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Chad: President Deby wins reelection, extending 30 years in power

On April 20, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno has won a sixth term in office, according to provisional election results. He had campaigned for peace and security in a country afflicted by violence.

Germany: CDU party board backs Armin Laschet as chancellor candidate

On April 19, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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Armin Laschet has won the support of the CDU party board in a late-night vote. He is now one step closer to succeeding Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Cuba names successor to Raul Castro

On April 19, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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The Cuban Communist Party has chosen Miguel Diaz-Canel as its new first secretary. The new leader has pledged continuity, but faces economic challenges.

US regulators probe deadly Tesla crash in Texas

On April 19, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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Two people were killed when the car crashed into a tree and burst into flames. Police suspect the Tesla Model S was operating on autopilot when the fatal accident occurred.

George Floyd: Defense, prosecution wrap up closing arguments

On April 19, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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Lawyers gave their final arguments as jurors prepared to deliberate on whether Derek Chauvin was guilty of killing George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who was arrested in May 2020 over the use of a fake banknote.

Opinion: A very German way of handling the COVID-19 pandemic

On April 19, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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Who is to blame the German status quo? Angela Merkel? The federal system? Coronavirus deniers? Jens Thurau explores why Germans are so dissatisfied with the situation across the country.

Putin accepts Biden's invitation to virtual climate summit

On April 19, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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Despite tensions between Washington and Moscow, the Russian president has agreed to take part in an online conference on the climate crisis.

Germany: 'Violence against Men' helpline got 1,800 calls in one year

On April 19, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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Due to increasing demand, German officials are extending the hours for their helpline on violence against men. More than 1,800 calls have been made since it was launched a year ago.

Thailand: Third COVID wave threatens plans to reopen tourism

On April 19, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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A new surge in coronavirus infections and a sluggish vaccine rollout could postpone plans to resume Thailand's foreign tourism sector. People working in the travel industry are struggling to make ends meet.

