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State should pay soaring power bills, says Houston mayor

The deadly snowstorm that swept through Texas earlier this month left some residents with thousands of dollars worth of bills for gas and hydro. The mayor of Houston says the state should pay these bills.

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Herb Washington, a Black McDonald's franchise owner, has sued the corporation for racial discrimination, citing "racist policies and practices" towards Black franchisees.
Switzerland has banned the AstraZeneca vaccine, becoming the only country in Europe not to authorize it. The decision came after the Swiss medical regulator concluded a lack of data on the vaccine's efficacy.
Nigerian police beat, arrest protesters at site of Lekki shootings, witnesses say
Nigerian police beat and arrested demonstrators in Lagos at the site of the Lekki shooting. It happened last Saturday when demonstrators protested the reopening of the site where activists who denounced police brutality were shot last year.
Myanmar’s military announced elections will be held
On Tuesday, Myanmar’s ruling military junta guaranteed that it will hold elections at some point but didn’t set an official date. They are currently balancing a new criminal charge against the ousted leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi, which could put her in prison for up to six years.
A group of leading international law experts have proposed a new crime called ‘Ecocide,” which could hold people accountable for crimes against nature. If it’s passed, it will become the International Criminal Court’s fifth jurisdictional responsibility, alongside genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression.

Since January 16, at least 19 people in India have died after receiving Covaxin and Covishield vaccines, some dying as quickly as in a few hours. However, the government has denied any connection between the vaccines and deaths.

The Dutch government was asked to reverse its COVID-19 curfew after The Hague court ruled that the curfew infringes on people’s rights and has no legal grounds.

Large crowds gathered in Myanmar’s capital, Nay Pyi Taw, to attend the funeral of a woman who was killed during a protest against a military coup.

The deadly snowstorm that swept through Texas earlier this month left some residents with thousands of dollars worth of bills for gas and hydro. The mayor of Houston says the state should pay these bills.

Pfizer and BioNTech will jab approximately 4000 pregnant women with their experimental COVID-19 vaccines in an effort to understand the vaccine’s effects. Globally, millions have already received shots of the vaccines authorized for emergency use.

117-year-old French nun Sister André has survived COVID-19 in three weeks. The oldest person in Europe didn’t realize she was infected. While it’s not clear which COVID-19 test she took, many experts have expressed doubt about the efficacy of tests like the PCR.

Sarasota, Florida, lifted its mandatory masking policy against advice from health experts. Commissioners stated that face coverings were too “burdensome” for citizens and businesses, and the city could not penalize everyone who breached the rule.

Nottingham Forest FC’s star striker Lyle Taylor says he will no longer take the knee before matches, stating that the Black Lives Matter group is a “Marxist” movement.

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