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Another day, another crazy Donald Trump story. Wildlife authorities in Florida have launched an investigation after a manatee was found with the word "TRUMP" etched into its back. The animal is not seriously hurt, officials said, but the story has sparked outrage across the US. Harassing manatees in the US can result in a $50,000 fine or a year in prison.
Florida manatee is found swimming with 'TRUMP' carved onto its back https://t.co/AycHqz6EVM— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) January 12, 2021
The Irish government is set to say sorry for the misery endured by women who were sent en masse to special institutions after becoming pregnant while unmarried. Roderic O'Gorman, a minister in the government, said the homes – which operated in the 20th and 19th centuries – show that Ireland suffered from an "oppressive and brutally misogynistic culture."
Ireland's government is poised to make a formal apology for abuses in church-run homes for unmarried women and their babies, where thousands of infants died and were sometimes buried in mass graves. https://t.co/FIhRRWj0qg— AP Europe (@AP_Europe) January 12, 2021
Boris Johnson has attacked the "demented" beliefs of traditional (non-scientific) Chinese medicine. The British leader said people in China had been "grinding up pangolin scales," thereby unleashing the COVID-19 epidemic. He said the virus "originates from this collision between mankind and the natural world and we’ve got to stop it."
Boris Johnson set himself on a collision course with the Chinese government with a thinly veiled attack on traditional medicine, which he said was to blame for the pandemic https://t.co/GKPPFhbsHU via @bpolitics— Jess Shankleman (@Jess_Shankleman) January 11, 2021
One of two black boxes from a Boeing 747 that crashed into the Java Sea in Indonesia on Saturday has been retrieved. All 62 people aboard died in the crash. The plane – which was 26 years old – had passed a safety inspection last month. The flight was between Jakarta and Pontianak.
Boeing officials and US aviation experts to visit Sriwijaya Air crash site after Indonesia grants coronavirus waiver https://t.co/gyoackUA5T— SCMP News (@SCMPNews) January 12, 2021
People in Lebanon will be barred from leaving their homes from 5 am on Thursday. Even going to the supermarket will be prohibited, with deliveries becoming the only legal option for those needing supplies. There have been more than 200,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lebanon, with 1,629 deaths linked to the disease.
BREAKING: #Lebanon will go into 24hr-a-day curfew for 10 days from Thursday, w/ possibility of extension, after a sharp rise in #COVID19 cases since late Dec. Airport will remain open but mandatory hotel quarantines to be imposed, for 3/7 days depending on where arriving from.— Leila Molana-Allen (@Leila_MA) January 11, 2021