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Activists occupy Paris theater as protesters across France demand cultural venues reopen despite Covid-19 fears (VIDEOS) - rt

Activists occupy Paris theater as protesters across France demand cultural venues reopen despite Covid-19 fears (VIDEOS)

Dozens of demonstrators have taken over Paris's Odeon Theater as part of national protests against the continued closure of cultural venues as the French government brings in tougher Covid-19 curbs.
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Sputnik V beats AstraZeneca in popularity: People in Austria, Germany & Switzerland view Russia’s jab more favorably, study says - rt

Sputnik V beats AstraZeneca in popularity: People in Austria, Germany & Switzerland view Russia’s jab more favorably, study says

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, which still hasn’t been approved in the EU, has nevertheless seemingly won the favor of people in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, beating the already available AstraZeneca jab, a study shows.
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EU blocks shipment of 250,000 Oxford vaccines in supply row - metro

EU blocks shipment of 250,000 Oxford vaccines in supply row

They were due to go to Australia, but will now stay within the EU.
metro - 1 hour ago
Republicans Rejected Federal Childcare Money in Idaho Because a Mother’s Place Is in the Home - vice

Republicans Rejected Federal Childcare Money in Idaho Because a Mother’s Place Is in the Home

"Any bill that makes it easier or more convenient for mothers to come out of the home and let others raise their child, I don’t think that’s a good direction for us to be going,” said one GOP lawmaker during debates.
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Derek Chauvin's Murder Trial Starts Next Week and Minneapolis Looks Like a War Zone

The city is putting up prison-style barbed-wire and high-security fences everywhere.
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9 dead & 4 injured in Turkish military helicopter crash, search efforts launched in snowy mountain region - rt

9 dead & 4 injured in Turkish military helicopter crash, search efforts launched in snowy mountain region

At least nine soldiers have died and four more were injured after a Cougar military helicopter crashed in southeast Turkey, the country's defense ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
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New Covid variant under investigation in UK as 16 cases found - metro

New Covid variant under investigation in UK as 16 cases found

The variant has been designated a Variant Under Investigation (VUI).
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Furloughed bartender wins £100,000 on Lottery scratchcard - metro

Furloughed bartender wins £100,000 on Lottery scratchcard

It came after a 'tough year' when they were struggling for cash.
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Looks Like College Students Are Getting $1,400 Stimulus Checks for the First Time - vice

Looks Like College Students Are Getting $1,400 Stimulus Checks for the First Time

Or rather, their parents will get that extra cash, per the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion economic rescue plan, set to be debated by the Senate any minute now.
vice - 2 hours ago
Dad had to watch autistic toddler drown in frozen pond after ice gave way beneath him as he rushed to save her - metro

Dad had to watch autistic toddler drown in frozen pond after ice gave way beneath him as he rushed to save her

Josh Haggard rushed to try and save his daughter Carmen - but fell through a different patch of ice too far away, and was unable to climb back out in time
metro - 2 hours ago
Flamboyant Spanish drug lord released from prison after raising €200,000 in bail money through crowdfunding - rt

Flamboyant Spanish drug lord released from prison after raising €200,000 in bail money through crowdfunding

A Spanish drug lord whose high-profile stunts have included appearing in a rap star’s video has now been released from jail after he posted €200,000 ($240,000) in bail money through crowdfunding.
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Italy blocks 250,000 doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine from reaching Australia in first for EU – reports - rt

Italy blocks 250,000 doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine from reaching Australia in first for EU – reports

The Italian government has reportedly prevented a shipment of some 250,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University from leaving the country for Australia, in the first such action in the EU.
rt - 3 hours ago
Nearly a fifth of all food produced around the world ends up in the bin, UN report says - rt

Nearly a fifth of all food produced around the world ends up in the bin, UN report says

Almost one-fifth of all food that’s produced to be eaten by consumers goes to waste, the UN Environmental Program (UNEP) said in a new report, noting that most of the waste (61 percent) is actually produced by households.
rt - 3 hours ago
Wow a Republican Voted for the George Floyd Bill—Nevermind, Wrong Button - vice

Wow a Republican Voted for the George Floyd Bill—Nevermind, Wrong Button

Rep. Lance Gooden voted for police reform. Except he didn’t.
vice - 3 hours ago
FactCheck: how competitive is the UK after Rishi Sunak’s corporation tax hike?  - channel 4

FactCheck: how competitive is the UK after Rishi Sunak’s corporation tax hike? 

