The Week in Stories Around the Globe

Myanmar coup: Week of Feb.1 to Feb. 21, EU action in focus as foreign ministers set to meet

Activists call for a major protest on Monday to mourn the dead. They dub it 22222 based on the date, Feb. 22. The number is an allusion to 8888 — Aug. 8, 1988 — the date a six-week mass pro-democracy uprising kicked off nearly 33 years ago.

#Myanmar #MyanmarMilitaryCoup #Asia

Tanzania’s COVID-denying leader urges prayer as cases climb

Tanzania’s incumbent President and presidential candidate of ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) John Magufuli (2nd R) speaks during the official launch of the party’s campaign for the October general election at the Jamhuri stadium in Dodoma, Tanzania, on August 29, 2020. – Voters will also select new MPs and ward councillors when they go to the polls on October 28. (Photo by ERICKY BONIPHACE / AFP) (Photo by ERICKY BONIPHACE/AFP via Getty Images)

Magufuli has repeatedly claimed that Tanzania, a country of some 60 million people, defeated COVID-19 with God’s help. The government has not updated its number of coronavirus cases since April, and the health ministry has promoted unproven herbal remedies. Magufuli has questioned COVID-19 vaccines without offering evidence.

#Tanzania #COVID19 #Politics #religion

U.S. reaches 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus

“We are still at about 100,000 cases a day. We are still at around 1,500 to 3,500 deaths per day. The cases are more 2½-fold times what we saw over the summer,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Sunday on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”

#USA #COVID19 #health

Growing Inventory of Black Holes Offers a Radical Probe of the Cosmos

“We’re just scratching the surface,” said Kalogera. “The sample is still too small to give us a robust answer, but when we have 100 or 200 of these [mergers], then I think we’ll have clear answers.

“We’re not that far away.”

#Science #BlackHoles #TheUniverse

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