Germany says Myanmar sanctions will force junta to negotiate

On April 19, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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The EU has slapped sanctions on 10 Myanmar officials and two firms. The bloc wants Myanmar's military to negotiate an end to the violence, according to Germany's top diplomat.
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Security is ramped up in Minneapolis as jurors retire in the trial into the death of George Floyd.
Watch the most critical exchanges from 14 days of testimony at the trial over the death of George Floyd.
Officials say Brian Sicknick died after suffering two strokes, a day after being confronted by rioters.
A retired police veteran, a Minnesota resident and a black political hopeful share their thoughts.
The Biden administration's tax plan could undermine Ireland's ability to attract investment.
- Danielle Wallace
Derek Chauvin closing arguments: Prosecutor says case not against police, law enforcement 'noble' profession
As closing arguments continue in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin charged in George Floyd’s death, the prosecution told jurors that the case is not against all law enforcement, calling policing a "noble" profession spoiled by bad officers.
Grizzly mauling near Yellowstone kills backcountry guide
A Montana backcountry guide has died after he was mauled by a large grizzly bear that was probably defending a nearby moose carcass just outside Yellowstone National Park, officials said Monday.
- Stephen Sorace
Washington state doctor accused of using dark web, bitcoin in attempted kidnapping of wife: report
A Washington state doctor has been accused of using the dark web in an attempt to employ someone to kidnap his estranged wife in exchange for a payout using bitcoin, according to a report.
- Audrey Conklin
Kenosha sheriff identifies 24-year-old shooting suspect
The Kenosha, Wisconsin, sheriff’s department on Monday identified 24-year-old Rakayo Alandis Vinson as the suspect in a Sunday shooting that left three people dead.
- Greg Norman
Coast Guard finds fifth Seacor Power ship disaster victim: report
Coast Guard crews scouring the waters off Louisiana where a commercial ship capsized nearly a week ago during a violent storm have found another body, a report says. 
Derek Chauvin betrayed police badge, prosecutor says in George Floyd murder trial
A prosecutor told the jury that former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin betrayed his badge and murdered George Floyd in last year's deadly arrest as closing arguments began on Monday in Chauvin's trial.
Cuba’s Communist Party appoints Diaz-Canel as leader, replacing Raul Castro
Cuba's ruling Communist Party elected President Miguel Diaz-Canel to succeed Raul Castro as party first secretary, the most powerful position in the country, on the final day of its congress on Monday.
NASA helicopter makes history with successful flight on Mars
NASA’s miniature robot helicopter Ingenuity performed a successful takeoff and landing on Mars early on Monday, achieving the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft over the surface of another planet, the U.S. space agency said.
Both sides to make closing arguments in Derek Chauvin murder trial
Jurors will hear closing arguments on Monday before they begin deliberating on whether the way former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin knelt on the neck of a dying George Floyd in last year's arrest was murder.
George Floyd: Americans await verdict as Derek Chauvin trial enters final phase
A jury is to hear closing arguments on Monday in the trial of the white ex-police officer accused of murdering African-American George Floyd, a case that laid bare racial wounds in the United States and has come to be seen as a pivotal test of police accountability.
Prosecutor: 'Shortcomings' in state law allowed Indianapolis FedEx shooter to legally purchase weapons used in attack
An Indiana prosecutor says "shortcomings" in the state's "red flag" law allowed the 19-year-old man who killed eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis last week to legally purchase two assault rifles months after being investigated by the FBI due to his potential for violence.
US immigration agencies ordered to end use of terms 'alien' and 'assimilation'
The leaders of two US immigration agencies issued new guidance Monday ordering staff to end the use of terms such as "illegal alien" and "assimilation," according to two officials, words that immigration advocates had criticized as dehumanizing.
CNN anchors read haunting list of US mass shooting locations
CNN's Brianna Keilar and John Berman list the everyday locations in which mass shootings -- where four or more people are shot -- have taken place in the US.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley enters Ohio gubernatorial contest with focus on corruption
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley announced a bid for Ohio governor on Monday, jumping into a race that could pit her against incumbent Republican Mike DeWine.
Trump praises Afghanistan withdrawal but criticizes Biden's timeline
Former President Donald Trump on Sunday praised withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan, while knocking his successor's timeline for doing so.
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Capitol Police officer media claimed was ‘killed’ in January 6 riot died of NATURAL CAUSES, says medical examiner
Preview Officer Brian Sicknick of the US Capitol Police died after suffering two strokes, but there was no evidence of internal or external injuries from the January 6 unrest, the Washington, DC medical examiner has finally revealed. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Cuomo facing NEW probe into alleged use of state resources to write his book on Covid-19 leadership
Preview New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has found himself dealing with yet another public controversy as the state’s attorney general is now investigating whether any state resources went into the governor’s book. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Spinning POTUS? What Biden ACTUALLY meant by ‘crisis’ was CAUSES of migration, White House now says
Preview Arguing that President Joe Biden’s words aren’t the official position of his administration, the White House said his use of “crisis” was referring to something completely different and not the surge of migrants at the border. Read Full Article at RT.com
- RT
Critics, including CNN, attack Chauvin defense for ‘reasonable police officer’ argument
Preview The prosecution and defense lawyers have made their closing arguments in the trial of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, with his legal team earning ridicule online for their “reasonable police officer” argument. Read Full Article at RT.com
- RT
Facebook plots to conceal inflammatory George Floyd-related content as Chauvin murder trial verdict looms
Preview Social media giant Facebook says it plans to crack down on the conversation regarding the imminent verdict at former police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial. Information surrounding the verdict will be tightly controlled, they said. Read Full Article at RT.com
Why Ron Unz's Article About Revisionist WW2 Historian David Irving Is a Must-Read
by Logical Meme (Logical Meme)

Ron Unz’s “The Remarkable Historiography of David Irving” is a must-read and yet another object lesson for the need to question everything. Every grand sweeping narrative you take for granted (e.g., “Winston Churchill is a hero!”) must be, to use a favorite phrase of the Left, interrogated.

A Conservative Russian Lion With Real Mass Influence – The Painter Ilya Glazunov
by Charles Bausman ()

How to best view the paintings:  Many of the pictures in this article are part of a high-definition slide show of 22 images which can be activated by clicking on most of the images in this article.  This will load the images in high quality, which may take a while with a slower internet connection, (we don't recommend doing this on your phone unless you are on wifi) but it is worth the wait, because it allows one to examine the paintings in detail, which is especially interesting for the historical "passion play" series, as the one above this text.

Political Correctness Is Much More Harmful Than People Realize
by Amalric de Droevig ()

A recent poll found that Political Correctness is extremely unpopular in America, even amongst moderates and independents, which got me thinking on the subject. There exists an old quote from a famed British psychiatrist by the name of Anthony Daniels regarding Political Correctness. It is the best quote I know of on the subject, and I have been mulling it over for some time, considering its meaning and its implications. The quote reads:

'Start Making Babies Or You'll Be Cleaning Chinese Boots' - Top Russian Priest (Smirnov) to a Dying Nation (Video)
by Dmitry Smirnov ()

A recent discussion of the Russian demographic crisis on Russia's top talk show.

