5 things to know for Jan. 10: Russia, Covid, Voting rights, Myanmar, Australian Open

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1. Russia

U.S. and Russian officials are holding high-stakes troop strengthening talks near the Ukrainian border, as fears grow about a possible Russian invasion. The talks follow months of tension near the Ukraine-Russia border, where tens of thousands of Russian troops have gathered. The world community will closely follow the talks, which have been touted as an attempt to avoid war on Europe’s eastern flank. On Wednesday, a Russian delegation will meet with NATO members at the NATO-Russia Council in Brussels. But US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has already downplayed the prospect of a breakthrough, telling CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ on Sunday that “it’s hard to see real progress, rather than talk, in an atmosphere of escalation with a gun to the head of Ukraine. “

2. Coronavirus

A federal vaccine mandate comes into effect today for all businesses with 100 or more employees. Under the rule, those who choose not to be vaccinated must undergo weekly tests. The Supreme Court heard debates and challenges to the rule on Friday, but did not choose to block or suspend it. Nearly two-thirds of the eligible U.S. population are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the CDC. However, the sharply rising number of cases continues to overwhelm hospitals. National Guard medical teams are now deployed to 10 states to assist in hospitals and medical facilities. In New York State, 40 hospitals have had to stop non-essential surgeries due to low bed capacity.

3. Voting rights

A confrontation in Congress looms this week as GOP lawmakers aim to rewrite federal voting rights legislation. Republicans aligned with former President Donald Trump are trying to change voting procedures in several battlefield states, and continue to demand audits of the last presidential race. In Georgia, a new electoral law signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp removes the current secretary of state as chairman of the state electoral council. Other GOP leaders are taking a similar approach to changing voting rules in Wisconsin, Arizona and Florida. Former First Lady Michelle Obama adds her voice to calls for Congress to pass federal voting rights legislation, sending an urgent message about this year’s midterm elections, saying: “We must vote as the future of our democracy depends on it.”

4. Burma

Myanmar’s fallen civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to an additional four years in prison. This is the second round of sentencing verdicts for the Nobel Prize winner, who was arrested by the Burmese military in a coup in February. Once imprisoned, she was the subject of dozens of charges, including several charges of corruption. Human rights groups say the sentences are being used to keep Suu Kyi in jail indefinitely and to quash any opposition to the military regime. Myanmar’s military junta has also sought to restrict information about the trials, which have been closed to the public. Suu Kyi’s imprisonment has drawn international condemnation, and pro-democracy rallies and strikes continue to unfold in Myanmar as the public protests against the violent junta rule.

5. Australian Open

Novak Djokovic, one of the best tennis players in the world, has been released after several days of detention in an Australian hotel for breaking the country’s strict laws on Covid-19. Djokovic entered the country ahead of next week’s Australian Open and claimed he was granted medical exemption from vaccination requirements because he tested positive for Covid-19 in December. However, his visa was canceled and he was detained. Some other players intending to participate in the event faced similar visa consequences related to vaccination, but chose to return home. Aside from debates over Covid-19 restrictions, Djokovic’s case has generated interest due to what some saw as an unusual illustration of privilege. Djokovic, who reportedly received gluten-free meals and training equipment while in detention, was staying in a hotel used to house refugees and asylum seekers – presumably very few of them are internationally renowned tennis superstars with crowds of people gathered outside, calling for their release.

LUNCH BROWSE

Golden Globe winners announced

Netflix and HBO were the big winners. Too bad there was no public and no celebrities to cheer them on.

The world’s most successful airline has been revealed

$ 8 million tourist attraction close after only six disappointing months

A huge mound of grass in the middle of the city was not London’s cup of tea.

Papa Johns plans to open more than 1,350 stores in China

It sounds like a lot of pizza …

Dogs Know When You Speak A Different Language – And Say Anything

I know I’m not the only one having full conversations with their dog. Admit it, you do too.

IN MEMORY

Bob saget, comedian and actor beloved for his role as healthy patriarch Danny Tanner in “Full House” has passed away. He was 65 years old. Saget’s former co-stars and fellow comedians remember him as a “lovable” human and “one of the nicest guys.”

THE NUMBER OF THE DAY

$ 98.7 million

That’s what Tim Cook earned last year as CEO of Apple. That included his base salary, bonuses, and roughly $ 82 million in stock. Cook’s compensation is 1,447 times the median salary of Apple employees of $ 68,254, according to a company file.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It will be one of the worst fires we have seen in modern times here in New York City.”

New York Mayor Eric Adams, speaking of a major fire that ravaged an apartment building in the Bronx yesterday, killing 19 people, including nine children.

TODAY’S WEATHER

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AND FINALLY

Crack, crack, burst!

Do you know what happens to your joints when you crack them? It’s quite interesting, and only slightly horrible. (Click here to display)

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