January 31, 2022


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UKRAINE | The U.N. Security Council meets today to discuss ongoing concerns over Russian troop buildups along on the nation's border with Ukraine. [more]

NORTH KOREA | Officials in North Korea have confirmed the testing of an intermediate range ballistic missile on Sunday. Reports suggest that the Hwasong-12 missile could have the range to reach the U.S. territory of Guam. [more]

CANADA | Canadian truckers and their supporters are expected to continue protests in Ottawa today against COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The protests blocked streets and a U.S.-Canada border crossing station over the weekend. [more]

PORTUGAL | The center-left Socialist Party won 41.7% of the vote and 117 seats in  Portugal's 230-seat parliament in Sunday’s elections. The party's margin of victory is enough to allow its members to pass legislation without the support of other parties over the course of its four-year term. [more]

EASTERN USA STORM | More than 100,000 residences lost power and more than 5,000 flights were cancelled over the weekend as a result of a major snowstorm that hit the northeastern United States. Boston had a record-setting 23.6 inches of snow on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. [more]

WORD OF THE DAY | bombogenesis
a phenomenon or process in which there is rapid and sustained falling of barometric pressure in the center of a low-pressure system, indicative of its strengthening into a powerful storm. [more]

UK | An investigative report concerning allegations of lockdown-breaking parties at the prime minister’s residence is expected to be published on a government website this afternoon. [more]

TODAY IN HISTORY | Guy Fawkes executed in London
On this day in 1606, British provocateur Guy Fawkes—one of the Gunpowder Plot conspirators, who sought to blow up Parliament and to assassinate King James I for his repression of Roman Catholics—was executed in London. [more history]

TENNIS | Rafael Nadal defeated Daniil Medvedev to win the men's Australian Open final on Sunday. The victory was Nadal's twenty-first Grand Slam win – a record in the modern tennis era. [more]

NFL | The Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams will meet in the Super Bowl on February 13 after winning their league championship games against the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, respectively, on Sunday. [more]

JOHNNY FEVER | Actor Howard Hesseman died Saturday in Los Angeles from colon surgery-related complications. Hesseman was best known for his role as Dr. Johnny Fever in the 1970s sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati.” [more]

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