10 issues you’ll want to know right this moment: February 7, 2021

10 issues you’ll want to know right this moment: February 7, 2021


Tens of 1000’s of individuals took to the streets throughout Myanmar for the second consecutive day to protest final week’s navy coup and present assist for the nation’s elected chief Aung San Suu Kyi, who’s underneath home arrest. The navy junta had tried to curb the demonstrations with an web blockade Saturday, but it surely proved unsuccessful and entry was restored by Sunday afternoon. Per BBC, Sunday’s protests in Yangon, the nation’s largest metropolis, have been the biggest since 2007’s so-called Saffron Revolution, when 1000’s of Myanmar’s monks rose up towards the navy regime. The present protests, in contrast to some crackdowns prior to now, have principally been peaceable, although Reuters stories photographs have been heard in a single southeastern city. Footage reportedly point out some protesters suffered accidents from rubber bullets. In Yangon, riot police arrange barricades, however reportedly didn’t attempt to cease the rally. [Reuters, BBC]


Tremendous Bowl LV will kickoff Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS. The defending champion Kansas Metropolis Chiefs will tackle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they give the impression of being to seize their second straight title. Tampa Bay reached the Tremendous Bowl by profitable three straight highway video games towards the Washington Soccer Workforce, New Orleans Saints, and Inexperienced Bay Backers, however they’re going to coincidentally be taking part in of their dwelling stadium Sunday, as Tampa Bay was chosen because the host again in 2017. The NFL is permitting 22,000 followers, together with 7,500 vaccinated well being care staff, to attend the sport in-person amid the coronavirus pandemic. On the sector, the highlight can be on the quarterbacks, Kansas Metropolis’s Patrick Mahomes and Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady, who at age 43 is making his tenth Tremendous Bowl look, however his first not in a New England Patriots uniform. [ESPN, CNN]


Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday mentioned the Biden administration has notified El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras that the USA has suspended, with speedy impact, the Asylum Cooperative Agreements and can start the method of terminating them. Beneath the pacts, which have been struck by the Trump administration in 2019, the U.S. might ship individuals in search of asylum on the U.S.-Mexico border to the three Central American nations to “share the distribution of asylum claims.” Critics argued the coverage put asylum-seekers in danger, because the three nations couldn’t credibly present refuge. Blinken mentioned whereas the transfer doesn’t imply the U.S. border is “open,” the “Biden administration believes there are extra appropriate methods to work with our associate governments to handle migration throughout the area.” Transfers underneath the agreements have been already on maintain due to the coronavirus pandemic. [NPR, ABC News]


Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) remained in her Home management place this week after an awesome vote of assist from her GOP colleagues within the decrease chamber. On Saturday, nonetheless, the Wyoming State Republican Celebration voted to formally censure Cheney, the state’s lone consultant, and referred to as for her to resign “instantly” as a result of she voted to question former President Donald Trump final month. The social gathering additionally mentioned it intends to “withhold any future political funding” from her and requested she repay donations to her 2020 marketing campaign from the state GOP and any county Republican Events. In response to the censure, Cheney once more defended her vote, which she mentioned was compelled by her oath to the Structure. The opposite 9 Republicans within the Home who voted to question Trump have confronted their very own various ranges of criticism. Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) was equally censured by the South Carolina Republican Celebration final week. [CNN]


If the USA desires Iran to return to the commitments it made underneath the 2015 nuclear deal, “it should should elevate all sanctions in observe,” Iranian state tv quoted Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying Sunday. Khamenei added that Tehran will then confirm whether or not the U.S. was following by way of. “That is the definitive and irreversible coverage of the Islamic Republic, and all the nation’s officers are unanimous on this, and nobody will deviate from it,” he mentioned. Khamenei has last say on all issues of state in Iran, The Related Press notes. Former President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the nuclear pact, and Iran has just lately begun enriching its uranium, elevating issues it might quickly attain weapons-grade ranges. President Biden has mentioned he desires to revive the 2015 settlement, however has insisted Tehran reverse course first. [The Associated Press]


California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will revise state coronavirus tips for indoor worship companies after the Supreme Court docket, in a 6-3 determination, dominated a full ban was unconstitutional, his workplace mentioned Saturday. The courtroom did enable the state to restrict capability and singing and chanting inside, and Newsom’s press secretary Daniel Lopez indicated these restrictions will proceed to be enforced. Some church buildings within the state have been ready to open for indoor companies as quickly as this weekend, together with the 2 that challenged California’s ban in separate lawsuits. California continues to be averaging 1000’s of recent COVID-19 infections day-after-day, however very similar to the remainder of the USA, instances are trending downward. [The Associated Press, The Los Angeles Times]


As many as 150 persons are feared lifeless after a Himalayan glacier within the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand broke aside earlier than crashing right into a dam Sunday morning, inflicting floods that compelled the evacuation of villages within the space. The ultimate casaulty quantity has not been confirmed, however locals are reportedly frightened individuals working at a close-by hydropower challenge have been swept away. Witnesses reported seeing a wall of mud, rock, and water racing down “very quick,” leaving “no time to alert anybody.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned he was intently monitoring the state of affairs, and India’s air power was getting ready to assist with rescue operations [Reuters, BBC]


Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin has signed a memo ordering navy commanding officers and supervisors to carry a one-day “stand-down” within the subsequent 60 days to debate extremism within the armed forces. The memo is the newest instance of the Pentagon’s efforts to fight white supremacy and different types of extremism following the lethal Jan. 6 Capitol riot, which a number of present service members and veterans participated in, resulting in their arrests. “We won’t tolerate actions that go towards the basic ideas of the oath we share, together with actions related to extremist or dissident ideologies,” Austin wrote. In a gathering final week, Austin reportedly acknowledged the variety of service members who adhere to the ideologies described is small, however “not as small as anybody would really like.” [NPR, Axios]


Two separate snow storms are underneath manner in the USA — one that’s working its manner eastward throughout the Midwest and one other that’s intensifying alongside the East Coast, per AccuWeather. The snowfall will not be insignificant (doubtless between three to 6 inches in lots of locations), however forecasts counsel the 2 storms will not merge, sparing elements of the U.S. from a large storm just like the one from earlier in February. The storm itself is “fast-moving,” AccuWeather’s chief on-air meteorologist Bernie Rayno mentioned, which implies it should “hold some snow accumulations down.” The shorter length must also make it extra manageable for highway crews to maintain up with the snowfall. [AccuWeather]


Leon Spinks, the previous world heavyweight champion who was greatest recognized for defeating Muhammad Ali in 1978, died Friday night together with his spouse and some shut family and friends by his aspect, his publicist introduced Saturday. He was 67. Spinks had been battling prostate most cancers and different cancers during the last 5 years. Earlier than his showdown with Ali, Spinks gained a gold medal as a light-weight heavyweight within the 1976 Summer season Olympics in Montreal. When he met the legendary boxer greater than a yr later, Spinks had solely appeared in seven skilled bouts, and his victory was, and nonetheless is, thought-about one of many best upsets in boxing historical past. The 2 met seven months later, and Ali reclaimed the heavyweight title. Spinks fought for the crown as soon as extra in his profession, shedding to Larry Holmes in 1981. He retired in 1995 with a 26-17-3 document. [CNN]

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