House lawmakers push Biden administration to do more to deter Russian aggression against Ukraine

Some of the lawmakers, part of a three-day bipartisan delegation, are recommending cutting off Russia from financial markets if it invades Ukraine. Other lawmakers say that in the meantime the administration should focus on deterrence, including messaging that makes clear “a lot of Russian boys will die on day one” and providing Ukraine with a significant enough boost in weapons supplies that the Russians think twice about invading at all. “I learned that we have an important window in the next few weeks to deter further Russian aggression from happening, everything from a limited incursion to including a full-scale invasion,”…


Haiti explosion: At least 62 dead after gas tanker explodes in Cap-Haitien, Haiti’s second largest city

The situation remains “critical,” Deputy Mayor Patrick Almonor said on Tuesday, who also extended an appeal for blood donations. Almonor said the fuel tanker exploded after it had stopped due to mechanical issues and began leaking gas. People gathered to collect fuel directly from the truck when the explosion occurred, he said. Haiti has been crippled by a severe fuel shortage that has led to power outages and protests. The damage to the city is extensive, according to Almonor. “We have nearly 50 houses impacted by the fire and most of them will need to be demolished,” he said. “The…


Weibo fined by Chinese regulator for publishing illegal information

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said Weibo had violated a cybersecurity law on the protection of minors as well as other laws but did not give further details. It also said Beijing’s local cyberspace regulator had imposed 44 penalties on Weibo totaling 14.3 million yuan ($2.2 million) for the year to November. The company, which operates a platform similar to Twitter, has been ordered to “immediately rectify and deal with relevant responsible persons seriously,” the CAC said in a statement. Weibo said in a statement it “sincerely accepts criticism” from the regulator and has established a work group in…


Ghana will fine airlines if they bring unvaccinated passengers to the country

The operator of Ghana‘s main international airport will fine airlines $3,500 for every passenger they fly in who is not vaccinated against COVID-19 or who tests positive for the coronavirus upon arrival, it said on December 13. The rule comes into effect on Tuesday at Kotoka International Airport in the capital Accra, Ghana Airports said. It follows a health ministry move last week to require all people entering Ghana to be vaccinated. The measures are some of the strictest in Africa, where vaccine uptake has been challenged by lack of supply and logistical issues even as the new Omicron variant…


Militant attack in India’s Srinagar kills three police officers, injures 11

A group of police officers were returning to the police campus when three militants opened fire on a police vehicle outside the main city of Srinagar, according to a police news release. The militants escaped in the immediate aftermath. A massive search operation has been launched and the area has been cordoned off. Two of the officers died on Monday, and a third succumbed to his injuries early Tuesday, according to Manzoor Ahmed, commanding officer of the battalion. Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought details on the attack and expressed condolences to the families of those killed, his office said in…


Premarket stocks trading: The global economy is increasingly out of sync

But this divergence could be about to get worse, creating headaches for the policymakers who have to manage what happens next. What’s happening: The biggest central banks in the world will all make highly-anticipated announcements on policy this week. But unlike at the beginning of the pandemic, when their action to avert a global depression was highly synchronized, the responses to inflation and the Omicron variant are expected to vary widely. The Fed doesn’t appear deterred by concerns about the spread of the Omicron variant, since the United States has so far avoided rolling out fresh restrictions. Consumer spending still…


UN-backed report finds police brutality in Colombia killed 11 in last year’s protests

Announcing the results of the report on Monday, Chief investigator Carlos Negret accused Colombian National Police (PNC) of committing a “massacre.” “The PNC openly dismissed any principle of proportionality or absolute necessity in using lethal force,” according to the report. “Who gave the order, why were they shooting against unarmed protesters, whose responsible for the pain and for the lives lost — those are the questions we were not able to answer,” Negret said at a press conference on Monday. Negret, who served as Colombia’s ombudsman from 2016 to 2020, also reiterated the UN definition of a massacre, saying it…


Shirley Raines, who brings beauty and hope to Skid Row, is CNN’s Hero of the Year

As she received her award Sunday, Raines thanked her children including her late son, who inspired her work. “This surely hasn’t been easy. I stand before you a very broken woman,” an emotional Raines said. “I am a mother without a son and there are a lot of people in the streets without a mother — and I feel like it’s a fair exchange.” Raines and her non-profit Beauty 2 the Streetz have been a mainstay on Skid Row for the past six years, providing food, clothing, and hair and makeup services to thousands of people. Every week, Raines and…


Photos: ‘CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute’ 2021

From left, David Flink, Jenifer Colpas, Lynda Doughty, Michele Neff Hernandez, Shirley Raines, Made Janur Yasa, Zannah Mustapha, Dr. Ala Stanford, Dr. Patricia Gordon, and Hector Guadalupe, the 2021 CNN Top 10 Heroes, pose together prior to the ceremony. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Source link


India’s PM has personal Twitter hacked

“The matter was escalated to Twitter and the account has been immediately secured,” the Indian PM’s office said in a tweet on Sunday. “In the brief period that the account was compromised, any Tweet shared must be ignored,” officials added. Several Twitter users shared screenshots of the tweet put out from the Indian Prime Minister’s personal twitter account, @narendramodi, when it was compromised, according to CNN’s affiliate News-18. The screenshot read: “India has officially accepted bitcoin as legal tender. The government has officially bought 500 BTC” and would be “distributing them to all residents of the country.” That tweet has…


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