CORONAVIRUS: Everyone’s talking about Novak Djokovic. The tennis star got an apparent vaccine exemption to compete in the Australian Open, but when he arrived, Australian officials canceled his visa and detained him at an immigration center. Now, it looks like a judge has weighed in…and overturned the decision to revoke Djokovic’s visa, claiming Djokovic wasn’t given enough time to respond. Speaking of vaccines, thousands of people took to the streets across Europe to protest new vaccine restrictions. Hint: Austria, France, Germany, and Italy have all cracked down on the unvaccinated in recent weeks. Also making headlines: Uganda is finally reopening schools after the world’s longest covid shutdown. And Chicago’s public schools canceled classes again amid a battle over whether to go remote.
WORLD: All eyes are on Kazakhstan. Reminder: last week, people took to the streets in Kazakhstan in droves over a fuel price hike, but the protests quickly evolved into a greater cry for democratic reforms. It wasn’t long before the situation turned violent, with Prez Kassym-Jomart Tokayev ordering security forces to “open fire to kill without warning” in an attempt to crush the unrest. At least 164 people were killed as a result. Now, it looks like Tokayev is declaring victory over what he’s calling a coup attempt organized by foreign terrorists. Meanwhile, a court in Myanmar just sentenced Aung San Suu Kyi to another four years in prison. The former civilian leader was found guilty of multiple charges, including possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies. This comes after Myanmar’s military took over in a coup.
USA: Yesterday, a fire broke out at a high-rise Bronx apartment building. At least 19 people were killed, including 9 children. More than 60 people were injured, with 13 people in critical condition. Authorities say the fire started with a faulty space heater and spread across hallways and units after a door was left open. Stay tuned. In other news, US greenhouse gas emissions bounced back sharply in 2021 after a record 10 percent decline in 2020. See: emissions rose by 6.2 percent last year, fueled by a rise in coal power and truck traffic as the economy came back from the pandemic. While the uptick will pose a challenge to Prez Biden’s plans to significantly cut emissions, experts say it could have been a lot worse.