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The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) moves ice hockey world championship away from Belarus
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) moves ice hockey world championship away from Belarus
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The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has stated that "Due to safety and security issues that are beyond the IIHF’s control, the IIHF Council confirmed today that the decision to move the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship from Minsk, Belarus is unavoidable."

Technology • Internet & Web
Twitter CEO announces funding of "an initiative around an open decentralized standard for social media"
Twitter CEO announces funding of "an initiative around an open decentralized standard for social media"
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Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack has stated in a series of tweets that Twitter is working on a future of social media and doing their "part by funding an initiative around an open decentralized standard for social media." The technology called Bluesky will be blockchain-based and Twitter intends to "ultimately be a client of this standard."

Technology • Internet & Web
Twitter temporarily suspends account of Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene
Twitter temporarily suspends account of Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene
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Twitter has on Sunday temporarily blocked the account of Republican Congresswoman and "QAnon" supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Greene had violated company rules on multiple occasions, the online platform said. The congresswoman had written on Twitter that voter fraud had occurred in the Senate elections in Georgia. According to U.S. broadcaster CNN, Greene had spread several conspiracy myths and false reports at once in a lengthy thread.

The congresswoman's Twitter messages were then flagged with a notice that their content was controversial. A few hours later, the online network decided to suspend Greene's account for twelve hours.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Kamala Harris to resign as senator on Monday
Kamala Harris to resign as senator on Monday
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Harris plans to leave her post as senator on Monday, two days before she is to be sworn in as the new vice president in Washington. That was announced by staff in her office. She is to be succeeded in office by California Democrat Alex Padilla.

Padilla will be California's first senator with Latino roots. He will take Harris' post for the remaining two years

Regional News • Europe • Russia
Kremlin critic Navalny has been arrested after landing in Russia
Kremlin critic Navalny has been arrested after landing in Russia
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Russian opposition leader and Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been arrested upon his arrival in his homeland Russia. A plane of the Russian company Pobeda with the number DP 936 had previously landed at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport in the northwest of the capital.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
Phil Spector: Pop producer jailed for murder dies at 81

Spector, who transformed pop with his "wall of sound" recordings, worked with the Beatles, the Righteous Brothers and Ike and Tina Turner. "California Health Care Facility inmate Phillip Spector was pronounced deceased of natural causes at 6:35 p.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at an outside hospital. In February 2003, actress Lana Clarkson was found dead at his house in Alhambra, California with a bullet wound to her head.

Lifestyle • Travel
Ten Nepalese make first winter ascent of K2
Ten Nepalese make first winter ascent of K2
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For the first time in history, mountaineers have climbed K2 in winter. The 8611-meter peak in the Karakoram in Pakistan is the second-highest mountain in the world and is considered extremely difficult. The group of Sherpas had paused at a point 70 meters from the summit to wait for each other before entering the world's history books together.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
German CDU elects Armin Laschet as new chairman
German CDU elects Armin Laschet as new chairman
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North Rhine-Westphalia's Minister President Armin Laschet is to succeed Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as the new CDU leader. The 59-year-old prevailed in a runoff against former parliamentary group leader Friedrich Merz at the party's digital convention on Saturday.

In a first reaction, Armin Laschet said, "First of all, I thank you for the great trust." He said he was aware of his responsibility. He wants to ensure that the CDU/CSU provides the next chancellor that will succeed Angela Merkel.

Regional News • Africa
Uganda's long-term ruler Museveni declared winner, opponent speaks of "manipulation"

Uganda's longtime President Yoweri Museveni has been elected for a sixth term with nearly 59 percent of the vote, according to the state election commission. Museveni's main rival, Bobi Wine, received just under 35 percent of the vote, the electoral commission said Saturday.

Thursday's presidential and parliamentary elections were preceded by one of the most violent election campaigns in years. At least 54 people died, government critics were intimidated or jailed, and journalists who had covered opposition events were attacked. On election day itself, a massive security force ensured calm, and the Internet has been blocked ever since.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Gun lobby NRA files for bankruptcy
Gun lobby NRA files for bankruptcy
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The National Rifle Association is the most powerful gun lobby organization in the United States. But after financial and leadership scandals, the NRA has now filed for bankruptcy. The organization announced this on its website.

In the explanation it is further said, the NRA wants to leave the location New York. This was a "corrupt political and regulatory environment." It said the NRA wants to restructure itself as a nonprofit organization in Texas. The plan includes "utilizing the protections of the bankruptcy court," it said.