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Ryan, Senate Intel committee see no evidence of Trump wiretap
“The speaker of the House, the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman and the ranking Democrat on the committee said Thursday that they’ve seen no evidence of President Donald Trump’s accusation that he was wiretapped last year by his predecessor…” (CNN)

Dad’s case of strep throat leads to amputations
“A Michigan man is feeling grateful after surviving a strep throat infection that led to amputations of parts of his hands and feet and nearly cost his life…” (CNN)

Letter bomb that exploded at Paris IMF office was sent from Greece
“A letter bomb that was dispatched to the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Paris and blew up on Thursday, injuring the employee who opened it, was sent from Greece, the Greek public order minister has said…” (The Guardian)

BBC crew and tourists injured in lava explosion on Mount Etna
“BBC crew members were among 10 people injured when lava flow triggered an explosion as it came into contact with snow on Mount Etna in Sicily on Thursday…” (The Guardian)

Germany and China to ‘fight together’ for free trade, says Merke
“Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday stressed their commitment to free trade ahead of a G20 finance ministers’ meeting set to be dominated by debate on protectionism…” (The Local)

Eight in ten Germans think the EU needs to be reformed
“What most Germans can agree upon is that the EU cannot stay as it is. But when it comes to how change should look, views differ sharply…” (The Local)

Uganda admits security forces killed over 100 people in palace raid in November
“Uganda has acknowledged that its security forces killed more than 100 people in an assault on a tribal leader’s palace last year.

The revelation comes after Human Rights Watch on Wednesday called for an independent and impartial fact-finding mission with international expertise saying that it was one of the bloodiest day of the region’s cultural institution…” (Africa News)

South African opposition figure probed by own party after colonialism tweet
“Former South African main opposition leader Helen Zille will face a disciplinary process by her Democratic Alliance (DA) party after saying on Twitter on Thursday that the legacy of colonialism was not all negative…” (Africa News)

We Can Now Harness the Tardigrade’s Strangest Superpower – and Give It to Other Organisms
“Tiny tardigrades – also known as water bears and moss piglets – have many strange properties, including being able to withstand huge amounts of radiation, temperatures ranging from 150°C (302°F) to near absolute zero, and pressures six times greater than in the deepest ocean trenches…” (Science Alert)

Type 2 Diabetes Has Been “Reversed” in 40% of Patients for 3 Months
“Type 2 diabetes is generally considered to be a chronic health condition that can’t be cured once it develops, and can only be managed with a combination of medication and healthy living – assisted by gastric band (bariatric) surgery in some cases…” (Science Alert)


Photo: By Peter Larson/Medill News Service [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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