Paleontologists have now refuted previous claims that human populations living in Asia would have been wiped out by the Toba volcanic super-eruption. The eruption occurred 74,000 years ago on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. Scientists now believe that Homo sapiens had arrived in Asia much earlier than previous estimates and that the impact of the Toba super-eruption has been overstated.
A Brazilian government test has confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus in Latin America. A Sao Paulo hospital has flagged the possible infection of a 61-year-old who had visited Italy. The Sao Paulo resident had travelled to Lombardy, in northern Italy, from Feb 9 to Feb 21.
A US soldier based in South Korea has tested positive for coronavirus — the first US service member to be infected by the virus. The 23-year-old serviceman is based in Camp Carroll, 20 km from Daegu. The camp is near a disability centre that has had its own outbreak of the virus. Health officials are actively conducting contact tracing to determine whether any others may have been exposed.
An inquiry has found that British politicians turned a blind eye to the sexual abuse of kids for decades. The inquiry added there ’have been significant failures by Westminster institutions in their responses to allegations of child sexual abuse’. It said that several MP’s (Peter Morrison, Cyril Smith) in the ’70s and ’80s were ’known or rumored to be active in their sexual interest in children’.
At least 20 people have been killed and hundreds injured in clashes between opponents and supporters of India’s new citizenship law in the capital Delhi. The riots erupted during and after US President Trump’s first India visit, and took just miles away from where Trump stayed for a day. The clashes were the worst in the capital since the unrest over the new law began in December.
A German top court has overturned a ban on assisted suicide services, calling it a breach of the constitution. The law since 2015 has outlawed assisted suicide undertaken by organizations or doctors who accepted a fee for their help. The court ruled that the law robbed terminally ill patients of ’the right to a self-determined death’.
The death toll from the novel coronavirus has reached 2,765 as of Tuesday, Feb 25 with 81,018 cases confirmed globally. The number of cases in South Korea continues to spike with a total of 1,146 cases and 12 recorded deaths. Italy and Iran have recorded 11 and 16 deaths, respectively.
Disney CEO Bob Iger has stepped down with immediate effect. The 69-year old, who’s been at the helm for nearly 15 years, is credited with steering a massive expansion of the company’s entertainment interests. Iger will be replaced by Bob Chapek, the chairman of Disney’s parks, experiences and products business. Iger would remain executive chairman until the conclusion of his contract.
Two US students are expected to appear in an Italian court on Wednesday on the first day of their trial over the fatal stabbing last year of a policeman. Finnegan Lee Elder and Gabriel Natale-Hjorth have been charged with killing Mario Cerciello Rega, 35. The students had been on holiday in Rome and were teenagers at the time. Rega had been stabbed 11 times during the attack.
As the number of fresh cases declines at the epicenter of the disease in China, there has been a sudden increase in global numbers. The UN health agency WHO has called for countries to ’prepare for a potential pandemic’, noting that the world is ’simply not ready’ to rein it in, and has warned that poor countries are particularly at risk.
Regardless of the ideologies they follow, extremist ’lunatics’ must be dealt with, according to Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton. Dutton gave the following statement in response to warnings received from top intelligence officers from Australia about right wing extremism. Evidence was cited by ASIO chief Mike Burgess of right wing groups gathering to salute Nazi flags.
John Oliver criticized India’s PM Modi’s controversial reputation on Last Week Tonight and highlighted the widespread protests against his government’s citizenship measures that exclude Muslims. Disney blocked the episode in its Hotstar video streaming service in India.
Drugmaker Moderna said on Monday that the first batch of its vaccine against the coronavirus is ready for the government to start testing on humans. Moderna said it has shipped the vials of the medicine, called mRNA-1273, to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in Bethesda, Maryland. The NIAID expects to begin the clinical trial by the end of April.