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Biden hits out at Trump saying he was the only president to leave children to ‘starve to death’

Biden hits out at Trump saying he was the only president to leave children to ‘starve to death’

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The Daily BeastWho Really Killed Michael Jordan’s Dad?Sue Ogrocki/ReutersOn a night in July 1993, about halfway between Wilmington and Charlotte, North Carolina, James Jordan, the father of NBA superstar Michael Jordan, pulled his flashy red Lexus to the side of the road. He reclined his seat to take a nap before continuing on his journey and was shot once in the chest and died. According to law enforcement, Jordan was the victim of a botched robbery.The triggerman was determined to be 18-year-old Daniel Andre Green, who was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder in the high-profile 1996 trial. But for the nearly three decades that Green has been incarcerated, he has insisted he’s not responsible for the death of the basketball legend’s father.Moment of Truth, a five-episode d...
UN, Ethiopia rights agency to conduct joint Tigray probe

UN, Ethiopia rights agency to conduct joint Tigray probe

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Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, UN say investigation of all parties is part of the ‘much-needed accountability process.’The United Nations and an Ethiopian rights agency have said they agreed to carry out a joint investigation into abuses in the embattled region of Tigray, where fighting persists as government troops hunt down the region’s fugitive leaders. A probe of all parties to the conflict is “part of the much-needed accountability process” for victims, the government-established Ethiopian Human Rights Commission and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a statement on Thursday. “With multiple actors involved in the conflict and the gravity of the reported violations, an objective, independent investigation is urgently required,” the statement...
Biden expected to announce new vaccination goal

Biden expected to announce new vaccination goal

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French President Emmanuel Macron visits a Covid-19 vaccination center in Valenciennes, France, on March 23. Yoan Valat/Pool/AFP/Getty ImagesFrench President Emmanuel Macron has admitted failures in the country's vaccination campaign and vowed to accelerate the rollout, days after the government was forced to impose new coronavirus restrictions to contain a surge of Covid-19 sweeping the country.“We weren’t fast enough, strong enough on it,” Macron told Greek television channel ERT Wednesday, in a rare admission of failure regarding Europe’s vaccination efforts. “We didn’t shoot for the stars as much as others. I think that should be a lesson for all of us. We were wrong to lack ambition, to lack the madness, to say, ‘It’s possible, let’s do it’,” Macron said.���You can give that to th...

‘Skullduggery’ political podcast: This doleful ritual — March 25, 2021

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A horrific massacre; outrage, sadness; calls for reform; and then — nothing. This is our nation’s “doleful ritual” in the wake of yet another mass shooting. In the wake of the mass murder in Atlanta, another community is now in mourning, and an aggrieved and bewildered nation again begins a conversation about possible legislative answers.In this episode, Mayor Sam Weaver of Boulder speaks with Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti about what his city has gone through and how it will be part of the gun control conversation to come. Then, Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., joins to talk about the politicization of gun reform, about whether we need new laws or agencies to tackle the rising threat of domestic terrorism, and about reviewing a close election in Iowa.GUESTS:Mayor Sam ...
Supreme Court expands meaning of ‘seizure’ under 4th Amendment

Supreme Court expands meaning of ‘seizure’ under 4th Amendment

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Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote the court's opinion expanding the definition of a "seizure" by police. (Nati Harnik / Associated Press)The Supreme Court on Thursday expanded the Constitution's protection against an "unreasonable seizure," ruling that a person who is shot by a police officer may sue, even if he or she was able to drive away without actually being detained or held.Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., speaking for a 5-3 majority, said the key issue is whether the police used "physical force" in an attempt to arrest or restrain someone."We hold that the application of physical force to the body of a person with intent to restrain is a seizure even if the person does not submit and is not subdued," he said in Torres vs. Madrid.The court's ruling gives more legal protectio...
Big Tech chiefs face fresh grilling over misinformation

