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February 2, 2021 | Via The Guardian

Military Tightens Grip Amid Calls for Suu Kyi to be Freed

Myanmar’s military appears to be in firm control of the country, one day after it launched a coup and detained Aung San Suu Kyi, whose whereabouts remain unclear. The military’s actions provoked widespread international condemnation, with the US president, Joe Biden, threatening sanctions and calling for governments to press for the military to release detainees. The UN security council will meet on Tuesday to discuss the matter.

February 2, 2021 | Via NBC News

Alexei Navalny Faces Trial as over 200 Supporters Arrested

More than 200 supporters of Russian opposition leader and main Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny were arrested Tuesday outside a trial hearing that could see him imprisoned for up to three-and-a-half years. At least 237 people were arrested while the hearing was taking place, days after more than 5,000 people were detained across the country for protesting in support of Navalny.

February 2, 2021 | Via Reuters

Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine 91.6% Effective in Late-Stage Trial

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine was 91.6% effective in preventing people from developing COVID-19, according to peer-reviewed results from its late-stage clinical trial published in The Lancent international medical journal on Tuesday. The results, collated by the Gamaleya Institute in Moscow that developed and tested the vaccine, were in line with efficacy data reported at earlier stages of the trial, which has been running in Moscow since September.

February 2, 2021 | Via Sky News

Tesla Issues Voluntary Recall for More than 100,000 Cars

Tesla customers are today receiving an email alerting them to a voluntary recall of Model S and Model X vehicles due to a malfunctioning touchscreen. The recall follows pressure from US regulators, and was posted to a US government website on Tuesday, stating that 2012-2018 Model S and 2016-2018 Model X vehicles pose a safety issue. Last month, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent Tesla a formal letter requesting the recall of 158,000 cars.

February 2, 2021 | Via BBC

Ancient Mummies with Golden Tongues Unearthed in Egypt

Archaeologists have unearthed 2,000-year-old mummies with golden tongues placed inside their mouths in northern Egypt, the antiquities ministry says. It is thought the dead were given gold foil amulets shaped like tongues so that they could speak before the court of the god Osiris in the afterlife. Ancient Egyptians believed that Osiris was lord of the underworld and judge of the dead.

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