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Sanders Surprises, Queen On Brexit, 5th Beatle Dies

Sanders Surprises, Queen On Brexit, 5th Beatle Dies

Sanders Surprises, Queen On Brexit, 5th Beatle Dies

SANDERS SURPRISES, TRUMP KEEPS ROLLING

Bernie Sanders notched a surprise win over Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's Democratic primary in the state of Michigan, even as the former first lady won easily in the smaller southern state of Mississippi. Sanders, the underdog anti-establishment challenger, edged Clinton by 49.9% to 48.2% in Michigan, a key northern industrial state. The win keeps the race for the party nomination alive, heading into upcoming contests in even bigger states like Florida and Ohio. On the Republican side, brash billionaire Donald Trump continued to stay ahead of his nearest rival, Senator Ted Cruz, with wins in both Michigan and Mississippi, as well as a caucus victory in Hawaii. Cruz won in Idaho. Read more coverage from The Washington Post.


TOP ISIS LEADER "LIKELY KILLED" IN STRIKE

The U.S. military is assessing whether Abu Omar al-Shishani, the red-bearded top ISIS leader dubbed "the Chechen," was killed in an airstrike carried Friday near al-Shaddadi, Syria. The jihadist, who was born in the former Soviet state of Georgia to an ethnic Chechen mother, was "likely killed," a Department of Defense official told CNN.


WORLDCRUNCH-TO-GO

Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was detained last week as part of a widespread corruption scandal at state oil giant Petrobras. But the probe could actually prove to be the spark to help him succeed Dilma Rousseff, Clóvis Rossi writes for Brazilian daily Folha de S. Paulo: "The latest poll from the Datafolha institute shows that Lula has 20% support among voters a full two years out, which is an excellent starting point for a potential candidate, especially one who has been dogged for months by accusations. As a matter of fact, Lula himself seems to hold the same view. ‘I won't bow my head,' he said from the Workers' Party headquarters after he was released by police, explaining that what happened had instead ‘ignited in him the flame to keep up the fight.'"

Read the full article, Why A Tainted Lula Could Be Back As Brazil President.


VERBATIM

"The nuclear warheads have been standardized to be fit for ballistic missiles by miniaturizing them," North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was quoted as saying by the country's official news agency KCNA. North Korea has claimed today that it has developed a nuclear bomb small enough to fit into a warhead. This is the latest in a series of threats and provocative behavior from North Korea, as tension with South Korea and the U.S. has escalated after new UN sanctions were imposed following Pyongyang's latest nuclear test and missile launch.


SNAPSHOT

Photo: He Changshan/Xinhua/ZUMA

Although some clouds spoiled the view, millions of sky gazers across the Pacific were able to experience a total solar eclipse, here pictured from Belitung island, Indonesia.


QUEEN DENIES BACKING BREXIT

Buckingham Palace has insisted the Queen is "politically neutral" over the EU referendum, following claims by The Sun newspaper that she "backs Brexit", the BBC reports.

Quoting anonymous sources, the tabloid daily alleged that the Queen told pro-EU former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg back in 2011 that he was "heading in the wrong direction."


BIDEN'S ISRAEL VISIT MARRED BY ATTACKS

A series of knife attacks and shootings is rocking Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden kicks off his two-day visit to Israel and the West Bank. Shorty before Biden landed Tuesday, a Palestinian man stabbed an American tourist to death and wounded at least nine other people in the Jaffa port area of Tel Aviv, before being shot, Al Jazeera reports. And early Wednesday, two assailants opened fire near a public bus in Jerusalem, seriously injuring one person in the third attack to hit the city in 24 hours.

Biden is expected to meet separately today with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


ON THIS DAY


Celebrating 57 years of Barbie dolls in today's 57-second shot of history.


RIP 5TH BEATLE

Sir George Martin, the London-born producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician sometimes referred to as "the Fifth Beatle" for his work as a producer of the Fab four, has died at age 90. Without his arrangements, Yesterday, Penny Lane, Eleanor Rigby or A Day In The Life wouldn't have sounded the same.


MY GRAND-PERE'S WORLD



GHOST MELODY

Google celebrates Lithuanian theremin virtuoso Clara Rockmore, born March 9, 1911, by letting you play this spooky-sounding ancestor of electronic instruments.

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Joshimath, The Sinking Indian City Has Also Become A Hotbed Of Government Censorship

The Indian authorities' decision to hide factual reports on the land subsidence in Joshimath only furthers a sense of paranoia.

Photo of people standing next to a cracked road in Joshimath, India

Cracked road in Joshimath

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Rohan Banerjee*

MUMBAI — Midway through the movie Don’t Look Up (2021), the outspoken PhD candidate Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) is bundled into a car, a bag over her head. The White House, we are told, wants her “off the grid”. She is taken to a warehouse – the sort of place where CIA and FBI agents seem to spend an inordinate amount of time in Hollywood movies – and charged with violating national security secrets.

The Hobson’s choice offered to her is to either face prosecution or suspend “all public media appearances and incendiary language relating to Comet Dibiasky”, an interstellar object on a collision course with earth. Exasperated, she acquiesces to the gag order.

Don’t Look Upis a satirical take on the collective apathy towards climate change; only, the slow burn of fossil fuel is replaced by the more imminent threat of a comet crashing into our planet. As a couple of scientists try to warn humanity about its potential extinction, they discover a media, an administration, and indeed, a society that is not just unwilling to face the truth but would even deny it.

This premise and the caricatured characters border on the farcical, with plot devices designed to produce absurd scenarios that would be inconceivable in the real world we inhabit. After all, would any government dealing with a natural disaster, issue an edict prohibiting researchers and scientists from talking about the event? Surely not. Right?

On January 11, the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), one of the centers of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), issued a preliminary report on the land subsidence issue occurring in Joshimath, the mountainside city in the Himalayas.

The word ‘subsidence’ entered the public lexicon at the turn of the year as disturbing images of cracked roads and tilted buildings began to emanate from Joshimath.

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