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Regional News • Europe • Russia
Washington and Brussels have imposed sanctions against Russian officials over Navalny poisoning
Washington and Brussels have imposed sanctions against Russian officials over Navalny poisoning
Credit: Courtesy of Twitter / Christo Grozev

After the US intelligence officials concluded that the Russian government was behind the attack on Navalny, the Biden administration slapped sanctions on Russian individuals and entities

Tuesday's sanctions mark the first of several steps by the Biden administration to "respond to a number of destabilizing actions,'' said one of the White House officials.

Brussels imposed bans on travel and froze the assets in Europe of Alexander Bastrykin, head of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Igor Krasnov, the prosecutor general, Viktor Zolotov, head of the National Guard, and Alexander Kalashnikov, head of the Federal Prison Service

Regional News • Americas • South America
Uruguay started nation-wide Covid-19 vaccination with +47k essential workers already scheduled

Firsts jabs are available only for education, police, and military personnel.

The Health Ministry's goal is to achieve herd immunity with the vaccine (around 70% of the whole population). Vaccination is not mandatory, but health minister Salinas pointed that being vaccinated is a civic duty. People that don't want to be vaccinated will be put at the end of the line.

Regional News • Americas • South America
Peru: former president and leaders were vaccinated against the coronavirus before the national campaign began
ex-president Martín Vizcarra
ex-president Martín Vizcarra Credit: Presidencia Peru

After finish negotiating the purchase of 38 million doses of the Chinese vaccine Sinopharm, the Peruvian ex-president Martín Vizcarra and authorities were vaccinated. Pilar Mazzetti, head of the Health Minister, and Foreign Minister Elizabeth Astete left their offices.

On Twitter Astete announced her resignation on Twitter and admitted that it was a "serious mistake". They claim they were part of the clinical trial, but they are not registered as volunteers.

Technology • Internet & Web
Spotify patent would suggest songs based on users' emotions
Spotify patent would suggest songs based on users' emotions
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The patent, which was filed in 2018 and granted on 12 January, would allow the streaming giant to "make observations" about a user's environment and emotions using speech recognition technology.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Man found living in an airport for 3 months over Covid fears

A man too afraid to fly due to the pandemic lived undetected in a secure area of Chicago's international airport for three months, US. He reportedly found the staff badge in the airport and was "scared to go home due to Covid"

Health
The first person to be vaccinated in Brazil is a black woman, ICU nurse, minutes after Coronavac being approved
The first person to be vaccinated in Brazil is a black woman, ICU nurse, minutes after Coronavac being approved
Credit: Courtesy of Twitter

Minutes after the first vaccine being approved for use in Brazil, the Coronavac Vaccine by the Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac, the first person that has been vaccinated is a black woman, 54 years old, working in Sao Paulo's Emilio Ribas hospital, as ICU nurse.

Technology • Internet & Web
YouTube bans Steve Bannon's podcast channel
YouTube bans Steve Bannon's podcast channel
Credit: Elekes Andor / via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

YouTube bans Steve Bannon's podcast channel hours after Rudy Giuliani appeared on an episode and blamed the Capitol siege on Democrats.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump declares he will not be in the inauguration on January 20th
Trump declares he will not be in the inauguration on January 20th
Credit: Courtesy of Twitter

The US President Donald Trump has announced via his Twitter account: "To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th." 

Regional News • Americas • United States
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigns after Capitol insurrection
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigns after Capitol insurrection
Credit: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America / via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Betsy DeVos says Trump "rhetoric" was "inflection point." She has become the second Cabinet secretary to resign a day after a pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Lifestyle
Elon Musk becomes world's richest person as wealth tops $185bn
Musk speaks to the news media during a news conference at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida after the successful liftoff of the company’s Falcon Heavy rocket from Launch Complex 39A.
Musk speaks to the news media during a news conference at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida after the successful liftoff of the company’s Falcon Heavy rocket from Launch Complex 39A. Credit: NASA, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The Tesla and SpaceX entrepreneur was pushed into the top slot after Tesla's share price increased on Thursday.

He takes the top spot from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who had held it since 2017.