Blinken and Austin will travel to Japan and South Korea later this month

Jessica Wong

The trip, which will take place from March 14-18, could determine if further overseas travel is deemed safe for Biden officials, explained the State Department official.

The Covid-19 pandemic has complicated the Biden administration’s goal of putting diplomacy first and reengaging with allies. Both Blinken and Austin have had made an extensive number of phone calls with their counterparts overseas, but they have not been able to conduct in-person meetings.

State Department spokesperson Ned Price said he could not confirm any travel plans during Thursday’s press briefing and the Pentagon declined to comment.

During their trip Blinken and Austin are

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Scientists Discover ‘Space Hurricane’ High Above The Earth

Jessica Wong

Scientists have identified a “space hurricane” ― an approximately 620-mile-wide whirling mass of plasma in the upper atmosphere above the magnetic North Pole. 

The hurricane occurred in August 2014, but scientists didn’t know it had happened until more recently, when an international team of researchers noticed the phenomenon while studying satellite observations from that time period. The discovery, the first of its kind, was published last month in the journal Nature Communications.

“Until now, it was uncertain that space plasma hurricanes even existed, so to prove this with such a striking observation is incredible,” Mike Lockwood, a space scientist

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International break in doubt as Conmebol suspends World Cup qualifiers amid travel concerns

Jessica Wong

The international break is now in serious doubt after the South American football federation (Conmebol) confirmed that this month’s scheduled World Cup qualifiers have been suspended.

Two rounds of qualifiers in South America will not go ahead after clubs across Europe refused to release players, who would be required to quarantine and would therefore be absent for an extended period.

Several fixtures, including Argentina’s games against Brazil and Uruguay, must now be rearranged.

“The Conmebol board has resolved to suspend the double round of qualifying fixtures for Qatar 2022 scheduled for March,” the South American governing body said in a

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Tennessee bill targeting news organizations has been introduced elsewhere, too

Jessica Wong

This 2014 booking photo released by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department shows Mark “Chris” Sevier after his arrest for harassment threats against country singer John Rich. (Metropolitan Nashville Police Department via AP)

NASHVILLE — Two Tennessee lawmakers have introduced legislation that seeks to force news outlets reporting about criminal charges or civil lawsuit claims to follow up on case outcomes if subjects of the articles demand it.

If they refuse, newspaper, television, radio and web-based news outlets would risk being subjected to court-ordered damages of $10,000, attorney fees and “other forms of equitable and injunctive relief” under the legislation.

Experts

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Government open to evaluate, explore cryptocurrencies, says Anurag Thakur

Jessica Wong

PM Modi himself is a strong advocate of embracing technology in various aspects of governance, the Minister of State for Finance said.

Union minister Anurag Thakur on Saturday said the government is open to evaluate and explore new technologies, including cryptocurrencies, for improving governance.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself is a strong advocate of embracing technology in various aspects of governance, the Minister of State for Finance said while addressing an event organised by Entrepreneurs’ Organisation – EO Punjab.

“Let me say that we welcome innovation and new technology…blockchain is a new emerging technology. Cryptocurrency is a form of virtual

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