Here are today’s top stories from select sources.
Japan’s deputy prime minister has come under fire after apparently blaming childless women for Japan’s demographic woes.
Brexit may pose a serious threat to developing countries who depend on trade with Britain. Among the world’s least developed countries, the greatest blow will land on Cambodia, according to simulations conducted by the German Development Institute.
When top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi met Cameroon President Paul Biya in the capital Yaounde last month and wrote off a chunk of the African country’s debt, the deal very nearly went unnoticed.
The telecom firm is drowning in around $7 billion of “unsustainable debt.”
A new bill in Hawaii’s State House says “the cigarette is considered the deadliest artifact in human history” and calls for a phased ban on cigarette sales in the state by 2024.
Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, makes for a pretty space picture, and it looks normal at a distance. But a new 3D map reveals a surprise: The Milky Way is being warped and twisted by its stars.
Tesla says it’s getting close to making the most important vehicle in its lineup: the Model Y.
Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United Arab Emirates kicked off Monday, with the Pontiff arriving at the lavish presidential palace in a humble Kia Soul.
A group of Latin American countries and Canada has urged the Venezuelan military to support opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president. In a statement, 11 of the 14 members of the Lima Group called for a change of power without the use of force and the urgent delivery of humanitarian aid.
Seven people have died in a fire at a building in south-western Paris, the French capital’s fire service says. It says nearly 30 people – including three firefighers – were injured. One person is in a serious condition.
Liam Neeson has sparked a race row after making comments about once wanting to kill a black person. He says he walked the streets with a weapon, hoping to kill someone as revenge after someone close to him was raped by a black man.
The BBC is seeking a rising star of African journalism for the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award, now in its fifth year. Journalists from across the continent are invited to apply for the award, which aims to uncover and promote fresh talent from Africa.
Canada’s largest cryptocurrency exchange is unable to access millions in digital currency following the sudden death of its founder. Quadriga has filed for creditor protection and estimates that about C$180m ($137m; £105m) in cryptocurrency coins is missing. It has not been able to locate or secure its cryptocurrency reserves since Gerald Cotten died in December.
Trevor Noah, host of “The Daily Show,” said Monday that when Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam apologized Friday for appearing in a racist photo in his old medical school yearbook, it made sense that he did not identify which of the two people ― a man in blackface or a person in Ku Klux Klan robes ― he was.
U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) is the fourth and latest Democrat to announce plans to skip President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. “The thought of spending Tuesday night in the House Chamber listening to the reckless, self-centered man who occupies the White House holds no interest for me,” Blumenauer said in a statement released Monday.
Liam Neeson revealed a shockingly racist incident in an interview about his new film, “Cold Pursuit,” saying that years ago, after he found out a friend was raped, he cased the streets for a week hoping to kill any “black bastard” who crossed him.
Facebook is officially 15 years old and Mark Zuckerberg would really love it if all the haters could just, like, stop being so negative already. The Facebook CEO published a note to commemorate Facebook’s 15th anniversary and, in the words of Facebook’s official Twitter account, reflect “on how the world has changed, the challenges we’ve faced, the progress we’ve made, and where we’re going.”
We’ve found it, folks: the purest YouTube channel on the internet. Nilson Izaias is a senior citizen who loves to post stories about the flowers and fruits in his garden. In December, Nilson decided to write all of his subscribers down in a notebook, then thank them individually in a video.
It turns out New Englanders were less likely to engage in hand-to-gland combat during the Super Bowl than Angelenos, according to Pornhub data. Pornhub released its annual Super Bowl analytics, and the results are unsurprising: New Englanders were notably more hyped about the big game than Angelenos.
Bust out your favorite party parrot: Slack has completed its first official step in the road to going public. Slack published a blog post Monday stating that it had “confidentially submitted a draft registration statement” with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Tesla is adding an energy storage company to its electric vehicle and energy business. In a $218 million deal with San Diego-based Maxwell Technologies announced Monday, Tesla plans to buy the energy storage makers who build products for the grid, cars, trucks, transportation systems (like railroads), and more.