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19 burned bodies found near Mexico-U.S. border
"At least nineteen burned bodies were found near the texas mexico border this weekend. It's suspected the deaths are tied to cartel violence as texas public. Radio's maria menounos. Reports officials are working to identify whether any of the victims were migrants. The charred remains were found to burn vehicles in the mexican town of something neat that molly bus officials said. That's about forty miles away from the yoga. And the city on the texas side of the border the only state prosecutor's office said late saturday that the body had gunshot wounds and that they found rifles according to the associated press. But it's believed the victims were initially killed elsewhere because no shells were found rumors that central american migrants are among the dead have also surfaced that. Ap reported the watermelon embassy and consulate told reporters in a statement. They've activated aid protocols and are working with mexican authorities to identify whether any of the victims were of watermelon nationality. I might i'm in this in light
Global Gilmour Space completes successful hybrid rocket engine test
"Doco space rocket competent gilmore's space of caridad a successful engine to spur of the new hybrid rocket. Motor the hot five. Verification tests are what is the world's largest single port hybrid rocket engine lasted ten seconds producing record ninety-one killer newton's nine tonnes force thrust the queensland based companies developing a three stage launch vehicle capable of carrying small satellites into low-earth orbit and the rocket murray. Yes for this test is the same design. That will be pairing. The first and second stages of the company's new aries vehicle engineers now going through the results with plans to undertake duration and higher thrust tests in the next few weeks. This space time.
Biden set to reinstate coronavirus-related travel restrictions that Trump lifted
"The White House is reinstating Cove in 19 travel restrictions on non U. S. Travelers from Brazil, Ireland, the U. K and 26 other countries in Europe, and press Secretary Jen Psaki says the administration is adding one more via executive action in light of contagious variants that have recently surfaced. And in light of the contagious variant B 1351, South Africa has been added to the restricted list. President Biden's actions reverse in order from his predecessors final days in office at ease travel restrictions. The president is also mandating mask wearing during interstate travel by air, rail and
More new COVID vaccination centres open in England
"Over thirty new National Health Service vaccination centers open across England as of the drive to accelerate immunizations continues the government says vaccination of the most vulnerable groups organized by the joint committee on vaccination and immunisation will be completed by the middle of February in Mansfield senior operations manager Nina Marshall says it's been a massive endeavor getting inoculation sites like close up and running so swiftly I am very glad that we need to be able to get the vaccine supply we need to have the way to do it and we will be delivering in excess of twenty thousand a week so far Britain has vaccinated over six million people Charles the live as well London
10 workers found dead in China mine explosion
"Chinese rescues who found the bodies of mine workers in a mine explosion raising the death toll to ten officials say eleven of the workers were rescued earlier after being trapped for two weeks and one person is still missing at the gold mine in Shandong province the man of young Thai city says a search efforts will continue for the remaining mine until he's found the coals of the accident after the mine which is still being constructed is under investigation the explosion on January ten was large enough to release seventy tons of debris with the block to the soft disabling elevators and trapping workers on the ground rescue was drilled parallel shocks to send food and nutrients and eventually bring up the survivors on Sunday I'm Charles that that's my
World's richest got wealthier during pandemic while inequality grew for the rest
"World's richest people have already recovered from the economic losses from the pandemic, and they are actually thriving because of the bounce back in the stock markets, But Oxfam International says it could take a decade for the poorest people to recover their losses. Its executive director. Gabriele Bush. Air says countries around the world need to tackle what she calls the greatest rise in inequality since records began. Make sure that we really tax Appropriately. So Argentina is an example that one off well Faxon, Argentineans that will pay for the pandemic recovery and we need to also see how this is an opportunity to really transform how we think about economies. Oxfam estimates that the wealth of billionaires grew by $3.9 trillion between the start of the pandemic and December of last year. At the same time, the number of people living in poverty globally is believed to have increased by up to 500 million.
