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Regional News • Americas • South America
Argentinean President Alberto Fernández received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine
Alberto Fernández receiving the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine
Alberto Fernández receiving the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine Credit: Esteban Collazo/Casa Rosada

The Argentinean President Alberto Fernández received Thursday the first dose of the Russian Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine.

After a controversy over whether studies would come from Moscow to support the use of the vaccine in people over 60, the National Administration of Drugs, Food and Medical Technology (Anmat) on Wednesday authorised its use in the age group most at risk from the coronavirus.

On Monday, the government released an official timetable promising that another 4.7 million Russian Sputnik V vaccine doses will arrive in the country before the end of the month. The schedule for the delivery of the vaccine announced by the government began in December with the arrival of 300,000 doses and continues in January with 5,000,000 more (300,000 were delivered on the last Saturday), while another 14,700,000 are expected in February.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
Glastonbury 2021 cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic
Glastonbury 2021 cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic
Credit: Twitter Reproduction

As a study from London's Imperial College revealed that Covid-19 cases in England are "not falling," despite a third lockdown, the Glastonbury music festival has been cancelled once again, festival organizers announced on Thursday.

2021 will mark the second summer in a row where the international festival was not held after the 2020 event was cancelled last March.

"In spite of our efforts to move Heaven & Earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the Festival happen this year," organizers Michael and Emily Eavis said in a joint statement on Thursday.

Glastonbury has been headlined by a glittering array of British and global stars since its first date in 1970, including David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Oasis, U2 and Beyoncé.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Actress Mira Furlan dies at age 65
Actress Mira Furlan dies at age 65
Credit: User:Izolita, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The actress Mira Furlan has died at the age of 65. Her cause of death has not been made public yet. Crew members had "known for some time now that Mira’s health was fading" and "kept hoping that she would improve."

Furlan is known for her roles in Babylon 5 and Lost.

Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski wrote on Twitter: "It is a night of great sadness, for our friend and comrade had gone down the road where we cannot reach her. But as with all things, we will catch up with her in time, and I believe she will have many stories to tell us, and many new roles to share with the universe."

Regional News • Europe
Portugal: schools, kindergartens and universities close amid Coronavirus surge
Paços da Universidade, Portugal
Paços da Universidade, Portugal Credit: xiquinhosilva from Cacau, via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

In Portugal, the government orders the closure of schools and universities for at least 15 days. Due to the new virus variant and the rapid transmission, caution must be exercised, says Prime Minister Antonio Costa, explaining the measure. The country reported 221 more Corona deaths on Thursday alone, the most ever in a single day, and 13,544 new infections.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Pelosi says Trump impeachment will head to Senate "soon"
Pelosi says Trump impeachment will head to Senate "soon"
Credit: Nancy Pelosi, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the House will transmit article of impeachment "soon", but did not provide any further details on when the trial might begin.

"I’m not going to be telling you when it is going," so Pelosi. "The other questions are about how a trial would proceed. We are ready."

Regional News • Americas • Brazil
Rio de Janeiro mayor discards Carnival happening in July, after first postponement from February
Rio de Janeiro mayor discards Carnival happening in July, after first postponement from February
Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

Eduardo Paes, the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, announced that the 2020 Carnaval would not be held in July on Thursday, as it seems the immunisation campaign against Covid-19 will be delayed in the city.

"This celebration requires a great deal of preparation on the part of public bodies and of samba associations and institutions. Something impossible to do at that moment. Thus, I would like to inform you that we will not have Carnaval in the middle of the year in 2021", said Paes.

When it deliberated on the postponement to July, the Independent League of Samba Schools (Liesa) made the parades conditional on the immunisation campaign against Covid-19.

Sports • Soccer
FIFA warns potential participators in closed Super League
FIFA warns potential participators in closed Super League

Rumours about a breakaway Super League received an official remark from FIFA today, stating that any players competing in such competition would be barred from FIFA and its affiliated competitions.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
KLM suspends all of its long-haul flights
Boeing 787-900 above the dutch coast
Boeing 787-900 above the dutch coast Credit: KLM

The Dutch airline KLM will suspend all its intercontinental flights and some European routes from Friday now that the Netherlands requires a rapid coronavirus test before entry.

New requirements mandated by the government require passengers to obtain a negative Covid-19 rapid test result no later than four hours prior to departure to the Netherlands. In addition, passengers must also have a negative result from a PCR test conducted within 72 hours from their flight's departure to be let into the country.

Regional News • Middle East
Iraq attack: Twin suicide bombings in central Baghdad kill 20
Iraq attack: Twin suicide bombings in central Baghdad kill 20
Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

Twin suicide bombings ripped through a busy market in the Iraqi capital Thursday, killing at least 28 people and wounding 73 others, officials said.

No one immediately took responsibility for the attack, but Iraqi military officials said it was the Islamic State group's work.

