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The threat of World War III is over for now. Russian troops were reportedly seen withdrawing from the Ukrainian border on Tuesday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he welcomed security dialogue with America. He said he doesn't want war and would rely on negotiations with the U.S. government to stop Ukraine's bid to join NATO, according to the Associated Press.
Russia backed down after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Monday that Russia had set Wednesday, Feb. 16, as the date to invade Ukraine. There were reports late Monday that the Ukraine president was only joking about the start date.
130,000 Russian forces massed near the Ukraine border was the closest that the world's second biggest power had come to starting World War III in decades.
"We want to solve this issue now as part of negotiation process through peaceful means," Putin said after meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. "We very much hope that our partners hear our concerns and take them seriously."
Scholz also said diplomatic options are "far from exhausted," and praised the announcement of a troop withdrawal as a "good signal," adding: "We hope that more will follow."
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The United Nations is calling for calm after the president of Haiti was gunned down by two assassins who claimed to be DEA agents.
Haitian President Jovenel Moise was shot to death and his wife was wounded in their home early Wednesday, according to published reports.
The gunmen reportedly identified themselves as agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency.
The gunmen spoke Spanish, not the island's native French or Creole languages, witnesses say.
The assassination was confirmed by Claude Joseph, the interim prime minister, on Wednesday.
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The First Lady Martine Moise was also shot, but her condition is unknown, according to the Associated Press.
U.S. Congress and lawmakers called for a full investigation and said the perpetrators must be held accountable.
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Moise's death will likely cause more unrest in Haiti. Opposition protesters burned tires during a demonstration, calling for Moise's departure in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on November 18, 2020.
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Joseph said the police and military are in control of the security situation in Haiti.
Joe Biden acknowledged the presidential assassination as he boarded Air Force One on Wednesday morning. "We need a lot more information, but it's very worrisome about the state of Haiti," the U.S. president said.
Seven college students died when a railing they were leaning against broke, sending them plummeting to the concrete floor below.
The tragic incident happened at the Public University of El Alto in Bolivia on Tuesday.
About 100 maskless students were protesting in a packed hallway outside a lecture hall where a tense meeting was being held.
Fights broke out and some of the students were jostling each other when the railing gave way.
Seven students were pronounced dead at the scene. Five students are in critical condition at a hospital.
Disturbing video footage, captured by a bystander showed the moment before the railing broke. A dozen students fell to the concrete floor while a few students were pulled to safety.
A female student in a blue blouse dangled precariously over the edge before her fellow students grabbed her shoes and pulled her back up.
Two female students fortunately landed on the floor just below where the railing broke.
An investigation has been ordered into the accident.
Engineering standards in the United States require balconies to withstand 100 pounds per square feet of load while railings must withstand 200 pounds of force at any point along the railing.
But construction projects are not up to code in third world countries.
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A Russian nurse is under investigation for being out of uniform while passing medications to patients in an all-male coronavirus hospital ward.
According to media reports, the nurse, who is in her 20s, is under investigation for making rounds while wearing only her underwear and a transparent latex gown in an all-male coronavirus ward at Tula Regional Clinical Hospital.
An amused patient took a photo of the nurse's unusual protective garb and posted it on social media where it went viral this week.
The patient said there was no objection to the nurse's outfit in the hospital ward. But he admitted to "some embarrassment."
Hospital officials disciplined the nurse for wearing "lingerie" around the male patients. Additionally, she was written up for "non-compliance with the requirements for medical clothing."
The nurse, who has not been identified, explained she wore the odd PPE outfit because she was "too hot" while wearing her nurse's uniform under the latex gown.
Despite the reaction from her male patients, she claimed she didn't realize the latex gown was so revealing. She said she chose to wear a "swimming suit" under the transparent gown rather than nothing at all.
Russia has reported over 300,000 Covid-19 cases and 2,972 deaths.
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Tanzanian President John Magufuli suspended the director of the national health laboratory and ordered an investigation after a goat, sheep and pawpaw (fruit) tested positive for the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.
Magufuli said on Sunday the tests were "faulty" after samples from the animals and a piece of fruit came back positive.
"This clearly states that it was likely that some people were being tested positive when in fact they are not infected by the coronavirus," Magufuli said. "Are we now supposed to quarantine goats and fruits?"
Magufuli also fired the head of the government Medical Stores Department, which oversees distribution of medical supplies and equipment to government hospitals.
The President's ministry of health sent in the non-human tests, along with false names and ages -- without informing the lab technicians of the samples' origins.
Catherine Sungura, acting head of communications at the ministry of health, said in a statement on Monday the lab director and its quality assurance manager had been immediately suspended "to pave way for the investigation".
As of Monday, Tanzania has confirmed 480 cases of Covid-19 and 18 deaths, according to REUTERS.
Africa has reported the lowest fatalities and cases of Covid-19 as compared to the United States, which also has many questionable Covid-19-related deaths.
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Once again, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is the subject of rampant death reports after he goes missing for a few weeks.
American tabloid TMZ reported Kim had died following a cardiovascular procedure in North Korea. But he's still standing, according to South Korea.
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in downplayed media speculation that Kim was dead.
"Our government position is firm," said Moon's special adviser on national security Moon Chung-in, in an interview with CNN on Sunday. "Kim Jong-un is alive and well."
U.S. President Trump also dismissed reports that his friend was dead.
Rampant speculation about Kim's health arose earlier this month when Kim missed one of the country's biggest events: the birthday of his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, earlier this month. Since then Kim has remained out of sight of cameras and the media.
This isn't the first time the West has killed off Kim after one of his disappearing acts.
In 2014 the dictator, who is in his mid-30s, dropped out of sight for nearly six weeks after having surgery to remove a cyst from his ankle.
The mainstream news media published Kim's obituary before he was pictured walking with a cane.
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Britain's Prince Charles has tested positive for the novel coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The Prince of Wales is pictured with his youngest son, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, 35.
Clarence House confirmed the news in a statement on Wednesday. The 71-year-old royal was said to be displaying "mild symptoms" but is otherwise in "good health".
"The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus," the statement read. "He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual."
Charles' wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, was also tested but does not currently have the virus, the statement confirmed.
The couple is now "self-isolating at home in Scotland".
"The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire where they met the criteria required for testing," the statement continued. "It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks."
Prince Charles is the latest high profile name to test positive for Covid-19, following Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Idris Elba, Kevin Durant and Harvey Weinstein. All have recovered or are in the process of recovering from the virus that causes mild flu-like symptoms in most healthy adults.
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Advance ticket sales for Marvel Studio's black superhero action film Black Panther has already exceeded ticket sales for other superhero films at the same point in the sales cycle.
King T’Challa, the black superhero who rules over the mythical African nation Wakanda, was first introduced as a character in the Marvel franchise in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.
Black Panther is tracking for a $100 million to $120 million opening.
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The North Korean soldier who defected to South Korea last month lived a hard life and was forced to eat corn fertilized with human feces. It’s "a miracle that he survived,” said Dr. Lee Cook-Jong in an interview with CNN.
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