Dutch politicians condemn weekend rioting as curfew started
"Lawmakers and local leaders have condemned rioters who clashed with police in about ten towns and cities across the Netherlands on the second night of the coronavirus curfew prime minister mark route to the C. clip the clashes unacceptable saying it is not protesting more criminal violence Westgate has been Eindhoven where police clashed with hundreds of rioters who tools to call from rocks and fireworks at offices smashed windows and looted a supermarket at the subsidies railway station the rioting coincided with the first weekend of the new national coronavirus nine PM to four thirty AM curfew but may has stressed the violence was not the work of citizens concerned about their civil liberties I'm Charles de Ledesma
Biden reaches out to international leaders
"The president of the chance to reach out by phone to the leaders of canada and mexico. The white house releasing a statement about how that phone call went with mexico's president over door. We got a statement. They say the two leaders agreed to work closely to stem the flow of irregular migration mexico and the united states as well as promote development in the northern triangle of central america now. Immigration reform is a major priority of the biden administration. They've made it clear that they would like to see a pathway to citizenship for some estimated eleven million people in the united states that is a tall order for congress. Sox's mark meredith. The president has also spoken to british prime minister. Boris johnson. The two men disgust shared goals like beating the pandemic and tackling climate
New Strains Of CoronaVirus Are Breaking Out Worldwide
"Now anybody who has had any experience of life on this earth the last year or so. We'll be firmly of the belief that one strain of covid nineteen is more than enough as it spreads itself around the world however new variations keep being detected including one in the uk which appeared more readily transmissible a south african one which might be might be rather somewhat resistant to vaccines and brazilian one. Ditto small numbers of both of the latter have already been identified in the uk and dot dallas present elsewhere or on route. One joined with more. By dr chris smith monocle twenty fours health and correspondent also a virologist at cambridge university. Chris as we have discussed many times before all viruses mutate. What they do. Is this one doing so unusually quickly an door. Dramatically hello andrew. We don't think so in some respects. This is to be expected for the reason. You've outlined that the that all viruses mutate and change this one's no exception and therefore we're going to see a gentle drift or evolution of the virus specifically. We're going to see that happening. Most often. in parts of the world where the prevalence of the disease is highest in other words. Where you've got lots of people being infected. I'm passing the virus to lots of other people. That's loss of the roles of the genetic dice that the virus can take in order to accrue changes and optimize itself because at the end of the day viruses optimize themselves in order to spread most efficiently in their particular host and this is a new infection humans therefore it was pretty well adapted to us but not perfect. There's some room to maneuver and that's what the virus is doing. Its adjusting its behavior and its biology. A bit in order to spread most optimally among us. Humans the different variations though in different places those responses by the virus to local conditions. I guess whether it's it's climate or something else yes. Any kind of organism on earth is going to adapt itself in response to selective pressure applied by the environment in which it lives. These corona is a living in a human environment and therefore all behavior to a certain extent affects the behavior of the virus as we apply more selective pressure to it by making his job harder to spread between us for instance by social distancing through various other public health measures and spread control infection control. You'll going to select for viruses that all reproductive fitter in other words. They're better at doing what they do. And and in that way you'll get something that is usually more transmissible. That's what we saw the slight surprise here. Is this question about whether it is causing more severe illness or not now. Obviously the jury is a little bit out on this. At the moment we do have some directional data than that may be the case but it is early days of only just begun to take this trend. So we're not entirely sure whether this is a statistical artifact just a product to the fact there are lots of numbers and so the viruses is producing lots of infections. So we're seeing more severe infections or whether the genuine is evidence for higher talapity rate in each of the cases. So that figure we've been given by the uk government that suggests that the uk variant might be thirty percent More deadly which is an alarming sounding figure. Is it possible that figure is either less alarming than it sounds or actually not entirely accurate. Will the government put this across a downing street. Press briefing country balance-sheet presenting numbers in terms of deaths per