Monthly Archives: January 2021

The abandoned Soviet nuclear missile base hidden in a Polish forest

(CNN) — Some call it the ghost town, because for decades it didn’t appear on any maps — a clandestine location that at the height of the Cold War likely concealed a deadly arsenal of nuclear weapons capable of wiping out major Western cities. Others refer to it as the …

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Canada working with the US to close travel ‘loophole’

Ottawa (CNN) — Canadian officials said Friday they are working with the Biden administration to close what they describe as a travel “loophole” and to get more symmetry with Covid-19 safety protocols between the two countries. “A loophole, frankly, does exist because the Americans previously had not placed any restriction …

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Glastonbury Festival fashion history: Remember when Kate Moss wore rain boots?

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN Remember when Kate Moss wore wellies (that’s rain boots for those outside the UK) to Glastonbury? Following Thursday’s announcement that the historic festival will be canceled for the second consecutive year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we look back at one of its most memorable …

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South Korean former Olympic skating coach jailed for 10 years over abuse

In December that year, Shim revealed that the abuse went far beyond what had initially been revealed, accusing Cho of rape and sexual assault. Her claims caused a storm within the South Korean sporting world, with several other athletes coming forward, both anonymously and in public, to disclose instances of …

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Foreign fighters were meant to leave Libya this week. A huge trench being dug by Russian-backed mercenaries indicates they plan to stay

US officials are also concerned over the long-term goals of the Kremlin ally in the war-torn state. One intelligence official notes that the trench is a sign that Wagner, which, the official said, has its largest global presence in Libya, is “settling in for the long haul.” The trench, which …

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Japan determined to hold Tokyo Olympics despite cancellation rumors

On Friday, the Times of London, citing an unnamed senior member of the ruling coalition, reported that Japanese authorities had privately concluded that the Olympics could not proceed due to the ongoing pandemic. CNN has not independently verified this report, which officials in Tokyo were quick to refute. In a …

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Vatican bank’s former chief found guilty of money laundering, sentenced to nearly 9 years in prison

The 81-year-old was handed an eight year, 11 month jail term on Thursday, making him the highest-ranking Vatican official to be convicted of a financial crime. His lawyer is appealing his sentence. Caloia was president of the bank known as Institute of Works of Religion (IOR) from 1999 to 2009. …

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Analysis: The China trade war is one thing Joe Biden won’t be rushing to fix

From a grueling trade war to a slew of sanctions on the country’s most prominent tech companies, the Trump administration spent the bulk of the last four years piling pressure on the United States’ biggest economic rival. Things only became more heated in recent weeks as Washington slapped additional restrictions …

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China says it is a ‘victim’ after Twitter locks embassy account

The retort comes after Twitter (TWTR) temporarily locked the account of the Chinese embassy over a tweet it posted defending Beijing’s treatment of Uyghurs. The post, which was made earlier this month, claimed that Uyghur women in Xinjiang were no longer “baby-making machines.” “In the process of eradicating extremism, the …

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QAnon believers are in disarray after Biden is inaugurated

But as Biden raised his hand and swore an oath to defend the Constitution, becoming the nation’s 46th president — nothing happened. The anti-climax sent QAnon adherents into a frenzy of confusion and disbelief, almost instantly shattering a collective delusion that had been nurtured and amplified by many on the …

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