*HEILONGJIANG, China – This is the moment a screaming mum whose clothes have even caught fire refuses to leave a burning house and uses her body to protect her child by cradling him in her arms on the floor.
*One of the staples of modern cuisine is the potato. It’s a versatile ingredient that can add flavor to any recipe. Baked, mashed, or even fried, the potatoes have nourished today’s world for generations.
It wasn’t always so. Thousands of years ago, the inhabitants of the Andes began consuming the first edible potatoes. The vast majority of the wild variations of this tuber were extraordinarily bitter and could even be poisonous. One of the many Andean delicacies is a potato called “chuño,” a tuber with a history as old as the first Andean civilizations themselves.
*NEW DELHI — Dragon fruit is not particularly popular in India. However, this exotic and expensive fruit that is usually found on the buffet tables of five-star hotels and fancy wedding receptions, has suddenly taken center stage.
Vijay Rupani, chief minister of the western state of Gujarat, has decided to change the name of the fruit to the Sanskrit word “Kamalam,” meaning lotus.
*When Sherrie Segall orders a “walnut” platform storage bed from Groupon, she assumes it’s made of wood. It’s actually made of particleboard. Can she get her money back?
Q: I purchased a “walnut” brown wood platform storage bed with drawers from Groupon recently. It was not made of wood, but 1/16th inch particleboard. I asked to return the furniture since it was not what I thought I had ordered.
The platform storage bed was nonrefundable “unless defective.” I believe the bed was falsely advertised as a walnut wood bed frame, and that I should be able to return it under Groupon’s policy. I have escalated my request to Groupon’s support team specialists, to no avail.
WASHINGTON — Two hours after President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration, a couple hugged and kissed beneath sunlit campaign flags blowing in the January wind a few blocks from the White House. A militarized security buildup kept them a two-mile walk from the U.S. Capitol, where Lady Gaga sang and Biden swore his oath.
Anastasia Vakula zoomed on a motorized skateboard. Her partner David Tafuri rode a scooter. He hoisted her in the air. She threw her arms up in celebration.
PUNE, India — An afternoon fire on Jan. 21 that killed five people on the campus of the Serum Institute of India, the world’s biggest vaccine production site, did not affect production of the coronavirus vaccine.
Another fire broke out at the campus around 7:30 p.m. No update was available by press time about any casualties or damage.
*TEL AVIV, Israel — Online freelancer platform Fiverr International will run its first Super Bowl ad during this year’s game on Feb. 7, joining an elite group of Israeli-founded companies to advertise during one of the world’s biggest sporting events.
The annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL) drew 102 million viewers last year, and may well top that number due to COVID-19 restrictions that might keep home viewers glued to the broadcast on CBS, according to published reports.