thousand. And he said if you look at say a sixty year old man the risk with the parent strain of corona virus of that person passing away. If you had ten people with a thousand people with krona vars you might get ten people with die with this new variant that ten rises to thirteen or fourteen hence a forty or thirty percent increase in the mortality rate so they are nevertheless odds to emphasize the case fatality rate remains very low so in other words we haven't got something that's killing thirty percent people what we've got something that appears to based on the data that initially have been analyzed. Be a little bit more lethal as in not for the person. Obviously if you die but it's on average killing slightly more people than before but we don't know for sure if that's the case i mean. We have got a number of studies that present this london school hygiene tropical medicine of showing that the the risk ratio is about one point three five times greater with the new variant than the over one point three five. That's a thirty five percent increase. Imperial college of donna. Study then numbers range somewhere between high twenties to mid thirties. In terms of percentage increase in risk ecstasy university They did a smaller study. One point nine one was there multiple in other words. It's ninety percent worse. A public health england cited figure one and a half or so so therefore all of them seem to be centering on there being an increase in risk. But we don't know exactly how big that risk is but we think there is one but we need to reassure ourselves. This is real finding. it's not just a product of the fat. We're seeing lots of infections with this new air. It might be that. We're there foreseeing because of the disguise of the the problem more people who are at risk of having a severe infection. Cropping up with this very factional. They are trying to control for that so it doesn't like it might be real
Vlad tidings: demonstrations across Russia
"On saturday tens of thousands of russians took to the streets in more than a hundred towns and cities across the country. In support of jailed kremlin critic. Alexey navalny protesters chanted. Putin is a thief as well as freedom to navalny chilling videos emerged police beating and kicking demonstrators. The response was not one about an out brutality. More than three thousand arrests were made at. Even mr navalny's wife was briefly. Detained the demonstrations were sparked mr navalny's arrest on spurious charges. Just as soon as he returned from germany last week but protesters were also fired up by to our video narrated by mr navalny and released a day later. Throw it saw my viceroy was thirty. Wrestling depicts a lavish palace. On the black sea. Allegedly built for president vladimir putin and funded with dodgy. Money allegations the kremlin dismissed as just rumor mr putin remains in a tough spot with disquiet spreading and his loudest critic making just as much trouble while in jail as he did out of it. This was not my first protest in moscow in quite a few the past few years are cody. Trotsky is russia editor in moscow. I would say that. Fear was one of caution pretty much on both sides the fact that people have braved the streets brave. The police cordons came out. Despite enormous intimidation campaign was waged. By the kremlin in the preceding days is in itself extraordinary russia's much more repressive state today than it was even a few years ago. The people who were out in the street was certainly not radicals as abba in moscow protests. That was scary. Moments police charging but on the whole the police behavior some restraint and its actions were nowhere on the level of violence and brutality which we saw a few months ago in neighboring belarus. There was no special measures with no tear. Gas rubber bullets so it was definitely tense. But i didn't see many of the accesses and when we spoke to protesters what were they saying. Why were they out. The protesters came from the social strata and had different possibly political beliefs. What brought them out onto the street. Were few things. There was a sense of injustice over the arrest of alexei novel name who was arrested at possible control on the rival at airport and is now facing three and a half years in jail for breaking parole rules on a previous suspended sentence and the reason he broke his parole rules. That didn't comfortable to the police was just happened to be recovering from novichok nerve agent poisoning in germany. So people obvious that as an injustice the other big catalyst for the protest was the release of alexander violence extraordinary two hour long documentary film about allegedly putin secret palace in the black sea coast which was bill deem volumes cronies at a cost of one point three billion dollars. It's your absolutely archetypal. James bond villains had with all the trimmings and the golden toilet brushes that made a big impact. It clocked over eighty million views on youtube. An underlying over that was just general sense of tidiness of putin's regime tiredness of course lack of economic growth it was a very broad protests. And that's what made say interesting. You know lots of people came out for the first time. And so do you think that. That broad dissent a across demographics. On a