Start your week smart: Ukraine, North Korea, Covid-19, Warren Buffett, Baseball

By Alexandra Meeks, CNN

Social media companies have struggled in recent years with how to handle misinformation about a pandemic, a turbulent US presidential election and an insurgency – often while facing criticism for doing too much or too little. Now the platforms are scrambling to deal with a growing list of challenges as Russia invades Ukraine. Here’s what else you need to know to Start your week smart.

The weekend that was

• Street fighting erupted in central Kharkiv as Russian troops entered Ukraine’s second largest city. Follow CNN’s full coverage of Russia’s attack on Ukraine here.

• North Korea launched a ballistic missile off the east coast of the Korean peninsula earlier today, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

• Studies offer further evidence that the coronavirus originated in animals and spread to humans in late 2019 at the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, China.

• Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway posted a profit of nearly $40 billion in the fourth quarter, up more than 10% from the same period of 2020. Profits more than doubled across the board year, reaching just under $90 billion.

• Major League Baseball has canceled more spring training games as owners and players seek to reach a new collective bargaining agreement.

The week ahead


The Supreme Court is due to hear oral arguments in a case of Republican-run states and coal producers challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and deal with the climate crisis.

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will also release a major report that will summarize the current effects of global warming and focus on climate solutions and regional and local adaptation.


President Joe Biden will deliver the annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain told House Democrats last week that he hoped Biden’s speech would give him a chance in the polls, in part by showing leadership on security. nationwide and showing empathy for Americans frustrated by Covid-19 and inflation, sources say. You can watch the President’s State of the Union address on CNN at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday or stream it live here.

Happy Mardi Gras! Also known as Fat Tuesday, parties and feasts take place from New Orleans to Rio de Janeiro and Venice before the Christian fasting season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. It’s time to get your pearls out and enjoy some King Cake! You will not regret it !

Tuesday is also the start of Women’s History Month. Curious to know why this month has been selected for national celebrations? We have the answer for you!


One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue fish! It’s the birthday of the late Dr. Seuss, the famous children’s author who sold over 650 million copies of his books. While many have celebrated him for creating legendary characters, Seuss has also come under fire for publishing racist and anti-Semitic works dating back to the 1920s. Just last year, the company that preserves the legacy of the author announced that six books by Dr. Seuss would no longer be published because they “portray people in a hurtful and false way”.


A rogue rocket booster could collide with the moon, leaving a crater on the other side. The SpaceX rocket booster was used in 2015 for a launch and has been floating in the outer part of the Earth-Moon system ever since. An independent researcher who was first to publicize the impending collision said that according to his calculations, it will hit the moon “within one minute” of 7:26 a.m. ET on March 4.

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Listen to the Sunday edition of the 5 Things podcast for the latest news on the situation in Ukraine. Listen now!

Pictures of the week

Check out more moving and shocking footage from the week Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, curated by CNN Photos.

What’s Happening in Entertainment

‘Vikings: Valhalla’ hits Netflix

With the new series featuring dramatic and epic battle tableaux “a new chapter is set more than a century after the original, while still offering most of the same vigorous charms,” ​​says CNN’s Brian Lowry. The show also features a sprawling cast of characters and shifting alliances, one of the most prominent being Viking King Canute (played by Bradley Freegard), a shrewd strategist who sat on the English and Danish thrones in the 11th century.

SAG Rewards

The 28th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will take place later today in Santa Monica, Calif. The event, where actors picked their favorite TV and film performances of the year, returns after a delay due to Covid-19 and a reduced virtual show last year. Kate Winslet will present Helen Mirren with a lifetime achievement award, and it’s a safe bet that Hollywood will weigh in on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The SAG Awards will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET. TNT and TBS are owned by WarnerMedia, CNN’s parent company.

What happens in sports

Sports world reacts to Russian invasion of Ukraine

The Union of European Football Associations has announced that this year’s Champions League final will no longer take place in St Petersburg, Russia, following an extraordinary meeting of the governing body’s executive committee. Friday. The 2022 final was scheduled to be held at the Krestovsky Stadium, sponsored by Russian state-owned Gazprom, but will now be moved to the Stade de France in Paris to be played on the original date of May 28. In addition, Formula 1 announced that the Russian Grand Prix, initially scheduled for Sochi from September 23 to 25, could not be held “under the current circumstances”. Yesterday, the Polish and Swedish national teams announced that they will not face Russia in the crucial 2022 World Cup qualifiers in March in protest against Russia’s invasion.

It’s quiz time!

Take CNN’s weekly news quiz to see what you remember from the past week! So far, 67% of other quiz fans have scored an 8 out of 10 or better this week. How well can you do?

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An epic masterpiece

Enjoy this superb interpretation of “O Fortuna” by the Johann Strauss Orchestra, conducted by the legendary André Rieu. (Click here to view)

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