April 14th, 2021

World News

‘Rocks,’ ‘Nomadland’ lead race for COVID-curbed BAFTA awards

By Jill Lawless, The Associated Press on April 11th, 2021

LONDON – British teen drama “Rocks” and American gig-economy Western “Nomadland” lead the race for the British Academy Film Awards, which are being handed out Sunday during a pandemic-curbed ceremony. Hugh Grant, Tom Hiddleston and Priyanka Chopra Jonas are among the presenters who will announce the winners from the stage of London’s Royal Albert Hall, ... Read More »

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Severe storm damages buildings in Florida Panhandle

By The Associated Press on April 11th, 2021

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – A cluster of severe storms swept across the South early Saturday, leaving one person dead in Louisiana, toppling trees and power lines in Mississippi, dropping large hail on an Alabama coastal city and levelling buildings in the Florida Panhandle. St. Landry Parish President Jessie Bellard confirmed a man’s death in an ... Read More »

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Reports: Myanmar forces kill 82 in single day in city

By The Associated Press on April 11th, 2021

YANGON, Myanmar – At least 82 people were killed in one day in a crackdown by Myanmar security forces on pro-democracy protesters, according to reports Saturday from independent local media and an organization that keeps track of casualties since the February coup. Friday’s death toll in Bago was the biggest one-day total for a single ... Read More »

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21 Chinese coal miners trapped by underground flood

By The Associated Press on April 11th, 2021

BEIJING – Rescuers on Sunday were trying to reach 21 coal miners who were trapped by an underground flood in China’s northwest, a state news agency reported. The mine in Hutubi County in the Xinjiang region flooded at about 6:10 p.m. on Saturday, the Xinhua News Agency said. It said eight people were rescued. China’s ... Read More »

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Pakistani police say wanted militant killed in shootout

By The Associated Press on April 11th, 2021

MULTAN, Pakistan – Counterterrorism police killed one of Pakistan’s most wanted militants in a shootout in the garrison city of Rawalpindi overnight, a police official said Sunday. Officer Kashif Hussain said three of the militant’s accomplices escaped during the exchange of fire, leaving their weapons at the scene: two pistols, an assault rifle and ammunition. ... Read More »

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5 rebels killed, 2 India soldiers injured in Kashmir

By The Associated Press on April 11th, 2021

SRINAGAR, India – Government forces killed five suspected rebels, including a teenager, in gunfights in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said Sunday. The back-to-back clashes began late Saturday after troops cordoned off two villages in southern Kashmir’s Shopian and Bijbehara areas on intelligence that anti-India militants were hiding there, police said. Three militants were killed and two ... Read More »

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Official: Chinese vaccines’ effectiveness low

By Joe McDonald And Huizhong Wu, The Associated Press on April 10th, 2021

BEIJING – In a rare admission of the weakness of Chinese coronavirus vaccines, the country’s top disease control official says their effectiveness is low and the government is considering mixing them to give them a boost. Chinese vaccines “don’t have very high protection rates,” said the director of the China Centers for Disease Control, Gao ... Read More »

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Official: ‘Accident’ strikes Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility

By The Associated Press on April 10th, 2021

TEHRAN, Iran – A spokesman for Iran’s civilian nuclear program says an “accident” has struck the electrical distribution grid of the country’s Natanz nuclear facility, without elaborating. Behrouz Kamalvandi made the comment Sunday, saying there were no injuries nor pollution caused by the incident. A mysterious explosion in July damaged Natanz’s advanced centrifuge facility. Iran ... Read More »

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8 dead, dozens hurt as Indonesia quake shakes East Java

By Agus Basuki, The Associated Press on April 10th, 2021

MALANG, Indonesia – A strong earthquake on Indonesia’s main island of Java killed eight people, including a woman whose motorcycle was hit by falling rocks, and damaged more than 1,300 buildings, officials said Sunday. It didn’t trigger a tsunami. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.0 quake struck off the island’s southern coast at ... Read More »

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Stalled at first jab: Vaccine shortages hit poor countries

By Lori Hinnant And Maria Cheng, The Associated Press on April 10th, 2021

LONDON – As many as 60 countries, including some of the world’s poorest, might be stalled at the first shots of their coronavirus vaccinations because nearly all deliveries through the global program intended to help them are blocked until as late as June. COVAX, the global initiative to provide vaccines to countries lacking the clout ... Read More »

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Indonesia quake kills 8 in Java, jolts Bali; no tsunami risk

By Agus Basuki, The Associated Press on April 10th, 2021

MALANG, Indonesia – A strong earthquake killed at least eight people, injured 23 others and damaged more than 300 buildings on Indonesia’s main island of Java and was also felt on the tourist hotspot of Bali, officials said Saturday. No tsunami warnings were posted. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.0 quake struck off ... Read More »

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