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Bright future: Rookies Cam Akers, Van Jefferson shine on playoff stage  

Rams rookies Cam Akers and Van Jefferson excelled in the NFL playoffs, which might offer a preview of what's to come in the years ahead.

Senior IOOF executive accused of 'inappropriate' touching in unfair dismissal claim   25%

A former IOOF executive has accused the wealth manager's deputy chief investment officer Stanley Yeo of sexual harassment.

Young man punished for refusal to perform military service after enlistment  


A screenshot of the notice issued by the official website of Tunxi District government, Huangshan, Anhui Province, on January 4.

BEIJING, Jan.6 -- A young man surnamed Yu was punished for refusing to perform military service after enlistment, according to a notice issued by the official website of the Tunxi District government under Huangshan City in southeast China's Anhui Province, on January 4.

It is reported that the man, born in March 2000, voluntarily signed up for recruitment in September 2019 and began his service at a unit of the Chinese People's Armed Police Force.

Since being enlisted into the army, Yu had a strong resistance to the military's discipline, training and management, and had applied for quitting the service for many times. Despite the patient exhortation from the military and his family, Yu still refused to perform military service and expressed willing to bear all the legal consequences.

On October 30, 2019, according to relevant law and regulations including the Military Service Law of the People's Republic of China and the Regulations on Discipline of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (Trail), Yu was declared to be expelled from the military and subjected to the following punishments:

I. Forbidding Yu to be employed as a civil servant or in those jobs managed in accordance with the Civil Servant Law of the People's Republic of China.

II. Forbidding him to apply for going abroad within two years since November 8, 2019, and indicating him as "rejection of military service" on the "military service status" in the household registration information system.

III. Forbidding him to be admitted or re-enter college within two years since November 8, 2019.

IV. Cancelling Yu’s preferential treatment, impose on him a fine of two times the preferential treatment for local conscripts in 2019.

V. Yu’s refusal of performing military service after enlistment and the corresponding punishments will be announced to the society through media.


Fate of Tokyo Olympics may need to be decided by United Nations, former IOC exec says   6%


Kevan Gosper, a former International Olympic Committee vice-president, is suggesting the United Nations might be the place to decide the fate of the postponed Tokyo Olympics. Gosper did not indicate he had contacted the UN, and it's not clear the body would enter into what is an intense political issue in Japan.

'Back in the game': 2Day FM pins hopes on Dave Hughes' star power   50%

The comedian has decided to take on what many consider to be the radio industry's poisoned chalice.

Pursuing clean energy will be at the core of Biden's jobs agenda   10%

Solving the climate crisis by boosting investments in new technologies will be at the centre of the Biden administration's job creation agenda, the incoming top economic White House adviser said on Wednesday.

'Yoni Netanyahus mistake nearly led to disaster': U.K. historian sets the record straight on Operation Entebbe  

The PM's slain brother was not a central figure in the operation, Saul David, on whose book the film '7 Days in Entebbe' was based, tells Haaretz

Trump auctions drilling rights to Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday   10%

Trump officials auctioned off oil and gas leases in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Wednesday, capping Republicans' decades-long quest to drill in one of the nation's best-known wild places.

Uganda's President Fends Off Opposition In Contested Election   -10%

Ugandan opposition candidate Bobi Wine faced longtime President Yoweri Museveni in yesterday's election, official results are expected on Saturday.

Uganda Election: President Yoweri Museveni Declared Winner As Bobi Wine Alleges Fraud   -50%

Uganda's electoral commission says Museveni has won a sixth term in office, but Wine is saying the election was rigged, and the top U.S. diplomat to Africa is calling the vote "fundamentally flawed."

L.A. officials cut utilities to Fairfax home after repeated violations of party ban  

Mayor Eric Garcetti's office approved the shut-off in line with a public order aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

'Dinosaur trees' survived Black Summer, but they haven't recovered enough for the next bushfire   25%

The first look at the damage to the famous "dinosaur tree" from last summer's fires raises concerns about their longer term prospects as the climate warms.

President George W. Bush proudly displays paintings of world leaders  

You're either with these paintings, or against them: Olmert, Putin, Merkel, Singh, Dalai Lama, among others, inspire Bush's art.

Once Jews, now Uighurs: Why would Volkswagen want to be complicit in another genocide?   50%

When it comes to reputational damage, your company has more at stake than most. Why risk replaying your WWII infamy of using slave labor and workers detained in concentration camps, this time in China's Uighur region?

Dr. Fauci on getting 'back to normal', Tunisia 10 years post-Arab Spring and Chanel's legacy   27%

Amid increasing concerns over police brutality, France's police watchdog has been targeted for a controversial reform. This week, we also took a look at the human cost of Armenia's defeat in Nagorno-Karabakh, Denmark's giant wind-powered vertical farm and, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues, a French soap opera that has found a high-tech way to deal with the absence of an isolating cast member. Plus, FRANCE 24 explores Coco Chanel's legacy, 50 years after the fashion icon's death.

A wild ride, a crash, a cover-up: Skateboarder alleges abuse by deputies involved in Guardado shooting   55%

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies involved in a controversial shooting are under investigation for an encounter with a skateboarder, who accuses the deputies of lying to cover up misconduct.

The end of the Merkel era: Is 'Mutti' really ready to swap politics for plum cake and potato soup?   -1%

It's a lesson many politicians -- mostly male -- have learned the hard way over the past 15 years: Never underestimate Angela Merkel.

Syrian Air makes 1st Aleppo to Beirut flight since 2011   17%

Syrian Air conducted its first flight in a decade between the northern city of Aleppo and Lebanon’s capital Beirut early Friday, resuming a round-trip route that's been halted since Syria’s conflict began in 2011.

