Jan 30, 2018

Would-be South Korea ambassador sidelined over disagreements with Trump

President Donald Trump shakes hands with speaker of South Korean national assembly Chung Sye-Kyun. Photo: Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images

Victor Cha, the White House's choice for U.S. ambassador to South Korea, "is no longer expected to be nominated" after he raised concerns about parts of President Trump's North Korea policy, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Cha objected to the administration's suggestion "of a limited strike on the North aimed at sending a message." He also opposed Trump's threats to "tear up a bilateral trade deal with Seoul." He was favored by South Korean diplomats, who had encouraged the White House to finalize the nomination.

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Experimental coronavirus vaccine to be tested on humans

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The vaccine that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and drugmaker Moderna have been developing to combat the coronavirus is ready to be tested on humans, NIAID director Anthony Fauci told the Wall Street Journal.

The state of play: The rapidly developed vaccine will be tested on 20–25 healthy volunteers in April to determine whether two doses will be safe and generate an immune response to protect against infection. Results will be available in July or August, Fauci told WSJ.

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#MeToo gets Weinstein

A man carries out Weinstein's walker. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein is now a convicted rapist, two years and four months after accusations against him helped ignite the #MeToo movement.

Why it matters: To date, #MeToo has resulted in hundreds of powerful men losing their jobs. Seven have been criminally convicted, with four others still facing charges.