A look at some of the biggest headlines in the world today.
Senate passes impeachment trial rules to punt on witnesses
The Senate early Wednesday morning approved rules for the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on a party-line vote that delays the question of whether the Senate should subpoena witnesses and documents until later in the trial.
Wuhan coronavirus death toll rises to nine with 440 infected says China, sparking fears of wider spread
The death toll from the Wuhan coronavirus has risen to nine, as dozens more cases were reported across China and as far afield as the western United States sparking fears of a possible pandemic.
Ancient aquatic system revealed by bushfires
Extensive water channels built by indigenous Australians thousands of years ago to trap and harvest eels for food have been revealed after wildfires burned away thick vegetation in the state of Victoria.
Summer in Australia: Fires, floods … deadly spiders
Australia has already dealt with extreme fires, flooding and hail this year. Now experts are warning people to watch out for deadly funnel-web spiders due to “perfect conditions” for the arachnid to thrive.
Toyota and Honda recall millions of vehicles
Two of Japan’s biggest automakers, Toyota and Honda, are recalling millions of cars over unrelated safety issues.
Harry reunites with Meghan in Canada as couple warn media over photos
Prince Harry’s plans for a “more peaceful life” away from the royal spotlight have already been cast into doubt as he joined his wife, Meghan, and son, Archie, in Canada on Tuesday amid a fresh paparazzi feud.
Boeing has temporarily stopped making 737 Max airplanes
The Boeing 737 Max is now on hold.
Oldest known asteroid strike may have ended Snowball Earth
More than 2 billion years ago, an asteroid slammed into Earth and created a 43-mile wide crater in Western Australia’s outback. Now, researchers believe it is the oldest known impact crater, predating others by 200 million years. And it’s possible that the impact led to a great thaw as Earth exited a global frozen state.
Man strangles rabid coyote to death after it attacks his son
Ian O’Reilly killed a coyote in New Hampshire Monday after it grabbed his 2-year-old son by his jacket hood and dragged him to the ground.
New China virus ‘could mutate and spread further’
A new virus that has killed nine people could mutate and spread further, Chinese health officials have warned, as they step up containment measures. There are now 440 confirmed cases of the outbreak that originated from a market with illegal wildlife in Wuhan.
Saudi Arabia: Bezos phone hack claim is ‘absurd’
Saudi Arabia has denied that its crown prince was responsible for hacking Amazon boss Jeff Bezos’ phone. A message from a phone number used by the prince has been implicated in the data breach, according to reports. The kingdom’s US embassy said the stories were “absurd” and called for an investigation into them.
The alphabets at risk of extinction
On his first two days of school, in a village above the Bangladeshi port of Chittagong, Maung Nyeu was hit with a cane. This was not because he was naughty. It was simply that Nyeu could not understand what the teacher was saying, or what was written in his textbooks.
Donald Trump’s Impeachment Defense Is That Democrats Are Bad
WASHINGTON ― As the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump began on Tuesday, his lawyers offered a bombastic and truth-challenged defense of the president that insisted the real bad actors in all of this are the Democrats.
Trump Tweets ‘Read The Transcripts’ And Gets Mocked By People Who Have
President Donald Trump may be at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, but that didn’t stop him from attempting to gaslight America. On Tuesday, the president implored people on Twitter to “read the transcripts.” Presumedly, he was serious because the tweet was in all caps, the universally recognized signifier that the sender is pissed off about something.
Senators bring Apple Watches to Trump’s impeachment hearing, breaking no electronics rule
Trump’s impeachment trial has only just begun yet some senators have already broken the rules, bringing electronic devices into proceedings despite being specifically told not to. As spotted by Roll Call, six Republican senators and one Democratic senator wore Apple Watches during the trial’s first day on Tuesday, as did an aide to Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Report: Apple to unveil new, cheaper iPhone ‘as early as March’
If super expensive phones don’t get them, maybe cheaper ones will. That seems to be the thinking of Apple, which Bloomberg reports plans to unveil its much anticipated low-cost iPhone “as early as March.” The phone, which will reportedly look like the iPhone 8, is rumored to have a 4.7 inch screen and a Home button.
Doorbell cam captures intense blizzard burying a town in snow
There’s snow. And then there’s snow. Timelapse footage of a blizzard dumping feet of snow on a neighborhood is giving people a glimpse at how powerful winter storms can be. According to the video description, the video was captured via Nest cam in the town of St.
Jeff Bezos reportedly hacked directly by Saudi crown prince over WhatsApp
Life is full of grand mysteries. For instance, how did Jeff Bezos’ dick pics end up in the hands of the National Enquirer? Sometimes, life is kind enough to provide an answer. Or so it would seem today, with the Guardian reporting that the Amazon CEO’s phone was likely hacked by the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman.
Greta Thunberg makes it clear at Davos 2020: You should be panicking
Greta Thunberg didn’t mince words at Davos 2020. Addressing business and political leaders in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, she said their “inaction is fueling the flames by the hour” and accused them of “empty words and promises.”