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February 18, 2021 | Via BBC

Australia ‘Not Intimidated’ by Facebook News Ban

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said his government will not be intimidated by Facebook blocking news feeds to users. He described the move to “unfriend Australia” as arrogant and disappointing. Facebook is responding to a proposed law which would make tech giants pay for news content on their platforms. Australians on Thursday woke up to find that Facebook pages of all local and global news sites were unavailable.

February 18, 2021 | Via The Guardian

New US Laws to Give Undocumented Migrants a Pathway to Citizenship

The Biden administration and congressional Democrats will formally unveil legislation on Thursday that would dramatically reshape the nation’s immigration laws and create a pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States. According to administration officials, eligible undocumented immigrants could apply for temporary legal status, which confers work permits and deportation relief.

February 18, 2021 | Via Reuters

Former Olympic Athlete Chosen as Head of Tokyo 2020

Japanese athlete-turned-politician Seiko Hashimoto has been chosen as president of the Tokyo 2020 Organising committee, replacing a man who resigned after setting off a furor with sexist remarks. She must ensure athletes and officials are kept safe from the coronavirus, while also facing strong public opposition to the Games being held amid the pandemic.

February 18, 2021 | Via Sky News

NASA’s Perseverance Rover to Touch Down on Mars

For the first time ever, NASA will live stream a video of a Mars landing as the Perseverance rover completes its seven-month journey through space.The Perseverance rover is intended to touch down in an ancient river delta and former lake on the Martian surface known as the Jezero Crater. The deposits in the crater are rich in clay minerals, which form in the presence of water, meaning life may have once existed there.

February 18, 2021 | Via NBC News

Prince Philip, Husband of U.K.’s Queen Elizabeth II, Admitted to Hospital

Prince Philip, the husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, has been admitted to a London hospital, Buckingham Palace said in a statement Wednesday. Along with the Queen, Philip received his Covid-19 vaccine last month. The royal couple has been staying at Windsor Castle, a palace around 30 miles west of London, during the pandemic which has pummelled the U.K.

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