Scientists believe they may have discovered the smallest reptile on earth – a chameleon subspecies that is the size of a seed. Two of the tiny lizards were discovered by a German-Madagascan expedition team in Madagascar. The male Brookesia nana, or nano-chameleon, has a body of just 13.5mm. This makes it the smallest of about 11,500 known species of reptiles.
Joe Biden has announced an end to US support for Saudi-led offensive operations in Yemen. In his first foreign policy speech as president, Biden signaled that the US would no longer be an unquestioning ally to the Gulf monarchies, announced a more than eightfold increase in the number of refugees the country would accept, and declared that the days of a US president “rolling over” for Vladimir Putin were over.
Pop star Rihanna led a growing list of high-profile figures from across the world to express their support for the massive farmers’ protests that have rocked the country for months, prompting a furious backlash. Tens of thousands of farmers have been camping out in the Indian capital New Delhi to protest new agricultural laws they say could destroy their livelihoods and leave them open to exploitation by large corporations.
Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, who was jailed this week over a years-old fraud case, denied wrongdoing during a court hearing Friday on separate charges that he defamed a World War Two veteran. Navalny accused prosecutors of a “shameless” pursuit of “fabricated” cases and said he did not understand the latest allegations against him, which relate to comments he made last June on social media.
The Democratic-majority House of Representatives on Thursday voted to remove controversial congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments in the chamber. In an unprecedented punishment, 219 Democrats and 11 Republicans voted in favor of her removal, while 199 Republicans voted against. Republicans criticized the vote with members of leadership warning of possible political payback should they regain power.