The head of the World Health Organization-led team of experts investigating the origins of COVID-19, Peter Ben Embarek, said on Tuesday that it was “very unlikely” that a leak from a laboratory was the source of the outbreak. During its investigation in the central Chinese city where the virus first emerged, the team visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the subject of a number of conspiracy theories that claim a lab leak caused the city’s outbreak.
Police in Myanmar have fired gunshots into the air and used water cannon and rubber bullets to disperse crowds as the country’s biggest protests in more than a decade continue. Four straight days of demonstrations have raged on after the 1 February military coup and detention of elected civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is being held on charges of illegally importing six walkie-talkies.
Local and federal authorities are investigating how a hacker was able to remotely gain access to a Florida city’s water treatment plant in an unsuccessful attempt at what could have amounted to a mass poisoning. A mysterious hacker infiltrated a computer for the water treatment system of the city of Oldsmar, near Tampa, and briefly increased the amount of sodium hydroxide, also known as lye, by a factor of more than 100.
A plume of Sahara dust that has blanketed parts of southern and central Europe in recent days caused a short, sharp spike in air pollution across the region, researchers said Tuesday. The cloud of fine sand blown northward from Algeria tinted skies red and mixed with fresh snowfall in the Alps and Pyrenees, leaving slopes looking orange.
The parents of a man who killed himself last year have filed a lawsuit against trading app Robinhood over his death. The lawsuit, first reported by CBS News, said 20-year-old Alex Kearns mistakenly believed he owed $730,000 when he took his own life. Dan and Dorothy Kearns say their son was unable to get help or support from customer services before he died.