Ukraine crisis, Winter Olympics, coronavirus and more: what’s the current trend?

An overview of some of the major headlines trending online today around the world, including updates from the Winter Olympics in China, ongoing tensions with Russia over Ukraine, coronavirus developments surrounding the Omicron variant and much more.

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Russia is speeding up the movement of military equipment to Ukraine, satellite images show (CNN)

Russia has gathered 70% of the forces needed to invade Ukraine, source says (NBC)

Ukraine crisis: Macron says an agreement to avoid war is within reach (BBC)

2022 Winter Olympics — Mikaela Shiffrin out of giant slalom, USA wins historic figure skating medal and more updates live from Beijing (ESPN)

Olympics Opening Ceremony Draws Record Audiences: Why Aren’t Americans Listening? (yahoo)

Manchin predicts passage of the U.S. Election Reform Act (Bloomberg)

Coronavirus News

Shortage of staff, COVID patients pushing hospitals to breaking point (60 minutes)

“Broken heart” cases are increasing during COVID, especially among women (ABC)

Is the coronavirus in your garden? (New York Times)

Australia will open its borders to vaccinated travelers on February 21 (PA)

Ottawa declares state of emergency as truckers’ protest paralyzes the heart of the capital (NBC)

Other trending titles

Queen Elizabeth, anchored in stormy Britain, marks 70 years of reign (New York Times)

Kylie Jenner welcomes a baby boy with Travis Scott (People)

Herbert and Crosby send the AFC to a 41-35 win in the Pro Bowl comeback (PA)

Spotify won’t silence Joe Rogan amid controversy: CEO (Fox)

Christi C. Elwood