Weekend flash! This week’s news: Capitol Riot, China, Jobless, Loujain al-Hathloul and Taylor Swift

Here is a list of the top news that happened during this week and you must know. Read on to find more details about them.

A lot of things happened during these few days, so here is a short description of the most important situations that took place during this week. Keep on reading to find about this week must know. 

1- House impeachment managers show an unseen video of Capitol riot

House impeachment managers show an unseen video of Capitol riot

On day two of former President Donald Trump's historic second impeachment trial, the House managers laid out their argument accusing Trump of inciting insurrection leading to the violent attack on the Capitol last month. Democrats used previously unreleased law enforcement video and audio from the riot to recreate the day. Impeachment managers argued Trump deliberately neglected to call on his supporters to stop the attack.

2- Biden speaks with China's Xi, raising economic practices and human rights abuses 

Biden speaks with China's Xi, raising economic practices and human rights abuses 

President Biden on Wednesday placed his first call to Chinese President Xi Jinping since taking office, and the White House said he raised "fundamental concerns" about the government's "coercive and unfair economic practices," "human rights abuses in Xinjiang," and the "crackdown in Hong Kong."

During their conversation, the leaders also discussed how to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the White House said, and Biden let Xi know that he wants the two to work together to fight climate change and prevent nuclear weapons proliferation.

3- New jobless claims decline but stay higher than expected

New jobless claims decline but stay higher than expected

The number of Americans filing new jobless claims has declined, but once again remained high and come in worse than expected. The Labor Department said Thursday 793,000 Americans filed new jobless claims last week, down 19,000 claims from the revised level of the previous week.

Last week's number of claims was originally reported to be 779,000, but this was revised up to 812,000. Despite the decline this week, figures came in above the 760,000 that economists were expecting, and are still higher than the pre-pandemic record for weekly jobless claims of 695,000. 

4- Saudi Arabia releases Loujain al-Hathloul, a women's rights activist

Saudi Arabia releases Loujain al-Hathloul, a women's rights activist

Saudi authorities released women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul after 1,001 days in jail. Hathloul, 31, was known internationally for her challenge against Saudi Arabia's ban against women driving before the law was changed in 2017. Hathloul was detained in May 2018, prompting calls by human rights groups for her release. She was sentenced in December to more than five years in prison on charges that she pushed a foreign agenda and used the internet to harm public order.

A judge in Riyadh on Wednesday granted her probation but barred her from discussing claims she was tortured and sexually assaulted during interrogations. Her release came as the Saudi government, which had good relations with the Trump administration, reaches out to President Biden, who criticized the kingdom during his campaign.

5- Taylor Swift announces a re-recorded version of Fearless featuring 6 unreleased songs

Taylor Swift announces a re-recorded version of Fearless featuring 6 unreleased songs

Taylor Swift is set to release a re-recorded version of her second studio album Fearless, which she announced Thursday will include six previously unreleased songs. Swift is calling this "Taylor's version" of the hit 2008 album, and the re-recorded version of her song "Love Story" will drop at midnight. 

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