April 18th, 2021

World News

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake strikes southwestern Iran

By The Associated Press on April 18th, 2021

TEHRAN, Iran – A magnitude 5.9 earthquake has struck southwestern Iran along the Persian Gulf. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the temblor Sunday. Iranian state television alerted on its broadcast, saying it was a 5.9 magnitude. A second aftershock quake of 4.5 magnitude followed it. The U.S. Geological Survey called ... Read More »

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Myanmar junta pardons prisoners, to attend regional summit

By The Associated Press on April 17th, 2021

YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s junta on Saturday released more than 23,000 prisoners to mark the traditional new year holiday, including at least three political detainees, and the military leader behind the February coup confirmed he would attend a regional summit later this month. It wasn’t immediately clear if those released included pro-democracy activists who were ... Read More »

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Sikh community calls for gun reforms after FedEx shooting

By Casey Smith And Rick Callahan, The Associated Press on April 17th, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS – Members of Indianapolis’ tight-knit Sikh community joined with city officials to call for gun reforms Saturday as they mourned the deaths of four Sikhs who were among the eight people killed in a mass shooting at a FedEx warehouse. At a vigil attended by more than 200 at an Indianapolis park Saturday evening, ... Read More »

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Tight-knit Sikh community in shock over FedEx shooting

By Casey Smith And Rick Callahan, The Associated Press on April 17th, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS – Amarjit Sekhon, a 48-year-old mother of two sons, was the breadwinner of her family and one of many members of Indianapolis’ tight-knit Sikh community employed at a FedEx warehouse on the city’s southwest side. Her family is among many in mourning after a mass shooting Thursday night claimed the lives of Sekhon and ... Read More »

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Patients evacuated after fire in Johannesburg hospital

By Mogomotsi Magome, The Associated Press on April 17th, 2021

JOHANNESBURG – Nearly 700 patients have been evacuated Saturday from Johannesburg’s Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, where a fire blazed through parts of the facility in South Africa’s largest city. No injuries or casualties have been reported. The fire has been contained but the hospital has been closed for seven days, said David Makhura, premier of Gauteng ... Read More »

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Four Sikhs among victims of Indianapolis mass shooting

By Casey Smith And Rick Callahan, The Associated Press on April 17th, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS – Amarjit Sekhon, a 48-year-old mother of two sons, was the breadwinner of her family and one of many members of Indianapolis’ tight knit Sikh community employed at a FedEx warehouse on the city’s southwest side. Her death Thursday night in a mass shooting that claimed the lives of seven other FedEx employees – ... Read More »

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Harry, William seen chatting together after royal funeral

By Sylvia Hui, The Associated Press on April 17th, 2021

LONDON – A year after they last saw one another, Prince William and his brother Prince Harry put their fraught relationship aside as they said farewell to their grandfather at his funeral on Saturday. The brothers were sombre and silent as they walked together in a procession behind Prince Philip’s coffin before his funeral at ... Read More »

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Czechs expel 18 Russians over huge depot explosion in 2014

By The Associated Press on April 17th, 2021

PRAGUE, Czech Republic – The Czech Republic has announced that it is expelling 18 Russian diplomats identified as spies over a huge ammunition depot explosion in 2014. Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Saturday that the Czech intelligence agencies provided clear evidence about the involvement of Russian military agents in the massive explosion that killed two ... Read More »

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Riot declared in Portland protests after police kill man

By Sara Cline And Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press on April 17th, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police in Portland, Oregon, said Saturday they arrested four people after declaring a riot Friday night when protesters smashed windows, burglarized businesses and set multiple fires during demonstrations that started after police fatally shot a man while responding to reports of a person with a gun. Police said they dispersed the crowd ... Read More »

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Riot declared after police kill man in Oregon protests

By Sara Cline And Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press on April 17th, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police in Portland, Oregon, said Saturday they arrested four people after declaring a riot Friday night when protesters smashed windows, burglarized businesses and set multiple fires during demonstrations that started after police fatally shot a man while responding to reports of a person with a gun. Police said they dispersed the crowd ... Read More »

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