GHISLAINE MAXWELL CONVICTED IN EPSTEIN SEX ABUSE CASE

NEW YORK (AP) — The British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted Wednesday of luring teenage girls to be sexually abused by the American millionaire Jeffrey Epstein. The verdict capped a monthlong trial featuring sordid accounts of the sexual exploitation of girls as young as 14, told by four women who described being abused as teens … Continued

DESMOND TUTU, SOUTH AFRICA’S MORAL CONSCIENCE, DIES AT 90

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Desmond Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning icon, an uncompromising foe of apartheid and a modern-day activist for racial justice and LGBT rights, died Sunday at 90. South Africans, world leaders and people around the globe mourned the death of the man viewed as the country’s moral conscience. Tutu worked passionately, tirelessly … Continued

COVID-19 ‘BIGGEST GLOBAL CRISIS FOR CHILDREN IN OUR 75-YEAR HISTORY’ – UNICEF

On its 75th anniversary, UNICEF warns that COVID-19 is rolling back virtually every measure of progress for children, including a staggering 100 million more children plunged into poverty. COVID-19 has affected children at an unprecedented scale, making it the worst crisis for children UNICEF has seen in its 75-year history, the United Nations Children’s agency … Continued

53 DEAD AFTER TRUCK SMUGGLING MIGRANTS CRASHES IN MEXICO

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico (AP) — Rescue workers rushing to a highway accident found a horrific scene of death and injury after a freight truck jammed with as many as 200 migrants tipped over and crashed into the base of a steel pedestrian bridge in southern Mexico. The migrants inside the cargo trailer were tossed and … Continued

SCIENTIST BEHIND UK VACCINE SAYS NEXT PANDEMIC MAY BE WORSE

One of the scientists behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is warning that the next pandemic may be more contagious and more lethal unless more money is devoted to research and preparations to fight emerging viral threats. In excerpts released before a speech Monday, Professor Sarah Gilbert says the scientific advances made in fighting deadly viruses … Continued

US ANNOUNCES DIPLOMATIC BOYCOTT OF BEIJING 2022 OLYMPICS

The Biden administration will not send an official US delegation to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as a statement against China’s “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday. US athletes will still be allowed to compete in the Olympics, but the administration will not be sending government … Continued

AT LEAST 22 DEAD, INCLUDING 13-YEAR-OLD BOY, AND DOZENS MISSING AFTER VOLCANO ERUPTS IN INDONESIA

PEOPLE The death toll has continued to rise following the sudden eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Semeru on Saturday. As of Monday, at least 22 people have been killed, while an additional 27 people remain missing, according to the Associated Press and Reuters. On Monday, rescuers recovered three bodies — including a 13-year-old boy — from … Continued