News Headlines - 26 January 2021

Covid deaths: 'Hard to compute sorrow' of 100,000 milestone - PM - BBC News

More than 100,000 people have died with Covid-19 in the UK, after 1,631 deaths within 28 days of a positive test were recorded in the daily figures... A total of 100,162 deaths have been recorded in the UK, the first European nation to pass the landmark.
Earlier, figures from the ONS, which are based on death certificates, showed there had been nearly 104,000 deaths since the pandemic began.
The government's daily figures rely on positive tests and are slightly lower.

Mexican president contracts COVID-19 after worst week of pandemic | Reuters

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Sunday he had tested positive for COVID-19 amid the country’s deadliest week yet in the coronavirus pandemic, which has pushed the health system of the Mexican capital to its limits.
The 67-year-old president, who was a heavy smoker until suffering a major heart attack in 2013, said in a tweet that his symptoms were light and he was receiving treatment.

Disney updates Jungle Cruise after years of insensitivity criticism | PBS NewsHour

Jungle Cruise, one of the original Disney parks’ rides, is getting a 21st century remodel in yet the latest update to a legacy theme park ride that has been criticized in years past for being racially insensitive.
The ride will updated by Disney “imagineers” at the Disneyland park in California and the Magic Kingdom park in Florida with a new storyline and characters that “reflect and value the diversity of the world around us,” Disney said in a blog post Monday.

U.S. bankruptcy judge okays Weinstein Co plan paying $17 million for sex abuse claims | Reuters

A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge on Monday approved The Weinstein Co’s liquidation plan, which sets aside $17 million for women who accused co-founder Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.
Judge Mary Walrath in Wilmington, Delaware announced her ruling at the conclusion of a remote hearing. She overruled an objection from a handful of women who are looking to pursue appeals of their claims outside of bankruptcy court... The Weinstein Co sold its assets to Lantern Entertainment, which later became Spyglass Media Group, for $289 million after it filed for bankruptcy in 2018. The bankruptcy was precipitated by widespread claims of sexual misconduct against company founder Harvey Weinstein, who is serving a 23-year prison term after being convicted of sexually assaulting a former production assistant and raping an actress.

Australia Man Goes Missing in Bush, Survives on Dam Water and Mushrooms for 18 Days

man who was missing for two and a half weeks in the Australian bush has been found alive after surviving on mushrooms and dam water, police say. Police launched an extensive search for Robert Weber, who was last seen with his dog, leaving a hotel in Kilkivan, Queensland, on January 6... Weber, 58, was discovered on Sunday morning -- 18 days after he was last seen -- by a property owner, who spotted him near a dam. Weber said he became lost after trying to avoid traffic, telling CNN affiliate 7News: "I was due home that night. I was on my jolly way back home."