April 14th, 2021

World News

Man shot by Minnesota officer in traffic stop crashes, dies

By The Associated Press on April 12th, 2021

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – Crowds of mourners and protesters gathered Sunday in a Minnesota city where the family of a 20-year-old man say he was shot by police before getting back into his car and driving away, then crashing several blocks away. The family of Daunte Wright said he was later pronounced dead. The death ... Read More »

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Leader of Merkel’s party moves forward in bid for chancellor

By Geir Moulson, The Associated Press on April 12th, 2021

BERLIN – The leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party on Monday backed party chairman Armin Laschet’s bid to become the centre-right candidate for Germany’s next leader, one of his deputies said – a step forward for him after he and a rival both declared their ambitions. The Union bloc aims to decide quickly on its ... Read More »

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Soviet cosmonaut made pioneering spaceflight 60 years ago

By Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press on April 12th, 2021

MOSCOW – Crushed into the pilot’s seat by heavy G-forces, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin saw flames outside his spacecraft and prepared to die. His voice broke the tense silence at ground control: “I’m burning. Goodbye, comrades.” Gagarin didn’t know that the blazing inferno he observed through a porthole was a cloud of plasma engulfing Vostok ... Read More »

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Cyclone damages Australian towns and cuts power to 31,500

By The Associated Press on April 12th, 2021

PERTH, Australia – A destructive cyclone has damaged several towns on Australia’s western coast, shattering windows, snapping trees and knocking out power. There have been no reports of serious injuries. Tropical Cyclone Seroja crossed the Western Australia state coast south of the tourist town of Kalbarri with winds gusting up to 170 kph (106 mph) ... Read More »

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Danes vaccinate 100,000 people in a day to test system

By The Associated Press on April 12th, 2021

COPENHAGEN – Denmark’s Health Minister declared Monday “the big vaccine day,” with 100,000 people to be vaccinated in one day as officials test the system ahead of a June rollout where four times as many people as that will be vaccinated each day. The shots will be given in 68 inoculation centres across the country ... Read More »

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Russia: Feminist activist on trial on pornography charges

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

MOSCOW – A Russian court on Monday opened the trial of a feminist activist and artist charged with disseminating pornography after she shared artwork depicting female anatomy online – a case in line with the Kremlin’s conservative stance promoting “traditional family values” that has been widely seen as controversial and elicited international outrage. Yulia Tsvetkova, ... Read More »

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Greece pins hopes on mandatory home testing, opens schools

By The Associated Press on April 12th, 2021

ATHENS, Greece – High schools have reopened in Greece to students in the final three grades with the mandatory use of test kits for COVID-19 being rolled out across the country to help with mass screening for infections, with an eye to further reopening the economy and tourism. Students from grades 10 to 12 were ... Read More »

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Syrian on trial in Germany for killing man, injuring another

By The Associated Press on April 12th, 2021

BERLIN – A Syrian man went on trial Monday accused of killing a German man and seriously injuring another in an attack last year that prosecutors said was motivated by Islamic extremist ideology. The trial of Abdullah A.H.H., whose full name wasn’t released due to German privacy laws, began in the eastern city of Dresden, ... Read More »

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Man shot, killed during Minnesota traffic stop sparks unrest

By The Associated Press on April 12th, 2021

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – Crowds of mourners and protesters gathered in a Minnesota city where the family of a 20-year-old man say he was shot by police before getting back into his car and driving away, then crashing several blocks away. The family of Daunte Wright said he was later pronounced dead. The death sparked ... Read More »

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Thailand sees record new infections ahead of major festival

By Patrick Quinn And Busaba Sivasomboon, The Associated Press on April 12th, 2021

BANGKOK – Thailand reported 985 new coronavirus cases on Monday, its highest daily increase since the start of the pandemic, and health officials said they were worried the number of new infections could be far higher after this week’s traditional Thai New Year holiday. Health experts said the third major surge in the country was ... Read More »

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Iran blames Israel for sabotage at Natanz nuclear site

By The Associated Press on April 12th, 2021

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran on Monday blamed Israel for a sabotage attack on its underground Natanz nuclear facility that damaged the centrifuges it uses to enrich uranium there, warning that it would take revenge for the assault. The comments by Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh represent the first official accusation levelled against Israel for the ... Read More »

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