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Steve April 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — In the last 48 hours, we’ve seen four different national polls that all show President Biden’s approval rating above water — with the highest (Pew) at 59 percent approve, 39 percent disapprove, and with the lowest (Quinnipiac) at 48 percent approve, 42 percent disapprove. It’s a break with former President Donald Trump, whose […]

Steve April 16, 2021

A federal judge gave the green light Thursday to move jailed R&B singer R. Kelly to New York City to go on trial this summer after several delays. Kelly has been held in Chicago, where he’s facing a potential second trial in the fall in a separate federal case related to a sprawling sex crimes […]

Steve April 16, 2021

HONG KONG — Nine of Hong Kong’s leading pro-democracy advocates were sentenced to jail terms Friday for organizing a march during the 2019 protests that triggered a crackdown from Beijing. Those sentenced include the city’s so-called “father of democracy” Martin Lee as well as pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai. They were found guilty earlier this […]

Steve April 16, 2021

WARNING: This story contains information and details about gun violence.  Eight people were killed in a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis Thursday night, a spokeswoman for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said.  Police were called to the facility for reports of gunfire after 11 p.m. and officers “arrived to an active shooter […]

Steve April 16, 2021

Serum Institute of India, the world’s biggest vaccine maker, says the US embargo on the export of raw materials is hurting the production of shots. The Serum Institute of India (SII), the world’s biggest vaccine maker, has urged President Joe Biden to lift an embargo by the United States on the exports of raw materials […]

Steve April 16, 2021

25:14 From: UpFront Author Naomi Klein and politician Kshama Sawant discuss why global mass movements are key to tackling climate change. 16 Apr 2021 More episodes from UpFront Can Hungary still call itself a democracy? play 25:12 Is independence from Ethiopia the TPLF’s endgame in Tigray? play 25:10 Will civil disobedience turn into armed resistance […]

Steve April 16, 2021

Chancellor Merkel says gov’t must be able to impose ’emergency brake’ restrictions on regions with high infection rates. Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged the German parliament to pass a bill granting her government new powers to force coronavirus lockdowns and curfews in areas with high infection rates, as case numbers continue to climb. Addressing legislators […]

Steve April 16, 2021

Andrew Yang was, briefly, a corporate attorney, then an executive at a test preparation company, then the founder of a nonprofit that encourages entrepreneurship. (It has a mixed record.) He ran for president in 2020, more or less as the Reddit Candidate, embracing memes and borrowing some of his policy agenda from the tech world. […]

Steve April 16, 2021

A few weeks ago, I learned I’d qualified for a Covid vaccine. I began devoting my days to shot chasing. I joined local vaccine-hunting groups on Facebook, where members reported driving all over the state to get their jab, and I pre-registered for state-run mass vaccination sites. A week later, I received a text message […]

Steve April 16, 2021

image copyrightAFPimage captionTB Joshua is one of Africa’s most influential evangelists, with top politicians among his followers YouTube has suspended the account of influential Nigerian TV evangelist TB Joshua over allegations of hate speech. A rights body filed a complaint after reviewing at least seven videos showing the preacher conducting prayers to “cure” gay people. […]

Steve April 16, 2021

Government orders hours-long shutdown of social media and instant messaging platforms after days of violent protests. Pakistan has temporarily blocked Facebook, Twitter and several other social media apps on security grounds amid a crackdown against a violent far-right group, officials said. “In order to maintain public order and safety, access to certain social media applications […]

Steve April 16, 2021

In 1897, British soldiers looted sculptures which now remain in Western museums and collections. But there are growing calls for restitution. Known for its beauty and rich metalworking heritage, Benin City was once the beating heart of the Edo kingdom of Benin. The city – situated in modern-day southern Nigeria – was famed for its […]