) ash plume shot into the sky and the earth shook with tremors.

Scientists discover origin of repeating signal from beyond our galaxy, but there's still more to learn

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 3 minutes On January 6, the scientific journal Nature published a report by a coalition of international astronomers announcing that the origin of a repeating fast radio burst (FRB) had been found.

This repeating signal originated from a galaxy 500 million light-years from Earth. It is only the fifth time that scientists have been able to trace an FRB back to its galaxy of origin.

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– What are FRBs?
– What discoveries have been made about repeating FRBs?

Tsai Ing-wen wins second Taiwan presidential term in record vote

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has won her second presidential term in a sweeping victory against her rival Han Kuo-yu on Saturday, January 11.

Tsai soundly defeated her opponents with over 57% of the ballot and a record 8.2 million votes – more than any Taiwan president since the island held its first direct presidential election in 1996 and well ahead of Han who received 38.6%.

The results are dominated by the island’s relationship with China.

Protests in Iran after government admits it accidentally shot down Ukrainian airliner

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes On January 8, a Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) flight carrying 176 passengers crashed shortly after takeoff in Tehran, killing everyone on board.

Initially, Iran claimed the plane went down due to technical failure. Several days later, however, evidence emerged of foul play.

Western powers, including the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, went public with allegations that the crash was not as a result of malfunction. A rocket had apparently been launched from the ground, taking down the aircraft during flight.

DOJ investigation into Hillary Clinton finds “nothing of consequence.” Here’s what you need to know

By: Joseph Lyttleton

Reading Time: 3 minutes As first reported in the Washington Post, an investigation of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation by the Justice Department is closing down after finding insufficient evidence to launch a criminal investigation. At this time, the investigation remains formally open but there is no indication there will be any formal charges.

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– What was being investigated?
– What is the history of Clinton investigations?

Brazil’s Supreme Court overturns ban on Netflix short film depicting Jesus as gay

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Thursday, the Brazilian supreme court issued a ruling allowing Netflix to continue showing a film depicting Jesus Christ in a gay relationship. This was a reversal of a lower court’s ruling that the film be taken down.

Earlier that day, Netflix filed an official complaint to the supreme court, arguing that the decision to remove the film amounts to censorship.

The film depicts Jesus returning home with his boyfriend, Orlando, after spending 40 days in the desert.

US dismisses Iraqi PM’s request for troop withdrawal

By: Zachary Frye

Reading Time: 2 minutes Iraq’s serving Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi sent a request to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for the withdrawal of US forces from the country during a telephone conversation late last week. According to reports, the request was dismissed with the claim that US troops are crucial for the fight against the Islamic State. Instead, Pompeo suggested they work together to “recommit” to the American–Iraqi partnership.

During the conversation, the Iraqi prime minister noted that the recent US strikes in Iraq, including those that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, were an illegal breach of Iraqi sovereignty and a violation of the countries’ bilateral agreements.

Iranian national arrested near Trump resort for carrying weapons

By: Dhipa Palani

Reading Time: 2 minutes An Iranian national was found carrying multiple weapons on the Flagler Memorial Bridge in West Palm Beach, Florida in the United States about four miles (6,44 km) from President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort on January 10. Masoud Yareilzoleh was detained by Palm Beach officers after they responded to a morning call claiming there is a suspicious man in Bradley Park, close to the bridge.

“The man, identified by his passport as Masoud Yareioeill Zoleh, also had a car parked at Palm Beach International Airport,” said Palm Beach police officer Michael Ogrodnick. Yareilzoleh was seen wearing camping gear when he was arrested for a concealed weapons violation, as he was found carrying two knives, a machete and a pickaxe, $22,000 in cash and an Iranian passport.

Uber and Hyundai collaborate to develop flying taxis

By: Sam Mukwamu

Reading Time: 2 minutes At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas this past week, Uber and Hyundai revealed a full-scale model for an electric flying vehicle that they say customers will be able to summon through Uber’s app in future.

The companies announced their collaboration for the Uber Air Taxi, with Hyundai expected to bring automotive-scale manufacturing to the collaboration by handling the development and deployment of the aircraft. Uber will provide support, ground connections and the customer interface.

Hyundai’s concept aircraft, the S-A1, is designed to cruise at a speed of 180 mph (289.68 km/h), at a height of 1,000 to 2,000 ft (304.8 to 609.6 m), and would take trips of up to 60 mi (96.56 km). The aircraft is designed to seat four passengers and a pilot, although it would eventually be made capable of autonomous flight.