Chinese cities ease COVID curbs as virus keeps spreading

Chinese cities ease COVID curbs as virus keeps spreading

BEIJING, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Some communities in Chinese cities where COVID-19 is still spreading are easing off on testing requirements and quarantine rules ahead of an expected shift in virus policies nationwide after widespread social unrest. The uneven relaxation of COVID restrictions is, however, fueling fear among some residents who suddenly feel more exposed … Read more

Cyril Ramaphosa facing impeachment calls over cash stolen from his farm

Cyril Ramaphosa facing impeachment calls over cash stolen from his farm

Johannesburg, South Africa CNN — Cyril Ramaphosa was elected to root out corruption. Now, he could be forced to quit over claims that he covered up the theft of a huge amount of cash from his lucrative game farm, which – by his own admission – had been stuffed in a leather sofa. South Africa’s … Read more

Confusion deepens over whether any of the 4 University of Idaho students were targeted in fatal stabbings

Confusion deepens over whether any of the 4 University of Idaho students were targeted in fatal stabbings

CNN — Detectives do not know whether one or more of the four University of Idaho students killed in their off-campus home last month were specifically targeted, police said Wednesday – in what may be their strongest departure yet from their earlier statements. Police say they’re reacting specifically to information they say a prosecutor’s office … Read more

China mourns former leader Jiang Zemin with bouquets, black front pages

China mourns former leader Jiang Zemin with bouquets, black front pages

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Chinese newspapers turned their front pages black on Thursday and flags were put at half mast in mourning for the death of former president Jiang Zemin, while well-wishers ugly piles of bouquets outside his childhood home. Jiang died in his home city of Shanghai just after noon on Wednesday of … Read more

Idaho State Police adds patrols to university campus as school holds vigil for 4 students killed in unsolved stabbings

Inside the investigation into who killed 4 college students in Moscow, Idaho

CNN — Idaho State Police has added four campus patrols and 14 patrols for the general community as the University of Idaho hosted a vigil Wednesday night for the four students fatally stabbed earlier this month. Several hundred people attended the vigil on the campus of 9,300 students to commemorate the victims: Ethan Chapin, 20; … Read more

China softens tone on COVID severity after protests

China softens tone on COVID severity after protests

BEIJING, Dec 1 (Reuters) – China is softening its tone on the severity of COVID-19 and easing some coronavirus restrictions even as its daily case toll hovers near record highs, after anger over the world’s toughest curbs fueled protests across the country. Several cities in the world’s second-largest economy, while still reporting new infections, are … Read more

US appeals court rejects Biden’s bid to revive student debt plan

US appeals court rejects Biden's bid to revive student debt plan

Nov 30 (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Wednesday declined to put on hold a Texas judge’s ruling that said President Joe Biden’s plan to cancel hundreds of billions of dollars in student loan debt was unlawful. The New Orleans-based 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Biden administration’s request to pause a … Read more

Idaho State Police adds patrols to university campus ahead of vigil for four students killed in unsolved stabbings

Inside the investigation into who killed 4 college students in Moscow, Idaho

CNN — Idaho State Police has added four campus patrols and 14 patrols for the general community as the University of Idaho hosts a vigil Wednesday night for the four students fatally stabbed earlier this month. Investigators have yet to identify a suspect or find the murder weapon, and the uncertainty and lack of information … Read more

Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac dead at 79

Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac dead at 79

CNN — Christine McVie, the singer-songwriter behind some of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits, died Wednesday following a brief illness, according to a statement posted by her family on her verified Instagram account. She was 79. “On behalf of Christine McVie’s family, it is with a heavy heart we are informing you of Christine’s death. She … Read more

The family of the alleged ‘catfish’ killer’s victims in California speak out

The family of the alleged 'catfish' killer's victims in California speak out

CNN — A woman whose parents and sister were killed last week in the alleged “catfish” triple homicide in Riverside, California, is urging families to speak to their children about online safety. Michelle Blandin, whose father, Mark Winek, 69, mother, Sharie Winek, 65, and sister, Brooke Winek, 39, were killed November 25, warned parents to … Read more