Editorial: Big Tech was right to punish Trump, but its power over speech is concerning   1%

Social media companies should prevent their services from being used to foment insurrection. But some aspects of Big Tech's recent moves are troubling.

France says Iran is building nuclear weapons capacity, urgent to revive 2015 deal  

Western diplomats have said Iran's repeated breaches have already reduced the 'breakout time' to a bomb to well below a year

Oil prices slip as China coronavirus lockdown, US jobs data temper gains   -8%

Oil prices fell on Friday as concerns about Chinese cities in lockdown due to coronavirus outbreaks tempered a rally driven by strong import data from the world's biggest crude importer and US plans

The iconic figures in 'One Night in Miami'  

Regina King's film "One Night in Miami" imagines what happened on the night Malcolm X, Cassius Clay, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke hung out together in 1964.

Publisher cancels Sen. Josh Hawley's book over insurrection; Hawley responds 'we'll see you in court!'  

Simon & Schuster canceled "The Tyranny of Big Tech" over the Missouri Republican's efforts to overturn election; Hawley threatens to sue.

Frankfurt Airport: Terminal reopens after police operation   -5%

Police at Frankfurt Airport reopened a terminal after it and the airport's regional train station were closed during the investigation of an abandoned piece of luggage later found to be harmless, authorities have said.

What we know and don't know about the Scotties, Brier  

While there's been more clarity about what the fields for both the Scotties and Brier will look like with just over a month from the beginning of the curling frenzy, set to take place in the Calgary curling bubble, there are still a lot of unknowns. 

A Look At The Fallout Of TikTok Ban In India   7%

In India, TikTok was a phenomenon. Last June, the Indian government banned the app for geopolitical reasons. Six months later, it's not clear what the ban has accomplished.

Ban D.C. riot participants, flight attendants union urges airlines  

The nation's largest flight attendants union calls on airlines to ban D.C. riot participants from taking airline flights out of the Washington area.

'Serious trouble': Ugandan army surrounds pop star candidate's home  

Uganda's long-ruling President Yoweri Museveni is ahead in the polls but sent soldiers to surround the compound of his chief challenger, reggae star Bobi Wine.

Indonesia recovers data from flight recorder of downed passenger jet   75%

Indonesian investigators have successfully recovered data from a crashed passenger jet's flight recorder, days after the plane with 62 people aboard slammed into the sea, they said Friday.

Sorry, Twitterverse: Chuck Norris manager says actor was not at U.S. Capitol riot   50%

“Chuck is much more handsome" than the man identified online as Norris, the actor's manager said.

Agriculture reformists slam 'industrialized' farming under Angela Merkel   40%

People calling for agriculture policy reform drove tractors through Berlin and renewed their rejection of Germany's ecologically ruinous farm and food sectors.

10th Anniversary of J-20's maiden flight   13%

BEIJING, Jan. 11 -- January 11th marked the 10th anniversary of the maiden flight of China's J-20, a domestically-developed stealth fighter jet nicknamed "Black Ribbon" by military fans.

Here are important events of the aircraft:

At 1:11 pm, Jan. 11, 2011, a black-painted J-20 fighter jet took off from an airport in Chengdu, Southwest China and made its successful maiden flight.
At 10:20 am, Nov. 1, 2016, two J-20 fighter jets made their first public flight demonstration at the 11th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition.
On July 30, 2017, three J-20s in a wedge formation flew over the parade field in the Zhurihe military training base in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region at the military parade to celebrate the 90th founding anniversary of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. It was the first time for the J-20 fighter jet to appear with combat-readiness posture in public occasions.
On February, 2018, a spokesperson of the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) announced J-20s started to serve in the air force's combat units, an important step towards forming full combat capability.
On Oct. 1, 2019, five J-20s in a wedge formation streaked across the sky in a military parade to celebrate the 70th founding anniversary of the People's Republic of China in Beijing.

By 2035, J-20s will surely be the best in the back bones of the PLAAF’s family of fighter jets, and will get further developed to be more advanced, according to Yang Wei, chief designer of J-20.



Skoda Auto Says It Won't Sponsor Ice Hockey World Championship In Belarus   12%

Volkswagen's Skoda Auto will not sponsor this year's ice hockey world championship if the event is held in Belarus, due to the host country's recent state violence against peaceful protesters, the carmaker said on January 16.

We sat on a bench near his wifes grave. When he died, I knew I had to return   50%

Border woes meant Monica Dux missed her uncle's funeral. Instead of fretting, she made a promise to herself to one day visit the place most sacred to him.

BDS activist and Radiohead critic Ken Loach slammed for screening his films across Israel   10%

Loach's Israeli distributor tells The Guardian he's bought films from the director 'every year' and says Loach feels 'exempt from the cultural boycott' he promotes

Neo-Nazi attack survivors create tool to track racist extremists  

Survivors of Germany's Halle synagogue attack are now tracking white supremacist extremists worldwide. Terrorists use online platforms like Twitch, which police are failing to monitor, they say.

Andr Aciman on the parallels between Jews and gays, and his 'Call Me By Your Name' sequel  

'Find Me,' the highly-anticipated sequel to the bestselling novel 'Call Me By Your Name,' is out next week. In an interview, author André Aciman told Haaretz why he's nervous

Internet has a lot to say about Nicole Kidman's Lucille Ball role  

Nicole Kidman vs. Debra Messing...who should play Lucy? CNN's Jeanne Moos has a ball with Lucille.

Sea shanties are your soundtrack of 2021. Seriously  

It's folly to examine why some things go viral on the internet, and by doing so one risks discounting the beauty of the simplest answer: They just do. Nothing makes sense. Roll with it.

Editorial: Schools shouldn't police students' social media posts  

The Supreme Court shouldn't use a cheerleader's case to restrict students' speech