Five people have died after rare ice storms, frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall swept across the southern US. Two people were killed in Texas and two more in Kentucky – both in crashes on treacherous roads, which local officials believe were likely caused by the weather. Subfreezing temperatures have caused massive power outages in Texas and all across the Deep South.
North Korea attempted to steal Covid-19 vaccine technology from US pharmaceutical company Pfizer, according to South Korean intelligence officials. It is currently unclear as to what, if any, data was stolen. North Korea has yet to report a single case of coronavirus. However, the country is due to receive two million doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine in the coming weeks.
Myanmar’s military junta guaranteed on Tuesday that it would hold an election and hand over power, denied its ouster of an elected government was a coup or that its leaders were detained, and accused protesters of violence and intimidation. The military has not given a date for a new election but has imposed a state of emergency for one year.
A civilian contractor was killed and five others were wounded in a rocket attack Monday at a U.S.-led military base in Kurdish northern Iraq that also left a U.S. service member with a concussion, according to U.S. officials. The blast in Irbil was the most deadly attack to hit U.S.-led forces in Iraq for almost a year.
Riot police have entered a university in the north-eastern Spanish city of Lleida and arrested a rapper who had barricaded himself inside the building to avoid serving a prison sentence. In 2018, Pablo Hasél, was given a two-year jail sentence and a fine €30,000 after Spain’s highest criminal court ruled that his lyrics and comments went beyond the limits of free speech and were instead expressions of “hatred and attacks on honor”.