lot of first-time protesters will will make any difference to to. What the kremlin actually does. It's not going to make any difference. In the short term the kremlin has already said. It's not going to pay attention. Admittedly fiscal putin spokesman said well. We think it was a very small protests. Many more people vote for vladimir putin. That was ironic. Given that alexander was barred from the election in which people voted for vladimir putin the reason the numbers were kept down walls because of enormous intimidation campaigns parents schoolchildren were told to keep their kids at home. Students were threatened with expulsion employs. The employees they'd risk dismissal if they would join the protest et cetera et cetera. The kremlin is not going to release alexei navalny overnight but only himself and he's associates of said. This is not an immediate process. This is a long haul to re coined the famous phrase by me. He'll gorbachev in the late eighties. The process started so. Do you think that the detention of of mr navalny and the release of this video and all of those us have really changed things. Is this a turning point. They do and this change effects vladimir putin's legitimacy which is already being Waning and we. We've seen that in in the raising figures. But this film and alexander. Violence return to russia is a massive blow to putin's legitimacy and to the attitudes and perceptions of putin in the broad russian public as one commentator set to me you know two years ago people had to explain why they oppose putin today they have to justify why they support him. And how has the international community responded to to this protest mood and these protests i think so far west leaders have been watching very carefully. What's happening in russia. has been rhetorical outrage. At least both from angela merkel Sees this as a slap in her face because nobody was in germany under her protection also been marketed. Different reaction from washington. I think we will see a very different response. From biden's administration compared to trump's acquiescence to putin's action has been called for tax sanctions including from poland. A you member states the foreign ministers to discuss next steps. But i think there is also worry amongst western countries and particularly among russian neighbors and countries like the baltic states and poland that events in russia will have repercussions outside russian borders and this north unfounded fears because in two thousand fourteen two years after big protests swept russia features berg and other big cities the kremlin annexed crimea and stuff the war in ukraine in order to change the narrative and dominate political agenda so lot of russia neighbors worried that repression at home and protests against the kremlin will lead to aggression. Abreu arkady. thank you very much for joining us. Thank you jason
US reaffirms Taiwan support after China sends warplanes
"The us reaffirmed support for taiwan following china's dispatch warplanes near the island in an apparent attempt to intimidate its democratic leaders and test american resolve. Taiwan's defense ministry says china on saturday and eight bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons and four fighter jets into airspace. Just southwest of the island the ministry also expressed its gratitude to the us for the support adding they would work closely with the biden administration to strengthen their close partnership. This as president biting is wasting no time getting to work. Following his inauguration last
The Cut Throat War To Dominate China's Grocery Delivery Industry
"Speaking of china. You had a great story on. I didn't i mean who knew this. This is why. I love rest of world because we're learning about stuff that the cutthroat war dominate china's grocery delivery industry is there a grocery delivery industry in china. I'm kind of. I don't know why i'm surprised to hear that. Yes so follow me for a second. This is a really crazy model. That like a hundred million people plus china right now. So it's really big and it's really really and it's attracting sort of like grandma's almost like aunties You know people are really price conscious so imagine you have a group chat and all of your neighbors or that group chat and you have sort of like you know maybe a local state home mom or someone you know. Maybe the corner store owner Someone who owns a seven eleven and they are the moderator of that group chat every single day they give you some grazie deals for fresh food and all you do is in that group chat. Say what you and the next day the stay at home. Mom we'll get it all delivered to her place and then she'll bring it to you or you go pick it up at the corner store. So they're called group buying groups so she gets everything and then parcells it out to her neighbors the like uber or d. Which is the over of china is invested in this every ten cent. Jd dot com alibaba. All the biggest tech companies are investing in this all over the place. It's a huge frenzy. Just sort of like get all these people because cheer point. These are people who didn't usually virus online. They were just go to the corner store and get stuff previously but what this is doing is leading all those big tech companies. Cut a ton of costs. They