Big Tech chiefs face fresh grilling over misinformation

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The CEOs of social media giants Facebook, Twitter and Google face a new grilling by Congress Thursday, one focused on their efforts to prevent their platforms from spreading falsehoods and inciting violence.That’s been a familiar theme for lawmakers over the past few years. But the pressure is even higher following the January 6 insurrection at the United States Capitol, the rise in COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and united Democratic control of Congress and the White House. The latter could make legislative action more likely, although it remains far from a sure thing. As malicious conspiracy theories continue to spread, lawmakers are pounding the social media companies over their market dominance, harvesting of user data and practices that some believe actually encourage the spread of e...

U.S. COVID cases are climbing again. The same thing happened in Israel — before vaccination crushed the variants.

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It’s official: After falling for more than two straight months, the average number of daily COVID-19 cases across the U.S. has begun — just barely — to rise again, inching up from a low of 54,059 earlier this week to 57,322 on Wednesday.In emerging hot spots such as Michigan, meanwhile, the pattern is more pronounced. There, cases have soared by 121 percent over the last two weeks, and hospitalizations are up by 81 percent over the same period.So is this the start of the variant-driven “fourth wave” that Americans have been fearing ever since the end of our horrific holiday surge?The answer, reassuringly, appears to be no — at least not if America’s path out of the pandemic looks anything like Israel’s.To date, more than a quarter of the U.S. population (25.3 percent) has received at least...
Island nation racing to be the world’s safest destination

Island nation racing to be the world’s safest destination

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(CNN) — Just over a year ago, the prospect of the Seychelles experiencing a dramatic drop in travelers seemed near inconceivable.Revered for its beautiful beaches and jungle landscapes, the Indian Ocean archipelago was riding high as one of the world's most alluring destinations, and its popularity was only growing.Centuries ago, the stunning island nation of Seychelles was a playground for pirates. CNN's Richard Quest goes on a real-life hunt for some of the most infamous buried treasure in Mahe.Arrivals numbers were up 4%, and tourism officials were bracing themselves for what seemed destined to be another hugely successful 12 months.But of course, the Covid-19 pandemic put paid to almost every plan or prediction made for 2020 and the world as we knew it has changed irreversibly.Like so ...
‘Islamo-leftism’: France enters its McCarthyist era

‘Islamo-leftism’: France enters its McCarthyist era

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In recent weeks, another wave of political polarisation hit France, as the concept of “Islamo-leftism” occupied centre stage in a heated cultural debate. In an interview with CNews, the French equivalent of Fox News, Higher Education and Research Minister Frédérique Vidal was asked whether or not she agreed that “Islamo-leftism is plaguing universities”. Her response was instant and shocking: “Islamo-leftism is plaguing the entire society,” she declared.She went on to say: “I am going to call for an investigation into all the currents of research on these subjects in the universities, so we can distinguish proper academic research from activism and opinion.” Vidal’s statement on “Islamo-leftism” is the latest in a string of similar pronouncements by elected officials in France. In June, Pr...
After centuries in the ground, these French oaks will soon form part of the new spire at Notre Dame

After centuries in the ground, these French oaks will soon form part of the new spire at Notre Dame

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Written by Saskya Vandoorne, CNNDeep in the former royal forest of Bercé, in France's Loire region, a 230-year-old tree comes crashing to the ground with thunderous intensity. Just a sapling during the French Revolution, the 65-foot-tall oak tree is one of many being felled as part of ongoing efforts to rebuild Notre Dame. A 200-year-old oak tree comes down as part of Notre Dame rebuild efforts. Credit: Jean-Francois Monier/AFP/Getty ImagesThe tree eventually will join 1,000 other oaks being used to reconstruct the wooden lattice of the roof and replace the base of the fallen spire engulfed by the blaze that devastated the Gothic building almost two years ago, in April 2019. "We know it's the end of something, but it's also the beginning," said Pauline Delord, a 15th-generation forest gua...