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January 23, 2021


Covid: Close courts in England and Wales or face strikes, union warns

President David Greene said closing courts appeared to conflict with “the imperative to mitigate” the growing backlog of cases, but argued there was “almost certain to be a significant loss of capacity due to court closures following outbreaks of coronavirus, and due to staff, lawyers, judiciary and parties falling sick”.......

Syria war: Suspected Israeli strikes on Iran-linked targets ‘kill dozens’

The chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Gen Aviv Kochavi, told Israeli media last month that it had struck more than 500 targets during 2020 “on all fronts, in addition to multiple clandestine missions”. BBC – For more and to sign up click here To Return to......

Quake of magnitude 6 strikes Salta Province, Argentina: GFZ

(Reuters) – An earthquake of magnitude 6 struck Salta Province, Argentina, early on Sunday, GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) said. The quake was at a depth of 222 km (138 miles), GFZ said. Reporting by Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru; Editing by William Mallard Source – For more click......

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes off coast of Chile, no tsunami risk

(Reuters) -An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck off the coast of south-central Chile on Sunday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said, but Chilean officials immediately discarded the risk of a tsunami. There were no initial reports of damage immediately following the quake. The strong tremor took place at a......

Congress Strikes Long-Sought Stimulus Deal to Provide $900 Billion in Aid

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WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders reached agreement on Sunday on a $900 billion stimulus package that would provide direct payments and jobless aid to struggling Americans and badly needed funds for small businesses, hospitals, schools and vaccine distribution, overcoming months of stalemate on a measure intended to boost the pandemic-battered economy.......

Federal Court Strikes Down Ohio Prohibition on Birth Certificate Changes for Transgender People

click to enlarge Until today, Ohio had the ignominious distinction of being one of only two states that prohibited transgender people from changing their genders on their birth certificates. (Tennessee is the other.) But with a ruling today by the U.S. District Court in Southern Ohio, that prohibition is no......

Strikes over nuclear reform plan reduce French power generation

FILE PHOTO: Electrical power pylons of high-tension electricity power lines are seen next to the EDF power plant in Bouchain, near Valenciennes, France, July 7, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo PARIS (Reuters) – Strikes by workers protesting against a French nuclear reform plan reduced nuclear power generation by more than 1......

Federal ruling strikes down local Florida conversion therapy bans, citing First Amendment protection

USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here A panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a local Florida ordinance Friday that prohibited licensed therapists from engaging in conversion therapy, ruling that banning the controversial practice that aims to change a minor’s sexual orientation......

Rob Kardashian Strikes Again, Pulls Rare Honus Wagner Autograph Baseball Card!

Play video content Exclusive bullpenla / Instagram Rob Kardashian is ON FIRE — the sports card collector just pulled an ultra-rare Honus Wagner autograph … and the video is epic! Here’s the deal … Rob K. has established himself as one of the top dogs in the high-end sports card......

Palestinian rocket fire draws Israeli air strikes in Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian militants fired a rocket into Israel, drawing Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said on Sunday. There were no casualties reported on either side of the border. Israeli police said the Gaza rocket fired on Saturday night damaged a factory in the......

As Pompeo Prepares to Meet Afghan Warring Parties, New Attack Strikes Kabul

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here KABUL, Afghanistan — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday visited the Gulf nation of Qatar, where he planned to meet with Afghan and Taliban negotiators who are trying to break a deadlock in their stalled peace negotiations.......

Donald Trump strikes out: Today’s Toon

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here USA TODAY President Donald Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, dismissed a question about whether the president will concede the presidential race on Saturday. Cartoonist Mike Thompson shows us his vision, above.  For more commentary on the latest news, scroll through the rest of the daily......

Another Republican election suit strikes out

Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here “Every other county eyeballed it appropriately through the statutes,” said David O’Mara, the Republican lawyer. “They didn’t have the right to do this. … The court needs to protect the integrity of the election.” However, Gordon sounded deeply skeptical about......

Battle Rages Inside Hospitals Over How COVID Strikes and Kills

Robert Lewis, The Guardian and Christina Jewett Front-line health care workers are locked in a heated dispute with many infection control specialists and hospital administrators over how the novel coronavirus is spread ― and therefore, what level of protective gear is appropriate. At issue is the degree to which the......

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