Harvey Weinstein arrives at New York Criminal Court in Manhattan on Monday. Weinstein was found guilty of sex crimes against two women. His sentencing is scheduled for March 11.[Photo/Agencies]
>Weinstein guilty of sex crimes
Harvey Weinstein, the former movie mogul whose alleged sexual misconduct jump-started the #MeToo movement, was convicted of sexual assault by a New York jury on Monday but acquitted on the most serious charges that could have sent him to prison for the rest of his life.
Weinstein, 67, was convicted of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping Jessica Mann, a onetime aspiring actress, in 2013. He faces up to 25 years in prison on the sexual assault conviction.
The jury acquitted Weinstein on two counts of predatory sexual assault, which carried a potential life sentence, and first-degree rape of Mann.
The trial began on Jan 6 and included the testimony of six women who said - under oath - that Weinstein had sexually assaulted them over the last three decades.
Fans gather around a mural of late NBA great Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant during a public memorial for them and seven others killed in a helicopter crash, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, US, Feb 24, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]
>Vanessa sues helicopter company
Kobe Bryant's wife, Vanessa Bryant, filed a lawsuit Monday against the company that owned the helicopter that crashed last month, claiming the lives of her husband, her 13-year-old daughter, and seven other victims.
According to US celebrity-gossip site TMZ, the lawsuit alleges the company, Island Express, was only allowed to fly under visual flight rules, and the conditions the day of the crash were not conducive for such flying.
TMZ was the first news outlet to report the shocking news that Kobe died in the helicopter crash.
The lawsuit also claims the pilot failed to properly monitor and assess the weather prior to takeoff, failed to obtain proper weather data prior to the flight, failed to abort the flight when he knew of the cloudy conditions, failed to maintain control of the helicopter and failed to avoid "natural obstacles" in the flight path.
The lawsuit does not list an amount of damages sought, but Vanessa is asking for punitive damages, claiming the pilot and Island Express were reckless, and the damages could be millions, according to TMZ.
Workers catch a giant salamander which is still alive outside the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan city, Hubei province, Jan 27, 2020. [Photo by Yuan Zheng/chinadaily.com.cn]
>Wildlife consumption ban
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which is widely believed to have originated in wild animals, has prompted China's top legislature to roll out a swift decision to comprehensively ban the eating of wildlife across the country.
A decision made by the National People's Congress Standing Committee on Monday has made it clear that all wildlife on the protection list of the existing Wild Animal Protection Law or other laws, and all terrestrial wildlife, including those artificially bred and farmed, are banned from consumption.
The decision, with immediate effect, also calls for harsh penalties for the hunting, trading and transportation of wild animals on the protection list of existing laws.
Bruce Aylward, International team lead for the WHO-China joint mission on COVID-19 coronavirus attends a news conference after his trip to China at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, Feb 25, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]
>WHO: coronavirus not a pandemic
The novel coronavirus outbreak can still be beaten, the World Health Organization said on Monday, insisting it was premature to declare it a pandemic even though it had the potential to reach that level.
"The key message that should give all countries hope, courage and confidence is that this virus can be contained," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference in Geneva.
"Using the word 'pandemic' now does not fit the facts but may certainly cause fear," he said. "We must focus on containment while doing everything we can to prepare for a potential pandemic."
Tedros said a sudden increase of cases in Italy, Iran and South Korea were "deeply concerning" but for now authorities were not seeing an uncontained global spread of the virus or witnessing widespread serious cases or deaths.
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