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Russia showers Kyiv in ‘kamikaze’ drones, as Ukraine pleads for more weapons



Russia showers Kyiv in 'kamikaze' drones

Russia has showered Kyiv in ‘kamikaze’ drones, killing at least four people

Russia showers Kyiv in ‘kamikaze’ drones in an attempt to cause mass casualties and fear across the capital.

It’s set to be a sleepless night for Kyiv residents, following Russia’s attacks on Ukraine’s capital with Iranian-made kamikaze drones.

Credit: Igor Lachenkov

At least four people were killed as the weapons of mass destruction came crashing down across the city.

Ukrainian officials are pleading with their Western allies to supply further air defence systems to help destroy the drones before they make contact.

The country’s interior minister says Kyiv’s security forces successfully shot down 36 of the 42 attack drones launched by Russia.

30 of these were directed towards Kyiv, with the others on course for surrounding regions.

The mayor of Boryspil, on the outskirts of the capital, says the air defence system is working above the city. Officials are warning everyone to remain in shelters.

He says while the situation is under control, the threat remains.

In the U.S., White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has condemned Russia’s attacks.

Jean-Pierre would not confirm whether the Biden administration believes the war is entering a new phase, but admits the last few weeks has been an “escalation.”

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Texas man breaks ice off trampoline net



Texas cold snap sees temperatures plummet

How’s this for cold?

Twitter user Brett Hillier has shared a video from his property in Texas, showing ice on the net of his trampoline cracking.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area has been blanketed with snow, with hazardous conditions expected to continue until at least Thursday.

Authorities have responded to hundreds of accident-related calls, with the ice storm wreaking havoc on roads.

The freezing conditions are making making roads slick, sending cars sliding as residents are told to stay home.

Schools across Mississippi and Tennessee have also been shut. #trending #featured

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Kamala Harris demands Congress pass George Floyd Act



U.S. vice President Kamala Harris has implored Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act

While at the funeral of Tyre Nichols, who was beaten and died at the hands of five Memphis police officers – Harris implored for the right thing to be done.

“As vice-president of the United States, we demand that Congress pass the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act. Joe Biden will sign it,” Harris made the call to action while at the congregation in Memphis.

The Memphis Police Department fired five of the officers involved in the attack, who also are Black.

Prosecutors then charged them last week with second-degree murder, assault, kidnapping, official misconduct and oppression.

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Meta stocks soar in ‘Year of Efficiency’



Meta Platforms has announced a better-than-expected sales quarter, as well as a USD$40 billion stock buyback.

The parent of Instagram and Facebook cut its cost outlook for 2023 by $5 billion, and projected first-quarter sales that could beat Wall Street estimates.

Meta stock surged nearly 19% in after-hours trade.

Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg described the focus on efficiency as part of the natural evolution of the company, calling it a “phase change” for an organisation that once lived by the motto “move fast and break things.”

“We just grew so quickly for like the first 18 years,” Zuckerberg said in a conference call. “It’s very hard to really crank on efficiency while you’re growing that quickly. I just think we’re in a different environment now.”

The cost cuts reflect Meta’s updated plans for lower data centre construction expenses this year.

In November, the company cut more than 11,000 jobs in response, a precursor to the tens of thousands of layoffs in the tech industry that followed.

“Our management theme for 2023 is the ‘Year of Efficiency’ and we are focused on becoming a stronger and more nimble organisation,” Zuckerberg said in a statement.

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