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'Blackout Challenge' has been circulating on social media platforms including TikTok over the last year. Also known as 'the fainting game', 'the game of choking' or 'speed dreaming', it requires users to cause themselves to pass out for some time. Italian prosecutors have opened a probe after a 10-year-old girl who allegedly took part in the challenge on TikTok died.
short by Daisy Mowke / 11:10 pm on 22 Jan
NASA has loaned a Moon rock for display in the Oval Office of the White House at the request of the Joe Biden administration. "This 332 gram piece...(less than a pound), which was collected in 1972, is a 3.9-billion-year-old sample," wrote NASA. "The irregular sample surfaces contain...craters created as micrometeorite impacts...sand-blasted the rock over millions of years," it added.
short by Daisy Mowke / 09:26 pm on 22 Jan
Brazillian President Jair Bolsonaro thanked PM Narendra Modi for coronavirus vaccines. In his tweet, Bolsonaro included an image showing Lord Hanuman bringing the 'sanjeevani booti' from India to Brazil. "Brazil feels honoured to have a great partner to overcome a global obstacle by joining efforts. Thank you for assisting us with the vaccines exports from India to Brazil," he wrote.
short by Anmol Sharma / 10:24 pm on 22 Jan
Early evidence suggests the variant of coronavirus that emerged in the UK may be more deadly, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. The data has been assessed by scientists on the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group, which has briefed the UK government. The variant has spread to more than 50 other countries.
short by Anmol Sharma / 11:02 pm on 22 Jan
US Senator Bernie Sanders, while speaking about memes on his viral outfit at Joe Biden's Inauguration, said, "I was just sitting there trying to keep warm, trying to pay attention to what was going on." He added that he has seen the memes and revealed that his mittens were made by a school teacher from Vermont.
short by Daisy Mowke / 09:23 pm on 22 Jan
Ex-US Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton wish Biden success in video
short by Atharva Pandit / on 22 Jan 2021,Friday
Former US Presidents Barack Obama, George W Bush and Bill Clinton have recorded a joint video to wish Joe Biden, the 46th US President, a successful term. Bush, a Republican, said that the joint message "speaks to the institutional integrity of our country", while Obama said that despite differences, "as Americans, we have more in common than what separates us".
short by Atharva Pandit / 05:21 pm on 22 Jan
Portugal bans all UK flights over new COVID-19 variant
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 22 Jan 2021,Friday
Portugal has said it would suspend all flights to and from UK from Saturday over the new coronavirus strain. PM Antonio Costa said the measure was taken to reduce the "risk of contagion" due to the new variant which is spreading across Portugal. The British-identified variant, which is said to be 70% more transmissible, was first reported on December 14.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 03:07 pm on 22 Jan
Sri Lanka approves emergency use of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine
short by Anindya Tripathi / on 22 Jan 2021,Friday
Sri Lanka on Friday approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, making it the first vaccine to get approval from the country's drug authority. Doctors warned of a collapsing healthcare system and asked the government to prioritise healthcare workers for the inoculation process. It is not known when Sri Lanka will be getting the vaccine.
short by Anindya Tripathi / 05:32 pm on 22 Jan
Amazon to open pop-up vaccination clinic at its Seattle HQ
short by Atharva Pandit / on 22 Jan 2021,Friday
Amazon Inc said that it plans to open a pop-up clinic for COVID-19 vaccination at its Seattle headquarters on January 24. The company said that it aims to vaccinate about 2,000 eligible members of the public. This comes a day after Amazon reportedly wrote to US President Joe Biden and offered to help with the vaccination drive in the country.
short by Atharva Pandit / 02:29 pm on 22 Jan
After a video showing owners of a cafe in Islamabad mocking English of a staff member went viral, ex-Pakistan captain Wasim Akram's Australian wife Shaniera Akram criticised them. Adding "it was sad to see", Shaniera tweeted, "I know what it’s like being put on the spot to speak another language." She further challenged the owners for an "English competition".
short by Anmol Sharma / 04:03 pm on 22 Jan
Facebook's Oversight Board to decide on lifting Trump ban
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / on 22 Jan 2021,Friday
Facebook on Thursday said it has referred its decision to indefinitely suspend the accounts of former US President Donald Trump to its independent Oversight Board. Facebook executive Nick Clegg said he's confident of their case and that any "reasonable person" would agree with their decision. Facebook had created the board after it was criticised for its handling of problematic content.
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / 02:14 pm on 22 Jan
US Democrats accuse Big Tech of playing 'whack-a-mole' with extremism
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / on 22 Jan 2021,Friday
On the first full day of President Joe Biden's administration, House Democrats wrote letters to the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter accusing them of not doing enough to end extremism and radicalisation on their platforms. They added that using moderation to take dangerous content down is relying on a "whack-a-mole answer to a systemic problem".
