April 20th, 2021

World News

Japanese leader asks Pfizer for additional vaccine supply

By Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press on April 18th, 2021

TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga asked the U.S. drug maker Pfizer Inc. for additional supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine to speed up his country’s inoculation drive, which lags behind many other nations. Suga, after holding talks with President Joe Biden at the White House, wrapped up his Washington visit on Saturday with a ... Read More »

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Germany promises help for local staff amid Afghan withdrawal

By The Associated Press on April 18th, 2021

BERLIN – The German defence minister says she wants to help bring some Afghan employees of her country’s military to Germany as it prepares to leave Afghanistan after nearly 20 years. NATO allies including Germany are set to join the United States in pulling their remaining troops out of Afghanistan, starting on May 1. Germany ... Read More »

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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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