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5 things you need to know this morning: Jan. 25, 2021

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Hundreds of arrests after riots against COVID-19 restrictions in the Netherlands

There have been riots in the Netherlands after the country's government imposed new COVID-19 restrictions. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the weekend chaos amounted to "criminal violence." Police were attacked during the demonstrations, which began in opposition to a new 9 pm to 4:30 am curfew. A COVID-19 testing centre was set on fire during the riots.

2. Keira Knightley says she will no longer go nude for male directors

British actress Keira Knightley has said she will no longer appear in nude scenes in movies directed by men. She said it was "partly vanity" but also blamed "the male gaze," which is a feminist theory from the 1970s claiming that most visual art is created with the assumption that the audience is composed of straight men.

3. Ex-Boeing manager raises fresh concerns about 737 MAX

A former senior manager at Boeing has raised new concerns about the safety of the controversial 737 MAX plane. The aircraft, which was involved in two deadly crashes in 2018 and 2019, has been approved to fly again in the US and Canada. But Ed Pierson said more work needs to be done to guarantee the 737 MAX – and the factory in which it is produced – is safe.

4. Billionaires have seen wealth increase by $5 trillion during pandemic: report

The 10 richest men in the world have seen their combined wealth increase by about $700 billion during the COVID-19 pandemic, a non-profit has claimed. Oxfam said that, worldwide, billionaires' combined wealth has grown by about $5 trillion – more than double the entire GDP of Canada. Oxfam has called on governments around the world to consider new taxes on the hyper-rich.

5. Burns Night celebrations go virtual

The yearly celebration of Scottish poet Robert Burns has been virtual for most people around the world this year. Burns Night – known for its songs, whisky and haggis, neeps and tatties – takes place around the bard's birthday on Jan. 25. Bruce Coughlan was joined by 250 guests for his virtual celebration last Friday.



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