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Biden has asked the U.S. intelligence community to redouble its efforts to investigate the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic in Wuhan and report back to him in 90 days. It’s important to note that this is an intelligence operation, not a scientific investigation, and it’s unclear how many responses the intelligence community will be able to get in the midst of complex science and general secrecy. from China on the matter. Meanwhile, a study found that the majority of severe cases of Covid-19 cause long-term symptoms. Although grim, US officials hope the warning will encourage more people to get the vaccine. In Japan, the government will decide tomorrow whether to extend the state of emergency across much of the country, nearly two months before the scheduled start of the Tokyo Olympics.
3. Police invoice
The Biden administration and Democrats in Congress face increased pressure from black civil rights leaders to push forward some sort of police reform legislation. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is still stuck amid Republican opposition, although there has been some movement in bipartisan negotiations. The bill includes provisions to create a national registry of police misconduct and to prohibit racial and religious profiling by law enforcement agencies. The biggest sticking point is an overhaul of the so-called qualified immunity for police officers, which critics say limits police accountability and supporters say it empowers police to do their jobs in conditions. dangerous situations. Lawmakers are rushing to reach a compromise by next month.
Biden’s chief trade negotiator had what she called “frank” talks with Chinese leaders on improving trade relations between the two powers. The conversations, the first of their kind for this administration, do not represent an official resumption of US-China trade talks, but they are seen as a milestone in the relationship as tensions rise on several fronts. A key Japanese-based US aircraft carrier is expected to head to the Middle East in the coming days, which could create a gap in naval coverage as China increases heat over the South China Sea and Taiwan. At home, the Endless Borders Act, a bipartisan bill aimed at making the United States more competitive with China, is the subject of a key procedural vote today.
Climate activists have won two major victories over oil companies. A hedge fund that has criticized ExxonMobil’s climate strategy has garnered enough shareholder support to oust at least two directors from the oil giant’s board. The upheaval marks the first time in modern history that America’s largest oil company has faced such a challenge, and it sends a message to other oil companies that investors are not afraid to act on the possibility of s ” keep away from fossil fuels. Meanwhile, a Dutch court has ruled that Royal Dutch Shell must significantly reduce its carbon emissions – by 45% by 2030 from 2019 levels. This is the first time a court has ruled that a company must reduce its emissions in line with global climate targets, and the decision could have far-reaching implications for other oil companies.
The ‘Friends’ reunion special has finally arrived
With a duration of two hours, the special is like a smorgasbord of nostalgia: it will leave fans a little bloated – but totally satisfied.
Emmy Rossum announces the birth of her first baby
Nothing “shameless” about this good news!
Scientists zap clouds with electricity to make rain
Charles Hatfield would be proud.
Giant tortoise thought to be extinct 100 years ago lives in Galapagos, Ecuador says
And that sounds so smug about it too.
Louisiana alligator was discovered over 400 miles away on a South Texas beach, and no one knows how it got there
Tell us your secrets, scaly friend!
Eric Carle, the author and artist behind the iconic children’s book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, has died at the age of 91. a rainbow painter now travels across the night sky. ”
That’s roughly the number of homeless people in West Bengal, an eastern state that borders Bangladesh, after powerful Cyclone Yaas swept through eastern India.
“We’ll see if America saves you now. “
That’s what the displaced Tigrayans would have been informed hundreds of young men were arrested in camps for internally displaced persons in the Tigray region, then beaten, harassed and taken away by Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers. The incident came days after the United States announced financial sanctions and visa restrictions against Ethiopian and Eritrean officials.
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A precious visit
There is something magical about being visited by a hummingbird. It’s like you’ve been chosen for something by a wise forest elf. (Click here to view.)