get marketing from the stay at home mom. They get logistics. they don't have to go to each person's home right the stay at home. Mom will take care of that for them. So the money to right she gets she gets about five ten percent commission so she's incentivized to get as many people as possible most of these people. Have you know anywhere from a couple hundred to nine hundred. She's all that are managing. It's huge or that and it can be can be a big source of business for them and it's a crazy trend in china and it's become really really wild actually two employees at one of the companies that his invested in this actually died Recently which sort of set off this huge reckoning about like you know are they pushing employees too hard at these companies you know is this frenzy worth it. The government is mad about it. But i love it because it's like stay at home. Mom selling vegetables by everyone in tech is just all over themselves over it. Well as you out It's a in. The article is highly customized. Because this one person who is managing this group note gets to know everybody their interests their tastes what they want what they don't like so it works. It works really well. I have to say come on. If you're like cute little neighbor texas everyday and it was like sale on. Carrots are totally doing. Yeah fifty cents. Bundled carrots come grabbed them tomorrow with your eggs and your milk or whatever. Of course i would do it. This model could work in the rest of the world. I think that. Like when i think about someone like my mom who's like knocking to navigate. Instacart knows how to use. I message the thing is that it's integrated into chat right and we don't really have each year in the same ways. I think we're sort of far off. But i do think you know this super-charged by the pandemic there are way more people anger. She's online than there used to be. And i think that instacart is ripe for disruption. I think like you know whole foods. Delivery is not doing anything particularly Innovative and i think even amazon and these logistics giants are still really struggling with how to make a profit off of this and these chinese companies sort of figured out a way to do it although to be fair. They're offering really really low prices because he's really price conscious consumers and suppliers or getting mad. Because they're like selling a bottle of cooking oil for like less than the actual cost to make it so there are a lot of sort of reminds me of when it was like two dollars. Take an uber anywhere. Because they were just pouring money on it and get a fifty percent off lift ride. If you just open the super happen the lift up notice that you were doing that. We all remember. That's it feels like that. Yeah so i do worry it. Sort of gimmicky.
New Zealand Records 1st Suspected COVID-19 Case Since November
"Overseas now and new zealand has recorded its first community case of covid nineteen since november. The eighteenth eighteenth fifty six year old woman arrived in new zealand. On december thirty. After travelling from london and underwent two weeks of hotel isolation. the woman produced to negative tests while in isolation was released on january attain but began experiencing symptoms and return to positive test on saturday evening. She's believed to a visit. Approximately thirty locations following her release from hotel
Pirates attack Turkish ship off West Africa; kill 1, kidnap 15
"The union, saying the district safety plan falls short. This is ABC news officials in Turkey or trying to rescue more than a dozen sailors after their ship was attacked by pirates as itself from Nigeria to South Africa. Pirates have attacked two Turkish Chicago ship off the West African coast, kidnapping 15 sailors and killing one other. The Attackers spend six hours forcing their way into a secure area of the Liberian flag. Mozart where they took the sailors hostage. They disabled most of the
Scotland's leader vows to push for second independence vote
"Party has today set out how it plans to secure a new referendum on Scottish independence from the United Kingdom. The Scottish National Party, or SMP, says it will try to hold a referendum if it went the majority in this year's elections to the Scottish parliament. The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has made clear his opposition to another vote. The last referendum was in 2014 when 55% voted no to independence. Paul Hutchins, political editor of Scotland's Daily Record newspaper, will the SNP leader Nicholas Sturgeon be able to secure that second referendum. If you look at what they are plan ears, it is to get a joint agreement with the U. K government on a referendum on scorching depends, which is what happened back in 2000 and 14. But this time around Tory government in London has decided that it will not grant what's known as the section 30 order, which is effectively a joint agreement, so that's put the S and P in a difficult position, so they come up with a plan B, which is to organize their own referendum at the Scottish parliament. The big issue. There is whether or not that is legal. And while there's no doubt that they will probably go down that road is going to end up in the courts, so the question of whether there will be a referendum is probably will be decided by