Transcript below:


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Derek Chauvin trial: jury begins deliberations over killing of George Floyd – live
Prosecution says George Floyd is dead ‘because Chauvin’s heart is too small’Prosecution and defense make closing argumentsFormer police officer charged with murder over death of George FloydProtests flare as America awaits verdict in Derek Chauvin trial

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The Associated Press has composed a useful explainer on the questions the 12 members of the jury face.

Chauvin is charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He could be convicted on all of the charges, some or none.

The case comes down to two key questions: whether Chauvin caused Floyd’s death and whether his actions were reasonable. Each charge requires a different element of proof as to Chauvin’s state of mind.

11.21pm BST

Protesters gathered near the Hennepin county government center today, where the closing arguments in the trial took place. Photographers captured these scenes.

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- Gabrielle Canon (now) and Daniel Strauss (earlier)
Biden says he’s willing ‘to compromise’ with Republicans on infrastructure bill – live
President meets with a bipartisan group of lawmakersBiden says everyone in US now eligible for Covid vaccine Biden directs agencies to stop using phrases like ‘illegal alien’Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email

11.31pm BST

A new poll out today shows that, while a narrow majority of New Yorkers view scandal-ridden governor Andrew Cuomo unfavorably, they don’t want him to resign.

Just over half of the 801 voters surveyed by Siena College Research Institute last week said he shouldn’t step down, even after dozens of officials serving at both the federal and state level have called for him to give up his seat.

Related: Cuomo accuser recalls toxic workplace culture 'especially for women'

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Capital Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died in the hospital the day after defending the US Capitol from an attack by a pro-Trump mob, was killed by natural causes, the District’s chief medical examiner ruled today.

Officer Sicknick suffered injuries during the attempted insurrection, but died from a stroke. Medical examiner Francisco J. Diaz, in an interview with The Washington Post, said there was no evidence that his death was caused by injuries or an allergic reaction to chemical irritants, but noted that “all that transpired played a role in his condition.”

The ruling, released Monday, likely will make it difficult for prosecutors to pursue homicide charges in the officer’s death. Two men are accused of assaulting Sicknick by spraying a powerful chemical irritant at him during the siege”.

In response to the D.C. Medical Examiner's finding that Ofc. Sicknick died of natural causes following two strokes -- which occurred after he confronted rioters at the Capitol on 1/6 -- @CapitolPolice says "This does not change the fact Officer Sicknick died in the line of duty." pic.twitter.com/mCTtVC1IPu

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- Chris McGreal in Minneapolis
Derek Chauvin jury begins deliberations as America braces for verdict
Former officer charged with murder of George FloydDerek Chauvin trial – live coverage

The Derek Chauvin murder trial heard closing arguments on Monday before the jury began considering a verdict over the death of George Floyd that is anxiously awaited by millions of Americans.

Related: Daunte Wright and George Floyd: another chapter in America’s recurring tragedy

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- Jada Butler
Judge orders two Proud Boys leaders held in custody over Capitol attack

Ethan Nordean and Joseph Biggs charged with conspiring to stop 2020 election certification and leading Proud Boys to Capitol

A federal judge has ordered two leaders of the far-right Proud Boys group to be detained in jail pending trial for their involvement in the 6 January attack on the Capitol in Washington DC.

Both were indicted in one of many Proud Boys conspiracy cases to stem from the investigation into the assault on the building that followed a pro-Donald Trump rally.

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Derek Chauvin trial: prosecution and defence make closing arguments – video

The Derek Chauvin murder trial heard closing arguments on Monday before the jury was expected to begin considering a verdict over the death of George Floyd that is anxiously awaited by millions of Americans. The prosecutor Steve Schleicher told jurors the key to the case lay in video footage of Chauvin pressing his knee on to Floyd’s neck, even as he pleaded for his life, right to his last words of 'I can’t breathe'. The former Minneapolis police officer’s attorney, Eric Nelson, told the jury that his client's actions followed the 'reasonable force' guidelines for police officers when considering all the factors that Chauvin had to take into account on the day of Floyd's death

