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Elza Soares: Tributes as Brazilian samba legend dies aged 91 – (BBC News)
Her career spanned six decades and she used her music to campaign against racism.
George Floyd: Federal civil rights trial of three ex-officers begins – (BBC News)
Who are the three ex-Minneapolis officers accused of depriving the unarmed black man of his civil rights?
US charges four Belarus officials with aircraft piracy over flight diversion – (BBC News)
Prosecutors say the men reported a fake bomb threat to detain an opposition journalist in Minsk.
Boris Johnson: I've seen no evidence of plotters being blackmailed – (BBC News)
The PM rejects the claims of a Tory MP, who says rebels face intimidation from ministers.
Coronavirus: Austrian parliament approves mandatory vaccination order – (BBC News)
If the bill is signed into law, Austrians who refuse to take the shot will face fines of up to €3,600.
All U.S. Team Members Have Been Vaccinated for the Beijing Olympics – (Time)
The U.S. team's top doctor says not one of the 200-plus athletes heading to Beijing for the Winter Games asked for a medical exemption.
UK Foreign Secretary Truss says she fully supports PM Johnson – (Reuters)
UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss voiced on Friday her full support for embattled Prime Minister Boris Johnson, saying he was doing a fantastic job and there was no contest for the leadership.
Biden Issues a New Warning to Russia Over Invading Ukraine – (Time)
U.S. President Joe Biden said Thursday that Moscow would “pay a heavy price” for any Russian troop movements across Ukraine’s border.
As costs mount, how long can China stick with ‘zero COVID’? – (Al Jazeera English)
Omicron has raised questions about the sustainability of Beijing’s lockdowns and border closures.
COVID disrupts aid flight to tsunami-hit Tonga – (Reuters)
As aid trickles into the South Pacific nation of Tonga, devastated by a volcanic eruption and tsunami, an Australian aid flight was forced to return to base due to a positive COVID-19 case onboard, a defence official said on Friday.
US seeks to speed up delivery of new F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan – (Al Jazeera English)
Block 70 aircraft are the newest F-16 configuration with new avionics, a modernised cockpit, and an improved engine.
Exclusive: Intel Reveals Plans for Massive New Ohio Factory, Fighting the Chip Shortage Stateside – (Time)
The semiconductor company has announced what will be the 'largest silicon manufacturing location on the planet' in New Albany, Ohio, fighting the chip shortage stateside.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams Will Convert His First Paycheck Into Cryptocurrency – (Time)
New York City Mayor Eric Adams confirmed his first paycheck—which arrives on Friday—will be converted into Bitcoin and Ethereum.
Georgia prosecutor requests special grand jury in Trump election probe – (Reuters)
The prosecutor for Georgia's biggest county on Thursday requested a special grand jury with subpoena power to aid her investigation into then-President Donald Trump's efforts to influence the U.S. state's 2020 election results.
Ex-Oath Keeper, 1/6 Protester Lead Push to Change Michigan's Election Audit Process – (Newsweek)
A ballot initiative that would change how Michigan audits elections is being led by a pair with links to the January 6 riot. Both say it's unfair.
Penn pledges to work with NCAA, support transgender swimmer – (Associated Press)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The University of Pennsylvania said it will work with the NCAA under its newly adopted standards for transgender athletes.Swimmer Lia Thomas, who competed for the men's team at Penn before transitioning, has qualified to compete in March a…
World rushes aid to tsunami-hit Tonga amid water, food shortage – (Al Jazeera English)
UN says some 60,000 people affected by damage to crops, livestock, fisheries due to ashfall and saltwater intrusion.
White House Trots Out Top Officials to Control Damage From Biden's Ukraine Gaffe – (Newsweek)
Chief of staff Ron Klain stated that there was "no ambiguity" regarding the president's comments.
Congressman Ruben Gallego Says He Might Battle Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema in Primary – (Newsweek)
Gallego has accused Sinema, who voted against changing Senate filibuster rules to pass voting rights legislation on Wednesday, of "ignoring the will of her voters."
Security, China to dominate Biden’s talks with Japan’s Kishida – (Al Jazeera English)
Virtual talks will be the first substantial discussion between the allies since Kishida became Japan’s prime minister.