It’s a massive change in policy – the first time a UK chancellor has raised the headline rate of corporation tax in decades.
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EU parliament SUSPENDS Brexit deal vote after accusing UK of violating Northern Ireland protocol – reports - rt

EU parliament SUSPENDS Brexit deal vote after accusing UK of violating Northern Ireland protocol – reports

The European Parliament has scrubbed plans for its vote on the post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and EU in protest against Boris Johnson’s unilateral decision to change parts of the Northern Ireland agreement, RTE reports.
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IAEA chief says Iran agrees to technical meeting to clarify unanswered questions over nuclear program - rt

IAEA chief says Iran agrees to technical meeting to clarify unanswered questions over nuclear program

Iran has accepted an invitation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to a technical meeting to clarify “outstanding issues” over its nuclear program and site inspections, the head of the UN body has announced.
rt - 3 hours ago
Hero nurse who held hands of dying Covid patients dies after struggling to cope - metro

Hero nurse who held hands of dying Covid patients dies after struggling to cope

'She told us with tear-filled eyes that she was often the last person they saw,' her sister said.
metro - 4 hours ago
Racist called A&E security guard ‘n****r’ while drunk and high on crack - metro

Racist called A&E security guard ‘n****r’ while drunk and high on crack

The man called a security guard a ‘dirty n****r’.
metro - 4 hours ago
Cops Keep Shooting Black Men With Cell Phones Assuming They’re Guns - vice

Cops Keep Shooting Black Men With Cell Phones Assuming They’re Guns

The police officer who shot and killed 47-year-old Donnie Sanders won't be charged. Before him, there was Andre Hill, Stephon Clarke, and Flint Farmer.
vice - 4 hours ago
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El Chapo’s Wife Emma Coronel Was Just Arrested on International Drug Charges

El Chapo’s Wife Emma Coronel Was Just Arrested on International Drug Charges

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The wife of ex-Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera has been arrested in the United States and now faces a slew of federal drug conspiracy charges, similar to the ones that landed her husband in prison for life.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, a 31-year-old former beauty queen, was detained Monday afternoon at an airport in Virginia, the Justice Department said. According to charging documents, Coronel was “aware” of multi-ton shipments of cocaine, heroin, meth, and marijuana coordinated by El Chapo and his cartel, and “understood the drug proceeds she controlled during her marriage to Guzmán were derived from these shipments.”

Coronel is also accused of helping coordinate El Chapo’s infamous 2015 escape from Mexico’s maximum-security Altiplano prison, where the kingpin slipped out of his cell through a mile-long tunnel. Coronel allegedly worked with El Chapo’s four adult sons, Iván, Ovidio, Joaquín, and Alfredo—who have since taken over their father’s faction of the Sinaloa cartel.

Coronel is a dual-citizen of the U.S. and Mexico with twin daughters fathered by El Chapo, according to court records. El Chapo is more than 30 years her senior, and the couple married when she was still a teenager. She was a fixture at the drug lord's trial in Brooklyn, which ended with his conviction in February 2019. The couple once wore matching red velvet blazers to court, and would routinely stare at each other and blow kisses throughout the proceedings.

Chapo’s lead trial attorney, Jeff Lichtman, said he will represent Coronel along with Mariel Colon Miro, another member of the trial team. Lichtman declined to comment on the charges against Coronel, or say whether El Chapo—who is housed in the federal “supermax” prison ADX in Colorado—has been notified of his wife’s arrest.

One federal law enforcement official familiar with the investigation, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Coronel wasn’t known as a major drug trafficker, but she played an important role as a messenger and facilitator for the Sinaloa Cartel, helping to lure corrupt officials.

“She was involved in the bribery,” the official said. “She would be the one going to facilitate payments. She was neck deep in that. She had a clean image. The politicians were able to hobnob with her.”

Even if Coronel wasn’t personally planning or coordinating drug shipments, the official said, she faces drug conspiracy charges because her activities helped the cartel do business.

“By getting him out of jail, you help his drug organization, you helped him peddle all the drugs he peddled when he got out of jail,” the official said.

Coronel is scheduled to make her initial court appearance tomorrow in Washington, D.C.

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