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"A local resident on Ailuk discovered a boat with 649 one-kilogram bricks of cocaine," said Marshall Islands Attorney General Richard Hickson. Police said the discovery last week was the largest volume of cocaine to ever wash into the Marshall Islands, which has seen hundreds of kilos of cocaine found near multiple islands over the past two decades. The drug haul has an estimated street value of over $US80 million. https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/433026/marshall-islands-destroy-record-cocaine-haul
Italy has ordered a nationwide lockdown over much of the Christmas and New Year period in an effort to combat a rise in coronavirus cases.
The country will be under "red-zone" restrictions over the public holidays, with non-essential shops, restaurants and bars closed, and Italians only allowed to travel for work, health and emergency reasons.
Limited home visits will be allowed. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-55372491
Reports from Britain and South Africa of new coronavirus strains that seem to spread more easily are causing alarm, but virus experts say it’s unclear if that’s the case or whether they pose any concern for vaccines or cause more severe disease.
Viruses naturally evolve as they move through the population, some more than others. https://apnews.com/article/new-coronavirus-strain-england-explainer-74ea2d47820b8dcac02f95ad9440f533
If the Brits panic you know what happen if that mutation comes to the USA!! India, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, Jordan and Hong Kong suspended travel for Britons after Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that a mutated variant of the virus, up to 70% more transmissible, had been identified in the country. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman closed their borders completely. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-britain/shaken-by-new-coronavirus-strain-world-shuts-the-door-on-britain-idUSKBN28V1FF
Ray Dalio founded and manages the largest hedge fund in the world, Bridgewater Associates. He warns that if we don't reform capitalism to narrow the wealth gap in this country, we’ll not only see greater polarization, but also a worse economy for all. https://youtu.be/pYZxD1Nnglw
The day before Christmas Eve, the pilot stayed in the air a little less than two hours. He first flew from Friedrichshafen to Ulm, then suddenly turned around and made a few unusual turns in the air space north of Lake Constance. Evaluations of his flight data show: The man traced the shape of a syringe. With the campaign, he wanted to draw attention to the upcoming corona vaccinations. https://www.spiegel.de/panorama/gesellschaft/impf-kampagne-ueber-friedrichshafen-pilot-zeichnet-riesige-spritze-in-den-himmel-a-fa98ef6f-c1b0-47e3-a8f8-231bc6822a3b
Mutants are significantly more contagious and have become the dominant virus variants in these countries in just a few weeks. The British mutant has already been found in several other countries, including Germany. I think it is inevitable that these new variants will spread and soon become dominant around the world. This will make it much more difficult to control the pandemic — and it could get worse if the virus continues to change. https://www.spiegel.de/international/world/jeremy-farrar-on-the-coronavirus-we-are-in-a-dramatic-race-against-a-changing-virus-a-4afdbc24-b5a1-499d-a0d1-ae95415844ed
At least several users of the far-right social network Parler appear to be among the horde of rioters that managed to penetrate deep inside the U.S. Capitol building and into areas normally restricted to the public, according to GPS metadata linked to videos posted to the platform the day of the insurrection in Washington. https://gizmodo.com/parler-users-breached-deep-inside-u-s-capitol-building-1846042905?scrolla=5eb6d68b7fedc32c19ef33b4
Europeans have considered the last four years extremely distasteful. They've been bemused by Trump's envoys, like Richard Grenell in Germany, who have turned up and started behaving like Fox News anchors and insulting the country they were supposed to be building relations with https://edition.cnn.com/2021/01/16/europe/trump-has-trashed-the-transatlantic-alliance-intl/index.html
Anti-lockdown and anti-mask groups, which now count some 3 million members on Facebook, were a crucial recruiting ground for the “Stop the Steal” effort that culminated in the deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol on January 6. “The ranks of ‘Stop the Steal’ groups were able to swell to hundreds of thousands almost overnight largely because they drew on this established base that had already been radicalized,” https://theintercept.com/2021/01/15/capitol-riot-mob-anti-lockdown/