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5 things you need to know this morning: Feb. 24, 2021

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell offers to renounce French and UK nationalities

International socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has offered to renounce her French and British citizenships in exchange for bail in the US. She is accused of helping child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein procure and exploit young girls for sex. Maxwell's lawyers said she has no desire to leave the US, where she also has citizenship.

2. Rescuers save 28 beached whales in New Zealand

Rescuers have saved 28 stranded pilot whales from a notorious New Zealand beach. Sadly, however, at least 15 of the mammals were found dead. Wildlife officials said some of the rescued whales are at risk of beaching themselves again and so must be monitored.

3. Landslide sends hundreds of coffins into the sea in Italy

A landslide in Italy has dislodged hundreds of coffins at a 100-year-old cliffside cemetery, causing many to slip into the sea. Two chapels were also destroyed during the disaster near Genoa. The mayor of the affected village, Camogli, said it was an "unimaginable catastrophe."

4. Another accusation made against US fashion designer Alexander Wang

A fresh accusation of sexual misconduct has been made against American fashion designer Alexander Wang. A 21-year-old man – Keaton Bullen – said he was assaulted by Wang at a New York club in 2019. Wang has previously denied claims made against him by 11 other men.

5. Chinese woman to receive compensation for housework in landmark divorce ruling

A man in China has been ordered to pay compensation to his wife for housework in a divorce ruling. She is now set to receive 50,000 yuan – about $9,700 – for the work she performed during her five-year marriage to the man. The man filed for divorce last year.

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