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US unveils new coronavirus rules for international travel

US unveils new coronavirus rules for international travel

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Starting November 8 adult visitors to the US will need to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with few exceptions.The vast majority of adult travelers who want to visit the US will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 starting November 8. All visitors older than two years, regardless of vaccination status, will also need to present a negative coronavirus test taken within three days of travel, according to an order signed by US President Joe Biden on Monday. Airlines will have to collect contact information on passengers to help with contact tracing and store it for 30 days. Children and teenagers under 18 will be exempt from vaccination travel rules. The new policy comes as the Biden administration moves away from restrictions that ban non-essential travel from several dozen countrie...
‘Rust’ assistant director was fired from previous movie after crew member injured in gun incident

‘Rust’ assistant director was fired from previous movie after crew member injured in gun incident

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Dave Halls, the assistant director on the film set of “Rust,” was the subject of complaints over safety and his behavior on set during two productions in 2019, two people who worked closely with Halls tell CNN. The complaints include a disregard for safety protocols for weapons and pyrotechnics use, fire lanes and exits were consistently blocked, and instances of inappropriately sexual behavior in the workplace.In a statement to CNN, Maggie Goll, an IATSE Local 44 prop maker and licensed pyrotechnician, said that while working on Hulu’s “Into the Dark” anthology series in February and May 2019, Halls neglected to hold safety meetings and consistently failed to announce the presence of a firearm on set to the crew, as is protocol. “The only reason the crew was made aware of a weapon's ...
Chris Hemsworth thought he was ‘being written out’ of the MCU when he realized Thor wasn’t going to be part of ‘Captain America: Civil War’

Chris Hemsworth thought he was ‘being written out’ of the MCU when he realized Thor wasn’t going to be part of ‘Captain America: Civil War’

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Chris Hemsworth in "Thor: Ragnarok." Disney/MarvelChris Hemsworth was worried that he was being "written out" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.The actor said he grew concerned when he realized Thor wasn't in "Captain America: Civil War.""They said, 'You're doing your own thing,'" the actor recalled in a new behind-the-scenes Marvel book.Chris Hemsworth worried that he was being "written out" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he learned that Thor wouldn't be part of 2016's "Captain America: Civil War.""I remember being on the 'Age of Ultron' press tour, and everyone was talking about Civil War," Hemsworth said in a new behind-the-scenes book called "The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe" by Tara Bennett and Paul Terry.The actor continued: "I was like, ...
Georgia shipwreck’s last giant chunk removed from water

Georgia shipwreck’s last giant chunk removed from water

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The final giant chunk of an overturned cargo ship was removed from waters along the coast of Georgia on Monday, almost a year after demolition began on the wreck that tipped over with 4,200 automobiles in its cargo decks.Weighing more than 4,000 metric tons (4,410 U.S. tons), the eighth and last section of the South Korean freighter Golden Ray left the wreck site off St. Simons Island after a crane lowered it onto a big barge outfitted with a special cradle to hold the wreckage.“This is the end of the wreck removal phase," said Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Himes, a spokesman for the multiagency command in charge of the demolition.But the salvage job isn't over. Big pieces of the ship's side and other debris were left behind after the ship's center, the ...
Lebanese Forces leader summoned to testify about Beirut clashes

Lebanese Forces leader summoned to testify about Beirut clashes

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Lebanese Christian politician Samir Geagea denies responsibility for the killing of Hezbollah supporters at Beirut clashes on October 14.Beirut, Lebanon – Lebanese Forces party leader Samir Geagea has been summoned to testify to military intelligence about the deadly Beirut clashes earlier in October, a judicial source has told Al Jazeera. Unidentified gunmen fired at hundreds of supports of Hezbollah and its ally Amal Movement party at a protest on October 14 by the Beirut Justice Palace, sparking hours-long clashes that killed at least seven combatants and civilians and wounded more than 30 others. The protesters had gathered to demand the removal of the judge investigating last year’s devastating Beirut port blast, Tarek Bitar. Geagea is a key political adversary of Iran-backed Hez...
US judge: Pablo Escobar’s cocaine hippos legally ‘people’

US judge: Pablo Escobar’s cocaine hippos legally ‘people’

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The offspring of hippos once owned by Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar can be recognized as people or “interested persons” with legal rights in the U.S. following a federal court order.The case involves a lawsuit against the Colombian government over whether to kill or sterilize the hippos whose numbers are growing at a fast pace and pose a threat to biodiversity.An animal rights groups is hailing the order as a milestone victory in the long sought efforts to sway the U.S. justice system to grant animals personhood status. But the order won't carry any weight in Colombia where the hippos live, a legal expert said.“The ruling has no impact in Colombia because they only have an impact within their own territories. It will be the Colombian authorities who decide what to do with the hippos...
Whistleblower: Facebook views safety as a cost

Whistleblower: Facebook views safety as a cost

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Facebook has confronted whistleblowers, PR firestorms and Congressional inquiries in recent years. But now it faces a combination of all three at once in what could be the most intense and wide-ranging crisis in the company's 17-year history. On Friday, a consortium of 17 US news organizations began publishing a series of stories — collectively called "The Facebook Papers" — based on a trove of hundreds of internal company documents which were included in disclosures made to the Securities and Exchange Commission and provided to Congress in redacted form by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen's legal counsel. The consortium, which includes CNN, reviewed the redacted versions received by Congress.  CNN's coverage includes stories about how coordinated groups on Facebook sow...
Nigeria bets on its own digital money after banning crypto

Nigeria bets on its own digital money after banning crypto

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The Central Bank of Nigeria is hopeful that the eNaira will boost participation in the formal financial system.The Central Bank of Nigeria joined a growing list of emerging markets betting on digital money to cut transaction costs and boost participation in the formal financial system. The digital currency and its underlining technology called blockchain is expected to increase Nigeria’s gross domestic product and remittances, President Muhammadu Buhari said in televised speech at the launch in Abuja, the capital. The issuance of the digital currency, called the eNaira, comes after the central bank earlier in February outlawed banks and financial institutions from transacting in or operating in cryptocurrencies as they posed a threat to the financial system. Central bank digital ...
Powell and Picasso: Who did Guernica?

Powell and Picasso: Who did Guernica?

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History will remember Powell for avoiding standing in front of a replica of Picasso’s Guernica, but having no problem with standing in front of piles of dead Iraqi bodies, people who perished because of his lies.The former US secretary of state, Colin Luther Powell, who recently passed away from COVID-19 complications at the age of 84, was one of the main architects of the United States invasion and occupation of Iraq that destroyed an entire sovereign state and killed tens of thousands of innocent people. What does it really mean for a man to be born in the South Bronx to immigrant parents and grow up to become a joint chief of staff chairman of an imperial army and then the first Black secretary of state of the same empire – and yet end up terrorising humanity with the power of the milit...
Internal Facebook documents released

Internal Facebook documents released

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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the US Capitol in Washington D.C on January 6, 2021.Just days after insurrectionists stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg downplayed her company's role in what had happened."We know this was organized online. We know that," she said in an interview with Reuters. "We... took down QAnon, Proud Boys, Stop the Steal, anything that was talking about possible violence last week. Our enforcement's never perfect so I'm sure there were still things on Facebook. I think these events were largely organized on platforms that don't have our abilities to stop hate and don't have our standards and don't have our transparency."But internal Facebook documents reviewed by CNN sugg...