Iraq's military said at least 28 people were killed and 73 wounded in the attack and said some of the injured were in serious condition. Health and police officials said the toll might be higher. They spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Regional News • Asia • China
Twitter locks account of Chinese US embassy
Twitter locks account of Chinese US embassy
Credit: Courtesy of Twitter

Twitter has blocked the user account of the Chinese embassy in the US because of a tweet about the treatment of the Uyghur minority. The account @ChineseEmbinUS had published a tweet saying that Uyghur women were no longer "baby-making machines". The original English-language tweet referred to "baby making machines." The statement referred to a study reported by China Daily, a pro-government newspaper.

Regional News • Europe • Russia
Russia tries to stop calls for protests against Kremlin on social networks
Роскомнадзор
Роскомнадзор Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

Russian authorities are warning social networks, especially the video platform TikTok, popular with young people, to stop advertising for jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny.

"We request that you immediately take comprehensive measures to prevent the dissemination of such unlawful information on the TikTok platform," reads a statement from telecommunications regulator Roskomnadzor.

Specifically, the authority refers to calls disseminated via TikTok to participate in a demonstration for Kremlin critic Navalny that had been announced for Saturday but had not been approved.

Law
New UK visa for Hong Kong citizens
British Passport
British Passport Credit: Ethan Wilkinson

Up to 5.4 million people in Hong Kong could apply to the new visa and relocate to the UK. The government estimates 300,000 might apply in the next five years.

Technology • Smartphones, Hardware & Gadgets
LG might leave the smartphone market
LG K Series models
LG K Series models Credit: LG

LG CEO Kwon Bong-seok sent an internal memo to employees on Wednesday saying that "it’s about time" for the company to take a hard look at things and possibly make "the best choice."

"Since the competition in the global market for mobile devices is getting fiercer, it is about time for LG to make a cold judgment and the best choice," an LG official told the Korea Herald. "The company is considering all possible measures, including sale, withdrawal, and downsizing of the smartphone business."

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Literature
Inauguration Poet Amanda Gorman's books become Amazon bestsellers
National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman reads her work, "An American Lyric," at the inaugural reading of Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, September 13, 2017.
National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman reads her work, "An American Lyric," at the inaugural reading of Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, September 13, 2017. Credit: Shawn Miller, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Amanda Gorman's books became bestsellers on Amazon after she delivered her poem at President Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday.

"I AM ON THE FLOOR MY BOOKS ARE #1 & #2 ON AMAZON AFTER 1 DAY! Thank you so much to everyone for supporting me and my words. As Yeats put it: "For words alone are certain good: Sing, then"," Gorman wrote on Twitter.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
United Airlines posts a loss of $1.9 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020
An United Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9
An United Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 Credit: United Airlines

United Airlines Holdings Inc. late Wednesday posted its fourth straight quarter of losses, saying it expects its capacity to be down at least 51% in the current quarter. The company swung to a net loss of $1.9 billion during the last quarter of 2020, with operating revenue of $3.41 billion, compared with $10.9 billion a year ago.

United stock has lost about 50% in the past 12 months, contrasting with gains around 16% for the S&P 500 index.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Biden laid off three Trump appointees on his first day in office
President Biden speaks at an event in Jackson, MS standing in front of an American flag
President Biden speaks at an event in Jackson, MS standing in front of an American flag Credit: The White House (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

President Joe Biden terminated three of Donald Trump's appointees on his first day in office: Michael Pack, the head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media which oversees international broadcaster Voice of America; Kathleen Kraninger, who has been the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau since 2019; and Peter Robb the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel.

Climate & Environment
An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 strikes 40 km southeast of Nicosia, Cyprus
An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 strikes 40 km southeast of Nicosia, Cyprus
Credit: Courtesy of Twitter

The earthquake of magnitude 5.1 on the Richter scale could be felt in Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan according to first reports.

Science • Space
SpaceX sets new rocket reuse records with successful Starlink launch
SpaceX sets new rocket reuse records with successful Starlink launch
Credit: SpaceX (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

SpaceX launched 60 more Starlink satellites Wednesday, adding more capacity and coverage to the company's commercial broadband network while setting new records for the pace it is reusing Falcon 9 rocket boosters. This flight marked the first time that one of the company’s Falcon 9 first stage boosters flew a record 8 times.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Joseph Biggs, leader of Proud Boys, arrested for his part in the siege of the US Capitol
Joseph Biggs
Joseph Biggs Credit: United States Department of Justice (Public Domain)

Joseph Biggs, one of the leaders of the far-right group Proud Boys, was arrested in Florida for his role in the insurrection of the US Capitol. He faces charges of obstruction of a proceeding, entering restricted grounds and disorderly conduct.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Biden signs 17 executive orders, memorandums and proclamations on his first day in office
Biden signs 17 executive orders, memorandums and proclamations on his first day in office
Credit: The White House, via Twitter (Public Domain)

President Joe Biden has signed 17 executive orders, memorandums and proclamations shortly after his inauguration, including revoking Trump's Muslim ban, rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, extending federal eviction moratorium, rescinding Census orders to exclude non-citizens, preserving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and a federal mask mandate.