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People inspect a mosque damaged in the aftermath of an earthquake in Pasaman, West Sumatra, Indonesia on Friday. The powerful, shallow earthquake hit the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Friday, sending people on the island of Sumatra and neighboring Malaysia and Singapore into a panic. The Associated Press


A rioter carrying a podium is imprisoned

A Florida man who grabbed Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s podium and posed for photos with him during the US Capitol riot has been sentenced to more than two months in prison.

The image of Adam Johnson smiling and waving as he carried the Pelosi podium went viral after the pro-Trump crowd attack on Jan. 6, 2021. Prosecutors argued that his actions on Capitol Hill “illustrating his sense of entitlement and privilege.”


Heavy snow moving northeast

BOSTON — A snowstorm that began before dawn on Friday was expected to bring up to a foot of accumulation to parts of the northeastern United States by the time it ends, while other places were in the taken with a mixture of sleet and ice.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for most of New England and eastern New York, and a winter weather advisory extending from Ohio to coastal areas of southern New York. England and northern Maine.

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House panel requests Trump records

WASHINGTON — A congressional oversight committee on Friday requested additional documents from the National Archives regarding former President Donald Trump’s handling of White House records as the panel seeks to expand its investigation into his handling of sensitive information and even classified.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform sent a letter to the archivist, outlining a series of requests for documents needed to determine whether the former president violated federal archival laws when he brought 15 boxes of White House records at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida after leaving office last year.



UN weighs pollution control treaty

NAIROBI — Delegates from United Nations member countries are considering proposals for a binding global treaty to tackle plastic pollution.

The United Nations Environment Assembly, which will meet from February 28 to March 2 in Kenya’s capital, is expected to come up with a framework to address the problem of plastic in the world’s oceans and rivers. “For the first time in history, we are seeing an unprecedented global momentum to tackle the scourge of plastic pollution,” said UN Environment Program Executive Director Inger Andersen.


UNICEF: Taliban allow girls to go to school

KABUL — The Taliban show “commitment” enable Afghan girls to go to school across the country next month, fulfilling a key condition set by the international community, the new head of UNICEF said on Friday.

UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell said it remains to be seen whether the Taliban’s pledge to reopen schools to girls and women on March 21 might hinge on more conditions or restrictions.

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COVID cases top 10,000 in outbreak

HONG KONG — Hong Kong on Friday reported another sharp rise in the number of new COVID-19 cases to more than 10,000 in the past 24-hour period as it battles its worst outbreak of the pandemic.

The new daily case count reached 10,010, health officials said, after surpassing 8,000 earlier this week during a spiraling outbreak. The city has reported about 50 deaths a day.

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