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Five things you need to know
Star Trek actor William Shatner has made it into space. The 90-year-old went into the great unknown aboard a sub-orbital capsule belonging to Jeff Bezos's firm Blue Origin.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 13, 2021
Two US airlines have said they will ignore an order issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbott that bans firms from enforcing COVID-19 vaccine mandates. American Airlines and Southwest Airlines said they will still enforce mandates.
Texas-based companies Southwest Airlines and American Airlines have both said that they'll keep in place COVID vaccine requirements for their employees, defying an order from Greg Abbott.https://t.co/zTvUkUECAn— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 13, 2021
A young Chinese girl has apologized for trying to join a boy band. Fu Jiayuan, 13, said she lied about her sex out of naivety and promised to never "show up" in the entertainment industry again.
Fu Jiayuan, 13, said she lied about her gender to a popular management company because she was "young and ignorant".https://t.co/0XwVtZXQHa— Yahoo Singapore (@YahooSG) October 13, 2021
An Indian man has been given a double life sentence after admitting to killing his wife with a cobra. Sooraj Kumar had been harassing his wife's family for a dowry, police said.
American officials are investigating yet another suspected case of Havana syndrome at a US embassy – this one in Colombia. Staff in Bogota have reported suffering from a mysterious illness in recent days.
More than a dozen US officials who work at the US Embassy in Colombia and their family members have reported symptoms consistent with "Havana syndrome" in recent weeks, according to a US official and a source familiar with the situation. https://t.co/5bIenRLwVf— CNN (@CNN) October 13, 2021