WORLD: Recently, at least 36 civilians were killed during a terrorist attack on a village in Sanmatenga province in Burkina Faso. The gov has declared two days of mourning. No word yet on who’s responsible for the attack. In other news, the Trump team’s reportedly planning on expanding its travel ban list to include seven new nations. Think: Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Eritrea, Myanmar, Belarus, and Kyrgyzstan. Not yet clear on the details on this travel ban, but expect this to worsen ties between the US and these seven countries. Speaking of which, Prez Trump is threatening to slap high tariffs on imports of cars from the European Union if the group doesn’t nod its head to a trade deal. Tension, higher than those tariffs.
HEALTH: The Wuhan coronavirus is spreading. We’ll remind you: this virus (which has pneumonia-like symptoms and can be spread between humans) originated in Wuhan, China, and has quickly spread to major Chinese cities and a slew of other countries. And yesterday, the first case of the coronavirus appeared in the US after a man returned from Wuhan. This comes as the death toll has risen to 9 people. Meanwhile, the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by residents of Flint, Michigan. The lawsuit points fingers at city officials for the water crisis, and reportedly won’t be blocked by the Supreme Court. Stay tuned. And in other news, human body temps are apparently cooling down.
PEOPLE: Everyone’s talking about Jeff Bezos. Pay attention: a couple years ago, Jamal Khashoggi - a Saudi journalist who criticized Saudi leadership - went missing after entering a Saudi embassy in Istanbul. Later, it came out he’d been assassinated, with the trail allegedly pointing to the Saudi Crown Prince. This whole story was reported on by the Washington Post, which is owned by Jeff Bezos (yes, the Amazon guy). Months later, details of Bezos’ affair were leaked to the public. Now, digital forensics experts are putting the blame on Saudi Arabia - and saying Bezos’ phone was hacked personally by the Saudi Crown Prince. Because, retaliation. Meanwhile, Derek Jeter and Larry Walker were just elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.