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Reports of "wine-time" Fridays at 10 Downing Street are the latest in a series of allegations that the government held parties during England's Covid-19 lockdowns.

Downing Street held social gatherings dubbed ‘wine-time Fridays’ during pandemic lockdowns

By Luke McGee, Robert Iddiols and Sharon Braithwaite, CNN Staff at 10 Downing Street held gatherings dubbed “wine-time Fridays” during England’s coronavirus lockdowns, British tabloid newspaper The Mirror reported on Friday. A former No 10 source, who worked at the UK Prime Minister’s official residence all through 2020, confirmed to CNN that such gatherings regularly… Continue Reading
Christine Ching-Kui Lee

Exclusive: UK government promoted firm at center of alleged Chinese influence operation for years

By Nina dos Santos, CNN The British government had been directing investors towards the law firm run by a woman accused by the country’s own intelligence service of political interference on behalf of China for years, documents from its trade department show. On Thursday Britain’s domestic counter-intelligence service, MI5, issued an “interference alert” about a… Continue Reading

Must-watch videos of the week

By Austin Mabeus, CNN A family escapes a house fire thanks to a boy’s quick thinking, Jimmy Kimmel has a touching moment, and an Uber driver helps a stranded teen in need. These are the must-watch videos of the week. Child saves his family A 9-year-old boy is credited with saving his family after alerting… Continue Reading
The UK government apologizes to Queen Elizabeth II for 'suitcase of wine' parties on eve of Prince Philip's funeral.

UK government apologizes to Queen for ‘suitcase of wine’ parties on eve of Prince Philip’s funeral

By Ivana Kottasová, Sharon Braithwaite, Amy Cassidy, Lauren Kent and Radina Gigova, CNN Of all the recent revelations of lockdown-busting parties held by Britain’s top officials, the latest report may be the most damaging yet. On the night before Prince Philip’s funeral last April, with the nation in official mourning and Queen Elizabeth preparing to… Continue Reading
El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele speaks at a press conference in San Salvador earlier this month.

El Salvador denies responsibility for hacking journalists after report finds Pegasus spyware on their phones

By Merlin Delcid, CNN El Salvador’s government has denied responsibility for hacking the cell phones of at least 35 journalists and other members of civil society by using the spying program known as Pegasus. The denial comes after a report from Access Now and Citizen Lab, two groups specializing in cybersecurity, that claimed the spying… Continue Reading
Shapewear can be defined as tight-fitting undergarments to control or shape someone's figure.

Parents outraged after school suggests shapewear to tackle body image issues in middle school girls

Sara Smart, CNN One Mississippi middle school’s attempt at addressing girls’ body image concerns sparked outrage among parents, forcing the school to backtrack. Ashley Heun, of Southaven, Mississippi, became angry after her 13-year-old daughter, Caroline, handed her a letter from Southaven Middle School on Tuesday titled, “Why Do Girls Suffer from Body Image?” The letter… Continue Reading
The United Kingdom's domestic spy agency has warned that an "agent of the Chinese government" has been actively working to "subvert" the processes of Parliament

Woman connected to Chinese Communist Party ‘seeking to covertly interfere in UK politics,’ MI5 says

By Nina dos Santos and Allegra Goodwin, CNN The United Kingdom’s domestic spy agency has warned British lawmakers that a woman connected to the Chinese Communist Party has been working to interfere in the UK political process. MI5 alleges in an alert that Christine Ching Kui Lee has “acted covertly in coordination” with the United… Continue Reading
A health care worker in Montreal prepares a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in March 2021.

Canada says vaccine mandates work as Quebec’s ‘unvaxxed tax’ leads to spike in first-dose appointments

By Paula Newton, CNN One day after the Canadian province of Quebec announced it would financially penalize residents who are unvaccinated, the province’s health minister said Wednesday first-time appointments spiked in the hours following the announcement. “It’s encouraging!” Quebec’s health minister, Christian Dube, tweeted, indicating that Tuesday’s first-dose appointments were the highest in several days.… Continue Reading
Empty shelves over the weekend at a local Giant Foods supermarket in Alexandria

Here’s why grocery stores are struggling to stock their empty shelves

By Parija Kavilanz, CNN Business Grocery store shelves across America are wiped clean, and they’re staying empty as stores struggle to quickly restock everyday necessities such as milk, bread, meat, canned soups and cleaning products. Disgruntled shoppers have unleashed their frustration on social media over the last several days, posting photos on Twitter of bare… Continue Reading
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