judges. Would unionist parties in Scotland go along with the referendum that hadn't been sanctioned by Westminster? Well, that is the key issue here. I think there's a big distinction to be drawn between whether Scotch Parliament can legally organize a referendum on the legitimacy of such a process. So even if the Scottish Parliament did push ahead with our and judges To say that it was legal. I think that be question Marks Reese because first is this court's conservatives who are pro union. They've already said they would boy court such a referendum on so you could be left for the situation where you have a referendum, but one side is just not taking part. And then you end up with the result could be C 18 90% fever of independence on internationally just looks quite amateurish. So I think that ultimately what you need is a process that is agreed by both sides on as we speak to snow and agreement on that looks quite far off. In the last independence referendum you mentioned there was a pretty large margin 10% in favor of Scott, the remaining part of the United Kingdom has that shifted dramatically in the last six years. There's no doubt that in the last couple of years their husband a shift in favor of independence. I think that around the last 20 opinion polls on independence surely lead for independence. So I said quite dramatic turnaround. From 2014, and I think there's a few reasons for that. One is Brexit as you well know, People school rejected Brexit when there was a referendum on that subject. There's also no doubt that the conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is hugely unpopular. In Scotland, and I think that is partly responsible for the shift in public opinion. There's also a perception that Nicolas Sturgeon has handled the pandemic better and Boris Johnson has. I think it's a combination of a wussy factors as resulted in the increase in independence with the last couple years. And yet, I suppose in the back of people's minds is is the worry that actually, if membership of the European Union was driving things, there's no guarantee is there a tool that Scotland could quickly rejoined the U. Well, Brexit is the degree imponderable off this to beat. On the one hand, there's no doubt that is driving increased support for independence, but it does re some issues for the pro independence state. After was a referendum there's MP would liken depends got to rejoin the U. So you have the issue of? Well, how long would that teak and then even if an independent school and did join the European Union? What would that mean for things like Borders on immigration and cite the United Kingdom of what would it mean in terms of trade between Scotland and the rest of the Yuki? So I think that you would see a very different referendum. If we lose to tea, please, with a different set of questions raised. That was poor Hussian of Scotland's Daily record newspaper.
A Year Later, Wuhan, the First Post Coronavirus Pandemic City
"Been a year since the coronavirus first emerged in Wuhan, China, government officials announced the lockdown of the city in central China on the morning of January 23rd 2020, but the virus spread to the entire province, affecting some 56 million people. When the lockdown was lifted in April, city leaders said they had officially recorded over 50,000. Infections with fewer than 3900 deaths. A team from the World Health Organization's now in Wuhan to investigate the origins of the virus that caused the global pandemic.
Israel to Close Airport to Curb COVID-19 Outbreak
"International airport to nearly all flights in a bid to stop the spread of highly contagious variants of coronavirus. The suspension of international flights begins Monday night and last for a week. Meanwhile, Israeli police today clashed with ultra Orthodox protesters and several cities. Where people have resisted lockdown. Orders of former member of
China marks one year since Wuhan's COVID-19 lockdown
"One year ago, 11 million residents in the Chinese city of Han went into lockdown for the next 76 days, they were shut inside their homes to contain the pandemic. Today, China is still discovering dozens of new coronavirus cases each day. But Wuhan has gone months without reporting new cases and life has mostly gone back to normal. NPR's Emily Fang has more from Wuhan. Last year. It was a ghost town there. Where no people on the streets when people did venture outside, many still decided to Werfel has Matt suits. But the last few days I was back in Wuhan. The commercial areas were full again. Traffic was back. People were eating out in restaurants. Of course, there are still restrictions. You have to wear face masks, and you cannot gather in numbers of more than a dozen. NPR's Emily Fang reporting.
Biden Proposing to Extend U.S.-Russia Nuclear Arms Deal by Five Years
"Is proposing a five year extension of a nuclear arms treaty with Russia. The new start treaty is set to expire early next month, and the White House says President Biden wants an extension. The treaty limits the number of U. S and Russian strategic nuclear weapons. The Trump Administration made a late bid to extend the treaty, but Russia rejected the proposed conditions. Former President Trump asserted that the new start treaty put the United States at a disadvantage.