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  • Sun, 26, Feb, 2017 - 5:00:AM

5 Questions: Trump bans media, restrictive Oklahoma abortion bill, fireball lights up NZ sky + More

Image: The Reichstag in Berlin / Ben Mack

1. Is this the latest low in America's descent into fascism? The Orange One has banned media outlets including the New York Times and CNN from a White House press conference, instead allowing only sympathetic outlets that do not question his lies. In the words of New York Times editor Dean Baquet: "Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties."

2. What the hell, Oklahoma?! A proposal which would force women to get permission from their sexual partner for an abortion has passed its first hurdle in the Oklahoma legislature.

3. Did you see a ball of fire in the sky on Friday night? Reports of a "ball of fire" in the sky southwest of New Plymouth has people buzzing. Experts say it was probably a meteor or a rocket burning up.

4. Can Russian-German relations sink much lower? Reports that Russia wants to build a replica of Germany's Reichstag building - where the parliament meets - that kids and teens can "storm" in a recreation of the Battle of Berlin from World War II has Germans outraged, and threatens to further fray what had formerly been a close friendship between the two nations. Meanwhile, the Russian government has not provided an answer when a ban on beef imports from New Zealand might be lifted.

5. Could a woman one day lead North Korea? At the same time as Kim Jong Un's half-brother Kim Jong Nam was assassinated with the nerve agent VX in the shopping mall at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, his sister Kim Yo Jong has disappeared from public. Some experts are speculating Kim Jong Nam might have been assassinated to send a message to Kim Yo Jong, who has been touted as a possible successor to Kim Jong Un. Others say it's unlikely a woman could have absolute power in a country as deeply patriarchal as North Korea.

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