It’s one of the coldest places on Earth right now.
Canada’s northern regions are facing the wrath of a polar vortex that has caused wind chills to plummet to as low as -70 C. Yes, -70.
Such temperatures make those regions of Canada colder than Mars, which has an average annual temperature of around -62 C.
Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold weather alert for the town of Kugaaruk, Nunavut, which currently sits right in the heart of the polar vortex. People have been advised to stay indoors, especially younger children, older adults, individuals with chronic illnesses and outdoor workers due to high risks of hypothermia and freezing.
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A man dressed to impersonate North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un walked through Pyongyang’s cheer squad at the Olympics — and they looked unimpressed to say the least.
Though it’s unclear if this is the same impersonator who crashed the games’ opening ceremony, the man was rushed away from the squad, much as the earlier impersonators were shoed away on Friday.
The cheerleaders looked less than thrilled to see a likeness of Kim before them.
The squad is hand-picked for meeting stringent physical requirements, they are unpaid and train for months at a time, and have been imprisoned in the past for talking about the world they see outside of North Korea.
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The phrase “haters gonna hate” is too “banal” to be copyrighted, a US judge has declared.
Judge Michael W Fitzgerald made the comments while dismissing a copyright case against Taylor Swift.
Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler sued the star last year, arguing her single Shake It Off stole from their composition, Playas Gon’ Play.
They said the chorus of her song relied on their lyric, “playas, they gonna play, and haters, they gonna hate”.
Although short phrases are generally immune from copyright claims, the writers argued that combining the two thoughts was original enough to warrant protection.
Fitzgerald disagreed – in quite some style.
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Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu has hit back after police said he should be charged over alleged bribery cases.
He called the allegations “baseless” and said he was certain the truth would be revealed.
His government is “stable”, he has insisted, despite criticism from a key member of his coalition.
A police statement on Tuesday said there was enough evidence to indict him for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases.
The attorney general’s office could take months to decide if Mr Netanyahu should face charges.
The 68-year-old is in his second stint as prime minister, and has served in the role for a total of 12 years.
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The World Chess Federation (FIDE) says its Swiss bank accounts have been closed after its president was accused of facilitating transactions on behalf of the Syrian government.
Russian millionaire Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was added to a US Treasury Department sanctions list in 2015 for his alleged dealings with the Assad government.
He denies wrongdoing, and stepped back from FIDE to try to resolve the issue.
But FIDE says Swiss bank UBS closed its accounts as he is still sanctioned.
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BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary’s nationalist government introduced legislation that would empower the interior minister to ban non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that support migration and pose a “national security risk”.
The bill, submitted to parliament late on Tuesday, is a key part of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s anti-immigration campaign targeting U.S. financier George Soros whose philanthropy aims to bolster liberal and open-border values in eastern Europe.
The government says the bill, which would also impose a 25 percent tax on foreign donations to NGOs that back migration in Hungary, is meant to deter illegal immigration Orban says is eroding European stability and has been stoked in part by Soros.
Hungary and Poland are both under nationalist governments that have clashed with the European Union leadership in Brussels over their perceived authoritarian drift deviating from EU standards on democracy and rule of law.
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- Michael Cohen, the long-time attorney for President Donald Trump, said he personally made a payment of $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels.
- Cohen stressed that neither the Trump campaign nor the Trump Organization was involved in the transaction.
- The payment was allegedly made to the porn star for a nondisclosure agreement of an alleged sexual encounter with Trump.
Michael Cohen, the long-time attorney for President Donald Trump, said he personally made a payment of $130,000 to porn-star Stormy Daniels with his own money, according to a New York Times report published Tuesday.
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