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Monday denied that his company's automated driving systems were involved in a fatal crash in Spring, Texas, on Saturday.
Hometown International, which owns just a small deli in New Jersey, is worth more than $100 million in stock and is traded under HWIN.
Sicknick suffered strokes and died of natural causes after grappling with pro-Trump rioters during the Capitol invasion, D.C.'s chief medical examiner ruled.
United Airlines reported a fifth consecutive quarterly loss but said travel demand has rebounded recently.
IBM swung to revenue growth after four quarters of declines.
California woman charged in deaths of 3 kids
A California woman has been charged with killing her three young children in Los Angeles earlier this month
EXPLAINER: How will jury deliberations work in Chauvin case?
After more than two weeks of witness testimony and hours of attorney arguments, the fate of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin is now in the hands of a jury that will decide whether he is responsible for George Floyd's death
Judge keeps ex-cop's 20-year sentence for killing Black man
A judge has upheld a 20-year prison sentence for a white former police officer in the killing of an unarmed Black man in South Carolina
EXPLAINER: State, defense differ on impact of Floyd drug use
The role drugs played in George Floyd’s life and death has been a focus of testimony during the murder trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin and remained a key thread as attorneys delivered closing arguments Monday
Video: MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell Pranked by Caller Pretending to Be Trump
The MyPillow head and one of the previous US president's fiercest supporters, Mike Lindell, was permanently banned on Twitter for posts supporting Trump’s claims of “fraudulent elections.” Lindell later said he would create his own social media platform to counter what he claimed was mainstream media censorship and suppression of his free speech.
‘Absolutely Not’: Maxine Waters Owes No Apology for ‘Confrontational’ Comments, Says Speaker Pelosi
This past weekend marked one week since the police-involved killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Since April 11, protesters have gathered outside of the Brooklyn Center police headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, including Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), who told protesters to be “more confrontational” and let officials know “we mean business.”
US Capitol Police Says Officer Assaulted in January 6 Riot Died of Natural Causes
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Capitol Police (USCP) said police officer Brian Sicknick, who was assaulted during the January 6 riot, died of natural causes and not due to injuries sustained during the violent protest.
NASA Dubs 39-Second Mars Drone Chopper Flight its 'Wright Brothers Moment'
The challenge of the first flight on Mars was to generate enough lift in its sparse atmosphere, equivalent to flying 22 miles (35 km) above sea level on Earth. But the Red Planet's weaker gravity, just over a third of ours, makes things easier.
Austin Shooting: Manhunt Ends as Authorities Arrest Ex-Sheriff's Deputy Suspected of Killing Three
Austin Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon announced on Sunday that both federal and local authorities were searching for Stephen Broderick, a 41-year-old man who previously served as a deputy of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO). Broderick stands accused of fatally shooting two women and one man at an area apartment complex on Sunday.
All Americans 16 and older can now get vaccinated in the U.S.
The majority of U.S. states have already expanded their COVID-19 vaccine rollouts to people from this age group.
- Josh K. Elliott
NASA successfully flies the first-ever helicopter on Mars
NASA's Ingenuity aircraft took off, hovered and then safely landed in the first-ever flight on another world.
From arrest video to trial: Key events since George Floyd’s death
A timeline of key events that began with George Floyd's arrest on May 25, 2020, by four police officers in Minneapolis.
Derek Chauvin heard George Floyd ask for help, ‘he just didn’t listen’: prosecutor
Closing arguments began with the city of Minneapolis on edge against a repeat of the violence that erupted last spring over George Floyd's death.
India’s capital to go into lockdown as coronavirus cases soar
According to India’s health ministry on Monday, Delhi reported 25,462 cases and 161 deaths in the past 24 hours.
Whatever the verdict, the terms of American policing have changed
And finds that citizens are increasingly sceptical of expansive police powers
But Minneapolis is once again tense after police kill another black man
And what can be done to change their minds
EXPLAINER: State, defense differ on impact of Floyd drug use

CHICAGO (AP) - The effect George Floyd's drug use had on his health and his death remained a key thread as attorneys delivered closing arguments Monday in the murder trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin.

Chauvin's defense attorney has repeatedly argued that Floyd's death was caused by his use of ...

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) - A man suspected of trying to steal copper from a San Diego-area building had to be rescued Monday when he fell through the skylight and became entangled in copper tubes and wiring, police said.

A passerby reported hearing someone calling from help at around 7:15 ...

Suspects in Kristin Smart disappearance plead not guilty

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former California college student charged with murder in the 1996 disappearance of classmate Kristin Smart pleaded not guilty Monday and his father denied helping to hide the young woman’s body.

Paul Flores, 44, was charged with first-degree murder in the killing that authorities said ...

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - A sheriff's office in Louisiana has issued an arrest warrant for Seattle Seahawks defensive end Aldon Smith.

St. Bernard Parish sheriff's deputies responding to a call for medical assistance in Meraux on Saturday evening found a man who said he had been assaulted by an acquaintance ...

Ghislaine Maxwell attorneys to 2nd Circuit: She's no monster

NEW YORK (AP) - Defense lawyers insisted Ghislaine Maxwell is “no monster” as they asked an appeals court Monday for her release on bail so she can better prepare for trial on charges she procured girls for Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse.

The lawyers told the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court ...