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / 06:08 pm on 22 Jan
UK govt told TikTok name of UK's next ambassador to China in advance
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 22 Jan 2021,Friday
The UK government told TikTok the "strictly confidential" name of the UK's next ambassador to China before the appointment was confirmed, Business Insider reported citing documents. UK's DIT asked a senior TikTok official to be "discreet" about Caroline Wilson's selection as Britain's representative to China. UK lawmakers have said the government now has "serious questions" to answer over this.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 04:57 pm on 22 Jan
TikTok deleted some posts promoting illegal pro-Navalny protests: Russia
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 22 Jan 2021,Friday
Russia said TikTok has deleted 38% of what it called illegal posts promoting weekend protests aimed at securing the release of Russian President Vladimir Putin's critic Alexey Navalny. However, communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said new calls for Russians to take to the streets were still emerging on the platform. Roskomnadzor added that YouTube had deleted 50% of the posts.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 11:05 pm on 22 Jan
United Nations to launch mobile game about protecting ozone layer
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / on 22 Jan 2021,Friday
The United Nations Earth Programme (UNEP) will release a mobile game aimed at Gen Z called 'Reset Earth', that tasks players with saving the ozone layer. A user plays as three teenagers from 2084 who have to travel back in time to ensure the signing of the 1987 Montreal Protocol, preserve the ozone and prevent the rise of a virus.
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / 05:22 pm on 22 Jan
UNGA adopts resolution to protect religious sites across the world
short by Atharva Pandit / on 22 Jan 2021,Friday
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Thursday adopted a resolution condemning the destruction of religious sites and approved a global conference for safeguarding places of religious heritage. The resolution was proposed by Saudi Arabia and was co-sponsored by several other nations. The resolution states that it denounces any move to "forcibly convert any religious site".
short by Atharva Pandit / 04:22 pm on 22 Jan
Putin critic had planned protests to force Russia to release him: Ally
short by Anindya Tripathi / on 22 Jan 2021,Friday
Russian President Vladimir Putin's critic Alexey Navalny had anticipated his arrest and had planned to force the Kremlin to release him by organising repeated protests, a close ally revealed. Leonid Volkov added that the opposition also plans to release video investigations into Putin and his allies. "We know the Kremlin fears mass demonstrations," Volkov further said.
short by Anindya Tripathi / 04:56 pm on 22 Jan
Honduras makes it harder to reverse abortion, same-sex marriage bans
short by Anindya Tripathi / on 22 Jan 2021,Friday
Members of the Honduran Congress have voted to amend the constitution making it harder to reverse existing bans on abortion and same-sex marriage. Now, any change to constitutional articles that provide foetus the legal status of a person and allow marriages only between a man and a woman, will require three-quarter supermajority support. The proposal still needs a second vote.
short by Anindya Tripathi / 05:10 pm on 22 Jan
Japan records rise in suicide rates for first time since 2009
short by Anindya Tripathi / on 22 Jan 2021,Friday
Japan recorded an increase in suicide rates during 2020 for the first time since 2009, the Health Ministry said. It added that 20,919 people died by suicide in 2020, up 3.7% from the previous year, with 14% more suicides recorded among women. "The coronavirus pandemic forced people into unusual circumstances," a health ministry official said.
short by Anindya Tripathi / 08:45 pm on 22 Jan
8 security officials killed in Taliban attacks in Afghanistan
short by Anindya Tripathi / on 22 Jan 2021,Friday
Six security officials were killed in a Taliban attack on a police checkpoint in Khasrod district in Nimroz province, Afghanistan on Thursday, and two more officers lost their lives in a similar attack in Baghlan province, as per reports. The attack on the checkpoint was carried out by dozens of Taliban fighters, officials said, adding that Taliban also suffered casualties.
short by Anindya Tripathi / 04:04 pm on 22 Jan
Chinese miners trapped since Jan 10 to wait 15 more days for rescue
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 22 Jan 2021,Friday
Authorities have said that workers trapped in a gold mine in China since January 10 would have to wait another 15 days for rescue. So far, rescue workers have only managed to drill small holes down, but are able to supply food and medicine to the trapped men. Of the 22 trapped workers, one miner has died from head injuries.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 02:29 pm on 22 Jan
Canada Governor General resigns over workplace harassment allegations
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 22 Jan 2021,Friday
Canada's Governor General Julie Payette has resigned amid allegations of workplace harassment. The government had launched a third-party investigation of harassment claims after current and former government employees accused Payette of creating a "toxic" workplace in which staff were "bullied to tears". She took office in October 2017 for a five-year term on PM Justin Trudeau's recommendation.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 01:49 pm on 22 Jan
Hong Kong lawmakers push for surveillance cameras in classrooms
short by Anindya Tripathi / on 22 Jan 2021,Friday
Surveillance cameras should be installed in classrooms to monitor teachers' speeches, pro-establishment lawmakers in Hong Kong have said. "The recordings can monitor their teaching, and can also prove some innocent if they're smeared," said a lawmaker. This comes after China imposed a national security law on Hong Kong that aims at stamping out opposition to the ruling Communist Party.
short by Anindya Tripathi / 05:25 pm on 22 Jan
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