April 14th, 2021

World News

George Floyd’s brother sheds tears on the stand

By Amy Forliti, Steve Karnowski And Tammy Webber, The Associated Press on April 12th, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS – George Floyd’s younger brother took the witness stand Monday and lovingly recalled how George used to make the best banana mayonnaise sandwiches, how George drilled him in catching a football, and the way George used to mark his height on the wall as a boy because he wanted to grow taller. Philonise Floyd, ... Read More »

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Police: Minnesota officer meant to draw Taser, not handgun

By Mohamed Ibrahim, The Associated Press on April 12th, 2021

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – Police in a Minneapolis suburb where a Black man was fatally shot during a traffic stop say the officer who fired intended to use a Taser, not a handgun. Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting as “an accidental discharge.” The man identified by relatives as 20-year-old Daunte Wright died Sunday ... Read More »

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Russia puts feminist activist on trial for pornography

By Daria Litvinova, The Associated Press on April 12th, 2021

MOSCOW – A feminist artist went on trial Monday in Russia on charges of disseminating pornography after she shared artwork online depicting female bodies. Human rights groups linked her prosecution to the Kremlin’s conservative stance promoting “traditional family values.” The charges against activist Yulia Tsvetkova, 27, in the far eastern city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur have brought ... Read More »

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Ex-police chief gets 1 year in prison for hiring scandal

By Dave Collins, The Associated Press on April 12th, 2021

The former police chief of Connecticut’s largest city was sentenced Monday to one year and one day in prison for rigging the hiring process that led to his appointment in 2018. A federal judge in Bridgeport handed down the punishment to Armando “A.J.” Perez, who rose through the ranks of Bridgeport police to lead the ... Read More »

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Black man’s death in Minnesota traffic stop sparks unrest

By Mohamed Ibrahim, The Associated Press on April 12th, 2021

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – A Black man died after being shot by police during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb, sparking violent protests that lasted into Monday as officers in riot gear clashed with demonstrators and the man’s mother called for calm. The man was identified by family as 20-year-old Daunte Wright, who died ... Read More »

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Paris police hunt for gunman who killed person near hospital

By Jeffrey Schaeffer, The Associated Press on April 12th, 2021

Paris police are hunting for a gunman who opened fire Monday near a hospital in the wealthy 16th district of the French capital, killing one person and injuring another. Witnesses at the scene suggest it could be a case of tragic score-settling, while authorities have not made any links with terrorism. Paris police said the ... Read More »

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Daunte Wright death in Minnesota traffic stop sparks unrest

By The Associated Press on April 12th, 2021

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – A Black man died after being shot by police in a Minneapolis suburb during a traffic stop and crashing his car several blocks away, sparking violent protests that lasted into the early hours Monday as officers in riot gear clashed with demonstrators and the man’s mother called for calm. The man ... Read More »

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One dead, one injured in shooting near Paris hospital

By The Associated Press on April 12th, 2021

Paris police are hunting for a gunman who opened fire Monday near a hospital in the wealthy 16th district of the French capital, killing one person and injuring another. Paris police said the shooter fired several shots before fleeing on a two-wheeled vehicle. Police had no other immediate details... Read More »

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Investigation finds Syria likely behind 2018 chlorine attack

By The Associated Press on April 12th, 2021

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – An investigation by the global chemical weapons watchdog found “reasonable grounds to believe” that a Syrian air force military helicopter dropped a chlorine cylinder on a Syrian town in 2018, sickening 12 people, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Monday. It is the second time that the OPCW’s ... Read More »

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For Chauvin’s trial attorney, it’s all about raising doubt

By Amy Forliti And Doug Glass, The Associated Press on April 12th, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS – Derek Chauvin’s defence attorney was questioning George Floyd’s girlfriend about the couple buying drugs when he abruptly shifted gears for what seemed an innocuous question: He presumed the couple had pet names for each other. Under what name, he asked, did she appear in Floyd’s phone? Courteney Ross first smiled at the question, ... Read More »

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Muslims navigate restrictions in the second pandemic Ramadan

By Mariam Fam, Kathy Gannon And Bassem Mroue, The Associated Press on April 12th, 2021

CAIRO – For Ramadan this year, Magdy Hafez has been longing to reclaim a cherished ritual: performing the nighttime group prayers called taraweeh at the mosque once again. Last year, the coronavirus upended the 68-year-old Egyptian’s routine of going to the mosque to perform those prayers, traditional during Islam’s holiest month. The pandemic had disrupted ... Read More »

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