Biden Signs Executive Order Permitting Ethiopia Sanctions
President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday, which authorized a spectrum of sanctions in Ethiopia in regard to ongoing conflict in the country," according to CNN. "The ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia is a tragedy causing immense human suffering and threatens the unity of the Ethiopian state," Biden expressed in a statement. "The United States is determined to push for a peaceful resolution of this conflict, and we will provide full support to those leading mediation efforts." Humanitarian efforts, including the delivery of "food, fuel, and medicine," have been hindered as violence escalates in the Tigray region.
Marbug Virus Outbreak Comes to an End in Guinea
Health officials have declared the end of a Marbug virus outbreak in Guinea, CNN reports. The declaration comes after no new cases have been confirmed by the healthcare works who have been monitoring the 170 people who came in contact with the first patient. Patient zero, who succumbed to the virus, was diagnosed with the disease postmortem. "Today we can point to the growing expertise in outbreak response in Guinea and the region that has saved lives, contained and averted a spillover of the Marburg virus," said the World Health Organization's regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, in a statement. "Without immediate and decisive action, highly infectious diseases like Marburg can easily get out of hand."
Wendy Williams Reportedly Hospitalized for Psychiatric Evaluation
Shortly following the announcement that the season premiere of The Wendy Williams Show is being postponed due to Williams' positive COVID-19 diagnosis, a report from TMZ is alleging that the media maven has been admitted to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation. Sources tell the outlet that despite Williams testing positive for COVID-19, she continues to be asymptomatic.
Sexual Assault Charged Against T.I. and Tiny Dropped
The Los Angeles District Attorney's office has decided not to pursue charges against T.I. and Tiny in connection to a sexual assault that is alleged to have taken place in 2005, The New York Times reports. “The statute of limitations is 10 years and has expired,” prosecutors explained in a charge evaluation filing. “Without the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence being evaluated, the case is declined due to the expiration.” The case stems from allegations made by a woman who says that she met the couple at a nightclub, became incapacitated while drinking with them. She alleges that the couple later raped her in a hotel room.
Bobby Brown Not a Fan of Potential 'Bodyguard' Remake
Bobby Brown is another voice amongst the chorus of folks who are groaning at the upcoming remake of The Bodyguard, according to TMZ. A report from Variety published earlier this week revealed that Warner Bros. has tapped playwright Matthew Lopez to write a reimagined version of the original film, which starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.